Oh my goodness! I haven't told you! I FINISHED writing #mydirtylittlesecret! YES I DID! It took me just over a year. Now, I am in the editing process and have been brainstorming for the next book that I have planned to write! It is NOT the second installment of The Ladies of Cotton Lake Series, but the next in that series will be written after that. I am hoping to have the book released by August 15th. That is the goal. And speaking of goals. I have found as a writer who is also a busy mom, wife, and teacher ... if I set myself a hard deadline (since I am a self published author) it is keeping me on track! Just writing as I "feel" like it, I can often find other things that I "feel" like doing too!
I really came on to begin writing a blog to coordinate with a video and realized I hadn't shared that good news! Did you know I am doing more YouTube videos? In fact, I have been striving for hitting at minimum of 5 videos a week, and I for the most part I come close! You can check those out here:
ONE PRETTY LITTLE BOX YOUTUBE
Alright! It is my goal NOW to at least blog three times a week, continue the 5 videos a week, and of course regular updated links and such over on the facebook page: ONE PRETTY LITTLE BOX FACEBOOK PAGE
Friday, June 3, 2016
Today, I woke up ... knowing I was going to be feeling a bit worn for wear. See... I just spent the last ten months running a real life marathon of trying to be Super Mom & Super Teacher, both of which I have failed at miserably, yet have had some successes that at least take a bit of the sting away.
I indeed have a hangover! A School Year hangover and the only cure is summer break! I am being very careful and diligent at allowing myself some down time. Yet, when I sat here to write this blog post this morning , I got up (right after that first sentence of this paragraph) and began cleaning up the house. I have not being keeping up with my regular cleaning schedule and it was getting out of hand. Like most other teachers, I found myself doing just enough to survive. I had greater intentions but I didn't have the follow up to go with it. Intentions are not always enough. You need that follow through to claim it as reality ~ and that goes for anything we desire in our lives.
I woke up immediately wondering if I had done anything in the school year that might would come back to haunt me later. Just like a real hangover, I had those thoughts "Did I do anything I will be embarrassed by later on?" , "Did I do something that might later on embarrass my co teachers, my boss, my family?". I also had questions like "Did I make an impact big enough to matter this year?", "Did I waste too much time?", and "Did I make a difference?".
I am weary. I did not sleep in on a morning I could. It is HIGH on my agenda to do that tomorrow though. BUT I am beginning to feel elated about the possibilities of regrouping, restructuring my time, and like I have said before ~ NOT give my husband and my kids my left overs. They get the priority of my time and energy. THAT alone excites me.
As a teacher we give out every single minute those little people are in our presence, and even in the moments before and after they leave our care. Heck, I take them home with me ~ in my thoughts, in my heart, and ... for some .... in my emotions. Kids now a days have so much they go through that we did not face ourselves in the age in which they are in. I myself teach preschoolers and there are some who have seen too much for their little mind and hearts. It hurts! It hurts so much to know they are in such an environment that we as adults would crumble under, yet for them it is simply just life as they know it. THOSE are the things that we take home (as teachers) and can't seem to shake off. When I walk into the school ~ I am able to shake off my own concerns because they are NOTHING compared to theirs. It truly puts life into perspective.
I have always said every single person should be required to work retail for a minimum of a year. I am now realizing that maybe everyone should be required to teach for a year. It would so change your thought process on life. Period.
If you are a teacher ~ I commend you on getting through one more year! You are amazing and have changed and impacted lives in ways you may not ever get to know ~ but I know. Have an amazing summer and make sure in between all those ideas swirling in your head on what to change for the next year that you open up your day to recover, recoup, and regroup!
I filmed and shared a video the other day that might give you some inspiration on how to get the MOST out of your summer! CLICK HERE to see it!
Monday, May 30, 2016
That's right! Summer is coming! I know in many areas of the US schools have already let out for summer vacation ~ but not in this part of Texas. Well.. even some of our schools have let out but not the ones in my local area! We have until Thursday, and since today is a holiday (Happy Memorial Day) that means we have three school days left! THREE!
A couple of years ago we had a membership to our local wave-pool and we spent a LOT of time there! Probably too much if you ask my kids but this Momma needed it! There is nothing more relaxing for me than to be near water and enjoying sunshine! On those days where I know we will be at the wave-pool I usually have very productive mornings and often dinner is either an easy one, a grilled one, or a slow cooker one ~ so there is a plan even there. Two years ago is when I was determine to write my first book and I did much of that creative writing in a pool chair, listening to laughter of kids, soothing waves, and soaking up the most loved moments of that summer. At night I would convert it onto a file in my computer and sometimes allow more writing to happen. That is the goal this summer as well! I am finishing #mydirtylittlesecret this month, doing extensive editing and revisions in July, and must promotion and publishing in August. Why? Because I LOVE writing! I LOVE the whole book experience!
I also plan on implementing a light workout into my daily routine. Nothing strenuous, nothing that I couldn't do during the school year when it starts up again. Why? Because walking and light strength training are good for you ~ mentally, emotionally, physcologically, and in every way you can think possible. My whole mental idea of this is to simply just move because we were made to move.
August is booked full already between three highschoolers, a teaching career of my own, increasing my writing career, and still managing time to take care of my home, family, and intimacy in my marriage. Booked. Full. So, June's calendar is pretty blank on purpose! I have chosen to NOT do a ton in June and even most of July. Why? Go back up to the top and read that part again about the wave-pool and writing! For 10 months of the year I get to fuel most of my energy towards the classroom. Two months of the year I get to relax, recover, and fuel energy towards an area of my life that is solely mine. No one can help me. No one can tell me what I need to do ~ or how to, because writing isn't like that.
Summer is coming, and I can't wait!