184 days to go…

It’s official. Today was the first day of a new school year.

I’m sad because I can no longer sleep in, go to morning gym classes, eat whenever I want and do whatever I want but I’m looking forward to a fresh start. I love that each new school year feels like a breath of fresh air. I couldn’t imagine having a job that basically never changed on a day-to-day basis. I would get really bored.

Even though today was the first official day back, it was only a teacher workday along with the rest of the days this week. My outfit is a little more casual than my typical work attire, but we also had pictures today that required a wardrobe change so I didn’t really feel bad for dressing down.



Shirt: Victoria’s Secret Pink v-neck

Pants: Forever 21

Bracelets: Express

Diamond necklace: vintage (from my mom for my 21st birthday)

Sadly the shirt and nice, straight hair had to go (rainy weather is no good on picture days!!) quickly after arriving to work so I’m glad I didn’t wear something too cute. Got to save those for the days where they actually matter! ūüėČ


I know, I know!!!

I said I was back about 2-3 months ago… but I clearly couldn’t hang.

This is not because I’m not interested in blogging or sharing my life, I have a number of reasons as to why I write in short spurts and then crash out after a few blog posts. ¬†But first, let me say that I really enjoy blogging. ¬†Granted, I haven’t done too much of that over the past few years, but the idea of blogging really appeals to me. ¬†I want to reach out and talk to other people (why just stick to North Carolina?!) and get ideas for new workouts, new recipes, and great ideas for my classroom or my wardrobe. ¬†But why constantly take from others without sharing what I’ve learned along the way? ¬†That is my motivation for still trying.

So let’s get down to it… why haven’t I been keeping up with this thing? ¬†I might embarrass myself because these thoughts are a little personal, but here it goes.

For starters- I am a teacher. ¬†Wait, let me rephrase that. ¬†I am a high school teacher. That means that my kids are knowledgeable of the world wide web and they’re usually very interested in trying to find me on it. ¬†If you’re not a teacher, ¬†maybe this doesn’t make sense¬†to you, but for me¬†I had to think long and hard about whether I wanted to put myself out there like this- publicly, might I add- where anyone can get a hold of my thoughts, pictures and my life. ¬†I know, I know. ¬†Isn’t that the point of a blog? ¬†Why have one if you want to be private? ¬†I totally understand that thought… hence the low amounts of blog posts lately [or ever]. ¬† I’m just putting this out there- I don’t plan to be raunchy or nasty or anything that could potentially get me in hot water- but having a parent or student get a hold of this and follow my life¬†makes me feel a little bit more exposed than it would make¬†me feel knowing that a friend, family member, or some random person from Idaho was following me. ¬†That was a hard thought to express, so I hope that makes sense! ¬†My fix for this- you will notice that I do not put my first and last name together in any one place on this blog. ¬†This isn’t because I’m weird, I just don’t want this blog to show up in a Google search via one of my students’ quests to find their teacher online.

Second,¬†I don’t want to¬†make George (the bf) feel like he has to participate in this adventure of mine. ¬†This is my blog and my endeavor, so I know that I will have to put myself out there if I want to be successful. ¬†That doesn’t mean that I have to put everyone else in my life out there though. ¬† George is a very private person and I don’t want him to feel uncomfortable with me posting pictures of him or sharing stories about our life. ¬†He’s 100% supportive of everything I do, but I¬†want to respect the fact that he may¬†want some privacy in this whole situation too. ¬†So don’t be upset if I don’t post many pictures of comments about him… I will share what he’s comfortable with me sharing and that will be that.

Lastly (yea, I guess there’s really only 3 reasons… I guess the first 2 were really the hardest for me), time is a major factor in my blogging ability. ¬†I know everyone has a schedule. ¬†This is supposed to be a fun thing, so why stress out over not being able to post and keep my readers updated (hello…. any of you guys out there? ¬†I don’t know if I really do have any blog readers haha)? ¬†When I’m working, my day looks like this:

5:45 am- stupid alarm. I hate you but I have to get up anyways.
7:10 am- head out the door for work after shoving a peanut butter english muffin in my face
7:30ish am- walk into work and hope I’m not late
8 am- 3:30 pm- impart my brilliant knowledge on 100ish 14-18 year olds
3:30 -6 pm- walk promptly out of work, head home and let the pup out, change and relax for 2 seconds and go to the gym
6 -8 pm- make dinner, eat dinner, pack lunch for next day and make breakfast for next morning and try to sneak an after dinner walk in there with my dog
8-9 pm- shower, figure out clothes for next day, realize how tired I am… look at clock… it’s 9 pm already?!! Try to read book, get through a page, fall asleep with iPad in hand.

So you see the struggle… how do I have time to blog with all that? ¬†And that doesn’t even include the things that go on when my boyfriend actually has OFF work.

But here’s the catch. ¬†It’s summer now. ¬† Schedule? ¬†What schedule? ¬†I don’t even know what day of the week it is anymore!! So here’s the deal… I’m going to do my best to blog at least 5 times a week and see what happens. ¬†I’ve always heard that when you do something consistently for 3 weeks it becomes a habit (apparently that’s not true anymore, but I’m going with it… check this out¬†if you’re interested). ¬†Summer is a glorious, relaxing¬†9 weeks so I’m hoping for the best here. ¬†Any words of encouragement along the way would be greatly appreciated! Stay tuned… tomorrow I plan to FINALLY give that product review I was talking about in my last post!! ¬†I promise there will be more pictures too.

Until next time… xoxo!