Bayfield, WI…our home away from home.  We have been up there a few times now, but not later in the Summer.  We spent our Labor Day weekend there this year.  The benefits?  Not as many tourists, so it is a little quieter, a little bit more of a slower pace, and not as much traffic.  It was a restful, relaxing weekend we were both looking forward to.  A much needed weekend getaway. 

We decided to stay in this cute little one bedroom apartment within eye sight of the Lake and walking distance to everywhere in the downtown Bayfield area.  The only time we used the car the whole weekend was to go out to Madaline Island to visit Big Bay State Park and to go up to several of the orchards to buy some different jams and jellies. 

For whatever reason whenever I visit Bayfield it doesn’t take long to feel comfortable, relaxed, and in total layed back mode.  Like I said, a home away from home.  We spent a lot of time down by the lake and even got to see a few colorful sunsets.

One of my favorite things to do is photography.  Bayfield provides a lot of opportunity to do one of my passions and get a closer glimsp into the beautiful creation of nature that is all around us.  Not to mention the amazing architecture that is all around the downtown.  Between Raun and I we took some truly amazing photos throughout the weekend.

I love taking in all of the sights in and around Bayfield.  I can sit down by the water watching the sailboats, ferries, and other various boats come and go from the harbor.  Give me one of my favorite teas to drink (A Snowy Monkey Heaven…peppermint green tea with steamed milk) and I could probably spend most of the day doing that.  Since my first trip to Bayfield I have been enamored by sea glass.  What is sea glass?  It is pieces of broken bottles that have been slowly polished down to a smooth, rounded edge piece of glass over time by the water.  Most pieces are small in size and generally the common colors to find our green, white, and brown.  Over the course of my visits I have gathered various pieces in size, shape, and color.  I have blue, white, brown, green, and purple.  Some day I hope to find a red piece.  Tough to do, as it is not a common bottle color.  When we were visiting Bayfield last Summer Raun found me a piece that is roughly half dollar size, maybe a little bigger.  A rare find, as the waters and shoreline break up the big pieces over time.  So as with each visit, I do walk along the beaches keeping an eye out for the special glass.

In the future I hope to see Bayfield in the Fall and Winter, as it will bring in a different perspective and some truly amazing sights.  Bayfield, my home away from home. 

What is your home away from home and your favorite things to do there?  I would love to hear your thoughts.

 
Are you willing to take risks? 

This was a question that came across my email (http://www.pursuingyourcalling.com/take-risks-in-your-calling/?gseaftercommentingmodal) from a group called “Pursuing Your Calling” that I joined.  I joined the group months back when I began to think that I needed to take a break from teaching.  However, taking a break from teaching meant having to figure out what I would do instead.  Hmmm….what would I do instead?  I had learned and acquired a lot of skills through my years of teaching I could easily transfer, but what would I transfer them to?  That seemed to be the magic question.  So, through 48 days.net I came across the group and they send out weekly emails, as well as blog post questions and stories.  After doing some deep searching and a lot of thinking I came to the conclusion I wasn’t ready to completely give up teaching and working with children.  I knew I needed to find a happy medium between what I was doing, what I wanted to do, and where I wanted to go with it.  Not to mention, what I what I wanted and need to get out of it. 

Woodbury Days Parade celebrating my teaching achievements

With teaching comes a lot of responsiblities, some stress, and some worries.  This can all be taken in stride, but doing it for 10 hour days, 4 days a week was getting to be a little too much for me.   Don’t get me wrong though, there are definately rewarding sides too, but I was beginning to loose sight of these.  So, after many talks with Raun and many talks with my bosses we came to many conclusions.  I say many because we would come up with an idea, that in theory, sounded good but in all praticality wasn’t going to work.  Finally after spending an evening walking down by the river and talking Raun helped me to come up with a great idea.  Why don’t I switch over to subbing and on call?  We both knew that it was something that my work needed.  I am able to go into any room and do what is necessary to help things get through the day.  Plus, I have my bus license so I can help out with school bus runs and field trips.  It seemed like a great idea.  It would give me the flexibility to choose my schedule, as well as give me what I feel I need.

What do I need?  I feel that I need more me time, more time with Raun, more time with family and friends, and time to share my story.  Having the flexibility in my work schedule will allow me to do this.  My bosses were on board.  They liked the idea, but also didn’t.  They understood that this was something I needed, but they were sad because they feel that my skills are best utilized in a classroom.  That’s where I am at my best.

On the North Shore

At my best?  Well, maybe before the loss of Samantha.  As the Summer months wore on, my best was slowly going downhill and I was loosing sight of why I wanted to be a teacher.  This, will give me the break I need to refocus and better understand this new path I am on.  To be honest, when back to school time came around I was okay with not having a classroom of my own any more.  A friend and co-worker said to me “then it means you have made the right decision and you are ready”.

Ready or not…my subbing schedule now goes into affect.  After having made the decision a month ago, this up coming week it goes into effect.  Honestly, at first I was like “oh crap!”, but then after taking a deep breath and remembering why I decided to do this I was okay again.

Here’s to taking risks!  What risk or risks are you taking or have you taken recently?

 

I remember where I was on this day 10 years ago, as well as many others around the country and the world. Today we take a moment of silence to remember the events of the day, the people and families affected, and the heroes. On that day, everyone’s life changed in some way forever.

With so many different videos, photos, and songs to choose from to add post along with this it almost gets to be too much and too hard to decide which one to choose.  I have decided to include the video & song “My List” by Toby Keith.

 

 

“Take You Away” Lyrics

It’s okay if you can’t go
And changed what happened
It was just a bad day
And you know everybody has them

I get it when you say
You feel like everyone’s passed you over
But it’s not too late
People wake up off your shoulders

Oh, I’m coming to take you away
To the place where the pain won’t find you
I’m coming to take you away
So leave the weight of the world behind you

Oh, and you know nothing’s too far
Nothing’s too hard, I’ll always be there
I’m coming to take you away

Don’t cry
Because you know you’re not alone
Now, let me dry your eyes
Now it’s time that you finally find out

There will always be a, a new day
At the end of every hard one
Now I’m on my way
So I can be there, help you start one
I’m bringing a new sun

I’m coming to take you away
To the place where the pain won’t find you
I’m coming to take you away
So leave the weight of the world behind you

Oh, and you know nothing’s too far
Nothing’s too hard, I’ll always be there
I’m coming to take you away
To take you away
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I’m coming to get you
So leave your bags at the home that held you down
You can’t pack for the place we’re going now
It doesn’t matter what’s going on
I’m the one to get you out

I’m going to take you where the sun lights up your face
Where you can’t remember yesterday
‘Til your heart has been replaced
I’m coming to take you away

I’m coming to take you away
So leave the weight of the world behind you

And I know nothing’s too far
Nothing’s too hard
I’ll always be there
I’m coming to take you away
Take you away

 

In honor of Labor Day and the extended weekend that Raun and I both have I am taking the weekend off from writing.  Instead, we are head to Northern Wisconsin to spend some time up along the North Shore along Lake Superior.  We will be in Bayfield for a weekend of fun, rest, and relaxation.  I look forward to sharing about the weekend with you in the weeks to come.  Have a great weekend everyone!

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