slice of life

SOL: D29, Positive Vibes

I haven’t been feeling very positive about everything lately and my looks/how I feel about myself etc. I haven’t taken many pictures of myself , I guess I don’t feel as wonderful looking as I was. Maybe I am just feeling the getting older thing myself even more than normal. But everything has gotten much harder since getting a little older. Once over 30, it’s not as easy to lose weight anymore, and there are some grey hairs and wrinkles that start creeping up.

However, my positive vibes are coming from the amount of things I have accomplished this year. I have taken on many challenges this school year and it is about to be April, with 3 months of school left. How insane is that?

With this being my 2nd year living across the country from my whole family and all of my original friends… but now my life is totally different, with different friends and it’s not so bad at all.

I have accomplished a new blog this past year and kept up with it with passion! I am not sure life would be the same without it. I don’t really know why I ever stopped writing. But it has helped me teach writing and work on writing with my students as well as myself.

I teach to being positive and accountable to my students every single day and it’s coming down to the wire of the school year with state tests, report cards, grades, finishing National Boards, TPEP; so many things.

My one little word of the year was difference. I am hoping to make a difference in my life this year and others as well. I’m not totally sure what that means but I’m hoping I will find it as it happens.
One more positive vibe I want you to check out is Alice. Nine’s blog post! She took her 28 Slice titles and made them into a poem!


I’m writing with the Slice of Life Challenge for March with Two Writing Teachers. 

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TWL Working Mom

Jennifer is the owner of TWL Working Moms. She is a full time teacher, a mom & step mom, and NBCT Facilitator. Jennifer lives in Washington State and is a born + raised New Yorker. In her spare time, she loves traveling, yoga, the beach, writing, listening to books and drinking coffee.

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  1. I feel the same way about pictures! My smile never looks natural, and my eyes often look the “wrong” direction ha. But I posted a picture of myself for today’s post as well (my new haircut!). Staying positive can be tough some days, but I always try to smile throughout my days (even if it is on my own with a book!)

  2. I’m positive you have a great blog which I look forward to reading, thank you ?

  3. Great slice and great reminder of staying positive! I too, have been feeling not so positive about my appearance lately and it’s definitely the signs of getting older. I will see a pic a friend posted or on my phone and notice dark circles under my eyes or crow’s feet, and just feel negatively about myself and that I look old. By doing this I take away the joy I felt in that moment. Hanging with my best friends, cuddling with my son, whatever it was. It IS hard to stay positive but it’s so important for our own well being! I can relate to the part where you talk about encouraging our students to think and be positive, but yet we don’t always practice what we preach. Yet, we should be focusing on what we have and what we’ve accomplished, as you did in this slice. Bravo, and congrats on all you’ve taken on and succeeded with! 🙂

  4. You look great, we are our worst critics. I created a blog when I moved to a rural area without any family or friends. It gave me purpose and saved me from going insane from loneliness. You are making a difference with your students by just showing up with a smile and positive attitude…they notice things like that. Take it from experience…once you hit your 50s that weight is near impossible to remove. ugh! Have a smooth closing of school and focus on yourself and family this summer. Pamper that husband…we tend to push them to the back burner once kids and the school year come along. Ok…that was probably too much. You don’t have to post this comment if you don’t want to. 🙂

  5. You have accomplished a lot this year. Writing every day for the SOLSC is no small feat.

    I avoid photos at all costs. On the other hand, I embrace the grey hair. I have decided that each grey hair represents some experience (good or bad) that has helped me become the person I am.

  6. I look in the mirror and don’t recognize the 65 year old face staring back at me, but I am happy with who I am. You have had so many life experiences and knowledge that you share with others. That is a great accomplishment. You participated in the march Challenge – something not everyone can say they did. Continue to let the positiveness outshine the doubt.

  7. It is very difficult to stay positive with ourselves. Teachers are great at preaching to our students to stay positive, but forget to say that to our selves. Be proud of yourself and know that you are making a difference.

  8. Well, I’m like arjeha . . . sometimes I’m surprised by the reflection I see in the mirror… just doesn’t look like I remember. 🙂 . . and I really do need to clean out the back of my closet ’cause I’ll never have that shape again. But I love living fully and “negative” does nothing but drain life. So I won’t let it sit on my shoulder and whisper in my ear! And don’t you either; just knock it off! Thanks so much for the link to my post (just a quick correction: the link should begin http:// (no letter s there). Hugs to you!

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