Monthly Archives: March 2014

Weekly Wishes!

It’s Monday! Which means it’s time to write out my goals for the week and link up to Weekly Wishes to keep myself accountable for following through! I’m sniffling and coughing my way through the day today and willing my body to get it together ASAP! This weekend wasn’t near as productive as I wanted it to be because my body was so exhausted from fighting this illness, so I’m hoping this week will bring better health!

Last week I wrote out my goals for the whole month of March, so I’ll get straight to this weeks goals today:

1) GET BETTER. At the end of last week I knew I was getting sick. This weekend it hit. Hard. I don’t have time for this! I need to feel better so I can do my job to the best of my abilities and so I’m not so tired all the time!

2) Clear out the living room of things that don’t belong there. When I moved in, I just put everything into the living room. Little by little I’ve been putting things where they belong but there’s still a pile of boxes in the middle of the floor!

3) Consciously enjoy this stage of life. This week will bring the final decision on if I move to a new job or not, and I’m working on really and truly being ok with however things go. I need to not be upset if I need to move for this job, and not be upset if I don’t get it and end up staying where I am. There really are great aspects to both options, I just need to remind myself of that more.

Linking up with Melyssa for Weekly Wishes!

Gratitude: A Friday Five

Today I have been struck with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for everything I have. Everything right here in my little job at my little desk in the big city.

Grateful for:

1) Mr. Michael, AKA my work uncle, who protects me from the creepers, entertains me with music and stories, hangs out with me during slow times, and is just an all around good person. It’s not his job to be here every day, much less befriend and become a protector for me, but he does it because he is kind and good and friendly.

2)  Mr. Greg the maintenance man who always greets me in the mornings as if he’s excited to see me. And of course the young guys who work with him (must be in their teens/ early 20s) who usually have a joke to share.

3) Ms. Linda, one of my work moms, who’s job may be cleaning up this joint but she goes way above and beyond for us every single day. She’s always there with the offer of a hug and encouragement. She’s one of the most genuinely happy people I know. She handles the kids that are sent here for court ordered community service and the way she works with them and teaches them to clean is phenomenal.

4) The security guards that work the doors of City Hall. A couple of the older ones will hang out in the atrium (the big area when you come into City Hall, if you’ve been here) where my desk is if they see someone questionable come in. They just observe and make sure that everything runs smoothly with them and are always there if I’m uncomfortable or need help. Plus, 2 of them have awesome mustaches. Like, Monopoly Man mustaches.

5) Everyone that works in the office. One of my best friends is included here, so it’s pretty neat! They may be across City Hall from me for most of the day but when I do see them it’s always a good time. I have so much to learn from them. From my other work mom to the boys who remind me so much of my big brothers to my boss that encourages me to keep looking forward, I’m lucky to be surrounded by people who make me feel so at home. 

 

What are you grateful for today?

My experience with MOOCs via Coursera

For those of you who may not know,  a MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course.

I’ve been taking a couple recently just to boost my education and keep my brain working. My current job, while wonderful, doesn’t exactly require a lot of academic brainpower and I’m afraid to lose what I worked so hard to gain in college.

For me, Coursera has turned out to be a godsend! It has classes from actual professors of prestigious colleges and universities and has classes in just about anything you might want to study! Biology your thing? Anthropology? Fine Art? Neuroscience? They’ve got it all.

Coursera Classes

Yep, That’s Johns Hopkins and Princeton on that list, among others!

And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE! Yep! You can participate as much or as little as you want but it’s really an incredible experience to do it along with the other class participants.

I’m just finishing up one called  Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms. It’s been a fun class for the teacher in me and has really had me thinking about my own classroom strategies and how I can expand from the skills I used in the classroom to skills I can use in my current position. Right now, my course page looks like this:

Coursera

 

Since I’m almost to the end, you can see all the course materials to the left that I’ve gone through in the past and the things class is currently discussing to the bottom right. It’s a fun way to get my brain going and continue doing school work without actually being in grad school yet. I appreciate that it keeps me growing! 

If there’s a class you see that you want to take but then realize you just missed it or it’s not going to start for a few more months, you can also put it on your “Watch List” and they will email you when a new section opens up. If it doesn’t start for a while, you can still enroll in them ahead of time and it will remind you when it’s closer to time. I’ve got quite the lineup for the coming months and I’m really excited about the courses to come!

Coursera Classes

This is my list! Looks incredibly interesting to me!

I’ve had a really great experience with my classes and will definitely continue to take courses as they come up. The online format isn’t my favorite but it’s definitely better than no class at all!

Have you ever taken a MOOC? How did it go for you? Did you take it from another site? I’d love to hear recommendations for other ways to go about it!

Meeting Alfred Angelo

No, not the dress designer. Though he does make some pretty princess dresses.

HOWEVER, I am no where getting married. Don’t start that rumor!

I’m talking about this sweet little boy!

Alfred Angelo

Newest member of the family!

He’s a cuddly, adventurous little man who’s favorite place to hang out is on top of the fridge and the kitchen cabinets. He also answers to Lil Homie and half the time can’t decide if he wants to snuggle or run around and play or be petted or hide in the closet. Typical cat, right?

He’s a sweet rescue who is already 7 years old! I just knew no one else would adopt him and I couldn’t stand the thought of him not being loved on. So of course I took him home. He’s been settling in quite nicely and this morning was determined to make sure I knew where he was while I was getting ready. He’s got a loud meow to him!

Plus, he looks cool when he jumps:

Al jumping

I may not have gone into this expecting to get an already grown cat, but at the end of the day, he just wants what any child wants- to be loved, a steady feeding, and a comfortable place to nap.

Naptime

I’m already so in love!

Welcoming March | Monthly Wishes

A little preview of my new kitchen! A post on that coming soon!

A little preview of my new kitchen! A post on that coming soon!

How is it that March just kind of snuck up on us and came out of nowhere? February has always been a strange and difficult month on me, and this year was no different. However, February’s challenges seemed to be easier to handle this year and whether that means they came in a more gentle way or I’m getting tougher about these things, I’ll take it! I filled my month up with plans that created love around me and celebrated the people I care about most, and I really think that’s a strategy I’m going to be continuing.
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Since I didn’t go weekly wishes last week, I really just extended my goals from the week before. Here’s how it went:

1. Budget! Mission semi-accomplished. I did really well not spending, but then I moved into an apartment that was slightly over-budget. More on that later this week!

2. Catch up with friends. Done! I made plans with a few different friends in these past weeks and got caught up and even had a couple date nights with the boyfriend.

3. Get to bed earlier. Not so much… I need to be better about sleeping. I am pretty physically incapable of sleeping in (even on weekends!) so going to bed early is the only way for me to catch up. I’ll keep working on it!

Aaaaand February’s goals!

1) Buy a planner and get everything planned out. Done! And it’s beautiful and everything my nerdy self ever dreamed of. 

2) Do more reading. I did better, but I’d still like to take more time for myself to read.

3) Paint my kitchen table and chairs! Nope! But I actually like how they are looking now so I’m debating painting them at all!

4) Memorize the city council members and offices of the Mayor. Done! I’m pretty proud of myself for this!

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Now on to this month’s goals. I applied for a new job that I’ll find out about by the end of next week, so depending on how things go for that there might be some big changes around here soon!

1) Organize my new apartment! I’m going to try and get everything in it’s place so it really feels like a home ASAP.

2) Pay off my credit cards. Yep. I’m going for it. It means I’m putting myself on a spending freeze for the month but I really can’t let them get out of hand! 

3) Blog more! I’m trying to become a better blogger, and I know part of that means blogging more often. I have plenty to say, I just need to sit down and write it out!

There we have it. March’s goals and hopefully some better weather will come along with it!

Linking up with Melyssa for Weekly (and Monthly) Wishes!