You don’t really know me yet, but I swear I’m not a total New Age hippie, despite what you might think when you see the word “mindfulness.” But today I am excited about trying to be a little more mindful of the good things in my life. I’ve noticed that it’s really easy for me to get stuck in a rut. I get up, go to work, and spend my day interacting with kids and teachers, which overall I love to do. Then come home and get sucked into consuming media in one format or another – watching funny videos on YouTube, or playing Bubble Spinner, or watching great TV shows with my husband, J. And then I go to bed, and I get up the next day and do more or less the same thing. And there’s nothing really wrong with that – I like most of the things I do most days, and overall I’m pretty happy. But as I already mentioned, I don’t always follow through on my ideas very well, and I wish I was a little better at actually getting things done. So I’m trying to step back from my typical routine, to be a little more thoughtful about how I’m spending my time, and about what I truly enjoy. I’m hoping this blog will help me with that – help me to be more mindful of my choices and my life, and not just autopilot through the day. And I’m excited to be starting this process.