Project Happiness: June // Creativity

I’m still working on my Project Happiness and this month is focusing on creative goals. School ends in the middle of June which gives me a good chunk of time to focus on other side projects and hobbies that I might not have time for during the school year. April went so well while I was working on my career related goals, so I’m excited to see how this month turns out. Before we get into the newest goals I decided to take a look at my progress from April;

April Recap:
1// Create a routine: This fell into place because being a teacher causes for a natural routine. My class schedule gave me a daily routine, so I focused my “create a routine” around my planning period. My planning lasted from 11:30-1:00, with lunch in between. Before lunch I use that time to clean up my room (I have three classes before planning) and check my emails. By 11:45 I’m on my way to lunch. Afterwards I go to the office and check my mailbox, and then head to my room to complete lesson plans, answer more emails, or grade student work.

2// Keep a clean desk: I’m really glad I chose to do this, it helped my room stay so much more organized. I made the effort to make sure my desk was clean and organized before I left each afternoon - this meant I would be coming to a nice clean space in the morning. It eliminated stress in the morning, and helped me keep track of everything.

3// Give 110%: This is something my Dad always talks about. Giving my best effort all of the time. When I started this job I wanted to be seen as a quality Special Ed teacher that really threw herself into the job. I LOVED doing this, and it’s paying off now because I can tell that my employer appreciates my work. As I transition into the next school year I want to continue this and making it a full time goal of mine. I am lucky enough to have a job in this economy and I do not want to take it for granted.

4// Build relationships: This was probably the hardest for me. I’m a natural loner, and I have a hard time creating meaningful friendships or relationships. In an isolated position like EC I found it difficult to create relationships because I was never around those teachers. Basically I just tried to be nice to any teacher that I came in contact with, that way I wasn’t a teacher known for not trying.

I feel like overall I did a solid job. I kept the four goals taped to my desk, so I constantly saw them. I truly believe that visual cue helped me on multiple occasions. I’m thinking I’ll create a phone wallpaper with the goals so I can see them. I don’t think they would be of much use on my work desk because these goals will be happening at home or while traveling. I picked 4 goals that were broad enough to allow for maximum creativity, but could also be measured;

June: Creating
1// Start gardening: This will be a project to start after EOG’s have finished at school. Right after the school year ends I’ll be jetting up to Pennsylvania to visit my dad, and that will be a perfect place to start gardening. I haven’t really decided what I want to grow, but I’m open to ideas. I’ve always thought growing vegetables would be a brilliant idea, because then I could use them in my cooking - but I have no clue where to start to be honest. Before I go to PA I want to spend some time researching and learning how to maintain vegetables in a homegarden.

2// Write everyday: I think I’m most excited about this one. I’ve been working on a novel and am almost 3,000 words in (yay)! I want to keep up the writing trend by immersing myself in that novel. I recently read the book No Plot? No Problem! By the founder of National Novel Writing Month and it really resonated with me. It got me PUMPED about November - so pumped that I decided to start writing this month and kind of train for the NaNoWriMo event. My goal isn’t to finish the novel in a month, but rather write every single day. Even if it’s just a few hundred words. I made a word count tracker and a page # tracker in my BuJo to visually see my progress. If anyone is thinking about attempting NaNoWriMo in November, PLEASE let me know. I want writer buddies.

3// Create a vision board: This idea came from The Book of Doing that I got a few years ago. I’ve always thought that this type of project was cool, but I’m not really sure what I would put on the vision board. I’m still not 100 percent sure, but I’m going to try. I have an old bulletin board from my apartment that I’m going to use as my vision board - I think I’ll start with hanging some polaroids that I’ve recently taken. If you’ve created a vision board, what’s on yours?

4// Learn something new: Would you judge me if I told you I really want to learn to do a split? Like.. that’s literally what sparked this goal, the idea of being able to do a split. Why? Who knows. But I’m going to learn to do one. I think everyone should adopt this goal at some point in their lives, preferably during a more easier time in the year (hene why I picked summertime). Learning is so inspiring and motivating, and I feel like it really enhances your life. Who says learning has to end after high school or college?