1. Our transitional program started at East High on Monday. The sessions were full of ninth graders who are getting the skills necessary to be successful in high school. I come and present for about 45 minutes on how to be connected in the school and community, specifically with volunteer opportunities. I broke them up into groups to talk about different needs they see around them and then they discussed some of their interests and passions. Finally, they came up with a project idea as a team. My goal is to gather a small group of the students who are really engaged and help carry out an idea they have for the community. So far, hunger issues have been something the students care about and want to address. We will see what happens come August!
2. I’ve had a week of seriously unnecessary anxiety. It’s so dumb. There is nothing to be anxious about, I just create scenarios in my head that would literally never happen and then I get worried. Wednesday night yoga was perfect though – our instructor asked us to share an area in life when less is more. I committed myself to intentionally thinking less. It’s very hard; sometimes I feel like the on and off switch doesn’t exist. Anyway, I know my Friday Fives are usually all the fun stuff that’s happening, but there’s always challenges in life too, right?
3. Atalie and I went to Dubuque over the weekend for a wedding. Let me tell you, the ceremony was perfect. Spot. On. And it was an outdoor wedding on the perfect day, so you can’t ask for much more. Oh, and we also hit up Galena because how can you not when you’re so close to this cozy little place?
4. On Wednesday, I booked the meeting room at Smokey Row and invited some people who are a big part of revitalization efforts on the east side at a grassroots level to just sit and work together. It was the perfect space to collaborate, share ideas, share challenges and like um, not schedule yet another meeting. Hope to do that again soon.
5. Some great fun with old and new friends this week. Drinking wine of my couch with Tay, playing games with Kory & B and drinks with work people who have become truly great friends. I will always be a fan of meeting new people, but the people who are open-minded, respectful and fun are probably the best. Right? Who has time for anything else anymore?