Trees of Transition

Planting seeds of hope throughout our world through sharing photography and thoughts on teaching, cooking, and life transitions.


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School is Out! Happy First Day of Summer

Releasing my students into summer happened a couple of weeks ago (huzzah!). Seeing the room without 34 desks, chairs, and students made it feel huge. On my last day at school, I took time to just sit and my desk and write out that list of suggested books for the summer (see: Young Adult Fiction to Read This Summer)

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Why Is It Hard To Apply For Jobs?

IMG_0477Especially after being rejected for many teaching jobs the years before, last year it was HARD to start filling out those Applitrack applications after my husband pushed me. He believed I could land another teaching job before I could.

Here’s a passage I wrote last July when I was applying to jobs and trying to figure out my negative emotions; I was answering the question, “Why is applying for teaching jobs so hard?” My answer back then: “I feel shaky inside and scared of being rejected, so it is hard to even try.

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My Wonderful “Pushy” Husband and How He Helped My Job Hunt

img_0226My siblings know that I won’t do something if I don’t want to (and I drove them nuts), but now I have a husband who is “pushy” in a kind and helpful way. Last summer when I had a job that I had tried every ladder to move up, but there was no upward mobility, and my husband told me, “Quit! I know you can find a full-time teaching job.” Stephen is not annoy-pushy, but he is firm and kind-pushy. If he thinks I should do something, he encourages me until I think I can do it. I didn’t have as much confidence as my husband, but I believed him, so I resigned my job at the end of the summer semester, and then started the full-time job of job hunting.

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The Animal Hospital’s Tulips

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I clean an animal hospital twice a week, and for about two weeks now, these tulips have caught my eye as I pulled in. On Wednesday I took the time to walk over and enjoy them close up! Now I get to share them with you. Notice how deep the red is–it has a blue side to it, and this shade of red rushes my heart with joy.

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Mother’s Day is May 8th in the USA–Need a Card?

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Mothers deserve great honor–for the prayers they pray, the food they cook, the hours of stories they listen to… Honor your mother with a bright photography card designed by Trees of Transition Art and Design (Created by me!) at my Etsy shop found through this link:  Trees of Transition Art and Design

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If you would like a custom message for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or a Graduation card, just message me through the Etsy shop or at treesoftransitiondesigns@gmail.com.

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I’m even trying greeting cards in Spanish! The one above is my first one…and if you have an idea for another one, let me know and I’ll create it.

One aspect I love about these cards that I make, is that when they are blank on the front, I attach the photo using photo corners. That means that the person who receives the card can pop the photo out when they are done with the card and frame it! My cousin, Jill, liked a shower invitation I designed, and she framed it and placed it in her bathroom: Continue reading


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Thoughts on Being a Shop Owner for a Year (and a Birthday Coupon!)

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Need some spring greeting cards? I have the answer! Yesterday was my photo card shop Trees of Transition Art and Design’s 1st Birthday, So I’m extending a Flash Sale at the shop–get 40% off your order by using the code at checkout FIRSTBIRTHDAY (good until midnight.)  See more at: www.etsy.com/shop/TreesofTransitionArt

Another stupendous deal: If you would like a free photo book from the photography company where I print many of my photos, follow this link: https://invite-shutterfly.com/x/SMHR3s
A couple of months ago, after seeing how excited I was about creating cool cards, my Dad said, “She’s definitely a small shop owner!” He went on to say that “You are the daughter, granddaughter, and great granddaughter of small shop owners.” I’m proud to be part of that heritage of coming from a family of blacksmiths. In honor of how may Dad created wrought iron, I created cards and a handy 3-ring binder to celebrate this:
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Sharing Art and Increasing Generosity: How To Start An Etsy Shop

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Have a quirkly scarf you like to crochet or images you enjoy painting and desire to sell some? Creating an Etsy online shop might be just what you need! Etsy.com lets you create a shop and list your items for minimal fees, so if you are  a tiny business wanting to see if there is a market for your items or an established business desiring to connect with customers all over the world, start an Etsy shop!

Last winter while I mopped the animal hospital where I work part-time, I received inspiration to give some of the profits of my shop to non-profit organizations that help people transition well through life.

In March of 2015 Trees of Transition Art and Design launched into the world market with a couple of paintings, some pressed flower note cards and wall art, and a few other greeting cards. Now my site has grown to include bright nature photography on greeting cards and framed from places like Costa Rica, Michigan, and many other places all over the United States.

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