Into the unknown

If I had to guess, I’d say you are pretty much in the same boat as me, practicing social distancing, and letting your inner introvert run wild. What can I say, the last few weeks have been life changing, and I don’t mean for it to come off in a dramatic fashion, it’s just the cold hard truth. Everything we know right now about life, is changing, and we are headed into the unknown.

As an educator, it rings so true for me, as my peers, colleagues, and students are learning to navigate the new territory that is virtual learning. Here we are, raw, vulnerable, and ready to embark on this journey together, because we truly are better together. It’s scary, sure. But as scary as it is, it is also exciting to have the ability to still bring people together this way.

I read a post that said, right now is the time to put procrastination aside and start doing the things we hold near and dear to our heart, those dreams we park, until we’re “ready”. There is no better time than now, to do the things that set your heart on fire. I haven’t opened up this blog to type my feelings out. Life got so busy, but that’s always everyone’s excuse right? We’re just too busy. All this going on in the world has really put a pause on the busyness and for once, we are still. So why not share, why not open this platform back up and let my heart tell you how it feels?

The last few days, I’ve spent more time with my parents then I have in a while. I’ve also been spending most of my time answering questions from my adorable and worried 8 year old. I’ve watched more Disney + that I’d like to admit, and finally checked off creative endeavors off my “want to do” list, like that Procreate class and Creative bug class that I saved over a year ago. I’ve eaten my weight in snacks, and have had one too many Mexican cokes. I’ve stayed up worried about my students, wondering how they are all coping with this. I’ve been spending time compiling lists of things my students and their families can do while they are on what we are calling a “staycation”. Because it just sounds more fun that way.

To top it off, my husband and I went to go see the house we started building a few months back, only to see it standing still. It was eerie, in a way. But also, it was symbolic. We have no idea how all this is going to affect the current sale of our house, or the new house, or whatever else comes along with it. Are we scared? Heck yeah. Are we worried? Of course. But we are alive, we are breathing, we are living, and that for us is a win.

I hope you’re doing ok. I hope you are hanging in there. I hope you know that people out here care for you, want the best for you, and I hope you know we are all gonna get through this. Until the dust settles, I plan on sharing more with you, who knows about what… but thats the beauty of sharing what’s in our hearts right? Until then, enjoy the list of things I’ve complied for my students, I have a feeling you’ll find something you love.

1. Georgia Aquarium African Penguin Cam Live Feed
2. Monterrey Bay Aquarium Live Jelly Cam
3. Katami National Park Brooks Falls Live Cam
4. Actor Josh Gad reads you a bed time story
5. Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!
6. Pitt Rivers Museum Virtual Tour
7. Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar
8. Download Erin Haye’s book, “Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average” for FREE!

Until next time…

Life is sweet. (An update on our life)

Life is seriously so sweet. There are so many amazing things happening in our life, and we couldn’t think of a better way than to celebrate with ice cream. As I looked over the table at my husband and my beautiful daughter enjoying their strawberry shortcake sundaes, I couldn’t help but feel butterflies. It’s that nervous and excited feeling you get when the thing you really want is finally going to be yours. It’s overwhelming, and happiness just oozes out of you. Ya feel me?
It’s been a crazy fall y’all. First, did I mention how crazy fast this school year is flying by? Like hello, Thanksgiving is next week, what?!?! Also, it’s been an incredible school year, my students are the best, my school is the best, and my co-workers? Yup, you guessed it, the best!
On top of having such an amazing school year, during the busy month of October, my family and I snuck off to Florida to celebrate both the Mr.’s and my little mini me’s birthday at Universal Studios, and it was the best time I’ve had at an amusement park, and hello HARRY POTTER! (Yes, we’ve been to Disney, but Universal just had more rides, I think.) And if that’s not enough, the week after we came back, my husband and I decided to sell our house, and as we ventured out looking for a new home, we found a community we loved and decided to build! We’ve never done it before, and it’s already proving to be such an incredible experience.
Clearly, there are so many things happing, and although some are BIG and feel scary at times, I know that we are in such a good place, we are blessed, and our hard work is paying off. We couldn’t be more excited to embark on this adventure, and we owe so many thanks to our family and friends for all their love, support and motivation. So yeah, life is super sweet, and I hope yours is too! 
Now, I’m off to enjoy thanksgiving break with my mini me, and I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂
I’ll be posting more about our community and about the process and just more about the things I’m currently loving, and how we are simplifying our life. Until then… I’m sending you lots of love!