Every Tuesday, I participate in the Slice of Life challenge at Two Writing Teachers. If you want to participate, you can link up at their Slice of Life Story Post on Tuesdays or you can just head on over there to check out other people's stories. For more information on what a Slice of Life post is about, you can go here.
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You know those people who climb into your heart and settle in? The ones who believe in you and trust you but make you better at the same time? I have a friend like that. Her name is Erin Jackle. I'm going to try not to cry as I write this. Erin is amazing and over the last two years I've gotten to work really closely with her. This year I'll be working in a new district so our collaboration won't be the same but I'm so appreciative of her and know we'll continue to work together and influence each other.
I actually knew Erin from her blog before we ever met in real life. Even though we worked in the same district, it was a big district so I had never met Erin until I was desperate to go see the last Harry Potter movie at the midnight release. Erin and I had young children but we realized we could both sneak out of the house at midnight, meet up to see the movie together, and be back home before anyone realized we were gone or missed us. So we did it. It was maybe a little awkward but completely amazing at the same time.
Back in June, I saw a post on Instagram from Ruth Ayres where she showed some beautiful cards that educator, blogger, and writer Christy Rush Levine sent her with words from Ruth's blog. (Can you see them in the picture above? I took a screenshot from Instagram but hope you can see them.) This spoke to me. Erin is a friend whose words I adore and I thought this would be a great way to celebrate her. I opened up Erin's Mischief Managed blog and read all of her words from the very beginning, copying my favorite words into a Google Doc. Then I created a slideshow that I would like to share with you today. I call this Erin Jackle is Awesome...and I hope you enjoy her words and maybe find some that speak to you.
This Sunday and last Sunday, I shared some great quotes from two books I recently read: In Pictures and In Words by Katie Wood Ray and Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg. It was awesome to see my Teachers Write friends sharing which quotes spoke to them and how so many of them were inspired by the words. Sometimes we connect with words - finally what we've been feeling is there in the words and someone else feels them - or sometimes we are inspired by words - these words give us inspiration and motivate us, they get us going. Erin's blog is reflective and honest, full of raw emotions that aren't always easy to feel but nonetheless hopeful. She tells her story, clear and true, and I'm glad to be part of it.
I hope in celebrating Erin and her words you think about words that have inspired you. Maybe you want to share them with me in the comments? I can always use more words to read and celebrate!