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I taught for several years at a residential school for children with emotional disabilities before staying home after the birth of my second daughter. I returned to teaching, finished my Educational Leadership program in May of 2012, and now work as our district's Writing and Social Studies Coordinator. I have always loved writing and find constant inspiration from my family. Maybe someday, I will get to see my name on the cover of a book!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Waking up this morning... #SOLC15- 1 of 31

SOLC #1 of 31
Thank you to StaceyTaraDanaBetsyAnna, and Beth for hosting the Slice of Life Challenge throughout the month of March  and on Tuesdays throughout the year. Everyone is welcome to visit Two Writing Teachers to read more Slice of Life posts or to join in!




I signed up for my third Slice of Life Challenge yesterday. I knew that I would, but this year was harder for me to commit than I remember it being the last two years.

I could write about the nudges I received to slice every day. Nudges from people I have met in person through daily slicing. Nudges from my daughter who has joined us in the Challenge for the last couple of years... Larkin called to say that she is planning to do the Challenge again from college. How happy am I? (I'm sure this will be a post early on...)

I could write about the growth I've made as a writer and the learning I've experienced as a teacher of writing from writing. Every. Single. Day.

I could write about the impact that this community has had on my family, since I have gotten all of us to spend time slicing at night. Not every night, but enough of them so that we all understand the power of highlighting a seemingly mundane event and immortalizing it by writing.

I could also write a lot about everything else in my life that is going to get in the way of daily slicing. Couldn't we all? I won't. Not yet. I'm sure that I'll touch on this at some point over the thirty-one days.

Instead, I will write about this morning, when I woke up not thinking about bills or the weather or grocery store aisles or delegating house chores or meetings at work. I woke up thinking about writing. 

I'm looking forward to the day, and I'm looking forward to the month. Thank you to all of you who inspire me every day.


12 comments:

  1. "I woke up thinking about writing." What a gift!!! This year was harder for me to sign up too. I'm glad you're here! Showing up is important!

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  2. I kept nodding my head as I wrote your words saying "Yup!" and "Yes!" and "Me, too!" I didn't stop to think about it until you wrote it, but as soon as my eyes opened today, I had one thought. Writing for the March challenge!! I loved reading this.

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  4. You have captured everything this challenge is and can be. I love how your whole family slices - what a joy!

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  5. A morning to write...and to read what others have written. Welcome, March!

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  6. Love that your daughter,Larkin will join in again, & I'd forgotten about your family writing-loved hearing about that, Melanie. And enjoyed the post, all those things running (leaping) through our brains... Happy March!

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  7. I've been thinking/wondering if Larkin was joining again, sooooo happy to read the answer to that wondering. Of course, March would be empty without your words too. You are an amazing writer and I look forward to every post. Write on!

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  8. I love so much about this slice, but my favorite part was learning that Larkin is going to join us again. That was unexpected, but so lovely!

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  9. It's nice to wake up thinking about something different from the bills, chores, grocery store... <3

    I love the "I could"...

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  10. Melanie, the notion of nudges always appeals. A subtle reminder, an urging, a supportive push. Love the use of that term. March nudges us all into action. The inner discipline kicks in and dive back into the challenge of March. Good to be with you again. I look forward to seeing what comes of the nudges...

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  11. Melanie, the notion of nudges always appeals. A subtle reminder, an urging, a supportive push. Love the use of that term. March nudges us all into action. The inner discipline kicks in and dive back into the challenge of March. Good to be with you again. I look forward to seeing what comes of the nudges...

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  12. We were on the same wavelength, Melanie! So many topics to write about. Thank you so much for always nudging me forward. I'm so thankful for our connection!

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