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This week in The Oodlearium

This past Monday I returned to my classroom for the first time since early November. I won’t lie and say that I was filled with anxiety and depression. A friend is doing her PhD research on the effects of COVID19 on teachers and students. I could go on and on about how challenging it has been. HOWEVER and that is a really big HOWEVER, I did spend a lot of time engaging in creative shenanigans to help me get through the week.

52 Frames- The first week of every new year is always a self-portrait. I mentioned it last week. Here is a link to my image. I was super excited about this image for what what it represents– the start of a long story! I have decided to take my entire 52 Frames journey this year and call it: This is how I roll. Each image will be example of how I have chosen to live my life. We get judged a lot about our choices–whether it is my funky colored hair or not having kids or how we spend our money. I am very much looking forward to a creative reflection on how I live my life. I spent a lot of time commenting on photos from the album this week, too. It is always fun to see the faces of fellow framers. If you read through the descriptions so many people (myself included) say how much they hate pictures of themselves. Were it not for this challenge, in some cases I would never know what someone looked like! And holy moly– there are some incredibly creative portraits. Take a looksy. You will not be disappointed. The theme for this week is leading lines and I am super happy with the image that I captured with my phone. Stay tuned for next week when I share it.


The biggest news of the week is that I have plunged head first into my newest long-term project and I am over the moon excited! Tom mentioned in passing that it would be fun if I wrote the back stories about my Oodle Doodles. I was not sure that I had enough of them to make it worthwhile. Well…I spent a good chunk of time during my last week of break drawing a clean version, scanning and coloring them as a I mentioned last week. Well this week, I have given them all names and professions. I am working through assigning characteristics and hobbies/interests to them. While digging through a cabinet at school, I found an old book of journal prompts that sparked another idea. Instead of writing about them in the third person, I am going to write about them in the first person. For example, Axel tells the story of how he went blind when he was 12. Another Oodle tells the story of how the love of her life gave her a Figa charm when she set off to hike the El Camino de Santiago in Spain. I am going to add a page to this site that houses all of the stories as I finish them. Stay tuned! I am 100% consumed by this project, so I’m hoping there will be a story up sooner rather than later!

This week in the Oodlearium Part #1

This is what happens when you want to add a picture of SpaceBird clicking its heals, but you have no idea how to make that happen. The process was too fun not to share!

It’s day one of a five day weekend and my brain decided that 4:45 AM was the time it wanted to activate. So I was sitting in bed poking around on Pinterest when it hit me like a ton of bricks…I have been pinning hundreds of ideas to my Creativity board, but I am not doing anything with them. What the heck! My board is filled with awesome content–inspirational quotes, challenges and exercises and much more, but unless you follow me there, no one is getting anything out of those resources. Heck I am not even looking back at them. That eye-opening realization ripped me out of bed and brought me into The Oodlearium. When I decided to start this blog I had so many ideas of regular features and articles and content that I was going to have perfectly organized into this beautiful and simple package. Then I had to return to work…to my actual classroom…in the middle of a pandemic and well that put a small kink in my plan. 

Cases of Corona have been out of control in our area the last few weeks, which means I have been working from home (insert grateful happy dance). This week I had to drive in to school to drop something off, which meant I was going to spend two hours in my car…perfect opportunity to check out a new podcast. Beautiful Anonymous showed up on a list of recommended podcasts a few weeks ago and I downloaded an episode on new year’s resolutions. Chris’ conversations with the callers got me thinking about The Oodlearium and my blog and where I wanted THIS to go. And a few things came out of that rabbit hole.

  1. I am going to do a weekly recap of ‘What’s happening in the Oodlearium?’ I am finding that I am terrible at social media and making all the different pieces fit together into a cohesive package of content. I am going to take my different posts from different platforms and put them into a weekly recap of sorts. Format to be determined!
  2. With all of my heart and soul I want to do a podcast. There I put it in writing! I have a million different thoughts about this and I feel like I keep using COVID19 as an excuse not to start. Enough! Between now and January 1st I will have a plan to move forward. I am SO excited! Stay tuned for more information.

There is something empowering about taking ideas out of your brain and putting them into written words. I am overwhelmed with excitement about the future and cannot wait to see what it brings. I am sure it will be vastly different from what is in my head, but I am confident it will be beautiful. Tune in tomorrow for what has been happening in the Oodlearium this week.

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