Monthly Archives: June 2014

Weekly Wishes!

Weekly Wishes

My 4th grade classroom for the summer!

Y’all, institute is so REAL. We’re 2 weeks into it now and even though I’ve started settling into a rhythm, it’s a very jumpy, unpredictable, and fast paced rhythm! It’s hard to believe that 2 weeks ago I hadn’t even met anyone yet and now we’re as close as you can possibly be with people you’ve only known a short time. Then again, we all live, work, and study in the same buildings and are all going through the same struggle right now. It’s amazing how quickly you form such strong relationships in times like these!

I had a great weekend spending time with my dad and his visit couldn’t have been timed better. I was definitely in need of some family time and there are things you just can’t get from anyone else. We laughed and loved and I was comforted beyond measure. Plus having both my Daddy and D in the same place was such a heartwarming sight!

Last week, my goals were to:

1) Be the best teacher I can possibly be for these students. I’m trying. So hard. These kids are breaking my heart every single day and every day I come in fresh with something new. And I will just keep trying things until it works!

2) Plan out days with my colab group. I really got lucky with my group. Their support and encouragement has been key. We’ve been good about planning and working together!

3) Keep a positive attitude throughout the week. Trying. It’s hard, of course. But it will all be worth it.

4) Enjoy Chicago! This one I’ll keep working on. I just haven’t had time to explore yet! Hopefully over the long weekend I’ll do this!

5) Do laundry and normal human stuff.  LOL NOPE. Overrated. Who needs to be human, anyway? haha.

This week, I’m really going to try to:

1) Have a better week. Last week was ROUGH. They really aren’t kidding when they say summer training will push you to your very limits in every way.

2) Blog more! I managed to write 2 whole posts last week, so now I’ll shoot for 3!

3) Keep on, keeping on. Friday I wanted to throw my hands up and give up. Saturday I grieved over a loss that took place far away. Sunday my best friend from high school suffered a loss that blew us all away. This summer training is hard, and real life is still going on outside of it. I need to keep that in mind and just know that continuing right now is the best thing I can do for myself and everyone around me.

That’s all for this week! What are your goals this week? Let me cheer you on and distract me a little from this wildly busy life! I miss hearing about all that’s going on!

It’s a good day when…

You know it’s going to be a good day when…
– You wake up with Tubthumping in your head… I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna get me down!
– You open your closet and the perfect outfit jumps out to you.
– You get your eyeliner even on the first try.
– Your carpool suggests a coffee stop on the way to work.
– Brunch is ever involved.
– Or it’s the day after grocery shopping and you have ALL THE THINGS.
– You find $5 in the pocket of a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in a while.
– You get to the train right as it pulls up.
– Your students show up to school having gotten enough sleep the night before (I’m dreaming!)
– You get to wake up to your body’s own sleep rhythm instead of an alarm

– Your daddy is flying into town!
Daddy and me
Oh, is that one just me?
Dad’ll be here today, but I won’t see him till Friday thanks to 10 hour days and 2 hour classes afterward! (Still telling myself it’ll all be worth it!)

I’m so excited to be able to spend some time with him this weekend and show him the city that I’m just now starting to get to know! It means so much to me to have this time with him. Being so far away from family makes things hard, but visits like this make things infinitely better. I’m so lucky to be able to see him!

What makes a good day for you?
Coffee? Family? Brunch? All of the above?

Let’s make today a good one. I’ll be spending the day in “teacher school” getting ready for next year. Wednesdays are my one day a week not in the classroom so it’ll be interesting to see what I come back to on Thursdays!
Linking up today with Lisa and Brittany!
=It's A Good Day Linkup

Weekly Wishes!

weekly wishes

 

Woo! It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve done a weekly wishes post, and I know this week I’ll need it! Today is my first day in front of students actually teaching with TFA, and I’m pretty optimistic about how it’s going to go! I’m excited to hang out with my new kids and learn about them and help them learn and grow over the summer. I’m even more excited for the fall when I’ll have my own Pre-K kids in a SpEd environment!

For this week, I have so many goals! But I’ll try to keep them to a short (ish) list that can summarize everything!

1) Be the best teacher I can possibly be for these students. Although I’ll only have them for 4 weeks during this summer school session, I know that this learning time is crucial for their long term success next year.

2) Plan out days with my colab group. There are 4 of us working in the same classroom (2 co-teaching at a time, other 2 in training, then we switch) so we need to get more cohesive with how we run the classroom. I already really like who I’ll be working with so that makes things easier!

3) Keep a positive attitude throughout the week. We get so caught up in the craziness and exhaustion of the week that it’s easy to slip into complaining and feeling down about how busy we are. I’m really going to make a conscious effort to stay positive and keep reminding myself of why I’m here and why all this work is worth it.

4) Enjoy Chicago! I’ve been having a little bit of a rough time with this too. I’m not seeing a lot of the city except what’s on the way between where I’m staying and my school, so it’s been easy to think that I don’t much like this city and that I miss Atlanta. I know with more time here and more exploration I’ll grow to love it too, I’m just not there yet!

5) Uh, ya know, do laundry and normal human stuff. Cleaning and laundry have fallen to the bottom of my priority list!

That’ll do for the week! What are your goals for the week? Let me know and I’ll be thinking of you and cheering you on in between everything going on here!

Life lately!

Life lately

This is my bed and view for the next six weeks! Full time working and full time grad student time!

I swear I’ll be back to a regular posting schedule soon- just not quite yet!

I’ve entered into 10 hour training every day and it’s exhausting to say the least! Next week, on top of the long training days I’ll be starting grad school, so things are about to get really wild!

However, now that I’m getting used to this whole being constantly on the go thing, I feel like I’ll get into more of a groove and more into blogging like I used to!

In the mean time, I’m working on becoming the best teacher I can be. Summer school kiddos get here next Monday and I want to be ready! The exhausting days and long nights spent studying and planning will be so worth it once the children are learning and I’m able to feed off of their energy. I know I truly love being in front of the classroom so I’m looking forward to that! I’ll also be co-teaching next week which is new for me. I think it will be so much fun to have another teacher to bounce ideas off of and work with to create a great environment for our kids.

Anyway, tonight I’m off to bed. Hopefully I’ll have time to give a better update soon. Stay tuned for some more exciting things coming up!

Let the vacation begin!

Chihuahua

Spent a week with this sweet old lady!

Errr, I mean, continue!

I know things have been a bit silent around here for the past week or so, and I apologize for that. Life gets in the way sometimes, of course! I’ve been flying and driving all over this country lately, and blogging has fallen by the wayside.

A little update in my world:

I got to take a trip home to see my family! It was so lovely to spend time hanging out with them and cuddling on my dogs for a week! Then they day after I flew back to Atlanta, I packed up my car and started the drive up to Chicago. I stopped in Louisville, Kentucky overnight and stayed with a friend of mine from college, then finished the drive up yesterday! It’s been a whirlwind to say the least.

Things may not be slowing down around here anytime soon but at least now I’ll be in one city. For the next few days I’m still on “vacation” while relaxing in the hotel D’s work has him living in for the summer and getting work done to prepare for next week. On Sunday I check in and move in to my summer housing with TFA, and Monday I start training and teaching. Everything is happening so fast, and it’s all so exciting!

Tomorrow I’ll be back to blogging regularly. I got a new shiny laptop (thanks mom!) while I was home and it’s just begging me to get to blogging. And ya know, lesson planning and such.

Thanks for sticking around!

As always, I’m still posting regularly over on Instagram and Twitter, so you can keep up amongst all my moves over there!

 

5 years!

High School to College

High School graduation to college graduation with my big brother!

How in the world has it been 5 years since I’ve graduated high school? I know it’s not a big milestone to some, but something hit me after writing my last post. I also came home to Idaho for a visit and received a letter. From myself. 5 years ago and about to graduate high school.

A lot of things have changed in 5 years. I know I have changed and grown and accomplished and my dreams have changed. However, there are some things that just haven’t changed. Today, I’d like to share a few quotes from that letter. It’s so strange to read this letter that in so many ways sounds just like me but at the same time, that girl seems like a completely different person.

On travel:

“That night, something changed inside of you, grabbed onto something there and didn’t let go. You made a realization that night. You knew from then on that this would be a big part of who you are. You are a person who travels, a person who experiences as much as you can, and a person who isn’t letting that go. Please don’t let that go. ”

On perfection:

“You don’t have to be perfect all the time… You don’t always have to go further and do even better. Take things more as they come. You just need to do the best you can do, and be happy with that. Do all that you can, and that will be just fine, even if it’s not perfect.”

On worry:

“It may seem like the simplest lesson to learn- don’t worry about the things you can’t change. Don’t try to control the things that are beyond your power. You can handle anything, really. Because you can’t control what happens about some things, you just have to change your opinion about the situation to make it bearable.”

On the future:

Overall, this year, and all your years at Genesee Schools have been full. This year in particular has been a year of emotional growth and maturity as I’ve prepared for my life in the future- your life. In five years, I see myself finishing my degree and working. I think I’ll be living in Atlanta still, and figuring out where to go to graduate school and if I really wat to go to graduate school. Is that what you are doing now? I hope you are still passionate about whatever you are doing, and above all, I hope you are enjoying and loving life in the same way I am now, if not even more so.

On forgiveness:

If you’ve made mistakes, don’t worry. Remember- its ok to not be perfect. I forgive you.

Reverse Bucket List!

Blogger shot caller

Thanks to Whitney from I Wore Yoga Pants to Work for the awesome t-shirt!

Instead of doing a bucket list with things I have yet to do, I want to make a list of things I have accomplished in my short time here in the world. I feel like this sort of reflection is good every once in a while.

Here’s 23 things I’ve done within my 23 years.

I have…

  1.  Lived abroad for a year.
  2.  Stood on the ruins of the land where my ancestors once lived.
  3.  Seen the live birth of a precious baby.
  4.  Run a 5k.
  5.  Graduated from college (with honors and no loans!)
  6.  Saved a life.
  7.  Learned more than one language.
  8.  Been to the Taj Mahal.
  9. Climbed a volcano.
  10. Seen 3 oceans and stood on the beaches to smell the sea air.
  11. Been snorkeling with dolphins and turtles.
  12. I got a tattoo! And then another…
  13. Played in a waterfall in Hawaii.
  14. Rode an elephant in India.
  15. Had my water bottle stolen by a monkey.
  16. Fallen in love.
  17. Lived in a convent.
  18. Ridden in/ driven a race car.
  19. Dyed my hair purple.
  20. Had a baby named after me in Uganda.
  21. Backpacked through Europe.
  22. Bought a pet.
  23. Met Betty White.

I still have a lot to do this life, but I don’t think I’m doing too bad so far!

What have been your greatest accomplishments thus far?

Oh, hello beautiful! | Monthly Wishes

Blog ScreenshotJune already! I swear the year just started and now it’s halfway over. It’s been an exciting year so far and I can only see it getting more exciting as it goes on!

Speaking of exciting, notice the new digs? The lovely Kate from Diaries of an Essex Girl designed up a new layout for me and I am in love. It’s amazing to me to see what she can do with just a few requests and ideas from me. She also switched me over to a self-hosted domain so now this little blog is all me with no .wordpress.com to get confusing! Kate was amazing to work with and I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a blog redesign or some help getting things going! I was totally clueless but she was patient and understanding in explaining things every step of the way.

Anyway, on to some monthly goals!

Last month, my goals were to:

1) Get some pictures taken of D and me.
Done! I should probably write up a blog post and share some of these. We had a lot of fun!

2) Focus on moving and get packed up.
I am almost all packed up but still have so much to do. Moving is hard, y’all.

3) Save as much $$ as possible for moving and summer expenses.
I’ve been doing pretty well on this front! I’m pretty confident I’ll be ok. I’ve been budgeting pretty hard this past month!

4) Keep on keeping on with P90X3!
Uhm, yeah… ya know… Actually, when D left, so did the computer I’d been using the the TV and DVD player, so I stopped when he left. I did, however, get in some other good workouts since then!

This month, my goals are a little different. I don’t know what to expect with moving (again,) starting up my summer training, and starting grad school classes.

With all the changes going on, my only goals for June are to:

1) Enjoy my trip home with my family.

2) Make the most of beginning of TFA and give my all to this new stage in life. 

That’s it! I’m just going to be keeping an open mind toward this new city and new challenge. What are your goals this month? Let me know in the comments!