“One Last Time”

I’ve been very lucky to have had the time to do a lot of craft projects lately – I would say I’ve done more crafts in the last three months than I’ve been able to do in the last five years!  While I’ve been doing those crafts I’ve also had time to listen to music – again, I’ve listened to more music in the last three months than I’ve been able to listen to in the last five years.  A good chunk of that music has been the Hamilton soundtrack.  Over and over and over again.  Yes, I’m in a rut, but it’s such good music!  One of my favorite songs from Hamilton is “One Last Time,” in which (spoiler alert?) George Washington surprises Alexander Hamilton by telling him he is not going to run for President again.  While it’s not nearly as monumental as George Washington deciding to return to Mount Vernon to live as a private citizen, all the time I’ve had to do crafts and listen to music has made me decide the time has come to write for my blog “one last time.”

I don’t want to jinx anything, but I must say that after years of more stress than I ever imagined working as an elementary and preschool teacher, I’m so happy now.  I’m loving all of my daily activities so much – subbing and volunteering at school, being a room mother, leading a Daisy Scout troop… I have plenty to keep me busy!  I even have a bit of free time every now and then!  I first started this blog when I left my job teaching at an elementary school.  I was worried that without writing daily lesson plans that I would stagnate and lose my creativity, so my goal for this blog was to give me a weekly task to challenge myself and be creative… and, of course, to become the next Martha Stewart and make millions of dollars in the process.  Well, it’s been a lot of fun, but the millions of dollars never happened.  And, unexpectedly, my job designing a curriculum and teaching Jr. Kindergarteners with the best co-teacher anyone could ever imagine ended up being the most challenging (in a good way), creative, and rewarding experience of my professional life.  So it turns out I didn’t need to worry about having the blog for a creative outlet.  Now that I have the actual free time for which I’ve always longed, it turns out that actually doing the craft projects I love so much is more exciting than writing about them.  My blog will still be around until April, and I will still be putting items on our Zazzle Store, so you can check out what I’m up to there if you’re curious.

However, now that I’ve entered this wonderful new chapter in my life, I’m going to take time to be myself and relax just in time for Thanksgiving.  I’m thankful I have gotten to share this blog with you for the last several years, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it and gotten some fun ideas.  Thanks for indulging me and reading it.  I’m also thankful that I’m finally so content and ready to enjoy all the “The Most Wonderful Times of the Year” with my family.

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