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Teachering….

Alright, I totally made up a new word. Forgive me, but my mind is too busy thinking about my final practicum block that I can’t really think of proper words.

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Catching Up: School, Influenster, and Life

Hello kind folks! So you’ve probably been wondering what the heck is going on with the blog… well, I’m looking for a change. I wasn’t really feeling the visual format of it, so I changed it. Now I notice that it doesn’t look good at all. So please bear with me while I make the necessary changes.

What have I been up to? Well, aside from trying to make this blog visually appealing, I have been incredibly busy with school. The second (and final term for this school year) is coming to a close very shortly – like, March 10. Reading Week is upon us (Yay! A glorious week off!) and then it will be back to the hustle and bustle and hustle of the last four weeks of classes.

I seriously cannot believe how quickly this school year has flown by. In all my years of being in university, it has never gone by this fast. Perhaps, because, for the first time I am really having a lot of fun. I am enjoying my practicum placement and this is something (teaching) that I am really passionate about, and something I really love. I love my cohorts (fellow students) and I am learning a lot. On Tuesday we had the most fun Curriculum Design class so far – a ton of laughter (we were crying), a little violence (it was in all good fun and no one got hurt – well, almost, but even they laughed), and some great ideas came out of our workshop. I’m also doing really good and for the first time, in forever, I am achieving grades of A – A+. It makes me feel like everything is all worthwhile.

I’m also having trouble in the finance department, but hey, aren’t we all? Being a full-time student makes it difficult to pick up substitute jobs; however, I am picking up quite a few on my afternoons off. Just not quite paying the bills like I had hoped. December was a bad financial month and I had to use all of my student aid funding to play catch up. It sucked. I’m trying my best to keep my head afloat and I just need to get through the next three months.

Recently, I have become the newest member of the Influenster network! Influenster is a network of people who test, review products and share their opinions with the world. I have been chosen for their L’Oreal Paris #HairExpertise campaign and I cannot wait to share the results with you. I received the product yesterday and I am genuinely surprised by the size of the sample product – almost Costco sized!

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This campaign runs for one month, so be sure to check back regularly for updates!

That is all for now my lovelies. I hope that you are all having a fabulous week and are looking forward to a fabulous weekend. It’s a long weekend here plus, Reading Week starts Monday. I have zero school assignment commitments this weekend so I plan to Netflix and chill… with a glass of wine.

XoXo!

-M.

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Finding happiness

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The last two months have been a crazy whirlwind. University courses have wound down until January and next week I begin a four week practicum block. My lessons and unit plans are complete, the worksheets for the first two lessons are at the print shop, and my students are excited. I’m ready to rock it.

However, there are nerves.

I will be observed three times over the four weeks by my faculty advisor; the first one on the second day. What if my students do not like the lessons? What if I screw up and everything goes terrible?  It’s all in my head and I know it will all be fine.

Yesterday, I received that message – that it will all be fine. Now that university classes are done, I paid a visit to my students from last year. I’ve been missing them something terrible and wanted to see how they were doing. Immediately, upon entering their classroom, I was bombarded with cheers and a mass amount of hugs. They were so happy to see me and the feeling was very mutual. I had one student ask if the students I work with are treating me well, to which I replied, “They’re just like you. They have their good days and their bad… and they can test me once and a while. Overall, they’re awesome.” She responded with a comment that made me laugh and smile, “Well, if they cause you any trouble, just let me know, and I’ll march over there to tell them what’s what. No one messes with Miss A!”

To know that I have a group of students behind me is the most amazing feeling in the world. These young minds are genuinely hopeful that I will do well and genuinely supportive. Isn’t it amazing how amazing our youth can be?

They make me feel good and give me the encouragement that I need. They’re the ones that I will eventually teach… their opinions matter!

What is one amazing thing that has happened to you today?

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In my 31st year.

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32. Thirty-two. Trente-deux. I’m not afraid to say my age, I wear it like a badge of honor. I like being in my thirties and I love being 32. Happy Birthday to me.

In my 31st year, I have accomplished a lot. I was working in an awesome school, in the best classroom and having a blast. I went back to school so I could eventually enter the Education program (something that I will be preparing for over the next few weeks) and the support system that is behind me is simply incredible.

I continued my love of traveling with a trip to Minneapolis in May and Grand Forks in September and October. I also began a collaboration with the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau, becoming a guest blogger. It has been so much fun being able to combine my two favorites – blogging & travel.

This past year I have tried to be more kind to myself – committing myself less to things, learning to say no (no matter how upset people get) and taking time for myself. Money over the last two months have been extremely tight, so it was looking for fun things to do for very less. Simply painting my nails, enjoying a cup of tea or watching a movie have been my modus operandi as of late. Saying no has been the most difficult of them all. I enjoy helping people and when it becomes difficult, I cannot say no, no matter how stressful it gets. I’ve ignored my self worth to help others and that is something I will have to work at.

My wish for my 32nd year is to continue the path of self-kindness, a permanent full-time job; continued opportunity to travel and blog (perhaps for other organizations), and enter the Education program Fall 2015. I also wish for good health (for myself and my family), spending more time with friends and continuing on my path of weight loss (blog post to come).

32… let’s make this one heck of a year.