How to renew your inspiration!

Back from my vacation

I hope all of you will take time this summer to sit on a mountain or a beach or just your back porch. I've found a beautiful post with some great quotations on Presentation Zen. If you're feeling uninspired, maybe a little time off is what you need!

Automobiles are not made to run all of the time, they need their tires rotated and their engines tuned up. You do too! If you go full tilt all of the time, you are shortening your life and asking for a heart attack! Take some time to breathe.

As I read blogs, I read things that tell me “you must post every day” or “you have to have short posts,” or a miscelleny of other recommendations. I honestly say I haven't followed many of them. I didn't post for a week while on vacation and had about 40 more people to subscribe to my blog. Last Friday was the heaviest day of traffic I've had since I began blogging and I hadn't posted for a week! Lighten up, your blog will be there when you come home. You might even be surprised! (I do recommend posting your top 10 before you go on vacation to give your readers something to think about!)

But it is not about the growing number of people that read this blog, I blog because it helps me think. It makes me better. It has become who I am.

I think as I share with you part of my struggle and life to educate the students I love that it might help you. I know that you edubloggers who share the same with me have made my life richer and made me a better teacher.

So take some time! Take a break from posting! Top off your tanks! Have a tune up in the solitude. Don't wait until school is ready to start to realize that you spent your summer in a flurry of worry and overactivity!

Prime your inspiration with some solitude this week!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Dee June 22, 2006 - 1:14 am

First I want to thank you so much for your comment on my post. I read your blog every chance I get and would like your permission to use it as an example as I present on this subject next week. I will definitely give credit and suggest that teachers new to blogging subscribe to yours! Thanks for the inspiration and information! Dee

thebizofknowledge June 21, 2006 - 10:55 pm

Hi, I am a new reader here. I just wanted to say that you bring up an important point about taking time off to recharge. Burnout is a looming reality for many people — one that can be avoided by simply chilling out for a while!

Jeanie Lee June 22, 2006 - 6:16 am

I totally agree. Blogging helps sort out one’s thoughts. It is through these reflections that we improve ourselves.

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