What You Do Matters.

Our classroom contains encouragements in every corner. Positive affirmations. Mindful messages. Mini pep talks. What you do matters. Connect, advocate, lead, develop. You’ve got this.

As I thought about writing this, my first Slice of Life post, my stomach started to feel……tight. You know the feeling. Heart racing, breath quickening, stomach knotting. The same thoughts kept bouncing from one side of my head to the other: “What can I write that anyone will care about? Do I really have to post it? To social media too?! Yeah, I don’t think I’m doing THAT.” Sigh. The struggle is real and more often than I’d like, that snarky little voice wins.

What you do matters. Connect, advocate, lead, develop. You’ve got this. Okay, okay, it definitely matters that I try this. Professionally, I know how much this can help me understand my student writers and become a better leader and guide for them in their writing journeys; personally and emotionally, I feel I’m going to need this outlet for some deeper, life-altering reasons.

What you do matters. Connect, advocate, lead, develop. You’ve got this. Working on improving myself within the four pillars of KTI has been a goal since I attended the Star Summit this last summer. (Gotta say-one of the best PD weeks I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. Highly recommend-10 for 10!) I’ve always felt comfortable and strong with “connect” and “develop”, but need some real work with the “advocate” and “lead.” So, yep, writing and actually POSTING will push me to grow there. Drat.

What you do matters. Connect, advocate, lead, develop. You’ve got this. I’ve got this. I’VE got this. I’ve. Got. This? I’ve GOT this! But, do I really? Yeah, I think I need to add something more to that one – I can do hard things. It will be hard to find the time. It will be hard to think of a topic every day that’s fresh and new. It will be hard to do while on vacation. Mostly, all these reasons boil down to one big hard-it will be hard to be vulnerable. Once I name the obstacles I can overcome them, yes?

What you do matters. Connect, advocate, lead, develop. I’ve got this because I can do hard things. Alrighty then, just as soon as I hit that publish button in…….3……2……1.

6 comments

  1. I love the repeat of your classroom inspiration here. So powerful- and your self talk too. I can feel these feelings. It’s so hard to start— and that publish button can be scary. You CAN do hard things! I’m so glad you are slicing with us!

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  2. I also love the repeating lines throughout the piece as you voice the inner struggle of “do I write?” or not. Bravo for taking on the challenge and I think your worries match many of ours. I’ve been doing the challenge since 2015 and every year I worry if I will have enough to say or will I say too much? I’ve come to treasure my archive of March blogs as little time capsules of what was going on in my life at the moment. I hope you love the challenge and writing every day! (Pick a cool prize to give yourself after 31 days of blogging- I always do that too!)

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