Hello, December 

I’m chillin’ in bed. I’m sick and I’ve  been in bed since I came home from work. I used every ounce of energy to get through my school day. I am fighting the inevitable sickness that I feel invading my body. However,  I loaded up on Pepto and powered through the day. 

I absolutely had to be in school today. You see, today was the start of my friend Susan’s writing challenge. I was so inspired by this challenge  (see photo below) I decided to challenge my students to join me. I put it up on the board and waited. 10 kids wrote their names but 12 showed up to my meeting today. 

I handed out 12 journals to 12 at-risk  high school kids. These kids volunteered  to write. On their own time. I did offer some incentives to joining and sticking with it, but I think that’s ok. 

I have not been too great at writing every day. I set out in November with the intention to blog every day. OMG. Why did I do that to myself? 

I’m confident with prompts and only needing 5 minutes required writing, I’ve taken off a lot of the pressure of blogging every day. Without a lot of pressure, I think I can be successful. Scratch that, I know I can be successful. 

So here goes, DAY 1: HELLO

5 minutes on the timer.GO.


I wonder if I am talking to myself on this blog. 

It doesn’t matter if I am talking to myself. When I am here and writing, it feels right. I need to get some of my gunk out of my head and this seems to be my way. 

As I get older, I realize I must do things my way. In my time. Even when it comes to blogging. I’ve been blogging for a long time, off and on. I’ve never been totally consistent. 

I may not be consistent but I am persistent. I keep coming back. 

Hello, my name is Jen. I am slowly figuring out that I will forever be a work in progress. I’m figuring out how to have hiccups (sp?) and move on without taking incredibly long breaks. 

I missed a blog post in November and the first time it was no big deal but the song time it messed with me and I just couldn’t bring myself to start back up. I am working my way to a place where I blog consistently and frequently. 

I figure my blog will be very eclectic. December will mostly be devoted to Susan’s writing challenge. After that, who knows. I want to post often. I’m trying to tell myself it’s ok to have short posts. Writing helps me. 
Hello, December!

Speaking of December, it’s a new month and that is the perfect time to set some monthly goals. 

 have three goals for December

1. actively participate in this writing challenge (my writing daily and checking in with my students; encouraging and them)

2. get to the gym 12* times. 

3. yoga/meditation – figure out when and where. it is time to stop ignoring my inner/spiritual self. This goal is a bit looseygoosey but I’m working my way back to yoga. I want to do it on a gentle and loving manner. I’ll stick to beating myself up in the gym. lol
*I say this as I haven’t been to the gym in since Friday. That makes a week tomorrow because I will not be going tomorrow either – I have eaten half a bowl of oatmeal and a bowl of rice all day. I’m somehow staving off the full blown version of this stomach thing but I have enough symptoms to make me not happy. 


One thought on “Hello, December ”

  1. Can I push the LOVE button? This makes me so happy. You. Your students. Wow. I love them! I love you. This gives me company. And more accountability. Because of course I have to do my own challenge, don’t I? HELLO BACK! This made my week/day/month.


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