Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer Bucket List

So it's been a while since I've blogged. I guess you can say that I was...[ahem]..."recalibrating"... is a great word, after a couple of months of health challenges. There's something to say about the summer weather though, that really gets the body healing and healthy again. I love it and I'm beginning to feel like myself again. Hallelujah!

Today I'm really excited to be joining Natalie at What the Teacher Wants for her "Summer Bucket List Linky". Summer is my absolute favorite time of the year so this linky is a great opportunity to get blogging again. I love the sun, the heat, and all the fun times I get to have with my family during the summer months. It's also a time I get to do a lot of things on my "bucket list" that I don't really take the time to do during the school year.

School:  Celebrate 1-year Retirement Anniversary

Fortunately, I was blessed to retire from teaching last June, making this my first year anniversary! I do love the kiddos, however, so I have managed over the past year to continue working with elementary students at a nearby elementary school. I now get to assist teachers in their classrooms with their ESL and struggling students, working with these students one-on-one and in small groups, mostly in reading. After just a short time doing this, I got the inspiration and idea for this new blog, with the name appropriately, Your Teacher Assistant

So now I get the best of both worlds. I am one blessed woman and so thankful for the opportunity to continue to make a difference in the lives of young children while still doing what I love and hold near and dear to my heart.


*Rest, read, relax, and detox:  Not having to get up early for school is awesome. I can relax a little and read as much as my heart desires. Books on my list this summer include The Alchemist, The Harbinger, and Learning in the Fast Lane: 8 Ways to Put All Students on the Road to Academic Success. I've been reading up on the benefits of a good detox so I plan to give that a go as well.

*Migrate to a plant-based diet: I do this once a year in January and feel so good while I'm eating well. My goal is to eventually wean myself off of meat all together. I've recently discovered that I am gluten intolerant, so I do not have much of a choice when it comes to food any more. A gluten-free and a plant-based diet can only do me well; and the benefits of clean, healthy eating far outweigh all the yummy foods that I will be sacrificing, so I'm going to give it a go.

*Update and spruce up my TpT products and blog: Some of my earlier products deserve a face lift or updates. As well, I've been wanting for the longest time to devote quality time to creating an attractive and winning blog. 


*Vegas 2015: In less than a month, I will be attending my first TpT Conference. One of my personal goals this year is to take my TpT business to the next level. My husband has encouraged me to go, and frankly, I'm ecstatic about getting the opportunity to meet some of my favorite bloggers, connect and meet new friends, and learn how the best author-sellers have reached their current levels of success. I consider myself a "small seller," meaning that I have less than 200 followers to my store, so I can't wait to hear their stories. Did I say I was excited? Ec-stat-ic!

*The Beach: My husband and I have recently moved to the beautiful state of Virginia from chilly central Pennsylvania. Virginia is where we believe we have been led for the time being to fulfill a higher calling. Virginia has some of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast and I am looking forward to enjoying some sand and sun this summer.

* 30th Year Anniversary: This year I get to celebrate being married to my soul mate and best friend for a whopping 30 years. We celebrated with an awesome cruise to Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel, Mexico a couple months ago; however our actual anniversary is in July. I am so blessed. 

What's on your summer bucket list? Do share!



  1. We have a number of things in common, Lori! I'm not quite to retirement, although I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I imagine that I will also probably volunteer in a classroom somewhere, because I just enjoy helping kids learn, and especially, read. And like you, I've learned that my body doesn't handle wheat really well. No intolerance, just a rise in blood sugar levels, and I have no interest in going there! And, although you moved, I still live (and enjoy!) central PA.
    Enjoy your summer and all you have planned!

  2. Thanks, so much! I really enjoy the work I do in the elementary school, especially not having the responsibility of a regular classroom teacher :-) And, yes, I feel so much better when I eat the gluten free foods. Also, I was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA. We just moved to VA last September. Have a wonderful summer!


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