365 Days Ago

Saturday, August 22, 2015 No comments
A lot can happen in a year.

It's true. And the more Facebook insists that I look back on "memories" (a.k.a. seemingly inane posts from years gone by), the more I realize this is to be true.

I think that sometimes, we get so caught up in what's going on in our lives day to day that we don't realize how far we've come in a short time. Because, honestly, a year is a pretty short time in the grand scheme of things.

Last year? I was newly engaged. I was feeling like we had SO MUCH TIME before the wedding would arrive. We had already chosen a date and booked the hall, but everything else was up in the air. Did we want to get married in a church? Where did we want to honeymoon? It seemed like nothing would ever get decided.

But it did. Everything was decided and chosen and scheduled and booked and paid for. Everything went really well. I was really amazed with how well the wedding day went - so smoothly, so completely according to plan. It was great. So maybe there was no reason for all of the stress and all of the worry that accompanied the planning.

If I know that, then why do I continue to torture myself and worry about what the future will hold? I know that whenever I've had something to do, I've done it. I've managed. The road was not always smooth and things didn't always go according to plan and the end result wasn't always what I envisioned, but I got out alive and I'm [probably] a better person for it (or at least a different person).

Call Me Mrs. Martin!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 No comments
So...  I'm married!

Nick and I walked down the aisle on August 8th and immediately took off for our honeymoon to Cape Cod the next morning. It was a beautiful, love-filled day and a wonderful, relaxing week away, but I'm so glad to be finished with the "wedding planning" time in our lives and onto the "marriage" part (and the "cute babies" part, too!).

Needless to say, this summer has been such a whirlwind... and it's left me seriously neglecting not only my blog, but also my personal writing in my journal. I'm hoping that once I get back into the swing of things with the new school year starting, I'll start writing more often.

Hope everyone else is having a fabulous summer! I'll try to update soon as well as add some new products to my online store.

Getting Started with Teacher Created Resources

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 No comments
I was fortunate enough to be able to present at the annual N.E.T.T. Conference at NCCC today and some of the educators who attended my session asked that I share the link to the slideshow that went along with my presentation. If you'd like to view it, click here.

If you have any questions or comments for me, feel free to comment below or email me.

Writing Challenge #8

Saturday, August 1, 2015 No comments

In one week, I will be walking down the aisle and becoming Mrs. Martin!  It seems like just yesterday when Nick got down on one knee and proposed.  Here are a few writing challenges for this extra exciting month!

Love It!

I think as a whole, our culture throws around the L word.  We "love" the food we eat, the cars we drive, the phones we text on, the shows we watch...  But do we really?  Think about the people you love and the things you claim to love, then determine which items really belong on your "love list".

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Animals are amazing creatures.  They can run fast, climb high, swim smoothly, fly gracefully...  So if you could choose to have the abilities of any animal in particular, which animal would you choose and why would you like to have its abilities?

Bare Essentials

What are the ten things you would deem "absolutely essential" in your life?  Make a list and describe why each and every item on it is necessary!