One of my favorite things about designing and making wedding bouquets is getting the chance to see them in action. There is no greater joy as a designer than seeing how your pieces have worked there way in to such a beautiful and memorable day. I always feel so honored when a bride decides to order one of our wedding items. I know she has unlimited choices at her fingertips and she’s trusted me with her big day… wow!
When I sit down at my computer and see an email come in from one of our brides I open the conversation like a giddy child opening a present. This was my experience last week when Alyssa reached out to me to share images of her wedding day. Alyssa was such a joy to work with and I am so overjoyed to share these images with you from Mike Yoon Photography.
I just love these images! Mike really captured the essence of a bride and her girls on the day of 🙂
Congratulation Alyssa and Patrick! What a beautiful day it was! 🙂 We are so thrilled that we were given the opportunity to be a part of it all.
Let’s be honest, summer vacation for teachers was romanticized during our student years, thus creating a lifelong battle as adults. The phrase “summer vacation” connotes thoughts of sleeping in, lounging around in pajamas until noon when you slip into your bathing suit to then lounge around outside and bask in the sun. Dreams of summer vacation don’t naturally equate to times of high productivity and we have to break ourselves of this expectation from the very beginning.
The single most important aspect of cultivating a productive summer break is creating habit. Success in any number of arenas can be traced back to habit. One of my favorite quotes from Jim Ryun states, “motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” For me, the first day of summer vacation sets the tone for the next six weeks.
Get up! Day 1 – get up and get moving first thing in the morning. I have to tell my brain that I am still expected to show up each day and can’t simply crawl into my cave to hide from the world. It is essential that I maintain a habit of getting out of bed and moving in the morning; don’t get me wrong I at least sleep in until seven 😉 there has to be some reward!
Write it down – My planner helps me to stay organized during the school year, but it’s so much more important for me during the summer. My school days are regimented and laid out for me. I have no choice but to work on Etsy when I get home each day, but during the summer there are no bells that signal the end of class or the school day and the start of the next task. It’s up to me to stay on task and on target. Before each day, I plan out in my planner exactly what I want to accomplish each day and when. This forces me to be realistic about the time it takes to do something and to build in natural breaks to enjoy myself.
Make Big Summer Goals and Write Them Down – Much like the teacher brain inside of me, I can’t decide what my focus should be every day until I know where I’m headed. At the start of summer break take a step back and look at the big picture. What are your dreams and goals for you, for your business, for your house, for school next year? Make a list of all of them. Dream big! Then pair it down. Be realistic. What are the must dos, the priorities and the nice to dos. Once you’ve decided exactly what you’d like to accomplish plan it out. Stencil these tasks and projects in to your calendar so that you can plan when they’ll be accomplished. Without planning for it ahead of time, the time will pass and the list will remain just that, a list.
So go out today and dream big. Jot down a list of all the things you want to accomplish this summer and pencil some of them in… and don’t forget to get up and get moving tomorrow! ☺
P.S. I absolutely LOVE my planner from Plum Paper Designs! It’s my second planner from them and it is the bees knees 🙂 They’re totally customizable allowing me to insert special categories for myself, like blogging, so that I can really keep all of my written thoughts in one place. And bonus!… they’re beautiful 🙂 Check them out if you’re in the market for something new.
Today, for me, marks my first official day of summer. It is Monday morning and rather than running around the house to make it out the door in time, I’m snuggled up with a cup of joe, basking in the sunlight on my patio. This is summer.
However there is also a darker, more foreboding side of summer that, consequently, comes unwelcome this time of year. With summer “vacation” comes the increasing pressure to get it all done so to speak. As a teacher you’re often bombarded with comments regarding summer vacation and just how lucky you are. Yes, we are lucky, but it is also mandatory to our survival. This morning marks the beginning of a much-needed recharge in order for me to avoid burnout and continue to be a better, more effective teacher next year.
Summer breaks afford me the opportunity to get everything done that have otherwise been neglected throughout the school year. You know, the exciting things, like getting your oil changed, resealing the countertops, finally going through the motions to legally change your name after 9 months of wedded bliss… gasp! You get the idea… Add on top of that the curriculum writing I need to accomplish this summer and the professional development workshops I will be attending and my summer break disappears as quickly as it came. But as a creative, this time of year has put on an even heavier load of expectations than years past. This is the time of year when I get to have a head start on creating, writing, learning, designing, and making goods for my creative business. How can you possibly get it all done!?
My summer to-do list has grown exponentially over the past few years and quite frankly, I haven’t accomplished all that I want to accomplish, nor have I come even close to doing so. I have however come up with tips, habits, and systems that have helped me over the years in balancing my time off. So with the unofficial start of summer begins my Conquering Summer Vacation Series. While it may seem daunting at times, summer vacation is the perfect time to recharge your batteries by checking things off the proverbial checklist. If you’re like me you get excited and energized each time you accomplish something else, big or small, that can be checked off your list, but sometimes staying on track can be the hardest part.
In order to help us all to make this summer one of the best yet, I have been working on a comprehensive series to ensure that you can in fact conquer this year’s summer vacation. I hope you’ll join me over the next two weeks as we map out our plan of attack and take on this summer vacation step by step! Check back over the next few weeks for updates. I can’t wait to get started!
As we approach the end of May, (how that can be I’m just not sure) I enter into a cyclical period of reflection. As a teacher, the end of the year is a time to reflect on all that we have accomplished, all that worked well, and all that didn’t work regardless of it’s intentions. This year is no different. In fact, I find myself more consumed with school than ever and loving it. The hiccup is that I also find myself more and more consumed with my creative world as well. For too long I’ve felt these worlds pull against one another. That is until recently, when I came to the light and realized that I don’t have to have one or the other, I can have both, and have had both. So it’s time to figure out how to do so in a healthy way.
It’s no secret that I am a creative and a teacher, it’s in my name, Pink Slip Inspiration. My pink slip from teaching was the happy misfortune that has brought me to this venture; however, what I’ve realized over the past few years of teaching and creating simultaneously is that I’ve seen just how many other women are in the same exact boat, and killing it might I add! The creative world is so welcoming to women and men alike who work several jobs and harbor different interests in their life. I haven’t found the same understanding in education and the reason is obvious… we’re already swamped with too much work, so what sane person would add another job to their plate!? I know, I get it. I ask myself those questions weekly. So why do we do it? I’ve spent hours ruminating on this subject and I have a few ideas.
We’re lifelong learners
Teachers are lifelong learners; it’s in our nature. This is what has us adjusting to Common Core standards, learning new ways to implement technology in the classroom, experimenting with new classroom management skills, and figuring out new ways to make our classrooms a safe haven of fun. I teach my high schoolers, daily, that the information they learn in my room will benefit them in “real life,” so naturally, here I am applying the knowledge I impart to my kiddos in my metaphorical “real life” outside the classroom.
We’re more than teachers
I know our students are shocked to see us in real life when we’re spotted in our natural habitat, but it’s true, we do have lives outside of school. We don’t sleep in cots in our classrooms and bathe in the locker room. We have families, personal interests, hobbies, and multiple talents. It’s time to celebrate the wholeperson. Yes, I am a teacher, but I am also a creative, a wife, a friend, a daughter and sister. All of these things make up who I am as a person. When I focus too closely on my responsibilities as a teacher, the rest of me suffers. And guess what, my teaching suffers too. And vice versa. While I should be grading argumentative essays on 1984 this evening, I’m writing this blog post instead. Before I began writing I was exhausted. It’s the end of May and school is almost over, it’s the hardest time of the year. One meme recently stated, “Heck, I’m lucky to be alive!” and I know you feel me on this. But as I write this post my energy levels are revving back up and heck, I still might have the energy to grade those essays tonight. When I invest in myself outside of teaching, I become a better teacher. I’m full of energy, the creative juices flow and I “think outside the classroom” so to speak. So I challenge you, invest in one thing that’s just for you and see how your teaching improves.
I thrive off of personal relationships
I love English and literature and a good book, but I got into teaching to get in to the business of people, well-rounded people. Every class of mine starts off with two simple questions, “How are you today?” and “What’s up?” I’m just taking the temperature of the room and we talk for two or three minutes about life outside the classroom before we get down to business. These connections are what make teaching so enjoyable for me. But at the end of the day I don’t want to have another conversation with a fifteen year old; I need some real, adult conversation. Cue this blog and the awesome online community. I love unplugging with all of you on a daily basis and building adult relationships.
So it’s time to bridge the divide and really celebrate all that I am, my wholeperson. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating all that you are. Pink Slip is constantly evolving and as it does I make this one promise to myself and to you, I will always remember to work towards creating a better wholeperson for the benefit of myself and all others dear to me in life. So as I move forward, you’ll see ALL that I am in true representation of my wholeperson and I hope it will encourage you to do the same ☺
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When we scoped out the venue for our wedding we knew we had to take advantage of the gorgeous oak trees that surrounded the property. But I had a really hard time deciding how I would dress up the trees without competing against them and actually taking away from their natural beauty. I designed these oversized flowers to highlight the sheer size and shape of the tree that we chose to use for our ceremony location.
I love the way they turned out! The flowers danced softly in the breeze and they are unlike anything else I’ve ever seen before.
I just keep dreaming up new uses for these fabulous flowers 🙂 I picture them on the wall of a little girl’s nursery, climbing the wall above the crib and acting as a mobile. I can even see them as the decoration above a display table at a shower or birthday gathering. See more photos in our shop!