my 2018 focus word, and a monthly goals update

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Happy Saturday! I hope you are all having an awesome day, whether you are relaxing or kicking ass or a combination of both! I wanted to post a couple of updates and random thoughts before the weekend gets too crazy.

First of all, since it’s the first image, my 2018 focus word is pretty obvious – I decided that the word that best represents my aspirations for this year is CREATE. I have seen a lot of people talk about how they like to focus on a specific word in place of or along with their New Years resolutions, and while I liked the idea, I had absolutely no clue how that would work for me. I had zero ideas until this morning, when I was clicking around on LinkedIn and saw a dream job posting. While I love working with teenagers (most of the time…), I ultimately want to be able to work remotely in some sort of curriculum design capacity, creating math content that others can use. I looked for these kinds of positions hardcore a couple years ago when I was job searching, but since I ended up back in the classroom full-time, I haven’t really thought about it. Seeing the posting really jogged my memory and helped me realize that I have a long way to go before I would be competitive for that kind of position, and that creating a good collection of content on a platform like Teachers Pay Teachers would go a long way in helping my marketability. That also connected to my personal goals for this year – I want to get back into being creative, with actual art and creating content regularly for this blog. It was really an “aha!” moment!

Other than finally figuring that out, I have a #12goalsin12months update! My January goal was to clean out and organize “the gray room” – which is really just a tiny bedroom right off my closet that I use as an office, dressing room, creative space, etc. I looooooove this room, but it had been overrun with junk over the last few months (or couple of years…), so I finally (mostly) got it together! Here are a few pictures just so you get an idea of how I “organize” myself (if you can call it that) – both of the plastic carts are full of crafty stuff, and I got my awesome new over-the-door mirror/jewelry cabinet up and partially filled up. (Lesson learned: I have way too many necklaces, and not enough of anything else!) My main desk is from Target (I think?), and my sewing desk was bought at Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and I painted it myself to match the room.

I still have a ways to go before this room is completely functional and organized – as you can tell by the trash bags full of clothes to donate and the ThredUp bag in the second picture, and can’t tell but the drawers aren’t totally organized – but it is so much better than it was, and I actually enjoy spending time in here now. I still need to seriously purge my scarves, necklaces, and shoes, and probably (okay, definitely) need to go through my clothes again, but all of that can wait for now. I am some combination of stupidly sentimental and delusional with clothes and accessories, so it can be hard for me to get rid of them (because who knows – I really might want to or be able to wear that again!), but I am getting better.

Here are some of my favorite things in the gray room:


My 3-way mirror was actually built by my husband, using three super cheap mirrors, a cheap shoe rack, and some hinges – all from either Target or Walmart, I forget which. Over the last almost 5 (!!) years we’ve been in this house, I’ve been really happy with how this room has come together and evolved over time into something that actually has some semblance of style. Hopefully I can continue to improve it, as I am planning on spending much more time in here this year! I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour of my space!


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