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What I've Learned This Week...

As a Mama, as a Teacher and as a Human

Thank you for being here! 

As we teachers and the families we serve move to online learning here in Alberta this week, many of my reflections have revolved around self care, patience and grace.

I am leaning into this transition with all of you and sending all the love and courage I can as we journey to the end of another school year.

Here is what I have learned this week...

As a Mama

Mother's Day weekend.
Not my favourite day in the world.
And I am sure that I am not alone in this.

I read a quote today from Option B that resonated with me...
What I have learned this week? "Honor what it is you are feeling. We often think, 'I just need to get on the other side of Mother's Day and then I'll be ok,' but the Monday after may still be hard. Acknowledge the exhaustion you may feel today and take it easy if you can".

So often we TELL ourselves that we need to be over it and move on. I was grateful for this reminder today as I navigated my "the day is over so just get over it McIntosh" self thoughts. Feeling all the feels today and leaning into my favourite Mom affirmations (shared with me by @mamapsychologists)

As a Teacher

As we transition to online, I want to remind you all (not just my fellow kindergarten teachers!) that my beautiful co teacher and I created 12 weeks of online Kindergarten Choice Charts last spring.

Use them. They are all yours. We’d love to help.

You can find them a couple of different ways:

1. Check out the #kindergartenchoicechart hashtag we created on Instagram.
2. Head to the ‘Kindergarten Choice Chart’ page on my webpage and find all 12 PDF’s there.

I am here to help and to share and to cheer you all on as we navigate this transition together. ❤️

What I have learned this week? Serving (especially in a difficult time) brings me joy. I am so grateful for all of the beautiful messages I have received about how helpful these charts have been. Thank YOU for filling my cup this week.

As a Human

As I planned the week of online learning for my own kids, online teaching for me and a work at home schedule for my husband (all during a weekend that has never been an easy one for me) it was natural to feel overwhelmed.

As we sat down to plan for the week, this quote showed up in my memories.

And it took my breath away.

What I have learned this week? (And continue to have to learn EVERY week?)
Showing up is enough.

I did not have a lot of time to create new content this week. I did not have the energy (or even a dang idea!) to blog. I did not spend a lot of time reaching out or connecting as the thought exhausted me.

But, I kept showing up where I could, when I could. And that is enough.
And as I browsed my website and read through some older blogs I have posted, I smiled as read messages I posted in other time when I showed up. Not perfect. Not ready. Not fearless. 
But I hit send anyway.

Here are 5 blogs that I have posted this year that might speak to you during this time:

1. What’s the Plan Team? Minimize the Awful and Focus on the Awesome.

This little reflection from 2017 has been on my mind a lot lately. Especially as we move into so many unknowns when it comes to what not only the fall, but our classrooms, communities and schools post pandemic will look like. So much fear. So many worries. So many unknowns.

2. The Butterflies Are Back
What it feels like to be a teacher going online for the first time

3. To You This Looks Like A Hairbrush
I have been thinking so much lately about what my own personal children are absorbing from me during this time. Spending 24/7 together playing and working and learning and being a family is one of the most precious and most pressure filled experiences we have had as a family. They are learning so much about grace, patience and love from my husband and I. But, they are also learning important lessons about mental health, about the need for self care, about managing big emotions and knowing when enough is enough from us too.

A little post about the words that fill my heart and what words our learners might need to hear in order to fill theirs…

5. Do You Have Any Farm Toys?
A blog about what we keep on our shelves instead of offering our students. 

I have started a new journey on my Mrs. Mac's Kinders Instagram page that I am hella excited for...

#FifteenOnAFriday is a new conversation I am hosting on Instagram Live every Friday at 4:00 MST.

It’s purpose is to focus on kindness, community and connection and to send our teachers into the weekend feeling inspired, ready to rest and hopeful for the coming week.

I was so blessed to chat with Bryan Atchison last week! We might have gone a *tad* over the 15 minute mark. Check it out on IGTV here!

In my weekly email, I will giving you a sneak peek of who will be coming up the following Friday before I announce it in my Instagram stories on Wednesdays. Just a little something from me to you to thank you for being here and supporting my journey.

With that being said, THIS Friday, May 14th I can't wait to welcome my friend, owner of Cilantro and Chive and collaborator extraordinaire, RIELEY KAY!

Rieley and I will chat about collaboration over competition, the need for community in tough times and creative ways we can learn to adapt no matter what is thrown our way.

We would love for you to join us!

I am grateful to be on this learning journey every day with all of you...

Love, Kindness and Happy Learning to You!

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