Free your mind and the brush will follow…

I’m super excited for my best friend!  She launched the website for her new business adventure today.  She is starting in the new trend of painting classes… and she is so fun and talented I know she will succeed!  Check out her Facebook page Gypsy Canvas to check out her recent paintings.  Or, take the plunge and register for a class on her website  gypsycanvas.com!  Her classes are bound to be entertaining with her up-beat personality, and you get to take home your own masterpiece at the end of the class!

Weekly Reflection 2/1/16 – 2/8/16

As I expected, the other self-portrait I had hopes of posting didn’t work out.  I saw an Instagram picture on Facebook a friend of mine posted that was sort of a word collage that described her.  It was very interesting the way it was put together with different size fonts and colors.  I really wanted to do that for myself, but in the end couldn’t get to to work the way I envisioned it, so it was a good thing I posted the self-portraits when I did!

This week was a week of reflection for me.  Thinking about what my identity is and what it means to me.  I thought a lot about my stepdaughter and her big dreams for her future, but thinking about how her social media posts don’t reflect the kind of professional person she aspires to be.  I fully believe those posts will come back to haunt her… unfortunately.  Chapter one of the Rettberg book talks about how we use social media to communicate with others about how we see ourselves, which is what was my connection was for my thoughts.

I am very careful about what I post on social media.  I have been told by employers what is allowed and not allowed on social media while I was an employee.  Is this going to far?  I’m not sure how I feel about it.  But I followed their rules.  This is the way the world works nowadays.  On one hand, I feel like my social media posts are my business and if I am not to be discriminated against for my religion, race, sexual preference, political views, etc. then why am I subject to discrimination for my social media habits?  It is a fine line.

Much discussion was had about multiple identities and what constitutes an identity.  Micah had one of my favorite posts to date about identity and how “Different people highlight different traits of each person.”  I know another person commented on this same type of concept as well, but I can’t remember who… I went into a long response to Micah about my thoughts on it all:

I agree with this 100%. I feel like I lead multiple lives sometimes, because I am a different person for each aspect of my life. I act a certain way with my family, another while I am a teacher, and yet another when I’m with my friends, etc. Identity has everything to do with who is identifying you. That’s why I chose three pictures to post for my self-portrait… One selfie showing me close-up; one climbing a rock wall showing a little of my adventurous side and although no one would know by the picture, my family side because I was on a class trip with my oldest son; and finally a picture from my wedding day showing my loving, fun, party side.

The quote from Simply Zesty‘s article sums up my explanation of my self-portraits quite well.  Fisher says, “So why not have a go at establishing your identity right here and now, in the media that exists for us at an increasing rate? It is the most real identity you can have, right now.”

 

Weekly Reflection 1/25-2/1/16

Week of January 25- February 1, 2016

Many changes have been made over the course of this week to my blog.  I customized the theme and am finally learning how to organize it like I want it.  I still have to figure out how to change the font color of my menu so the ‘Home’ and ‘About’ tabs can be seen.  My blogroll is finally coming along.  I am confused as to why I have the blogs from class showing up twice.  Hopefully someone will be able to show me what’s going on in class on Tuesday.  Thanks to Christopher’s comment on my question about blogrolls, I was able to get as far as I did.

I read many articles about what makes a blog a blog.  I really enjoyed reading about early blogs in Jill Walker Rettberg’s Blogging, chapter one.  I also read Rebecca Blood’s post weblogs: a history and perspective on her blog, rebecca’s pocket.  Since I couldn’t decide which other essay I should read, I decided to scan through some other blogs of my colleagues.  I stopped to comment on Dominique’s Fitzpatrick Reflection, since she did such a fantastic job asking questions of her readers to open up conversations.  I also commented on Micah’s post What makes a blog because I couldn’t resist his tempting lure of ice cream flavors.  Very clever!  After scanning, I chose to read Lilia Efimova’s ideas on a Weblog as a Personal Thinking Space.  She presents a lot of great information in her paper about personal blogs and left me with many ideas about how to improve my blog in the future.  The other post I commented on was Melissa’s.  She brought forth even more information that I never knew existed.

I made other various posts and Tweets this week, too. I am enjoying this class more and more as I learn how to facilitate my site better and explore what blogs are all about.  I am excited to see how blogs can be used in education.  I would like to use a blog in my classroom as a way to manage my writer’s and reader’s workshop classes since they are so individualized already.

P.S. I found the calendar to change the date of the post as Tara  replied to me about, but it is not working…  On my questions list for Tuesday!