Social media – although it can be distraction, it keeps me company up in my studio, and has provided me so many great connections.
Befriending Susan Brubaker Knapp and Judy Coates Perez on Facebook this year led to me having an unexpected welcome in Cleveland for the QATV tapings. This made such a difference in my stress levels compared to last year.
I’m almost through the 1st week of my fall semester. I spend a lot of time and energy early on really trying to get to know my students as quickly as I can. I have a few different activities the first week, both in and out of class, to make this happen. While sending each on a quick note after they update their profiles on Moodle (a learning management system), I hope that my silly replies help us connect quickly, setting us all up for a semester of joyful learning.
Andrew’s Dad took a big turn for the worse (he’s been ailing all summer) today. Andrew told me about it on the phone while he was running from point A to B today. I sent a quick tweet, and a few awesome twitter friends chimed in with some kind thoughts just when I needed it. It made the day a little less grim.
Connections – they come in many forms, and I am grateful for them.
alamodestuff Linda has started a weekly meetup based on taking a moment each week to really notice something as you go about your daily grind life. I need to do this. You may want to too – read more about it here:
Being grateful & thankful always lifts us!
You have a “regular day time” job in addition to all your art?! Wow. You go girl!
It is amazing what a few kind words can do for you – even online! Wishing you comfort during this difficult time with your father-in-law.
I agree! SM has come through for me time and time again. I love being connected to others in this new way.
I wrote something in your comments re: your dad but it didn’t go through. I’ve been having smart phone issues w/ re: to SM apps. Anyway, I had said that I was sending out positive energy to your father-in-law and your family. Since I have a direct line to Indiana, I hope you all got the vibes.
Thinking of you.
Hoping Andrew’s dad is going to be ok….
Hang in there, Candy. I hope those connections ease a difficult time for you and your family. Sending healing thoughts your way!
They certainly have their uses!
A sense of community is important in difficult times, and it can come in many forms. Glad you are connected to help you maintain your strength and courage. Peace to you and your family.
Also, I would have loved to have you as an instructor in university. I had no connections with any faculty, and it would have made things a lot more fun.
So sorry to hear of Andrew’s dad. Connections of all kinds are certainly something to be grateful of. You never know where love and kindness will be found. My thoughts are with you and your family.