The Happiness Project

Before my “Spring break,” I picked up this fabulous book entitled, The Happiness Project written by Gretchen Rubin. The catcher for me was the subtitle: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. After reading the subtitle, this seemed like the perfect book for me.

While you are reading the book, it really feels as if she is talking to you about how things are going.  Happiness is a choice? Happiness is a way of thinking? I found her book to be fascinating and an interesting look at life. Why do we chose to be unhappy? Reactions? Empathy? Attention?

As draw near the end of the book, I find myself slowing down. I am anticipating the end of the book….I want the happiness I feel while I read this book to continue. Perhaps this is defeating the purpose…and I am hindering my own happiness.

Thank you Gretchen for writing this book.

Post workshop thoughts

My first presentation went above average. I’m a big fan of Garrison Keiller. Anyway, I feel the need to process the presentation. First, I cannot explain how it feels to be sitting in a conference room alone wondering if anyone is going to show up. My workshop was on the last day in the afternoon with a large snow storm looming. As I entered the room, I watched the hiatus of people leaving the building. Oh, man. My ego was in check….don’t do this for the wrong reasons. Do your best. People will not judge. Just share as you do on twitter.

When 2:15 arrived, I shut the door and began my little presentation. There were about 10 people in the room. THANK you if you are one of them!!! The women were a wonderful audience. They shared information about themselves and asked great questions as the presentation went on.

During the presentation, I was able to connect with my friends in France. It was a short demo on the power of skype to build learning communities. Merci Thierry et Marine! Vous êtes trop sympas!!!

I finished a little early. It was okay. I made it. Now, I’m looking to dive in again!

Why not?

So many times, I hesitate in posting on my blog. I put it off…think I’ll come back to it but never do. Yes, I am busy. I have two small children, teach full time, took a group of students to France for 2 weeks…blah blah blah. We all have our busy lives. I have a fear in writing. The fear of the critique or fear of inadequacy.  (for example…the last idea was not a complete sentence…and three points in a row isn’t really sound writing). Hence the glory of the blog. It does not have to be perfect….but it has to be something. Without writing or without posting your thoughts and ideas, you might as well abandon the blog. For if we only write in it once a month, it does not serve a purpose. It becomes a dreaded task.

I am inspired by @nunavut_teacher  and other teachers on twitter for their continuous and loyal posting. How I enjoy their thoughts and ideas. I must continue to write without fear.