Recently I’ve decided to revamp my writing career. Many of you know that I’m a fairly new middle school teacher. I’ll be entering my 4th year this August. Let me tell you, I absolutely LOVE teaching! I love it so much, that I’ve totally immersed myself in everything about it so that I can be the best middle school teacher I can be. Teaching is already a job that takes a lot of your energy, time, and money if you’re doing it right. Being new a new teacher requires that much more, just trying to get the hang of lesson planning, classroom management, testing, and time-management. Needless to say, teaching definitely took away from my time to write.
Now that I’m a little more settled into my teaching career (thanks to an AWESOME mentor, colleagues, and administration!), I’m ready to devote more time to my true passion–writing.
With that said, I’m going to ease back into it. I am taking my blog in a new direction. I’m dedicating it mainly to just story-writing. Sure I’ll post some other things, like writing tips, informational articles, and general musings. But for the most part, I’m going to use this blog to practice and cultivate my story-writing skills. I’d love to write something daily, even if it’s only a few lines, but I’m not going to hold myself to that just yet. I do plan to post a story or part of a story a few times a week. I’ve subscribed to a a website called Figment that sends daily writing prompts. They are very intriguing and really help me to stretch my imagination when I write from them. If you’re into reading and story-writing like I am, you should check out the site. There’s all kinds of cool things on it!
So…here’s my first response to today’s Figment writing prompt. Please tell me what you think!
Figment Prompt: “You are going to want to give up. Don’t.”
“You are going to want to give up. Don’t,” he said.
“How do you know?” she asked.
His gaze wandered and his head dropped, making it easier to divert her pleading eyes. He stuffed his big hands into the pockets of his baggy work pants. His shoulders heaved upward, then sank as he inhaled deeply and let out a weary sigh. For a moment, he remembered. Not everything, not clearly. Flashes of her smile, her lips, the blood. He remembered how the flowery smell of her perfume stayed in the air moments after she was gone. He could hear her laugh, her sweet, innocent laugh. Then he heard her scream.
Today, I celebrate.
I celebrate homework, football practice, and guitar concerts.
I celebrate school dances, movie dates, and break ups.
I celebrate acne, stinky sneakers, and puberty.
I celebrate healthy breakfasts, packed lunches, and wholesome dinners.
I celebrate washed uniforms, ironing lessons, and clothes-folding fests.
I celebrate tender hugs, heart-to-hearts, and loving kisses.
I celebrate discipline, discontent, and disappointments.
I celebrate attention, concern, and selflessness.
I celebrate joy, pride, and gratefulness.
Today, I celebrate motherhood.
Though I have never given birth, I am a mother. For 10 years, I have cared for comforted, and watched my stepson grow into an amazing young man. It almost seems unfair that I was given the opportunity to help raise such a wonderful person. I thank God for him everyday and for the responsibility of being a mother. Happy
Mother’s Day to all of you who fulfill that role in any capacity.
You know that business you’ve considered starting in 2014 ? Well once your business starts booming (and it will), you’re going to need some serious writing to spread your name on the web and through print advertisement. You’re going to have to stay in contact with your followers via your blog. You’re going to need a star bio to show you and your business in your best light. You should probably get started with this now so that when the waves of customers come, you’re ready.
Creating a successful business is time-consuming. There’s more to do than there are hours in a day. While you’re busy building an empire, let me handle all the writing. Here’s my latest ad with my current specials.
You know that business you’ve been considering promoting through a new Empower Network blog? Well once your business starts booming (and it will), you’re going to need some serious writing to spread your name on the web and through print advertisement. You’re going to have to stay in contact with your followers via your blog. You’re going to need a star bio to show you and your business in your best light. You should probably get started with this now so that when the waves of customers come, you’re ready.
Creating a successful business is time-consuming. There’s more to do than there are hours in a day. While you’re busy building your business, let me handle all the writing. Here’s my latest ad with my current specials.
You just came up with the Best. Idea. EVER! Your mind is moving a million miles per second as you start planning how you’re going to accomplish this major feat that leaves the world staring up at you on your mountain top in awe. You can’t wait to get started and tell everyone all about your ingenious idea. So, you tell your family, your friends, your church members, you even blog about it. As the words spill out of your mouth, you brace yourself for the overwhelming support, admiration, and excitement you just know you’re going to receive in response. Suddenly, you feel deep wrinkles forming on your forehead, y your brows nitting, and the corners of your lips shifting towards the ground. Oddly, a feeling of confusion sweeps over you. You say to yourself, “Why do I suddenly feel confused and discouraged? What happened to the overwhelming happiness and pride I was supposed to be feeling after sharing my dream with them?” Then you realize—you have just been the victim of a Dream Killer.
A Dream Killer is someone who responds negatively to your ambition. Their response may come in the form of words, actions, or expressions. Some Dream Killers are easy to spot, while others are much more skilled at camouflaging themselves. Some may have an ulterior motive for killing your dream, while others may just love the power in controlling the lives of others. Don’t fall into the trap of the crafty Dream Killer. Learn to recognize the signs of a possible Dream Killer so that when you’re face to face with one (and oh yes, you will be) you will know exactly what to do.
“You can’t do that. That’s too big for you. It will never happen. Someone is already doing that. Where are you going to get the money for something like that? You’re not smart enough to do that. You need more education. You need more experience.”
These are all typical responses from a Nay-Sayer Dream Killer. Everything they say in response to your telling them about your dream will be negative. They want to make you feel like your dream is impossible either because you are inadequate to accomplish something like that or because your idea just can’t be done.
The way to combat the Nay-Sayer in the Dream Killer showdown is to just do it and prove them wrong. Don’t engage in arguing with them and don’t try to defend your dream. Just politely say, “Nothing in this world is impossible and I can do anything I set my mind to. I recognize that a dream as great as mine is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication; therefore, I am already preparing myself to make it happen. ” Then walk away or change the subject. Don’t dwell on their negative words. Just research everything you need to make your dream reality and get to work!
The “Truthful” One
“I’m going to be honest with you. And this is not to discourage you, but just to make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into,” and from there, they begin to put you and your dream down while trying to make you understand they’re telling you all this because they, “don’t want to lie to you or give you false hope.”
The “Truthful” One is a very crafty Dream Killer. They try to camouflage their negativity with words like “truth, honest, love, care.” Don’t be fooled! They are just killing your dream softly, but they are still killing your dream! To The“Truthful” One say, “I appreciate your honesty and candor. I will carefully consider the points you’ve made as I go through the process of making this happen.” Don’t let them think for a minute that you’ve been defeated. Privately, you can consider what they’ve said—or not.
The craftiest Dream Killer of all. They know your dream is profound. It’s so great, they wish they had thought of it. They approach you in two different ways.
1) They make you think you can’t do it, then steal your idea and do it themselves.
2) They smile in your face and tell you how great your idea is. But all the while, they are already plotting how they can get started with this before you, steal your resources, and claim your dream as their own.
Usually, you don’t realize they are attempting to take your dream. That is what makes them the most difficult to defend yourself against. But don’t get discouraged. The best way to combatThe Thiefis not to put your dream on display for them in the first place. This is the best advice against all of the Dream Killers, actually.Keep your mouth closed about your ideas until you’ve already got it in place. Whether that means you need to get your work copyrighted, trademarked, published, etc. before sharing it with potential Dream Killers or people who you don’t know for certain that you can trust.
The Bottom Line
Be careful to whom you share your dreams and ideas.
Remember that even those closest to you can be Dream Killers.
Surround yourself with positive people who support you and delight in your accomplishments and good fortune.
If you do happen to find yourself in a dark alley with a Dream Killer, the less you say about your dream, the better.
Stay positive, stay motivated, and stay encouraged.
The O’Jays knew something about Dream Killers! Listen as they describe each one of the Dream Killers we’ve discussed in their classic 1972 hitBack Stabbers.
I have just finished a webinar for Optimus Education entitled ‘5 Top Tips to Safely and Effectively Utilise Social Media as a Tool to Support Learning’ and I wanted to share the slides. Have a look and feel free to download if you like it.
Summer is in full effect and so is sunburn and sun-fried hair! As the temperatures go up, the amount of clothing we wear goes down. Our hair spends countless hours going from being drenched in saltwater, saturated with pool chlorine, and then baking in the scorching sun. While you’re out and about having fun in the sun, your skin and hair are silently screaming for some reprieve.
You can still look your best in your swimsuit, super-short shorts, or strapless sundress while your hair blows in the summer breeze without spending the other 10 months of the year in damage control. Keep reading for a few simple ways to protect your body while still maintaining your summer sexy.
Red or yellow, black or white—we ALL need sunscreen! Dark skin DOES burn in the sun and those with it CAN get skin cancer. Regardless of your skin tone, always wear a good quality sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply it frequently. Sunscreen helps protect you from sunburn and certain forms of skin cancer caused by UVB rays. Dark skin may burn slower due to the higher amounts of melanin in it, but it still burns—and melanin does nothing to protect you from skin cancer. Nobody wants your flaky, sunburnt skin blowing off in the breeze and floating in their poolside pink lemonade.
Don’t forget your lips! Basking in the sun, riding the ocean waves, and sipping Mojitos by the pool all suck the moisture right out of your lips. Dry, burnt, cracked lips will seriously damage your summer sexy. Carry a tube of SPF lip balm and use it every hour or so to keep your lips supple and hydrated.
Eat, drink, and be merry. Whether you’re going hard in a game of beach volleyball or just relaxing on a beach towel while reading the latest James Patterson thriller, the sun can quickly drain energy out of you. Make sure you’re eating healthy meals regularly throughout the day and carrying energy-boosting snacks with you if you’re going to be out for a while. And do I really have to tell you the importance of staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day? Not only does being in the sun cause you to sweat out massive amounts of much needed hydration, but so does that case of Corona by the pool. Having to be rushed to the emergency room for dehydration might be a real damper on your pool party.