Ah, Spring is in the air… (well, in some parts of the world, anyway!) Here are few things happening right now:
Anticipating the graduation of my first-born from college. For those of you who don’t know, my daughter Aidan will be graduating with a degree in political science from St. Olaf college in May. Next stop: law school. She’s still finalizing the details on that, so when I know, I’ll definitely share that with you. She has worked so hard to make her college experience positive and productive. She’s such a freaking go-getter. I’m so proud of her.
Designing graduation announcements and planning a grad party for my youngest. That’s right. My baby is graduating from high school in June. This kid… his creativity and his passion are something I truly love to see. This month will be spent trying to figure out what is next. Does he attend one of the schools he’s been accepted to? Does he take a gap year instead? He’s working it all out and we’ll see what happens. I would like to go on record, however, to say that college price tags have become outlandish. I realize I graduated from college in 1989 and attended a state school and actually lived at home for my last three years of a five-year stint, but holy hell, people, the prices are crazy. The school he most wants to attend, even while giving him a really great scholarship package, is not one we can afford unless we want to saddle our son with a debt that will take him years and years to pay off. I just had to get that off my chest. There, I feel better.
Hoping that Dan is able to find a new teaching job in the fall. (Yes, that means he will not remain at his present school because of declining student enrollment in his current grade.) Dan is a second-year teacher, which means he is the first to go and that is how it goes. His principal loves him. His co-teachers love him. He works harder than anyone I know to be good at this new job. (And trust me, it’s not just his 11-hour days spent at school, but his nights and weekends, as well.) He loves what he is doing so our fingers are crossed that he is able to find another teaching position in the same district, which would put him one year closer to tenure. He has promised to write about the experience of leaving a 27-year career behind and embarking on this new adventure. I think it might inspire anyone who feels they want to make a change. There have definitely been pros and cons in his experience.
Taking selfies with cows. What? Isn’t that what everyone’s doing right now? (See second picture of this post for proof.)
Creating a new e-course, tentatively titled Message To My [ blank ]. This course is inspired by my past and current Messages projects. I want to inspire you and give you concrete steps for creating a very personal scrapbook about someone in your life (or even some thing!) that is creating over a set period of time. My books have been messages to my high school seniors (Cole’s book is currently in Week 28), and I’m not going to lie to you: these feel like the most special projects I’ve done since becoming a memory keeper. My goal with this class will be to give you multiple design formats to create your own books, either digital and printed, or in mini album scrapbook style. I will have more information on this course coming in May so stay tuned!
Teaching Design Your Life 2.0! We are just in Week 1 of my live e-course and you are welcome to join in before registration closes on Thursday. Although this is considered a live course, that simply means the content is delivered weekly and I’m involved daily in our class Facebook group. You still work through the lessons at your own pace and retain access to the materials once the official class period has ended. I will be bringing this back in the summer as a self-paced class, but this is the last live version I will offer. You can still save $5 off the price and if you are an alumni from either 2008 or 2010, you can save $15 by emailing me for the alumni discount code!
And that is what is happening in my life.
What is going on with you? By all means, do tell…