So, the question is...
Question: How to strike a balance?
Answer: Write a list!*
*Disclaimer: Writing a list does not guarantee said "balance", but might serve to soothe some anxiety. In my case, when in doubt, write a list. I've been doing this since forever.
|Impeccable taste in art from a young age.|
|Love, peace, and books.|
(ie: All doubts about my popularity as a fifth grader have now been confirmed.)
|My obsession with the Fear Street series is chronicled in cursive.|
|No cursive these days, but better literature (maybe?).|
- To-do (the quintessential list)
- Grocery lists
- What I wear / outfit ideas
- What I eat
- When I go to the gym
- Daily purchases
- Lesson ideas
Apparently when I'm not listmaking, I'm musing on the following: "Who looks good in a turban? Could I look good in a turban?" I ask the tough, hard hitting questions, folks.
I think a better version of this idea resides in something I found on Pinterest: DIY Vintage Postcard Calendar Journal. Maybe I'll put that together this summer? Oh wait, lemme start a summer to-do list...
On one hand, I see these lists as sentimental. On the other, I see them as a way I exert control over my daily life. As if keeping a record holds things in place, or slows change, or... something.
The obsession with lists even poured over into my teaching. Last summer, when I taught at MICA's YPS I included a lesson titled "From 'To-Dos' to 'Top Tens': What Lists and Collections Reveal About You" when I taught "It's All About Me: The Art of Visual Journals" to 6-8 graders. Lesson description: From the mundane to the monumental, we will use lists to compare and contrast our likes and dislikes, everyday experiences and special occasions, and other opposing life themes. Because lists are written collections, we will also unpack the way collections can be a reflection of who we are.
Here's my Spring Break list, or my hopeful "collection", in all its glory:
If you zoom in, you'll see that my wishful thinking hopes that I'll post three times to my (this) neglected blog. There's a fair amount of blue hilighter cross-offs, but not enough for my taste. There is still much to be done. And if I can't relax, because I won't let myself, might as well get some things done.
|Lisa Frank 4 lyfe.|
|Bye! --Fifth grade Ms. Kristen-Crayon|