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Weekly Wishes & Monthly Goals: April

 

April

Can you believe it’s already (about to be) April?! I can’t believe that in two short months I will be leaving Georgia to move up to Chicago! How in the world did that happen? I’m so incredibly excited to be starting this new stage of life but at the same time it’s a big change that is proving to be more stressful than I thought. This month will be full of preparation and transitions to be ready for this next step.

A friend of mine from Idaho came to visit me this weekend and we had a ton of fun exploring Atlanta as tourists and then gathering with friends of mine to take a trip to Stone Mountain and do some hiking! We picked the best of days to do our hiking because the weather was perfect! Not too hot, but warm enough to make it enjoyable. The wind at the top was incredible, so we just stayed up there long enough to catch our breath and fill up our water bottles. On the way down the mountain we were entertained by a man on his way up, playing the guitar and singing to everyone along the way. He must have had some amazing lungs to be hiking while singing! After Stone Mountain we grabbed brunch at a DELISH German bakery, paid a visit to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and made our way home. That’s part of the ceiling in the picture above. Isn’t it gorgeous? I absolutely fell in love and felt connected in a way I haven’t in a while.

Let’s take a look at how March’s goals played out:

1) Organize my new apartment! DONE! And it feels amazing! I love being able to go home to a place that really feels like it’s mine.

2) Pay off my credit cards. Ok, I had the best of intentions here. And I did keep my spending freeze as far as clothes and wants go. I had some unexpected medical bills come up this month that took up the money that I would have been able to use for this, but I’m going to keep on trucking along and pay them down a little at a time.

3) Blog more! I did do this one! I’ve been writing more and it’s been wonderful. I’m going to try to keep up this pace especially as things are changing a ton in my life in the coming months!

Two out of three isn’t too bad! Now I’m looking forward to the month ahead and getting ready to wrap things up in Atlanta. 

1) Do The Color Run and take lots of fun pictures! I’m so excited for this! I’ve convinced some friends to do it with me this year and I think it will be a blast!

2) Get some pictures taken of D and I. Too cheesy? Maybe, but before we move away from Atlanta, I’d like some good photos of us here in the city where so much of our lives has happened.

3) Write our and plan out this month’s  Travel Series! I’m super excited to be sharing my travels with you all and just need to make myself sit down and write!

4) Spend as much time outside as possible. The weather is absolute perfection right now and is supposed to stay that way for quite a while. Sunny and in the 70s = I’m in heaven. I want to enjoy this while I can!

5) Keep going with P90X3. I can already tell it’s giving me more energy during the day and I’m super sore which means progress! I can’t wait to see what happens in the next month!

Whew! I think that’s enough for the month. It’s going to be a busy month in the best way possible and I’m ready to see everything I’ve been working for begin to come to fruition. It’s an exciting time in my world!

What are your goals for the month? Link up and let me know so that I can support you through them!

 

Daily Diaries…Ish.

Today I’m linking up with Kate from Diaries of an Essex Girl to give a little recap of the past week and what I’ve been up to! I’d love to hear about what’s been going on in the day-to-day lives of you all if you want to link up as well!

This has been an exciting week in my life so I’m happy that this is the week Kate decided to introduce this idea!

Monday: Oh, Monday. I started off my day by slipping and falling in the shower. Oops. With a sprained ankle and a bruised up back, I hobbled into work and thankfully got through the day without any other mishaps. I made my way to the chiropractor after work and he realigned my back- I had majorly thrown it off in my fall. Thank goodness for doctors! I meant to start P90X3 this day, but I knew that wouldn’t have been a good idea on my ankle.

Mr. Greg my friend and maintenance man took some pity on me and set up the fountain in front of my desk to make me feel better as he saw me limping around. It’s so nice to have it up and running all day!

Tuesday: I got my official invite to a TFA interview day in Chicago next month, meaning I passed the first of my certification tests to be a Special Education teacher! This was super exciting and I began taking the first of 3 mini-classes that I need to have finished by April 10th.

Work-wise, there a town hall meeting for one of the council members that had me standing and greeting community members most of the night. It was actually pretty fun, despite my ankle wanting to cry from being on it so long. I came home exhausted and went straight to bed.

Wednesday: Booked my plane flight and confirmed my attendance for a couple days in Chicago. It’s going to be so fun! Of course I’m a bit nervous for the interviews (about 6 or 7 in one day!) but I feel confident that I can be an excellent teacher for children who need it most. My sweet Mama also had surgery this day, and thankfully it all went well and she will be recovering soon! Plus, my older sister was able to take off work to visit and take care of her for a couple weeks, so I know they will enjoy some time together.

I came home to a clean apartment (thanks D!) and a purring cat so it was a great start to the evening.

I finally started P90X3! I modified some of the exercises that required jumping because my ankle was still weak, but even so it kicked my booty! It was actually a lot of fun though and I am excited for the next 3 months to see how my body feels.

Thursday: I wore one of my favorite work dresses and finished my classes for TFA! Woo! There was an event at work that caused the atrium (where my desk is) to be decorated beautifully with flowers and it just made my whole day. Then I went home and let Tony Horton kick me into shape with some P90X3.

Friday: Work has been pretty normal so far! We’ll see how it goes the rest of the day! My friend Dani will be visiting this weekend and I’m excited to show her around Atlanta now that I can walk again without pain!

What have you been up to this week? I wanna know!

“Why Would Anyone Want to go to a Women’s College?”

women's college agnes scott

“Do you hate men?”

“Are you so boy crazy that you can’t focus with them in the classroom?”

No and no. But these are actual questions I’ve gotten about my time at Agnes Scott College.

Agnes Scott

The best decision I ever made.

Let me address the first question (and title of this post) with my answer of why I chose Agnes Scott College, one of the top Liberal Arts women’s colleges in the country.

Before visiting I was 100% sure that there was No-Way-No-How you’d catch me at a women’s college. I was confident already, boys in the classroom didn’t scare me. I soon realized that wasn’t the point. The type of woman who attends Agnes Scott College and other women’s colleges are the opposite of afraid.

From my first steps on campus where I was immediately greeted by some of the most intelligent, confident, fearless and together women I’d ever met, I knew that I had stumbled into something amazing. Over the rest of that first weekend that I spent at Agnes Scott interviewing, attending panels, and talking with current students, I became 100% certain that it was the college for me.

I saw that the women of Agnes Scott were there to get the best education possible- a rigorous curriculum mixed with real world experiences and plenty of extracurricular activities to explore and grow in. These women cared about my passions and my goals in life, and we were in an environment that would nurture and allow me to cultivate my interests. I knew I wanted that. I wanted to be that kind of woman.

Current students at Agnes Scott welcomed me right away- before I was even officially a student there. The entire campus community was like that, welcoming me in enthusiastically and excited about the type of woman I could become.

I wanted a place where I could focus on my education and future, and that place for me was a women’s college.

black cat agnes scott

Was it easy? No, but not for the lack of men.
I worked harder and more was expected of me at Agnes Scott than of my friends at other co-ed schools. This is not to say that all co-ed schools are easy, as I’m sure they aren’t, but the academic rigor at Agnes Scott is not to be compared to basket weaving and cooking classes.

And men? Psh, we were in Atlanta! There are plenty of other schools around when you want to go out. Some of my best friends are men who went to Georgia State and Morehouse!

Was it fun? Absolutely.

I spent time discussing real world issues and time discussing shoes and clothes. I partied with my friends and I studied and worked and researched with them as well. The friends I made at my women’s college will be my friends for a lifetime. They are as diverse as they come with so many varying goals and dreams. And that’s the beauty of it. We laughed and cried together and experienced college life together.

jennifer nettles, sugarland

Doesn’t hurt to follow a legacy of incredible women like Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland!

I spent my four years at college surrounded by ambitious, feisty, intelligent women who encouraged and supported me at every turn.

With all that being said,

Why wouldn’t I want to go to a women’s college?

Weekly Wishes!

Weekly Wishes

Aren’t these flowers the prettiest! They were on sale at Home Depot this weekend and now have a joyful place in my house!

Good Monday Morning!

Does anyone else feel like they need an extra day of weekend this time around? My alarm went off this morning and I panicked thinking it was the fire alarm. Oops.

And then, just to prove to myself and the world that I was not prepared for today to happen, I fell in the shower. In. The. SHOWER. Can’t make these things up! (Wish I could, though. It hurt!)

So now I have a sprained ankle and bruises to start the week off. Ouch. But I am still determined to start my P90X3 today, even if it means doing modified versions of the reps while my ankle heals.

Aside from that, I did a bit of cooking and some DIY projects that I’m excited to share with you all throughout the week!

And with that, on to my weekly wishes.

Last weeks wishes were to:

1) Fill out all of my acceptance papers for Teach for America! Done! I’m gearing up for interviews with principals in April.

2) REALLY clear out my living room. Done! I am so proud of myself for getting everything in it’s place.

3) Plan out meals and groceries for the next 2 weeks. Oops, not quite. But I’m working on that today in conjunction with the nutrition guide of P90X3.

4) Plan out a Stone Mountain day with my girls. Didn’t happen this weekend, but I hope it will next weekend! A friend of mine is coming to visit from Kentucky and I think it’d be fun to take her!

Now on to this week-

1) Finish putting up artwork around my apartment. Just because I’m moving in a few months doesn’t mean I can’t have it look pretty for now!

2) Heal this darn ankle.  

3) Staying over from last week- Meal and Grocery Plan

4) Also staying- Plan a Stone Mountain day! I still want to do this. 

There we go! Linking up with Melyssa for Weekly Wishes. Head on over and grad the button if you wanna join in!

Five on Friday!

Alfred Angelo

Someone was pretty skeptical when I told him we had to get out of bed.

1. I am SO thankful for real blog designers because I can’t even figure out how to properly redo my sidebar. Excited to start this process with Kate and make this blog look a million times better and easier to navigate! She’s already been super helpful in explaining things and we haven’t even gotten started!

2. UGH HACKERS. Someone, somewhere got my bank information and tried to use it to eat some lovely meals. Really? You steal my money and the one thing you buy is a couple meals out? Of course my bank shut it down and gave me my money back but this is the 2nd time in the past month that this has happened. Lord, help my patience.

3. I am completely overwhelmed with TFA paperwork and readings and writing and tasks to do. But I can’t help but love it. This morning I was excited to get to work revising my cover letter to their standards. And last night I caught myself smiling as I worked through some papers and watched intro videos. I am so blessed to have this opportunity and I love how busy it makes me because it’s something I’m passionate about and I truly care about.

4. Girls with FREE Redbull came through City Hall today so you know I took part in that. Now I feel much more energized than I do on typical Fridays! And I’m not one bit tired. Hmmm… I wonder why?

5. My friend just confirmed her time off to come see me next weekend! She’s a SpEd teacher that I’ve known for a couple years (and she stayed with me this past summer) and she’s bringing me some resources and going to help me prepare for my time with TFA! I’m so excited to see her and show her around Atlanta!

Whats on your mind today?

Any fun plans for the weekend?

Coffee Date with Destiny

Coffee Date

As I sit at my desk drinking my morning coffee, I’m dreaming about not being at work and instead sitting across a table, having coffee with you all.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you… That I’m really glad we have this time to sit down and hang out for a bit. Life is hectic for us all and I’m grateful that you chose to spend some time with me…or on my blog.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you…  I’m about at my wit’s end with my cat right now. He’s been going to the bathroom everywhere but his litter box and keeping me awake for hours at night with his crying meowing.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you… that as excited as I am for Teach for America, I’m also nervous about not being a good enough teacher for these children that need me most.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you… I’m super excited to be starting P90X3. Even though it is going to kick my booty, I’m really looking forward to the results that will come with the hard work.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you… I am over this cold, cold weather! I know I’m moving to Chicago where it’s cold, but right now while I’m in the South I want to feel some heat and feel the sunshine!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you… I’m super grateful for everyone’s support lately with my total move in life and on the blog. I’m stoked to see the things to come.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you… Have a great Wednesday, and wish you a smooth rest of the work week! Let’s catch up again soon.

Post idea credit to sweet Mrs. Laura Beth.

90 Days Till Summer Swimsuit Challenge!

I’m taking the bait on this one!

When Jess announced her Summer Swimsuit Challenge I knew I had to get on board with that! Jess has been a HUGE support to me lately as far as feeling good about my body and working on improving it and treating it right. With her help and encouragement I’ve done some intense meal planning for dinners that have made a TON of difference for me.

With her support, I also ordered P90X3. Yep. The exercise program. And with it comes a month of Shakeology, which I’m pretty excited about too. I’ve been putting it off for a long time, but I’m about 90 days from moving, and this program lasts 90 days. It was meant to be, right? Something like that…

So here we are. 90 days to a bikini. NINETY DAYS.

I took my “before” pictures last night (ugh) and I’m hoping for some really awesome after pictures in just a few short months! I’ve also convinced D to do this with me. He works out regularly (and is pretty studly, I think) but he’s always supportive of things I want to do, so he’s going to help motivate me and keep me on track!

90 days

Want to join in on the torture fun? Let me know so I can support you through working our buns off (literally) in the coming months!

Weekly Wishes!

Teach for America

Still so, SO excited!

It’s a brand new week which means it’s time for some new weekly wishes!

Last week was full of exciting news and big changes to come. As I work on that and on re-branding and re-designing this blog, I’ve got a whole new set of goals to work toward.

Let’s take a look at last week’s wishes:

1) Get better. Done! Mostly. I’ve still got a bit of a lingering cough, but at least I’m able to be back at work (I missed 2 days last week!) and feel a million times better!

2) Clear out the living room of things that don’t belong there. Also mostly done. I put most things away where they are supposed to go, but I’m still trying to find a place for a couple more things. At the same time, I’m getting rid of things I won’t be able to take with me when I move!

3) Consciously enjoy this stage of life. Happening. Everyday. I keep reminding myself and life keeps throwing things at me that remind me of just how lucky I am in this life. 

Now right on to this weeks goals!

1) Fill out all of my acceptance papers for Teach for America! I’m so excited to be starting on this journey!

2) REALLY clear out my living room. I am determined this week!

3) Plan out meals and groceries for the next 2 weeks. I let myself get a bit behind while I was sick so now I’ve got to get back on track! I feel so much better when I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to make because it’s already all ready for me! 

4) Plan out a Stone Mountain day with my girls. We had brunch this past weekend and it was lovely. And I’ve been nominated to plan next weekend’s outing! The weather is supposed to be wonderful so I think a little hike is in order!

What are your goals this week? Link up with us over at Weekly Wishes!

A HUGE announcement! And taking my life on a whole new Journey!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably already know this, but I reached a huge dream of mine yesterday. Something that I’ve been working toward and hoping for for years. I got an email. THE email. This email:

TFA Acceptance

Tears and tears of joy!

A new job, a new city, a new adventure. I am SO excited to be moving on to this stage in my life and could not be happier with my placement. I wanted so badly to be placed in special education and have been lucky enough to be placed in Chicago, a city I’ve never been, but after traveling this much, I’m an old pro at making a new life for myself. Plus, the boy will be moving there this summer for a job so I know the transition will be easier with the both of us there! 

While I can acknowledge the shortcomings and controversy surrounding Teach for America, I know that this program will allow me to follow my passion and make a difference in the best way that I can. I will be earning my Master’s degree at the same time, and I know it will be a lot of work but I am more than ready for it. I really feel that TFA will allow me to become the best teacher that I can be.

For now, I have 3 months to tie up loose ends here before I make my move (my THIRD cross country move in the past year!) I need to be saving money, preparing myself mentally, taking certification tests for Illinois, and reading up about everything I will need to know before I start summer training.

I still feel like it’s all a little bit surreal, but I’m slowly coming to terms with everything. I’m beyond excited and blessed to be able to do this. This also means there will be some changes to this blog over the coming months, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it!

Thanks for all your support through this process and as I make this transition into yet another job and city!