Enthusiasm is the difference between a ho-hum day and an amazing day.
The other day I was putting up Christmas decorations, feeling down over the absence of my Mom this year. Added to my Dad, Godmother & little brother. I was basically tossing stuff around getting gloomier.
FastTrack forward to determining I would make the most of that day. It ended up that my mindset change manifested an invitation to a pre-Christmas dinner with a friend, running into two others that would not have family with them (I'll probably be hosting here for the orphans) and being offered (for no reason) a wonderful treatment that a friend is now practicing.
Your choice - pity party or play day.
Akihabara, or as, it's nicknamed "electric town", is basically a nerd heaven! 🤓 It has vintage game shops 🕹️, arcades 🎟️, figurenes 🎎, collectibles, electronics 🎮 and tons of restaurants 🍜. It was so overwhelming that we didn't even know where to start, some of these buildings have over 10 different floors , and there's hundreds of buildings 🏙️. We spent almost a whole day here and kept seeing new things! The only downside is that they tend to jack up the prices because they know it's a popular shopping district, but it's still fun to look.
Our video where we go to Akihabara is here :) 👉 https://youtu.be/aR1l2l1CPDk
Todays mini project, had to create a piece of work from an old book which we were given :) i based it around my piece of text which i chose to base my 3 weeks projects on which tells others how strong the currents are and how dangerous it is to go too deep in the sea, i circled all kinds of words which i felt like connected the book and my piece of text and i worked with the idea of the paper inside would represent a human and outer hard back would be the sea. The idea is that the sea is damaging the person (pages) and than i soaked it in water to create more of a link :) ( the red writting which is ontop of the cover of the book is all the typewritten words which i circled within the book)
🎄ITS CHRISTMAS!!!🎄Luckiest Principal in the world!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH to all my gorgeous, wonderful, passionate, talented, incredible, hard working, dedicated, loyal and over all absolutely bonkers Students, Teachers and Parents at our fabulous School of Performing Arts! I just have so much love for each and every one of you! You are 100% my second family! Honestly woweeee, what a year!!!! So so grateful to have you all in my life! Sometimes we go on little rollercoasters but it’s all part of the journey and I literally can’t tell you how much it means to have you all standing by my side every step of the way! Every year you blow my mind and I can’t believe how much you achieve time and time again! You all make me so proud! A HUGE thank you to my amazing team of teachers! @emmashouksmith @xlisaconnellx @charligladwyn @hayley_faulkner_music @fishergeorge and Clare! Thank you for all being the shining stars that you are! #gstarsfamily#christmas#toomuchlove#dance#dancefamily#friendswhodancetogetherstaytogether#sospolit#feelinggrateful#emotional#overwhelmed
P.S some of the wine has already been drunk 🙊 and @ellis_hughes28 your chocolates are definitely long gone! 😂 and of course my incredible dabbing unicorn top is from @fishergeorge 🦄👏🏻😁 very very excited for Christmas Day to open all these prezzies!
If you know someone who is depressed, or maybe a little more sad or negative than usual, or just not how they usually are...just be there for them. Don't tell them they're negative all the time and you're 'over it'. Don't tell them they're exhausting you. Don't tell them you're tired of it and you just wish they were happy for once. They already know all these things. They wish they were happy, too, and it makes them even more sad to hear these things. No one 'chooses' to be depressed...who would consciously choose that over being happy? Don't get irritated with them or make them feel guilty for what they're struggling through. Just help them. Help them...and if you can't, then at least don't hurt them more than they're already hurting
I am humbled. These are Benjamin and Madeleine's Angel Tree gifts from Nourishment for the Needy 🎁
I am overwhelmed. Kind strangers bought not one but multiple gifts for our children. We've bought gifts for Angel Tree adults and children before and never really paused to think about how meaningful they are to the families who receive them.
I am grateful. I wrapped the few gifts we have for the children earlier today, all purchased before Donnie lost his job (with the exception of two books). Thank goodness I always start shopping for Christmas early 😁 God provides, again, even in these small things.
I am encouraged. I don't feel shame each time we visit the food pantry or today when I left with these gifts. Instead I am encouraged by the love of others. And this gave us yet another opportunity to explain to the kids--as they ran in after school and saw the new presents under the tree--the generosity of others and why we have given to food banks and Angel Trees in the past and why we will again.
For those of you who have ever purchased a gift for a unknown person on an Angel Tree, it is no small thing. Thank you 💗