Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 10! ENTHUSIASM

IT’S THE DAY BEFORE BACK TO SCHOOL FOR SO MANY! How did that happen so quickly? This long Winter Break we looked forward to for so many weeks is now rapidly winding to a close. It’s time to find that school tote bag from the back of the front hall or mudroom area. It’s time to see where you left off with lesson plans, objectives, and units of study. It’s time to refocus on your work.

Are you ready?

Probably, even if you don’t fully think you are. Regardless of the specifics of your Winter Break, just by being out of the classroom and away from your regular routine HAS distanced you. You’ve gotten a break by not being “in” your daily environment. Even if you spent your Winter Break going no further than the local movies or food market, you’ve had a break from the routines you were following before the holidays.

Today is an ideal transition day to begin to migrate from holiday festivities to work priorities—and to do so in a new and invigorated way. Did you travel over this break, only to face loads of undone laundry today? Did your holiday guests finally depart, leaving you with ornaments to wrap, pine needles to sweep, or thank-you notes to write? Is today the only day you have left to dash to the mall to make those returns? How could Aunt Ella really think you could wear a pair of men’s large gloves? All of these activities are remnants of a holiday season we all worked so hard to make into a wonderful experience for those we hold close. Overwhelmed by the transition? Join the club! (Why is it that it always feels so easy to set up the decorations, but taking them down seems like so much more work?)

Even if you are overwhelmed, start small, doing just one task at a time. Today’s a great day to tuck away the décor for next year, get your home in order, and begin your return to school with a clean, organized feeling. Choose one thing at a time and categorize your priorities between those that you “must do today” and those that you “think would be great to do today.”

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You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. —Henry Ford

A new year inspires in many of us is a newfound energy and enthusiasm. Hence, today’s quote by Henry Ford. With a transition day of so many to-do tasks, a little enthusiasm can go a long way. By embracing today’s tasks with enthusiasm, you can tackle them and cross them off your list, leaving yourself time for a few extra tasks perhaps.

If you happen to be a parent or guardian in addition to your “day job” of teacher or educator, chances are good that part of your list for today involves motivating your kids to tackle their own, probably procrastinated, to-dos. (“What do you mean you can’t find your backpack?”) Was there a Winter Break reading assignment to be completed? What about that research paper that was assigned long before Thanksgiving? It’s likely everyone in your house could benefit from a bit of enthusiasm to get through today with a high-powered sense of accomplishment.

Few people really want to feel the return of that pressure and tension that often comes with school and work. But, by choosing to be enthusiastic about the work in front of you, you just may discover you really are excited to return to your professional responsibilities after Winter Break. Even if your holidays were hectic and action-packed, just by doing different things over the break, you have gotten distance that can serve you well. By blanketing your work in enthusiasm, and by taking things one step at a time, as the image on today’s PeachQuotes Studio™ Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 10 reflects, with enthusiasm to drive you, you’ll head toward your work with an attitude that is often contagious to others.

So, to make today’s last day of Winter Break work for you, consider taking enthusiastic steps, one at a time, in the direction of tomorrow. Choose what you’ll wear. Pack your lunch and tote bag. Clear a few emails in between home tasks. Spend the last of that gift card on a treat for you to use each day. Any of these actions will help you feel connected to both your Winter Break and your professional work. When you wrap that new infinity scarf around you as you head off to school tomorrow, you’ll be cloaked in some of your Winter Break warmth. Clip the tags off those new gloves, and treat yourself to a new set of pens—just because. Any of these actions will provide a positive transition bridge and reminder to your recent break from routine.

Sprint into 2016 with newfound energy, enthusiasm, and effectiveness. To inspire you to get your year off to a fresh and organized start, check out the Get Organized 2016 Products as well as the Martin Luther King-inspired DREAM-y Products at teacherpeach.com. For more great ideas about classroom re-entry and other terrific ways to begin your 2016, continue to check our blog.

Tomorrow is a great chance to share your enthusiasm with others. Chances are, everyone around you will be starting a new diet, so remind them that everyone can indulge in enthusiasm without gaining an ounce of weight. The right dash of enthusiasm may even burn a few extra calories!

Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 9! CHEERS

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Cheers to a New Year and another chance to get it right. —Oprah Winfrey

Yesterday’s PeachQuotes Studio™ quotation was from Edith Lovejoy Pierce, and referred to the many new opportunities we can look forward to in 2016. Today’s Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 9 focuses on one of the big reasons we all crave the fresh, new beginning that we associate with the start of a new year. According to today’s quotation author, Oprah Winfrey, we cheer in a new year because it brings with it another chance for us to “get it right.” This is where New Year’s resolutions begin (and in the same moment, many just as quickly fade away into forgotten convictions, but that’s another post for another day).

We chose this special quotation for the first day of 2016 for three big reasons.

First, its author, Oprah Winfrey, has the keen ability to distill many of life’s complexities into powerful words of wisdom. That is the focal point of this quotations series by PeachQuotes Studio, so an Oprah quote seemed a natural in this motivational mix for Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 9.

The second aspect of this quotation that resonated with us is the concept of seeing the start of a new year as a new chance. We all want a chance at something. Chances are often ours to take, embrace, and commit to rather than things to be received or expected. The word “Take” is often associated with the word “Chance.” Take a chance on me, take a chance on love, or take a chance on a new job. Chances are to be taken—if only we will.

The third aspect of this quotation that appeals to us is the “get it right” phrase. IT can be both singular and plural. If you’re resolving to get healthy this year, perhaps that is your big IT. If you want to get into better shape, perhaps a new walking plan is your IT. If you want more time, perhaps your big IT revolves around better planning or new routines when you return to school.

Many start-of-year IT resolutions fail because we tend to make many of them at once. The singularity of IT can be a great reminder to choose wisely—and perhaps even singularly. What is the biggest IT that you want the give yourself the chance to achieve in this coming year? Whatever you resolve to achieve in 2016 may be more effectively mastered if you work in a linear mode rather than a simultaneous one: Do you think you’ll be more successful if you choose one IT and do IT well before moving on to the next IT on your list?

As teachers know, little ones tend to focus on mastering their IT activities more singularly. When young toddlers work at learning to walk, for example, they don’t often also add words to their vocabulary. Any ounce of extra energy goes toward the particular IT at the forefront of their mind. They tend to focus all of their energy into mastering only that one new skill before adding it to their repertoire and moving on to another skill. Once that first IT is mastered, perhaps nap schedule, verbal skills, or fine motor skills will follow.

We can learn from these young learners by focusing on one IT at a time. Once that IT is right, we can move onto the next one.

As New Year’s Resolutions typically demonstrate, we tend to use the start of a new year as a clean slate, a line in the sand, and a way to separate our prior attempts from the new attempt we plan to make in the year ahead. Because we tend to cluster our resolutions into big and often ridiculously long, doomed-to-fail lists, these resolutions lists become self-fulfilling prophecies.

When we add so much to our lists, do we take anything off? Betting that day job is still on your list. School is still starting next week. Carpools, football practice, and such are no less on your lists. We’d never ask students to master everything at once. Why would we set ourselves up to do that with multiple resolutions? Are you really going to be able to get to the gym every day and hit 12,000 steps, and give up gluten all while getting to bed an hour earlier, and being sure the dog gets four walks a day? Sounds ridiculous when IT’s all spelled out like this, but many of us make resolution lists like this. Then, we wonder why we can’t pull IT all off.

What is your single most important IT for 2016? What ITs are you hoping to get right during this next calendar year? To inspire you to hit your 2016 ITs, one at a time, check out our IT products at teacherpeach.com.

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IT’s in the Bag totes and gift sets come in many colors, Tune IT Out ear buds make a workout zoom by, and Just Stick to IT sticky notes might give you the resolve to stick to your resolutions.

Check our blog later this week for a different approach to New Year’s Resolutions called 365 Slices as well as more great ideas about classroom re-entry and 2016 routines that really work. Until then, share your ITs here!

Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 8! OPPORTUNITY

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The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. —Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Yesterday’s PeachQuotes Studio™ quotation was from Brad Paisley and referred to 2016 as a 365-page book that we each have the privilege of authoring. Today’s Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 8 is all about what that book might be called. According to today’s quotation author, Edith Lovejoy Pierce, it is called “Opportunity.” Edith Lovejoy Pierce was a poet and a pacifist who lived in Evanston, Illinois, just 10 miles north of Teacher Peach’s Chicago offices, as a matter of fact.

The quote’s main point, that “the book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day” speaks again to the chance we have to clear the decks, let go of past issues, and start off 2016 with a new determination. Some people embrace new beliefs and others simple turn over new leaves (only to turn them back before Valentine’s Day. That’s why so many health club memberships are dropped before this chocolates and flowers holiday). The common denominator is that we start anew, each in our own ways.

New Year’s Day is a very popular start date for many. We’ve all heard the resolutions that go something like this: “Yes, now I’ll begin my diet, my exercise regime, and my list of new habits. Well, now that I think of it, since New Year’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, I think I’ll just hold off until Monday. Yup. I’ll begin all that on Monday.”

Whenever you opt to begin your New Year changes, take small, smart steps that will lead you to your goals. To inspire you to get your year off to a fresh and organized new start, check out the Get Organized 2016 Products at teacherpeach.com and continue to check our blog for great ideas about classroom re-entry and more terrific ways to begin your 2016. Enjoy a very Happy New Year from the team at Teacher Peach.

Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 7! TOMORROW

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Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one. —Brad Paisley

It’s New Year’s Eve! Tomorrow is the first day of 2016. As Brad Paisley says, “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” This quotation resonates with so many of us. Each year, no matter how wonderful the past year may have been, it is simply human nature to crave a do-over. The fact that this quotation references writing and books makes it all that much more attractive to and resonant with teachers and educators as well as those of us who support them.

The concept of beginning each year with a fresh slate, a fresh start, and brand new book yet to be written is a compelling notion. It permits us to let go of the old and think in new ways, start new habits, and go off in new directions. The start of each year brings with it hope and confidence that the year to come will be even better than the one to which we bid adieu tonight.

What are you planning to write in your new 365-page book? As teachers, you’ll no doubt will be tempted to begin with brainstorming maps, proceed to your scope and sequence, plot outlines, and chapter synopses. If only we could truly control the plot lines of our year as we might when writing a short story or other work of fiction! Instead, we plan, we hope, we try, and we dust off our knees and try yet again. That’s certainly the plan for Teacher Peach.

No matter what’s in store for the coming year, the Teacher Peach team knows that, regardless of how well or thoughtfully we “script” our 2016 book, there will be plot twists, set-backs, surprises, the introduction of new characters, red herrings, and even a cliff hanger or two. No matter what, though, we’re excited about 2016. For Teacher Peach, as we continue to grow at this accelerated pace, reaching out to and serving more and more teachers, we know one thing for certain: 2016 is going to be quite the peachy page turner!

We truly hope you enjoy a safe and special New Year’s Eve with family, friends, or the rare gift of solitude. Tomorrow not only begins a new day, it also begins a new year. We look forward to spending much of it with you. To inspire you to get your year off to a fresh and organized new start, check out the Get Organized 2016 Products at teacherpeach.com and continue to check our blog for great ideas about classroom re-entry and more terrific ways to begin your 2016. Enjoy tomorrow.

Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 6! CHOICES

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May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears. —Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela’s words in PeachQuotes Studio’s Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 6, “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” is a powerful way to approach 2016. So many of us begin each New Year filled with new resolve, eager to make new and better choices. Yet, many decisions people make are, in fact, driven not by what people hope for and truly want, but by what they fear and truly do not want. When hope is the catalyst for choices, anything’s possible—and when that hope is backed up with focus, commitment, hard work, and talent, many positives are sure to come.

As with any rapidly growing entrepreneurial enterprise, running Teacher Peach means we have great opportunities to make choices based on both hopes and fears. Most days, we encounter both; as our Chief Peach, my job is to be sure we acknowledge the fears and “hope” our way forward. At Teacher Peach, we take big risks each day in the smartest ways we know how. (OK, some days are definitely smarter than others, but we keep moving forward, even then.)

My secret? I have a laser lock on our company’s vision to support teachers. This helps me to focus on our hopes, paying careful attention to identify and understand when (and why) a fear or two slips into the mix. I work to listen to our fears, figure out what we must learn from them, use them to help us dig deeper, ask more questions, make smarter decisions—and even better products.

Each day, the Teacher Peach team works to make the best possible choices—based on our deep belief in teachers. We anchor our actions to the hope that our work on behalf of teachers does and will continue to make a difference. Our mission to provide social and emotional support to the teachers who support so many is all about hope.

Some days, we need to “trust in hopes” because tangible evidence isn’t obvious. Yet, when we hear from teachers who love our products, when a blogger writes a glowing review, or when I board an airplane only to see someone carrying a tote bag I designed to send positive messages about what it means be a teacher—those hope-filled infusions go a long way. They help keep our team on track.

What are your hopes for your 2016 choices? Fear not—as they say. If you make a choice that doesn’t work as well as you’d like, just make another one! Check out our choice products for teachers at teacherpeach.com. We “hope” you’ll love what you see.

Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 5! HEARTS

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The heart that gives, gathers. —Tao Te Ching

PeachQuotes Studio’s Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 5! HEARTS truly says it all. Giving is the key to gathering. As you spend this day between holidays beginning your transition from 2015 to 2016, follow your heart. Give to gather.

At Teacher Peach, we have the joyous opportunity to follow our hearts each day to help teachers to feel inspired and motivated. Our mission to provide social and emotional support to the teachers who support so many is a pivotal touch point for each decision we make. As we choose each product, design each message, and carefully make the many decisions that go into each product we offer, we always start from the heart.

Teachers are at the heart of everything we do at Teacher Peach. Thanks to the teachers we work to serve and support, we gather so much in return. The many engaged and dedicated teachers who support Teacher Peach inspire us to do our best work—for teachers everywhere. Teacher Peach creates really great products for really great teachers—and it all starts from the heart. To catch a glimpse of what you might gather to fill your heart with delight, visit us at teacherpeach.com over Winter Break to check out our many “heart-built” products, ready to be gathered up by you.

 

 

 

Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 4! HAPPINESS

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Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our soul blossom. —Marcel Proust

PeachQuotes Studio’s Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 4! HAPPINESS is all about gratefulness that fuels happiness. With an attitude of gratitude, one cannot be angry. With an attitude of gratitude, frustrations and fury evaporate more quickly than you might imagine. When the topic of gratefulness comes up during the holiday season, as it often does, listen with your teacher hearing and you’ll discover something interesting. When you hear the words “I’m so grateful,” notice specifically the targets of this gratefulness. You’ll likely hear comments like, “I’m so grateful for the weather” or “I’m so grateful their flight arrived on time.”

Many of the things for which we tend to express our gratefulness fall into two categories: The first category is tactical, like flights and traffic or finding the last parking space at the shopping center. The second category revolves around circumstances far beyond our control like the weather. These events provide relief. That’s what we tend to be grateful for, that feeling of relief. When these are the things for which we are grateful, though, the relief is often short-lived. We move right on to the next events on our dockets, grateful and relieved to be able to get out of the driveway because the snow elected not to fall.

A deeper level of gratefulness floods us with something far beyond relief—true gratefulness fills us with happiness. When you search for what is at the root of this deeper happiness, you’ll most often discover—not a WHAT—but a WHOM. The people in our lives, be they family members, students, peers, or friends, provide us with a deeper and more sustaining sense of gratefulness that brings with it a richness and happiness that help us to grow and flourish. As this quotation so aptly expresses, when we are grateful for the people who make us happy, our souls do indeed blossom. It is our sincere hope that during this holiday season, you and those who make you happy enjoy a true chance to grow and bloom!

As for Teacher Peach, we are so grateful for the many engaged and dedicated teachers who support our company because these teachers inspire us to do our best work—for teachers everywhere. Teacher Peach creates really great products for really great teachers. To catch a glimpse of what’s growing in our peach orchard, visit us at teacherpeach.com over Winter Break.

 

Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 3! DIFFERENCES

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We are like a snowflake. All different in our own beautiful way. —unknown

Just like a snowflake, each of us is different in our own beautiful way, as this third quotation, DIFFERENCES, in our PeachQuotes Studio’s Winter Break W.O.W. Quotations Series so elegantly captures. While the author of this quotation is unknown, the message is universal.

If I were to amend this quotation in any way it would only be to add one single letter to the very last word. I would add the letter S, making the word “way” plural. We are all different in our own beautiful ways—many of them. At this festive time of year, though, it’s easy to lose sight that these unique facets of beauty within each of us can be beautiful. (Sometimes, they just feel annoying.)

Teachers strive to teach this vital message of uniqueness every day. Teachers also work to tap into the special strengths that each student possesses, even when those strengths may be deeply masked by other less-beautiful traits. Teachers genuinely believe that students possess such gifts and work tirelessly to discover what motivates each and every student. For teachers, this is all in a day’s work and for many.

As a teacher, this ability to look beyond the obvious to discover what’s beautifully unique about each individual could be incredibly handy during this holiday season. As much as this time is about kindness, giving, and sharing, it is also about waiting in long lines, tracking lost orders, and rushing about in a state of utter exhaustion. It’s easy to forget to look for and celebrate these differences in others. Teachers, however, have a leg up, given how intrinsic this skill is in a teacher’s day. As a teacher, you have the chance to model and do what you do so well by teaching others to do this—through your example.

So, the next time your family finds itself waiting impatiently to check out of a store behind someone who can’t decide between the blue or green men’s pajamas, try a new approach. Instead of letting that frustration well up inside, recast the situation. If you instead interpret this indecision as great caring, perhaps your time in line will be better spent. You might even tell your kids that whoever is getting those pajamas must be one lucky guy, no matter what color he receives. He’s lucky because the person in front of you spent so much time choosing just the right gift.

Of course, if this approach doesn’t work, you might just want to look for a different cash register and hit the holiday cookies as soon as you get home! After all, a snowflake cookie is sure to taste equally beautiful in its own delicious way right about then!

Teacher Peach knows that every teacher we serve is also unique. We are aware of the common views, motivations, and commitment that teachers possess. The many engaged and dedicated teachers who support our company inspire us to do our best work—for teachers everywhere. Teacher Peach creates really great products for really great teachers. To catch a glimpse of what makes our company different, visit us at teacherpeach.com over Winter Break.

Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 2! APPRECIATION

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As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them. —John F. Kennedy

For many of us, today, December 26th, is filled with putting wrapping paper in recycling bins, figuring out where the receipts went, and generally climbing out after holiday pressures and festivities. Today is actually known as National Thank You Note Day, too. As you consider those whom you want to thank for whatever joys they shared with you during this holiday season, it’s a great time to consider the words in today’s Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 2. Today’s quotation by John F. Kennedy focuses on our need for gratitude—not just feeling it, but also expressing it.

A most eloquent thank you note is always something that reflects doing the right thing. Even heartfelt notes will only go so far until the actions of our lives reflect our gratitude as well. It’s not only about the words in our thank you notes, although they are most often welcome and deeply appreciated by their recipients. It is about something more, something bigger. It is not how we verbally express our gratitude that matters so much as how we express our gratitude through the actions we take, the choices we make, and the changes of which we are a part. That’s living by our words.

At Teacher Peach, we live by our ongoing commitment to the amazing teachers and educators we serve. We work to create clear and meaningful messages for teachers, about teachers, by teachers, and in support of teachers—because of our gratitude. We live this gratitude in each product Teacher Peach creates.

Just pop onto teacherpeach.com to see what we mean. Each product has been carefully created to reflect the professionalism and dedication that teachers bring to classrooms every single day. To explore more PeachQuotes Studio™ Quotations, visit us on Pinterest and continue to explore our blog. We’d also like to know more about your live-by-your-words actions during this holiday season.

 

 

Winter Break W.O.W. Quotation 1! FAMILIARITY

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I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story: The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of the familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending. —Fred Rogers

Welcome to Teacher Peach’s special Winter Break W.O.W. Quotations Series, created by PeachQuotes Studio™. (W.O.W. stands for Words of Wisdom.) This quote has special meaning. Familiarity at the holidays can be a wonderful feeling. Fred Rogers said it so well. The holidays, by their very nature, are cloaked in the familiar—and that can feel terrific. Do we really want major surprises at the holidays or do we simply want to recreate those warm holiday feelings from our own childhoods? For many of us, these are the feelings we began to crave the moment the weather began to turn.

Many special holiday traditions are steeped in familiarity—in fact, did you notice the connection between the words family and familiar? Chances are, we’re all working long and hard to make our holidays the most wonderful time of the year, as they say. The concept of familiarity can be a helpful filter to make choices that really will matter to those who matter to you.

Maybe it really isn’t so important to get tickets to that new play. Perhaps your family would be happier going back to the same train exhibit you’ve gone to for three years. What if your family just likes to drive around to see the beautiful lights? The appeal of whatever traditions your family cherishes can often be traced back to their familiarity. Could it be there is comfort in the familiar? Could this comfort help us all to let down our guard a bit and stop to savor the familiar—and family? Here’s to making your holiday story a favorite one—that will stay familiar for years to come.

Speaking of years, before shifting gears to launch Teacher Peach, our team spent over 30 years creating classroom curriculum products that teachers use all over the country. We used to work for many of the major educational publishers—so classrooms and teachers were very familiar to us. Now, we create really great products and accessories to directly support these amazing teachers who teach our kids to achieve and grow—and we love it!

To “get familiar” with Teacher Peach’s great teacher products, check us out at teacherpeach.com. To explore more PeachQuotes Studio™ Quotations, visit us on Pinterest and continue to explore our blog. We’d also like to know your favorite sentiments during this holiday season. Got any familiar favorites?