Summer is always a perfect time to re-group, catch up and get my personal priorities back in order. I’m lucky. I’ve worked very hard, but I still consider myself lucky because I know a lot of people who also work very hard. Since teaching is my full time gig these days, I’m fortunate to have the summer off, so to speak. I have no ‘teaching assignments’, but the work-a-holic in me really never stops working. I am supervising several interns this summer, reviewing and refining my Fall class assignments, taking 3-4 classes and workshops myself, spending lots of time with my beautiful daughter and family and reflecting on the things that are really important to me.
I love my job. I love design and one of the greatest things about what I do is seeing the passion and motivation in my students. Again, I’m lucky. There are many other things that I love to do too. I love to design jewelry. Admittedly, this has been very low on my priority list for the last 2.5 years. ( I have a 2.5 year old…you see how this happens?) The other day while she was napping, I got to spend time with one of my nieces making some earrings and it was so much fun! Now, I’m motivated to create!
So on to my personal summer goals:
Get this website done! I’ve been messing around with it for a few years and it’s time for it to be done. I want it to have my information, current projects, and blogs featuring my own work, thoughts and other talented inspiring people, my current jewelry collection and resources for students & others. Maybe a large task, but I’m going to give myself until July 16 to complete it. If it’s not done…I need to hire a graphic designer, but I know I can do this!
Back up my computer/photo files
Work on my digital scrapbooking
Create (2) new ‘for fun’ classes: Digital scrapbooking & beginning jewelry making.
Install the recycle/trash bin
Design my closet
Paint the office and consider putting a bed in there for guests
The backyard! Design and get started on a more drought tolerant setting and room to play.
OCCinteriordesign – blog design
Work with interns on art/design/landscape projects: keyboards, video, planter boxes
I feel better already, just writing it down!