What summer has done for me……

Summer is sliding away. There are two weeks until we head back full time into planning and preparing for the school year ahead. Every year, I get excited to think about a new year and a fresh start, but I cannot lie, this summer spending time with family and friends has been everything to me.

I have spent a lot of time reading and thinking about how to be a better teacher. I have analyzed data. But I have also spent time thinking about myself and what I need to be in the best mindframe possible to start a new school year. Reflection is so important. And what I realized is that it’s important for me to slow down and be present. I need to focus on living in the moment, rather than trying to always “capture” the moment. I have spent time with my son who is getting ready to go to college, with my daughter who is getting ready to start high school, and for the first time in about 18 years, I spent some much needed alone time with my husband. I feel very connected and present with my family. My mind feels clear, my heart feels full, and I feel so very blessed!

I am just getting back from a trip to Boston (which is home). But this time was different. Normally we go for vacation and we spend two weeks visiting friends, seeing favorite New England places, and eating all the food that we don’t get to eat in Florida. This year however; it was time to bring my mom home. She passed away last year, and her final wishes were to be buried with her family in Boston. We took the trip with heavy hearts, but knowing we were following her wishes. Although it was difficult saying goodbye again, it brings me some peace knowing she’s “home”. What a blessing to be able to share the experience with my family and with our family up North.

I’m looking forward to the next two weeks of continuing to make memories with the most important people in my life. And I will not let it slip away without giving thanks and being grateful. I hope everyone gets to take some time as I have to refresh, reflect, and renew.

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