January 21, 2018: Reaching Out

This was a weekend of reaching out, taking steps to regain a sense of community for myself. I connected with my dear friends in my poetry therapy network, and my close friend from Puerto Rico. My conversations with these special people were not as long as I hoped, yet the urgency to maintain contact with them remains strong. I’m so tired of insecurities cloud the true nature of what’s really important, to keep a strong bond with those I feel truly connected with.

Today I also became part of a local interest group in my community. I moved to the central NJ area about a year ago, and I still feel fairly new to my surroundings. The person I spoke to today was very warm, and told me of opportunities to connect with other people within the local community. I confided in her that I’m a reserved person at heart, and she was very open to working with me in connecting with others within the group. I shared this with my fiancé and he was equally excited for me about future opportunities to connect with others.

Tomorrow begins another work week, and I’m in the process of gathering materials needed for classroom lessons. I have Monday planned out for my Twos (getting somewhere!), and the rest of the week will fall into place. The time is approaching to set up for next month’s theme in my classroom, so that will be a new assignment for me to take on. Here’s to not feeling overwhelmed, and to reach out to others when I need time to think.

January 20, 2018: Shutdown in America

A national government shutdown is something I thought I wouldn’t experience again. My home state of New Jersey recently had its own shutdown a few months ago, and that had its share of drama due to the former governor’s actions. This current shutdown has theatrics on a much grander scale, with children’s healthcare and the immigration issue hanging in the balance.

There are some politicians at this debate who have American citizens’ best interests in mind, fighting to protect businesses and civil liberties. Other goverment officials are choosing to place party interests over what’s really important to fight for as this shutdown goes on. I really hope that the needs of the people don’t fade into the distance while people debate and fight to get our government up and running again.

January 19, 2018: Unexpected

Things can happen so unexpectedly. One minute you’re going about your daily routine at work, or home. The next minute a curve is thrown in, like a loud disruption upsetting young students, or a bad cold emerging out of the blue. It may feel exasperating at the moment, but it will pass by safely. As much as it doesn’t feel that way at the time.

January 18, 2018: Sensory Play

Relaxing after a very long day. Working with toddlers is always busy, and stressful at times, but also very rewarding. The group I have at the moment have a couple of high energy children, and at times it feels like a challenge seeking the right activities to keep them engaged for long periods of time. Today I had two sensory rich activities for them to work with, and that kept the energetic children busy for a prolonged period. I most definitely need to keep other sensory projects on hand so they never grow tired of the activities in the room.

January 17, 2018: Friendly Bonds 

I spoke to one of my close friends in the poetry therapy community. I’ve known her for almost 15 years. I remember when I first met this supportive circle: I went to a group in order to seek more information about using poetry as a healing tool. During this group session, I was in the presence of social workers and teachers who applied poetry therapy in many educational settings. 

I decided to pursue my path in becoming a poetry therapy practitioner, and I formed many bonds with such a close knit group. Although I now live quite a distance away from the primary meeting areas, I maintain contact to some of my fellow community members today. Distance can be a challenge, yet I’m thankful for different methods of interaction.

January 16, 2018: Special Days

During work today, I celebrated one of my students’ birthdays. Since I work with toddlers, it was a quick celebration, yet fun was had by everyone. The special birthday girl got to celebrate with her brother, and special treats were given to her friends. 

Birthdays are truly special occasions. My cousin’s special day is next week, and she will be 25. Although we have a considerable age difference, we’ve always been extremely close. She has a child of her own now, and I get excited hearing about her growth milestones. I hope to see these two special people very soon. 

January 15, 2018: MLK Jr.’s Message 

Martin Luther King Jr was a man who truly understood how people should interact with each other. He knew about the impact of silence, and how carrying such a weight can greatly hinder one’s mission. Communication is vitally important in order to express desires and passions. In my life I’ve seen too many instances of friends ending their paths due to small differences and petty issues. Time passes so quickly, and it’s important to not take connections for granted. We all lose so much by staying silent.

January 14, 2018: Making Memories

Back from my trip to central Pennsylvania. If I wasn’t working tomorrow, I would most likely be home later, but that’s the way it goes in the corporate working world. 

My time in Harrisburg was memorable, and I hope my friend had a fun birthday also. We had dinner and drinks at a brewery in Middletown, PA. My friend and her boyfriend told us great things about this place, so it was great to finally check it out firsthand. 

Earlier in the afternoon we spent time shopping at the local mall, then I taught her how to make Coquito back at her apartment. Coquito is a rich coconut drink mixed with rum. It’s very popular among us Puerto Ricans during the holiday season, but her birthday is still close to the holidays…and Coquito is pretty enjoyable to share with friends! 

It was a weekend with limited funds for me, yet I was glad to share time with my fiance, and our good PA friends. We managed to make the most of our time, and our friend enjoyed her celebration.

January 13, 2018

My fiance and I are en route to Pennsylvania, ready to take part in a friend’s birthday celebration this evening. I’ve known this friend for several years, and we enjoy the 2+ drive to her home every January. In some ways she reminds me of myself in my younger years, as she’s discovering many pop culture joys and trends later in life, like me. We also have a passion for Olympic game coverage, something that I loved watching with my best friend over the years. 

During the drive over I made my regular weekend call to my grandparents. It was brief, but I enjoy talking to my grandparents regularly. I look forward to seeing them in the next couple weeks. 

January 12, 2018: No Drama

I spent the end of the work week finishing up on paperwork and repairing fixtures that fell from the ceiling today. I wanted to put up some last pieces of artwork, but it can wait until Monday morning. 

I relaxed with my fiance with a nice dinner and Margaritas. Really relaxing for a couple hours, not worrying about drama or deadlines. I await for tomorrow, where I will be in Pennsylvania celebrating a friend’s birthday. I’m also hopeful that drama will steer clear from this friendly event.