I've always felt that the stretch between winter and spring break was the worst for teachers. When I was teaching, my music room didn't have windows, so I never saw the sunlight. It was dark when I arrived at school and dark when I left. I might as well have been a vampire. Instead, I was just really pale and grouchy.
So, I'm going to share a list of small things that make me happy, and I hope will make you happy too. These little things tend to add up to big things, which makes surviving the winter months much more bearable.
Head on over to Starbucks and sign up for My Starbuck's Reward. You receive a free drink coupon for signing up, plus a free drink on your birthday. In addition, every time you use the card, you earn stars toward yet another free drink. I don't go to Starbuck's often (the closest one is thirty minutes away), but it's a small luxury that I enjoy. The fact that it's free makes it even better!
Be sure to check out your local coffee shop and ask about their rewards program. You'd be surprised by how much money your loyalty is worth!
After your last class of the day leaves, and before you rush off to your next obligation, take a few minutes to read an entry from the Love, Teach Blog. This lady is hilarious and will make you feel loads better about the teaching mishaps that inevitably befall your daily life. Click here to read her most recent post.
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my ever-expanding to-do list, that I forget about the healing power of music. It's hard to force myself to play my instrument when I see a million other things I could be doing, but it always makes me feel better. Sit at the piano, pull out your instrument, or break into song, and pretty soon you'll remember exactly why music is such a huge part of your life.
If you'd like to share your own teacher survival tips, be sure to head on over to Melissa's blog to link up. If you're not a blogger, but would like to join in, please leave your survival tips in the comments section. I'd love to hear how you make your winter months a little brighter!