Dare to Dream

Week two of the TpT seller’s challenge is Dare to Dream. We are to blog about our dreams and goals for TpT. Here are some of mine…
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My middle son is a very driven student and athlete. He has been very focused and determined to do well in school whether it be in the classroom, on the track, during class council, or doing community service. As a junior, he has started to look at colleges more seriously. Recently he shared this list of schools with me. IMG_0669When he showed me, all I saw was $$$$$$$$$$$$!!!!

The truth of the matter is, he has worked very hard to achieve what he has achieved. As a National Honor Society Student and as a year round runner, he deserves to go where he wants, to pursue his dreams. He wants to major in Writing and has dreams of writing a screenplay. My dream for him, is that he goes to the college of his choice, regardless of the price tag. Truth be told, that can keep me up at night.  My youngest son is finishing up his freshman year in high school. Although he hasn’t really started looking at schools, he shows a wide variety of interests (recent school internships include film production and forensics in the fall)  and he is only a few years behind his brother. This too keeps me up at night!  I would also like to be able to take my sons on some college visits. Living in Rhode Island, it’s easy to visit the New England schools. The preferred schools in California are a bit more of an expense. Can you really commit to a school in California if you’ve never been??

While my oldest son wasn’t really cut out for college, at least not now, he has decided to enlist in the Navy. I am hopeful that this is the best choice for him at this time.  He enlisted this spring and will leave for basic training early November. He is scheduled to graduate from boot camp on December 31, 2015 in Chicago. Having never been to Chicago I would love to make a trip of it. I need to start planning now as I have a pretty good suspicion that could be a costly trip. I am also thinking ahead of all the possible places where he could be stationed and would love to take the opportunity to travel to see him. Side note: he is very excited knowing that he will have an administrative position in aviation once he completes training.

I really am looking forward to working from home. In the past I have done some private practice in addition to my school based job. I have also worked for the Autism Project of Rhode Island, as a therapist, consultant and presenter while working full-time in the school. While I loved that work, I really love the creative aspect of the “job”.  That’s what really drove me to the field in the first place. I love the idea of being able to have a “second job” but not having to leave the house to do it. I have been creating materials for over 20 years. It seems like a good fit to share some of the materials I’ve created, and hope to create with others.

Now that I’ve shared my dreams, I will share my goal: to take the summer to create some of the materials that I have drafted in a notebook. I have so many ideas for materials that  I want to create but find it hard during the school year to carve out the time to do it.  I am also hoping to create a home office so that I have a dedicated space to work at home. I think that will help to keep me focused. True confession: I MAY get a little distracted working from home. Nothing a little home office can’t fix!

If you are so inclined to check out my modest, yet soon to grow,  TpT store you can do so here.

Renee

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A Nice Surprise and a Lovely Blog Award!

blog-award1Thank you to my blogging buddy Heidi for nominating me for this One Lovely Blog Award!!  Check out her blog that is loaded with ideas for therapy, especially for children with social language challenges. You can find her blog Smartmouth here.

The rules for accepting the award are:

1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you. 
2. Share 7 things about yourself. (See below for some fun facts about me!)
3. Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs (usually on their about page or contact directly if necessary) to let them know. (Fun, I love to pay it forward!)

7 facts about me:

1. I am mom to three teenaged boys who keep me busy on the sidelines of their sporting events and in the kitchen, keeping them fed! Here they are (plus a nephew) having fun making some pizzas in Sorrento, Italy last summer.


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2. I love the beach! I’m lucky enough to live miles away from the water and only 30 minutes away from some of my favorite Rhode Island beaches. My favorite time of day to be there is 5-8pm.

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3. I love to cook. I have been watching cooking shows since I was a child. At that time, Julia Child was the only option but I didn’t mind. This is one of my latest creations, shrimp ceviche which will definitely be a staple this summer!

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4. Usually if one loves to cook, eating is also a love. I try to eat clean and love trying new things. Seafood is always a safe option for knowing what you’re getting when dining out. Of course, I nice glass of wine paired with this would be perfect!

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5. I’m a bookworm. I always have a book or my kindle with me. There are so many benefits of the kindle but I still love to hold a book or have one around. I’m addicted to Goodreads and love talking about books with the members of my online book clubs. If you are interested to check out what I’m reading, have read and plan on reading you can go to my Goodreads account here.

6. I love games; I love almost all games. I love old fashioned board games, word games on my phone, card games, trivia and so on. I will try any game just about once. Most holidays are spent playing some type of game or two. We are all a bit competitive so it makes for some interesting times!

7. I have become a fitness band addict! I have a fitbit and a misfit shine. I love the ease of knowing my steps with the fitbit but I don’t like that it has to be charged. I love that the misfit shine is waterproof and stylish, but don’t like that it is extremely temperamental when it comes to syncing. Today, I noticed that I’ve misplaced the charger for my fitbit so I’m having one sent overnight because I hate the thought of being without it!

I noticed Heidi and I have similar tastes in bloggers, so please refer to her sight to see some of my favorite bloggers who she’s already recommended. Here are some other bloggers who I think are worthy of a recommendation! Since this is all new to me and I don’t want any duplicates, I may be a little shy of 15 nominations.

1. Beautiful Speech– Kristin is a teacher, SLP Assistant and working on getting her Master’s in Speech Pathology. Check out her site for great ideas and app reviews.

2. The Modern SLP – Christy is a stylish SLP with great ideas! I especially love her blog about tiny pieces.

3. Reading Books with Ellie Ellie, a fellow Goodreads friend is working on her doctorate, getting back into the classroom with two little ones at home. I don’t know how she finds the time! Check out her site for her latest book reviews.

4. Speech to the Core – I love how Lindsey has guest bloggers posting about what a day is like in their speech room!

5. Middle School Speech and Language– Gabriella has lots of great information for those older students who can sometimes be a challenge (for me anyway).

6. The Speech Owl– Lots of energy and ideas coming from Elizabeth at the Speech Owl.

7. TLC Talk Shop– Another spot to with lots of useful therapy ideas from Tami.

8. Yo Amo Speech – Noralyssia, who is a bilingual speech therapy assistant has a cute page set up with great ideas.

9. My Speech Party – Keri has lots of great information targeted for children.

10. Smartmouth– I am so fortunate that I have met Heidi on this blogging journey. We have some similarities in our backgrounds (mom to boys, years worked) and she has been a strong supporter of mine since I started. I’m truly grateful for that. Thank you Heidi.

Now it’s your turn to go and make someone’s day, like Heidi made mine! Go and nominate a fantastic blogger!

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Getting there…

Clearly this site is not nearly finished but considering I’m doing it on my own with a little help from youtube, I think I’m moving along quite nicely. I figured if I kept putting off posting something until it was “finished” it would never happen, so hear goes…

As I’ve spent countless hours teaching myself how to customize this website (don’t judge), I can’t help but look back on how I first started in this field over 20 years ago with no technology. I did not have a computer, nor did I have access to one. I did not have report writers. I did not have a wealth of information/resources readily available at my fingertips. I did not have an office phone. I did not have a laminator. I barely had a copy machine. We used a mimeograph machine for most copies. Boardmaker was a set of paper pictures that had to be colored in during your spare time. I know, enough about the good old days, you get the idea…  I swore to myself when I first started that I never wanted to be that therapist who stayed set in her ways and squawked at trying new things. So… I have embraced the times and I’m trying to keep up with my younger colleagues who only know the world of technology and all it has to offer. Today I have a macbook, pc, 2 ipads, dongles, HDMI cords, aux cords, a fancy high tech phone in my office, projectors, stands and cases. I even know how to use it all and do so frequently. Now, I can add blog and facebook page to the list. …I think I’m keeping up with the times…or at least I’m trying to…