I started this blog in May 2011 under the name Kristin’s Notebook.
I started this blog with no goals in mind. I was just trying to find something to do with my “extra” time while my husband was coaching. At that time, he was coaching football, baseball, and supervising weight lifting at our high school. The first 9 or 10 months, I blogged about everything from organizing to entertainment and celebrities. Honestly, I didn’t think anyone would read it. But, I did start getting a few followers.
After about 10 months, I decided my blog needed a focus. I wanted one area that I could put all of my efforts into and make my blog a lot better with richer content. I noticed that when I posted about organizing, I had a lot more page views and feedback. So, that became my focus with a little decorating and creating thrown in. I was pretty excited too because organizing has always been a passion of mine. I decided on the name, The O.C.D. Life, which was a play-on-words. When I threw together the first letters of organizing, creating, and decorating and it gave me OCD, which is fitting because I have OCD tendencies myself.
That name stuck around until September 2014, when I did some self-reflection of this space of mine after getting some eye-opening feedback and decided to go with a new name… And, honestly, one that I liked even better than the previous two. So, the name of this blog will forever be: The Gold Project!
And, here is how that name was created…
One Monday evening, I sat at my kitchen table the entire night with a pencil, paper, and my laptop. I brainstormed names, wrote down some words I wanted to associate with this blog, and marked out things A LOT. Once I came up with a name I liked, I went online to see if that particular name was already taken. Well, let’s just say, I came up with nothing by bedtime. I told my husband over and over that creating a name was very frustating and he made the comment that it wasn’t going to happen within a night. So, I closed up shop and went to bed.
The next morning, my daughter was running extremely late. Probably the latest she has been since school started. She seriously wanted to lay in bed and not get up. Then, we are heading out the door, I turn around and she is laying on the couch. Well, let’s just say that my reaction wasn’t my best mommy moment (insert frown).
So, we get in the car and head to school. Mommy is fuming! I do not like to run late for work! As I am driving, the True Colors personality test pops in my head. And, I start saying to myself, “I am a Gold person. Gold people do not like to procrastinate and run late. This is not in my personality. Kate is definitely not going to be a Gold individual.”
Then, the light bulb turned on! “That is my new name!” I said to myself.
If you haven’t heard of the True Colors personality test, let me give you a little background. It is a personality test that I do with every student that comes through my classroom door. It is my favorite activity and always my “beginning of the school year” activity.
True Colors is a model of personality identification that can be used to foster and enhance healthy and productive relationships in work, college, and personal life situations. To begin the assessment, participants are given four colored cards that represent four personality styles. After reading brief personality descriptions of the back side of the cards, participants choose two colors (blue, green, gold, or orange) that most closely represent how they see themselves. Next, participants respond to a series of prompts asking them to rank a set of characteristics that most likely to least likely describe their personalities. The columns are tallied and sections receiving the highest two scores are the identified ‘True Colors’ of that individual.
I am a strong GOLD individual. And, here is a little description of GOLD…
Gold is the body’s natural perceptions. It represents a need to be responsible, to fulfill duties and obligations, to organize and structure our life and that of others. Those with Gold as a Primary Color value being practical and sensible. They believe that people should earn their way in life through work and service to others.
Gold reflects a need to belong through carrying a share of the load in all areas of living. It represents stability, maintenance of the culture and the organization, efficiency, and dependability. It embraces the concepts of home and family with fierce loyalty and faithfulness.
And, that my friends, pretty much sums me up.
I added a tagline underneath my new name that is a play-on-words once again. It describes what this blog will be about and putting together the first letter of each word spells “Gold.”
So, where did the word “Project” come from?
On this blog, I consider each post a “project” whether it is a personal one or an actual one. I consider myself a project. I am always attempting to make myself a better person and increase my knowledge in all areas of life.