Draw a Picture…

Here is another activity that I did in my Elementary Education club at my college! We were asked to pick a piece of paper. Then we had to draw a picture of ourselves and put 5 little circles or clouds around the picture we drew. We were then told to write 5 things we like about ourselves inside the 5 circles or bubbles.

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I filled mine out, and then I looked around at the other people in the room. Some people looked like they felt really uncomfortable. But then there were others that seemed perfectly fine with the idea.

I never thought that this activity could get such different reactions from people.

Afterwards we debriefed.

We were described the significance of this activity. People who struggled with the activity are more likely to have lower self-esteem. People who found this activity easy, are more likely to have higher self-esteem. But of course there are exceptions to the rule.

It is so important as teachers to have high self-esteem or to portray high self-esteem. Your students will be looking up at  you for a significant amount of time each day. If you are an upbeat and happy teacher, your students will feel much more comfortable, safe and happy in your room. If you have or if you portray lower self-esteem, that could also rub off on your students. When your students leave your classroom, they will often feel whatever “vibe” you were giving off during the class.

Students who have higher self-esteem often do better in school and have less trouble socializing. Self-esteem can often lead to increased success.

You could also do this activity with your students and express the importance of self-love. Expressing that you are a good person to talk to if they have trouble filling in any of those circles can help create a window of opportunity to talk to your students. I know that when I become a teacher, I want my students to feel happy and safe in my classroom. Every student matters and I want them to feel that too.

What do you think is the importance of self esteem in the classroom?

-inspireafeeling

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St. Patty’s Day Hiking!

Here are some pictures from my St. Patrick’s Day hike! It was such a beautiful day.

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Hiking is a great way to exercise. If you aren’t feeling motivated to exercise, go outside. There is nothing like fresh air and nature to clear your mind. It is such a fun way to have fun and exercise.

Where is your favorite place to hike? What is your favorite part of hiking?

-inspireafeeling

 

What is your favorite part about teaching?

In my Elementary Education club at my college, we sometimes do different activities to help us think critically about different situations in the world and in the world of teaching.

This activity happened to be for our club’s bulletin board that we have in the education building. However, I took a lot more from this activity than just to decorate the bulletin board.

We were asked to write what our favorite part about teaching was, in the middle of the hand we traced and cut out. My response was “the difference you can make.”

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In my life, I have always wanted to make a difference for someone. So many people in my life have been completely and utterly inspiring to me. I can’t imagine not having these different people in my current life or to have passed through my life. That’s one reason why I want to make a difference, especially to my students, and be there for the students or the people who may not have been as lucky to have multiple people come into their life and change it.

This may be a simple activity that makes you think about why you want to be a teacher and what your goals are, but it can be so much more than that.

If your aspiring to be or are currently a teacher, what is your favorite part? If you’re not teacher, what is your favorite part about life in general? What do you want to pull from it?

-inspireafeeling

Staying on track with your fitness/diet routine?

Hey guys!

So lately I have been doing excellent (if I do say so myself…) with staying on track when it comes to working out and eating clean so I thought I’d share some of the things I have been utilizing to do that!

Eating clean doesn’t mean you can’t eat good food. When eating clean, I eat as many fruits and veggies as possible. I also eat oatmeal, healthy grains, walnuts, etc. However if I do feel like I want something sweet, I’ll have some walnuts and chocolate chips or chocolate Cheerios with peanut butter. Usually when I indulge I try to keep some nutritional value (such as protein) in the mix.

You don’t have to work out as much as you think you do. I work out for about forty minutes to an hour about 3 times a week. In addition to that, I try to do two planks every day. Planks do wonders. I’m sure you’ve heard that before but you should try planking everyday and you’ll notice the difference! Overworking yourself can actually do more damage than good.

Time to yourself can do amazing things. You’re probably wondering why I’m including this into a fitness related post. Well, it has made the difference for me so I thought I’d share! I go to sleep at eleven or twelve every night and wake up at eight or eight-thirty every morning. From eight to nine in the morning is my time to sit and write, plan or read. I don’t use technology during this time. This time is used to help sort my thoughts and establish my “happy place” before my day starts. By making this time in the morning, nothing can get into the way. If you set time aside later you may push it off to complete other things.

I really recommend trying these ideas. I know some of them are somewhat common knowledge  but I never really set my mind to doing these things. Ever since setting my mind to be on a sleeping schedule, set time aside for myself, work out and eat clean, I have felt so much better physically and mentally. I have felt so much better since I have eaten cleaner, slept more and had time to myself. I want you guys to feel that improvement in yourselves!

What do you do to stay on track?

-inspireafeeling

 

Eating Clean Challenge

Starting today I am going to eat as clean as possible. I’m writing this two seconds after I randomly decided to do this. I’m actually really excited! (It has now been two months since I originally wrote this, and I’m still eating clean for the most part.)

I generally eat clean anyway, but I want to clean up my diet even more. Along with this, I’m still going to continue my workout routine but with cleaner eating to find out the results.

My rules:

  1. Stick to a plant based diet.
  2. If you feel like you want carbs…chances are your body probably wants them. That’s okay, just make sure it’s within reason.
  3. Drink lots of water.
  4. Eat slowly. If you eat slowly you will be less likely to over-eat.
  5. No processed foods.
  6. You can have small treats a day. It helps to get you started on eating better. Then, slowly start removing the sweets.
  7. Try eating more veggies and fruit than non fruits and veggies. Think of your classic portion sizes.
  8. If you end up cheating, don’t beat yourself up. Just pick up where you left off.

You got this!


 

I have now been trying to eat exceptionally clean for the past two months, and yes I have had a cheat meal or even a few cheat days in a row. However, I am still making progress with every decision to eat cleanly. The way I eat is based off of what has been working for me and on research I’ve done. I just thought I would share my eating clean journey with you guys, in hopes that something I’ve been trying might work for you. It’s a process to eat clean, just take baby steps.

How did you start eating clean? 

-inspireafeeling

Ten tips to being happier.

Take time for yourself and do something you enjoy.

One thing I have been noticing about my own life lately, is that the minimal time to myself is much needed. I love to be social. I am so glad I’m 100,000x more social than I was last semester, but now that I’m social all the time…the space is good. You may not think you need that space but you definitely do. Even if you’re not completely busy, you should still take time to yourself. It will improve your mood, make you feel more relaxed and energized for the next task!

Write.

Writing is one of the best ways to sort out your thoughts. Well… maybe your not a writer. So make sketch journal or just scribble out your frustrations. I know in my personal journal I tape things in, draw, write, make lists, write down goals, etc. I write literally whatever is bothering me, then I close the journal and I feel like everything was left shoved in between those pages.

Work out.

Working out doesn’t have to be doing a marathon or running for an hour. It can be hiking, swimming, or anything you enjoy. Make the workout fun. Working out helps to relieve stress and makes you more energized. 

Eat clean.

Try eating clean for a few days, you will definitely feel the difference. Eating clean makes me feel less weighted down and I feel better physically and mentally. 

Stay organized.

Clutter causes me to feel stressed. When there is less clutter in my area and everything is organized, I feel so much more calm and ready to get things done!

Be positive.

Change any negative thought you have to a positive one. There is always a positive side in everything you do! It helps if you get someone to remind you and “scold” you when you’re negative. You’ll be amazed at how much more enjoyable life is with a positive mindset.

Socialize.

I didn’t realize how reliant I was on socialization until my first semester in college. As you probably know, I had a lot of trouble. The amount of socialization can vary from person to person. But people are people. People need socialization. It teaches you socialization skills and allows you to express your thoughts and ideas in a verbal manner. 

Make or find a space you love to go to.

Even though everyone needs socialization, having your own space is nice too. That space can be your room, somewhere outside, a secret hiding place, your favorite seat at a restaurant, etc. Having your own space can make you feel more in control and relaxed.

Take supplements.

My family is very big on not taking medication unless you absolutely need it. For example: I take natural supplements because of a skin condition (eczema), me being a vegetarian and for overall wellness. I take a multivitamin (for overall wellness and to provide nutrients I may be lacking from not eating meat), turmeric curcumin (for eczema and overall wellness) and fish oil (for overall wellness, eczema and to provide amino acids I lack because of my diet). For those of you who have eczema, try taking fish oil and turmeric curcumin supplements. They have completely changed the severity of my condition. My skin no longer reacts the way it used to ever since taking these two supplements. However keep in mind that I am not a doctor and this was not recommended to me by a doctor. I did lots of research on the subject and did some experimenting. This has been what works best for me. I recommend checking with a parent or doctor before trying any supplements to solve any problems. These supplements have really changed how I feel mentally and physically. 

Get sunlight.

Sunlight makes the world of a difference for my mood. The minute the first beautiful and warm day comes out in the Spring my mood instantly improves. The sun makes me feel ready for the day and like I can accomplish anything, especially with a smile on my face.


What makes you happy? 

-inspireafeeling

My Last Bulletin Boards for the Semester!

IMG_2525 2I had so much fun making this bulletin board. Here’s what I did:

  • I cut out red, orange, yellow and pink strips of paper to put on top of the light blue paper to create a sunset. These strips were usually wavy and came to a point at the end.
  • I used an Ellison machine to cut out the dark blue waves and brown boarders.
  • I cut out the boat from construction paper.
  • Then, I used metallic markers and a light blue pen to add detail to the boat.
  • The green sticky notes all say different things that someone could be doing between now and summer, and people can move tacks to whatever option applies to them.

When it was only the random strips of paper, I wasn’t so sure if it was going to work out. I kept working and it turned out pretty awesome. I’m really proud of this board.

IMG_2625I thought this board would be funny. If you have seen “We are the Millers” you’ll understand the reference. This board was basically to show that you should be careful of what you say on the internet and that your words can never truly be deleted.


I’m finally to the point where I make up my bulletin boards completely on my own. Before, I would use inspiration from others and then add my own touches. I’m so happy I came up with these ideas without an inspiration!

If your an RA, what is your favorite board you’ve ever made?