Work Hard and Be Nice (the Tee)

Today I’m featuring my Work Hard and Be Nice muscle tee. It’s a looser, slightly longer style that’s super-soft and perfect for spring and summer.

I styled it here with a few different accessories and shoes, but I’ve worn it with everything from jeans to gingham pants to denim and maxi skirts. It layers really well and looks great front-tucked, untucked, and tucked.


I really love this expression because I think if more people just worked a little harder and tried to be nicer, the world would be a much better place. This tee reminds me to do my part to work hard where I am and be nice to the people around me. I’m pretty good at the working hard part, but for me personally, the “be nice” part gets rough, especially toward the end of each school year when students are…let’s just be nice and call it “less focused.” πŸ˜€ Β Couple students’ decrease in focus with teachers’ decrease in energy (or does that just happen to me in May?) and it’s not always a good combination.

If you want this tee, you’ll want to buy one fast because I’m thinking of closing down my store in the next week or two. I don’t have time, or to be honest the desire, to keep coming up with new, cute designs at the pace I’d like to. It’s been good to make a few extra dollars here and there, but since it’s really more of a hobby to begin with and I’m not really feeling like doing the creativeΒ part of it right now, I’m going to take a sabbatical.


For the non-teachers Β out there, a sabbatical is what we teacher call it when we want to stop doing something for a while to focus on other things. We sometimes come back after sabbaticals, but sometimes not. Technically sabbaticals are for research and exploring professional and academic pursuits and then getting back to teaching, but I think it fits here, too.

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I love this tee with crisp, white shorts because it makes the text pop. This and my READ tee (see below) are the two most popular items in my shop. They are the two that resonate most with me as a teacher, parent, and general human as well.

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