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Good Lord Just WRITE Something

My last blog post was written TWO YEARS AGO. I actually really do love my site and what I put into it (…years ago), but I always get caught up with writing something of high quality and wind up writing nothing at all.

I write down a few ideas here and there, but then I never get around to writing an actual post. I made a New Years resolution to write one blog post a month. Since it’s already February, I’ve already fallen behind (I’m generally not a fan of resolutions, so I’m trying to brush it off!). I considered moving my blog over to Weebly, a more user-friendly site than WordPress, but then I’d have to recreate everything over again.

And I LIKE what I’ve done with the place here at WordPress :)

So that’s pretty much what I came here to say. I will try to keep with my once-a-month goal, but I have another more useful goal. To just write! Instead of writing long sermons and standing on soap boxes, maybe I would do better with short and snappy!

Today’s short and sweet post will have just a few blurbs about things I’m loving right now. 

“YA for Wine Lovers” Book Club

young adult red queen

We meet monthly and discuss a YA (young adult) book and drink book-themed cocktails. I look forward to these every month and wonder why we can’t do this every week! It’s such a wonderful group of people, and we always have thoughtful discussions on the books and on life.

The Training Room

I love this new gym I found in Atlanta. They have two types of classes – Lean and Strong – throughout the day. At first, I was just doing the Lean classes. These are intense bootcamp-style classes that definitely build strength (I finally managed to do genuine pull ups!) but they mostly focus on endurance. I recently worked up the courage to go to Strong. I’m usually one of two females in a 20 person class. I’m still intimidated by some of the bigger lifts, and it’s been a little bit of a transition to go from dumbbells to barbells, but I definitely hold my own.

40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club

I joined this program in January. As a 7th year teacher, I feel like I FINALLY fall into the seasoned teacher category.  I’m confident in the classroom. I work well with parents. I tend to be on the ball with district mandates. I take on the extras like tutoring, National History Day, assistant track coaching, and leadership roles. So it’s time to to tighten up my practices and be as efficient as possible. I still work 60 hours a week and get paid for 40. This program takes teachers through weekly professional development modules that help with things like assessment, parent communication, useful technology, work-life balance, and other systems that help teaching become less of a circus. I love the ideas, resources, and community that comes along with this process!

The Time’s Up Movement

times up

I usually keep things light here, so I wasn’t sure whether or not to include this one. But then it felt irresponsible to leave it out. This movement, along with the Me Too hashtag, is SO important for women and men who felt like they had to stay silent or suffer alone in their experiences. As someone with more personal experience in this area than I’d like to share, it’s truly incredible to see these dark secrets brought to light.

Rita

Let’s end this list on a lighter note! This Danish show (which you can find on Netflix) is more relatable than any other “teacher” show out there. And it’s not even really a “teacher” show. It’s a “dramedy” featuring an awesome teacher with a messy personal life. And even though you have to read the subtitles, it’s worth the extra concentration!

That’s it for today! It looks like I wrote a full-length post without even meaning to. Once I get started, it’s hard to rein it in. Let’s hope the words keep coming and I keep to the monthly posting goal!

Autumn Resolutions…because Fall is more motivating than Winter!

I, like many other women these days, really enjoy the Fall. I love the decorations, the flavors, the colors, and the nicer weather. Fall brings in a new school year and gives me another chance to begin again. This is my fourth year teaching, and I feel like I’m completely remaking myself…for the fourth time.

It’s cold and dark in January. The holidays are over, and I’m over the weather by then. So why do I have to wait for New Years to create new goals for myself? Let’s start now. New school year, new city, new job, new goals.

1. Smile everyday at work.
This one is difficult. Teaching is acting. No matter what you’re going through or how you’re feeling, you have to be “on” for your students. You’re their rock 5 days a week, 9 months a year. This new job requires even more patience from me than what I’ve experienced in the last few years. I’m grateful to have this experience because I know it’ll make me a better teacher. Even though I’m exhausted every day when I get home, I’m not as cynical and frustrated as I was coming from my previous teaching job. So my first Autumn resolution is to have a smile on my face every day at work and be super patient :)
2. Remain consistent with my workouts.
I used to have a love/hate relationship with fitness. About 7-8 years ago, I began a very unhealthy exercise regimen, and since then I’ve struggled to see fitness in a positive light. I’ve always tried to make exercise a priority, but I was still bitter towards it. I’m in a better place now, and I’ve gotten into a good workout groove over the past 4 months. I have been successfully completing 4-5 challenging workouts a week and have been making sure I go for walks on the days I don’t workout. I feel strong and happy :) And I sleep like a rock on the days I workout before teaching!
3. Eat more vegetables at breakfast.
I reflect on my food choices a lot, and I know I’m pretty good at including enough veggies during lunch and dinner. There’s ample room for improvement at breakfast. I often have fruit or pumpkin for breakfast along with eggs or almond butter, but it would be better if I could throw in bell peppers, tomatoes, or sauteed spinach more often during breakfast. 
4. Stretch more often.
Strength workouts and running cause muscles to tighten. If I don’t remember to stretch, I’ll lose the flexibility that has allowed me to remain agile and injury-free!

5. Get into a blogging schedule. 
This one is tough. You may not believe it, but blogging takes up a TON of time. I would love to get into some sort of set schedule, but most of the time I squeeze in the writing whenever I can. Fortunately, the “creation” portion of my blog (the workouts and recipes) are just part of my everyday life so they don’t take up any extra time!
I’m hoping to have some sort of consistency with my new weekly post Paleo Food Friday. I can work on this post throughout the week, and then I won’t have much to do and can post it Friday morning before work! It worked out well last week for the first installment, so hopefully I can be consistent with it.

6. Get outside and enjoy the season as much as possible!
I’m not a big fan of the winter cold, and I don’t go outside hardly at all during Spring because of pollen allergies, so I need to enjoy this weather as much as possible! I need to get my butt out of bed in the mornings and enjoy the crisp air during my morning runs. I need to go trail running at least once a week. I need to get outside everyday!

Question: What goals do you have this season?

Happy Sunday!