Though I was sad Sunday night, about leaving home for the overnight camping trip with my students ~ I always return home from Bradford Woods feeling that it was such a wonderful experience for the students. 

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There are so many important lessons learned and so many new, special relationships formed at Bradford Woods.

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^ My luggage for the night

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^ Our cabin bunks

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^ Many miles of hiking

Our trip came to an end Tuesday evening and I made it home by 6:30p.  I felt many different emotions on my way home – including major exhaustion, an incredible happiness to be back at home, and also being overwhelmed about maintaining my productivity the rest of this week…

These feelings => Running.  I was so exhausted after the trip, but I needed a run to clear my mind.  I am so glad I have started running again.  This time, it was completely for my mind, not my body.  My knees were killing me during my run, and I think my feet almost fell off, but my mind felt better with every step and every song – including “We Are Young” (!!!)

I am recovered from the trip by now, for the most part.  I was going to skip a workout today, but when I saw Ben doing P90X, I had to join. 

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^ He went with Back & Biceps

I stopped 10 minutes early to work on school tasks, but still a great workout.  As always, I am very glad I decided to join Ben.  The hardest part of working out always seems to be getting started.

Here is a tiny snippet of an email I received from a classroom parent today ~

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I was very appreciative of this email & the kind words ~ It was most definitely the highlight of my day.  What was the highlight of your day?

It is a nice feeling to hear such kind words about teaching, especially after spending nearly 35 non-stop hours with my students, feeling exhausted and unsure that I could make it through the final three days of this work week. 

I had tears in my eyes as I read this email after school.  Always remember to express your thanks to people around you and share kind compliments with them ~ You might just be the highlight of their day…

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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. ~Og Mandino

HeartLove, Ann

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