But all for good reasons! I’ve been subbing, teaching after-school/enrichment video game creation classes, working one-on-one with an 8 year old boy with autism, and tutoring 3 siblings in drawing. At the same time, I’m still looking for my full-time art teaching position and creating artwork for my Etsy and Society6 stores.
However, every once in a while (even if I don’t need it at the moment) I can use a pep talk.
As a person who was born in the 80s, “Boy Meets World” was one of my favorite shows growing up. Come to think of it, I can’t imagine any show today that is just as wholesome without being too preachy or gimmicky. “Boy Meets World” also includes one of the best T.V. teachers in the world, Mr. Feeny. I always thought it was a tad unrealistic that Mr. Feeny was their teacher from 6th grade to college but it made for some many amazing life lessons from the man himself.
Some advice from Dr. Wayne Dyer on being grateful while at the same time inviting more abundance into your life:
Make an effort to be thankful for what you have and who you are each day. Do this even if you want more and dislike who you are. Being thankful upstages greediness and focuses your thoughts on abundance. The universe seems to provide abundantly when we are in a state of gratefulness. The less we need to have more, the more we seem to get!– Wayne Dyer You’ll See It When You Believe It: The Way to Your Personal Transformation
Over the weekend, I saw the movie Wreck-It Ralph starring the vocal talents of John C. Reilly as Ralph, Sarah Silverman as Vanellope, Jack McBrayer as Felix, and Jane Lynch as Calhoun.
Ralph (Reilly) is a villan in a fictional old-school video titled Fix-It-Felix. Ralph is constantly under the shadow of the hero of the game, Felix (McBrayer) and aspires for a better life where he’s the hero and wins shiny medals for his accomplishments. His quest for a medal messes up the eco-system of the video game universe (the arcade in which the games are set in) and leads him to a Mario-Kart like racing game called Sugar Rush where he meets Vanellope Von Sweets (Silverman). Vanellope is ostracized by her community for being a glitch and isn’t allowed to race in the game. In order for both Ralph and Vanellope to get what they want, they got to work together.
I’m not going to give away the ending of the movie (even though it’s easy to predict endings for a Disney movie) but the lessons I needed to learn were:
1) That being a hero or an all-around respected person is not measured by how many awards or medals you get. It may not even be based on whether or not your dreams come true. Instead, being a hero can mean making someone else’s dreams come true. Self-respect comes from building others up.
2) You may not be able to change your situation but you can change the way you look at it.
Moral of the story: If you’re feeling down, change the way you look at the situation or take the focus of yourself and focus on making someone else’s dream come true.
Usually every Mondays, I have Motivational Mondays and every Friday I have Instagram Fridays. I like writing this blog but lately I’ve been going through a lot on my mind when it comes to my job search looking for work as an art teacher. On a personal note, I’m going through some financial difficulties which mostly hails from not being called often to substitute teach. This has bought great stress to me and with encouragement from friends and loved ones, I’m trying to stay more positive and take steps to ease the burden of my current situation.
Another thing that added to my stress was me putting pressure on myself after an interview for a long-term sub position for an elementary art teacher. I convinced myself that I HAD TO HAVE the job to the point that because I wanted it so much that I started to believe the universe wouldn’t give it to me. When I was at the interview, I couldn’t tell what the vibe was. It was just neutral. Nothing bad happened but nothing amazing happened either. In fact, I haven’t even heard back but I’m praying hard each and everyday to get myself out of a hole I dug myself in.
To be honest, I probably haven’t been following my own advice from my Motivational Mondays post. While I won’t stop posting Motivational Mondays, I need to learn to practice what I preach.
The only way I can be in the right state of mind is to remind myself of all of the great things I do have: God, friends, family, fiancé, my health etc. I am eternally grateful for all of those things. When I have such an amazing support system like my family, friends, fiancé, God etc, then I really have no reason to worry.
I am working on this everyday. I thank all of you for taking the time to read this.