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Happy New Year

Welcome to 2019!

I’d like to say that I had one of the BEST holidays I have had in ages.  Christmas was fantastic with the family. My birthday was an absolute joy. And my 2nd annual NYE party was super successful. I am so lucky, so blessed to have so many amazing people in my life.

This is the first time that I can think of where I have not felt gloomy at the end of the holidays. I usually feel this sadness on New Year’s Day and directly afterward, but… not this year. I’m not sure what is/was different. I generally am optimistic about new beginnings and all of that but I think I usually grieve the season, always feeling like something is unfinished. Somehow though, I don’t feel that today. 💟

I was sitting around eating breakfast with some friends yesterday morning and I just smiled. I took it all in. Genuinely, like deep in my spirit felt the joy. It struck me that I have never felt that on New Years before and I just took a moment to appreciate it, and of course document it here on my blog for posterity. 😉

I am fortunate. Though not without hardship, 2018 was a decent year for me, far better than 2016 and 2017. There were so many great things that I participated in, experienced, and did. ✔ Perhaps 2019 will be even better. ❣

Here are my resolutions.

  • Go somewhere I have never been.
  • Hike 3 new trails.
  • Workout at least 2x/week.
  • Spend less time on these social media sites: twitter, facebook, instagram, and tumblr.
  • Spend more time in the sunshine.
  • Get Cocoa & Pepper trained and socialized.
  • Read 16 new books.
  • Work on positively influencing my mental and physical health.
  • Follow my schedule!
    • Mon: Grocery shopping & food prep
    • Tues: Write 320-420; gym 430 – 6pm.
    • Wed: Household chores & family night
    • Thurs: Write 320-420; gym 430 -6pm.
    • Fri: *WW weigh ins; when free, UBER drive
    • Sat: Finish chores; night for friends
    • Sun: Rest & realx; wash, fold, put away clothes
  • I have 2 other goals but those are more private. Suffice it to say that I am hopeful they both are a huge success!

I am grateful for the hope in my heart and for all of my friends and family. May you be blessed. May you be kind. May you find health & happiness in the new year. 🎉

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Let Us Be Women Who Love

by Idelette McVicker

 

I was introduced to this today in a book given to me my a respected friend and colleague. Theis poem, this manifesto, opens the book Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey and I am really looking forward to the insight, the air, the space it may provide in my brain – a new way of understanding and seeing. But this intro was so good, I knew I have to share it with you all. Happy Tuesday.

 

Let us be women who Love.

Let us be women willing to lay down our sword words, our sharp looks, our ignorant silence and towering stance and fill the earth now with extravagant Love.

Let us be women who Love.

Let us be women who make room.

Let us be women who open our arms and invite others into an honest, spacious, glorious embrace.

 

Let us be women who carry each other.

Let us be women who give from what we have.

Let us be women who leap to do the difficult things, the unexpected things and the necessary things.

Let us be women who live for Peace.

Let us be women who breathe Hope.

Let us be women who create beauty.

Let us be women who Love.

 

Let us be a sanctuary where God may dwell.

Let us be a garden for tender souls.

Let us be a table where others may feast on the goodness of God.

Let us be a womb for Life to grow.

Let us be women who Love.

 

Let us rise to the questions of our time.

Let us speak to the injustices in our world.

Let us move the mountains of fear and intimidation.

Let us shout down the walls that separate and divide.

Let us fill the earth with the fragrance of Love.

Let us be women who Love.

 

Let us listen for those who have been silenced.

Let us honour those who have been devalued.

Let us say, Enough! with abuse, abandonment, diminishing and hiding.

Let us not rest until every person is free and equal.

Let us be women who Love.

 

Let us be women who are savvy, smart and wise.

Let us be women who shine with the light of God in us.

Let us be women who take courage and sing the song in our hearts.

Let us be women who say, Yes to the beautiful, unique purpose seeded in our souls.

Let us be women who call out the song in another’s heart.

Let us be women who teach our children to do the same.

Let us be women who Love.

 

Let us be women who Love, in spite of fear.

Let us be women who Love, in spite of our stories.

Let us be women who Love loudly, beautifully, Divinely.

Let us be women who Love.

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Wrapping Things Up

It is finally exam time. We did lots of review and even played my favorite game JUST THE POINTS, in which I am a sassy moderator a la Drew from Whose Line and the kids are split into teams that fight to answer questions. The winning team gets 3 bonus points on the final. You would think I was offering them 1 million dollars, which makes me kind of happy to see them get excited and care. Team names were The Cow Bells, Jingle Jangle, and Bing-a-ling. We have 1st and 2nd period finals today (Friday), 3rd, 4th, and 5th on Monday, and 6th & 7th on Tuesday. That wraps things up for the students but the faculty will come Wednesday to finalize grades and eat lunch together… then we get to peace out and rest until our return on January 3rd, 2019.

So Thriftbooks.com is my jam because I just got 7 books for $21 after using their coupon SALE20. These will help me on my journey to next year. In 2017, I wanted to read 12 new books. In 2018, I wanted to read 14. In 2019, the plan is to read 16. This doesn’t sound like much, I know, but I have a tendency to want to reread things I love over and over, but it is so good for me to expand and read other things. It has proven difficult while in graduate school, but I am hopeful that I can commit more time to it now. I’d also really like to finish my first silly fantasy novel that I started. Love stories, werewolves, a family curse and all that. Awoooooo.  These are the books I ordered:

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult

Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

I am sooooooooo ready to get in my hygge mood! Blankets, books, and hot tea! ❤ ❤ ❤

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I’ve got a big weekend planned. Alici’as birthday dinner tonight, Candie & Zac’s party tomorrow evening, Christmas Worship Experience at CLC Sunday morning, followed by lunch and dinner plans with great people. It’s a go, go, go kind of weekend.  Busy-busy!

 

On another note, I was just really feeling myself today. Dark colors for a dreary day, but I’m in a great mood. I graduate with my Masters degree on Saturday, Christmas is coming, followed by my 29th birthday and NYE celebration. I love the holidays.

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Family, friends, and all manner of loved ones coming together in high spirits, full of hope and joy, to celebrate this time of year just fills my heart. And remember, if someone in your family is cruel or mean to you, if they do not respect your choices, it is absolutely NOT a reflection of your value and worth. Stay strong, hold your head high, and be happy. I am wishing you all peace during the season.

 

Julie

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A Poem from one of my students

 

Going to your class has become a daily routine

I find it energizes me more than caffeine.

From learning about the early Ice Age

All the way to the ancient Egyptian’s rage.

 

I’ve learned new concepts like

Embalming, tyrants, and oracles,

Ancient ideas and different ways

Of living, which make them historical.

 

Through this course my brain has expanded

Challenging me that I might understand it.

 

Thank you to Ms. Myers

And this first semester class

For helping me along the way

So I won’t walk on thin glass.

 

– Noah Watts, 8th Grade World History

12/10/2018

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Coutndown to Christmas

I am getting over what I think was food poisoning. Blegh. It was a rough couple of days. I seem to be back to my normal self today though so I wanted to give a brief rundown of the past few weeks. That said, I have to tell you that it was a whirlwind Thanksgiving break. I worked my first few retail shifts, one of them being an overnight on Black Friday which was pretty miserable for my body, but the people were pretty nice and my coworkers and managers were great. I won’t be continuing at JC Penney though – there just isn’t time. However, I have registered to be an UBER driver for when I make my own hours to get a little extra cash.

We are down to TWENTY DAYS TO CHRISTMAS!! Woooo!!! And only 10 school days left! Three of those are final exams and hardly feel like they count. OH! There are 10 days until I graduate and 25 days until my birthday! Wooohooo!!!! EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!1111

I took a 3 day trip to Indiana that was very special to me. I ate great food and had the absolute BEST company.

Prom Committee has planned this awesome PJ Day thing for next Tuesday that is going to RULE. We are charging $5 for students to be allowed to wear pajamas to school, then attend a screening of the 1966 Grinch during 8th period, complete with hot chocolate and a candy cane. It makes my little holiday heart so happy and will be a HUGE fundraiser for us. I mean, we have a tiny school, but even if only 100 kids attend, that is $500. We MIGHT spend 50 on candy canes and hot chocolate sooooooo, that’s a $450 profit. I’m thrilled. Way to go, prom fam jam.

This coming weekend, I am going to Atlanta to celebrate Xmas with my person(I wuv joo, Kayla!) There will be cheese plates and wine, chilli and corn bread, cinnamon rolls and bacon, wassail and board games, christmas movies in pajamas and all types of other fun things. I need this weekend with her to decompress.

There have been some job related things that have made me really upset lately, but you know, things are mostly better, and for that I am grateful. And on that note,

I have great news about the past weekend!

 

In May of 2017, I wrote a proposal to my Principal requesting permission to start a theatre program at Kingwood Christian School. I had enough experience to get something off the ground but I knew it would take help from mentors who knew far more than me, and the dedication of good kids to make it work.

That fall, we had our first club. We practiced twice a week after school and scraped together enough funds to get shirts made and to go to Trumbauer. We made great progress at district and took 2 students to state. I had the help of many excellent parents, the support of a good administration, and the encouragement of other directors in the district.

This year, I am pleased to say that the 2018 Kingwood Drama Club flourished even more. At district, we took 4 superiors and 2 excellents. My six kiddos gave great performances and really put their heart into our tiny group. Three moved on to state competition at Troy University.

And on Dec 1, 2018, these senior students showed up and showed out in their varsity categories!

Kaylin Barnett: Superior

Seth Hoffman: Superior

Seger Bayer: Superior

MAMA MYERS IS SO PROUD OF YOU!

You humble me, you make me laugh, and you are three of the greatest young people I’ve had the good fortune to know, to lead, and to teach.  Thanks for starting this journey last year and for your continued dedication to our small program. “Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” YOU are what make it a success. Your work has laid the foundation for something that will last. #KCSDramaClub

I love you guys so much and cannot wait to see what other wonders you’ll continue to bring to the greatest stage of all: The World.

Tl;dr: SAPPY LAME TEACHER POST AND THE KIDS GOT SUPERIORS BC THEY ROCK

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Slapped.

Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek. I am trying. I am trying so hard to be forgiving.

Forget that I am terrified.

Forget that I feel betrayed.

Forget that I feel threatened, nervous, and worried about this meeting I am being forced into tomorrow.

Forget that someone tried to drag my name through the mud, to defame my character, to chip away at my integrity as a teacher and a human being.

Forget that someone has been out to get me for four months, badgering the administration to “do something about me and my liberal agenda.”

Forget that yet another person professing to be a Christian thought it was better to gossip than to speak directly, thought it better to be cruel, slanderous, and inflammatory with his words.

Forget that a child sits in my class every single day with the belief that I am “less than” because his father told him so.

I will remember that there are people ready to go to bat for me, to defend my personality, my teaching style, my belief system, and my abilities. For them, I am grateful. And they will be in that room with us tomorrow to help remind this person that the version of me he has created in his mind is unjust, unfair, and that his behavior has been unrighteous.

I’m trying to forgive, but I just need time. I will let him say his peace, so that I may quietly find mine. Holy Spirit, do a work in me, because on my own, this is something I won’t be able to forgive.

Jesus, turn my cheek.

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40 Books To Read Before You Die

This list was sent to me by a friend and I’m going to start working my way through it. I have read several already but am very much looking forward to getting some exposue to additional authors. Shoutout to Ceri Radford and Chris Harvey over at The Independent Culture for creating this awesome list.

  1. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  2. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾, Sue Townsend
  3. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  4. Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
  5. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
  6. 1984, George Orwell
  7. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  8. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  9. The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
  10. Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
  11. The Code of the WoostersPG Wodehouse
  12. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  13. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  14. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
  15. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
  16. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  17. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
  18. Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  19. Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
  20. Beloved, Toni Morrison
  21. Brideshead RevisitedEvelyn Waugh
  22. Dune, Frank Herbert
  23. Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
  24. The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
  25. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  26. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
  27. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K Dick
  28. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  29. Dracula, Bram Stoker
  30. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
  31. The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
  32. Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
  33. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  34. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
  35. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
  36. Dangerous Liaisons, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  37. 100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  38. The Trial, Franz Kafka
  39. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
  40. The Leopard, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

I have read Great Gatsby twice, Pride & Prejudice twice, and Wuthering Heights twice, but the others were all a once only read, whether on my own ofr during my schooling. I currently have Beloved and Wolf Hall sitting on my bookcase ready to be devoured over Christmas Break. I am excited to add more! I hope maybe this helps some of you find your next great read.

Have an awesome weekend,

 

JM