Tuesday, January 4, 2022

"A fresh start isn't a new place, it's a new mindset."



One of the best things about a new year is the idea of a fresh start.  Everyone has at least one thing they want to throw away from the previous year and never see again, and in this second year of the pandemic, my guess is that many folks want to throw away MANY things.

A fresh start means you have another chance; in fact, you can toss out the ideas that didn't work last year and focus on creating some new ones.  A fresh start means a new beginning, and new beginnings stir excitement. A fresh start means a clean slate is waiting for whatever you choose to do with it.

The new year has motivated me.  My book sales and business, like so many others, are sadly lacking sales because of the pandemic.  I rely on presenting in schools and colleges to sell my books and ideas, and no one is getting into those buildings right now, in some cases, not even the students!  I have been working on new ideas for getting my presence out to the world again, and I will not be deterred!  A two year break is long enough, and the pandemic can't last much longer (I hope). So, I have chosen a new mindset!  I am also going to work harder at doing more for others, and clearing our more "stuff" from my condo.  I started that at this time last year, and de-cluttering has made me feel so much better, that I am continuing the process. 

I wish you much success and happiness in the new year, and I hope you will create loving and beautiful memories. 

May you never forget what is worth remembering or remember what is best forgotten. Irish Proverb


As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone. Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.

Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 

I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
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