Wishes and Graditude

Sunday, September 1, 2013

 Momma always said if you don't have nothing nice to say, don't say it at all.

With that said, let's skip the recap of last week's wishes and move on to this week's wishes shall we? This week I want to focus on ONE THING and one thing only,  HAPPINESS.  Lately, times have been very "trying" for me - and in some ways, I've definitely lost my sense of happy.  I have realized this since about Wednesday last week.  This week I'd just like to take everything in stride and be a little SELFISH in regards to priorities for my life and my happy!  My goal is to not let myself get too stressed out, or to take on too much and to enjoy the moment that is here and now.  Anyone with me?

This week I am thankful for literacy.  Many people take it for granted, but when you have a stepson with autism.  Literacy is a miracle in itself, let alone communication in general.  Over the summer, my stepson's reading has improved DRASTICALLY.  We went to the library to pick up some books for the reading challenge at school and he was so proud of himself to be able to read the titles and choose which books he would read.  It was so humbling and very much a proud moment.  So this week I am thankful for the little things that many of us take for granted.

I'm linking up on Monday with Melyssa for The Nectar Collective's Weekly Wishes and sharing my Grad-itude with Erika on Wednesday.

xoxo, Aukele
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20 comments:

  1. Focusing on your own happiness is not selfish. Sometimes it's necessary! Good luck :)

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  2. This is truth!! :) I think the first step is to realize and be conscious of it. I'm sure it will all be smooth sailing from here!! Thank you for the encouragement Stephanie.

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  3. That is so awesome for your son about his reading! So happy on his accomplishments! Also girl I know you can find your happiness! Keep up the positivity for the week babette!

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  4. How wonderful! As a teacher, who has worked with children with special needs I can say there is nothing more rewarding than watching a student improve their literacy, I can only imagine that this feeling is only amplified as a parent. It's a lot of work helping a child to learn and love reading. You should be so proud of yourself and your stepson!

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  5. Thank you and thank you!! Yes - math is coming along too, but it is really so exciting for us and everyone that is involved in his success!!

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  6. Aw thank you Ali! What type of special needs children do you work with? Or all types. It takes a very patient and driven person to do what you do and I commend you for it!!

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  7. I worked in Brooklyn for 3 years as a sped teacher in a CTT and worked with almost every special need. However, my students with autism always had a special place in my heart because each one had such a vibrant spirit. It was a tough job, but the children are worth it. Now I teach ESL in Spain and write on the side. Hooray for you and your son! :)

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  8. Aww that's good--you need to take a little time for yourself! :) I hope you get back to your old self soon!


    Allie // callmesassafras.comm

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  9. I love this post as you can feel your enthusiasm for taking this week and making it great through your writing, good luck in being selfish as it is a hard thing to capture and command at times!

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  10. Your happiness is SO important and there is nothing selfish about being focused on it! You deserve that and hope that you are able to succeed in finding your happy! As for your stepson... YAY! That is awesome!
    Hope you have an amazing week! ♥

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  11. You know, I honestly believe that you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else, so you go ahead and be selfish and focus on your happiness! Everyone around you will appreciate the difference it makes. :)

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  12. Thanks Lady! PS: Expect an email from you me later tonight, or maybe for you tomorrow morning!! I just really needed to relax the brain a little bit the past two days :)

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  13. Thank you!! It's good to be selfish for a little bit sometimes! Keeps us women from going crazy.

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  14. Thank you and thank you Aimee!! :) You're kind.

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  15. Hey thanks girl!! I know people rather have a sane woman than a crazy one, lol (joking). But after yesterday and the day before - I feel so refreshed. Now I'm ready to start putting out some content that I feel good about!!

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  16. That story about your stepson is so touching. It's definitely something for both of you to be proud of and what a great moment for him! And I agree with those who commented previously, you need to take the time to take care of yourself and that is definitely not being selfish. :)

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  17. So proud of your boy and you! I am so with you about enjoying the moment, it brings a better tomorrow. All the best!

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  18. Thank you! We are definitely excited to see more progress and are encourage to keep pushing the line to watch him succeed and beat the odds!!!

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  19. Aukele, we seem to be in the SAME boat! I get ya! Or maybe it's not the same exact thing, but I feel like I've lost a lot of ENERGY this week! I'm doing pretty well for the most part in terms of happiness/contentedness, but I have been feeling a lot more sluggish lately. And I hate that!!!


    Anyway, literacy is one of those things we definitely take for granted! So thank you for pointing this out and sharing this story! So glad your stepson is improving! And thank you soooo much for participating in GRAD-ITUDE 101! Love it!

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