Saturday, October 9, 2010

Placement Time!

So you may have noticed this blog seems a bit different. That is because i have removed almost all of my entries. This is only temporary. Id like to edit my older posts just to make sure they are appropriate to be out in internet world. I may one day have parents and potentially even students reading this blog when i am a teacher, and i want to know that what i am writing is informative and useful and maybe even inspiring. For now though I just don't have time to go through my old entries so i have removed them (and saved them on my computer) and will be able to repost them in a little while.

Do keep following as i am still going to continue to write when i have time.

Also i just have to say - i love being back in school. Being on campus, walking into a library packed full with people, enjoying my studies and doing the work. It is so much different from my undergrad - it feels like every project i do is an investment in my future and will decide how knowledgeable of a teacher i will be.
Now i head off to placement...i am nervous because there are so many unknowns and i cannot claim to be a master at every subject...but i am also really excited and cant wait to get out there.

"The only place where your dreams becomes impossible is in your own thinking" - Robert Schuller

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Break

I haven't posted a quote in a while and I feel it is time for one again. Seeing as i am back in school after a three year break, i want to post this one - to keep me inspired when i am sitting in math and feeling completely overwhelmed. Quotes, quotes, quotes....they make me happy.

"You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world" - Tom Blokaw

Sunday, June 20, 2010

One Day

There has been a song that has sorta been my saviour over the last few months. I am sure most of you know it. It is called "One Day" by Matisyahu. Whenever I am feeling completely helpless, or feeling like nothing will ever change, or really needing to be told that everything will be ok, I flick on that song.

There is nothing that can discourage me or hurt me more, then human beings. There is the discouragement of canned hunting, wars being started to drain countries of their natural resources, destruction to the environment. The big stuff. But humans, on a smaller scale, can also be discouraging. Pointing out certain things I am insecure about, not being supportive, not being understanding - all the little things that can contribute to the nagging feeling of "you will fail" that can sometimes be in my mind.


There is also nothing more inspiring then human beings. There is the encouragement of Lisa Shannon fighting her battle to regulate the use of conflict minerals, the facebook group dedicated to making people aware of canned hunting companies disguised as conservation groups, people cleaning up oil soaked beaches and animals. For every negative that has been caused by humans there are always those who are working to fixed the problem. In my life right now, I have 5 people who jumped on board right away to do my run and others who have jumped on board to sponsor us or help at the event. There are people from across the United States reaching out to help this Canadian and her friends and family try to help Congolese people and the animals that live there. To me it is a beautiful example of the true meaning of being a human being. Sticking together, getting each other through the rough patches, defending each other, hoping that everyone has a chance at a good life, being inspired by one another, pushing the pain and hurt feelings aside to better oneself. I sure know I am constantly in need of lessons on how to be a better human. I fail at it often. So I love being reminded by others. Without other peoples strength, kindness, passion and love for life, I would be completely lost in doubt.

This song reminds me of the greatness people have in them. The capacity for hope when there should be none. The second I hear it I let myself get lost in all the possibilities out there and feel motivated again to pick myself up off my butt, from whatever has knocked me back down (i am pretty skilled at knocking my own self down sometimes!), and just be happy and hopeful in the now, and really really excited for what lays ahead.

"Sometimes I lay under the moon
and thank God I'm breathing
Then I pray, don't take me soon
cause I am here for a reason
Sometimes in my tears I drown
but I never let it get me down
So when negativity surrounds
I know some day it'll all turn around because

All my life I've been waiting for
I've been praying for
For the people to say
That we don't wanna fight no more
They'll be no more wars
And our children will play

One day, one day, one day

It's not about win or lose
We all lose when they feed on the
souls of the innocent
blood drenched pavement
keep on moving though the waters stay raging
In this maze you can lose your way
It might drive you crazy but don't let it faze you no way, no way!

One day this all will change
Treat people the same
Stop with the violence
Down with the hate
One day we'll all be free
and proud to be
Under the same sun
singing songs of freedom like

one day, one day, one day

All my life I've been waiting for
I've been praying for
for the people to say
That we don't wanna fight no more
they'll be no more wars
and our children will play

One day, one day, one day"