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Thoughts on 2014...

I am reforming the way that I look at New Years Resolutions this year and making a list of achievable goals instead.  After all, no one really wants to start something so radical in the new year, only to be disappointed.  Here are my 6 achievable goals for 2014. Resolutions and Goals for 2014

Here's my list, based on this image from Pinterest... 

A bad habit I'm going to break... I am going to spin this and start a new habit, journaling in my new "line a day" journal that I got for Christmas.  So I guess that the habit I am breaking is forgetting things.  It's kind of a problem.  I blame it on having a good imagination and too many hobbies, but it would be nice to remember some things from time to time. :)

A new skill I'd like to learn... Letterpress & Encaustic painting

A person I hope to be more like... I am still pondering this one, it's a tricky one!

A good deed I'm going to do... I am going to try and do a selfless act or random act of kindness once a week for the year of 2014.  I won't be sharing them with anyone, just trying to change the way I see the world through small deeds.

A place I'd like to visit... I am dying to return to Spain, but would love to visit any new place as I am a total "wanderluster".  Also, I would love to see Nashville, Phoenix or Savannah.

A book I'd like to read... This one is EASY, because we have a super awesome ART by MEGAN book club that anyone can join!  It's based right here on the blog and on facebook, be sure to check it out for the 14 in 2014 edition.

Here are some of our book reviews from 2013 (we read 13 books in 2013!):

"The Light Between Oceans" (July 2013) 

"Sweet Tooth" (February 2013) 

Mindy Kaling's hilarious memior (September 2013)

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society" (January 2013)

What are your goals for 2014?  

Life design 101... (aka "jumping ship"!)

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20120817-194250.jpgThis week has been my first at a new teaching job. It's been a true breath of fresh air and an inspiration in every sense of the word. Side note: need some inspiration? Check out children inspire design and the shine project.

Ok, back to my story... I had been VERY nervous about basically "jumping ship" with a major life decision this past spring when I, indeed, jumped ship. Change scares the bejesus out of me sometimes and I felt like I had finally lost it this July when it hit me that I was leaving a job I love, with coworkers I adore, and students who made me realize that I had indeed chosen a vocation (ps- its genetic! My grandma and aunts are teachers, thanks a lot, guys!) and not just a job.

But, there's this little face I needed to see more of...so, I did it. Love will make you do the darnedest things! I switched a hellish commute for a short one so that I could snuggle a bit more and spend non-commuting time with my favorite pigtail-wearing giggle-monster. I traded the Babysitter literally sent down from heaven (contact me if you need someone near DC because this woman is truly amazing...) for a (gasp!) stranger. It was one of the hardest decisions I've had to make, but...it's feeling good.

So, I leave you with this little story and no results. But maybe someone else out there who's about to splash into the water after jumping will feel a bit of solidarity.

Enjoy!

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Posters all courtesy of Pinterest. Look me up...I'm Megan Elizabeth!

"It's the end of the world as we know it..."

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It's that time of year again! The final countdown! Pardon my overuse of the exclamation mark! REM's song frantically plays in my head as I frenetically run around in circles... Really though, this full-time teacher-mama can hardly stand herself. Why, you may ask, am I so excited!? Tomorrow is that blissful day known to teachers as "the end".

While I will miss the kids that I teach and their fabulous and hilarious antics...(for example, the obsession with drawing me on the board each day to document my outfit and hairstyle choice in 3rd period Spanish...)

...I am ready to take it SLOW. I yearn to do NADA. All that needs to happen is a little walk each day, an occasional splash in the pool and a snuggle with my girl whenever I want to.

Summer, I love you.

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"Blogjacked": Mother's Day 2012

Artbymegan.com has been "Blogjacked" by Megan's husband and daughter to tell the world that she is an amazing Mother/Wife! So let me explain the significance of this "Blogjack" besides the obvious (Tell everyone on the World Wide Web that Megan is the best). I don't Facebook, Tweet, or blog. So I don't get that daily (sometimes hourly) chance to update everyone on all my thoughts and activities. Which means I can't update my status or hash tag (spelling/correct usage?) about how my wife is a Supermom/wife on a daily/hourly basis!

SO...this one time on this very SPECIAL DAY (Megan's first Mother's Day as a Mom) I will share with you all one of my thoughts and offer my wife the largest public display of affection imaginable...

Megan I LOVE you! You're a great mom/wife!

"Enough with the mushy stuff Dad, my turn! Mom this is baby, Thanks for being the best Mom. I appreciate all your hard work!" (Not bad for someone who is almost 1 year old. She got it from her Momma.)

So if this insight has not been clear my friend buddy the elf said it best when he said, "I'm in love, I'm in love and I don't care who knows it!"

Megan you are the best! Keep up the good work.

Love,

Your handsome husband and beautiful daughter

As for the rest of you get out of my head but keep on reading artbymegan.com because wouldn't you know Megan is an amazing blogger and artist too!

I'd also like to thank my friend the webmaster for allowing this intrusion and his assistance.

Best spring break ever? Yup.

This may go down in the charts as the best spring break ever! A whole day of relaxation has been quite successful and a trip to the park (x2) doesn't hurt.

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Plans for our break include massive amounts of stroller-ing and swinging, trips to Starbucks, a picnic to feed some ducks, lunch out on the town...

My my, how you have changed spring break. I think I love it! :)

Enjoy the sunshine. M

Cute Guy with a Stroller...

It's not often you read a blog where the wife writes an ode to her valiant hubby. Well, it's time ladies, this is happening! Every morning the handsome fellow I married takes little lady to daycare and braves the gridlock and aggressive drivers without a complaint. (well, not too many!).

(As I discovered today, "drop off" of the sweetest, smiling little girl produces a large hole in one's heart similar to what I imagine was felt when my parents dropped me off at the airport to study abroad in college for 6 months. Note: I usually do "pick up", sooooo much easier.)

And he looks real cute pushing a stroller. See below.

So that's all for today. Thanks sweet hubby. You are great.

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Holiday Shopping...Stocking stuffers for the little ones!

This week I am going to do be doing a bit of brainstorming about the Holiday wish lists.  There are so many great websites and blogs out there to inspire the creative thinking for the holidays and I want to share some of my findings with you! Today - stocking stuffers for the little ones!

 

1.  Animal cards at Land of Nod

http://www.landofnod.com/baby-toys/toys-gifts/animal-art-cards/f4558

 

2.  Recycled Pencil Set by Poketo

http://poketo.com/shop/stationery?product_id=1494

3.  The Daily Doodle Book

http://www.chroniclebooks.com/taro-gomi-daily-doodle-2012-daily-calendar.html

 

4.  Adorable barrettes by Giddy Giddy

http://shop.giddygiddy.com/product/french-barrettes-1

 

5.  Instant Iron Ons - fun for the crafty little one!

http://www.blueribbongeneralstore.net/6535/Julia+Rothman+Instant+Iron-Ons.html

 

 

6. Bilingual Flashcards at Anthropology

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=23185564&parentid=QUICKSHOP&navAction=jump

 

ANYTHING From this section of Anthropology!!

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/category.jsp?pageName=Books&popId=HOME&navAction=middle&navCount=12&pushId=HOME-KIDS&id=HOME-KIDS-BOOKS

Teenage fashion: 1999 vs. 2011

During recent dress down days at school, (in a high school), I have become aware of how different it is being a teenage girl in 2011 than it was in 1999.  One word - Spandex.  THEY ARE NOT PANTS. See more at: http://tightsarenotpants.com/

1999 Fashion:

Cargo pants (lots of khaki!)

Baggy baggy shirts (often in plaid, yes please!)

Old Navy fleece

Adidas sandals (with socks...ewwww)

Life with Joey, Pacey, Dawson and friends always seemed so much simpler...

VS.

2011 Fashion:

Toms shoes

Spandex / "tights"

Skinny jeans