Click over to Sarah’s blog for a-i advice from me (If I could pick the ultimate job title it would be Advice Giver For The World. Here’s a 9-part foray into my dream career which, unfortunately, will never materialize.)
Click over to Meg’s blog for j-r advice from Sarah (I haven’t read this one yet, so I can’t tell you all about how wonderful it is, just… she’s pretty great and I like anything and everything she writes. It’s gotta be good.)
And now… s-z advice from Meg. Buckle your hats and hold onto your seatbelts! With Meg at the wheel, you never know what kind of adventure you might run into.
S = Sarcasm is an acceptable teaching method.
I know there are people who are not convinced that there’s a place for sarcasm in a classroom, but I challenge you to spend every day of your life with junior high and high school students and NOT use it to your advantage. It’s a necessary teaching tool. If you’re a PAS (parent against sarcasm), encourage your kid to NEVER say something stupid. That way I don’t have to be sarcastic and your kid will not be offended. We all win.
T= Tea makes the world a better place.
In my short 25 years, I’ve witnessed the power of tea bringing people together. While teaching in New Zealand, we had designated time during the school day for tea. We literally had breaks throughout the day to eat snacks, drink tea, and relax. In Ireland, it’s the same! At any time of the day, a cup of tea is acceptable and encouraged. Breakfast, lunch, mid-afternoon, dinner, etc, tea is always a brilliant option. Even here in the States, watchers of the Big Bang Theory can attest to Sheldon’s beautiful soul in his attempts at comforting someone with a “there, there” and a warm cup of tea.
U = Underwear Truth! Calvin and Hobbes style
V = Visa applications are ridiculous.
After signing up for a study abroad program I realized that my Visa application would be more complicated than my Passport application. After procrastinating longer than I should have, my take off date was quickly approaching and I was unable leave without my form. It was finally approved and I was off on my merry little way. All the nonsense and worry could have been avoided if I would have just done it right away. Procrastination, although helpful at times, is not always a good thing.
W= Weather is one of God’s most creative displays of radiance.
Rather than complaining about what weather we don’t like, we should at least attempt to see the beauty in all of them. Nothing is more irritating than constantly hearing “I hate snow/rain/sun/wind/breezes/joy/puppies/sleet/hail/warmth/cold.” To each his own.
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” John Ruskin
X= Xanga ruins lives.
In high school I had my first experience with cyber bullying. A girl wrote a post about me on her Xanga account. It was mean and it affected me more than I’d care to admit. My sisters, in typical big sister fashion, responded with equally awful words towards this girl. At the time, I was okay with it. Now that we’ve all grown up a bit, I wonder if the other girl was hurt as badly as I was.
Whether posted on Xanga, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or blogs, our words are powerful. Brennan Manning beautifully stated that “In every encounter, we either give life or we drain it; there is no neutral exchange.”
Y= YOLO (YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE)
Although it’s a ridiculously cliché teenage phrase, I love the truth it holds. We each get one life and what we do with our time matters. Every day we have the option to change the world or to keep it how it is. I don’t know about you, but I really hope I do something that shakes things up. #teamchangetheworld
Z= Zombie Apocalypse Escape Plans
I don’t believe zombies are real, let alone going to take over the world… but just in case, here’s a glimpse at plans A, B, and C.
- I will grab my secret stash of mix cds, jump in the car with my friend Jared, and head towards his best friends. (In order to keep his plan secret, I can’t tell where we’re going.) He has promised to keep me alive as long as possible. We have agreed that when it becomes necessary, I am the sacrifice. The zombies will get me while the others escape.
- I will wait for my sister and brother-in-law to arrive at my apartment. We will then wander into my backyard, hide in a tree or something, and only come out when we know it’s safe. Once again, if necessary, I am the sacrifice… mostly because Kate’s pregnant and I have big dreams for my future niece or nephew.
- I will put on my most comfortable clothing, sit on my wonderful couch, and wait for the zombies. Hopefully being in the hills of Kentucky will slow them down a bit and I’ll be able to get a good amount of reading done before they eat my brain.So, the advice? Make a plan. Just in case.