February 12, 2016
Last month my family took a five-day vacation to Florida. With the rush of the holidays coming to an end, and the temperature slowly declining, it was the perfect time to break away. As I sat on the beach, watching the waves and enjoying the laughter of my children as they played in the sand, I couldn’t help but think of how much we needed this break. It provided time to have fun, decompress, and hit the reset button. I returned home rejuvenated and ready to take on whatever came my way.
Fast-forward and I am now finding myself in need of another break. The only problem is, my bank account can’t afford a trip to Florida every month. I need to find a way to recharge that’s quick, easy, and free.
Reflecting on what contributed to that sense of rejuvenation, I realize that a good book, peaceful rest, and being in the moment are not limited to a sunny beach in Florida. I can have those even in the below-zero temperatures of Iowa.
No matter where we live, we can do small things that will yield big results. The job we do is demanding. It is imperative that we take time to refresh and rejuvenate, even in small ways, so we have the energy to be our best selves, as teacher, parent, spouse, and friend.
Are you in need of rejuvenation? Take a few minutes to think about what restores your energy and make some time for yourself today.
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