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Episode 31: Do You Have a Second?

Updated: Jan 27, 2021

Description: This week, Dr. Boogren shares a simple tool for recording gratitude, milestones, and more. What can you do with just one second every day?


1. Explore the 1 Second Everyday app here. Then, download, enjoy, and share with us know how you're using this tool!

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Transcription: Hi, and welcome to episode 31 of Self-Care for Educators. I am your host, Tina Boogren, and this week, I want to share with you one of my favorite apps. So, it's an invitation to explore. Have fun. The app it's free. Yes, of course there's a paid version to this, but I've just been using the free version, and I love it.

It's called 1 Second Everyday. 1 Second Everyday. We'll post to this in the show notes of course. There's lots of ways I think you can use this. Here's what I did, and the reason I'm sharing this is because I did this every single day last year. And so, I have a whole year's worth of this thing. I'll explain what it is.

So, I use it as just my timeline, and what I do is I post one, single photo every single day. And, as many of you have heard me talk about, one of my missions, or one of my commitments, is that I take a gratitude photo everyday. I used to do that and just have it in my camera roll. And, that was great, because those memories would pop up on my Timehop app, but then last year in 2020, I played around with this app, this 1 Second Everyday app, and, it's incredible you guys. So, every single day I have a photo of something that I was grateful for or something significant of that day. And, when I look back on my 2020 timeline it's pretty incredible, because I have a really clear picture of 2020. And, as we know ... What a crazy year it was.

So, it starts out, you know, my first few weeks, or actually first few months of 2020 had all these photos of me traveling and working with different groups and, you know, new restaurants that I tried that I was grateful for ... a guy singing in the airport that made me happy. And then, you can watch the kind of world come to a halt. It's crazy to look at. I have a picture from, you know, March 12th is my very last travel day for work and to have that kind of cemented in time. And then, I have all these photos of me at home and the last day that we ate inside in a restaurant, and then all these walks, walks, and walks, and walks, and walks with my husband. And walks on my own ... When Denver lit up with hearts on the buildings ... That showed up at the beginning of April. I watched the snow come in. April 22nd, first day I put real jeans on when I was working from home. I can watch the city kind of ebb and flow with restrictions. And then, I got a new bike, a bicycle for my birthday in the summer. And then, I have a bazillion pictures of me as happy as a little kid out on my bike rides. And then ... It's just an incredible way for me to look back and reflect on the year. And, it's free, and it's simple. It's just literally an app that I have on my phone. Every single day I go in, and I just add a picture to it.

I think you can add text. I think you can do a bunch of stuff, but I didn't do any of that. I literally just posted a photo. And then, at the end of ... You can do it at any time, but what was really cool was at the end of 2020 to be able to press play. And, it literally takes me through the one second, every single day. And, I got to just relive 2020.

I'm sharing this because I think there's a gazillion uses for this. As always, you know, you guys are so creative, and we'll take this and run with it. I have heard people talk about using the 1 Second Everyday app to document their kids, right? One second in your child's life, every single day. Imagine if you did that, not just for one year, but for their entire childhood. What an incredible representation of their life you would have. You could do this with your family. You could do this with a pet. As I said, I use this as kind of a gratitude journal. You could use this in your classroom. One second, every single day in your classroom, whether that's virtual or hybrid or traditional or all of the above. Right? So, I just want you to play around with that. If that appeals to you, remember different strategies work for different peoples. So, this may not appeal to you at all. No problem. You guys, you get to decide, but maybe this is kind of the missing piece that you have in a project or a goal that you are working on yourself.

So, play around with that. I also, this week, want to pause and invite you guys to reach out via email if there's certain things that you'd like me to maybe give space to on this podcast. You know, I've really committed to under 10 minutes. Right now, what's working for me is to keep this on my own someday. Eventually, I'd love perhaps to move into interviewing and pulling guests and experts on. I have a lot of ideas for that, but right now for my time and what works for me in terms of boundaries around all the projects like you, that I have going on. This is what works for me. So, I'd love if you, you know, if there's something you want me to talk about or a self-care strategy or professional wellness strategy that works for you that you'd love for me to share. Or maybe, you know, I threw this out early on in the podcast. I'd love to do kind of a ask me anything episode. If you've got questions for me that I could address. Either based around ... really around anything around professional wellness and self-care whether that's work that I do with schools, or districts, or workshops, or things that I've addressed in my book, or if you're wondering ... just questions about me and my own life. You guys, I'm an open book. Ask me anything. I just want to make sure that I'm really appealing to you. All you guys. You are my bad-ass Self-Care Squad, and I do this every single day ... Nope, not every single day ... I do this every single week for you, and I want to make sure that I'm addressing your needs. So, that's just an open invitation.

If there's anything that you'd like me to talk about or any wonderings or questions that would be great perhaps to answer on here, please know that if you go to our website, which is just, there is a place where you can submit questions or comments, and we will be monitoring that, too. See if there's anything, anything that you have that would be helpful for me to address.

As always, a huge thank you to Brooke for making this happen. Gosh, you guys, we are so grateful for it. She is the one that finds the amazing pictures. She's the one that puts together the show notes. You guys truly huge shout out to Brooke for making this happen. And of course, a huge, special shout out to Solution Tree and Marzano Resources for this job I get to do that I'm so grateful for, and above all, oh my gosh, you, my bad-ass Self-Care Squad. Thank you for all you do for students, for yourselves, for each other, for this group. I'm just so grateful for each and every one of you.

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