"Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive, trying not to confuse it, with what you do to survive." Running on Empty by Jackson Browne
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3 Unexpected Things to Expect Going Back to School
🥱 Everyone's tired: Even if you continue to work over the summer, there is something very unstructured this time of year. Long daylight hours, fun activities, and junk food gives everything a relaxed feeling. Now that the kids are back on the daily grind there's so much more to manage. Cancel your weekend plans and give everyone time to chill.
🥪 Everyone needs lunch: I have no advice here. Ten years of teaching and I always forgot I needed lunch the next day. Shoutout to my husband who started making my lunches for me. Without him I would have had Wheat Thins every day.
🍎 Everyone's going through it: Extroverts, commiserate with your friends. Introverts, disappear 'til November. Whatever your vibe, all the school-going families are in the same flow. To help you get into that flow, I made a free download: Reset Your School Routine.
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🎥 Video: I released my second and final long form video for August, 3 First Impression Behaviors From Parents That All Teachers Hate. It explains some common things parents do that unintentionally hurt their relationship with their teacher. Can you help boost its popularity by leaving a comment on the video?
🖍️ Strategy: I am working to strike a balance between short form (under 60 seconds, vertical) and long form (traditional youtube videos) videos on youtube. My long form videos have the best information, but lately the bulk of my views and subscribers come from my short form videos (like this one that people love to hate). So, I'm going to play with only putting out 2 long form videos a month instead of one weekly. This way I can put the most thought into planning great long form videos and continuously release short form videos.
👀 mini makeup: When I blend my under eye concealer, I use these mini beauty blenders. I recently learned a tip to avoid blending concealer all the way up to the rim of your eye. I've been trying that and it looks really good- it prevents my concealer from creasing. Don't forget to wash them when you're done.
👗 everyday dress: I recently got this dress from Shop The Mint. It's so flattering and comfortable. It comes in 11 colors! If you love flowy, feminine clothes, then you'll love this boutique.
📚 Favorite Back to School Books: When I taught kindergarten and first grade, I always reviewed school behavior using this book and this book. They are short, funny, and encourage the kids to interact with them. True classics for your home library!