Selfcare has been a hot topic already before COVID hit, but this year there are more requests than ever. So, a few thoughts in Episode 2 of MAC Radio.
accepted ! wow.
For several years I have participated as a listener in this conference, and have learned sooooo much.
The teachers presenting here are so inspiring, so creative, so passionate, so transparent, and so out of the box!
When I read the announcement of next year's conference I wanted to sign up right away, but I pressed a different tab and ended in a 'proposal section'.
Uh, wow! I figured that I fulfill all the needs to get my proposal out, and thanks to this very challenging yet amazing teaching year or 2020, I also felt that I have a few new ideas that would inspire other teachers.
So, I did it~and ....Congratulations to me, I got in.
So humble and grateful
This feels so weird to say, because really, all the presenters are sooooo amazing and huge. How can my name be amongst everyone else.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I will do my very best.
Now, to all the language teachers who have been following me, supporting me, taking my courses, learning with me or from me: If you want to give yourself a Christmas present, you want to enjoy for all over 2021 or even far beyond, don't hesitate to register. This is such an amazing chance. Don't miss all those great presenters.
I just checked the long list: HERE. and also the program: HERE
This year there will also be quite a lot ideas for Online learning.
Go and check the program. Do not miss it.
And of course I will be honored and encouraged if you also log in and check my completely new presentation, no one has seen yet ~and it will only be viewable on Comprehended. My presentation will be about what I call 'Soundstories'. I wrote a blog about how it started, but this year it developed into more.
B.C. and A.C. is getting a new meaning~obviously.
Though we don't know wether we have reached the A.C. era already, what are the changes so far?
Total change of live style
Unrelated to COVID19, my sons moved out beginning of April, and as my Japanese husband is living in Germany right now, I am alone with my daughter. Washing, cleaning and cooking for 2 instead of 4 or 5 adults is a tremendous change.
My school transferred to remote classes, and I have been talking about the ups and downs of this in other threads.
Requests from teachers for ideas and inspiration, in the beginning of the transition came in bulks, but then almost disappeared ...My guess is, that
everyone has been really so busy with this new way of teaching, while at the same time, I have just been so busy that my posts became irregular as well. And there have been lots of teachers around the globe who have started to share, while I was silent.
New and a bit crazy
This week school started, and I chose a very new and little crazy live style:
First, I canceled my daughter's school bus. I would have had to pay 1800 Dollar for the year, no matter how often school will have to close down.
On top of that it is pretty impossible to seat students apart enough, or to make sure the air circulates.
So, instead I decided to drive her to school, and pick her up.
One way is 25 km, so every day I am driving 100 km now. As I had only one occasion where I commuted to work by car (2 km), this is really rare and special for me. And, yes, a bit crazy.
BTW, 25 km in Japan means 35-40 minutes drive, because we are only allowed to drive 50km/h, and the roads are quite narrow. In Germany it would be 15, 20 minutes...
Now, probably many of you know, if I decide to do something, I will do all I can to enjoy what I am doing. If I feel bad about the things I am doing or have to complain about them, I quit doing them. Period! No matter wether it is leisure or work.
Make it joyful
So, what is my JOY of driving 100 km per day?
Close to my daughter's school is a beautiful mountain with an amazing beauty of a temple on top.
I went up the 808 stairs twice last month, and figured how relaxing and healing it is.
No people, lots of green and the only sound are birds tweeting.
It gave me such a muscle pain that I hardly was able to walk my own stairs at home, but it felt good.
So, I have decided to take the climb every day (except for days with rain, as that would be a bit dangerous).
I am not doing this to get enlightened (I believe it takes more than walking to a temple once a day)
not for diet (I think I don't need to lose any weight)
not for health (I don't like 'healthy live movements")
My live recipe
Do it for joy. Because it is fun. And you know what:
I think this is my life recipe.
Does this mean, that I am leading an egoistic selfish life?
It is up to you to judge but I do not think so:
I am not ignoring society and its needs.
For example I was one of the first to close down my school end of February and move on line. I was also very serious about wearing my mask, disinfecting my hands, keeping away from people, including friends and at times even family and just staying at home.
2 teachings that have shaped me: