Starting blogging in earnest…

Greer and I have been married 3 ½ years now (where does the time go, anyway?) and have talked about consistently posting to our blog more times than I can count. We’ve saved cute pictures from past adventures, and discussed the fun content we would post, but I’ve dragged my heels. Why? I think there are two reasons.

The first is that it’s weird for me to think that other people would care to read about our lives, (besides Mom and Dad, of course — hi!). We are not “experts” on anything. We struggle to keep all our ships afloat and have a lot of false starts. I’ve felt that it’s presumptuous to think that we’re special enough to blog.

Another reason is that I’m a procrastinator because of perfectionism. I wanted our blog to have every post without typos, for it to be witty and charming, and packed full of worthy anecdotes. I also didn’t want to leave anything important out from the last three years. We even have an extensive list of things to include… I needed to do it all!

My change of heart came from a book recommended to me by a fellow teacher: Mindset – the New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck. Dweck, a Stanford professor, states that there are two types of mindsets we can have: fixed and growth. A person with a fixed mindset sees her talents and intelligence as unchangeable, and thus worries about every encounter that might show her as lacking in some way. A person with a growth mindset welcomes challenges as a way of learning, and sees herself as a work in progress. As a way of changing my mindset from fixed to growth, I want to start chronicling our learning experiences. Some will be successes, and some will be failures, but they are all part of a learning path.

We hope you enjoy reading about our adventures in growing, learning, and exploring. We may from time to time post a “flashback” experience from the past three years, but we are going to focus on moving forward by recording our current projects and experiences. Thanks for reading!

— Crystal

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