THE MIDDLE OF THE BEGINNING

Well, happy whatever time of day you've joined me!

I'm Ashley.

I am a teacher, who loves teaching, and learning about teaching, and becoming a better teacher, but also I'm a person. I'm a person who is newly married, has a Labradoodle who changed my life, and is currently fine tuning the balance between all these wonderful things.

This is not my first foray in blogging. I started blogging in 2010, blogged every weekday in 2105 and blogged a handful of times in 2016. Blogging, in it's various versions in the last 7 years, has helped me process, share and document and it has served me well. I really enjoy it.

Why am I picking up the metaphorical pen again?

It's time. I want a space where I can come to process, share and document again, focusing on my professional pursuits but keeping it true to who I am as a person. (That's super important to me. I'm a teacher... but also a person).

Care to join me in the middle of my beginning? I promise to share the funny bits too.

 

I'm not just a teacher

When building up the confidence to begin sharing my journey (again), I wrestled with naming this blog.

I didn't want to limit myself to only sharing teaching/education things.
I want to share life outside my classroom, both personal and professional.

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Because why couldn't the two co-exist? I'm not just a teacher.

I'm a wife.

I'm a dog mom.

I'm a career woman.

I'm a healthy eater.

I'm a Disney enthusiast.

I'm an Austinite.

I'm a reader.

I'm a teacher.

I'm a leader.

I don't fit into a certain category mold, so why should my blog? I'm doing what I tell my students to do every day, find a place to share your voice and stark speaking!

So here I am!