Retiring Reflections

It was on Mothers Day, about three and a half months ago, that I decided it was time to retire from blogging. And while I did have a wonderful break from it, I have missed the reflection piece that journaling my thoughts and sharing them online offers. I've also missed the creative outlet I get from the writing process. So, I've decided to come out of my self-imposed retirement {or maybe it was just a summer break} as I start my 33rd year in public education. I was invited to inspire character educators at six different venues this summer, so I am
 re-energized and ready to grow.

One of my workshop participants made this for her office
from something I said over and over again this summer.

Thank you, Toni, for bringing my reflection to life.

My first share? A growth-mindset song I wrote this morning:

Now I just need to get really good at it on my ukulele!
What would you say if you were to write verse two?

We were blessed to hear Liz Murray last week; 
here's what she said that stuck.

I know, right? Let that power-bite sink in for a bit.

I actually got kind of carried away tweeting her thoughts as she shared:

She added that, "People will grow into the conversation you create around them." So today I'm thinking about how her words of wisdom will change me, 
help make me better at what I do. 

For now, I'm gearing up to cartwheel on in to the new school year tomorrow. Thank you, Jennifer Runde, for capturing passion in this photo.

If you can't stop the feeling, you must experience {this}, 
courtesy of our FISD Leadership Team.

Happy new year; it feels good to be back at the Corner. 


  1. So happy to hear from you again. I don't blog as much either but it is a wonderful outlet to share and keep your reflections.

  2. Oh, YAY! I am SO excited that you are back to The Corner. My heart is smiling BIG!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  3. Hi Barbara!! Wonderful to hear from you!! I am thrilled to read your blog again! I always looked forward to it!! Glad to have you back!! AnnMarie Birster

  4. Barbara!! So glad you are back from blogging retirement! I always love reading your reflections--you're inspiring! Welcome back! :)

    EduKate and Inspire

  5. What a wonderful inspiration for the new year! I am so glad that you have decided to continue your blogging!


I really enjoy hearing from my readers; thanks for sharing your reflections with us!