Wednesday, November 3, 2010

This fall I started my 10th school year working at an elementary school.   I started on the playground.  I've worked in the kitchen.  I think my favorite job was working as a kindergarten teacher's aide for three years.  It was the BEST job ever.

After working in the middle school (6th - 8th grade) for three years; I'm back in the elementary.  I'm working in the office as the attendance clerk.  This is the second best job I've had working at the school.  I get to do my work without someone looking over my shoulder and micromanaging.

In the past, I worked with a moody, jealous, biter woman.  The woman I work with now is for the most part easy going and helpful.  It's a much better working environment.

Although I technically work two title positions;  I am now working full time hours (7hrs).

I am SO grateful for my job.  I love it! 

I work with great people.  I have a great boss.  I'm able to do the kind of work I love. (office/paper pusher)

Most importantly, I hope I'm able to make a positive, happy memory for the 500 little people that walk those halls each and every day. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Wow, November is here already!  As I've posted on my homepage, I've decided not to wait until Thanksgiving Day to give thanks for all my blessings.  This month each post will be filled with thoughts of gratitude.  (No particular order)

Actually, until about 7 or 8 yrs ago, I didn't put a whole lot of thought into being grateful.  Sure I was happy about things but I don't know that I expressed it much.  Then I started making a gratitude list at the end of each journal entry - in the beginning it was really hard to come up with anything to put on the list.

As I started my journey toward being less of a whiny "poor me" "why me" kinda gal, I found giving thanks became a lot easier to do.  I also started to find joy in the "little things" - sun on my face, color of the fall leaves, having a piece of chocolate.

Everyday I talk to God throughout the day, giving thanks for all He has given me.  I thank Him for Gman, our boys, our jobs, our home, our friends and family...on and on.  Then something will happen - a car coming toward me crossing the yellow line then getting over as I pass... "Thank you Lord for watching over me".  I'll have just enough cash at the checkout... "Thank You God for that extra 5 bucks I had tucked away.  (Those things really happened, btw)

While being faced with a bad situation, I try to find something about that situation to give thanks.  Because it's REALLY easy to say "Thank You" when you win a million bucks... not so easy when your electricity gets turned off (that happened too).  When you give thanks during a bad situation it makes it a little easier to face... really no lie.  It's been my key to happiness.

So today... I'm thankful for having a washer and dryer. (Also thankful the cap on the bleach was on tight as the container fell off the shelf).  Yesterday I was able to get a lot laundry done.  The smell of clean bedding is a great way to end a long busy day. 

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