Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Are you stuck?

I feel STUCK. Felt this way for months.

STUCK as in life zipping by while I watch & whine like a cry baby b*tch. 
Daily, this nagging feeling gnaws at me. Telling me, I am meant for more than mediocrity. I dream of making huge life changes: moving to another state (preferably Cali), leaving my job, creating my own business, traveling abroad, etc. But alas, I ALWAYS fail to follow through. 

On several occasions, I made half-ass attempts to get UNSTUCK. I even created a Pinterest board titled STUCK. From past experiences I learned, you can pin until your heart's content, but pinning quotes on Pinterest rarely helps improve a situation. 

Last weekend after a "last straw single-girl dating moment" and a monumental meltdown, I asked myself, "How the hell did I end up here?" It was at that moment I decided, I need to tap into my inner badass and LIVE the life of badassness I am meant to live! Time to LEAVE this story and write a new one.

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Easier said than done, right? One thing I do know, being stuck is easy. Getting UNSTUCK, therein lies the challenge. Stay tuned for my next post to find out how I plan start living the life of badassness I deserve.


Are you stuck?



Thursday, April 21, 2016

Earth Day Freebie

Every morning I typically begin my day with a quick look through my Instagram feed. Yesterday while perusing, I ran across these Earth Day cookies posted by Jen Jones form Hello Literacy. 


So...of course I texted my mom. And of course my mom activated her SuperMOM powers, and BOOM!! I picked up my Earth Day cookies on my way home from work. I may...or may not be a little spoiled. This may...or may not be the reason why I am single. Since tomorrow is a planned Mental Wellness Day for me, I gifted my students their Earth Day cookies to take home and enjoy. 







Happy Earth Day!



Tuesday, February 9, 2016

100 Day Freebie

Our campus celebrated the 100th day of school on Monday. Time seems to be flying by. I find it hard to believe the 100th day of school has already come & gone. And I find it even harder to believe...I survived yet another year without suffering a nervous breakdown or being escorted off campus by the school district police. HA! JK. 
As my students counted down to the 100th day, their excitement & anticipation grew as we inched closer and closer to the BIG DAY! I planned many engaging 100 Day activities, which I intend to elaborate on in a future blog post. But for now, I wanted to share my bag topper I created. 
Click the picture below to grab this fabulous 100 Day FREEBIE!
Stay tuned for more 100 Day FREEBIES!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Sweet Treats Sight Words Freebie

While perusing the Valentine's aisle at Walmart, I ran across the most adorable candy holders. I purchased three packs and immediately decided to create sight words centers.
How To Create a Sweet Treats Sight Words Center:

1. Number each candy holder.

2. Write the words of your choice on each candy holder. (side note: I am going  to             attempt cutting the sight words from vinyl with my Cricut. I'll let you know how that turns out.)

3. Stuff each candy holder with letters to spell the word written on the outside of the candy holder. 
I created a recording sheet for my students to place in their writing journal when completed. 
Click the picture below to grab the Sweet Treats recording sheet FREEBIE. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Should I add my coworkers on Facebook?

Not only no...but HELL to the no. Do not feel obligated to add coworkers. Am I friends with coworkers? A few. A select few. A minuscule, micro, select few. And for some of my colleagues added, I customized my privacy settings to limit the amount of my personal life to be judged. 

For coworkers added, who initially appeared harmless, but later proved otherwise...DELETED!!

My advice...free of charge, refrain from adding colleagues altogether and here's why:

1. People love to talk sh*t!
People love to talk behind your back and smile in your face. I guess I missed Jesus' memo about job openings. Apparently someone granted my Facebook friends the authority to judge me, and I doubt that someone was Jesus. 

So...if you constantly publish posts highlighting drunken shenanigans or if you post plans of happy hour intoxication (every week or sometimes in my case, every day...JK), I guarantee your colleagues gather around the water cooler to judge & talk sh*t about your bouts with alcoholism. If you constantly publish posts regarding how much you HATE Monday and you'd rather be somewhere other than work, I guarantee some shady snitch is running to your supervisor to parade your post in your supervisor's face. #SNITCHESGETSTITCHES (LOL. JK)
2. People get offended by EVERYTHING!
The one thing I will never understand...I offend you, but yet you continue to follow me on Facebook. Please explain the logic behind that. For some individuals, being offended is their job. Personally, I rarely discuss the following topics on Facebook: politics, child rearing, religion, sexual preference, etc. It boggles my mind how people get enraged over the most inconsequential topics that bear no relation to them. #getoveryourself So, if ( like me) you tend to post offensive material containing profane language, think twice before friending your "holier-than-thou-stick-up-the-a** coworker. 

3. People really want to be friends...
A Facebook friendship, does not equate a REAL friendship. On occasion, colleagues comment on my Facebook exploits and suggest we "hangout." Ummm...no thanks. I  look like a "good time" on Facebook ( I really am. Like Kesha said, "The party don't start 'til I walk in."), but I keep my circle of acquaintances (or as I like to call them my Partners-In-Crime) small.
The invaluable free advice provided above stems form personal experience. You live and you learn. Whenever possible, I make every attempt to separate my professional and personal life. If I do decide to add colleagues on Facebook, I add them on a case-by-case basis.  

Word of advice, if you are "that teacher" who wants to be every one's friend  & you accept friend request from colleagues because you don't want to hurt their feelings...grow a pair. Truth be told, I experience awkward moments with coworkers after I receive a request and ignore or decline it. I imagine my rejected colleague thinking, "Who does that biyotch think she is? I know she saw my friend request!"  I did. I ignored it. #girlbye


But like I tell my sons, everyone is not your friend. 

"Everybody isn't your friend. Just because they hang around you and laugh with you doesn't mean they're for you. Just because they say they got got your back, doesn't mean they won't stab you in it. People pretend well. Jealousy sometimes doesn't live far. So know your circle. At the end of the day real situations expose fake people so pay attention."  -Trent Shelton

If you feel the need to network with colleagues,  I suggest LinkedIn. 

Are you friends with coworkers? Your boss? 

Sunday, December 6, 2015

meet the teacher monday: Holiday Film Faves

I know what you're thinking...

"WEEKLY LINKY! Ain't nobody got time for that!" With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, let's keep this week's Meet the Teacher MONDAY, short and sweet. From Halloween to New Year's Eve some of my favorite movie and TV titles air. As if anyone really cares...LOL (*side-eye*)...I drafted a short list of my HOLIDAY FAVES.

Your turn. What holiday faves are a must watch for you?
If you are new to Meet the Teacher Monday, here's the skinny:
MEET THE TEACHER MONDAY is a weekly linky celebration, dedicated to making and culminating friendships among our tribe of fellow teachers. Just follow these simple guidelines:-)
  • Snag the MTTM graphic. On your blog, please respond to this week's questions or prompt provided.
  • Return to my blog and link your post.
  • Visit one or two bloggers ahead of you in the linky, and leave a comment in response to their Meet the Teacher Monday post.
  • Visit one or two bloggers after you in the linky line-up and leave a comment as well.
  • And because it's so hard to find time to blog, feel free to post any day of the week, not just Monday.
DON'T FORGET TO RETURN TO MY BLOG TO LINK UP.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

December Sneaked Up on Me!

Nothing screams the beginning of a new month like posting your monthly CURRENTLY. Once again I am linking up with Oh'  Boy Fourth Grade for the December CURRENTLY. 

Listening
As I began completing my December CURRENTLY, a notification to watch Brooke Brown on Periscope popped. I found the scope beneficial, and I scribbled down a few notes to improve my literacy centers. Before Brooke's scope, I was listening to the Vince Guaraldi Trio (Holiday) Radio on Pandora. 

Loving
Truth be told, I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year...the most wonderful time of the year. I love the sights, sounds, and smells of the holiday season. You can read all about my holiday faves here.  Although this time of year makes my heart sing, there's nothing like the holidays to reinforce the fact...I'M STILL SINGLE at 42. And according to the society, I have failed in life. But one of the benefits of being single during the holidays, I don't have to share my wine. 

Thinking 
So many TPT ideas trapped in my brain. I need 28 hours in the day. The extra four will be set aside for creating...or napping.

Wanting
Self Explanatory.

Needing
I need to PRIORITIZE. I wasted too much time during my Thanksgiving break week. I intended to complete TPT products, blog, etc. Instead I napped, shopped, and socialized. I squeezed in some time for a couple of blog posts, but I wanted to write several blog posts, in order to schedule posts throughout the week.  Although I failed to meet my blogging quota, I am proud of a motivational post I wrote about strippers. 

I managed to start a few TPT products, but I wanted to finish the products before the TPT sale. Didn't happen.

Real or Faux
Faux. I am too lazy to deal with the rigmarole that's accompanied with a real tree. Currently my tree is in a box and that's probably where it will stay. This meme captures my feelings about a Christmas tree this year...