Sunday, November 25, 2012

Blessed & Thankful

This past week I was reminded of how blessed I am. I celebrated another birthday with my mom. I was born on her 25th birthday and we've been celebrating our special day since then. She always reminds me that I was her best birthday gift ever. As old as I am, my mom still makes me feel so special. I am thankful for my mom for all that she has done for me in making me into the person I am today.

A few days later it was Thanksgiving. Through the use of technology, we had most of our family members present at my home. My brother, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, said the prayer on speaker phone. My sister on Kauai joined us at our after dinner activities when her son texted her a video showing her what we were doing. Although this day marked the 16th anniversary of my dad's passing, I could still sense how proud he would have been to see how we are carrying on the tradition of having fun as a family.

I am also blessed to have the time to work on my final project for this class. The four days off from work has given me the time to really concentrate on the Facilitator's Guide and the Course Website. I still have the written narrative still to tackle, but I can now see the light at the end of this MOOC.

The semester is coming to an end and I am thankful for that. It's been a challenging four months juggling home, work, and school responsibilities. I am blessed that in just a few more weeks, life will be back to normal (no work and school). Wait, can life really be normal at Christmas?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Last Friday, I went to a workshop that taught me how to use my interactive board. I learned that to make my own flip chart, I need to understand layering. I need to know what's on layer 1, what's on layer 2, and what's on layer 3. I need to know what layer an object is on so I know what it can do. As I was sitting there listening to the instructor, I thought to myself..."This sounds like my life right now!"

With the semester winding down, I'm busy working on final projects. Right now, this task is taking up much of my life. But, what layer is school on in my life?

Well, here's the break down...

On layer 1, you would find me.  I need to take care of myself so I can take care of everybody and everything in my life. I need to make sure I'm eating (yes, I tend to forget to eat when I'm busy). I need to exercise to keep my energy up and the stress down.

On layer 2 is my family. I need to take care of my family's needs. On a weekly bases, I cook dinner about three times a week (we eat left overs or get take out for the other days), I attend my son's soccer games about 2 to 3 times a week, I help him with homework at times, I wash/fold laundry weekly, and I tidy up the house when it bothers me.

On layer 3...well, on this layer it would have to be between my work and my school. This is the layer where I spend all my "free" time on. I look at it this way...when I'm not working, I'm working on my school assignments. If I'm not working on my school assignments, I'm at work. I now call work a distraction. A good distraction, that is. You see, my work helps me to forget about school assignments for awhile. I love that I get to work with elementary children, and I get to see the innocence in their eyes. They are wonderful reminders of what is important in life.

Even though the layers of my life are off, I know it's only temporary. I'll be back to normal in a month. The layers on my flip charts, on the other hand, are perfect. They're doing what they are supposed to be doing right now.

With that, I must say that I, too, believe that even though my layers in my life are off right now, I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing right now.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Healthy Living

Anyone who knows me well, knows that health and fitness is one of my top priorities in life. I have experienced health and vitality as a result of living a healthy lifestyle. On the flip side, I have found that when I do not exercise or eat well, my life is just not the same. I wake up tired, because I tossed and turned the night before. Then I feel yucky all day. This doesn't happen for too many days for I know what I have to do to. I told my doctor the other day that I am finding that exercising for me has become an essential part of of life, not only for keeping me fit, but more importantly, to keep me sane.

That's why when I was tasked to design a MOOC (Massive Open Online Class), I chose to concentrate on Healthy Living. I see all around me how unhealthy living affects our society. It's unfortunate, but it is affecting our youth. I feel if we teach them to live healthy lives when they are young, they will grow up to be healthy adults. This would be a cycle that would be worth repeating through the generations.