Thank you Felice for allowing me to write a guest post for The Dabbling Speechie’s series Monday’s Mottos. It is an honor to be introduced to her followers. I love her suggestions for games and how to incorporate the EET system. I just used “My mouth hearts you to pieces” activity last month. So fun!
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Always an adventure, never a dull moment!
This has been my motto for as long as I can remember. To me this motto means that every bump in the road or disrupted plan is an adventure which makes life exciting. I think I got this philosophy from my mother. I remember one vacation as a child; we arrived at Myrtle Beach in the late evening. After checking in at the condo office we went to find the building where we would be staying. The only one that could be ours was the partially burnt building but the condo office ensured us that it wasn’t our location. We decided to investigate the burnt building better and low and behold found our condo number. To add insult to injury the next morning the local news showed footage of our building burning in a report warning about the dangers of fireworks. My mother just laughed it off and we enjoyed our vacation.
Throughout my life I have always “rolled with the punches” and “made lemonade out of lemons”. I enjoy the excitement of new adventures and new discoveries. My husband is the embodiment of that. I never know from day to day what to expect but I love it. He sells real estate and once called to ask if the house was clean because he was bringing someone by to see it. Before I knew it our house was under contract and we had 30 days to find a place to live. Although it was nerve racking it was another wild adventure. Our daughter is learning to not make too many plans after school because you never know what daddy will want to do.
I think my motto had an influence on my chosen profession as well. I always knew I wanted to teach children but staying in a classroom all day with the same kids seemed too boring. Once I was introduced to the world of speech therapy and saw the opportunity to make each day of the week unique, changing students every 30 minutes or less as well as the impact that I can have on a child and their family’s life; I was hooked.
Although our jobs are stressful I try not to let it get to me. I don’t worry about the things I can’t change because they will happen anyway (this drives my husband crazy!). Now don’t get me wrong, I am a planner and a list maker but when something goes wrong I just adapt and move on with the task. I approach every new challenge as an adventure. As a school based SLP every day is an adventure! Whether it is a student refusing the activity that you had planned, technology not working right, surprise assembly, forgotten meeting, or the arrival of a new student it all has to be taken in stride. Although I would enjoy everything always going as planned and without any hiccups life usually has other ideas.
If you maintain the positive mindset that an adventure awaits around every corner you will see the curve balls as a new, fun start. My advice to you is to surround yourself with positive, supportive people who will help you navigate the bumps. I work with amazing colleagues that also go with the flow. Sometimes our collaborative lessons work and sometimes they don’t but we think about what we can change and move onto the next activity. It is also important to not dwell on what went wrong and focus on what is right or what you can change. I hope this has inspired you to enjoy life and see challenges as a new adventure!