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Just Me…

Tawnya Williams Art

Snagged this from a friend on Facebook…

1. Are you named after someone?

I went home from the hospital and “female Jones” but was named Tawnya after a character on General Hospital shortly after

2. When is the last time you cried?

When I was talking to my Aunt Kamie on Facetime last Saturday…but only just a few tears

3. Do you like your handwriting?

Only if I’m using a gel pen

4. What is your favorite lunch meat?

Turkey…preferably peppered

5. Do you have kids?

1 daughter, 1 step-daughter and 2 granddaughters

6. If you were another person, would you be friends with you?

Most definitely…well, hopefully. 

7. Do you use sarcasm?

Absolutely, I get it from my mama

8. Do you still have your tonsils?

Nope…had them removed in my mid-30s…horrible surgery

9. Would you bungee jump?

NEVER and HELL NO

10. What is your favorite kind of cereal?

Captain Crunch….but only with berries

11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

Depends on how much they cost

12. Do you think you’re strong?

In many ways, YES

13. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Pralines and caramel

14. What is the first thing you notice about people?

Hair

15. Red or pink?

Red for sure…love it so much I have red couches

16. What is the least favorite physical thing you like about yourself?

Stretchmarks…..boo :/

17. What color pants and shoes are you wearing now?

Grey joggers…chillin at the house so no shoes

18. What was the last thing you ate?

A spoonful of chocolate frosting….got that from my mama too

19. What are you listening to right now?

My granddaughter watching Zootopia

20. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Probably brown but I have no idea why…just the first thing that came to mind

21. Favorite smell?

Lemon….ANYTHING lemon

22. Who was the last person you spoke to on phone?

The spouse

23. Favorite sport to watch?

UFC

24. Hair color?

Brown…ish

25. Eye color?

Hazel

26. Do you wear contacts?

Negative…need an eye exam SOON though

27. Favorite food to eat?

O goodness…probably pizza or candy

28. Scary movies or comedy?

Scary, scary, scary

29. Last movie you watched?

Hotel Transylvania with the Mack

30 . What color shirt are you wearing?

Orange

31. Summer or Winter?

Summer of course, I’m a teacher  🙂

32. Hugs or kisses?

Hugs

33. What book are you currently reading?

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

34. Who do you miss right now?

My mom 

35. What is on your mouse pad?

Mackinley when she was a newborn

36. What is the last TV program you watched?

The Walking Dead

37. What is the best sound?

My granddaughters’ voices

38. Rolling Stones or The Beatles?

Beatles

39. What is the furthest you have ever traveled?

Florida

40. Do you have a special talent?

I can draw 😉

 

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Independence Day- Buearu of Communications

Bureau of Communication, Independence Day, Birthday

Today is my birthday…it also happens to be Independence Day, the later of the two being MUCH more important although as a child I thought this day existed ONLY to celebrate me. I thought it appropriate to share a fantastic service I stumbled upon several weeks ago.

You can find all kinds of extremely official, and customizable, forms at the Bureau of Communication . Whether you’re filing a grievance, acknowledging a holiday or event, providing feedback or an apology, this site has got you covered. I highly recommend checking it out. You can send your communication via email or Facebook.

 “Let that which is unsaid be said.”

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Overcoming Adversity

Good Grades Aren’t Everything

My 10th year of teaching is coming to a close and the 2015-2016 school year is almost over. This is an exciting time of year, especially the for seniors. The door to childhood closes as they graduate and we let them loose into the world as adults. There is a lot of celebrating and congratulating. AND, we’re all very happy to see summer arrive.

And there is a lot to celebrate.  I sat through the senior exit assembly yesterday and I watched student after student be recognized for their achievements, whether they be academic, athletic, or through another club or activity. Scholarship and award recipients names were announced. These students filled the gymnasium floor, beaming with pride as the rest of the school clapped and cheered.

During the assembly, my focus shifted to the many students remaining in the stands. Scattered among the group, I saw students that I knew who barely made it to graduation. I started to wonder how it must feel for some of them to watch their peers celebrate a successful high school career. Did they notice?… Were they envious?…Did they work just as hard?…

The answer might be yes but regardless, it makes me sad to know that many of them will never get the recognition they deserve. Some of these students, in addition to worrying about school, faced challenges that reached beyond the classroom and that most people would never know existed. On paper, these kids don’t shine—They might not have a high GPA—They might have a discipline log a mile long—They might not have great attitudes—Maybe they failed too many classes—Maybe they’ve never played a sport or joined a club—but they’ve worked their asses off to finish school. Unfortunately, there isn’t an assembly to celebrate overcoming adversity.

Don’t get me wrong, I agree that students should be honored for achieving academically and for participating in sports and activities. BUT, it is impossible for some students to achieve at school because they can’t play sports or stay after school because they have to wake up at 4am to take the city bus to school— They don’t get their homework done because they have to work or care for siblings after school—They don’t have a support system at home—They are abused or neglected—They are bullied—They have lost family members—They have a disability or mental illness—the list goes on.  Basically they have problems that are bigger than learning algebra, history, grammar, literature, chemistry, and any other class or subject in school.

I will be proud of all the seniors walking across the stage at graduation but I will be secretly cheering a little louder for those kids that I know barely made it.

Adversity, Graduation, Smoky Hill, 2016

Teachers always wonder what happens to the students after high school and teachers hope that someday we get to see the greatness that comes from each graduating class. I am confident that people who have overcome adversity have a better chance at successfully navigating the world than the person with a 5.0 GPA.

It’s your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life’s story will develop—Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Congratulations to the ENTIRE Smoky Hill High School 2016  graduating class! You have ALL achieved something wonderful!

Smoky Hill, Adversity, Graduation, 2016

What do you think, does adversity hurt or help a person’s chance at success in life?

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7 Ways to Make Shit Happen

How I am Re-defining My Future

I’m re-defining my future.  I am committing to making shit happen. There I said it!

I’ve always wanted to make a career out of art but I have never taken any serious steps to put that dream in motion. Mostly out of fear but also in part to life circumstances. I haven’t been able to physically or mentally put in the work necessary until now but circumstances have changed and it’s game on. I have no more fear and I have plenty of time.Make Shit Happen, Goals, 7 Ways to Make Shit Happen

Getting to this point has been a process. I started putting my idea in motion a few months ago and it has only been in the last month or so that I became totally and completely committed. I am still in the beginning stages and have a LONG way to go but I’ve learned a few things about making shit happen in the process.

How am I making shit happen? How can YOU do the same?

  1. State it. Simple as that…if you don’t state it, it doesn’t exist. BUT you have to use the right words. “I want to start an art business” is MUCH different that “I will own and run my own art business.” In addition to stating it, write it down! This is your starting point.
  2. Believe it. This seems simple but might actually be one of the most difficult. Self-doubt can be a dream crusher. Believing in yourself is scary…what if you fail? What if you were wrong, you thought you could do it but you couldn’t? It took me almost 40 years to believe I could do something great but I believe it now. Am I afraid of failing? Absolutely. It is EMBARRASSING to fail. But I think it is more embarrassing to die without even trying. No one is coming to my funeral to talk about what I couldn’t do or about my failures.
  3. Share it. When you tell someone else about your plans, you establish some accountability on your part. Tell someone who is supportive yet someone who is going to keep it real for you. Build a small support system. BUT be picky with who you tell…protect your dreams and stay away from naysayers. My husband is my biggest supporter. I also have a handful of people who help encourage me, give me ideas, analyze my plan, and help me promote my business. 
  4. Define it.  This requires more thought and planning than just writing down an idea. Think about the details, what exactly are you planning to do? What is your goal? In my case, I know I want to own an art business but what does that really mean? I need to be more specific…I want to sell art, I want to do commission work, I want to eventually make enough money from my art to replace my current salary and quit my job. Again, write it down!
  5. Do it. Ideas, goals, dreams…none of them mean anything if you don’t take action to reach them. In most cases, it will take time. Be patient. But you can’t wait around for miracles to happen. It will take  focus, constant learning, self-motivation, and the desire to improve, learn and grow. Make a list, have a plan and some direction. Be persistent.  I have a binder full of ideas, lists, plans, and notes about where I’m going and how I’m going to get there. 
  6. Celebrate it. However small the successes, celebrate them and celebrate often. Giving yourself credit for progress will boost your self-esteem and help maintain motivation. For me, completing my first few commission projects was HUGE and I used some of the money I made to splurge on something for me. I also use my successes to keep me motivated. “If I can do……I can definitely do…..”
  7. Change it. Chances are you’ll need to make some adjustments a long the way. Maybe your plan has taken a different direction. Maybe you’ve hit a roadblock. It is important to have some flexibility, an open mind, and a plan A, B, C…so on. Right now I have a very specific direction I’d like to go but I’m constantly looking at other opportunities or alternative ways to reach my goal. Sometimes shit just doesn’t go as planned. Re-write and it move on!

7 Ways to Make Shit Happen, Make Shit Happen, Goals

I don’t have it all figured out but I do know what has worked for me so far. Maybe some, or all, of these help you reach your dreams. As always, I’d love to hear from you.

What steps do you take to reach your goals? How do you make things happen? How could your life change if you took a different approach? Leave a comment or share an idea.

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Dear Blog…I miss you and I’ll be back

Random Thoughts, Spring Break, Dear Blog

My Dearest Blog,

I have not forgotten you. I have been on spring break but I will be back soon. I promise. For real.

I have so much to write about and so much to share. It has been a busy, but very exciting and satisfying, week. You see, I’ve been in Utah visiting family with the littlest grand baby, Mackinley.

Dear Blog, Random Thoughts, Spring Break

Our little trip was a HUGE adventure...airports, airplanes, aquariums, grandma’s and pa’s, aunts and uncles, cousins, puppies, teacher friends, workout friends…we barely had time to rest. I’m home now but you will have to wait a few more days. You see, the biggest grandbaby, Kayva, is here for the weekend and we plan to have lots of fun before I have to go back to work next week.

SO, please don’t be mad. I hope you understand, I just need a little time and I’ll get back to you. I miss you. It’s so weird, I never thought I’d miss writing…but I do. Now, I just need to decide what I want to tell you first. A post about my amazing grandparents, a post about some new artwork, a post about my grandkids, a post about making your soul happy, a post about escaping from the world, a post about my motto in life…what will it be? You’ll find out soon!