Professional development is a topic that makes most people groan in despair. I really have no problem with professional development. In fact, I have served on many professional development teams in the past. As a fairly new employee to State Technical College of Missouri, I have the benefit of taking part in the professional development programs offered, including the “new” teacher services. While I am not a “new” teacher in the sense of experience, I was definitely “new” to the collegiate teaching scene.
Upon completion of my first year at State Tech, I received an invite to meet with Angie, the Professional Development Coordinator. Her invite stated that she just wanted to visit with me about the successes and any concerns from my first year to form an instructional mentoring partnership. (Sounded fun and fancy to me and Angie said she was willing to have donuts at the meeting.)
When we met, Angie and I discussed what we believed to be successful about my first year and I shared my concerns (which wasn’t much). She listened, shared stories about her own experiences as an adjunct professor, and discussed ideas for addressing my concerns. (She even remembered the donuts!) To conclude our meeting, Angie thanked me for my time and presented me with a brand, new composition book to use as a journal of my teaching. She did not realize just how special that notebook was.
I have always had an obsession with notebooks and journals. Writing is one of my favorite outlets and I have a little bit of a list-making obsession. For the last few years, I have re-purposed the notebooks left behind by my students as they move onto the next year’s courses. I don’t mind recycling, plus some of those kids drew really great sketches for me to enjoy every time I use their discarded notebooks. When I was in grade school, my favorite notebooks were made from recycled paper. I loved the tint of the gray pages and the softness of writing on the thicker sheets. When my friend Erica gave me a journal for my birthday a few years ago, I was so excited. A new notebook just for me! I used that journal to begin the writing for my blog.
When Angie presented me with this new notebook, my joy was instantaneous and I thanked her with a huge hug. Who knows what great things I can do with those fresh, lined pages! Continue reading “Take Note”
When something great happens, we just have to share it!
I put in the appropriate amount of change, typed in the assigned number (305), and pressed the “Select” button. As I waited the spiraling of the dispenser stimulated my salivating taste buds. When the spiral had reached the end of the shelf, Woohoo! TWO packages of peanut M&M’s fell into the dispensing tray. I HAD to take a picture of my vending machine jackpot. (There is no better inspiration for a post than free candy.)
Great things happen in our lives everyday. Surprises and blessings occur when we least expect them. Keep your heart and mind open to recognizing these “jackpots.”
I shared my winnings with my friend Christina. Sharing my story and the candy was my second double bonus of the day.
If you find yourself with a vending machine jackpot, a lucky penny in the parking lot, or stumbling across a shareable success, double your money and deal out some luck to someone else. Be sure to share your loot with someone who could use a win. 😉
Have you ever hit a vending machine jackpot? What did you win? How did you celebrate your victory?
By: Melanie A. Peters
P.S. The candy really did just fall out. I did not shake the machine or anything.
P.P.S. Personally, I am scared to shake vending machines because I am afraid they will set off an alarm and everyone will know I was trying to rob the vending machine.
Tick Stuck – Something Special from My Son
Upon entering the house Monday after school, my son threw down his backpack, rummaged around for two small pieces of paper, and promptly waved them very closely to my face.
“Mom, look! One of them is really special.”
Here is what was on the two slips of papers:
Slip #1: A treasure chest full of stickers for making good choices
Slip #2: A note from the school nurse with a tick taped to it; The note stated, “Removed tick from head, sent back to class; tick attached”
Can you see my conundrum? Which of these slips of paper was the “really special one” in the eyes of my six year old?
In my infinite mommy wisdom, I said, “Wow, buddy, that is so much awesomeness! Which one do you think is more special?”
His reply, “The treasure chest. The tick was just stuck in my head, so the 8th grade teacher helped me get it out, and then they taped it to the paper. Can I go outside?”
Well, there you have it.
My son valued his success in making good choices over a parasite. I am Mom of the Year! Continue reading “Tick Stuck – Something Special from My Son”
Versatile Blogger Award – February 2017
“Life is about being a versatile athlete and training in all realms of life.” -Ray Lewis
Upon receiving my nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award from The Wandress, author of “wandering in my Genes,” I was exceptionally honored. Her young blog on life and works of literature is sweet, sincere, and uplifting. To be considered “Versatile” by someone who has created such a fluid work of blog art is really a treat for me. Thank you!
The Versatile Blogger Award is an honor that also serves as a pay-it-forward approach to blogging. When this award is given, the recipient is to share 7 facts about his or her self (hopefully enlightening their readers as to why they have been deemed “Versatile”), thank the individual who nominated them, and then nominate 15 other bloggers that are also worthy of the honor.
As for my 7 Versatile Blogger Facts:
- I try to write a little every day. It is a proven practice for honing and strengthening one’s writing voice and skill. (I still need A LOT of practice.)
- Receiving “likes” and comments on my blog posts is the equivalent to winning the lottery. Anytime I receive a notification that a post has been liked, shared, or commented on, my heart does a happy little cartwheel.
- My children always want to be a part of my blog writing process but sometimes I am leery of including them. While I am comfortable exposing my own thoughts and fears, I am not always comfortable sharing details about my precious children. I guess I am just an overprotective mom.
- I have the most amazing collection of friends. They are all so different and lead such varying lives that I feel blessed to be a tie that binds them.
- I plan my meals a month at a time. I print a blank calendar at the beginning of each month, look through my pantry and freezer, plan our suppers, and then make my grocery lists from the monthly menu. It is one of my attempts to control the chaos of my life. It also saves money on groceries.
- My favorite color is blue. I LOVE the color blue.
- I don’t like to wash windows. I will sweep, do dishes, laundry, and vacuum my heart out, but I don’t like to wash windows. I plan to write about this in my spring cleaning posts.
Now to my nominations of other bloggers.
I follow a number of bloggers that I believe are tremendously versatile. Here are a few. Please check out their work.
- Meli author of https://thedreamingyogi.wordpress.com
- vinaytheblogger author of https://techyvinay.wordpress.com/
- Life in the Leslie Lane
- An Epic of Epic Epicness
- K. Lamb author of The Gentlemen Project
- Whitney Edna ibe author of https://whitneyibeblog.wordpress.com
- Bev author of https://sahmclub.wordpress.com/
- Steve Cauley author of https://pastorstevencauley.com/
- Natalie author of https://natalieschriefer.wordpress.com/
- Dawn Liz Jones author of https://dawnlizjones.wordpress.com/
By: Melanie A. Peters (2 time Versatile Blogger Award recipient)
P.S. Be sure to award someone with a compliment or statement of gratitude for what they bring to your life.
An Elephant on Your Fence and other Elephantine Problems
Q: What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence?
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A: Time to get a new fence
This is a popular joke at my house that actually teaches a terrific lesson.
The biggest problems can sometimes have the simplest solutions.
Yes, those solutions may take a lot of time and effort, but they are simple none-the-less.
If you are facing a big problem, try to look at the big picture and find what it will take to alleviate the issue. What do you have to do to get rid of the problem?
There is not a problem we can’t solve one way or another. Okay, I know you are thinking, “What about world hunger, or war, or racism?”
Well, this brings me to my second elephantine problem. Continue reading “An Elephant on Your Fence and other Elephantine Problems”
Feed the Machine and other Voluntary Acts via Daily Prompt: Volunteer
Seriously, how long does it take to put paper in a copier? How hard is it to hold open a door for someone? Does picking up a piece of trash cost you anything but calories?
This may seem like a sassy start for an Intentergy post, but I was really just trying to grab your attention on this fine Tuesday morning.
The fuel, behind my intent-powered program, is energy that burns because of kindness and consideration. Voluntary acts of kindness should not always be random or rare. They should be intentional and blatant. Let others know you care enough to do nice things for them and your surroundings.
As often as possible, I make it to the workroom on my plan time and feed the copy machine. Why? Because it stinks when you are running copies right before class and the dumb machine is starving. When people see me feeding the machine, they usually join me and help unwrap the reams. We share conversation and an intentional act of kindness. It is a very fulfilling act (not just for the poor, hungry copier).
Make these intentional acts frequently. Your frequency of kindness will result in greater consideration from those around you and that leads to even more intentional kindness and before we know it, people could actually have a good day. Smiles might actually appear without provocation. Thoughtful actions might occur without having to think about them. Who knows, maybe we might get a little bit closer to that whole world peace thing and start to put an end to starvation (not just the kind that happens to copiers).
Put your energy and intent into committing acts of charity and compassion and you will never starve for kindness or consideration. You will be filled with love and gratitude and that is what having Intentergy is all about.
By: Melanie A. Peters
P.S. This post was not intended to make you hungry, but if it did, be sure to share your snack with someone. It will taste even better.
No Open Doors for Old Ways – Wise Words Wednesday
While change is the only constant thing in our lives, we often find changing ourselves to be one of the hardest.
Consider what aspect or element of your life could use a new approach. Open your heart and mind to the possibilities change could bring.
If a problem area for you is spending too much, slow down your cash flow and open a new savings plan.
If gossip is your go-to vice, find ways to redirect your focus. Find pleasure in the gifts of daily life in place of the downfall or tragedy of others. Open your conversation to positive and insightful messages instead of rumors or “he said/she said.”
If you need to find a healthier lifestyle, start small and work your way to a new you. Maybe just drink more water and less soda or save the change that you would normally put into a vending machine and deposit it into a savings account or the basket at church on Sunday every week.
Find a way to become the you that you are glad to have come through the door.
By: Melanie A. Peters
Tune into Peace – Wise Words Wednesday
Most people only think of television or the radio when it comes to channels. Way before tv took over our mindscape, channels meant a way to guide or divert things like water or attention.
“Prayer of St. Francis” has long been one of my favorite church hymns but lately it has had a much more powerful meaning. There seems to be so much hurt and hatred in our world caused by the sensitivity we have created amongst ourselves. We need to redirect our emotions and energy toward creating peace.
No two people were made the same. (Thank goodness!) We need to embrace the things that make us different and let go of the things that we believe divide us. This isn’t about race, gender, or religion. It’s about love.
Too many believe that they cannot love or be loved by certain groups. Those kinds of ideas must be derailed and their love and thoughts must be channeled by means of peace.
Please continue to direct your energy and intents to ending unrest and hurt. Bring unity and coexistence to daily routines. Tune out the ideas that only violence and revenge can end the disparities. Let peace be the channel by which we find love for everyone and let injuries find healing through our actions and words.
By: Melanie A. Peters
April’s Positivity Challenge is to commit one kind act a day.
Check out the Monthly Positivity Challenge tab on the Intentergy Home Page any time this month or the list of ideas below. Try to spread the wealth of positivity and charity today!
The first 36 ideas can be done anonymously. Giving anonymously is giving greatly. Give it a try.
- Fill the paper trays of the copies or printers at work
- Leave change in a vending machine, car wash, or laundry mat for the next person to find
- Post smiley face sticky-note somewhere to brighten the day of someone who comes across it
- Pick up trash around your office, a parking lot, park, or school
- Find pictures of neighborhood kids or co-workers in the local newspaper from the sports or community accomplishments sections. Cut out the clips and send them to them so they can see themselves in print.
- Buy a bunch of flowers at the supermarket and pass them out to strangers
- Leave a nice note with your tip for a server or service person
- Donate old toys, clothes, or blankets to local preschool
- Donate old clothes or homegoods to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or any other organization that sells good to fund their work
- Leave a waterbottle or soda for a co-worker or classmate to refresh their day
- Take part in community clean-up
- Leave change in collection jars at check outs to benefit local charities
- Pick up trays/plates in lunchroom or restaurant
- Rehang or shelve fallen items at store
- Leave a scratch off ticket or fortune cookie for someone (You just might bring them some needed luck)
- Leave a funny bookmark in a book at the library or in the magazine at the doctor office
- Donate items to food bank collections at grocery store
- Pick up fallen sticks from neighbor’s yards or the park
- Make chew toys out of old t-shirts and donate them to the local animal shelter
- Participate in a charity 5K or Color Run
- Donate blood or platelets at a Red Cross blood drive
- Donate clean, plastic grocery bags to daycares or churches for their picnics (These are so helpful for daycare dirty clothes and carry-outs at church meals.)
- Carry groceries, books, or boxes to a car or inside for someone
- Push carts into cart corrals or into the store
- Be generous with chocolate. Pass out chocolate hugs and/or kisses
- Hold doors open for others
- Write letters or donate to care package collections for soldiers
- Compliment a parent in a restaurant or store on their children (Parents need this!)
- Give a recommendation for a person or business. Word of mouth recommendations are the best support someone or a business can get.
- Let someone in during busy traffic
- In a crowded situation, give an elderly person or a parent with small children have your seat
- Leave a positive comment card when you receive good service
- Leave fresh crayons or coloring pages at the doctor office or in a waiting area
- Save and donate box tops, soup labels, soda tabs for local schools
- Leave money-saving coupons on items in the grocery store
- Request a happy song on the radio. This could improve the day of A LOT of people
- Take out the trash or empty the dishwasher
- Pull garden weeds or help spread mulch on flower beds
- Take time to color with a little kid
- Clean out or wash the car of a loved one
- Volunteer in a classroom, library, hospital, or food pantry
- Let someone you love pick what you watch on tv today
- Visit a nursing home or homebound individuals
- Send thank you cards
- Compliment 10 people today
- Greet and talk to support staff members that usually go unnoticed (i.e. janitor, cafeteria worker, secretary, lawn staff, delivery person)
- Post a positive message on your social media or through a text message
- Go to a game, concert, or performance to support a friend or loved one
- Leave your phone off during meals or family time
- Buy from a kid who is participating in a fundraiser (i.e. buy raffle tickets, popcorn, cookies, candy, candle, calendars, etc.)
- Participate in dress up days or carry-in meals at your work or school (This shows support for those who work hard to organize these events.)
- Adopt individuals in third-world countries through programs such as UNICEF and Unbound
- Share a pack of gum or mints with co-workers and classmates
- Write a letter of recommendation for someone
- Use your talents to help your church, school, or community. Sing, build, draw, sell, write, or organize in ways that will help
By: Melanie A. Peters