As most of you may already know, I stepped out into the world of entrepreneurship back in March and since then, I feel like there is no off switch in the amount of things to do in a new small business.
I’m excited about how well and how fast RBT ONLINE TUTORING is growing, but I, however, am always looking for ways to recharge and take care of myself. I love crafting, creating clothespin wreaths and printed pillows are definitely my thing, but now I find such little time to do that, not to mention most of my supplies are still in storage. I invited a few friends over not to long ago and we ended up on my back porch drinking wine and, of all things…coloring in a coloring book. It was so much fun…so I kept doing it…so I wanted to share with you my newest wind down creation in my adult coloring book…..
Do you like to color as an adult? Did you like coloring as a child? What is a unique activity that you do in order to relax?
I took a few days off this week to enjoy some R and R, and a little fun, in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
While there, I found a few new places that I know I will visit again; the San Antonio Art Museum is one and the Japanese tea garden is another. Both places had extraordinarily beautiful exhibits, not to mention the whole zen vibe.
Although I was in San Antonio to take a break from working, I discovered one other thing I love about ABA; its that its techniques can be used anywhere. In the photo below, I, unknowing, was a 3D model prompt.
The lady at the bottom of the rock wall, whom I later found out to be an RBT, was giving the instruction(SD), “like her” to a few younger people in her group. Turns out, the younger people were students from a local ABA center, there on a field trip. The young lady was encouraging the students to climb up so she could take their pictures. They all seemed eager but hesitant at the same time. As I slowly climbed down, holding the rocks and cautiously stepped down I heard the lady say again, “like her”. As I reached bottom, two students were ready to climb up. She thanked me and that’s when I found out who she and her students were and I was able to introduce myself, as an RBT tutor and BCBA trainee. We talked for a few before I continue on with my tour.
The entire garden was absolutely beautiful. From the peaceful water falls to the colorful array of flowers. If you ever visit San Antonio Texas, be sure to stop by.
What did you do this weekend to recharge? What’s a new place that you have visited lately? Do you ever unexpectedly meet people in your same career field in odd places?
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Make sure you are resting and treating yourself good this summer. Read a few good books and try a new food.
Personal Challenge: my personal challenge for this summer is to randomly speak kind words to a stranger and to try something new once a week..
Let us know what your summer personal Challenge is.
I woke up this morning in San Antonio, Texas. My legs still tired from all the walking in a surprise trip to Sea World. Although the entire park is not completely open and operating, I had a fabulous time. I was even brave enough to get on two water rides, one that dropped me straight down into a pool of ice cold water …..I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared or screamed so loud in my entire life….it was so much fun.
As we walked through the park we noticed a duck. The duck was flapping it’s wings and making a loud screeching sound, it was standing on a ledge above the pond where all the other birds, including two beautiful flamingos, were. As people walked by, I noticed that the duck got louder with the screeching when anyone got to a certain spot on the sidewalk. As I got closer to the spot, I saw two extremely small, baby ducks, (ducklings), were playfully, waddling and pecking below. The larger duck, was a parent. She was making the loud noise and flapping her wings at people as they got too close, as a way to protect her babies.
In the pond, there were some medium sized ducks among other species of fowl, and as I watched, for over ten minutes, the parent duck would often glance back at the other ducks in the pond, but her main focus was on the two small, younger ducks on the ground.
As a parent of a recent high school graduate, I could relate to the parent duck. She protected and made a fuss over her babies, as they adventured out among the people. When my sons were younger, I was just like that duck, making noise and flapping, doing all I could to protect them. Keeping a close watch on the things and people around them as there learned to navigate the world.
As I said earlier, there were also a few medium sized ducks in the pond behind the large duck. They were swimming among the other ducks and birds, dipping their heads underwater, even paddling up to take food from people’s hands. The parent duck glanced back often to check on them, but she allowed them to roam, and explore. My sons are older now, and like the medium sized ducks, I am allowing them to roam, to live and make lives for themselves; but I’m still here, glancing at, loving and caring for them as they do.
I’ve decided that my new role, as an empty nester, is to roam a little more. To learn a little more about myself, who I am and what makes me happy. And as I glace back, and learn to be a parent of adults, I will move forward and learn to be me.
Side note–As we were leaving the park we passed the pond, the ducklings were returned to the pond, swimming closely to their parent, and I’m sure for the parent duck, all was right with the world.
Are you an empty nester? Are you starting a new role in your life?
For Christmas I received one of my favorite gifts from my youngest son and his girlfriend. It was two boxes of my favorite things; a box of colored pencils, 100 count, and a box of dual tip acrylic markers.
I got to spend the Sunday before my youngest son’s graduation, using the gifts he gave me. I often color to relax and it’s just fun for me to do…but because it was a gift from him and this week is all about him it felt a lot more special.
Along with a Minnie mouse coloring book, I also got an “adult” coloring book. No it’s not what you might think, it pictures of motivational sayings and intricate pictures that require patience. I chose this page simply because it seemed easier…
How did you enjoy your weekend? Coloring may not be your thing, what do you like to do to enjoy your weekend, that may not be the traditional way for adults to spend a weekend.
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