Self-awareness

I think I’m going to need to change the format of this blog. At least a little bit, and at least for over the summer. Because the reality is, without my students, and my fellow teachers, and my lesson planning, and my commute, I’m not sure I have enough variety in my days to pull together three posts each day about different topics. During the summer, my life contracts pretty substantially – I spend a lot of time alone (or with just the dog as company). I read a lot – both books and various things on the Internet. I play the same computer game for weeks at a time. I also don’t have a schedule where I have a chunk of free time between when I get home from work and when J gets home from work – I may have free time in the morning, like I did yesterday, and then a busy afternoon and evening.

So I’m going to experiment a little bit. I want to keep posting every day, and I want to keep a focus on positivity. I think I’m going to shift to posting three things I’ve accomplished every day. Sometimes I may elaborate on them with a couple of paragraphs, sometimes I might just list them as bullet points. Sometimes I may not post them until the next morning. But hopefully this will work better for my schedule and my routine and my summer state of mind. We’ll see how it goes. Starting tomorrow.

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May 27 – 3 Mindfulness

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.

May 27 – 2: WordPress

I am one of those people who has always loved to learn. And I’m really excited to learn how to use WordPress. It’s something I’ve been wanting to try since I took a class on using technology in the classroom when I was in grad school. In that class, we set up blogs using Blogger, but we were also briefly introduced to WordPress, and I could see that it was a much stronger tool.

It’s going to be a bit of an adventure, and probably a slow process. I like to jump in to ideas, but I’m not always that dedicated to putting the time and energy into following through on them. Eventually, I’d like to design my own WordPress theme that suits this blog and my style. But it make take a while for me to get there.

Right now, I’ve got two priorities with this blog. The first is to make it a routine to post a list of three good things every day. Some days (like today), I may write several paragraphs about each thing. Some days they may just be links with a brief description. But I’m going to try really hard to post them every day.

Learning WordPress is the second priority. I am really looking forward to it – which is why it’s one of my things for today – but realistically, it’s going to take me a while to get it figured out. So, for anyone who may be reading this from the beginning, be patient with me! I swear I have plans to make this site prettier and more functional and to eventually get my own domain! But it may take me a while to get it actually developed all the way and ready to roll out, and I wanted to start blogging now. So stick with me – it will only get better! Really!

May 27 – 1: Starting this blog

I love having new ideas. I love planning things, daydreaming about them, thinking about what they could become. What I could do. Sometimes it drives my husband a little crazy, because when I have an idea, I jump in with both feet. If I daydream about moving, I start researching neighborhoods, looking at areas on GoogleMaps, and sending him Craigslist ads to see if the place meets his approval – even though most of the time, we’re not actually going to move.

One of the good things about my day today has been this new blog idea. I know it’s not really that new – the advice to find three good things about every day has been out there for ages, and I’m sure there are lots of people who have created similar blogs before. And it’s not even that new to me – it’s something I’ve thought about doing before. But today I thought about it in a different way, because today I decided that I’m actually going to start it. And I’m really excited about the possibilities that come along with that.