Well. I'm back.

After the longest blogging hiatus I've ever taken, I am returning to the blog that was my daily companion for over a year.

I guess it's time to catch you up on a few things. 

In a crazy turn of events [all good things, promise!] I've returned to teaching

I've made the jump from 2nd grade math & science alllllll the way to the top in 5th grade reading and social studies. Talk about a 180. 

But y'all. Jesus knew what he was doing. 5th grade reading is my J-A-M. 

Also, I adopted the *best* labradoodle on the planet in May.

Her name is Eleanor. And she's my world. 

"What's my plan for the blog?" you ask. You know. There isn't one. In order to better balance the demands of teaching and dog-momming and family-ing and being a good long-distance-girlfriend and taking care of myself, I don't imagine I can realistically blog daily as before. But you better believe the creative/sentimentalist in me is ready to be back as often as I can. 

✌🏼 Shout out to my teaching partner for encouraging me to pick up the old blog again.  

February in Review

In an effort to remember my most favorite parts of 2016, I've decided to document each month as they pass. Enjoy!

February in Review |

Here’s what happened:

  • Watched Apple Guy run a marathon
  • Finally hung a gallery wall above my desk that I’m obsessed with
  • Ran 12.1 miles
  • Got fitted for new running shoes
  • Signed up for a 5K (my. first. race. ever.) 
  • Started branding my new business with The Business Bar
  • Swooned over brand images taken by the lovely Photo By Betsy
  • Donated 4 trash bags of clothing thanks to a Saturday spent with Marie Kondo
  • Enjoyed pockets of time off from nannying
  • Surprised & spent time with my family for a week
  • Listened to podcasts constantly 
  • Discovered my love for tea and adorable tea pots
  • Watched the Oscars and ate the coolest Leonardo Dicupcakes

A little Ashley Joanna PSA: 

2015 was a year of major discipline, blogging every weekday. Going into 2016, I knew that blogging would look different for me. Previously I mentioned that I wanted to blog every Tuesday and Thursday this year, but in all reality it hasn’t happened.

But you know what’s the coolest thing about blogging? You make your own decisions. So I’m rewriting my plan for the year. For right now, I’m letting myself not have a plan. And since it’s cool with the Boss (aka me), it’s cool with me!

But no fear, I’ll still be around sharing tidbits of a life of an 20something with a few unconventional dreams.  

Some Pandas for your Wednesday

I have no idea how it happened, but the panda emoji is the most used emoji between Apple Guy and I. 

Recently we’ve been sending panda pictures & videos to each other throughout the day and it’s been absolutely one of my favorite things. 

To get you through this Wednesday, here a few of my recent favorite pandas.  

Pandas, Just because

This guy and these guys are the best.