When I got a Burst of Creativity.

Yesterday was great in a way because, besides spilling my coffee all over, I had a vacant part of my day (that should have been filled with my online class’s work, but was not) that I had a chance to do something creative. What? Creative, you say? Yes, it has been quite some time that I’ve done anything creative and it was so nice to dig into it yesterday. I love to bake and have been working on my decorating skills over the years and I baked cookies, which is creative in itself and I have done that several times over the course of the year but this time for the first time in a while, I decorated them. And man, did it feel good! I spent at least four hours working on these and they were worth every second of it! I was exhausted afterwards but the result put a smile on my face. They are already gone now, except for the two I saved for my boyfriend who is out of town for the long weekend. But they were there and they didn’t look half bad!

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Being creative is like going on an adventure and discovering something new. You get excited because you can get something new and different from a creative experience every time, even if it’s the same creative endeavor. One day you may learn how to do one thing and the next you may learn something else, it’s like viewing things from a different angle or perspective. Personally, as someone who is an education major, I see this as an important aspect in a child’s education and should be ever present in the classroom. Creativity is an important aspect for them to have and explore and to apply in all that they are learning. It’s in the art of applying it to their lives and making connections to what they have learned or experienced. It makes them that much more well-rounded and knowledgeable and also excited about these learning experiences.

Creativity is important and I missed having it as a part of my life. But it will be coming back more and more! I hope you get to enjoy being creative and going on adventures as well!

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The Preschoolers Have Won My Heart

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One of the reasons I’ve been so absent from my blog lately is that I am majoring in Early Childhood Education and I have been doing some of my student teaching in a preschool classroom. This semester I am in the classroom nine hours a week and then next semester it’ll be twenty hours a week. I have been at my field site for nearly two months now and I absolutely love it. The children are the sweetest and have won my heart. Each week I find myself looking forward to the days I get to come in a work with these wonderful children and excited to see them grow and develop right before my eyes. I’ve become so attached to this class that I am not sure I would want to leave them at the end of the semester. There’s a chance I’ll be placed there again next semester, but even so, that will be a month or so break in between that I will miss them! 

 

So anyways, children are the best and we can learn as much from them as they can learn from us (personally, I think we learn more from them), and they are also the reason I have been behind on writing my blog. But I think that they are a good reason to be behind. 🙂 

 

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Day Nine: How Important I Think Education Is

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela

I believe that education is very important. Aside from the fact that an education can give you a higher pay in your chosen career, it gives you an opportunity to build on the intelligence you already have. Receiving an education can challenge you in ways that makes you wonder about things you may not have run across before, it may open your eyes to different perspectives, different opportunities in life such as a career you may be interested in or an activity that deals with a particular skill of yours. It may also be difficult, it may put you in a position of seeking help when you need it and teach you other ways to take care of yourself. Education helps you all around, academically, personally, and socially. You don’t always need to be in a classroom per say to receive an education, it can be anywhere. In a learning environment that suits your personality and lifestyle. Whichever way you approach education, it’s beneficial to you as a person and keeps you informed on the world around you, its influences and what you have to contribute to it.

Versatile Blogger Award

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I was so nicely nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the awesome, amazing, and sweet Domestic Geek Girl. Yesterday I logged on and saw that orange notification button and clicked it excitingly (because who doesn’t get excited when they see that beautiful orange button?!)  and to my surprise, it was the Domestic Geek Girl telling me she has nominated me for this award. It brightened my day and made me happy. So, thank you so much! You’re the best!

The rules for this award are as follows:

1. Display the Award Certificate on your website/blog

2. Announce your win with a post. Make sure to post a link back to me as a ‘thank you’ for the nomination.

3. Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers

4. Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post

5. Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

7 Intersting Things About Me:

1.  I think it would be really cool to run a baking business and make cookies and cakes and pretty much anything that falls under the baking department. It’s like another creative outlet for me and I thoroughly enjoy it.

2. I love bread. Especially Greek bread, because it’s the best, and if you haven’t had it, you’re truly missing out. 😛

3. I used to have a double major. My first being Early Childhood Education, the second was Computer Animation because I wanted to be an animator at Pixar. I still think that would be a cool  job, but I decided to stick with what I truly love, kids and now have a single major of Early Childhood Education. I’m still a HUGE fan of Pixar, I can identify their animation style easily among other animation studios.

4. This is my dog:   Here name is Zsa Zsa, she is a cuddlebug and loves to have all the attention.  She also is a bit odd and likes to lay in weird positions…Like this:  She also was shaved in January because I put some cute dog shirts on her and it matted up her fur. Sorry Zsa Zsa. You should have told me you mat. Another weird thing about her is that when I first brought her home she was afraid to jump up on the couch, bed or anything higher up than her. She also hated going down the steps to the basement and the one step outside by our door.

This is Max, he loves clothes:  Seriously. He growls if you try to take it off.

5. I don’t like cheese.

6.  I named my car Karl. He’s nice. Except for that time his battery died while I was in Buehler’s getting some groceries and he had to be towed. One good thing came out of that situation and I will talk about that in a later post.

7. I am an over-planner. I often have my days all scheduled out by the minute and love to plan the week’s activities for the kids I watch way ahead of time so I know exactly what’s going on.

My Nominations (In No Particular  Order):

Wholeheartedness

A very inspiring blog that is a great pick me up and makes you feel like you can do anything. I love to reblog his inspirational material. 

The Laughing Mom

Her posts keep me laughing and I thoroughly enjoy reading what she has to say!

Simply Knowledge

This blogger gives awesome, honest and absolutely accurate advice, who makes me think about common situations in a different way and how you can improve yourself.

Suzie81

A blogger who posts great pictures and daily posts and stories about her life. I first started following her blog when I read this postas it is something that relates to my career interest and loved everything about what she had said.

Live to Write-Write to Live

Who doesn’t like a great writing blog with great interviews and great material AND where you learn more about the bloggers themselves in their responses to topics???

Project Light to Life

This is one awesome blog with a golden idea! These girls are so inspirational with their goal of helping others achieve their goals and encourage others to help the people around them! 

Funny For Nothing

Hilarious blogger who has some pretty witty and entertaining posts that have you laughing and smiling! 

Raising 5 Kids with Disabilities and Remaining Sane 

Amazing writer, amazing person AND has a book out that I want to read. Definitely give her blog a read! 

Cristian Mihai

If you like writing this is a very good and informative blog that discusses topics in publishing and other book related topics! Check it out! I love it!

Toemail

A unique name with a great concept for their blog. They post pictures from people who read their blog of their feet in places they have been and it’s like a collection of people (their feet) everywhere all brought together in one blog! It’s like you’re travelling all over when you read their blog!

The Fictional Writing of a Hockey Player

This blog post is a novel, each post is a chapter of the novel and I am still reading them, but what I’ve read so far, are pretty darn good! Give it a read!

Girl on the Contrary

This girl is hilarious! I love reading her posts because they give me a good laugh and are ones you can relate to!

Post-It Notes From My Idiot Boss 

This is a blog dedicated to sharing the post it notes his employer has left for him in the past few years, it keeps me entertained, I can only imagine how it would be to be on the receiving end of these post its. 

The Jackie Blog

I absolutely love her posts and ramblings and what she has to say, if you don’t follow her yet, you’re missing out. 

I’ve Become My Parents

This blog also is a great concept for a blog, it is addressed to his son and talks about him parenting his son and gives his son pointers an lessons along the way. Love it.