Those of you who perform any sort of exercise and physical activity or those of you who teach children or those of you who are parents or those of you who have any long term goal at all are going to be able to relate to this post.
I have hit "the wall". I hit it a few weeks ago in regards to my blog. I always try to come up with a post that is current and relevant to my life as a teacher, mother and "runner" and when I sat down to write a post a month ago I could not think of anything! You would think with a student teacher in my classroom I would have plenty of time to write, but no. Not only did I not have enough time, I could not think of ANYTHING interesting to write. I thought, "This is it! My short-lived life as a blogger is over." I have hit THE WALL!
I have hit the proverbial wall many times in running and still do from time to time, but I thought it would be easy to sustain a blog. I was wrong. I wanted to write posts that were inspiring and honest and helpful and I ran out if ideas. So I got a little grumpy and simply gave up. I always smile when I read a blog where a blogger has started out, "So sorry I have not blogged in a few days . . ." For me it's like, Sorry I have not blogged in a few months ~ my life is boring!
So I had to step back and think about why I started this blog. What was my reason behind sitting down and sharing my life with the world? I wanted to document my teaching career as I ventured into kindergarten, I wanted to share stories and let others know that they are not alone in this endeavour of teaching/parenting/life and I wanted to share my ideas with others since I have spent so many years stealing other's ideas.
Then over the weekend we had some friends over for dinner. Our girls were all playing together and dressing up in a princess costume with a crap ton of glitter on it. By the time the evening was over our house was covered in gold glitter. Then we started talking about the amount of glitter on the floor and my friend suggested I write about the "joys" of raising 2 girls for my Tuesday Top Ten. I realized that it didn't matter if my blog posts appealed to the masses, what mattered was that they appealed to me! I wanted to have something I was proud of. So thank you friend for renewing my enthusiasm for my blog and for helping me see that this venture is a fun one.
I also want to thank the followers who take time out of your busy lives to comment/e-mail/give me awards. You also help me see that this work that I do is important and I appreciate you.
So, did you make it through the beginning of my post? I didn't put you to sleep yet? Good because you are in for a treat. In 10 days, on March 22nd I will celebrate my 1 year anniversary of being The Accidental Teacher! To celebrate I want to give back to my friends that have given so much to me. This giveaway will be easy. All you need to do is:
1. Be a follower ~ let me know through a comment on this page
2. Suggest an idea for a top ten.
That's it - so easy! Please leave your e-mail address so I can get in touch with you!
For your efforts I will reward you with a few goodies. One lucky winner will receive a copy of No More I'm Done by Jennifer Jacobsen. You know how much I love her! One lucky winner will get a $10 gift card to Amazon.com (another obsession of mine, books!) and one lucky winner will get a $10 i-Tunes gift card.
I will choose the winners on March 22nd!
Thanks so much to Michele over at New Adventures in First Grade for awarding me the One Lovely Blog Award.
I'm terrible at following directions so I apologize in advance. Here are a few of my favorite blogs that have inspired me over the past year. If you are not already following them, I highly recommend it!
Runninghood ~ Amanda is a runner, mother and very inspiring and honest on her blog. She is also local (to me that is)
Joyful Learning in KC ~ Some of my best ideas have come from Melissa's blog. Currently I'm using her Very Hungry Caterpillar math book. Thanks Melissa!
Restart, Rinse, Repeat ~ This is a shameless plug for my husband's blog. 2 years ago he quit his job and decided to go back to school and get his master's in teaching. Oh yeah and he went back to running, barefoot AND decided to blog about it. His insights are funny and honest and make me feel better.
The Elementary Art Room ~ some of my best art project ideas have come from this fantastic blog. She posts ideas by grade level and artist.
Chickadee Jubilee ~ Laurie is so great at updating her blog with pictures and descriptions of what is happening in her classroom. I would love to be a student in her room!