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"I think I can. I think I can. I think I can." -The Little Engine That Could

“Worry is a misuse of imagination.”

— Dan Zadra

As we (my district and many other fellow educators) begin a new school year tomorrow, I am overcome with a myriad of feelings.

Excitement. Anxiety. Hope. Doubt. Joy. Passion. Worry.

With every good emotion, feeling, and memory comes the struggle that follows every educator. A few questions will always remain.

Will what I do be enough? Can I change my students for the better? Will my students be better people when they leave my class? Will they show what they know? Can I get them to reach their fullest potential and try their best?

As these questions float around, anyone can feel overwhelmed. (There’s a reason that so many teachers leave the profession within their first few years.)

But what if we let go of the worry? What if we gave ourselves more room to imagine the best of our students, our curriculum, ourselves. When we pause and leave room for this kind of thinking, the room that is necessary to imagine the best in all situations, we can transform our classrooms. We can transform our students’ futures. We can transform our lives as a whole.

Use your brain for good. Remind yourself that as we start a new year, new season, new part of our lives, worry drains all the energy we have to make ourselves great. Use your imagination and lift yourself up. Living fully requires everything you’ve got. Whatever you give to worry you can’t give to anything else.

Tomorrow is a new day. Tomorrow starts a new year. Tomorrow could be a new life for you.

Make it count. Imagine the possibilities.

Love and Light, Carly

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“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”

 Benjamin Franklin


It’s easy to be lost in the darkness and to hide in the shadows.  When a stream of light is pouring through the window, move your work and your thoughts into its beams and exist in its glow.  Let its warmth radiate in all that you do and melt away your worries and troubles.  If you teach, open the blinds and let your students learn by the same light by which history’s great minds have studied.  If you are a student, take your book under a tree in the grove and let its pages be illuminated by sunlight.  And when you feel a drop upon your head and the rain clouds block out the sun, when you’ve rushed back inside to take cover, remember to turn on the light.

Have a great week everybody.  Do great things.


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Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.


When you swim out to Black Rock, the cliffs don’t seem very high.  But as you climb the boulders, the coarse stone cutting the bottom of your feet, the fish in the tidal pools start to seem tiny.  When you peer over the first wall, you realize that you’re climbing a bit higher than your comfort zone.  But you keep climbing, because no self-respecting thrill seeker jumps at the first chance.  So you keep climbing to the top and try not to look down.  After all, if you look down, you might not jump.  Now’s your chance to back out, but it’s a long climb back down.  You take a deep breath and two steps to fling yourself off the ledge.  The second step isn’t necessary because you’re already plummeting towards the water below.  You’re not really thinking about anything.  All you can do is tuck your arms in at your sides and… SMACK- you plunge beneath the cool salty water.  You feel the rush as you break the surface and take another deep breath.  Congratulations- you just took the plunge.

Take the plunge.

Live a little.

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“I made up my mind when I was a young girl. I’ve been given this one world. I won’t worry it away.”

— Sara Bareilles

Welcome back from hiatus. Now that school is out for summer and I am back from my family vacation, expect everyday motivation.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

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“Our real fears are the sounds of footsteps walking in the corridors of our minds, and the anxieties, the phantom floatings, they create.”

— Truman Capote

Take it from a woman who has been worried sick all day over something she couldn’t see but could only imagine…

Take it from a woman who was on the verge of tears at the thought of this thing with no proof of which direction things would go…

Take it from a woman who finally has a moment to breathe and say…

Take it from that woman. Do not let your fears rule your life. Do not let the possibility of something in the future dominate the positivity of the guaranteed RIGHT NOW.

Take it from me: Be present. What will be will be. Enjoy the ride until then.

Love and Light,



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Thanks, Ben

— Benjamin Franklin

A simple reminder that worrying is not the best use of your time. Keep in the light. Let it brighten your thoughts and warm your soul.

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“Your journey has molded you for you greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.”

— Asha Tyson

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“Drop your worries. You are gonna turn out fine, but you gotta keep your head up.”

Keep Your Head Up, Andy Grammer

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“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.”

— Isak Denisen

Even if the road has a few rough patches, don’t ever forget to savor the view.


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“As a man thinketh, so he is.”

James Allen, paraphrased from Proverbs 23:7


Thinking positively doesn’t always come naturally to me.  In fact, this project was spawned from Carly and I sharing inspiration and motivation with each other when we needed it.  Each post I write is an exercise in practicing to think positively and give up my worrying.  Hopefully, reading helps you to do the same.  I hope this blog helps you as much as it helps me to think positively so that we can be positive.


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