Do more than sip WATER this summer

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Only when our wells are dry will we know the worth of water…

As teachers, we are always told that our well has run dry and we need to replenish our cups first, before filling other’s cups.  Or the other old adage of putting the oxygen mask on ourselves first…it’s a little overused.  I know you’ve heard it before and I know you know it.  But what if I gave you some specifics.

What if this summer instead of just going back to fill your cup before you fill others, I actually shared some real ways to do it that are fun, simple, and will bring you back to who you are put on this world to be?

Well in the spirit of that very hope, here is my spin on yet another acronym.  You need to fill your well with WATER for your rediscover summer self- care, but the water is going to be more than bubble baths and pedicures or something else you were told to buy that will solve all of your problems.  

No, WATER is going to take on a whole new meaning this summer….ready?

Here is a recipe for your own rediscover summer self-care:

Wander (move)

Art (create)

Treat (something delicious)

Explore (something new)

Rest (redefine it)

Each week, I’ll share with you some things you can do in case you’re stuck. You don’t need to do all OR any of these things.  They are suggestions.  Created simply so that you have some actual specifics to make some real moves, not just simply give lip service to what you “should” be doing.  And guess what.  Some of these things may feel little silly, new, exciting, or even a little scary.  

But here’s the thing.  We may have a little different schedule right now and I want you to do something with it that you want to do.  I want you to create a summer that is in your honor.  Whatever that means.

You’ve been told that you need to care of your.  You’ve been told that you need to do some things, but none of us have really been told how, so we go to the store.  We scroll online. We expect something outside of ourselves to quell the feelings that we are having inside of ourselves.

Well, I’m going to try to save you the time and energy it took me to discover this.

Here’s the deal.

You are going to have to find the answers inside of you.


And the way you do that is to engage your body, mind and spirit in things that fulFILL you.

And the WATER choices I’m going to share with you do just that.

And finally.  No one is going to do this for you.  

You may say you don’t have time.


You have a full schedule.

You have all of these other things.

Fine. I get it.

But, I will tell you that NO ONE is going to do this for you.

But change is inevitable.

Your life will change regardless of your involvement.

In my life, I choose to do the things that fuel my soul at the beginning of my day so that the rest of the day I can give sufficiently.

That means I get up a little earlier.


That means that I plan a little bit before bed.

That means I need to ask for what I need from my partner.

That means I need to get off my phone and stop comparing.

That means that my kids might need to entertain themselves for a little while I finish up.

That means that sometimes I’m doing something for me and my kids need to wait.

That means that I have to make choices at first that seem to go against what I’ve always done so that eventually I will easily make the choice for me first and then the rest.

It’s not selfish.

It’s essential.

And if I’m going to be giving of my energy outward for the better part of 16 hours, you better believe that taking some extra time at the beginning of my day is a definite priority.

Do the math.

I’m giving for ⅔ of the day.

My input needs to be there at some point, and for me doing it at the beginning is what works for this season of life.

So that’s the WATER ACRONYM.  

In each subsequent post, we’ll dive more deeply into how to bring these components alive in your life.

In the meantime, make a copy of your own “WATER Template” and let me know what you come up with. Reach out at danielle@teachingwell.life.

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