Monday, July 27, 2015

Huntington Beach, Vans Surfing US Open

I went to the beach yesterday. I had been wanting to go for a long time. A LOONG time. It was great because I looked up surfing competitions going on this summer and found out that the Vans Surfing US Open was starting this last weekend. So obviously I went! To make things even more exciting we got up really early to get a head start and score a sweet parking spot. It all paid off. We were able to get to Huntington Beach in an hour and found a great spot by the beach entrance. Winner!

While my friend went biking I headed over to the grandstand and pier to watch the competition. I don't know much about surfing or competing but I love it none the less. It only fueled my passion to surf and soak up the salt water.

It was only the beginning of the men's trials that I saw but it was gnarly all the same. I was a nerd and even bought a sweater from the Vans store. Ha! I developed several more freckles during the day and my hair, sigh, was magical. Seriously, I love what the ocean does to my skin and hair. For those reasons alone I would live on the ocean. The curls, the texture, the taste. Amazing.

Here are a few things that I took pictures of from the day:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The details.

I get lost in tiny details. Please don't ask for a tiny detailed play by play. It's too much for my brain to plan things out so finite. This is the burden I find in planning out lesson plans. In my classroom I have my own way of lesson plans that I can read. I don't need to put a script in them or a play by play of what will happen next. I'm good enough to figure things out as I go. Because of my background in improv and a natural ability to read the audience I can see if things are going well and change it in a moment. Also my own personal struggle is that I am also a principal and so I don't always take time to fully write out my lesson plans but I know what I am doing for the most part. Blech.
Anyway, all of this is coming about because I am in a class that is requiring me to write out full lesson plans. No thanks. It's one of the reasons I avoided the Education Department all together.

Over all I'm not sure I can make it much longer this summer. I am filled to the brim with what will soon become useless knowledge unless I can get home and put it to use. I'm even to the point where I don't want to even be a teacher any more because all I can see is loads of work that I'll never get done. If this were the end of the year I wouldn't sign up for another. I am so over it. I need a break.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Teacher Summer Camp

I'm at La Sierra these days. I hate not knowing where anything is. I find it frustrating trying to understand the way things are run at a new school. I just got used to things at PUC. I think the last two days I've just wandered around looking for classrooms, offices, study locations, friends, important people and parking places. Mainly I feel like I just wander. In case you have been on campus the last three days don't be alarmed by the lady who looks perpetually lost. I'll finally figure out where everything is by next Thursday. Until then just point me in the direction of the Communication office cause that's where my all time favorite teacher from Southern now works! Lynn Caldwell was THE best teacher EVER. EVER. EVER. She'll be around next week and I can't wait to visit.

From here

Monday, July 13, 2015

Safe People

A while back I asked a friend for some good book titles. One of the ones was Safe People by Henry Cloud. I devoured the book and took lots of notes and underlined lots of quotes. I thought I'd immortalize them in the interwebs for the rest of my life. 

Here are a few of them. (I do recommend the book!)

"Safe people, for example, admit their weaknesses. They are humble. And they prove their trustworthiness  over time." Pg28

We grow in part by confessing our faults and weaknesses to each other (James 516; Ecclesiastes 410)

All close relationships hurt, because no perfect people live on the earth. 31

Love, however, depends in part on our ability to own and share our faults. The one who is forgiven much, loves much (Luke 7:47) 36

In a relationship, honesty is bedrock foundation of a safe relationship. 37

We were created for intimacy, to connect with someone with heart, soul, mind. Intimacy occurs and we are open, vulnerable, and honest, for these qualities help us to be close to each other. 41

Both bring their lives, loves, joy, and sorrows to the connection. Each brings her needs- yet has a deep interest in the life of the other person. 44

Empathy is not easy. It involves letting go of your opinion and what you're needing in the relationship so that you can enter the world of the other person, it's only for brief time. 44

It's a connection involves two people trusting, opening up, and being honest with each other. 46

Safe relationships are not just about trust, support, and sharing. They are also about truth, righteousness, and honesty. 49

Forgiveness is the glue of love, making it possible for love to do what it does best to bare all things believe all things hopes all things insure all things 50

Safe people. They guard your trust as if it were money in the bank. They are stable and reliable in their emotional commitment. 55

Love is abiding, timeless, and then changing, just like its author. Find people who love you, and love you well over time, like he does: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever Hebrews 13:8 56

#8 Harry!!!!! I recognize that one!!!! 56

Safety breeds safety. And safe people make us better people for being around them. 57

Deciding whether a relationship is good for you will take time and some long, hard, coldly objective analysis. 58

How does our self-sufficiency ruin safety? Primarily by preventing us from experiencing our impoverishment. People who "have it together "I'm not hungry, thirsty, for others. They do not feel a lack within when they're alone or in distress. They do not connect with other people, because they do not experience any need for it. 67

Make friends with your needs. Welcome them. They are a gift from God, designed to draw you into relationship with him and with his safe people. Your needs are the cure to the sense of self sufficiency. 67

In a sense matters of the heart are mostly subjective and unconscious, and that's not bad. Soul connections should not always be made on a rational basis. What a boring life that would be! The unconscious part of ourselves has a wisdom of it's own, and in some ways our heart knows what it wants and needs. That is valid. 95

Safe relationship:
1 draws us closer to God
2 draws us closer to others
3 helps us become the real person God created us to be.

We need people in our life who will be honest with us, telling us where we are wrong and where we need to change. We need friends that walk according to the truth and live at the principles of God with us. This does not mean that they are not accepting, but it means that they in their expectancy of us they are honest about our faults without condemning us. 146

What many Christians do not understand is that relating to each other is a spiritual activity. 148

And yet God created you to long for attachment, to desire to matter to someone and to "hunger and thirst" for relationship. He made you that way, so that you could know when to seek comfort and connect. 174

Sunday, July 12, 2015

To do:

Sometimes in life I need to distract my mind from things. So to do that I recently decided to make a list of things to do the next time I visit Collegedale/Chattanooga.

  1. Spend unreasonable amounts of time and money at the Samaritan Center
  2. Buy cookies from Piece of Cake Bakery
  3. Eat large quantities of Chinese food from China Kitchen
  4. Buy a vegan pizza from that great place on the corner of Four Corners
  5. Wander around the Biology Trail
  6. Pay my respects to Dr Beitz
  7. Have an Earth Day/Birthday picnic (even if it’s not April 22)
  8. Gossip and snub all the changes to campus
  9. Visit Maria & Dean Sager (I tried calling him John a couple times but it was too weird) and ask him to cook something amazing while Maria gives me wisdom
  10. Visit the Livanos family
  11. Capture the Little Debbie factory smell in a bottle (but not on a burned day)

What else should I do? Any ideas?