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Episode 47: Looking Out For the Unexpected

Description: Let's add some curiosity to our routines. This week, Dr. Boogren challenges the Self-Care Squad to seek out the unexpected.

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Transcription: Hi, and welcome to episode 47 of Self-Care for Educators. I am your host, Tina Boogren. This week's invitation is I want you to move throughout your days just looking for things that you've missed before. This came about, because my husband and I were on a walk and, I don't know, he pointed something out, and I looked at it and I thought, My God, I've never noticed that before. How have I missed that? How often we do this right? We can walk the same route every single day and miss so many things. We just kind of get in our head. So, I just want you to make it your mission to notice things that you've maybe missed before. Not they don't have to be big, huge, grandiose things. Just different things ... Just, just changing your perspective somewhat as you kind of go through your same routine ...

You don't have to change anything. Your routine doesn't change, but I want your perspective to perhaps change. So, noticing something different, even thinking about school. Looking around, you know, if you think about it, we tend to look at the same things, right? We'll walk down the hall and look this direction, and then we'll turn and look that direction. Let's maybe try to turn the opposite direction and look at different way than we typically do. Just going out of our way to really broaden our perspective and notice some things that we haven't noticed before.

There's a beauty in that novelty. There's a beauty in the unexpected. There's a beauty in recognizing that there's more than what we typically think. There is maybe even the ... The vision is to try to find something beautiful that you've missed before. As I, as I go on my walks ... So, last week I talked about my evening walks, my sacred evening ritual walks. I've just been trying to notice things that I don't have ... have just missed before. And, there was so many of them. It's just a fun way to kind of move throughout your day. Changing our perspective. It gets us kind of out of that rut, especially if we feel like ... Well, day in and day out, we kind of feel like kind of Groundhog's Day over and over again. I know our jobs change a lot, but it can feel the same in a lot of ways. So, just looking for the unexpected, looking for what we've missed, taking note of beauty in places that we never saw before. It's just that simple. I would love for you to jump on over into the Facebook group and share, like, what was that unexpected thing that you saw today that you just thought, Oh my gosh, how have I missed this? How have I missed this? And, maybe take a photo of it.

So, that's something I love to do as well is take a photo of it. Like when I ... When I see hearts on the sidewalk, I love to stop and take a photo of that. If you kind of prime your brain for it, you will always see it. So, just paying attention to those things, maybe take a picture of it. Maybe that's part of your gratitude practice that you're going to try on this week, and just be on that lookout for the unexpected, but unexpected can be pretty great.

As always thank you to Brooke for making this happen. Thank you to Marzano Resources and

Solution Tree for this incredible job I get to do. And, thank you to you. My bad-ass Self-Care Squad. May you find something totally unexpected and completely awesome this week.

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