I just realized that today was the first time I’ve ever talked at length and with unmitigated enthusiasm about my job. For the first whole year I always kind of felt like I was forcing a positive spin on things, but now I’m legitimately happy and excited about what I’m doing.

It’s amazing what a difference it makes when you work more closely with people you respect and who value your input and express trust in you. And most importantly, when your supervisors act in ways that prove that they have your back and care about your well-being.

blueeyedmenace:

The walking dead// Rick Grimes dad jokes

I’m pretty satisfied because 1) this was overall a very productive week, 2) I feel like I have some semblance of control or handle on a few things (although I’m mostly still a mess; I’m a somewhat organized mess), 3) I got a chance to socialize with some colleagues after school today and it’s looking like I might actually at some point have work friends, and 4) some decisions were made this morning that should significantly improve situations that, unchanged, could have had some extremely negative effects on my mental health.

Thank goodness for excellent colleagues, caring administrators, and encouraging mentors.

YOU GUYS

I WAS TALKING TO THE NEW BRITISH TEACHER AT MY SCHOOL

AND WE WERE DISCUSSING BRITISH FOOD

AND I MENTIONED FLAPJACKS

AND HE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT

THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED SINCE I CAME BACK FROM STUDYING ABROAD THREE YEARS AGO

angelclark:

99-Year-Old Lady Sews A Dress A Day For Children In Need 

Lillian Weber, a 99-year-old good Samaritan from Iowa, has spent the last few years sewing a dress a day for the Little Dresses For Africa charity, a Christian organization that distributes dresses to children in need in Africa and elsewhere.

Weber’s goal is to make 1,000 dresses by the time she turns 100 on May 6th. So far, she’s made more than 840. Though she says she could make two a day, she only makes one – but each single dress she makes per day is personalized with careful stitchwork. She hopes that each little girl who receives her dress can take pride in her new garment.

longboard-records:

This is my cousin Dylan Prunty. He has a mitochondrial disease that shuts down his immune and digestive systems. He deals with the pain and living in the hospital by playing and building with Legos. It’s his favorite thing in the world to do. Recently Chris Pratt visited him in the hospital and reenacted a few scenes of the Lego movie with him. I just thought id share with you all how awesome of a guy he is for doing this, he made one of my cousins dreams come true, and for someone who doesn’t know how long they have, that’s the best gift they can get.

I like having a tiny porch with a roof because that allows me to go sit outside and enjoy a good storm when it’s too loud for me to fall asleep to.

A week from Monday I’m going to start learning Scottish country dances from the 1700s.

Look out, world!  I’m gonna be reeling.  Literally.