The Year, I Made it my Own

2016 is nearly over and I made it. Happy, joyful, changed, purposeful and holding onto my integrity with great care.

As I wrote in my last post, moments do not define me, what defines me is my integrity.

‘This thing that I am doing that is bringing me into my own.

Living in a way that is being true to me.’


Man I have had a few moments this year and each one has helped me get closer to my integrity more than ever. I feel pretty darn lucky actually and I am oh so grateful for my year. I have had a few challenges and most of these have been with my work. I am a teacher, this does not challenge me, it makes me feel great, it is like going home. What challenges me is difficult, confusing and bloody frustrating. I understand it a bit more this year and maybe next year the challenges will be less. It all falls around my role as management.

My word of the year ‘Integrity’ has definitely helped me get through those moments that rose to challenge me. Being true to myself has helped me burrow through those moments that challenge my essence.

Thank you Integrity.

Thank you 2016.

Thank you truth.

Next year my word will be Allow, I am going to Allow myself to do those thing that bring me closer to my truth. Creativity is my thing, it makes my heart sing and colours my world with much joy. This is why I love my work as a teacher, I love the creativity. I discovered this treasure, when after 3 years of not having my own classroom, I am finally starting the year with my own class of Year 2’s and I feel so excited by it. That change has helped me better understand my role as a leader in education. I started my current job three years ago and the thing that got me the job, a leading teacher, I haven’t been doing in my own classroom. I missed it so much and I didn’t realise how much until I decided to return to my own classroom again.

This year I will:

Allow myself to make art

Allow myself to develop my creativity in my teaching work

Allow myself to plan daily

Allow myself to doodle in my art books

Allow myself to print my art and give it to the people I love.

Allow myself to print my art and sell it in my shop.

Allow myself to develop my lettering

Hello Allow

Hello Creativity

Hello Teacher

Hello New Classroom

Hello Art Shop

Goodbye 2016 and Welcome to you 2017

Top Tip 4: Allow yourself to discover a word to live your year by. A word that is close to what you need the most. Plan, reflect and set goals by it throughout the year.

Welcome to Your World

img_7462I learnt something today. It is extraordinary. I truly believe this is something I have been beginning to learn for over a year now.  It no longer sits on my shoulder and floats in my head, finally it has crept into my soul. Today I learnt that.

Moments do not define me, they do not demand who I am. It is what I create that defines me and brings forth my heart and my soul. This is what matters, my gift to the world.

There are still lots of lessons for me to learn, as this enigma of life and being has been truly complicated by the world I have grown in. I write this like I am separate from it all, yet I am not, we are completely connected.

Last year I ended my year on a very difficult level, I was wrecked, broken and feeling lost. What caused this was the working world that I live in. My work as a teacher, this I love. The destruction was coming from the turmoil I was feeling with the pull of my art and having to go to work. What I have recently learnt, during a lengthy time of rehabilitation from surgery, is that I love what I do and I have much integrity in what I do, as a teacher. That turmoil I was feeling was destroying my integrity and I needed to heal this.

I am a teacher, an artist, a mother, grandmother, partner and a perfectly imperfect human being.

I celebrate all of who I am on this day and will each and everyday live my dream and let my art define me and moments leave me with everything I need to know.

Hello artist

Hello teacher

Hello Mother

Hello Grandmother

Hello Partner

Welcome to your world.

What! Planning, Oh Yeah!

I have been investigating planners lately. Within me is a strong need to get organised and plan my dream. If you are wandering what the dream is, there are hints in my blog, blog title and sideline.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been studying planners on Instagram, Face book and the Web. There is an inspiring group of people out there getting organised and that has inspired me more. It has been a bit of a mind boggle and weighed a little heavy when it came to making the decision. Finally tonight I did it, after a great deal of studying what is around, I bought one. If you have a question about what planners to buy you can ask me anything. As for the planning process that will come. After I pushed the buy button I was totally relieved. I  thought I would stress about the money except it just feels like another step towards manifesting my dream. A great investment.

Can’t wait for it to arrive, watch this space. Maybe I will do my first Vlog. They seem to be the thing to do and they look fun.

If you are wandering what I bought, you will have to wait, like I have too.

Here are few hints:

  • leather
  • butter
  • dot
  • grid
  • blank

I am truly excited and can’t believe this could be possible over a planner.


Hello weirdo!

Hello planner!

Hello organisation!

Hello dream!

Really inspired by The Reset Girl  Foxy Fix The Planner Society Kit Club Chic Sparrow Bullet Journal Junkies and so many more.

There is so much to discover about this craft, it is slightly overwhelming. I knew what I liked and what I didn’t and the Bullet Journal Facebook group inspired my like for the simplicity of planning. It was about that time that I made the big decision.

Happy planning fellow planners, leave me a note if you are a planner would love to connect.

Melanie M