Fairy Tales

I love fairy tales. I love all fairy tales. I love Disney versions. I appreciate the Brothers Grimm versions. I love seeing how different cultures interpret fairy tales. And I adore modern reinventions of fairy tales.

There are a lot of reasons to love fairy tales. For one thing, they show that life isn’t perfect. Bad things happen to good people. It’s important for stories to represent that be cause that’s real life. But fairy tales also show that everything has a way of working out in the end. And it’s important to show that good people come out on top despite having the odds stacked against them.

I also love the timelessness of fairy tales. The core stories have been around for hundreds of years. Yet with every generation they are reimagined into something new and exciting. These stories never grow old and never stop being relevant which I think is fabulous.

There’s also the fact that everyone can relate to fairy tales. Everyone knows a “good guy” who’s battling a “bad guy”. These aren’t new or revolutionary ideas; they’re a basic part of life. And when a story can connect with people on a basic level, that’s what makes it real. That’s what makes it relevant.

Maybe fairy tales aren’t for everyone, and that’s OK. Maybe some people can’t see past the dragons and magic and top layer glamour. Not everyone can. But when you can, there’s a whole lot of awesome and relatability.

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Channeling Creativity

Happy Saturday Everyone!

It’s been a pretty quiet day here in my corner of the world. I went and got my hair done and graded and watched what is probably too much TV. And I went searching for all sorts of downloadable creative printables.

I like printables. I like them a lot. I like being able to add flair and style to whatever I’m working on whether that’s my bullet journal or a card for someone or some other project. I’m a fairly creative person, but there are some things that other people are better at than I am. So I use what I can and what I’m able to to my advantage.

I’m hoping to start using some of these printables in my bullet journal. And I’m thinking that in May I’ll start sharing more images, especially of my bullet journal. So keep an eye our for some upcoming posts about it.

B

Surprise Gifts

I got a great gift today. One of my coworkers got me tulips. My life, especially my work life, has been super crazy lately. There’s just been a lot of different things going on, and it’s really been wearing on me.

And then today one of my coworkers bought me flowers and hunted me down so she could give them to me.

I like flowers, and I don’t get them a lot. I’m just not at that part of my life where I’m getting them a lot.

Besides, surprise gifts are always the best type of gifts. Surprise gifts should be a more regular thing for everyone. I want to make them more of a thing. I am officially promoting giving the people you love surprise gifts just because you can.

B

Actual Hump Day

Today, ladies and gentlemen, was actually hump day. And I could go on and on about how it felt like hump day, and how I’m so glad that it’s over and blah blah blah.

But here’s the thing. It is so easy to fall into the trap of whining and complaining. I know. I do it all. the. time. I don’t do it on purpose, necessarily, and to be honest, I think part of it is how my brain is wired. But with everything that I’ve had going on lately, it’s been so easy to get caught up in the negative.

And I don’t want to do that.

I don’t want to be that person who is whining all the time and can never see all the good that is actually there. Again, I’ve been that person. I want to try something new these days. I want to try focusing on the positive; there’s a lot of it in my life.

I’m surrounded by amazing people who love and support me in the best ways they know how to.

I have my health and a roof over my head and clean water and food to eat.

I’m financially stable.

I have opportunities to do things I love. I get to read and write and be creative. I get to go shopping and to the beach and on awesome vacations.

I get to run this blog. I love running this blog.

There is so much good in my life. I picked some of the most significant things for the list in this post, but there are dozens and dozens of others.

So my goal is to spend more time focusing on those good things, talking about those good things, loving and appreciating those good things.

I challenge you to do the same.

B

Not Hump Day

I spent most of today thinking that it was Wednesday. Not on purpose. That’s just where my brain was. Multiple times today I said, out loud, that it was Wednesday. Needless to say, I spent a lot of time confusing people.

But here’s the thing. Today was a beautiful day. So beautiful that I left work as early as I could so I could head home and go for a walk.

And I wore a really cute outfit.

And people were nice. And I ate good food.

And I was happy.

And that’s a pretty good way to spend not hump day.

B

First Day Back

Hi Y’all!

Today was the first day back to work after spring break. I love my kiddos and my coworkers, but I’m already looking forward to summer. Mostly I’m looking forward to being able to sleep past 5:00 in the morning if I want to, and having time to enjoy the day. There’s a definite “rush rush rush” mentality at my job, and I want to take a step back from that.

I think it’s really important to take a step back from that “rush rush rush” mentality. It’s so easy to get caught up in what’s going on around you and think that even the littlest things are just SOOOO important. And sure, they might be important. They might even be really important. But they’re not so important that they’re worth losing your mind over. And sometimes it’s really hard to remember that.

I have a tendency to get caught up in the grading and the lesson plans and the data collection. And all of that is so important for my work, but it’s not important enough to totally dominate my life.

I want to remember to slow down on a more regular basis. I want to do things like enjoy the nice weather. Spend lots of time writing. Go to the beach now that the weather is getting warmer. Spend time being creative. Spend time with the people that I love most.

I do all of those things, but sometimes I push them to the side in favor of getting that one last thing done for work. I’m working hard to reprogram my brain to remember and understand that it’s important to do things for me, things that are fun, things that make me my best me.

I think if I can remember that I’ll be ok.

B

Wrapping Up Spring Break

Today, for better or for worse, is the end of my spring break. Tomorrow it’s back to work, and there are 9 weeks left until summer. At this point I feel so very very ready for summer. I’m ready for warm weather and not having to get up early if I don’t want to and having lots of time to focus on me and on being my best me.

But don’t worry! Just because there are 9 weeks left until summer doesn’t mean that I am abandoning me. I am determined to start getting back into shape. I am determined to start eating better. I am determined to spend plenty of time writing and being creative. And I am determined to spend plenty of time with the people who love me.

It is so easy to get caught up in work all the time and not focus on other things. I’ve always been very singularly minded, tunnel visioned if you will, and when I get focused on something it’s often all I find myself giving attention to. That trait is something positive when I’m looking for a job or have something that needs to be done on a deadline. But when it comes to my day to day life, it can be kind of detrimental. I tend to get so focused on the one thing that I forget to do things that make me happy or do things just because they’re fun. And I want to get out of that habit.

I want to make sure that no matter what is going on in my life I am finding a balance between everything. I want to have goals for different parts of my life, and I want to work towards accomplishing all of them. I want to learn what it means to be the best version of myself in all areas of my life.

Come join me on this adventure! I know that it will be worth it when all is said and done.

B

Mindset Reset

Happy April midpoint everyone. Spring weather is officially becoming a more regular occurrence. It stays light until almost 8:00pm here in my little corner of the world. And it’s time to really start thinking about a lot of things.

I want to make choices every day that lead to a life that makes me happy and excited to get out of bed in the morning. It’s been an adventure of a year since I started my job, and with the warmer weather and summer coming, I want to make sure that I’m taking care of me inside and out. So here are some of the things that I’ve been doing and plan to do.

I’ve stuck (so far) to my goal of blogging every day. Writing makes me happy. Connecting with all of you makes me happy. Plus, I was so out of practice with blogging, what with not blogging all of March, that I felt the best way to get back into this was a 30 day intensive immersion. And it’s been working really well so far.

I’ve also stuck with my prompt a day practice. I started a new journal. In this journal, I pick a prompt from my prompt journal and respond to it. It really makes me think and consider what I’m thinking and what I want out of life. It’s a really good mental health practice.

I’m planning to start exercising tomorrow regularly. I’ve put on some weight this school year, and it’s time to start taking it off. I want to start running again (send good thoughts my way), eating better, doing yoga…I want to feel good about me again.

There are other things going on that are helping me be the best me that I can be. I’ll keep sharing, and I hope that you’ll share your own self-care journies.

B

Wrapping Up Spring Break

Happy Friday, y’all!

This week has been a great week. I had a great spring break and was able to get a lot of things done. I got a lot done for work, and I got a lot done in other areas of my life. Plus I bought myself a new laptop, so life is pretty good right now.

Here are some things I think we should all try to take into next week with us:

  • Everything happens for a reason. Seriously, that’s important to remember.
  • Kindness is never overrated. It’s always important, and it’s always appreciated.
  • It’s important to have passions and hobbies. Things that you find therapeutic and energizing.
  • Be kind and loving to everyone because you never know what they’re going through.
  • Spread joy every single day.

B