February Resolutions

I set my goals small this month, knowing it was my evaluation month. That being said, my principal dropped in 30 minutes earlier than we set and stayed 30 minutes later than scheduled. Talk about stress! I’m used to people walking in without notice (note: superintendents, assistant superintendents, ELD team from the district, etc), but an evaluation is an evaluation. HAHA. Anyhow, it went well and my P said “I couldn’t have done it better.” HUGE SIGH OF RELIEF STARTS NOW!

So here they are:
1. Clothes budget of $150– haven’t used it up, but I bought 2 dresses for upcoming spring/summer weddings and my grandpa’s 90th birthday party! 
2. Sugary drinks only once a week (boba, coffee, etc). So far, so good! I was trying to cut all coffee at first and my body went into withdrawal! Crazy caffeine! I’ve increased my green tea consumption to 2-3 cups a day and coffee only if I’m not able to function (which is 3/5 days a week right now). Now I take my boba “least level of sweetness” and coffee with no sugar. 
3. Gym 2x/ week, 20 minutes of exercise daily– I missed one week here when I got hit with a nasty nasty flu 2 weeks ago and was bedridden for 5 days, but aside from that, been hitting my FitBit goals and doing 20 minutes of something active! What’s neat is that when I work, I usually have walked 10K steps by 1pm (good indicator of monitoring my class enough!), but on the weekends, I’ll only be at 5K around 5pm!!! Looks like I’ve finally learned to relax (maybe too much!)
4. Quit BoonByron and make Etsy Banner– I quit BB since I had to pay monthly fees and I’m not to the point of where I’d like to be in selling my crafts, so I ended it until I feel like I’m truly ready to take that part on. I’ve enrolled in an Illustrator class, but I’m not quite sure I know what I’d like my banner to look like yet! Any designers out there that can give some tips on branding??? I’m lost… yikes! Maybe some more time needed on this one…

That’s it, folks! It’s almost March!!! Less than 90 days left of school! Then to teach summer school -________- , but then I have a few vacations to look forward to! 😀

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Dreams Change

When I was in the 4th grade, I went to my FAVORITE place in the world at the time (…the library, of course!) and borrowed a book on sewing for kids. I remember the whirring of my mom’s sewing machine, her little desk on the side of her bed, and watching her mend and hem her own (and our) clothes. My mom made a copy of that book for me because you could practice sewing lines and curves on the pages of that wonderful wonderful book. I wish I knew the title, but that is the first moment I remember realizing I loved working with my hands. 

Over the past few years, my dreams have changed. Now maybe, the stresses and politics of being a teacher have worn me down, but I slowly feel my passion and enthusiasm towards teaching gently weaning. I can even say my dreams have changed within the past few months. I’ve been seesawing between continuing with teaching or quitting to pursue art. I’m still not at a point where I have made a decision, but an idea has been implanted in my mind. I haven’t quite worked up the courage to take a leap of faith, but if any time is a good time, this would probably be the best. 

My craft dreams have changed with everything too. Trying to figure out what to focus my efforts on is difficult. I’m a bit ADD and interested in almost anything. I love trying new things in the world of crafting and I’m constantly seeking to find my little niche. Sewing , knitting, crocheting, painting, water-coloring, drawing, clay working, felting, beading/jewelry making, screenprinting, and most currently, card making, calligraphy, graphic arts/design, and lettering. 

With Christmas and Valentines Day past, I have decided to take off some time from card making to learn more and work on other new things. I’d like to take some time off to learn a few new things, practice others, pick my camera back up, and find a vision for this blog. I’m not sure how long, but I’ll know when I know. Dreams may change, but goals get done. Let the goal setting and doing begin! 

Wait, January!

I don’t do yearly resolutions and it’s not because I’m too awesome for them, nor is it because I never get them done. I do monthly resolutions because simply put, they work for me. Do what works for you, or else you’ll never do it. I learned that in most aspects of my life except exercise (because I don’t know what works for me… yet). Moving along to those resolutions of January 2014…

1. No shopping for clothes or shoes.
2. Get website up and running.
3. Get Etsy up and running.
4. Get myself up and running (literally. in the gym.)

Verdict. Everyone wants to know verdict, right?
1. SUCCESS! I even DONATED old clothes and sold some for a oh so whopping $50!
2. SUCCESS! The website?
3. SUCCESS! Find me here!
4. MILD SUCCESS… I bought the new Fitbit Force and am trying to sell the Flex. I needed immediate feedback and since I’ve bought it, I’ve hit my goal 90% of the days!

So there you have it. January goals and results. Great start to the new year. February goals will be posted this weekend (that’s supposed to keep me accountable because clearly, I was SO on time with January’s resolutions!)

Ann