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Things I wish I would have UNDERSTOOD When I was YOUNGER… Dear Me,

Welcome back!

If it’s your first time here, hi! 

Today I will be doing a little reflection on my younger adult years. Things I wish I would have understood. Funny thinking about it. I was thinking of things I wish I would of known, but then I realized I already knew I just did not understand at that time.

  • Love yourself. Always put yourself first no matter what everyone may think. When you love yourself life gets better. You shouldn’t allow people to make you feel guilty for putting yourself first.
  • Don’t allow people to have access to you when it is convenient for them. Allowing people to pick and choose when they want to talk to you is a huge no-no. Most people tend to treat you how you allow them to treat you, and they get a little too comfortable too quickly. I wish I would have understood that being around me and my energy is a privilege.
  • Just because someone is in your life it does not mean that person is rooting for you. I often got confused assuming everyone in my life was rooting for me. I tend to always see the good in people. I have trained myself to always see the positive side to things in life. I wish I would have understood what my parents meant when they would tell me not everyone is your friend. Just because people are friendly does not make them a friend.
  • Everyone you meet is in your life for a reason or a season. Part of human nature is building relationships with other people. However, the longevity of any relationship is not up to us. Some people will be in our life for a short period of time and that is OKAY! We must make peace with it and move on. Life is too short to be bitter or try to fix every single friendships/ relationships/connection.
  • Protecting your energy. Be picky when it comes to picking out “your crew” they should reflect your energy. The risk of having a “good heart” = we feel that we must “heal” or “fix” people. In addition, accept people for who they are and not what they can be. Read that again.
  • Be who you want to be not who others want you to be. Who cares what others think?! Be your truest form! DO NOT let anyone discourage you or make you feel as if your ideas/goals are too small.
  • Lastly, follow your instinct!

 

If you made it all the way to the end, I love you!

Thank you for journaling with me! Until next time.

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Orientation Update! Wooot Wooot!

Welcome back! How are yall? I hope everything is going absolutely wonderful! So this week was pretty much a week full of PD! PD is the abbreviation for Professional Development. I can’t wait to share with yall how my week looked. Stick around!

Food:  The county that I work for SPOILED us! They completely fed us! From breakfast to lunch! They even had desserts every day! If you know me, you know I am a foodie! I love food!

Monday: I was so anxious! I arrived there at 7 and signed in. They served us breakfast and I had the opportunity to meet with different educators (mainly elementary & middle). I was completely excited when I saw not one, not two, but THREE teachers that were formerly in a different district where I completed my internship and student teaching!  I also met up with a new colleague. (She was my buddy for the whole week, so grateful to have her in my life!)

Tuesday: I had dairy! So you know my day was going downhill towards the end. Yet, I was so excited! We received a ton of PD! My brain was fried! The orientation took place in a building where I used to attend back in HS so it was such an extraordinary experience as I walked around the halls and sat in the classrooms I used to back in HS. I spent most of my lunchtime reminiscing about everything including better choices I could have made. I also had the opportunity to connect with a couple of new HS teachers and counselors! Towards the end, I found my Tieks’ sister! Yessss! You read it right! I rarely bump into people that actually like my shoes. Can you imagine how excited I was as she approached me! Felt like that was a sign!

Wednesday: I reunited with a spokesperson (that had previously walked into my class last year for observation) and I was so excited that she remembered my kids, my lesson, and me! I was so flattered! Again, the food was AWESOME! We also received tons of PD! By the end of the day, I felt even more excited to fix up my classroom and redo the “comfort corner” with bright colors. I also learned about the 60bmp, I plan to incorporate it in my class! I also ordered TONS of books on amazon to assist me in this journey.

Thursday: Half Here Half There! Referring to half-day orientation and half-day back at our school! Of course, I am not completely new to the school but it was so exciting to see how everything will be scheduled by the very beginning! I had a delicious smoked turkey classic meal! I also officially checked out the teacher laptop that I’ll be using in school. I continued to drop a couple of boxes of folders and paper in my classroom.

Friday: My official first day of Pre-planning for the 2019-2020 school year! It started with Waffle House and ended in tears! Jajaja *Cries in Spanish* I’m so excited for Open house!  Pre-planning is very busy! I made a larger mess in my classroom and have to go back tomorrow (Saturday) to clean up! I also need to change the food for my hummingbirds. Oh yeah! You did not see that coming, huh. It’s true! We have a bird feeder outside my classroom. It is always surrounded by hummingbirds!  I can never get them in a picture but they are always there.

Next: If you’ve stuck around for this long, seriously THANK YOU! 

My next journaling session might be a little bit different. I’m thinking about doing an overall reflection.

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Starting from scratch! (Sort of)

Welcome back!

It has been an extremely short yet wonderful Summer! I haven’t been blogging as much since I am trying my best to spend as much time with my sister as I can.

Feelings & what is coming up? I am so anxious! I will officially start my “New Teacher” orientation TOMORROW! My stomach feels so funny! I am unsure what to expect or what to wear! Jajaja *laughs in Spanish*  I am trying my very best to go with an open mind and without setting any expectations.

Classroom progress:  I was lucky enough to start setting up my classroom earlier last week! I only have a couple of things I have to order from AMAZON but hopefully, I can get them cheaper during PRIME DAYS.

Any tips? Earlier this week I realized that I am borderline a hoarder. I am having a difficult time organizing and decluttering my classroom. My biggest fear is that I may throw important papers away. What should I do?

Makeup: Any suggestions for a long-lasting powder foundation? Please let me know! My skin is definitely combination, and I need something that will not turn me into a greasy mess after a couple of hours.

** I know a couple of my very closest friends are struggling to create a profile on here, any suggestions**  Shoutout to Ken! (Show this to Kirsten! I miss seeing her on Instagram.)

Thank you to the ones that have sent me very sweet messages. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you!