Category Archives: Life

Growing Patience

One of my Sunday School teachers in high school pointed out that patience is a fruit of the spirit, and fruit takes time to grow… just like patience.

I have to keep reminding myself of that to keep from getting antsy about what I’m going to do next year. I have no idea where I’m going to end up or what kind of job I’ll have. I’ve applied for a lot of teaching jobs all over the place, but so far nothing has panned out yet. That’s nothing to stress out about either, though, because many school systems haven’t even figured out how many people (if any) they’re hiring for next year anyway. I keep reminding myself that God has a plan for me, and that whatever He has planned is what’s best for me and will happen at the right time. It can be hard to focus on the big picture, however, and not get caught up in the worries of everyday life.

Student teaching has been amazing. I am so blessed to be at the school I am, with my host teacher, and with my students. I have been exhausted these past three weeks– I’m just having a hard time getting into the swing of a 40-hour week work schedule (does anyone ever get used to it?)– but being tired is my only complaint. And that’s not even a complaint, because I savor my free time even more now. It should serve as a reminder that last year I was wishing and praying that I would go to another school in another city’s MAT program rather than staying where I’m at now, and thank God that that didn’t happen. I’m exactly where I need to be. To quote my main man Garth Brooks, “some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”

On a lighter closing note, here are a few songs I’ve been obsessed with lately.

“Colder Weather” by Zac Brown Band

This song is so beautiful and haunting. I love the lines “well it’s a winding road when you’re in the lost and found, You’re a lover, I’m a runner, and we go round and round.”

“Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson

I have a huge crush on Jason Aldean, so any love song by him makes me weak in the knees anyway, but on top of that this song is one of the most passionate and powerful duets I’ve heard on the radio in a long time. I love Kelly Clarkson too, I really wish she’d do a country album.

“Somewhere With You” by Kenny Chesney

I haven’t liked anything Kenny Chesney has come out with in years, so I was shocked at how much I love this song. I love the rambling sound of it, it reminds me of a train. “If you see me out on the town and it looks like I’m burning it down, you won’t ask and I won’t say but in my heart I’m always somewhere with you.”

I’m not a good blogger.

I haven’t been a very good blogger this semester. I’ve been so busy with student teaching and the rest of my life that this blog has fallen by the wayside. The only thing I feel like I can offer the blogosphere right now is random fragments from my life.

One of the things I love most about teaching high school is how hilarious my students are. A few excerpts…

  • “Do you read books? Like, real books?”
  • “Is Transformers a fairy tale?”
  • “In fairy tales, the popular guy stays popular. For example, I was born handsome and was popular in kindergarten. Now, I’m even better looking and I’m still popular.”
  • “Is Shakespeare kind of like Tyler Perry?”
  • “Why were there lions in Rome?”
  • “Is Rome still a country?”
  • “Have you ever seen a wild hog? What about a domestic hog? … I have a 200 pounder we can put you in a pen with and he’ll just walk up to you and sniff you.”

Scatterbrain

Any of my readers who know me in real life know that I can be a little… neurotic. I choose to believe it’s endearing, though I’m sure some people would say otherwise… though, it’s likely people who don’t find it endearing don’t read my blog.

My mind has been all over the place the past few days!

I’ve been busy with schoolwork, trying to get my classwork for the semester wrapped up in the next two weeks so I can start my ten week full-time student teaching internship February 7. I will be teaching tenth grade English at a great school and am BEYOND excited!

I’ve also been working on my job hunt for next year. As I’m sure you all know, the job market is kind of slow right now, and that is especially true in metro Atlanta, where I’m looking. I have emailed resumes to over 50 (yes, 50) principals. It’s not quite time for them to make job offers yet, but when they do I want them to already know my name.

It’s stressful not knowing where my life is headed. I know whatever it is will be great and I shouldn’t be such a control freak, but it’s hard for me.

On a personal level, my New Year’s resolution to lose some weight is falling by the wayside as I sit here looking at an empty cup of Sonic Red Velvet Cheesecake Blast. At 11:00 at night. Oh, and I didn’t work out today. And I’m going to have to put on a bathing suit in just a couple months. Yikes.

I’ve also been preoccupied thinking about potentially joining eHarmony next year. Thoughts? Also, why am I worried about that right now? Although seemingly everyone around me is planning their wedding or living together situation, I AM only 22.

I say all that to drop a mental dump onto you and to explain why I have been neglecting this blog. However, 95% of my viewers get here looking for squirrels, so whatevs.

Happy New Year!

Happy 2011! I hope everyone had a wonderful time celebrating the new year.

The girls I spent New Year’s Eve with and I all agreed that the way you ring in the new year sets the tone for the year ahead. If our theory is right (and I’m confident that it is), 2011 is going to be a great year for me.

I spent New Year’s Eve at Union Pool, a bar in Brooklyn, with three lovely girls, one of my friends from undergrad and two of her New York friends. We drank champagne and danced into the night with awkward hipsters. The bar had a great vibe and the music was fun and upbeat. They passed out free champagne at midnight, there was confetti, and the first song of 2011 was “All You Need is Love” by my favorite band, The Beatles. It was perfect.

My prediction is that this year will be full of adventure and good friends, fun and laid-back.

As for New Year’s Resolutions, I have two:

1) Live a healthier lifestyle. I’m a pretty healthy eater and am active already, but I know the healthier my lifestyle is the better I’ll feel.

2) Enjoy. So many times I struggle to be in the moment, always thinking about something else or making plans. This year, I want to enjoy each and every moment to its fullest.

Happy New Year! All you need is love.

We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Mine was great, I really enjoyed the good food and time with my family. My big Christmas present from my parents is a trip to New York this week for New Year’s! One of my dear friends from undergrad now lives in Brooklyn, and I’m flying up there (hopefully, if the weather cooperates) Wednesday and coming back Sunday. I am incredibly excited about getting to experience NYC for the first time, spending New Year’s there, and getting to spend time with an old friend! My choice song for the week is a classic, “Auld Lang Syne.” I really love the version featured in the Sex in the City movie. In addition to being a traditional NYE song, it’s also a beautiful reminder of how important it is to cherish family and friends.

This year has brought so much change for me. I graduated college and dove right into a challenging one-year Masters program. I found love and lost it, made new friends while finding myself distant from others, and have learned so many things about myself and life in general. This year has been so valuable to me. I have grown so much but stay amazed at how much I have yet to learn.

I hope all of my readers have a safe and fun time this New Year’s Eve. Take some time to reflect on what 2010 has taught you and stand in awe of all the wonderful possibilities 2011 brings. Cheers!