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Saying it all.. Grief and all..

I want to start by thanking each and every one of you all. I’ve been blogging through this platform since 2018 and honestly, I have made many friends that I will miss a lot.

I have decided to take a break.. I recently lost a very close loved one and I am having a hard time keeping myself busy or trying to find my purpose.

With this said, in my personal life, so many things are currently changing and with those changes I am required to put a lot more effort into my schedule.

I am also in the process of going into my second year of teaching! I am very nervous about COVID-19 and how my classroom and school structure will change.

Love you all and stay safe!

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“Teaching” during COVID-19

“What is the difference between remote and distance learning?”

everyone around the world

-During our current situation I’ve heard the terms “remote” and “distance learning” being thrown around. The term that I’ve been hearing lately is “online learning” which made me realize you can call it whatever you want but I am sure everyone may have similar feelings towards each.

What is it like?

I’ve been connecting with my kiddos through Teams (video conference calls) for about six weeks now (this is week number 6 for us) and I still miss seeing my kiddos in our regular school setting. I must say that our Principal and Assistant Principal have done an amazing job helping everyone and ensuring everyone remains connected, not only as “staff” but as a family. We are truly very blessed to have our school’s counselor available not only for our kiddos and their families but for our staff too. The district also has a program for our children to get breakfast and lunch everyday.

In addition, it is a work in progress that we keep trying to celebrating and embracing everyday. Some days in my intervention groups, I have 2-3 kiddos sign in, other days I have more. I must admit, it is often very hard to remain positive, but that’s when having a team and family come in. Although I am literally plugged to my laptop from 8 to 5 sometimes. My back is literally killing me as well as my neck pain. Something that I am enjoying is using the restroom whenever I want to.

With this said, I can not imagine what educators that have children of their own are going through. Personally, I do not have any children of my own, but I have a sister with special needs. I try to create as many learning experiences and as many entertaining memories for her but she misses school. It breaks my heart that she does not understand what is going on and why she can not see her friends. However, I am grateful that I get to see her beautiful smile everyday. I am also very blessed to spend more time with my mom at home.

What did you have to make peace with?”

My therapist

I have not completely made peace with everything but I am learning to let go of things I have no control over. I am heart broken. I am so sad I did not get a chance to give my kiddos and colleagues a proper goodbye. I did not get a chance to hug them as much as I would of liked. It makes my heart hurt that they will not get a chance to sign my yearbook or share stories with me. I also will not get the chance to hug to say goodbye to my teacher/friends that are retiring and moving. I did not get a chance to train my future safety patrols. The only thing that helps me find comfort is knowing that God has a plan.


I hope to be back soon. I love you all very much. I also appreciate all the sweet messages and all the shares. I pray you are doing well.

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Classroom Essentials from Amazon! + Teacher Edition!

Welcome! Today I will be sharing my favorite classroom (teacher edition) essentials I can not live without! I’ve included links in case you are interested in a product.

Disclaimer: All of my opinions and recommendations are honest with good intent. Some of the links are affiliate links. Purchasing through these links will NOT affect your check out process in any way, I make a very small sales commission that will help my blog. I also like to see what items we share common interest.

With this said, lets get started!

  1. Scents! When I moved into my classroom, I wanted to make sure my classroom had a special touch! I wanted everyone that entered my classroom to feel welcome and cared for. As I mentioned on my instagram, I use the oil plug ins in my classroom and the automatic spray holder for my home. Out of all the scents, the Cashmere woods is literally my favorite! I also tried oil diffusers, click here if you would like to compare them.
  2. Skin Sticks! Yesss! My very first one was given to me as a gift! My friend/mentor introduced me to them and now I have three! I am equally obsessed with the Bamboo and Almond & Honey . As a teacher, I spend most of my free time washing my hands as much as possible! Water can quickly dry our hands,  the skin sticks are travel friendly and fun to use. They are super easy to use and leave my hands feeling A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! They don’t leave my hands feeling oily, instead they lock in moisture that can literally last me a whole day! If you get a chance you should try them out! Click here, if you are interested.
  3. Propolis Spray! Yup, that is right! Unfortunately, I tend to get sick every season! My friend/mentor introduced me to Beekeeper’s Natural throat spray! If you would like to compare prices, click here. I trust Beekeeper’s Natural spray because it is alcohol-free, keto friendly, uses raw honey, and only contains THREE ingredients.
  4. VapoRub + Excedrin! There are days when my migraine symptoms will not go away, for those days I have VapoRub! I often get laughed at for using vaporub for almost everything! But it works! I apply some to my temples and nape. With this said, I keep a bottle of Excedrin inside my desk! Since I was 10, I was diagnosed with both Migraine with aura. I was under a special treatment for 4 years and unfortunately it didn’t go as planned. The older I get the worst it gets. Excedrin is here for me and helps me get through a day of teaching!
  5. Sanitizing and disinfecting! Last year we experienced a stomach virus at my school! As an EIP teacher I work with almost 60+ kiddos a day and interact with a lot more! Our janitorial staff used Purell multisurface disinfectant spray to sanitize and disinfect the school. Every afternoon I spray lysol disinfectant spray on desk, tables, materials, and chairs. I also like the way it doesn’t leave a residue behind!

Thank you so much for your support!

Let me know what your essentials are!

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

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Made it to Winter Break!

Welcome!

As you can see I’m so excited! It’s official! I made it to Winter break! The last two weeks were very challenging, but I made it! I’m currently on the plane on my way home! Christmas Eve is almost here and I’m going to get the chance to spend it with my family! I haven’t been home for about three years now! I’m so excited! I’ll finally get a chance to meet some of my family members from my momma’s side and I can’t wait!

I also have to vent about my terrible experience with Delta! I’m so disappointed. Every time I fly, I always fly with Delta. However, this is my second time traveling with my sister and mom through Delta. The first time was wonderful compared to today! The staff members in the check-ins and the Homeland security crew were so so rude!

Furthermore, traveling with my sister isn’t an easy process as we wish it would be. Her wheelchair often gives us trouble. Today was so horrible I felt so sick and wanted to cry! Yes, I had a panic attack! When the checking in process and baggage check was all over, I looked over to my mom and could see that I wasn’t being dramatic at all.

My Goal For This Week: To eat tacos from Tacos Ayala, and seafood from Las Palmeras! I also have to fix my room and get rid of all my old furniture!

Happy Holidays!

✐C. Lopez M! ♡

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Feeling Conflicted About December Holidays + A Teacher’s Diary .. Send Help..

Hi! I hope you are enjoying this cozy weather! I have my heater on, fully blasting!

As all of you know, December is here! Meaning December’s holidays have arrived. As an educator, my weakness is trying to cater to everyone. With this said, I try to remain as neutral/unbiased as possible. I am aware that not everyone celebrates a certain holiday in December. So I take certain measures to ensure everyone in my classes feel welcomed. However, I’ve recently encountered a small teacher guilt moment. Many of my older kiddos have noticed the classroom does not have an elf on the self (their homeroom does), nor is our classroom decorated with Santas and reindeers (other classrooms are.) My classroom looks pretty much very blah at the moment. Although, I added a gnome and a tealight holder (it looks much better now than before.)

As I walk around, I see most of my colleagues so happily in their holiday sweaters, cute Santa earrings, and their classroom doors are tremendously festive. Then, there is me. I seriously feel like the grinch, it’s official, one of my kiddos called me out. I am unsure of what to do. Of course, I will be doing goodie bags for my kiddos that may include a snowflake pencil or a couple of Winter related items but I am unsure if I should include Christmas items. The last thing I ever want to do is offend or disrespect my children’s culture and beliefs. Have you felt like this before? If so, let me know I am not alone.

Am I officially a grinch? Help me, please.

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P.S. I normally don’t wear other earrings (I like to stick to my knot ones), but I caved and now own these Snowmen earrings.

 

 

 

*Side note: I purchased the beautiful handmade holiday gnome and tealight holder from a very talented colleague.

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Note from a friend.

Hi, everyone!

How are you? How are you feeling?

I wanted to get on here and do a quick catch up.

We all know how difficult the last week before break gets. This previous week was one of the most challenging weeks by far. Lately, I’ve been feeling dizzy, tired, and lightheaded. I thought I was catching a cold or maybe it was stress. It all started to get more complicated around Tuesday and Wednesday. I knew something was wrong when different people from my team were dropping by or checking on me because they realized I wasn’t being myself. However, it wasn’t until Friday that I decided it was time to reach out to my doctor and also to my family and friends (including my school family.) This weekend was the perfect time to reflect on everything. I’m currently working two jobs and assumed that I was getting burnt out. I also thought it could be my anxiety or seasonal depression. Turns out, I was completely wrong. I need to make my physical, mental, and spiritual health a priority. Since last Friday, my body has been sending me signs that I have completely ignored. I am not ready to talk about my current situation, but when I feel ready I will share the journey with you.

Note to a Friend:

With this said, I urge you to listen to your body. You are your most sincere friend and your health should always come first. Listen to your gut. You may have heard this about a thousand times, but your intuition is always right. If you are feeling tired, drowsy, or anything other than your usual self reach out to a professional. You are NOT alone.

 

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C h a n g e s . . .

November 9, 2019    12:22 am

#PersonalThoughts #Journaling #FirstYearTeacher #FirstYearExperience #Latinaineducation

This week was probably one of the toughest weeks I have had in the past few months. I’m having a difficult time focusing on myself, my family, my faith, my goals, and my personal life. I am not sure if this makes any sense, but I feel like I’ve lost myself. I don’t have time to do much on the weekdays or weekends. I don’t even have time for self-care days. I LOVED SELF-CARE DAYS. I am always on the go, looking for new tools and ideas to incorporate in my lesson plans to make them more meaningful. With this said, my professional life seems to be going well, I’m getting things done! However, I keep trying to map out my 2020 and I seem to be all over the place with ideas. I have posts and ideas I’ve had in my draft for the longest and I don’t even post them. My motivation is completely gone, I don’t even know what’s next from here. Everything just seems so blurry (in my personal life) with no direction at all. Looking back at who I was a couple of months ago and who I aspire to be makes me feel like I’ve gone through a “shedding” stage in life.

I recently renewed my domain and now I am not sure what’s next.

I aspire to be one of those educators that inspire their children to learn, those educators that always have everything completed before the deadline, those educators that are fit and have time to go to the gym, those educators that always dress nice, those educators that have their hair done, those educators that can balance out their personal and professional life without a struggle. If you are one of those educators, help me out, what’s the secret?

 

 

 

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Finding “THE” balance between my career and my personal life.

Where can I begin?

Welcome BACK!

If you are new, hi!

To be honest I don’t even know where to start. Finding a healthy balance between my career and my personal life has not been easy at all. My main goal by December is to have it worked out to a point that I don’t feel guilty for spending less time with my amores.

Why change? I personally am in a place where I love my career. I honestly love what I do. However, I feel the need to start setting boundaries between both to prevent me from “burning out” and start on building a stronger life I’ll be proud of. I realized that I’ve distanced myself from my extended family. I’m in a very long healing pathway right now.

Things that I’ve changed so far:

  1. I’ve been trying to leave my classroom at a decent time. With meetings taking up most of my afternoons, I’m trying my best to leave as soon as I possibly can to spend the rest of the afternoon at home. (Even if that means working on school work at home.)
  2. Stopped comparing my life to others. It’s super easy to get sidetracked by what others are doing. For example, watching someone else balance their life so easily. I constantly remind myself that everyone has a different story and priorities. My life is a little complex but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have two amazing teachers I admire and aspire to be like. Their priorities are in order and they do an extraordinary job teaching!
  3. Learning to say, “No.” I hate not being able to help others at times but I’ve learned that my time is valuable and there are going to be times when I have to pick myself over others. Nothing personal, it’s impossible to make everyone happy.
  4. Having an agenda. That’s right! I’ve invested in a small calendar, I have it color-coded with important dates connected with my career and personal events. I’ve also merged it with the calendar on my cellphone.
  5. Confirming appointments! Time is very valuable, so I’ve been confirming plans with my family members/ friends 24 hours in advance.
  6. Being open to evolving. Evolving is not something that happens overnight and it’s an ongoing process. It can also look very messy before it gets better so I’m learning to be even more patient.

That’s all I have, for now, thank you!

Thank you for joining me on my new journey as an educator. I can’t wait to continue to grow! Don’t forget to be kind and love one another. & always lead by example!

✐ 𝙼 𝚒 𝚜 𝚜  𝙻  𝙼  ♡

 

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Teacher Tired:​ A level of tiredness I did not know existed! + FREE SUPPLIES

Welcome back!

If you are new, Hi!

I am so excited! I just realized I gained a couple of new friends on here!

Update: I lost track of what week this is (Week 3) for me! As many of you may know, I spent the first week of school working with my kiddos in K. With this said, I am now working with my regular first through fifth-grade kiddos and will start serving my K kiddos next week!

Feeling: I’ve been having a difficult time adjusting to my BTS schedule. I wake up at          5:25 am every morning and usually get home around 5:00 pm. As you can tell my sleeping schedule is all over the place! I’ve been spending most of my time doing my LP and looking up research-based interventions for my kiddos. I believe I discovered a new level to tiredness I had no idea existed!

Personal Life: Although my work schedule is currently a little intense at the moment, I am so blessed to be surrounded by my friends!  Seeing them and catching up with them is seriously the best therapy!

Current Goals: I am currently trying to stop drinking Coca-cola but it seems harder than I thought it would be! I also want to make more “teacher” friends! I even started my very own teacher Instagram!  So add me on there it is: _teachingwithjoy

Current Coping Strategies: Avoiding Caffeine, journaling, yoga (my version of it lol )

Side Note: I’ve been obsessing over succulents plants (Echeveria elegans) but I am afraid I will not care for them properly, any advice?

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Teacher-Proof Makeup / What’s in my makeup bag @ school / Whyyy ? !

Hi guys!

Welcome back! Today I decided to share what’s in the mini makeup collection I keep in my desk! To be honest I don’t wear make up every day. I’m usually at school for approximately ten hours! So let’s dive into it!

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*Disclaimer: The products I use are not the ones I would normally wear on the weekends. I enjoy full coverage on the weekends. 🙂 [With the exception of my eyebrow products.. lol)

Let’s start with the primer! I love this primer! The scent doesn’t bother me at all! I received this primer as a gift! (Yes! Lucky me!) I like this one because it doesn’t clog my pores. Remember: I’m at school for a very very long time!IMG_4120

Next, foundation! I’m currently using the makeup forever powder foundation. I’m not completely crazy about it but it’s a light coverage that I can build up if I need to. It’s also the best one I’ve found so far (powder formula) so until I find something better…

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Right after, I enjoy using my Fenty concealer to hide my dark circles around my eyes. Yup, that’s right! I’m a very tired teacher (: Since I have not gotten enough sleep, I tend to get dark circles around my eyes. I love using my Fenty one because it is light weightless coverage and it does not crease as much as others tend to.

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After, bronzer and setting! I always go crazy with the bronzer but for school, I like to keep it light due to the lighting in the building. I am currently using this one by Kat Von D. I also like to set my powder with the OG (Laura Mercier setting powder) to help it stay longer.

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Then, eyebrows! If you know me you know I don’t like my eyebrows and that’s something I’ve been working on since day uno! My fav eyebrow products are the pomade in the shade ebony! My guilty pleasure is that I have three! One for school, one at home, and one in my car! 😂 I also love the Anastasia clear brow gel. I enjoy “cleaning up” my eyebrows with my Nars concealer. This concealer is one of my favorites! I’ve also added the Laura Geller cream concealer to prime my eyelids. (I carry a couple of these repeated items because they are my favorite and my go-to.)

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Later, eyeshadows! This was the hardest part to narrow down to just one! This one is by Natasha Denona! ( Yes, this is the only product I can afford off that brand lol!) I picked this one because it’s travel-friendly and it has three neutral shades that I can wear for an everyday look and for curriculum night or late after school function (such as Spirit night) I can easily add the other shades and turn it around to a Smokey/ bolder look.

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Next, eyelashes! That’s right! My favorite eyelash curler is this one by Shiseido! This is my OG! In addition, I also had to narrow down my mascara choices! I was stuck between the waterproof mascara by TooFaced and this one by LANCÔME. I ended up going with this one so I wouldn’t miss my TooFaced one at home LOL!

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Finally, I end up my look with a thin line of eyeliner and lip gloss! I like to carry my Fenty lipgloss since it is travel size friendly! I don’t have to worry about it being too bulky. (Plus, I love the applicator!)

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BTW: Brushes! Here are my favorite brushes/tools ever!

IMG_4126Above (From top to bottom): Mini Beauty Blender (not a brush) Not only do I love how the size makes it so travel-friendly, but I love how it helps me blend in my concealer a lot smoother.  Next, the Sephora Pro Mini is my all-time fav! This travel-friendly brush was my VIB Rouge gift from Sephora! I love how it blends my foundation! Although it’s small, it gets the job done. In addition, my fav. Real Techniques “contour brush”  (came in a set of three) is the real OG. I’ve repurchased the brush (to replace this one on the photo) an insane number of times but although they are the same brand (just a slightly lighter shade, since it was part of their first release) it doesn’t work the same for me personally. SO, I’ve been keeping this one longer than I think I should.

My top 3 ALL-TIME MUST OWN BRUSHES from Mac/Sephora are only these three:

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(Top to bottom) The Mac 248: My go-to! Perfect size to help me clean my eyebrow up and also apply my concealer around my eyelids. It also often helps me clean up around my lipliner when I overline. Next down is the PRO Small shadow brush #15 by Sephora (part of their rose gold collection) I am so amazed by how smooth it applies my eyeshadow and the size is friendly to use around my lower lash line! Last but certainly not least is my PRO Crease #10 by Sephora! I was lucky enough to purchase three before the discontinued it (I’m guessing since I haven’t been able to find it anywhere)! It is literally my ride or die, my one and only, the only one I need for a smooth touch!

 

Fun fact: I tried to record this a couple of times but I accidentally deleted the footage!

Hope yall enjoy this snippet! ^_^

*If you made it to the end, you’re awesome sauce! Thank you all for joining me!

Ttyl! Bye!