But First a Good Book
Where have I been? Reading a great book! For those of you who are trying
to have breakthrough moments this year I highly recommend M.J. Ryan’s
book titled This Year I Will. It is full of great ideas for breaking a habit, or
sticking to a resolution that has beaten you in the past. Get it! Read it!
Together it will help us break habits that have beaten us before we decided to
breakthrough. I loved the sensible suggestions and encouraging words within.
Yes! I Said Man Cave for Girls
One of my former high school students visited me in my home last night. She is now a college senior who is a future teacher. She came to my home to help me make a video about my upcoming book. My young friends are wonderful resources when it comes to technology skills.
Her name is Kaitlyn and she can make a computer come alive with creativity. Best of all she is willing to share her skills with me. I’m telling you when you teach with your heart your students will love you forever. They flock to my side to help me every time I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.
I loved what she said when she first walked into my home office. “Wow!’ she said. I was afraid my disarray had punched her in the solar plexis. But she took away my embarrassment with her next sentence. “I can’t wait to have my own home so I can have a room like this. This is like a girl’s version of a man cave!”
God bless her. She ‘gets it’. The room where I write is a feminine version of a man cave. Which is to say it isn’t a man cave at all. No dark paneling can be found in my domain. No bar for drinks or kegs of beer.
No giant screen TV has been invited into my room. I’m surrounded by built in shelves backed by white bead board and filled with books I love. The walls are a beautiful pastel, lampshades are gingham, and wicker baskets with charming fabrics hold my pretty folders full of past programs where I was invited to speak and writing ideas. And my file folders aren’t manila. They are flowered, striped, checked, paisley or polka dots. “Why?” you ask. Why not?
A variety of scrapbook papers are within reach and a polka dot flower pot holds my colored markers. I have stickers, stamps, and paper cutters. I’m surrounded by encouraging quotes and sayings. I thrive on encouraging words. Some of them say…
Your story matters
She believed she could…so she did.
It is often the bend in the road the makes life worth the drive.
To teach is to love.
Welcome to my loose interpretation of clean
Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time.
Yeah, I admit. It is cluttered. There is always a pile on my desk. Ask any student who ever entered my classroom. But every item in it sparks my creativity and wraps me in encouragement as I write. The framed cover of my first book hangs on the wall. It is matted in bright yellow to grab my attention and remind me that my words matter.
I admit I didn’t get my shabby chic cocoon until my daughters moved out. But I have it now and it lifts my spirit and makes my heart soar every day. Here’s hoping you ladies will follow my lead. It’s not just the men who need a special room to rejuvenate them. Go for it girls.
If Kaitlyn were still here I’d have her take a bunch of pictures of my room and post them on my blog. But, well, I’d have to clean first. Let’s not get carried away.