It all began when I saw snaps of snapchat artists and their drawings. I was in aww of their playfulness and use of doodles in real life. I wanted to do that too.
August last year I was unpacking boxes in my new classroom. As I looked at the boxes I had left to unpack I suddenly an idea. What if my classroom had a pet. It would need to be something fast and easy to draw…what about a hamster. I picked up my phone, used the drawing option in snapchat and drew my very first Stanley the Hamster.
I have shared with you about this school year. I have shared that when this school year started I quickly realized it was collectively a classroom of the most challenging students I have ever taught, but I haven’t shared with you this part of that journey yet…this lesson learned. Continue reading
I stood in my bathroom, finishing up my makeup. Tears welled in my eyes. My chest moved in and out and I worked hard to breath out the nerves. Continue reading
I hate making mistakes….there I said it. Some are small and leave no ripple. Oops and on life goes. Others cause pain in our hearts and hurt more deeply. Sometimes the memory of a mistake even lingers and holds on. It whispers and tugs and makes us think less of ourselves and lies to us.
When I sat down to draw this weekend I knew exactly what word I wanted to draw. As I began to draw I had no real plan. I began by drawing my word, then I began to move around the paper doodling in separate spaces. Finally, I added lines, shapes and more doodles to connect them all together. What I ended up with was a lot of different doodles….some good, some mistakes but all together it’s beautiful and not at all what I had expected.
Our mistakes remind us of our imperfections….we can listen to their whispers, give up or embrace them, learn from them and move forward and do better.