XXXI: Speak Easy


Finally a chance to breathe this week…
It all started with something like this from an 8th grade ELA instructor:

Your name was suggested as someone who once talked in front of people using persuasion. Would you be interested in taking that up again?

Yesterday I was given a very unique opportunity as school. Talk to a group of students…about talking. To assist with a unit about persuasion, TedxTalks, and rants an instructor asked me to make a persuasive speech, 3-5 minutes long, and present it to her classes.
The exact words,

They need to see what a solid, good example looks like.

I asked if there was a specific topic. I was informed to pick whatever I’m passionate about.
The outline was made yesterday afternoon. I have three weeks to make this speech, and I learned today that the school’s “Teaching and Learning Coach” will be sitting in as well.
Can I be 100% honest with you?
I’M PUMPED OUT OF MY MIND!
The audience, the freedom, the pressure, everything I love being wrapped up together. I’m so excited that I get to enlighten, excite, and build momentum for four classes of 8th grade students.
Not to mention I can try to show instructors that I do have some sort of talent that could be used in a classroom. This is truly a dream for me. It makes me fall in love with this school that much more. Being asked to give a speech? Epic.
God is so good, allowing me to have these opportunities, it’s almost frightening.

-D-

#getyourpraiseon


I booked it yesterday. Working from 6:00AM to 8:30PM non-stop. Along with schedule changes at school my day was rather chaotic.

However, with all of that comes this kind reality also…

I slept like a rock last night. I moved once due to a nightmare, but that was it. On too of that I woke up this morning completely refreshed.

I will throw up some praise for an awesome sleep offering!

-D-

#getyourpraiseon


These days are simply blessings by the end of the night…

School started back up, turns out I really missed those kids (and supervisors). Being asked about my progress on my certification process warms my soul.

A very productive, encouraging meeting with a client of mine after school just added joy to the day.

God calmed my nerves. God gave me strength. God is good.

-D-

Mobile Minutes: School Day Nerves


I head back to school tomorrow, the holiday being over and all.
Can I be honest? I’m nervous. I get nervous, the butterflies in the stomach, everything when I think about tomorrow.
I don’t want to make mistakes, I want the kids to be successful, and I frankly, I don’t want to stop having fun.
Maybe I’m naive and weird for thinking that, but it’s interesting getting nervous about going to work.
And I’m not even a teacher!

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Held Out


I could feel it earlier this week. It started with a few sneezes and a restless night. My only prayer was that my body would hold out until Christmas Break.

It did…and that was it.

3:00 PM and I’m heading to bed. The cold has finally caught up with me, and now is a great time to recover.

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Snow Day


Incredibly, the day before Christmas Break was to begin, I witnessed an email and a phone call informing me that I was to experience my first snow day from the school.

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It snowed.

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I worked out.

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I rocked out with my amazing, growing church family.

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I celebrated the one year anniversary of Rock & Run Brewery.

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I dined on some incredible wings.

Snow days are beautiful…

-D-