Friday, January 5, 2018

Random Post Alert - Catching Up!

Hello there! 

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas break. I know I always enjoy the extra time with my friends and family, time at HOME (I'm such a homebody...one of my good friends arranged a get together at my house just because she knew being at home is my favorite place to be--HA!), and time to reflect on my personal walk with the Lord. 

I know I've been somewhat MIA on this blog, so I thought I'd catch you up on thoughts about my new role as the Title I teacher and life in general. So buckle up for a bit of random thoughts!

Trim Healthy Mama

Ummm...where has this plan been all my life? If you haven't heard of it, it is an eating plan. They don't like the word diet and promise no pounds lost in the first year. If you've followed this blog for any length of time, you know that I have always been on a healthy living journey. My family has a history of obesity, and I have worked very hard to try and maintain a reasonable weight. My sister recommended the THM plan to me in October and I have not looked back! I've lost 13 pounds, dropped a size, (even through the holidays, people!!!) and am really enjoying the food freedom! I have also not been working out--something you could say I've been "bound" to for all of my adult life (more on that later).

If you're interested, I would recommend starting with this plan book. I cheated and signed up for Audible and got to listen for free. I then purchased this cookbook which does have an abbreviated explanation of the plan at the front (affiliate links).

Grad School

So with my new role as the Title I teacher for our district, I decided it was also a great time to get my masters degree as a reading specialist. It is everything I had dreaded...Ha! ;-) 

I know it will be worth it in the end, but right now I struggle to find time to complete my homework. Early in the semester, I realized something had to give. And that was my morning work-out time. As I mentioned earlier, I have always worked out. ALWAYS

Of course, I don't recommend not working out, but right now I am having to give myself some grace in that area. Maybe after basketball season, I can do more homework after school and get my morning workouts back on track.

Intervention Teacher

I'm finding the role of an intervention teacher to be...different. Don't misunderstand me, the positives are far outweighing the challenges I'm facing AND I couldn't be happier with my decision to take on this role.

Earlier in the semester, I found I was really frustrated with the lack of time that I have with my students. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, so this really bothered me. I didn't (still don't) feel like I have enough time to make the difference I would like to make. Maybe it is because I am the only Title I teacher for all of our K-6 students and I have to split my days between two buildings 20 minutes apart. Or maybe this is just part of the job. Either way, I had to come to the realization that I would do what I could with that precious time.

The other challenge has been communication--or maybe I should say lack of it. Now that I am not a classroom teacher (and probably also because I'm between two buildings), I don't always know what is going on at either place! It can be a little frustrating.

Mom of a Senior

My son is a senior this year. My daughter will be right behind him next year. I'm often asked what I think about him graduating. At this point, I can honestly say I am just excited for him. This is what we've been working for, after all! We have always attempted to raise our children with the mindset that we were preparing them for adulthood, to leave home, and hopefully serve the Lord wherever He places them. As of right now, this guy will be headed off to Bible college in the fall with plans to go into the music ministry.

Photo Courtesy of Crossroads Photography

I think that sums up what has been keeping me busy lately. Here's wishing all of us energy and strength as we settle back in for another semester! We can do it! :-)


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