Creating Products by Krista Boivie

Now that I have decided to begin selling some of my teacher resources and lesson plans, I've begun to realize just how much of what I do in the classroom is only a small deviation from free materials I have either found online or were shared from another teacher.  Very few of my lessons are 100% original creations.

So, if you have been wondering why there are so few products for sell on my website, it is because I am very cautiously going through my teaching materials and trying to pull together lessons that don't infringe on anyone else's intellectual property or copyrights.  It is a slow process.  

I know the benefit of purchasing already made lesson plans is not for the uniqueness of the material, but just the convenience of having everything all put together and designed in a way that can be easily and quickly implemented within the classroom.  My desire is that each product I sell, reflects everything I personally desire in a good lesson (high rigor, quality questioning, engaging activities and easy to use materials).

If you have requests, questions or even suggestions of lessons or materials you would like, please let me know as I slowly continue to release my products.

A Little Bit of Condensing by Krista Boivie

For the past few years I have been running multiple websites and with a full-time job, I haven't done my online presence justice.  In an attempt to streamline my life I decided to merge my blog: The Wannabe and my photography website Revel Images, into kristaboivie.com.  

All of the content is the same, it is just in one location.  I have also decided to begin selling teaching resources.  I have been a secondary high school teach for nine years and I have spent countless hours designing curriculum and resources for my own students.  Recently, I have been getting some great feedback on work I have been creating, and so I thought I would begin selling digital products to other teachers that might be looking for resources to use with their own students.

Let me know if you want me to make any additional changes to my site, or if you find some dead links as I finish the merging.

The Problem With Too Much Information by Krista Boivie

Part of what drives me as a wannabe is the fact that I am obsessed with acquiring knowledge.  This was a useful skill in school, but has proven to be a hindrance as an adult.

Sherlock Holmes said it best in A Study in Scarlet- 

I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it.

I have been a fool, dumping random information into my brain thinking this would make me more productive, successful and dynamic.  In reality, it has made me more indecisive, harried and overwhelmed.  My desire to use my accumulated information has brought on the following pattern. I jump into a new project, only to abandon the project I was currently working on.  Then repeat this cycle again and again.

In my last post, I said my intention for 2014 is to focus on my health, business and recording my life.  I am going to add one more to the list, and that is to use the information I have already acquired.   I have spent hundreds of dollars buying information projects/classes online to learn new skills or to better myself.  I will not be purchasing any new information in 2014 until I have applied and completed all the courses I have.  As I begin to work through the courses I will post my findings and results.  

What new skill/information have you come across recently that you have been waiting to use and apply? Let me know in the comment section below.

Here's to 2014 by Krista Boivie

At the beginning of 2013 I had decided the theme for the year would be organization, health and fitness, and to be more adventuresome.

So what were my results?

I ended up spending three weeks this summer scanning files, organizing photos and cleaning out my hard drive—but this is a project that will take me much longer to finish.  Health and fitness—I was 2 lbs lighter by the end of 2013 than in the beginning, a small victory, but not a roaring success. As for having new adventures, I did manage to see a lot of Vegas before I moved, and I ate at many delicious restaurants.  The really big adventure was my move to Texas.  I am still having mini-adventures as I navigate new friendships, directions and a new culture.

Now onto 2014 what is my direction for this year?

First, I will be returning to more consistent posting.  I guarantee at least twice a month and if I’m feeling inspired perhaps three posts.

Health

I want to move on a daily basis that is intentional and positive.  I have started doing workouts with Erin S. at Shrink Session and I love them.  She combines meditation, positive thinking and exercise.  It is a good combination and exactly what I need to develop a healthier self-image.

Business

I am going to give my portrait photography business the energy and time it needs to be functional.  My intention is to photograph at least 50 women.  Currently my biggest roadblock is finding suitable location for pictures, but I am sure I will solve it soon.

Other

Although I have a few blogs and other avenues in which I write, I have always been terrible at consistently keeping a diary.  This year, I have implemented a two prong approach to record my life.  First, I am using ohlife.com.  The site sends me a daily email asking what I did today, and I simply respond to the email. 

The second prong is a one-sentence journal. Each day I record one sentence about my day.  I am focusing this sentence on blessings and gratitude. I have successfully used both approaches each day, and I am excited to keep the momentum going. 

As a lifelong wannabe, there are hundreds of other little things I want to accomplish this year.  However, I don't want to lose sight of my three main goals.  I love the start of a the new year and the prospect of working towards being an even better version of myself.