I had just finished putting my son to bed and I went back downstairs to check a notification that I had heard on my phone during the 4 hour ordeal.
I receive a lot of TPT notifications on my phone throughout the day (questions, feedback, etc.) so I thought nothing of it and started to open it up so I could promptly respond.
What I opened was the most powerful message someone has sent me regarding one of my resources. It read....
"It's been a few years since we did Jump Rope for heart, but one of the staff died of a heart attack this summer, so I think we'll do it again and you've just helped ensure it's an easy and great event. Thank You"
You want to talk about goosebumps!
You want to talk about inspiration and validation for all the hours and energy I spend towards creating new and innovative resources to reach as many educators and students I can!
That feedback is what inspires me.
It is what drives me!
You see, I have no idea who that person is or even what that particular school went through with the loss of a colleague, teacher and friend.
But what I do know is that I have experienced too many losses of great people at my school.
If just one of my resources could even help a few people, a few students, a community of humans then I am living a life that makes me smile!
So as you enter a new school year (for those educators reading) or a new day (for anyone reading).....
What drives you?
The Crazy Clark's have been having an amazing summer (sorry for a little blog hiatus), but with all of our summer excitement, lately we have paid a price.
We haven't been having the best sleep. It's most likely due to a hectic summer schedule, a new environment for the past couple of weeks, and a handful of other kid induced variables! (All of a sudden our kids are scared of zombies in the middle of the night!)
The other night I suddenly awoke at 2:30 and couldn't drift back to sleep using my normal go-to of the 4-7-8 breathing method (I highly recommend giving it a try) so I decided to turn my phone back on (I shut it off right before bed) to see what was going on in my digital world.
My wife must have sent me an email right before I shut my phone off titled, "Parents who are addicted to their cell phones affect their children's development." I had nothing else to do so I opened it up to be enlightened.
Wow! I never really made the connection of cell phone usage as second hand smoking, but to our children's brains. Really makes you think about every little aspect of parenting.
Technology is an amazing gift to our world, but it also comes with a hefty price sometimes. Just like being on a constant summer adventure!
Kind of ironic that I am on the computer now and that you might be reading it!
In any case, I hope you gained something from The Article and I am now signing off to go deep into the woods to kayak with no technology. I recommend you put your technology down and escape for a little as well!
Wish us luck on our kayaking adventure and hopefully there won't be anything else that will cause our kids to wake in the middle of the night!
This past weekend I surprised my wife with tickets to see Florida Georgia Line at the Hard Rock in Atlantic City. What an amazing show and night!
As I watched the show in amazement, I couldn't help but think about how much fun they looked like they were having. The energy, the passion, and the excitement they brought to the crowd was inspirational. I am sure my students feel the same way when I begin teaching!
I couldn't help but think about the risk they took to get to that pinnacle moment. It must have taken huge sacrifices, ups and downs (actually a great song by their opener Morgan Wallen), and an unwavering commitment and determination to make it all happen.
I am sure it started with a vision, stayed a live with hard work, and culminated with luck along the way. "The harder you work the luckier you get" is what my middle school baseball coach used to say!
That is what we all should be doing in our lives. Embracing our vision, working hard to make it happen, and getting lucky along the journey!
It's about doing whatever it takes to get to "Our Moment" on the stage of life.
(What theme song would you come out to?) Mine
Finding something that brings us to a moment of pure nirvana.
The problem is that everything else gets in the way of it all (bills, comfort, doubt, and probably the most common thing...FEAR)
"False Evidence Appearing Real!"
"The thing you want the most is on the other side of the fear."
I could go on and on with quotes about fear, however reciting quotes won't get you anywhere.
Believing, challenging yourself, and doing what the quotes say...will!
Take that small step, take that large leap, but no matter what keep taking moves towards what makes you feel every beat of your heart!
This summer go to a concert and get inspired as you roll into your own greatness!
I am signed up to receive a plethora of daily emails to help me on my never-ending journey of learning, self-growth, and to feel a sense of importance when I see my inbox full!
In any case, I opened one of these life-changing emails, scanned through to see if anything caught my eye and was immediately drawn to an article titled, " Got 5 Minutes? I want to Share 50 Life-Changing Lessons With you."
I began to read and instantly enjoyed the quick, meaningful, and witty writing. His views were spot on, blunt, and each thought had purpose. Most importantly I felt like he was going to be a man of his word with taking only 5 minutes of my time (like the title suggested). That was, until I got to #23!
"Realize That Everything Comes To An End"
Your good health, relationships, family, pet, business. We all know how things end. Just make sure you appreciate the things you still have. Before you know it, everything will be gone. And so will you."
Imagine eating steel cut oatmeal with walnuts, blueberries, and a drizzle of honey and reading this first thing in the morning. What an eye-opener. I mean we all know this is going to happen, but for some reason the way he worded it really struck a chord with me.
The subtle wording of "appreciate the things you still have" is somehow meant to console you a little, however the last sentence definitely delivers the final reality punch straight to your day.
I took a few seconds to regroup and continued through the rest of his article, but nothing engrained in my mind as strong as #23.
Surprisingly, I was able to use it as inspiration throughout my day and I plan to really make it a point to remember #23 every morning. It opened my eyes to realize that even one of my worst days are still one of my best days. Sometimes we need to hear things as rough as possible to shake us and make us realize the big picture in this crazy thing we call life.
To run while we still can, to savor our children while they are still children, to put the phone down and really live in the moment. To do the things that bring us internal happiness.
We all should be celebrating in every small victory of our lives. Every breath we take, every up and every down of our life still means we we aren't at our end.
We aren't gone, we aren't at our ends, and we all still have life to live.
How are you going to live yours? #23 will find us all one day, but until it does.......
I came across the concept created and used by our 34th President, Dwight D. Eisenhower to help him make decisions and lead our country.
I immediately applied it to the world of education and have found it to be extremely useful when it comes to formulating and executing a solid teaching game plan and more importantly a life plan!
Being a teacher isn't just about teaching and students learning. It is about lesson plans, meetings, phone calls, emails, program adaptations, collaborations, observations, and professional growth. There is no map or set way to attack each day, however this chart will help you filter your thoughts/actions and help you prioritize anything and everything.
I highly recommend giving it a try in and out of the classroom to help you towards finding calmness in a world of chaos, more importantly in maximizing your time and life energy.
I am always into eating as healthy as possible and also Saving Money whenever I can.
With that being said, I have been playing around with making my own granola bars to make them healthier with ingredients that I choose and also to avoid spending over $1.50 for each one.
Here is Mr. Clark's Energy Bite Ingredients
(feel free to adjust/change ingredients to your liking)
3 Cups of Rolled Oats
2 Tablespoons of Organic Peanut Butter
2 Tablespoons of Local Honey
1 Cup of Pitted Dates (helps with binding)
1 Cup of Walnut Halves
2 Tablespoons of Organic Dried Coconut
2 Tablespoons of Organic Chia Seeds
1 Tablespoons of Semi-Sweet/Dark Chocolate
Few sprinkles of Cinnamon
Makes about 20 Energy Bites
(probably more, but somehow I started them small and they got bigger. I never said I was a top-notch chef)
Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl
Microwave (30 seconds)
1 Cup of Pitted Dates
1 Cup of Walnuts
Combine and Mix
All the ingredients listed above (dry, microwaved and blended-up ingredients)
On cooking sheet, set up a piece of parchment paper and create your own
Energy bites/granola bars.
Place entire sheet in freezer so all the ingredients harden for a few hours.
Take out and place in a container inside your fridge.
Enjoy whenever you need an energy-boost!
Remember the beauty of the fire by the beauty of embers
When we are born, a small spark is lit within each of us. Our flame begin to flicker larger in different directions and sometimes smaller in others. As we live our lives, we begin to find "gasolines" that cause our fires to burn with the brightest and tallest flames. We slowly realize that WE control the tenacity of our flame. The heat that it gives off. The brightness to which it glows. The excitement and passion it builds to. And most importantly, it's reach! The potential to which it grows!
Life is about harnessing our flames and directing them in the most positive, and meaningful ways imaginable. It is about connecting our fires to others and building flames so strong that nothing can extinguish them fully. The older I get, the more I realize that one day the fire I built, the legacy I have created will all but be in the embers that remain. I wonder about what stories my embers will tell.....
I welcome you to Mr. Clark's PE and Blog and I invite all of you to be part of
I created this website to extend my eternal flame to the world and to:
To bring quality resources and guidance to all those looking to become stronger Health and PE Educators.
To bring inspiration and vision to all of those looking to Empower themselves through knowledge and understanding.
To share what has worked on my journey of Inspiration, Health, and Wealth!
Stop back often and look for some Free "gasoline" to throw on your fire when you need some inspiration, guidance, or even just to have a mental escape.
About Mr. Clark
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Life is an Adventure....
Welcome to mine!