Hump Day

How has Hump Day been to you?

This day has presented itself with many humps, it seems. I had a satisfying work day (working with 14 kids, changing diapers, re-organizing a classroom, etc.) and made it to a doctor's appointment, however, I feel unable to rest. It seems like these days keep getting longer and longer and the heat is aggravating.

Maybe it is just the sense of being in the habitual phase of "this is the work that you have to do today, so get it done" -that made it seem successful yet mundane at the same time. This statement does not mean that the work I do is unremarkable; days without major incidents are ideal in a childcare setting. But I think this experience can apply to anyone who has only had an "okay" day.

Yes... the weather must be affecting my mood! One thing I appreciate and wish everyone could have is a stable work environment in which co-workers value their work and not let the work define them. It would be nice to greet someone with a "good morning" and exchange pleasantries throughout the day. Sometimes, people are negative. Perhaps they are used to being so negative that they are blind to how people perceive them or maybe it is as simple as they just don't care. Or, they gossip to gossip. *These people should have clear tape placed over their mouths. That way, we will all see when a lie is about to cross over their lips.

But before I go off on a tangent, I think it is really important to be nice to people you work with and be grateful. No matter what you think of a colleague, remember that they are in the same workplace with you. Stop the preconceived notions you make up--- because they usually tend to be wrong. Don't spread rumors about a person that you haven't said "good morning" to as they come to work.

None of this "gossiping" happened to me today but I felt like sharing. There is so much going on in people lives and we should be encouraging and enriching; not tearing down. We don't need a reminder of anything that might be happening in our personal lives and have them show up at work. Actually, if gossiping and being negative is your self description, a.k.a. your "M.O."- get that checked.

If there is a problem, be a good adult and fix what is broken. Take care of yourself and treat others with love and consideration. Look up the Golden Rule. If you're gossiping at work you're obviously not doing your job.

So, my challenge to you is to ask your colleagues "How are you?" And, possibly say "Good morning!", if you usually don't extend polite salutations. (Disclaimer: I think this probably works best when speaking with intent and truth- not fake "essence.") Also, please remember "it's okay to be happy with a calm life."

Happy Hump Day❤️💕✌️👏

Until next time, Goodbye! さよなら!And adiós!


At 3.5 Weeks

Today marks 3.5 weeks since the end of the 2016-2017 school year, however, I have not had a "real" break. In fact, I have overextended myself. Moreover, I'm helping others get through tough times by listening to them and offering them advice, but that, too, is taxing.

Bad things are seeming to happen to good people and I do what I can to give comfort/make things right. I can't change their situations but I'm feeling myself become emotionally drained. Since my work schedule is full and availability is limited, I have no time. My face has even started to hurt from being outside in the sun while chaperoning children- and I might be dehydrated!

So in order for me not to become a disaster myself, perhaps I should do some self care and "take care" of my health. I need everything in my life to be simplified and I, myself, seek support! Now, if I could only take the first step to de-clutter my mind, my home, and my schedule...

The moral of the story is: don't just do what is best for Others, but do what is best for YOURSELF in order for everyone to benefit. (Inspiration from 1 Corinthians 10:33 NLT and the Lifehouse Tokyo broadcast titled "You Only Live Once (YOLO) published to YouTube on June 13, 2017.)

Sometimes you have to realize you have done your best by Doing Your Job! Situations will be resolved, however, time cannot be pressed. Seeing results is a waiting game- no matter the positive or negative outcome. Timing is everything. So let go and let it flow. PEOPLE REAP WHAT THEY SOW.

For now, I'll just stare at the painting I drew as an acknowledgement of my life and who I am. Please enjoy my artwork- I've attached it to this post. I hope it soothes and calms. Thank you!