Writing as Self-Care

At the Lehigh Valley Writing Project Best Practices Conference this weekend, keynote speaker and all-around dreamboat Ernest Morrell spoke about writing’s main purposes: Self-Care and Social Change.  The Social Change aspect is a biggie for me as a teacher of ELLs…in small ways, I remind myself: Big change happens in small moments.

But this blog post is a moment for me to take care of myself.  Writing as self-care, as checking in and re-centering.  Writing to make sense of these crazy days.

This is me reminding myself that writing can be quick, not long and drawn out.  Not perfect.  Ongoing.  A work in progress.

This is me reminding myself to focus on what is important, not only on what is immediate.

This is me reminding myself that I have great relationships with my students.  That’s what counts.  No matter the messages we receive to the contrary – it’s the relationships.

This is me stress-eating half a box of Girl Scout cookies on a Monday afternoon.  (And this is me reminding myself to get Peanut Butter Patties – or whatever they’re now called – next time.)

This is me celebrating the like-minded people I met on Saturday at Best Practices, and supporting myself in seeking out other like-minded, progressive people.

This is me writing.  This is me re-energized.

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