Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Why Completely Christi?

Completely Christi has been the project picking at the back of my brain, keeping me awake at night, for weeks now. It started when I saw this picture on Pinterest. 
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Isn't that the truth? When I resigned from teaching this summer, I had a lot of people ask me if I was crazy {maybe}, but the truth is... I'm 100% at peace with where I'm at. What if we all could do that? What if we all lived life a little more free? What if we took more chances and did things that felt right for ourselves and our family without worrying if others approved? 

You may have followed me over from my education blog, so I have a feeling you will relate to what I'm about to share. For the majority of the last ten years, a large part of my identity was being a teacher. I worried about my students over dinner, stayed awake at night strategizing, and reworked lesson plans in the shower. Small pay checks  were stretched even further to get school supplies and books for my classroom, often at the expense of my own groceries when I first started teaching. 

But over the last year or two, something started to change. Maybe it was turning 30. Maybe it was the changing politics of education. Maybe it was the ticking clock of wanting to start a family. Maybe it was just me finally becoming me and realizing I needed more than my classroom to be complete.

Whatever it was, it became clear that I wasn't the same. My own small classroom was no longer enough; there was more I needed to do. 
So as our family's only income source (my husband is a full-time med student), I resigned from teaching to become self-employed full time. I wanted more time to create materials for other teachers to make their work lighter, more time to design blogs, and more time to just explore what the next step is going to be. 

At the same time, as women we are more than our careers. We are friends, sisters, mothers, daughters, wives... I have more to offer than lesson plans and digital designs. I love home decor, DIY projects, and fashion. From time to time I've been known to make a recipe or sew a baby blanket. I enjoy traveling and shopping and reading just because books. I'm bursting for an outlet for those things and Ms. Fultz's Corner isn't it.

Completely Christi will be my space for 
family, DIY Pinterest projects, sewing, home decor, fashion, beauty, recipes, and all the other things we juggle as women.  I hope it inspires you to put yourself back on the list too. You deserve it.

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