We're a couple of days into July and I'm already blogging more than I did last month :)  Hahaha.  Today I thought it would be fun to link up with Farley for a little July edition of Currently...

Listening - I'm 100% obsessed with Spotify (minus the lack of Taylor Swift).  I have a million playlists and am always adding more, but right now I'm obsessed with my "Poolside Kids" tunes.  This is the playlist we can play while the kids are swimming or riding with us in the car :)  I realized a few of my playlists included some choice words, so I had to make a "radio friendly" version available for the boys :)

Loving - I absolutely LOVE summer.  I LOVE that we get lots and lots of extra time with our families.  We only get to visit my husband's family two times a year.  We're in Michigan right now for our annual July 4th weekend on the lake.  This is my favorite time of the year!!  I love that we get to spend so much quality time with our family!!!  I sure do miss them the other 49 weeks of the year!!!

Thinking - I'm thinking about the 3 presentations I have scheduled for Monday's I Teach 1st conference.  Will I talk too fast??  Will I seem distracted??  Do I have enough content?  Will the content I do have appeal to the masses??  Will anyone be disappointed?  Do I need to scratch what I have and start all over?  GAH!!!  I always get nervous before I present, but Vegas is a different beast.  I know I can't please everyone 100% of the time, but I don't want to suck it up either, y'know?!  

Wanting - I would love to have an extra week to make sure I have all my ducks in a row for Monday's conference.  Even if I did have an extra week, I'd still want 5 more after that just to cross my Ts and dot my Is.  #thestruggleisreal

Needing:  I seriously need to remind myself to breathe deep and calm right the heck down.  I'm not a perfect person and far from a perfect presenter.  I do the best I can and at the end of the day that has to be good enough.  I just hate the feeling that anyone would leave disappointed!!!  #Iseriouslyneedtochill 

All Star:  I was trying to think of something I'm good at and the only thing I could come up with is kindness.  I think I'm really good at being kind to others in any situation or circumstance.  At least I think I'm really good at this :)  

That's just a little snapshot of what life is like Currently.  Now I'm headed back out to spend more time with the family!!!   Have a great day!


  1. Love this! So glad you're able to spend some time with family right now--we're staying close to home this summer, but it's been SO NICE!

    PLEASE PLEASE don't forget about those of us who aren't able to go to Vegas. I'll be stalking all kinds of social media that week! HAVE FUN...I know you'll do a great job!

  2. I just got on the Spotify bandwagon. I"m using the free version and I could totally see paying for it in the future!

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  3. At the risk of looking like a stalker (I think I've commented every day this week--sorry!), I felt compelled to share my favorite I'm-so-nervous-I-can't-think-straight Bible verse:

    Joshua 1:9 -- Be strong and of a great courage; be not afraid. For the Lord thy God is with thee, wheresoever thou goest.

    You are wonderfully and fearfully made, Cara! You will do great!


  4. The family time we get in the summer is priceless! Definitely not the reason I became a teacher but it is a great perk and much needed some years!


  5. The family time we get in the summer is priceless! Definitely not the reason I became a teacher but it is a great perk and much needed some years!


  6. You will rock at Vegas sweet friend!! Don't worry!! Just take a deep breath and be the rockstar you always are! :) They will love you! I wish I was going to be there to cheer you on! SAD CITY!!!! :(

  7. You are going to be fabulous in Vegas and I so wish I could be there to see you present! Knock 'em dead, lady!

    Paiges of Learning

  8. I'll be sitting in on your sessions and I can't wait to hear all that you have to say! I'm super grateful and excited that I get to attend the conference this year (all week!) and just remember that many of us in the audience are just grateful for the chance to hear you speak and to learn from you in person. Dress cool, it's wicked hot here (luckily, I live in Vegas). I can't wait for next week! Woo Hoo! :) Catherine

  9. I'm excited to see you Monday; I believe I'm in your first session. I'm sure you'll be fantastic. Enjoy your family time!

    A Very Curious Class

  10. I'm coming from Canada to the conference and am thrilled to be in your sessions!! You will be great! Jodi