Friday, May 27, 2011

30 to 31

Did anyone else have a hard time going from 30 to 31?  Today is my birthday and I'm having a hard time with it this year for some reason.  I've pretty much always thought age is just a number and never really understood why people lied about their age, got depressed around their birthdays, etc. 

Last year I had a little bump in the road when I turned 30....nothing like this year though.  I don't think it's really the number that bothers me so much as that I look back and feel like I should have accomplished more by this point. 

Ugh...midlife crisis at that possible? 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Oprah's Final Show

So I watched the last Oprah show yesterday.  I've never really been a loyal fan.  Some weeks I might have watched 3 or 4 shows and some weeks I might not have watched any.  But, I did make sure to sit down yesterday.  I was glad I did.  I liked the simplicity of it and appreciated a lot of the advice she offered. 

Some of my favorite lines from the show:

Don't wait for someone else to complete you. 'Jerry Maguire' was just a movie.

People want to know 'Do you see me, do you hear me? Does what I say mean anything to you?' Try it with your children, your husband, your boss -- validate them. 'I see you. I hear you. And what you say matters to me.

My hope is you will be a safe harbor for somebody else. Connect, embrace, liberate, love just one person. Then spread that to two and see what a difference that makes.

Your life is speaking to you. What does it say?

A calling lights you up and lets you know you're exactly where you're supposed to be doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing. Live from the heart of yourself. You have to know what sparks the light in you so you in your own way can illuminate the world.  You have the power to change somebody's life.

There is a difference between thinking you deserve to be happy and knowing you are worthy of happiness. We often block our own blessings because we don't feel smart or pretty or worthy enough. The show's taught me you're worthy because you're born and you're here. You alone are enough.

Did you watch?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Saying Goodbye

Today was the last day for two of the students I've taught for the past two years.  They'll be moving on to middle school next year.  Ugh, I'm  so sad that I won't get to work with them anymore.  I'm going to miss all the hugs, high fives, smiles, and cheers.  I'll even miss all the sayings like"tartar sauce", "heavens no" and "oh yeah baby". 

I'm so glad I got to be a part of their lives for the last two years, and so thankful they were a part of mine.

Monday, May 16, 2011

4 days!

I'm so ready!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Heaven is For Real

I read this book yesterday: 

From Barnes&Noble:
A young boy emerges from life-saving surgery with remarkable stories of his visit to heaven.

Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear.

Told by the father, but often in Colton's own words, the disarmingly simple message is heaven is a real place.....

I was sort of disappointed by some of the reviews I read on B&N (I read them after I read the book).  A lot of people had a lot of negative things to say.  I personally thought it was a great book and it gave me a lot to think about.  And, since my own personal views on religion are all that matter to me, I quit reading the reviews.

I highly recommend reading it if you haven't already.  I wouldn't look at any reviews before you read it either so you have an open mind as you read.

If you've already read it, I'm interested to hear what you thought.