Planning, Pacing, and Projects

Happy Friday, RISERS! I hope this week has been good to you. This weekend ushers in the month of October. Where in the world has this year gone? I don’t know about you, but to me, it has flown by. Seems just yesterday I was excited about my children going back to school. This month brings us the fun of trick-or-treating, hayrides and bonfires, and groovy holiday movies. I hope you’ll take some time to stop and smell the delicious aromas of fall. 

Quote of the week: “Of all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man and requires the least of him.” –Hal Borland

Movie of the week: In keeping with a Halloween theme, I want to recommend the very corny but highly entertaining movie House on Haunted Hill. The original 1959 version stars Vincent Price as a man having a party for a group of strangers in a spooky old house. It is a very clever mystery movie and one that my family watches every year. Producer Roger Corman filmed quite a few movies with Vincent Price, bringing many of the works of Edgar Allan Poe to the screen. They are NOT scary and a neat addition to your holiday routine. Hope you like them as much as we do! 

Joke of the week: What do you call an ant who fights crime? A vigilante!

Nugget of Wisdom for the week: This is the time of year when a person is at great risk of being overcommitted. I want to encourage you to either use the calendar in your phone or a physical planner and block out dates for fun activities, as well as time for just taking care of you. It is the best way to keep on top of your school projects. There is no worse feeling in the world than thinking you are about to have a nice, quiet evening doing your favorite activity only to remember you have a research paper due for your English class. It is a tremendous thing to be social, but be sure to also allow yourself some time to relax and recharge. We can’t be the best version of ourselves if we are physically tired or emotionally drained. Make the most of this holiday season and pace yourself!

Have a great week. Remember, you are most awesome and YOU ROCK!

Marion Rhines is a foster-turned-adoptive parent. She lives in Knoxville, Tenn., with her husband and five children. She has written and published two children’s books as well as two foster-care-themed novels. She has a Facebook blog, Tips from the FLIP Side, and enjoys working with children of all ages.

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