Trees of Transition

Planting seeds of hope throughout our world through sharing photography and thoughts on teaching, cooking, and life transitions.


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Do What You Love, Even if it Scares You!

Here’s a scene from coming back from northern Wisconsin yesterday, and here’s a challenging quote that I found in Christy Wright’s book Business Boutique: “Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will.” -Susy Kassem. 

Choose to do what you love even if you are scared sometimes! Teaching junior high students was one of the things I have done scared. What have you done–even though it gave you anxiety?
-Mary Hope

#greatquotes #businessboutique #christywright #naturephotography #treesoftransitionart 

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Painting Beside My Students 


Teaching students who want to learn from you and are painting with you is invigorating. Today I started my arts and crafts club at school. A few months ago, when I was showing students how I wanted them to do a demonstration speech, I showed my students how to crochet. Several students were very interested in learning; those are the students who showed up to my arts and crafts class! 
This week we started out with watercolor painting. I taught them how my mom taught me: just start painting and figure it out. I gave them a few tips such as more water for lighter colors and less water for darker colors, but I just let them explore and do what they wanted. We had four unique and cheerful paintings done at the end of the hour! I was able to also paint some Easter pictures to decorate our classroom.
Sitting next to the students painting is a great way to connect with them. I have three 6th graders, one 7th grader, and one 8th grader. I am so happy to just to talk with them about what they enjoy, what kind of art they are interested it, and a little bit about their family. I left work today feeling happy and satisfied. Art brings people together.
-Mary Hope
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Learning How to Diffuse a Person Who Wants to Fight

Today some of my students just wanted to fight – verbally. Since I have been working on my own anger issues, I was able to let them voice some of their opinions; however, I did not let them get me riled up and give them a show. The students did not like me butting into their conversations, but if they are going to talk when it is time to do work, I will interrupt what they’re saying. 
Yesterday during our GREAT program about gang resistance, students practiced their listening skills. I learned a thing or two as well, and so when they were venting their frustration today, I pulled out a note pad and start taking notes. The students wanted me to give them a quick response and reasons, but I told them I needed to think about it. One student got so mad because it seemed like she wanted a fight today.
I did not give into their desire to fight; I am glad for that. When I explode at students, it does not turn out well. I am thankful that I am learning how to be around people that are angry but I do not need to let their anger pull me in and cause me to do things I would regret. The students did not focus very well on the rest of the lesson; however, they did settle down. 
One student respectfully shared her opinion on the topic, and I could hear what she was trying to get across much easier than the other students who are all riled up. I said to that student “Thank you for sharing your opinion respectfully.” So even though I’m still thinking about a response, it feels like a win because I connected in a positive way with the one student, and I kept my cool.
What I learned about diffusing an angry person, is to not respond in the same manner. I could see I was making one student even more angry because I was not getting angry back. Then when I moved on with the lesson, she just sat down but I did not say things I regret.
I can let other people feel angry, but I do not need to join them. I can model self-control and keep on teaching. What happened today was not a pleasant, yet I am glad it happened because I gained another tool in my relational toolkit.
Peace!
-Mary Hope
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I didn’t think the week before a wedding would be this crazy!

  
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had a blast wheeling around Mariano’s yesterday picking out my favorite foods (spaghetti, chocolate pudding, baby carrots…), and this beauty made me stop, and enjoy the moment. Wedding week is more stressful than I thought–it’s not all happy like the movies; however, the advice to stop and enjoy the joyful moments makes more sense too. Having a wedding and marriage makes your life even more life-y–double stress, sadness, anger, joy, happiness, hope, peace… I’m ready, with God’s help! Today is wedding reception bulk-flower pick up day. Stephen’s basement is going to beautiful over the next couple of days! 3 days to go!!
#-Mary Hope

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Love Pushes You Farther

  
I learning that the most loving thing is sometimes painful, pushy, uncomfortable; however, it is the best thing for you, so that is why this person is pushing you. Love’s main goal is not to be comfortable, but to do what is best for the other people. True love is not completely focused on self-fulfillment, but on the big picture. I’m just taking baby steps into this kind of love; I’m sort of kicking myself for not learning it sooner, but at least I am now. Love well today!

-Mary Hope

Copyright 2016


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Love’s Colors

  
These colors feel like love to me…the soft faded edges with brightness in the middle.  Love has it’s flashes of passion, but also many tattered edges. I hope you remember how loved you are–by people around you or at least by God, who designed you.

Happy day after Valentine’s Day!

-Mary Hope

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Choosing to Immerse Yourself in Peace

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Remember taking baths as a kid with boats and rubber duckys filling the tub? Bubble beards were always fun, and the warm water felt like a warm hug. Think of that warm feeling that comes from baths, from hugs, and from a home-cooked bowl of soup. For me, that is what peace feels like: It’s when I feel safe, fed, and loved. The feeling of peace doesn’t always stay with me naturally, but I DO have a choice about how peaceful I am. We all have the choice to immerse ourselves in peace or not.

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