Episode 112: Be Who You Are With Rita Long

Welcome to the Loveworks dreamers and doers Podcast # 112. At Loveworks we believe you are NEVER too young to be a dreamer and NEVER too old to do your dream.

If this is your first time, thank you for joining us and giving us the thing that means the most to you – your time. If you’re returning, welcome back! We know you have lots of options out there in the Podcast universe.

Our hope with Dreamers & Doers podcast is that each week’s special guests will connect with you wherever you find yourself today and inspire you to become the best version of yourself for tomorrow.

Personal Growth with Carolyn and Elle

At Loveworks, we believe that one of the ways that you can become one of the best versions of yourself is to focus on personal growth. We love curating things like books, music, organizations, blogs, or resources that have encouraged your personal growth. 

Today we are going to talk about resting and reflecting through journaling. 

5 Minute Journal:

Step 1: How are you feeling today?

Step 2: Why do you feel this way?

Step 3: What are 3 things you’re grateful for?

Step 4: What’s a way to boost your mood?

Step 5. List out a few goals for the day.

Rita Long: Principal of Ellen Ochoa Elementary School, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Rita Long earned her master’s degree in math and science education from the University of Tulsa. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Oklahoma State University. She began her career at Jenks Public Schools in 1991 and served as a classroom teacher, gifted coordinator, and curriculum resource instructor. Rita came to Union Public Schools in 2006 as an assistant principal for Rosa Parks Elementary before transferring to an assistant principal at McAuliffe in 2007. She served as McAuliffe Principal from 2008 until 2017, when she assumed duties for the new Ellen Ochoa Elementary. Through her training and experience as an Elementary Educator, Gifted Coordinator, Instructional Coach, and Administrator, she has been able to study, identify and implement the key elements of effective teaching and leadership.


Find what you are passionate about and embrace that, and then know that you can pursue it. I think anyone can take a dream or a passion and really develop it into something. It is so important to recognize that you get such a great platform for dreams and a great structure to help students realize and be able to develop and turn them into a reality. I think that it is super important now to continue to pursue your passions and make it work for you.

Key Takeaways:

  • Set goals for yourself to make your dreams a reality
  • All it takes is one person to encourage you
  • Effort will come naturally when you are passionate about your dream
  • Be who you are and do what you love

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