F*** MS: A Paint Throwing event
In true Paint Covered Kids fashion I needed to release some stress and anger after my MS diagnoses (see previous post) and decided I needed to do something a little destructive and a lot messy. So, I had a paint throwing party and invited all of my friends and their kids. I grabbed a bunch of fun acrylic paint colors, some canvas tarps and set up in the backyard. Friends were encouraged to wear a white shirt to keep as a memento and bottoms they didn't care about. Then, I laid the tarps on the ground, added some water to the paint to not only extend its use but also to make it easier to throw at each other! Everyone had a lot of fun and we definitely let out some frustration after a pretty rough couple of months. I am so grateful for friends willing to entertain my crazy ideas and join in on a messy but fun day. I encourage everyone to have a day like this. It was fun, stress relieving and rendered some awesome canvases that I plan on eventually framing and putting up in my home.
it's been a minute
If you've been paying attention you'll notice that I haven't posted in a while. I would love to say that I was off galavanting across the globe having the time of my life but unfortunately that is not the case. After catching Covid and experiencing a mild case. I began to experience severe vertigo that I attributed to a change in my migraines due to Covid. I toughed it out and tried to continue as normal but not long after the vertigo I began to experience vision impairment. I was sent for an MRI and was hospitalized for over a week where they determined I have multiple sclerosis that was triggered by the Covid infection. During this entire ordeal I was unable to drive and feared never being able to drive again. I then spent the next several months recuperating, adjusting to my new normal and making some major life shifts. Luckily, my vision improved somewhat and my dizziness dissipated so I was able to drive again and start living life. Unfortunately, my school decided to make a huge modification to my job requirements and I chose not to return to the classroom. Instead, I joined the droves of teachers leaving public education and entered the world of business. After putting extensive work towards updating my resume and making it business world worthy I was lucky enough to acquire a job working at Space Foundation where I will be a Space Education Specialist (SES) where I will help write and teach space curriculum to the world through our outreach programs and upcoming curriculum launch.
It has definitely been a crazy period of time but I'm on the upswing and have high hopes for the future. In the meantime, I'll continue to add fun and inspiring content here on my blog just as I have done for the past 10 years.
Rachel is a mother of three, elementary Spanish teacher and part-time blogger who loves crafting, creating fun and engaging activities for her children and students and hanging with her friends and family. She blogs about what she's doing and her interests at any given time which vary. She's a little OCD and always looking for her next project. Her husband calls it, "focusing her crazy", but she just calls it fun.