a quote from my favorite author

“The most solid advice, though, for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell, and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

-William Saroyan, The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

To Do List

Every year, I brace myself for the transition from school to summer. It is always a welcome change, even years like this when I am losing an amazing group of students as they grow up and move on to high school. I look forward to the freedom that summer brings to my daily schedule. I look forward to the chance to reflect and renew. However, it is always a bumpy transition. If I don’t acknowledge it, I end up missing out altogether on the opportunities that summer has to offer.

My husband, also a teacher, tends to hit the ground running. He doesn’t know the meaning of “time off.” So, although he started summer break with a nasty sinus infection, he is already well into several projects around the house. While he plows through some intangible, perpetual To Do List, I have been wandering the house with my dog at my heels wondering, “What do I do now?”

So this year, in search of some direction, in search of the answer to “What now?” I decided to come up with a list of goals. I consider it my own version of an inspiration board. Here’s what I have so far:

My Summer Goals
eat healthy
establish some sort of schedule and give myself permission to stray from it
read, read, and read
write- for my blog, professional articles for intellectual challenge, and for me
school projects- hmm, work on curriculum maybe, plan Caudill nominee book talks
take more pictures
craft- get an early start on Christmas presents and Christmas cards
fall in love with life
kayak my heart out
visit with friends
give my house some much needed loving care
take lots of walks

Just the act of writing the list has made me realize that I although I have no grand direction for the time being, I do have lots of Things To Do that are worth doing.