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Life Lately

It’s been a year since I started this blog and I am still figuring out which direction I am headed with it. I have bursts of blogging motivation and then I have periods where I am just not feeling it. And then there is the whole time commitment. Especially if I am doing an informative post-the research takes time! Sometimes I feel silly, and other times I remind myself that I started this blog for me-not for anyone else. Anyways, life has been fairly busy lately: substitute teaching at three different schools, waitressing nights and weekends, along with some fun stuff! Today marks the first day of my ‘Spring Break’ according to the school schedule, despite the less than spring like weather. Hopefully it will warm up soon!

The Main Attraction

The Main Attraction

The Birthday Bash: Last week was my brother’s birthday and his spring break from college. I was so pumped to see him, even if it was only for a couple of days. We had lots to catch up on! Our family tradition for birthdays is that we get to choose what we’d like to have for dinner and dessert. Chicken fajitas and dense chocolate cake!

Yes please!

Yes Please!

Last week my Mom and I took a day to go shopping and out for lunch. It was a much-needed day! I always forget how exhausting shopping is though! I hadn’t been to Target in ages and was needing to get my fix. I have been wanting to buy some things to make my apartment a little more ‘home-y’. And lunch at Panera is always a win!

Perfect for a Gloomy Day: Vegetable Soup plus a Grilled Ham and Cheese!

Perfect for a Gloomy Day: Vegetable Soup plus a Grilled Ham and Cheese!

Signs of Spring: I am finally starting to crave my giant salads again. During the winter I crave warm comfort food, so salads have taken a backseat for a bit, but my love for a huge plate of veggies is slowly coming back! Must be a sign of Spring!

One Benefit of Waitressing: The Salad Bar!

One Benefit of Waitressing: The Salad Bar!

Another sign of Spring? The Gerbera daisies that my Mom surprised me with at work! I was so excited when she showed up with these beauties!

Coral!

Happy Spring!

School Stories: I have decided that the worst area to substitute teach for is band or music. Ugh. This is mostly because I am not musically inclined in the least bit. I have also come to the conclusion that allowing 30 middle school students to have musical instruments should be questioned. Most of them use them as noise makers, not music makers! Plus, the last time that I subbed for a band teacher the room was a disaster. And check out part of the plans that she left me:

Check Period 4!

Check Period 4!

Um, clean up your room? No thank you. I couldn’t believe that this request was part of the teacher’s plans. I had never subbed for that teacher before so how was I supposed to know what to do with the piles of paper and random instrument pieces laying everywhere? Messy classrooms are a pet peeve of mine, can you tell?!

The other day I subbed in a Kindergarten classroom and first thing in the morning one little boy gave me this to ‘save and eat after my lunch.’

The Perfect After Lunch Dessert!

No Portion Control Needed!

A single jellybean! How sweet of him! I thought this was incredibly amusing, but I didn’t eat the jellybean-too many questions concerning its whereabouts!

Even though I am still working at my waitressing job over Spring Break, I am looking forward to having some more down time. I am also hoping that the sun will begin to make more of an appearance so I can get some good runs in!

Are you going anywhere for Spring Break?

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Life Lately and What I am Loving

Warning: This post is going to be all over the place! In an effort to make this post a bit more organized, I decided to go with a list of what I have been up to lately. Because who doesn’t love a good list?! (Or is that just me and my OCD tendencies?)

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1. Bodeefit Workout Emails. Even if I don’t do every single one of them, their daily appearance in my inbox reminds me that I need to get moving and they inspire me to create my own little mini workouts. A must to break up the winter blahs and get the endorphins flowing! Plus, I love that the workouts are super quick and require little to no equipment!

Perfection!

Perfection!

2. Paleo Banana Bread. This paleo banana bread to be exact. I don’t think that I need to explain-what’s not to love about warm, dense, slightly sweet bread?! The recipe is super easy and I have now made it 3 times! Plus, unlike other Paleo breads that I have tried, the bread rises to the top of my loaf pan! George of Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations also has a Paleo ebook, and it is on sale! Definitely check it out!

3. Draw Something. I may be a little late to the party on this one, but I recently started playing this game and I love it! I find it incredibly amusing to watch my brother try to solve my drawings…like the time he had to guess ‘vegan’ and I redid my drawing at least 5 times! Whoops!

Winning artwork no?!

Winning artwork no?!

4. Challenge Loop. Accomplish goals and be entered to win fitness related food and goodies?! Yes please! I downloaded this app so that I could be a part of the 28 Day Blog Challenge. More on this later!

5. I signed up for my first half marathon! The Wineglass Marathon is a local marathon that I have always been intrigued by, but never thought I’d actually be participating in it! The race doesn’t take place until the Fall, so I have plenty of time for training and will probably be fitting in at least one other half marathon as a ‘practice’ run.

So, my list turned into a bit of link love. I have been fairly busy lately with work and practice, plus fitting in all of the daily to-dos. I have been brainstorming with goals for myself and the blog, so there is more to come!

What have you been loving lately?

What is your favorite App?

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Top 12 for 2012

I am sure that there will be a lot of these 2012 recap posts happening in the blog world. I was going to do my recap going by the month, but I decided to make it even more simple and just list off my Top 12 Moments, Happenings, and Life Lessons for 2012. I learned, changed, and discovered so much this past year!

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2012: Top 12 Moments, Happenings, and Life Lessons

1.  I started a blog! A tiny step towards future goals.

2. It’s okay not to always have a plan. Sometimes things turn out better that way!

3. I moved into my very own apartment! This has changed so many aspects of my life-from my relationship with my family, to my confidence in knowing that I can manage and make decisions independently. Not to mention, I am now the proud owner of a beautiful washer and dryer!

4. Laughter makes any situation better. Being able to laugh at my mistakes or problems that I have encountered is the best way to avoid stressing the small stuff!

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A little Garfield makes everything better!

5. I really am a teacher. After spending almost the entire school year as a long term substitute teacher, I learned and grew so much. I also started to see myself as a teacher, rather than someone who had simply gone to school for teaching.

6. Everything is better through a child’s eyes. The things that kids say and do will never cease to amaze me. Spending my summer as a nanny was one of the best things that could have happened!

7. I make my own choices, therefore I control my happiness.

8. Everything does happen for a reason. Even though I have been told this a million times growing up, I truly started seeing and believing this.

9. I started running, and didn’t stop once the colder temperatures set in! I also ran the farthest I have ever ran and logged quite a few miles!

10. I visited NYC. Twice! And can’t wait to return again.

The streets of NYC!

The streets of NYC!

11. I started drinking the Paleo kool-aid and completed my first Whole 30.

12. I voted! Even though I have been registered to vote since high school, I have never actually practiced this right!

2012 Election Sticker. Whoop!

2012 Election Sticker. Whoop!

2012 was a year of growth and learning for me. I learned so much about who I am and what I am capable of. Now on to even bigger and better things: 2013!

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013!

What did you learn in 2012?

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