This is a spot for me to store links to classroom furniture and configurations. A lot of these are pipe dreams, but maybe someday they’ll be a reality.
I would love 5 of these for my classroom. Groups of 3 on either side, working toward a deep understanding of the problem at hand. The storage makes my knees weak. My students have iPads and giant binders, so this would be perfect.
5/21/2017: I just registered for the National Volunteer Conference, where I will receive training for this. It’ll be in July in Texas.
Try blues dancing
Try ballroom dancing again
5/21/2017: So far I’ve been leaning on Duolingo, which has been surprisingly helpful. For a free program, it’s been really good for vocabulary retention. I’m at “22% fluent” in their program. Once I get to 50% or so, I’ll look into community college classes.
5/21/2017: I’ve found the pieces. I finished the inner portion (wheat, wood, sheep, brick, ore) over a year ago. I’m thinking about how I want the sea to look. I might make more hexagons or I might just do a strange round. I also have to sew the pieces together and haven’t quite decided on the color and method for that either. I hope to finish it by July.
Finish my ugly/scrap blanket
5/21/2017: I dug it out of my boxes! It’s now sitting in a bin next to the couch. It’ll be my Netflix binge-buddy until it’s big enough to cover two people. I hope to finish by December.
Do a full-size watercolor (20 inches by 24 inches or something)
Make a t-shirt blanket
5/21/2017: The t-shirts are sitting in a bag. I took a sewing class in January, so I now know how to use my machine. This is on the July to-do list.
Open an Etsy shop
5/21/2017: Woof. I don’t even have anything I could think of being worthy to sell. My current focus is on getting back into practice. My crochet stitches are sloppy.
Sell crafted goods at a local market
5/21/2017: I visited the Saturday market in my new town a week ago. At first glance, it seems bustling and the right venue for me. Like the Etsy shop, I need some time. I don’t have things to sell, so I’ll aim for next Spring or Summer.
Perform something again (dance, uke, etc.)
5/21/2017: I pulled out my clarinet and WOOF. It is a mess. I contacted my local music store to see about repairs. I’ll be taking it in this week or next. I talked to a colleague about community bands, and there’s one that practices right where I work! She said that they take all levels and there’s drop-in summer performances.
Make a dress
Take a pottery class
Take a cooking class
Donate crocheted hats and gloves during the winter
I’m in the second half of my 3rd decade. If I’m lucky, I’ll have 8 decades. Maybe 9 or 10 if I have the hardy genes of great-grandmothers on both sides of my family. That’s a huge chunk that’s already over. I do realize, however, that 2 of those decades were largely reliant on my family. If I look at it that way, I’ve had about 5 years that are a result of my own decisions.
In the last 5 years, I have…
moved 12 times
dated 9 people (3 seriously)
had 4 part-time jobs, 1 full-time
had 1 small car accident
graduated from college 2 times
bought 1 car
lived in 1 city
visited Canada once
attended a dozenish conferences
traveled to 4 states
This list could be anybody. I couldn’t come up with anything ultimately defining about this time. Looking back in 20 years, I think these are the only things that will come to mind. With this in mind, I’m looking to the next 5 years. Between 20 and 30, many of my friends will have married, had children, and bought mid-sized houses. None of those things sound appealing to me. So what will be defining about my life before 30? I have 56 months left. I’d like to outline here a list of 56 things that I want to do in that time.
Some of these things are things I’ve never done before and some are repeats of experiences I enjoyed. Some items are very, very big. A few of these I could tackle this week. The idea is to come back to this list at least once a month and see what I’ve done to make my life align with my goals over the next 5ish years.
If you want to help me with any of these things, even if that’s just being my accountability buddy who checks in on me, please comment!
UPDATE: Progress posts on each of these are live! Look for specific updates by following each section’s link. As I finish things, I’ll cross them out on the main post as well.