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Still Growing

Lately I have been thinking a lot about how much I want to continue to grow and improve in many aspects.

Right now, I want to take an opportunity to improve on money, health and time management as well as organization.  I am also seeking to learn and know Jesus and Mary better as well.

I feel that I have to say no to many things that will be an obstacle or a distraction to my inner peace of mind. All I need is quiet time with God, more prayers and a good book.

I am especially thankful to  you readers for accompanying me on this journey.

 

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Being More Thankful

Recently, I went to  TJ Max where I saw a small pumpkin  which had the words “thankful”.  I wanted to buy it but I decided to wait for next month.  I came to think about it once I asked my cousin how was her day.  “Fine, I have nothing to complain” she said.  I realized right then and there, that I too had nothing to complain about.  Yes, there are days where I am tired, exhausted, worn-out, nervous, anxious and overwhelmed.  I wouldn’t change for the world when a Hispanic student gives me a hug, a student concerned about my feet (a long funny story), I help children understand the difference between odd/even numbers, and when I read a book aloud.

I have to think back to that small pumpkin and be more thankful for the small stuff in life such as my health, education, and just being.  I thank God for giving me a new school to work in, and my final year in my master’s degree program.  I do have many things to be thankful for such as my family, my neighborhood, my church that is across the street.  I thank you almighty God for the many gifts you have given me, and I continue to ask that you help me in my career to be the best teacher and I welcome Jesus into my classroom everyday. I love you God, my heavenly Father. Amen

Pax,

Guadalupe

 

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My first year reflection

Wow, I can’t believe I made it through.  So many tears, laughter, dreams and nightmares have kept me up at night (none to maybe three to five hour of sleep). There are so many lessons that I have learned, mistakes I have endured, growth that I have made.

I realize that I have been a negative person due to the fact that I have never done a job where I needed to come prepare with lesson plans, communicate with many people and join many meetings (parents, paras, administration, grade team, etc).

So some points that I would like anyone that wants to become a teacher here is the following:

  1. Come prepared on a daily basis, weekly, monthly
  2. Make lesson plans fun and interesting.
  3. Make a field trip (on a monthly basis, perhaps)
  4. Build a positive team.
  5. Come to work with a positive disposition and with a smile.
  6. Pray the rosary everyday, listen to the bible audio.
  7. Sing a spiritual song everyday.
  8. Anything negative or bad happening, pray to God. Talk with a therapist, friend or family member
  9. Write a journal entry (I have a spiritual one that comes in handy).
  10. Join a Catholic group of fellowship (You will need friends that are not part of the DOE)
  11. Go to mass especially adoration (Jesus is present)

 

I know that God is helping me through this journey.  I might not have done the most perfect job, but I know that God helped me endure through the students’ emotional turmoil, the paras and administration’s negativity, but I can say that I stayed the course and did not give up.  I made it through the year, and that I am proud of.

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What I learned from 2013

These are the things I learned from last year:

1)      I learned that I must take care of myself physically, spiritually and emotionally.

2)      Reading spiritual books and prayers helps me understand my relationship with God.

3)      To give yourself another chance and do not give up.

4)      God, Jesus and the Mother of God are always present, so don’t give into the temptation that you are alone.

5)      That any problem has a solution.

6)      Stay calm and keep on.

7)      You cannot change a person unless they themselves want to change.

8)      Every day is a new beginning.

9)      Prayers can move your soul, mind and body. Having a conversation with God is beautiful.

10)   Rosary, Bible and the Sacraments are your life line to get you to heaven/state of peace.

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Thankful For….

I am so thankful for so many things in my life.  I have been busy lately that I would like to give the 411 on what’s been happening in my life.  I am working for a preschool where I am a Spanish instructor. It’s amazing what a few bilingual books and some songs can do to help build a curriculum.  Everyone is informative in instructing me on what works/ what doesn’t work when it comes to teaching.  I love that this environment is one that is able to help and give good constructive criticism.

I am thankful for my friends, coworkers and boss. They are nonjudgmental and love me for who I am.  I love it when they tell me the truth even when it hurts.  I enjoy their company and laughter.

I am thankful for my home, food and health.

I am thankful for my family.  They love me unconditionally even when I do wrong or make a mistake.  They are  supportive and help me become a better person everyday. Te amo familia.

Last but certainly not least is my thanks to Dios.  Te amo con todo mi Corazon. Y mis metas para proximo ano es apender mas de tu amor.

Amor y besos a todos.

Feliz dia de Gracias.

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The Sun is still there…

“When dark clouds cover the sun, like the eagle I will try to brave the billows and make known to others that the sun is not dying out” (The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska)

For the past couple of weeks, my sister and I were discussing the ways I could finish off my nursing degree. Then one day, my mother asked me if I thought nursing was for me. After some thought, after what have been months and months of questioning and reflection, I came to the realization that it was not.

I have found that I study very hard to grasp scientific information. I have certainly developed a greater appreciation for science as it pertains to it saving lives, healing, creating and curing.

But now, what was I going to do, since I have spent the past four years preparing to become a nurse? A couple of months ago, I was so busy taking care of my handicapped aunt and elderly grandmother, and so I did not have time to go into “despair mode” over not knowing what was in store.

Yet, while in their company, I realized I had many talents, gifts and things to be grateful for, such as my health, ability to take care of them, my skill of translating between two languages for the health professions that visit my grandmother, the ability to walk and take them to places, my gift of patience, compassion, forgiveness, and understanding.

I tend to be very critical of myself, but I realize I have strong gifts and talents despite not having the ability to grasp science and its terminology.

So, I encourage you to take a moment to reflect and appreciate your gifts and talents and to be grateful for them because God has given these gifts so that they may be shared with others.

God bless,

Jacqueline