January 4, 2018: Snow & Symbolism

Today brought a snow storm that worsened as the day wore on. Our center had a delayed opening, yet the issue of it being open at all today remained as the winds and snowfall gained strength. We were all relieved when the center closed early. 

When I got home, I took an extended nap. Perhaps it was from me working non-stop and rising early, but I truly needed the rest. My dreams during that nap were quite strange though…I was back at work, and numbers were strewn across the floors. Forts of every creation were arranged down the halls.

I guess my dreams are calling to my creative side, to get more connected with this other part of myself. Work has certainly awakened my creativity. Now it’s just the need to branch out. 

January 3, 2018: Slow and Steady

I really do take a long time getting things done. As I work in my room, finishing up art projects and planning more, along with making the classroom ‘theme-ready’, I realized that I take very long to get tasks done. I do run a class alone, so watching toddlers while getting a room ready is quite eventful! I am glad with what I’ve accomplished these past 3 days, so that’s a positive direction. Working slowly also means that I catch meaningful details. I can only hope that it will work out well in the end.

January 2, 2018: Take It On

‘Just take it on’, was what ran through my mind as I entered my classroom this morning. ‘Just walk in and take back what’s yours’. So I did just that…I began to fill my classroom with cheerful additions and projects. If that’s what my superiors want, they will get it. Mine (and my students’) creations, and no one else’s.

Reaching for your own personal achievement comes with its criticisms, and that’s okay. It’s a challenge, but it’s not my first time handling tension. I just need to follow my threaded path. Just take it on, and keep moving.

January 1, 2018: Productive

Ideas float in my head like puzzle pieces scattered across the floor. I long to have the big picture, the framework laid out, but I’m at a loss for inspiration. It takes months before a small piece of the puzzle begins to form. I’m in disbelief as to why it took me forever to reach this idea, but I also understand, given the emotional ride I’ve been on during 2017. 

Will this process be completed overnight? No. I’m just relieved that I can now see my road of productivity laid out right in front of me. Will I stay on track? I can only hope so. 

Evening Thoughts: September 4

  • Labor Day Weekend 2017 was good overall. Spent the 1st two days with friends and family, and Labor Day with just Andy. Really fun day outdoors.
  • I’m always amazed at how stunning Pennsylvania looks. Since moving to Hunterdon County NJ last year, I’ve seen many scenic parts of PA, and enjoyed them all.
  • So thrilled to watch my niece grow and change with each visit. She’s becoming such a little diva!
  • Tomorrow brings new challenges, and new opportunities. Hoping for promising outcomes!

    –Cathleen

    Evening Thoughts: August 30 

    • Made it to the midweek! Something tells me that the next two days will be very busy for me!
    • I wanted to do so much when I came home from work, but so exhausted. Really hate when that happens lol
    • My first issue of Brides came in today. A mix of excitement and anxiety…the wedding isn’t happening for a while, but still a lot to think about.
    • Hope I can accomplish some tasks at work tomorrow. Current setup makes things complicated. 

      –Cathleen

      End of Evening Thoughts: August 29

      • Andy is the most wonderful man. I wish I could always be in good spirits like him.
      • I hope Ana (my 3 year old niece) is speaking her mind to our grandmother. Watching her is like viewing a mini version of her mom…who’s going to be in big trouble soon! 
      • It would be awesome to have a lengthy talk with my uncle again. Next weekend, perhaps? 
      • Three days until the long weekend! Then visiting Mom, family in Paterson, and friends.
      • It’s been over a month since I saw my mom, and family. Really need to change that.
      • What I would give to speak to my mom again. I really need her right now. She was so resilient in times of hardship.
      • Don’t know what my group will try to pull tomorrow. Always an adventure with toddlers!

        –Cathleen