I Saw You Reading

December 31, 2016
by messerlyk

Fresh Start

I know!  It’s so crazy hard to get back into school after a nice holiday break.  You’ve been sleeping late, eating mostly chips or candy, and wearing your pajamas more often than not.  I’ll give you one day of hazy, zombie-ish  behavior (I may do the same).  One day.  But that’s it.  We’ve got to get busy with the rest of our lives and the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to do so.  It’s time to make your resolutions, choose your focus words, decorate your vision board, and visualize what you are going to make of your life.  You’ve memorized what we say each morning after the announcements: “Make it a great day!”  Remember that you–only you–have the power to make it a great day.  Same goes for your life.  Don’t let other people define you or dictate your mood.  Each day focus on what YOU need to do to reach your goals.  You can do this!


#youmatter #youdeservetobehappy

August 17, 2016
by messerlyk

No Excuses!


“Military hero and beloved Dancing with the Stars alum Noah Galloway shares his life story, and how losing his arm and leg in combat forced him to relearn how to live–and live to the fullest.” ~via Amazon

This author will be at the Nashville Public Library on August 25.  In my dream world our entire student population would get to see him/hear him speak.  When asked to run two laps, some of our students invent every excuse in the world not to exert an ounce of energy.  They need a little reality, a little appreciation, a little motivation.

For more information about how to hear Noah Galloway and have him sign a book for you, visit this website:  http://nashvillepubliclibrary.org/salonat615/


September 13, 2015
by messerlyk


Click HERE for another video that shows what some of her letters—randomly placed throughout the city—-say.  What do you think about the power of the written word?  Who have you encouraged today?

“Don’t give up on people. Someday, they’ll surprise you.”
~Randy Pausch

February 26, 2015
by messerlyk




You know you’ve done something wrong and you want to earn someone’s trust back?  Consider some of the following:

  1. Admit your mistake.
  2. Be humble.
  3. Make noticeable changes.  Even baby steps will make a difference.
  4. Be thoughtful.
  5. Don’t make the same mistake twice.
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