Saturday, January 17, 2015

Celebrate This Week! 1.17.15

It's always good to end the week on a positive note.  Sometimes we concentrate on the negatives.  We have a choice.  Choose positive.  Choose to celebrate.  I will be joining Ruth Ayres and her weekly link-up, Celebrate This Week.  Check out all the other celebrations HERE

Happy Small Celebrations Saturday!

1.  My daughter
I'm so proud of my daughter and her swimming.  I know I've talked about her a lot, but I think it's important to be proud of our kids' accomplishments and to let them know how proud of them we are!  My daughter swam her first 500yd freestyle swim last night at her meet.  That's 20 lengths of a pool.  So impressed.  I've never seen her so nervous before.  I could tell she was having trouble getting her breathing down which was making it hard for her.  But she finished it strong, then went on to take over 3 seconds off her 200 free a little over an hour later!  So cool.

2.  Nerdy Breakfasts
Last Sunday I went to breakfast with Jen Vincent (@mentortexts).  It was so nice to talk about reading, writing, books, and teaching - face to face!  One of the things she shared with me was the concept of using a bullet journal.  Kate Messner shared her bullet journal on her website HERE.  I love post-it notes.  They are all over my desk at school, at home.  I'm hoping to try this journal to keep my post-it notes a bit more contained.  I also want to have a place to plan some writing ideas.

3.  Writing
Well, celebrating a start to writing.  I really don't like writing.  I feel like what I do is ramble.  I don't know how to make it just right.  This week I won a copy of Kate Messner's 59 Reasons to Write.  I'm hoping it makes me think a bit differently about writing.

Just a few small celebrations, but they make me smile!  Off to do some reading.  That also makes me smile!


  1. Great celebrations! Congrats to you and your daughter on her accomplishments. I saw a picture of you and Jen and was happy that you two got to spend time together. It's lovely to share time with other Nerdybookclub friends. I keep trying to convince myself that I love writing, but it's a hard sell. I do more and more of it though. I want to get Kate's book too.

  2. How fun to win a copy of Messner's new book! I actually tried the bullet notes this week to get myself moving on my big work project--AND IT WORKED! I felt very organized. Congrats to your daughter! That's a serious accomplishment! Also, thank you for the words you start your celebrate posts with. I take them to heart each and every week that I read them: they are a strong reminder to me that I DO have a choice about my attitude, even when I have a difficult week.

  3. Thanks for the link to the bullet journal idea I need to get a bunch of things organized in next two months and this looks like a way to start. Big congratulations to your daughter!

  4. Michele, it is great connecting with a new blogger. I can relate to your swimming story. My daughter and son swam since they were children and when my daughter was in SHS she and a friend petitioned the BOE to start a girl's swim team. They got their wish. Neither one of my children swam in college but my son who has mild cerebral palsy continues to swim 3-4 miles per day at least 3 times a week to loosen his muscles.

    I saw that Stenhouse has a copy of Kate's new book on the website and two of my blogging colleagues are mentioned (Amy Rudd and Margaret Simon). I will connect with you on Twitter.

    I have an invitation on my Celebrate post. I hope you consider it.