“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”

― Marianne Williamson

Life can be overwhelming.  It is easy to forget that there is so much to be thankful for and so much that brings joy.  I try to take time each week to write down things that bring me joy in my writer’s notebook.

When I am having a rough day, it helps to stop and write down the positives.

When I am having a great day, it can only get better to put the joy into words in my notebook.  (Or on my blog!)

A kid created his own text set to check out from our classroom library!   #nerdyteacherjoy
The weather on Friday was beautiful!  We went outside for writing workshop AND I wore flip flops!
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I love teaching writing and the kids are loving blogging!  We are getting ready for the March Slice of Life Classroom Challenge!
My kid is a picky eater, so this was a huge compliment coming from him!


The Island
I love this quote!  I listened to this book earlier in the week and the line stuck with me.  I can be my own happy ending!



BigTime Blogging Challenge: July 1, 2015

Dear Michelle,

Here’s my summer writing notebook!

Thank you for being a blogging bully.  I have finished two March Slice of Life Challenges and found a new hobby.  I have found that writing is therapy.   My writing has made me a better teacher of writing.   So, even though I joke, I appreciate you pushing me into blogging.  I owe you and I can’t wait for the Illinois Writing Project institute this month!

Love Always,


Dear Writer’s Notebook,

I know that so far I have mostly just filled you with lists of books that I have read and want to read.  However, I promise to fill you with all kinds of random thoughts and stories this summer.


A Writer Busy Reading