Colour Impact

Happy Sunday everybody! I hope you are well and rested and ready for the week ahead, I sure am๐Ÿ™‚

Work has been really hectic this year but I’m grateful to be doing what I love every day and coming home tired but very fulfilled! Are you in my shoes?

So one thing is for sure about my work: there are never enough hours to get through everything that needs to be done! I just commit to giving my best every day and hope for the best.

My colleague hooked me up with this super cool colouring desk pad which has proven to help me in those moments when I feel especially overwhelmed. I take a few minutes each day and I colour, even if it’s just a few leaves.

When I first started, I thought my ‘work of art’ was awful! Despite the splashes of colour, it lacked beauty and creativity to me. I would quickly stop and get back to work because there was so much to do but also because I didn’t like what I was doing. But when I looked at the bigger picture later, I realised that even I was capable of making something beautiful.

My job also requires me to coach netball. In my first year of coaching, I had a learner that was truly something special on the court! Sometimes kids excel not because of us but because they are amazing. This learner went on to accomplish great things, making provincial and national teams. Yesterday, 4 years later, she won the most prestigious award for her sporting achievements. I was so proud of her! She told me that I played a huge role in her accomplishments. Apparently, I asked her to try the goal attack position 4 years ago and this has resulted in her earning many awards as the top goal scorer in the years that followed. She made me realise that I did that! I triggered her excellence when I had no idea what I was doing as a coach and had no idea the impact it would have on her life.

Maybe life is the same way. Maybe we focus so much on the details of our lives that we don’t notice the beauty we are making every day, and how the bigger picture is even more beautiful.

So I guess the moral of the story is to continue to colour our world. We don’t realise it, but we have an impact on people’s lives. It’s important to take time to sit back and admire the pieces we are putting together and to realise that it is a thing of beauty!

Thank you so much for popping in. It’s always such a pleasure to have you here! Have a beautiful week ahead and don’t give up on your life ๐Ÿ˜˜

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Intruders – Shared

Hey Everyone!

Today’s post came to me as most of my great ideas come to me: while I was in the shower! I jumped out mid- rinse to scribble it down before I forgot!

So, I shared with you my then favourite read, Intruders a few months ago, remember? Well, I enjoyed it so much that I shared it with those around me! I tweeted about it, got my colleagues’s bookworm daughter into it and even gifted my sister with it for Christmas! The most recent share was a student of mine who strolled into my class and asked me for a good book to read.

She stormed in the next morning with nothing but complaints about the book, “Miss, why are the stories too short?! Just when I started enjoying them, they would end!” “I think the author should make a few of them into novels!” For the rest of that day, at line up, during break and sometimes in class I would find her with her nose buried in the book! She couldn’t get enough! She begged to keep it a little bit longer so she could read it again! It was so exciting to see someone else get as excited about this collection of short stories as I did!

Good stories are worth sharing with the masses! I am so privelleged to be able to do this for my students! I’ve even managed to rope in another student into reading it too! I hope she likes it too๐Ÿ˜Š

Thanks for popping on today! It’s always good to have you! We’ll chat again on Sunday! Bye!

Words of Affirmation

Happy first Sunday of the year, dear readers! I trust you have, loosely translated from African languages, entered the year well!

So, as you already know, I’m a high school teacher. You know that right? I’ve spoken about it enough times!

Our academic year ends in December in South Africa and matriculating is quite a big hooha over here! Last year was my first year as a matric teacher which is as big a hooha as matric itself! I was very proud of myself when I got it!

Any teacher will tell you that the first year of teaching any grade is probably the toughest because you are still learning the ropes, and so as teachers we have fast become accustomed to stumbling the first time around and getting ready to go again and be better the second time around!

So the year was tough, learning a new setwork and all the administrative work that comes with teaching this particular grade!

In early January, the results are released nationally so you can imgine the anxiety leading up to the day! I was so blessed to recieve some thank you messages for some of my students expressing their appreciation for the year!

These were, once again, reminders of the impact we have on those around us. I don’t think we fully grasp that and I am here to remind you, no matter what, that someone sees you and you have, are and will leave a mark in people’s lives. Keep doing what you are doing!

Thank you for popping in. It is always a pleasure to have you here.Have a beautiful day๐Ÿ˜˜

Touch

Good evening, dear Readers!

What a busy week it has been! Can you believe I only got home an hour ago?! Sometimes life throws all kinds of things at you and gives you very little opportunity to catch your breath. But I am grateful for a full and fulfilling life!

As some of you may know, I’m a teacher and tomorrow, I bid farewell to a group of matriculants that have a very special place in my heart. We arrived at my current school at the same time. Them, as little grade 8s with high school ahead of them and me, a new teacher to the curriculum and to the school. In many ways, we grew up together in learning and tomorrow, they leave for the big bad world!

My hope for you tonight is that you know that no matter what walk of life you come from, no matter your occupation, no matter what you do for fun or where the universe decides to place you, you have an impact on people that you will not always see. Blieve me, you have, you are, and you will touch someone’s life! So by all means, live out loud!

I appreciate your dropping by and I trust you have a fantastic, full and fulfilling week ahead! We’ll see each other again on Sunday๐Ÿ˜˜

End of Term!

It’s Midnight on my side of the world! Which means the end of the school term is a mere 12 hours away! Bare with me, I’ve been counting down for the last 2 weeks so I’m super excited!

There are a bunch of posts about a bunch of different things for you to look forward to during my 1 month ( yes, a whole month!!) break, so keep your eyes peeled and get ready to participate coz it’s gonna be liiiiiiiit!!!

I better go to bed, if I want to survive this long awaited day. Goodnight my weirdos! We’ll talk on Sunday๐Ÿ˜˜

Invigilation

Invigilation is a slow game of Pacman. There are, however, no winners;

Just teachers entrenched in those aisle

Picking up dropped pencils and adjusting facedown student cards- bored out of their minds

Knowing fully well that their only escape is a quiet classroom and a pile waiting for that red tick- Or red cross.

Students, stuck in their seats filling pages and pages with dates and sums and reasons in hopes that they will will be rewarded. Sometimes merely waiting for the declaration: “Pens down!”

Indeed, this game of Pacman holds us all hostage!