Firstly, it signals the beginning of the end of Winter!!  Never mind the fact that September is the coldest/wettest month in New Zealand.

Secondly IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!!  Read on for a giveaway.

And finally - it's a new month, which means CURRENTLY!!!

Wooo hooo - Let's go then.

Listening - to the peaceful sounds of winter.

Loving - August (see above for why!)

Thinking/Wanting/Needing - I had coffee with my amazing daddy (yup, even at nearly 29 I still call him daddy) and just talked through my frustrations with life at the moment.  I'm feeling stuck, in all senses of the word.  It's not so much that I don't feel valued where I am, I just feel like I've learnt, and contributed as much as I can.  His advice was, as his advice ALWAYS is, invaluable.  It basically boiled down to making sure I work on the things I have the power to change, and to leave the rest alone.  I'm going to start setting some challenges for myself, and hopefully that will help with the frustrations and disappointments I'm working through right now.

Make sure you head over to Oh Boy 4th Grade to see all the things people are "Currently" up to.

OOOO I almost forgot about the giveaway!! If you are still here you obviously read this post.  Head to my instagram account (@learningtobeawesome) and find this picture here.  Follow the instructions and you will be entered into the draw to win a $25 TPT gift card.  I am drawing a winner on Monday morning (New Zealand time) ready for the HUGE B2S sale on the 4/5th of August.
Good Luck!!


  1. Hey Erin! Just caught you in the Currently Linky, August is my birthday too and I am just over the pond in Tassie so I have the heater running on high here. Your Dad gives great advice, good luck with setting challenges.
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  2. Fathers can be kind of geniuses sometime ;)

    HAPPY (early) BIRTHDAY!! :)

    Also, you're adorable!

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

  3. It sounds so weird to have a fire crackling in August. Here in the USA we are in the middle of summer, however in AL we have had unseasonably cool temps, and it sure has been nice. Not cool enough for a heater or a fireplace, but def cool enough to be able to enjoy going outside. Good luck with setting challenges and reaching your goals.

  4. Fire crackling sounds wonderful! We just have a heater! Australian blogger here!

    Teaching Maths with Meaning

  5. Hey! Happy birthday for tomorrow - your old man sounds like he offers good advice :-)

  6. Happy, happy birthday, lovey! I hope your day was grand! I'm 39 and still call my dad, Daddy! XO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  7. Happy birthday!! I wish it was winter out here in California right now. All this hot and humid weather is putting a damper on things. Aren't Dads the best! Sometimes risks are worth taking. I've taken a few and things have always worked out. It can be scary, but that is what life is all about. If it weren't for taking a few risks here and there things would remain stagnant. Have a fabulous birthday!
    Fifth Grade Wit and

  8. Happy Birthday!!! I hope that setting challenges helps to get you out of your rut!

    Searching for Teacher Balance

  9. I'm not on Instagram, so I'll have to leave your giveaway to another friend, but I want to wish you a happy birthday month! Did I tell you I LOVE those picture books you sent me? The bird poop one was my favorite! hahaha


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