As I’ve been reading my student blogs (there are SO MANY of them), I’ve been coming back to Breanna’s work and this one in particular. She writes about how we see the reasons to cry all around us, yet, we tend to look past those reasons to smile. The last sentence in her writing, she challenges her readers to come up with three reasons to smile.


I’ll go her one better, and challenge you to come with with ten reasons to smile. It’s ambitious, but for most of us slicers, we notice these things all the time! 🙂

So, without further ado: My ten reasons to smile:

  1. Reading my student writing when it inspires me! Sometimes, students surprise the heck out of you. This group of writers has done this, with many showing some grit being able to blog throughout spring break.
  2. My daughters smiling, laughing, and talking together. They don’t always get along well, but this weekend, it was nice to see them together.
  3. Coaching. Whether it’s a basketball game or in class, I love doing it, period.
  4. Being able to go out with my wife, just the two of us. It will happen MUCH more, sooner than we realize, but it’s still fun! 🙂
  5. Watching a good basketball game, enough said on that one. I about passed out watching the Wisconsin vs. Florida game because my wife was sleeping right next me. 🙂
  6. Seeing a “to do list” checked off. While this didn’t happen over spring break, I did get some stuff done!
  7. Seeing my daughters and wife smile. Another reason for us to get together, seeing them together, laughing, and being strong women together.
  8. Losing weight! This was Day 7 in our Whole 30 plan, and while I can’t say the cravings have stopped (eating my way through the Pop Tart aisle sounds good), but I can say I’m seeing how my mindless eating was hurting my body. Here’s to another week with a good eating attitude.
  9. A good book and time to read it. I usually read about 15 – 20 minutes per night at bedtime, which isn’t a whole lot, but it’s still time to just calm my mind. Right now, It Starts with Food, the first book dealing with the Whole 30 plan, is my book right now, reading about the science of the food we eat. Geeky stuff, but interesting all the same.
  10. Reading other Slicers and their blogs. Seeing your trials, tribulations, your passions, your ups and down inspire me to do better.

There you go! Now, what about you?