Stress is a normal part of life, but it doesn’t have to control you. Using essential oils along with other effective stress-management tools can enhance your life and empower you to tackle whatever comes your way.
food for thought
Love is not a feeling in your chest; it is bending down to wash another’s feet.
Our Life In Pictures
Take me back to this place with this sweet man of mine. ☺️💕😍
Yesterday, I lost my cool with a student. I had every excuse in the book for why I lost my temper, but at the end of the day, my actions just didn’t match up with the kind of person and teacher I want to be. After talking with this student privately today and apologizing and hashing out what happened, I asked their permission to apologize to our class for how I handled the situation. Permission was granted, so I took the first five minutes of class to address what happened yesterday and make it right. I was crazy scared and embarrassed but I did it anyway. And I talked about WHY I was taking the time to own my mistake and why it’s so important for us to live in our truth and be willing to admit when we don’t get things right. And you know what? My students freakin’ clapped for me. Yep. They clapped for me with huge smiles on their faces. And then we jumped into the learning and had an awesome rest of the hour. Lesson learned: Don’t run from your choices. Own them. Model what that looks like for the people around you. It’s SO so worth it.
That moment when a person whose work has forever impacted and changed your life, a person who has five #1 NYT Bestsellers and kicks tail on the daily when it comes to shining a light on shame and vulnerability and empathy in this world, likes a photo that you share of using her work and inspiration in your own classroom.... Fan girl moment right here, y’all!
Fave oils to diffuse in my classroom! I only use a few drops at a time to be sensitive to my students’ unique needs. I get compliments all day long, y’all, from kiddos and colleagues about how fresh and yummy my room smells. And I don’t have to worry about giving kids headaches with all that fake fragrance found in plug-ins and “room deodorizer.” Loooooooove these little beauties so much. 💜💕
I love starting every day off with a favorite quote for students to discuss with their peers. @brenebrown gives me so many good ideas to put in front of my classes. #daringclassrooms #brenebrown #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers
For all the mamas out there tonight fighting for more for themselves and their kids, let me give you this... Don’t second-guess your gut. That God-given intuition in you is something you have for a reason. Don’t be afraid to fight for what is right. And if you need someone by your side, I’m your girl. And I’ve got an army behind me that is fierce when it comes to goodness and respect and righteous anger. We ready.
This man right here is my whole world. The way he shows up for me and our kids, the fun and continuous laughter he brings into our home, the way he’s taught me to go with the flow and not take myself so seriously, the wisdom he brings to so many life circumstances, the way he pours himself into his craft (and looks damn good doing it)... I just can’t get enough. I’m the luckiest girl in the world to have him by my side day in and day out. He rides the waves of the school year with grace and calm, and loves my boys like they’re his own. Never in a million years did I dream this kind of man would come alongside us and become part of our lives and love us so deeply. But God. In His beauty and grace and love. He. Did. That. And my life will never be the same. In a couple months, we’ll celebrate three years of married bliss, but I’m not waiting that long to stop and drink all this in. I hit the jackpot of all jackpots in snagging this man. That’s worth celebrating every day. 💜💜 #totalleytogetherforever #ctfamtakes2019
Sweet happy from one of my students today. 💕💜💕
Polly is in her feels since I won’t share my eggs with her. #sorrynotsorry #istillloveyouthough #bostonterrier #bostonsofinstagram
We celebrate the first day of school with a spaghetti dinner by candlelight. Crashing into bed after teaching 150 incredible kiddos today and being mama to my own two teenagers. This #teachermama life ain’t for the faint of heart. But I wouldn’t have it any other way! 💜 #ctfamtakes2019
Little breakfast with my loves this morning. It’s going to be a great day! #ctfamtakes2019
Sabbath. 😍 #ctfamtakes2019
Tonight, I celebrated my 36th trip around the sun with a belated birthday dinner shared with the three people on this planet who know me better than I know myself. It is so comforting to be cherished by those who have seen the darkest, toughest parts of me and loved me all the more. Better yet, I know that these people love me enough to not let me settle for a half-hearted life. They speak truth when I need to hear it. They sit with me in my mess and grieve it with me. And they walk with me into the light when I’m ready. That’s the kind of love that God means for all of us to find, and He’s given it to me three times over. My heart is so full. Grace upon grace. #ctfamtakes2019
I sure do love going to work everyday with this beautiful woman right here! It’s a dream to work with my Momma in the best school district and community EVAH. ❤️ #teachGMSD #WeAreHMS
Y’all came through in a big way and fully funded me and Charlie’s adopt-a-teacher fundraiser for the educators at our local elementary school. Each teacher received a $50 gift card for classroom supplies, and this is just the beginning of what I hope is a long, life-giving relationship between our family, our church @lhchurchmemphis, and this special community. I was able to spend some time this afternoon at Southwest Elementary and my heart is so full seeing what this school is doing to serve students and their families in Fayette County. This is where the magic happens! #allmeansall #teachersmatter #ittakesavillage