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FortyGirl…that’s me! This blog is about a Christian wife, mother and educator who is working on being a better person. This is my very own personal self-improvement journey! I will share my successes, situations (so much better than saying challenges), and any other funny or serious issues that will come up along the way. I am an educator who absolutely believes we MUST be life-long learners…that is what keeps us young! So, the journey begins…here we go….

The Impact we make.

The Impact we make..

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The Impact we make.

I read a quote today…”If your presence doesn’t make an impact, then your absence won’t make a difference”. I thought about that quote and then really thought about it. How powerful is that statement?  As a wife, mother and educator that statement is very profound….It is so important for us to make an impact on the people we come in contact with, and more specifically a POSITIVE one.   As a Christian, I want people to “see” that I am Christian by my actions. I know I fall short every single day, but the goal is to try, try again. Over the past couple of days, I have tried to pay compliments to people from telling one woman, ” I really like your dress”, to a man in the elevator,”don’t take this the wrong way, but you smell very good”. They were genuine compliments, genuine be the key word. Her dress really was beautiful…kind of a peacock print, and he really did smell great. 

I know these examples are simple and not real high on the profound list, but I think it is the simple acts and interactions that make a difference. 

As an educator, I must make a positive impact on my students. I am a school Principal and every single student that walks through the doors of my school deserve to be impacted in ways that make them feel valued, respected, important, and the list goes on and on. Schools should be safe havens for all children…places where they are going to be met with success because the adults in the building are willing to do anything to make sure they are successful…to make an impact. I don’t think educators are aware of the power they have, how they affect the students they come in contact with, but we cannot forget. I can only remember two educators that had a positive impact on my life, truly a positive impact. Now, that is sad. What is even more sad is I have heard that story more often than not. So…my goal and purpose is to make an impact on people’s lives as much as possible, and to make sure that the students I encounter every day feel valued.  I want to make a positive impact on my family, my school, the world. 

How about you? What impact are you making? Are you going to make?

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Stepping into a new realm…stay young…learn something new

Stepping into a new realm…stay young…learn something new.

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Stepping into a new realm…stay young…learn something new

Well, I am currently attending a conference to become a better educator…it has been amazing….inspiring in so many ways with a focus on what education is all about…the students!!!!  At this conference, I, too, have become a student. I am now tweeting!!!  I have attempted to tweet in the past, but I must say have been a little unsure…kind of like a student being presented with a new skill. Well, not kind of like, EXACTLY like! I am now on Twitter and I am loving it. I have learned a new skill and it has made me feel younger and more a part of what is going on. Isn’t it funny how learning something new can make you feel renewed? 

With Twitter I am connecting with people I will more than  likely never meet, but seeing their ideas and thoughts…so interesting. It is like a clinical study on human behavior!  So, as I blog on and on…the lesson here…is step out of your comfort zone, be a lifelong learner…after all, it really is the fountain of youth.  Learning something new and feeling unsure can really make us feel confident and young again. What are you going to learn today?

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Father’s Day…post about a special memory

Father's Day…post about a special memory.

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Father’s Day…post about a special memory

Today is the day in which we stop for a moment and thank our fathers. Please post a special memory you have with your dad. I would love to read about all those special moments with you, so share out and talk about a special time with dear Ol’ dad.  

I have quite a few special memories with my dad, but I will not ever forget our father-daughter date nights. They started when we lived in Germany. I was in the first and second grade. Every couple of months I would get all dressed up and my dad would take me out to a nice restaurant…just he and I. I loved having all of his attention to myself. My brother was at home with my mom, and I was the special one those nights. I know that I chatted the night away, and I am sure my dad found it hard to get a word in.  We continued our father-daughter date nights even after we moved to Colorado, and I must say that every other month we still get together for a quick bite just he and I. I treasured those moments then and still treasure them today. 

Now, let’s read about your special memories with dad…

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It’s Sunny Outside!

It's Sunny Outside!.

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It’s Sunny Outside!

A phrase that wakes me up most mornings…”Mommy, it’s sunny outside!”. My son has such a cheerful disposition, and his simple wake up phrase makes me wonder how many of us truly wake up and think “It’s sunny outside!” We truly are so blessed. Don’t get me wrong there are situations and people that can put being “sunny” to the test, but really, overall, having been granted another day truly is a blessing. Another day to correct a wrong, make someone else’s day, do good, turn our life around, make better choices, so many opportunities. Let’s face it, there is always going to be someone or something that make us want to scream and pull the covers over our head in the morning, but our outlook can make such a difference. So, tomorrow throw those covers back and get out there cause…”IT’S SUNNY OUTSIDE”!

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