Now that summer is here I can finally stop making excuses and get to the business of catching up with my life. I don't know about yours, but the school year for me is always very busy. There is an endless list of things to do both inside and outside of the classroom. My classroom responsibilities often take on a life of their own. I often use weekends to squeeze in everything else that needs to be done in my life.
So here I am, trying to catch up with my life. I have a list of things on my summer "To Do" list. Do you get the feeling that I like lists? I do! They seem to keep me on track. What I like even more is checking things off my list once they are accomplished. Here is a sample of the things on my summer list:
- Walk/run the trail
- Prepare healthier meals
- Spend time with family
- Organize Everything
- Prepare for next school year
Don't laugh at the last one. Sometimes I just want a little extra time to think. I'm not at a lost for things to think about either. A lot of this thinking has to do with planning. Planning for next school year, planning with my daughter (who will be a senior next year), planning outings with friends and family, planning, planning, planning. One of the best places to think and plan, is on my favorite walking/running trail. In my town, we have some of the most beautiful trails. My favorite is The Paint Creek Trail. It's five minutes from my home and it's breathtaking. Sometimes I walk or run and listen to music on my iPhone. Sometimes I walk and think, and often times, I stop and enjoy the view along the way. Today I spotted this huge mushroom growing beside a tree.
It's so important to Stop, in the midst of all the business, and smell the roses (or mushrooms)! It's good for the mind, body, and spirit.