Category Archives: Nuture Self

Take a creative break

nancy 2011-2012 K    I love to teach and  I’ll admit, new education trends find teaching tasks taking up most of my wakeful time.  A recent lengthy bout with pneumonia however, forced me to take time to rest.  It also found me taking up a creative passion from long ago – crocheting.  I found the break from “thinking” about teaching, expectations, and test scores refreshing and I believe it helped me heal quicker – both physically and mentally.

The link between creativity and mental and physical health has long been established.  How are you feeling these days?  Does your health or mental state need a lift?  As George Lois stated, “Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.”

Teacher work loads and stress seem less cumbersome when balanced with a creative activity.  What’s your creative passion?  Not sure what it is?  Listen to Sir Ken Robinson discuss “Finding Your Element”.

Are you finding time for your creative passion?  Remember – you have a life outside of work that only you can make fulfilling.   Find time for a creative break today!

How Brewing Coffee Can Up Cognitive Dexterity

Wonder why you do what you do?  Checked your cognitive dexterity lately?   For some interesting insight on revving it up – check out how seeing things differently and changing routine can add some spice to your life!

How Brewing Coffee Can Up Cognitive Dexterity.

How to keep talented teachers from leaving

A must read for anyone interested in preserving the integrity and vitality of the teaching profession.

How to keep talented teachers from leaving.

“A Good Day” video – Brother David Steindl-Rast

There are times in all of our lives when we might benefit from the gift of renewal and a reminder of what is truly meaningful to our happiness and well-being.  My favorite “go to” renewal/reminder place is:

“A Good Day” video – Brother David Steindl-Rast.


A Teacher’s New Year’s Prayer

The road less traveled...

As the new year begins may we take time to reflect on the past, present, and future – confident in wisdom to guide us through a year of…

Hope for healing

Acceptance without fear

Peaceful days

Patience for positive outcomes

Youthful exuberance

New beginnings

Energy to sustain

Worthy personal experiences

Yearnings that motivate

Enthusiasm and zeal

Amazing grace and

Resplendent conviction for meaningful change

Sincere best wishes for peace and happiness in 2013 and always!


The Secret to Making It a Great School Year | Edutopia

The Secret to Making It a Great School Year | Edutopia.

It’s been too long

It seems like forever since I have posted.  All too often life has a way of sneaking up on us causing us to prioritize and the beginning of school is just such a time.  The classroom is arranged, the dust has settled, and the students have arrived.  Looking forward to re-energizing my creative spirit!  Happy Fall!

Take time today…

Remember, today is Sunday –

Time to STOP and smell the flowers…
Know that a great part success is learning to balance all areas of your life…
On this day, take time to spend with family and friends…
Take time to rest…
Eat well…
Be good to yourself this day…
And by all means, HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY!!!!