When we truly care for ourselves, it becomes possible to care far more profoundly about other people. The more alert and sensitive we are to our own needs, the more loving and generous we can be toward others.
I read this quote in Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book, Simple Abundance, and it made me think of my role as a teacher. I thought how true is that! Whenever I don’t feel 100 percent at school it is really hard to focus and give my little ones my full attention. Sarah suggests putting things together to take to work to give you comfort during the day or during times of need.
I went to Target and found two cute cosmetic bags. One will be my comfort bag and the other will be for feminine products.
Here are the items I put in my little comfort bag for work:
· Safety pins
· Breath mints
· Hair ties
· Contact solution
· Hand cream
· Carmex & covergirl wetslicks (a girl needs a little color here and there)
· Extra morning meds (because I always forget to take them)
· Cough drops
· Nail file
If I was not on this crazy diet I would have chocolate in my bag, however I do not want any temptations.
I purchased a new Febreze plug in and scents to freshen up the classroom during the first months. I am working on putting together a playlist just for myself with my favorite songs. I love to listen to music after school while I clean the classroom.
I also have a couple of my favorite things in the classroom:
· Favorite pencils for just me
· Lots of cute post its
· My little owl lamp
· Stuffed owl from Pottery Barn
Several pictures that I love :)
I have my little refrigerator in my classroom so I can have a pitcher of cold water. I drink lots of water throughout the day. I have my favorite water cup from Starbucks to drink out of.
All my little things at the workplace help to create a place of comfort for me.........
Working happier accomplishes much more than working harder.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
I love fresh flowers in this pencil vase I made last year, just another thing that makes me happy. :)