#RedforEd

 

Today teachers across North Carolina have traveled to Raleigh to March for Education! Teachers are demanding better conditions for students, better pay, better support from legislators and many other issues that plague our schools. I’m thankful for the teachers I’ve had in my life that have shaped and form me into the person I am today.

While I’m not sure how to support our teachers on the state level I thought I would offer some ways that I think we all can support our teachers:

  • Volunteer at a local school. Consider volunteering at the school(s) in the district you live in. Testing season is among us volunteer to be a proctor.
  • Get to know a teacher and listen to their concerns.
  • Know your local school board members and district administrators.
  • Vote for qualified school board members.
  • Push your school board members to visible in schools and get to know the children and families in the district they represent.
  • Pick-up supplies form the dollar store and drop them off in the school office.
  • Pray for those who work in education.
  • Ask questions and be informed.
  • Ask questions about funding.
  • Write letters to state and national lawmakers encouraging them to visit schools without press.
  • Ask County Commissioners what they do to support local schools. Ask them when they visited at school last.
  • Think of the many people that aren’t teachers. Think about bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers, administrative assistants, buildings and grounds crews, bus mechanics, nurses, teacher’s assistants, media coordinators, guidance counselors, social workers, and many others that work tirelessly to support OUR children.

There are many champions for children across our state and nation who work hard to support our children and don’t get respect and support they deserve. Let’s engage in authentic conversations that include those who are actually working with our children.

Teachers, I’m grateful for each of you and am thankful for the hard work you do each day!

 

 

Self-Care

For a long time, I used to think making time for myself to “recharge” was selfish and that sleep served as the best way to do that however my views on that has changed I’ve learned and grown more from listening to my body say its tired and what it needs to be well again. I thought I would share some of my practices with you.

  • Writing – I love writing stories, poems, prayers and my blog posts the give me a sense of release.
  • Sitting on the porch – I love sitting outside and watching the world go by and hearing all of the sounds outside has to share.
  • Making things.
  • Being in the woods whether that be hiking or biking.
  • Listening to music that tells a story.
  • Warm cups of coffee.
  • People watching – I find it very interesting to see how people communicate and interact with each other.

These are the few practices I’ve learned that make my soul well again and I’m sure as I grow and navigate life I will learn more. Friends take care of yourselves – it’s good for you and all involved.