Sometimes things happen in life that really center you. And lately I've been having a lot of those moments, the ones that put everything in perspective.

I attended the funeral of one of my favorite teachers in elementary school this week. She was an incredible teacher and she liked our class so much that she decided to teach us a 2nd year, so we were lucky enough to have her for 3rd and 4th grade. I'll never forget how we kept a gratitude journal and everyday, we wrote down 3 things we were thankful for. Or how we would ask her how to spell something and she would say "L-e-x-i-c-o-n" which meant dictionary (I use that ALL the time with my brother and sister). Or how she had a really fun nickname for every kid in the class and called me by that name well throughout my college years. Those little things are things you never forget, no matter how much time has passed. I try not to be too sad about her passing, she was a wonderfully humorous teacher who would like nothing more than for us to think happy thoughts and probably share a joke or two in her honor. So Miss Stevens, thanks for the wonderful memories and for being one of the best teachers I ever had.

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There are other things happening in our lives lately that really emphasize the meaning of family to me. I'm making a promise to myself today that no matter what, I will forgive my family. And I will force them to forgive me. No matter how hard life gets, I will do anything to keep us close because they are the reason behind all my successes. My family is everything to me and I know that if I fail at EVERYTHING else (career, status, finances, etc) my greatest achievement will be the close ties I have to them (and hopefully the family I build someday!). *Note to self: Evani, when you're so steamin' mad at your family for anything, anytime for the rest of your life, come back to this paragraph and read it!*

It's so easy to get caught up in the hectic pace of life, chasing a career, status and seeking purpose but feeling centered is the best way to hone back in on the things that matter most.

Did you ever have a teacher that made a big impact on you? 

I hope everyone has  a wonderful weekend.

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  1. i love this post. I had a teacher that forever changed my life, and you'll never believe this. she was my kindergarten teacher. I have so many memories of her at the meer age of 5 years old. I can't believe how much she impacted me, and the fact that i remember everything about her and everything at such a young age is enough in itself. I love this post, and im so sorry that you lost such a great being in your life. *hugs evani*

  2. I'm so sorry for your loss. I actually used to want to be an English teacher when I grew up because of my 6th grade English teacher. My computer class/yearbook advisor was also my mentor in high school and helped me with all my college recommendations, etc.

  3. I'm so sorry for your loss. I had two teachers from my elementary and middle school years that I kept in touch with and one of them even came to my wedding. I even count my kids kindergarten teacher as one of my closest friends. Being centered is a great way to refocus and continue on. I'm on that close to my extended family but it's wonderful that you are.

  4. My favorite teacher was Mr. Baker. He taught 2nd grade and he found fun ways for us to learn math (not my best subject). He taught us about the court system and playing fair by making us have a class judge and fake trials to help us see both sides when we got in a fight on the playground. We also took the last hour or so of school on Fridays to sing songs while he played his guitar (wish someone would do that for me at work!)
    I don't live near home anymore, but my mom says she still seems him around town sometimes. He always stops to say hello and asks about me and my sister by name. You can't teach those kinds of things in education classes. Some people are born to teach, and it sounds like Miss Stevens was that kind of woman. I'm sorry to hear about your loss, but positive stories about people like her give me hope for our futures.
    Thanks for sharing Evani!

  5. Oh Evani, I'm sorry for your loss. A great teacher is truly an amazing gift. I still remember my 3rd grade teacher. She was so patient and taught me so much, more than she'll ever know. And you're right, family is everything. They are forever. I hope you are able to enjoy your weekend! *virtual blog hug* 🙂

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  6. Sorry for your loss. 🙁 She sounds like a truly remarkable woman who touched so many lives. I had a professor in college that did the same for me. I got pregnant my senior year and my son's dad decided he couldn't handle the responsibility. Dr. Z. took me under her wing and made sure that I got through that last year, pregnant and all. She threw me a surprise baby shower and even let me bring him to class as a newborn. I will never forget everything she did for me!

    What a beautiful post.

  7. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your teacher. So sad. I too have recently lost a teacher who passed very suddenly (car accident). I am really sad about that since she was about to get married and she just bought a new house with her fiance. She also received a promotion and was working for the school district at large...making changes. It's tragic to hear that she passed so suddenly.
    I can only value the lessons she taught and the support she gave (especially when I went through some serious personal issues in high school). I will always remember everything she gave me...even if I never got the chance to really tell her how it made a difference.

  8. I'm so, so sorry about your teacher, love. What an honor you pay her with this post ... I bet she's smiling.

    I love how much you love your family, and I agree: don't let anything stand in the way of forgiveness. I always laugh when I hear the grudges people hold against each other ... 99.9% are absolutely ridiculous. ANYTHING can be forgiven.

    Have a wonderful weekend! xo

  9. I'm so sorry to hear about your teacher. It really is amazing what a difference a good teacher can make in someone's life. My 5th grade teacher is one of my favorite teachers ever... she followed our class up to 6th grade and I feel lucky to have been able to spend so much time with her. I actually still hang out with a few of my friends from grade school, and a couple of years ago we ran into her and she STILL remembered all of us! I was amazed... she really is a special person. 🙂

  10. Margie

    Evani, my love, I am sorry to hear about your teachers passing but from what I have read about her here I think she would be unspeakably proud of you for focusing on the joy and blessings you have in your life and taking this time to celebrate all that she taught you and all the world has left to teach you.

    I also had a teacher that inspired me. She was a poet and a mother. A woman who not only escaped the holocaust but was able to turn her sorrow and the sorrow of her family into an unabiding love for the world and all it's beauty. She was my main source of comfort throughout all of my elementary school years and while I still miss her dearly; I am so grateful for the time I had with her.

  11. I'm so sorry to hear about Miss Stevens. A few years ago I found out my fourth grade teacher died in an automobile accident - it was such a shock. It's terrible to find out someone that you have fond memories of from your childhood has had their life end so abruptly and prematurely. I agree about what you said about family - it is all that matters at the end of the day.

  12. I'm so sorry to hear about Miss Stevens! BUT I am so grateful that after all of these years you still remember the good in her and what an impact she had on you and her other former students! As a teacher myself, it is nice to see positive things said about a teacher. Sometimes we get so down on ourselves and at times feel like, hey, do these kids really like us?! But I am so glad she had a positive impact. And family is definitely an important thing!!!

  13. Sorry to hear the loss of your sweet teacher but it sounds like their legacy is continuing on as you are encouraged to be more centered. You are right, at the end of the day it's about the people we have in our lives and how we love. Thanks for the reminder.

  14. I'm so sorry to hear about your teacher 🙁 I don't really have a teacher that changed my life, but my sixth grade teacher loved wearing those sweaters with pom poms and animals... and she always smelled like coffee. i have those kinda of memories haha

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