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You’re More Powerful than You Think!

When you think of someone who is powerful, who comes to mind?  Is it the President?  The CEO of a major company?  The pastor of your church?  Oprah?  What characteristics does one have to possess in order to be described with the adjective powerful?Power

I had the opportunity to attend church with a dear friend of mine today.  The pastor preached about influence.  He reminded the congregation about how easily our lives can be influenced.  In contrast, he informed us of the power that we have to influence others.  He quoted a shocking statistic in his sermon:  “The average person influences approximately 10,000 people in his lifetime.”

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Ten thousand?  That’s a lot of people!  I’m pretty sure that I don’t even know 10,000 people.  In fact, I’m a couple of hundred people shy of having a mere 1,000 Facebook friends!  So, how in the world can I influence that many people?  I barely have the time to get all of my tasks done in a day, so how do I have the time to influence 10,000 people?

The fact of the matter is that we influence people when we don’t even know that we’re doing it.  We influence people by our relationships, the way we dress, what we eat, what we say, and our facial expressions, just to name a few.  When I began to think about the opportunities that I have to influence others, these were the first few to enter my mind:

-as a mom

-my position as a teacher

-coaching cheerleaders

-as a youth advisor at church

-as a friend

-shopping in the store

-blogging

-singing in the choir at church

-tutoring after school

And those are just the first few things that came to mind.  Wow, I am way more powerful than I thought.  I bet you are, too!  Take a minute and think about the power that you have to influence someone’s life.  Actively thinking about it will help you to make good decisions and to be the person that you want others to be.  Take advantage (in a positive way) of the power that you have been given to make this world a better place!

Final Friday, Back to School Edition

I know what you’re thinking.  No, it’s not the final Friday of the month (when I normally do my Final Friday post).  Today is the final Friday of my precious summer vacation.  Such a bittersweet day, it is. I guess it’s true what they say.  All good things do come to an end, huh? 

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I loathe the fact that I can no longer sleep until I decide it’s time to get up.  I now have to obey my alarm clock.  I now have to live my life strictly according to my Cozi calendar so as not to miss any important meetings, deadlines, events or the like.  I now have to check backpacks every evening to make certain that the “I don’t have any homework” declarations are indeed true.  I have to prepare lunches each night before going to bed.  I have to make wardrobe choices at night to avoid any potential last-minute morning mishaps that threaten my chances of getting everyone to their designated locations at just the right time.  I have to make arrangements to get this kid to practice and pick this one up.  Order this one’s costumes, pick up a poster for this project, send in money for this field trip, buy a t-shirt for this and that, and I’m sure that I’ve left out something. 

So, how will I spend my final Friday?  Shopping? Hanging with friends? Relaxing on the couch? Nope.  None of the above.  I’m spending my final Friday of summer…(drum roll please)…working in my classroom! 

Enjoy your Friday! 

 

How Lucky Am I?

When I started this blog post, I vowed not to spend too much time talking about teaching.  Sorry.  Teaching is what came upon my thoughts today so it is what I chose to write about.  Did teaching come to my mind because I’m dreading the end of my summer?  Is it because I’m thinking of all the planning that I need to do in order to prepare for the upcoming school year?  Maybe it’s because I’m wondering how in the world I’m going to fit a full-time job into my already busy life?  TBH, it is because I was thinking how lucky I am to be amongst those who are blessed enough to call themselves a teacher. 

My journey to becoming a teacher is an interesting one.  I grew up, as most little girls do, playing school with my dolls, cousins, and friends.  Up until the age of 15, if someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was always, “a teacher.”   But somehow, I got off track and decided to pursue a degree in Business.  It only took a few semesters for me to figure out that the School of Business was NOT the place for me.  It just didn’t seem to be a natural fit.  So, I waltzed over to the College of Liberal Arts and changed my major to English.  

I can still hear the supportive, yet hesitant tone in my mother’s voice when I informed her that I was changing my major to English.  It’s probably similar to the tone that college students hear when they tell their parents that they are majoring in Art or Dance.  Nonetheless, I was determined to get a degree in English, but I was equally determined that I would NOT be a teacher. 

Silly me.  What was I thinking?  How could I not see that teaching is the coolest job ever.  My career has definitely taken the scenic routine to it’s current location.  I’ve worked as a secretary, a teacher, a college instructor, a technical writer, and a proposal coordinator.  I can say with confidence that I have been the most successful as a teacher. 

Teaching is the job in which I feel most comfortable. I love that each school year brings with it a clean slate and a new opportunity for me to get it right.  I’m faced with a new group of students, new ideas, new strategies, and new goals.  I meet new teachers, new students, and new parents.  I work tirelessly to educate students in the content area as well as in character education.  I count the minutes to the end of the day, the days to the end of the week, the weeks to end of the month, and the months to the end of the year.  Then, in the blink of an eye, it’s over.  And I get to start all over again! How lucky am I?

Dressing a “tween” for back-to-school

As much as I hate to admit it, it’s time to start preparing for back-to-school.  I have two children, a boy and a girl, both in the “tween” stage of life.  Luckily, my son is care-free and will wear whatever I purchase for him without complaint.  He’s not into fancy smancy name brands or the hottest looks.  He’s prefers shorts, t-shirts, and flops or sneakers (depending on the weather), making shopping for him a cinch for me!

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My daughter, on the other hand, is the ultimate fashionista.  She loves all things girly and can’t wait to get her hands on the newest and hottest fashions.  So, back-to-school shopping for her can be a little tricky.  I love helping her find hot styles for great prices.  So, before we head out to take advantage of some tax-free savings, we decided to do a little web browsing as to reduce the number of eye rolls and arguments that we might have while out shopping!

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So, here are some of her favorite back-to-school items:

Rare Editions Girls 7-16 Hi Low Dress

One Step Up Girls 7-16 Printed Crepe Button Down Blouse

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My Michelle Girls 7-16 High-Low Hem Top

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YMI Girls 7-16 Floral Printed Skinny Jean

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Well, now that we’ve spent time looking for things that fit her “style”, I’ll go mentally prepare for the fact that her mind will have completely changed by the time we get to the mall.

What styles are your tweenaged girls begging for this fall?

Goodbye July

Look at me, rhyming and such with the title of today’s post.  I’m trying to make myself smile in the midst of watching my summer slowly slip away from me.  In just a few short weeks, I’ll be back at work with a “to do” list a mile long.  Actually, I have a mile-long “to do” list now, but I’ve just chosen to forget about it until next week.

As much as I want to complain about summer being almost gone, I will take the high road and be thankful for what July has given me.  I was able to spend time with my family, see friends I haven’t seen in years, spend a day with my very first college roommate and her family, enjoy beautiful fireworks, celebrate a new baby coming into the world, encourage my son in his new sports venture, and watch my daughter compete in a national dance competition.  I’d say that July has been pretty good to this busy mom.

So yes, I’m waving bye bye to yesterday, but it’s with a smile on my face.  I’m happy for what July brought with her and I’m looking forward to welcoming August in tomorrow!  I can’t wait to see what she has in store for me!

How was July for you?

 

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and stones may break my bones…you know the rest, right?  How many times have you heard that saying?  Countless times, I’m sure.  But, have you ever really stopped to think about it?  WORDS will never hurt me.  Words will NEVER hurt me.  Words will never hurt ME.  No matter how many ways I spin it, the fact still remains:  words can hurt.

The other night, I was at church talking to a friend about our kids and how they are growing up so fast.  Both of us were able to think back on hurtful things that people said to us when we were in middle and high school.  We also talked about how our children come to us when someone says or does hurtful things to them.  I hesitantly admitted that I find myself using that same old tired phrase with my children in attempts of helping them bounce back from the pain caused by someone’s careless mishandling of words.  When in fact I should be honest with them.  Instead of trying to make them pretend that words mean words are not hurtful, I should be teaching them to cope with the pain caused by hurtful words and action.  So, the next time one of my children comes to me and lets me know that they have been hurt by someone’s words, here’s my advice to them:

1. Don’t take it personally.   Hurt feelings are a part of life.  Everyone experiences hurt from time to time.

2.  Express your hurt feelings.  Keeping your feelings bottled up is not the correct way to deal with them.

3.  Let it go!  We are not defined by other people’s opinions.

4.  End it.  The”Pay it Forward” concept is great when it comes to everything EXCEPT saying mean things.  You know how it feels when someone says something hurtful to you, so make a vow to let it end with you.  Don’t say mean things to or about other people.

What piece of advice would you give to someone who is hurting because of something that someone has said?

 

 

Friday Five/Fourth Friday Edition

Once again, it’s the final Friday of a summer month.  That means we’re getting closer to school starting back we still have a few weeks of fun left before school starts!  It was hard to narrow down my Friday Five list this week.  This was an action-packed week full of fun and excitement. Well, here we go:

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1.  Cheerleading:  I put my pom poms on the shelf back in 1997 after being selected UCA All-Star, serving two years as captain of the Varsity squad, and having six memorable seasons as a WHS Cheerleader.   This week, I started my new position as Jr. High Cheer Coach, and I’m really excited about it.  Please know, I am smart enough to know that my cheerleader days are over.  But, it’s nice to see these girls who have the same passion for the sport as I did 16 years ago.

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2.  Football:  I’m an avid lover of football.  I LOVE my Auburn Tigers and it’s difficult to tear me away from the TV on Saturdays in the Fall.  But, I’m feeling some kind of way about football now that my son is playing his first season of football.  Despite what I thought, he’s loving the sport, so I guess I’ll just have to learn how to enjoy football while watching the game through my fingers!  (It’s different when one of the boys on the field is your own…)

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3.  Family:  Normally during the summer, I am inundated with things to do.  This summer, I vowed to take it easy and spend time with my family.  It’s the best decision I’ve ever made.  I’ve enjoyed waking up and seeing my husband off to work (and then quickly jumping back into bed to try to grasp hold of any little sleep that may be left inside of me) and spending time with my children (when they weren’t busy asking to go to a friend’s house or having a friend come over).

Family4.  Dance:  Soon, I’ll be headed to the beach for Fire & Ice National Talent Competition.  My daughter’s dance team has had a great dance season and I’m ready to close it out with some wins at nationals this week!

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and the BEST part of nationals is that it’s being held at….

5.  THE BEACH: My favorite place in the whole wide world is the beach.  I love relaxing and being care free. I love hearing children (mine and others) playing in the sand.  I love hearing the crash of waves as  they retire on the shore.  I love getting lost in a good book without the disturbance of the television and other things.  I love admiring yet another of God’s most amazing creations.

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Oh yeah….I also love eating great seafood, hanging out at cool spots, and shopping!  (shh…)

There’s my week in a nutshell.  I’m ready to enjoy the weekend!  Enjoy yours.

My Favorite iPhone Apps

I absolutely LOVE my iPhone.  So much so that I’ll turn around and go back home if I discover that I’ve forgotten to toss it in my purse.  This relationship is real, albeit one-sided.  The phone is always giving me what I need and I’m always right there waiting to receive the awesomeness that it always supplies.  If loving my iPhone is wrong, I don’t want to be right.  I’ve been on the iPhone bandwagon since the first generation.  I’m a bit tardy at taking the plunge to the iPhone 5, but I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before I upgrade.  (I’m still a little salty about Apple changing the charger ports on it’s newest iPhone.  Upgrading my phone will mean upgrading chargers and docks and everything…)

My love for my iPhone made it impossible for me to resist Alabama Women Bloggers’ invitation to link up with their “Talk Appy to Me” Tech Tuesday post.  I couldn’t wait to unveil my absolute favorite iPhone apps.  Well, without further ado, here they are:

Facebook – I LOVE having this amazing social network at my fingertips.  I can check statuses, send messages, add new friends, send birthday wishes, and more with the help of this great app.  Definitely one of my favorites.

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Twitter:  Another of my favorite social networks easily assessible through an app.  This is another app that I use on a regular basis.

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Cozi:  I’ve blogged about this great app before.  The Cozi app allows me to keep up with everything that I have to do.  Additionally, my family can add their activities and instantly, our calendars are connected!  I love being able to see who has a meeting, practice, or an event all at a glance.  Cozi doesn’t stop there.  I’m able to add shopping lists, plan meals, and take notes.  I don’t know how my family stayed organized before Cozi!

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You Version Bible App: Incorporating daily Bible reading into my life is so much easier with this great Bible app.  You Version makes it easy to read daily verses, write notes, view videos, or participate in reading plans.  You Version allows me to set up reminders, which is very helpful when I embarrassingly forget to take time for God’s word.  You Version helps keep me accountable to reading the word every day.

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WordPress:  This app recently became one of my favorites.  I started blogging in late May.  I discovered this app in June!  It is awesome.  I can write and edit blog posts, read my favorite blogs, and check the my blog stats!  I love being able to blog on the go with the WordPress app!

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ebay:  I love finding great deals on ebay.  The ebay app makes it easy for me to browse and shop anytime.

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Rhapsody:  I love music.  I love apps.  So what’s better than a music app?  Nothing!  Rhapsody lets me listen old favorites as well as the newest releases from all genres of music!

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Well, those are a few of my favorites.  To find out what apps other women bloggers in Alabama are loving, click the picture below.  Before you go, don’t forget to share with me some of your favorite apps.  I’m always looking for more!

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Saturday Shopping

You know what I like to spend my Saturday mornings doing?  Browsing the internet for the hottest looks.  I’m still on the lookout for great back-to-school pieces.  Here’s what caught my eye today:

Ella moss Women’s Tuscana Top

I love this shirt.  However, I’m going to need my friend Katie over at Hems for Her to work her magic and find me one similar for a way lower price.  My pockets won’t let me pay $188 for one shirt.

Anne Klein Women’s Reflection Print Jacquard Dress

I’ve never owned jaquard clothing, only jaquard bedding.  But, I really want to give this piece a try.

Bandolino Women’s Capture Platform Pump

I’m really going to try to get outside of my box this fall.  My mom has really been encouraging me to try more colors and prints.  I normally play it safe with neutral tones and solids!  We’ll see what happens.

Nine West Women’s Manii Sandal

 

kate spade new york Santa Rosalia Scout Crossbody Flame – kate spade new york Designer Handbags

 

Perfect for Game Day!  War Eagle!!

 

What “gotta have” item have you fallen in love with lately?

Throwback Thursday, Sandals Style

In 2005, my husband and I celebrated our five-year anniversary at the Sandals Resort on the lovely island of St. Lucia.  Joy, over at The Sowell Life, blogged about her destination wedding at Sandals, which brought on a feeling of nostalgia.  Here are some Throwback Thursday pictures from that memorable anniversary celebration.

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