Thursday marks the beginning of a brand new adventure for me. It will be scary, amazing, exciting and I’m sure a little exhausting. I’m starting design school, and I’m doing it all from home, while taking care of my super active 9 month old baby. Luckily, my little family has plenty experience with handling challenges, and we know how to operate on little to no sleep.
Since I will be doing all of my studying, homework and designs from home, I will need a whole lot of motivation, coffee and tools to keep me focused. Also hoping for a little babysitting help too, but I’ll start small. Here are some of my favorite things I found to keep my nose to the grind come September.
Organic coffee from Dean’s Beans: Although I am a supporter of purchasing organic coffee and knowing where you get your coffee from, I usually cringe at the price tag attached to it. Alas, there is a savior for those of us who want to buy organic, but literally can’t shell out the big bucks for it. One lb is $8.59, which is half the price of a similar bag of Starbucks. You can also choose your own blends, and you can virtually meet the growers. And if you want to go full DIY style, you can even choose the “green” beans, and roast your own! Another thing I need to look into…home roasting!
Mood Boostin Yoga Moves from Life Without Bacon – I can already picture myself doing this before I delve into my study sessions, or if I need a little break from the computer. She offers all sorts of nutritional facts, workouts and stretches, and recipes, like The Ultimate Guide to Grilled Cheese, from Greatist (which also happens to be where she works…lucky).
Back to School playlist from Fry Sauce and Grits – I’ve come to realize that if you listen to a Pandora station long enough (sometimes it doesn’t even have to be that long), you will probably hear the same song played a few times, and you will definitely hear the same artist, especially if the station is created after that person/band. So, sometimes it’s nice to get a little taste of something different, even if I’ve heard it before. I know just about every artist on this list, but some are new to me.
Functional caddy on wheels from Apartment Therapy – Now, this photo is from a roundup of a roundup. Does that make sense? I first found it on a dorm room roundup on Decorator In a Box, which included this photo from a roundup of imaginative craft rooms, and from there I’m lost. I can’t seem to find the photo anywhere on Apartment Therapy, and I don’t want to be spending too much of my baby’s naptime on finding a photo. Nevertheless, it has given me an idea to get a caddy like this where we can put our computers when they’re not in use, and I can put all of my school supplies.
Something I’ve learned a long the way is that you cannot always control what’s going on around you. But, if you can control as much as you can, you will have a pretty good handle on things. I have no idea what tricks my baby will be up to starting next week, but now that I’ve got my coffee hookup, a new yoga routine, some good tunes and storage ideas, I’ll be armed and ready to start the school year. All I need now is for my books and supplies to come in! It’s like going back to school shopping, without leaving the house! I think my goal is to eventually never have to leave the house.
Whether you are returning to school, have children who are going back to school, or you have a few educational notches in your very worn belt, you know the feeling. Please feel free to share anything that helps you stay motivated, especially if it pertains to online school. I need all the help I can get! And of course, if you have any ideas for Fridays are for Favorites features, please share. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and share your ideas with the hashtag #notoocoolforschool