Tuesday, December 6, 2016

#SOL16:: Fly


It's been a while since I have written on the blog. And lately, I have felt compelled to start writing again about my adventures. A lot has happened since my last post, where I shared my one little word. Fly. Man, have I flown!

In the past 11 months, I have left my teaching job in San Diego. I said "until next time" (I don't believe in goodbyes!) to my closest friends. I moved to Philadelphia for the summer to be with family. And mostly recently, I have become a New York City resident and teacher. To say the least, it has been a whirlwind of laughs, meltdowns and personal growth.

It has definitely been crazy. However, it has been the best kind of crazy. You see at times I wasn't quite sure I was strong or brave enough to actually leave a steady job and a place that I called home for 9 years. But I did it. And in the process I learned a lot about myself.

I learned that life is full of the expected and the unexpected. And I am working on how I handle the unexpected. I learned that living in a fifth-floor walk up and working on the fifth floor is a great source of exercise. I learned that you don't stand too close to the curb when it raining unless you want to get soaked. I learned that the best way to build Ikea furniture is with friends. I learned  fear will inch in as soon it can. I learned that New York students are just as easy to love as my San Diego ones and they are the best tour guides. However, the most important thing I have come to realize is that no dream is too big.

Throughout this process, I truly have felt so lucky and blessed. I am lucky to have support of my family and friends through this transition. They have truly encouraged me when all I wanted to do was quit. And to be honest, I wouldn't change it for anything. When I chose the word "fly" as my one little word, I had only hoped that this move would end up the way it has. So as I begin the last month of 2016, I only hope to continue to fly.

Monday, January 11, 2016

One Little Word 2016 :: FLY

One Little Word 2016:: Fly

2015 was a pretty good year! I went to Mardi Gras, graduated from my Master's program, moved to Downtown, attended the Reading and Writing Project's Writing Institute, and so much more. I learned something each and every day. I can't help, but feel that 2016 will be even better and full of adventures. That is why this year I want to fly. 

Fly. It may seem like an odd word to choose to capture an entire year. However, it is absolutely the perfect word to capture what I hope 2016 will be. 

Fly. This small, three letter word means so much. It means strength, courage, beauty, ownership, shine, love, daring, etc. In other words, fly encompasses all that want to encourage myself and others to be in 2016.  

Some of my favorite quotes have the word "fly" in them. 

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And some of the most beautiful, graceful things fly.

There is something about the delicacy of a butterfly that captivates the eyes and awakens the heart to appreciate the beauty of life.:

Lift Your Wings and Soar with the Eagles... ;-) Remember my darlings, you are a spiritual being... just because you are temporarily trapped in a physical body does not mean that your soul does not know how to fly... ;-):

If the state of our health is not all that could be desired, let us examine our method of thinking; let us remember that every thought produces an impression on the mind; every impression is a seed which will sink into the subconscious and form a tendency; the tendency will be to attract other similar thoughts and before we know it we shall have a crop which must be harvested. --Charles Haanel:

In other words, don't be afraid to fly.