Thank you to Ruth Ayres for providing this space to share our celebrations. It's important to take time to celebrate the big and small things in life. You can read more celebrations at Discover. Play. Build.
I've been thinking a lot about community. This week, I've had the opportunity to spend time with different groups of people.
I was invited to a gathering with other Ph.D. students who are in the same program. Drs. Bloome and Katz invited us to their home to share in a potluck meal. There was no agenda other than getting to know each other a little better. I'm someone who is more comfortable being around a small group of people that I know well, so this gathering was a little out of my comfort zone. I'm so glad I went. I got to catch up with others in my class, and meet some new people. Dr. Bloome asked us to go around the circle and share what our research interests were. While I felt a little out of my element, it was so interesting to hear what others are studying and as I told a friend, only one person used a word that I didn't know the meaning of.
Once a month, we meet with a group of teachers in our district who want to grow as writers. I love this group. Each person has a different agenda as to what he or she wants to write. We have people who are writing for themselves, someone who is working on a picture book and some who are wanting to begin blogs. One of our group members, my principal, posted her first blog. Remembering my own feelings when I first pushed the publish button, I was so excited for her! I invite you to read her blog and leave a comment. http://learningthrucommunity.blogspot.com/2017/01/what-do-we-want-to-be.html
Thursday afternoon was spent with a friend over coffee after school. We don't get to spend together very often, but when we do, we are always amazed at how our lives seem to follow parallel paths. We talked about our kids, our work, our next steps. I left with a happy feeling in my heart.
This morning, our group from the Columbus Area Writing Project summer institute met. We haven't seen each other since the beginning of July. We caught up with each other's projects, our work and in the process I left with a list of new books to buy and new ideas to try.
Each of these communities feeds my soul. They stretch me and help me grow. I leave each group feeling energized and excited about the work I am doing in different places. Belonging to each of these communities is so important to who I am as a woman, mother, writer and teacher.
What communities feed your soul?