As Dr. Seuss says, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”  

Some years we are more ready to move on than others.  Regardless of how your year unfolded and where the path took you, it’s a great time of year to reflect and take note (literal notes!) of what you learned, how you grew, and essentially who you have now become!   

And if you’ve had a tough year, it’s probably that much more essential for you to take some time to pause; as is in life, often the harder the year, the deeper the learning and growth. So don’t skip over this time, honor your growth and your path.  And become better for it.

And as you head into summer break, put yourself on the priority list.  

Summer Reads:

Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation:  Trauma-Invested Practices for Fostering Resilient Learners, by Kristin Van Marter Souers and Pete Hall. 
A powerful read that redefines the 3 “R’s” and explains how to create a culture of safety, including a “nest” that shapes a positive learning environment where students are set up to succeed – from deep within their nervous systems.  

The Power of the Adolescent Brain, by Thomas Armstrong. 
A fast read with applicable strategies for all content areas.  Armstrong makes his case clear about the need to shift our instruction to accommodate adolescent growth to move them to thriving.   You won’t see adolescents the same again.  

The Book of Joy:  Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams.
A light read that encourages, inspires, and empowers us with tools to see the joy that is in front of us as well as help us cope with some of life’s more challenging realities.   Both personal and professional applications.  

The One Thing:  The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results, by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan.
A quick read full of tools, frameworks and exercises to help us cultivate rich, fulfilling lives. Through debunking myths about how to achieve results, the authors fascinate us with research and stories that help us find the balance we seek as well as the results we desire in our classrooms, schools, and lives.   

Guided Meditations:
It’s not hard to find free guided meditations with a quick google search, but UCLA has some options to check out (short 5-20 minutes): https://www.uclahealth.org/marc/mindful-meditations as well as University of San Diego Mindfulness Center (from 1-45 minutes)
https://health.ucsd.edu/specialties/mindfulness/programs/mbsr/Pages/audio.aspx

Recipes to nourish the body, mind and soul:
Eating is one of the greatest pleasures in life, yet it can be so loaded with pressure, guilt, shame, overwhelm and fear.  Eating can truly be one the greatest mindfulness practices of all! The opportunity to slow down, chew our food, sit, eat, and really connect to the nourishment we are receiving through our food is extremely powerful.  And nourishment can also be delicious! Check out these amazing treats to nourish and celebrate summer, life and health.  

Chocolate Truffles- Super easy to make, no baking, just mixing!  https://livingfreshdaily.com/raw-cacao-bliss-balls/

Chocolate Pudding Pops: Cold treats full of healthy fats for glowing skin and a happy brain!  https://juiceguru.com/yummy-foods/chocolate-avocado-pudding-pops/

Happy Summer!

 

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