Friday, July 29, 2016

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So I'm spending the weekend in New Jersey and so far it has been pretty relaxing. I went for a dip in the pool and enjoyed a beautiful view of a local cornfield.  Time seems to slow a bit here...
Time slows so much so that we had some time to make a new clip art set with my FAVORITE THING... ANCHORS!  Check it out here...
If you are decorating your classroom with a nautical theme, these would be cute!  You can easily print, laminate, and cut them out for a quick bulletin board display.  Use on "anchor" charts or have students decorate the black and white one as an "anchor" for their goals for the year.  The students could revisit their goals and create new anchors as the year progresses.  My favorite ones are the holiday-themed anchors!  I am such a sucker for all things Halloween.  If you haven't seen our Halloween Stuff clip art set, you are missing out!  The skeleton is such a cutie pie.
I am excited to use these in a new resource I'll be creating.  A lot of times when I have writer's block with TeachersPayTeachers, I'll buy a new set of clip art and it inspires me to begin again. It's funny how that works.  When it happens, you just have to find ways to get over the hump and create something new.  It may not be the best resource you've ever made, but at least it's a start.  You have to start somewhere. Here are some quotes that have helped to motivate me...

Here's to success!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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Happy summer!  It seems it has been awhile since I have taken the time to blog. From the advice of someone close to me, I have decided to start the process again.  I debated deleting this blog and starting all over again or continuing what I have worked so hard to create.   
Eight years ago, I joined TeachersPayTeachers.  I wasn't sure if it was going to do anything for my life except for give me a few dollars of gas money while being able to share resources I created.  For those of you just starting, I want to assure you that I ONLY MADE $30 in my first month! At one point, I had enough money to pay 1/3 of my bills with the money I was earning!  That's a lot of supplemental income for someone working full-time as a teacher. 
After about four years, I was regularly earning enough to help my family while meeting teachers all over the world online.  The blogging experience was AMAZING!  I had never experienced such collaboration amongst colleagues like this before.  It was a professional learning community that I was interested in and that I chose to continue on my own. 
Over time, I became busy with work and other things and slowly let my store go.  I kept it open but lost the motivation to add or change anything because the task seemed so overwhelming.  However, that TeachersPayTeachers fire was still burning in my heart.  I just needed a push to realize what I have to offer and to begin this journey all over again. 
Today, I am deciding to do just that and so here I am, with an open mind and open heart, blogging with you about the change I am about to make.  I must admit, I am slightly incredibly nervous about this with a tad bit of excitement mixed in.  I hope you will follow me on my journey as the outcome is to be determined.  I know with some hard work and a lot of time, I will go above and beyond my goals. 
Have any of you ever experienced something like this?  Comment and let us know how you were able to get going again or if you are in the same boat, not knowing what to do next.  Hopefully, we can all help each other as we blog, teach, and share resources!  I'm looking forward to meeting back up online with all of you!
Have an awesome day!