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Speech Spirit: Carpe Diem!

Published August 9, 2011 8:23 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

This week, roughly half of the children in our preschool classes will be graduating and moving on to the exciting world of kindergarten. We, as support staff, are busy helping to prepare for the celebration while also wrapping up the many evaluations, annual IEPs and monthly billing that are all due ASAP.

In the midst of this, our school is going through various changes including shifts in our administration, which recently included packing and moving several offices and classrooms. It has been extremely demanding these past few weeks! Despite all these events and responsibilities, there are only a few days left. August 10th is the official end of the school year and we are about to embark on an almost three week hiatus!

As the last day of school approaches, I wonder to myself, what will I do with all my time!!?? (Wink, wink).

Writing this, I am reminded of the post I wrote on July 19 about our little ones taking a break from speech therapy. Just as I think time in the sunshine, visits to the zoo and arts and crafts are vitally important for them, so do I think we as adults need an array of bright experiences to keep us fresh and unsullied!

So, I have decided to share with you my own "to do" list for the remaining weeks of summer. These are mostly activities that I love, but rarely have the time to do. My wish is that as you read it, you will feel inspired to seize these days as well and explore other areas of life that you love!

  • Play in the baby pool with my daughter - help her to "swim" and "jump jump" into my arms in the "big pool"!
  • Go to the beach with my family!
  • My aunt is coming to visit this month - have oodles of fun with her!
  • Laugh out loud with girlfriends over dinner!
  • Exercise outdoors - breathe deep the fresh air!
  • Go for long walks at the seashore - early in the morning, at dusk and by moonlight.
  • Eat out and taste a few new foods.
  • Get crafty! Add pictures and decorations to my family scrapbook.
  • Take my daughter someplace new.
  • Get some extra sleep (This much fun can tucker a lady out!).

Ahhhh, I feel better just thinking about my list. Carpe diem and happy summertime, SLPs!



My summer has also come to a close. I enjoyed a family vacation, walked my dog, worked on the garden, went to farmer's markets and visited new wineries in the Healdsburg, CA. Yes! we definitely need to turn the SLP light off and rekindle the person inside! Cheers:)

yolanda, , slp pre-K August 9, 2011 11:39 PM
Sonoma CA

Thanks Valerie!! I plan on it....there are other areas of my life that need love and attention too! :) Hope you have been enjoying your summer! Steph

stephanie dowling August 9, 2011 9:23 PM

As someone whose summer is now ending, I completely agree with this post! I also created a non-work to-do list (very similar to yours), and I'm proud to say I've done just about everything on it. Enjoy your time off being a stay-at-home mom. Referring to a previous blog of mine... know when to turn the SLP light OFF.  The next three weeks = when you should!

Valerie Lill August 9, 2011 8:03 PM

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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