Sunday, April 29, 2012

What a difference a "fill in the blank" makes....

 A good teacher can make all the difference in the world.  I know first hand as my son has had some situations with long term subs and the impact that has had on not only his grade, but his attitude towards the class.  A class can be challenging, but with a good supportive teacher the student can still thrive.  The same can be said with a good doctor.  The level of care you receive from a doctor who cares and is engaged in what is best for you can make a huge difference in not only the level of care you receive, but also the options you have for your health.  So, we are not all teacher and doctors...but, we are all people.   And by just being a good person you can make a difference in someone's life.  Imagine the difference we could all make if we all just put other's people's needs above our own.  Think about it, the next time you are in the Starbuck's drive thru pay for the person behind you, just because.  When standing in line at the grocery store let that Mom with three kids who looks she is about to lose go in front of you.  These small acts of kindness can make a difference.  And hopefully it will be paid forward.  Be the "that" person, I promise you won't regret it!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Scent of a Wave

Recently I was able to get away and spend a few days at the beach.   Since we are on a tight budget and I really wanted to be near the ocean we drove a few hours to the Texas coast.  It was awesome to get away and spend some time my family and relax by the ocean.  The best part of the vacation was spending time out on the fabulous porch of the house we rented.   It had a great ocean view and the breeze was perfect.  Every morning we had breakfast on the porch and afterward I would do about 30 minutes of free yoga before we took a slow jog on the beach.  The ocean breeze and salt air did wonder for my state of mind.  After  some exercise we packed a lunch cooler and headed back down to the beach for a few hours of sunning and reading.  The water was too cold for me, but the boys didn't mind and had fun in the waves and throwing the football.  After beach time we would head back to the house.  After showers we would relax on the porch with a glass of wine and play cards while watching the sun sent   Then we would fix dinner and either play board games or watch a movie.  It was exactly what we all needed.  Some time to reconnect and just slow down!