November: Gratitude

Over on my personal blog, for the past four or five years, I’ve spent November immersed in the Gratitude Challenge. Every day, I would identify something I was grateful for, and write about it. Some posts were one sentence long, some were paragraphs.

This school year has been the most challenging yet in my career. Many different factors contributing to make it so, but the level of burnout I feel on November 1 I usually don’t feel until May 1.

That’s not good.

And because I have this weird compulsion to challenge myself, rather than spend November blogging about how grateful I am for little things like diet Coke, chocolate, my family, or Parks and Rec, I’m going to spend November blogging here about how grateful I am to work where I do, and to do what I do.

Some days will be easier than others, I’m sure. But I am drowning right now at school, and I can’t put my finger on why, nor can I figure out how to fix it. This might help.

So today, I’m grateful that I get to teach the subjects I do. I spent the day at our district office, writing curriculum for Popular Culture Studies. Read that sentence again and marvel at this: I work in a district that allows me to teach and develop curriculum for a class called Popular Culture Studies.

Seriously, how cool is that?

Feeling burned out? Take the challenge with me. Or read The Book of Awesome. I don’t know much, but I know that when I’m grateful, life is much more manageable.

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