Office Inspiration – Beautiful Places to Create

One of my goals for 2015 is do more writing, and to create a space where I feel inspired to do so. After finally moving our bunny out of the guest bedroom (which serves as my closet as well), I now have the space to create the perfect home office for writing, grad school, and general home organization.

I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas and have found so many beautiful spaces that would make me oh so happy to sit and write.

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(Seeing a trend? I’m completed obsessed with Kate Spade inspired offices…)

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It’s pretty easy to tell what I am leaning towards. But while I would love to be able to sit down at any one of these desks, unfortunately one of the key factors is missing in my house – natural light. But they are a great jumping off point right?

What has inspired you lately?

Last Day of Classes

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This is what the end of the year looks like for a PE teacher. After a busy 2 weeks of putting on a medieval themed field day, running a 5k with a student, an trying to wrap up the school year- I’m ready for a nap. Add in finishing up my research proposal for grad school and report cards, and I am ready to switch gears to our summer school program.

Looking forward to a more relaxed schedule and bringing the students to the beach each day! 

Switzerland Internship Article over at Transitions Abroad

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I am excited to have a travel article published over at Transitions Abroad, a great website full of lots of information for those interested in studying or working abroad, and travelers of all sorts.

Head over there to check out my article, Interning Abroad in Switzerland: An Experience at the United Nations.

Enjoy!

Valentine’s Day: predictable and same for all

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There are so many posts coming up on my feed this week about Valentine’s Day. Some happy, some utterly depressing, some over the top in love. And quite a few wonderful reflections on love and the meaning it gives to life. So here is one more, but this one is from the viewpoint of a residential school filled with students who require a scheduled, predictable day with managed expectations and follows the mantra “No Hope, No Disappointment.” Harsh? Maybe it sounds like it, but in our world, its the way to make life tolerable and less stressful (and not for staff, but for the students).

Our school is one of the unique ones that provides for the needs of students with complex special needs, including many who have a genetic predisposition to life threatening obesity, coupled with intellectual disabilities and some of the most challenging behaviors I’ve seen in my work in Special Ed and Behavioral Health.

One thing they do best is perserverate. Especially over food and holidays. So it is a vital component of our programming that we manage expectations to help them get through the day. While the general population might wait in wonder of what their significant others or family will surprise them with, Valentine’s Day here is laid out to the minute. Students know exactly what time they will be given their treasured goody bag, and are reassured that theirs is the exact same as everyone else’s. No hope, no disappointment. And they are happy as clams.

Valentine’s Day is the easy day. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. …. That’s a whole other story!

As for me, I had a great Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner to IHOP. 🙂 May not be fancy, but it was the perfect evening out. And boy, was the french toast good!

Unexpected Beach Run

Recently I found myself chasing after a student on the beach that was determined to keep walking until the sunset. Now ordinarily this sounds like a great way to spend an afternoon- a stroll on a beautiful Cape Cod beach in the off season without a person in sight- but seeing as the wind chill was in the single digits and I didn’t have the right clothing for the adventure, it was just a little aggravating. Once our students set their mind to something, it is often very difficult to convince them otherwise, and you just have to wait them out. It made for a good story with my co-workers, but not necessarily the type of moment that I live for.

That type of moment did come however; after we had successfully gotten the student turned around and the issue was resolved (thank goodness for the marsh that made it difficult to continue once we hit the next town). As I ran ahead to warm up the van and waited for the rest of the group, the sun began setting over the dunes of the beach, and gave me this view:

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How beautiful is that? And here I am, lucky enough to get to live here. Thinking about the other types of places I have had to go for work at one point or the other, the fact that I get to spend my time surrounded by this natural beauty 24/7 is inspiring, and is really one of the reasons we chose to live on the Cape, before securing jobs or knowing a soul here.

So a 3 mile beach walk in the freezing cold isn’t so bad after all…. Just don’t tell the student I said that!