Happy New Year~New Look!

Happy new year! Well...almost... May 2015 be your best year yet!

I had this post scheduled for January 1st, but realized I would be out of town...and I was just a little too excited to wait any longer!

You may have noticed something different...

A new name, a new design.

When I started this blogging/TpT journey July 2013, I really didn't know what to expect. I didn't know if anyone would even care about what I had to say. I went with a neutral blog URL, MissJohnstonsRoom.blogspot.com, but titled my blog The Journey of a Beginning Teacher, as I started my career in 2013. Now, I knew I would change my name, but I didn't know when and I didn't know what to.

Then, after completing my 1st full year of teaching and on the verge of starting my 3rd school year, I decided that I wanted to change my name to...Thriving in 3rd. I researched and researched and didn't find any blog or TpT store that had been updated within the last year or that had any followers, so I assumed someone started it...but then left it. So, I decided to change my blog, Facebook, and Twitter. I didn't change my instragram name, because at the time I was still a private user and it was a personal account. Then as things grew, I realized that my instragram account was primarily teaching related anyways, so I made it public. Shortly after that, I got a notification that someone using the name thrivinginthird started following me. I JUST ABOUT DIED! AHH! This whole time I thought I had done my research well enough...I did not. I felt so bad about having the same name.

So, since then I've been thinking about what my new (and LAST) name ever was going to be. It needed to be grade neutral. It needed to be ME. It needed to be something that I was going to keep forever and ever.

I'm getting married in June and it saddens me a bit that my kiddos won't get to call me Miss J anymore. Well, I'm sure previous students will, because that's a hard adjustment, but my future students will call me Mrs. Paull. My blog url is missjohnstonsroom {and I don't want to relink everything associated with it}...I will forever in my heart be Miss Johnston....I'm on this educational journey that who knows will lead to next and that's why I originally titled my blog Journey of a Beginning Teacher.

BOOM. Miss Johnston's Journey....with the tagline Currently: Thriving in 3rd. IF I ever change grades, I can change that thriving in 3rd to something catchy for that grade.

I've been looking for an excuse to revamp my blog, because my old design was when I was really starting to dabble in designs. Since then, I've learned a whole lot (fiddling with code in the wee hours of the morning, because I'm self taught) and I wanted to make mine over. This was the perfect excuse to redesign MY blog.

I've also changed my Instagram username to MissJohnstonsJourney to reflect my final blog name change. And so people don't get mixed up, because all of my usernames now have Miss Johnston in them.

Well, let's celebrate this occasion with a giveaway with not one, but two prizes! :)

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  1. I am in your same boat. This year I really should be Grade 3/4 Buzz. I need to think of a more flexible blog name... Your blog looks great!!! Good job!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  2. Loving the new design, Lindsey! I'm so inspired because you're so talented AND self-taught. It makes me think I really need to start trying out some new hobbies even if I'm fearful I won't be good at them on day one.

  3. Love the new look! I've been following you since the beginning and I've loved seeing all the changes! I absolutely love seeing how your blog designs have grown and improved! I know that 2015 will be such a great year for you! Can't wait to follow along!!

    A Tall Drink of Water

  4. I like the new design! I am considering doing a new image/name as well since when I was hired last year I was 2nd grade (hence secondgradestampede URL), then I was moved to 1st (current design) but have moved to Kindergarten this year. Def need something that's easy to change like your idea!

    First Grade Stampede


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