Fairy dust in the classroom

My yearbook editor, Laura, has always been a great writer and designer. She is, however, a "non-photographer." Or at least, she was. The other day, she picked up a camera and just blew us away with photos such as this one, of the See You at the Pole event at our school.

My yearbook editor, Laura, has always been a great writer and designer. She is, however, a “non-photographer.” Or at least, she was. The other day, she picked up a camera and just blew us away with photos such as this one, of the See You at the Pole event at our school. Magic happens!

Since I do a lot of wedding photography, I have a few photographers whose work I follow on social media. One of them is Katelyn James, a young wedding photographer out of Virginia whose work I probably follow more than any other. I clicked on her blog yesterday to find a nice piece about vocalizing your dreams. See her blog here: http://katelynjamesblog.com/our-dreams/

Now I know that no matter how much I vocalize, I’m probably never going to run into Tom Petty in a smoky bar and sing a couple of songs with him. I don’t ever go into smoky bars! And I know most people find Nicolas Cage a little odd looking, but I think I could marry him if he asked.

I’m probably not going to hit the lottery either. But that does not stop me from dreaming about how many houses I would be buying, and in what exotic faraway places.

I have no musical skill, yet I still hope to learn to play the guitar; and I can barely walk half the time, but I still maybe someday could learn to balance on a surfboard.

What I do know is that it does not hurt to have dreams. They keep you going. Verbalizing them is very important!

I like think about the many things that people told me I could not do, and how many times I have proved others wrong. Yes, I did drive across the country in a very old car one year, breaking down three times along the way. Yet staying the course we were able to see nearly half of the States in 30 days, on a budget. The following year I drove to New England and broke down a few more times. Yet again, we got through it and saw what we wanted to see.

I sold the car to my father after that, though. Lucky him, I had already replaced everything so he never had a single issue with it! Nobody ever told that car what it could and couldn’t do either. It defies all odds and still runs today. My son drives it. That car is older than my son!

I don’t know many people who would not panic at the feats that somehow are achieved in my classroom. With two working computers and a lot of fundraising, we manage to produce a great yearbook every year for our school. I am sure you might have heard the expression “Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-o to a tree.” This is a fairly adequate description, yet somehow I have a class full of teenagers who defy the odds and perform what is next to impossible every year. We are raising (and spending) about $35k.

So, the reason that I’m telling you all of this?

Because, guess what? Things really do work out. How this happens is, of course, a lot of planning. But there is no way that planning is everything. I believe that there is a little bit of fairy dust getting sprinkled in my classroom.

Success happens with tons of hard work…

And a little magic.

Keep that in mind when you start doubting yourself!

Nicolas Cage, I love you! Do you want to learn to surf together?

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