About Me

In a speech at Carnegie Melon University in 2008, Randy Pausch said, “We don’t beat the reaper by living longer.  We beat the reaper by living well and living fully.” I believe this also.  And this blog is dedicated to just that.  This is my journey to the “outer rim.”  See the post titled The “Outer” what?

Link to Art Page

New Year’s News 2016: Coming Soon…

On October 2, 2015 I began the arduous work of launching a long time dream of mine… my own gallery.  I could not have foreseen in high school that it would be digital, but time moves us though space and technological advances at the speedy rate of sixty seconds per minute and this is the reality in which I find myself.  A big ole thanks to Etsy.

Not being all that techie, it has been quite a big learning experience to photograph, digitally manipulate, photoshop, etc. etc. etc. decades of art in numerous styles, techniques, and mediums into a digital gallery experience for potential cyber shoppers…

I will eventually explain all of my exciting techie adventures when I announce the “official” grand opening of Monica’s Gaylor-Y sometime in the near future.  In the meantime, please feel free to visit my under-construction digital Gaylor-Y (gallery.)

Happy New Year – Monica

Another Newer “About Me” Profile

Date:  March 7, 2015

Zen.  Buddhism.  Taoism.  Minimalist.  Artist.  Teacher.  Writer.  Blogger.

Questions or comments:  beyondtheouterrimwordpress@gmail.com

I make no money off this blog.

I use pictures found off the web.  I assume they are ok to use if they do not contain a watermark.  If I have used yours in error, please let me know.


Newer “About Me” Profile

Star date: October 6, 2012

Personal log of Monica Gaylor.  I am a right-brain person living in a left-brain world.  I am a introvert living in a world that can’t stop talking or making group plans.  I am a woman living in a man’s world.  Nothing like having a few challenges in your life to keep you in shape on the Serengeti.  I am tired and it is getting harder and harder to outrun the lion.

Currently having a blog crisis.  For reference see:  There’s an emergency going on.  It’s still going on.  It’s still an emergency.  Could be classified as a “life” crisis.  Uncertain of what to blog about these days, as I feel my life is spiraling out of control.  I am caught in a black hole of boredom and indecisiveness.  Want to move on, but can’t seem to do it.  Change is all around me.  Change is coming.  Must let the change in, but…

Painter / Sculptor.  Loves all aspects of art.  Currently having an art crisis.  (Let’s have a moment of silence for that one, as that is my bread and butter.)  Teacher.  Loves job.  Hates job more.  Currently have a major job crisis!  Does so much (and so tired), pays so little.  Economics makes no sense anymore.  Heard what teachers in Chicago make, fell on the floor and cried.  They have at least double the salary.

Writer.  Loves writing.  Currently working on a sci-fi novel (space opera) and it is going very well.  Admittedly, this could be attributing to all the other crises in my life.  It takes an exorbitant amount of time and doesn’t pay anything, but it is incredibly fun and entertaining.  Still, I am concerned about the inability to keep up with the other aspects of my life, like laundry and filing.

I have taken to eating out a lot, as the getting, cleaning, keeping, fixing, and cooking of food and the subsequent cleaning of dishes has become a huge chore that I can no longer keep up with.  I only do laundry when the clean stuff runs out.  This usually means either socks or underwear (it depends on the season.)  I really only need to file papers away once a year at tax time and have taken to piling stuff in a “to be filed” pile(s).  This year I filed for an extension – which is creeping up on me very fast and means the file pile is about to spill over and bury me alive or possibly, and more probably, give me a paper cut.

Recently bought new ipad.  Loves new ipad.  Ipad has many practical uses.  Am thinking of marrying ipad.

I have reached my crossroads on the Intergalactic Highway of Route 3, which goes to the Outer Rim and Route 66, which goes to … Sorry, a shuttle just blew through the stop sign.  Personal log out.

Older “About Me” Profile

(Probably written circa November 2010)

(It is still applicable and I will keep it as a postcard of my travels to the Outer Rim.)

Hello.  My name is Monica Gaylor.  I am a minimalist.  I am also an artist, a writer (closet until now), a teacher and a traveler.  I like to live small and light (more on that in my posts.)  I am not one of those minimalists that can fit everything I own into a backpack.  (Well, not any more – in my 20’s I could and did.)  I now prefer the creature comforts, but in restraint and most often recycled or reused.

I have been an artist my entire life.  I have a been a closet writer since high school. I have been a high school art teacher for 14 years.  And, I am now a blogger.  Oh, in case you hadn’t guessed, I am also a sci-fi geek.  But, I am a bit of a slacker in that department as I find it difficult to keep up with it all.

I love to travel.  When I get the opportunity, I travel very light, just a backpack, and I usually stay in youth hostels.  This has afforded me the opportunity to travel the world on my huge teacher salary.  Note:  I live in one of the states that pays the least. Although, at least half of my world travel took place in my 20’s before I was location dependent and my huge salary.

At heart I have always been a minimalist, but as life is complicated – sometimes our original goals become forgotten, overlooked, or pushed aside for whatever reason.  In the last 2 years I have rededicated my life to de-cluttering, minimizing, and getting back to my original goals of experiencing and living my life fully and on my own terms.

To learn more you can read the post titled My Story.

4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. jenny smythe April 5, 2011 / 6:24 pm

    i’m almost 40 so it’s nice to meet another minimalist that isn’t in her 20’s. I mean that as a compliment of course 🙂

    • Monica Gaylor April 6, 2011 / 9:42 am

      Thank you for commenting on my blog. You are my first unknown commenter. 🙂

      You gotta love the 20 somethings. They are so passionate. I have nothing against them – as I think they are on the right track and I hope they continue to buck the system. But, its much easier when your young. I envision much of their possessions at their parents house in their old rooms? It is interesting how they never mention where they keep their old yearbooks and trophies, etc. What about photographs? Maybe theirs are digital – how convenient is that? I was a minimalist in my 20’s also, but it was easy then as I had not yet accumulated anything. It’s a bit harder when you have a lifetime of baggage – both mental and physical. I am also the legacy holder of the family – as all the older generations have passed on – and I have many drawers of past family photographs…. The physical stuff (lamps, couches) is much easier to get rid of than the sentimental stuff. I am going to discuss that in next weeks post: Misconceptions Part 2.

      Thanks for reading.

  2. Karen Hodes July 28, 2016 / 5:15 am

    Hi Monica: Not sure if you are in the NYC/NJ area or if you would be interested in participating in this event. I own a large catering facility in NJ and am also a huge fan of various artists. We are having an “art fair” on August 24th from 4:00pm – 9:00pm. There is no charge to the artist or to the public to attend. I just want to support the various artists of various mediums and give the Jersey Shore residents an opportunity to purchase fine art locally. We are hoping to attract 25 artists in various mediums to come and display/sell their work. If you think you (or some of your artists friends) might be interested, please
    call me (732) 887-7307. I would love to hear from you. Thanks………Karen Hodes

    • Monica Gaylor July 28, 2016 / 6:26 pm

      Hi Karen,

      It sounds like a wonderful opportunity, but I live in Tucson, AZ and school just started this week (we are almost-year-round and start mid-July.) I thank you for thinking of me and I hope you are able to get the 25 artists that you want.

      Good Luck,
      Monica Gaylor

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