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Episode 13: Find. Record. Fill.

Description: This week the Squad focuses on a simple task that can trick our brains into reliving happy, happy moments.

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Transcription: Hi, and welcome to episode 13 of Self-Care for Educators. I'm your host, Tina Boogren. This week marks the start of December. Whew. We made it ... the last month. Can you believe it of 2021? I feel like 2021 just started, and I feel like 2021 started 17 years ago. You may relate to that, as well. So, as we move into December, one of the things that I want us to think about, and your invitation for this week is ...

Last week, the week of Thanksgiving, we were thinking about gratitude. We were thinking about the minute tiny details of what we are grateful for. And, this week I want us to think about ... As we move into December, and we move into the holidays, and we move into this crazy time with incredible, crazy energy at schools, it can be easy to lose our joy for moments at a time. Again, the holidays can be really hard for some of us. For some of us, they're amazing. We got Christmas music playing, all is well. Joy is easy to slide into, and for some of us it's a little harder.

And so, this is going to look different for everyone. I just want you to think about joy. I want you to think about first, the word joy. What does joy mean to you? How would you define it? How, when you feel joy, how does that show up for you? When you're joyous when you are radiating joy, what does that exactly mean? And, I want you to pinpoint that, and then I want you to start a list. What are all the things that bring you joy? In other words, what makes you happy? Teeny, tiny things. This can kind of overlap most likely with some of your things you're grateful for, but what brings you joy? One of those small moments of joy. So, maybe it is ... It's decorating for the holidays. Maybe, it is sitting with your cup of coffee in front of your glorious, gorgeous Christmas tree in the morning before you go to work. Maybe, it's that favorite mug that you pull out and you use. Maybe, it is listening to Christmas carols all month long.

I find incredible joy from the Starbucks holiday cups. Those bring me such joy. I also, I just find so much joy in the excitement of kids this time of year now. Listen, I don't have my own kids, so I know that that energy can be exhausting when you are, when you're the one trying to handle all of that. But, when we remember the magic and the joy of the season through the eyes of a child, that can be really incredible.

... And now back to the show. So joy ... We're going to seek to find joy. A couple ways that you can think about this specifically this week ... In the morning. I want you to set an intention to find joy. And, when you find joy, I want you to record it, because I think when we record it, we're more conscious of it. So, maybe you jot it down. Maybe, you take a photo of it. Whatever you do throughout the day, I want you to record. Capture those moments of joy. And, at the end of the day, before you go to bed, I want you to review those moments of joy. I want you to fill up on those, and then I want you to wait.

On day two, and I want you to do it again. Let's shove as much joy into this week as we possibly can. So, you're going to set that intention today. I'm going to find joy. I'm going to find those moments of joy, those teeny tiny little ... Just again, just moments, seconds that just stand out to me that I recognize, I feel joy. Recording. Write them down. Take a picture of them all throughout the day, over and over again. I hope you have so many tiny little moments captured. And then, at the end of the day, review those moments of joy and sink into it. It's that replay when our brain revisits those moments of joy, our brain thinks that it's happening all over again. So, this is just going to be an abundance of joy on a daily basis. And, let's walk in to this new month, this last month of the year with an abundance of joy.

As always, a huge thank you to Brooke for making this happen. Thank you, thank you Solution Tree and Marzano Resources for this job that brings me so much joy. And, thank you once again to our sponsors. And, may you have a joy filled week!

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