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The change starts now

Today started out with a bowl of vanilla yogurt, a few teddy grahams mixed in, a bottle of water and a homemade Starbucks iced coffee. Maybe not the best breakfast, but for someone who rarely ever eats breakfast (and when I do, it’s usually a slice of Casey’s pizza and a 32 ounce fountain soda) it was a pretty good change from the usual. And that’s what this little blog experiment of mine is all about: change. I desperately need it in my life. My family needs it from me.

I am not unhappy with my life. It’s exactly the opposite, actually. I have a wonderful, loving husband and a beautiful, happy, healthy little girl. I love my job teaching high school English to Juniors and Seniors. There are many many things in my life that I consider wonderful blessings, but there is always room for improvement in anyone’s life. A person who tells you that they have nothing in their lives that they would change is either lying or delusional. The truth is, we don’t like to admit to other people that we want more, or that life could be better. Hell, most of the time we don’t want to admit it to ourselves.

I’m not talking major, life shattering, unattainable change. I’m simply talking about a few easy(ish) changes that will have a great impact on my life. My resolutions, if you will. But these resolutions aren’t just for this coming year; No, these are changes that I am determined to maintain for the long haul. This is my life renovation. And the change starts today with one little bowl of yogurt.

I am not crazy enough to believe that anyone will really read this blog, or that it will really help anyone make changes in their lives. I am simply writing this blog as a way to be accountable to myself. These are the promises that I would like to keep to me. But if you do happen to run across my little corner of the blogosphere, I hope you enjoy sharing in my journey. Until next time.

Wishing you plenty of changes,
Kayla

My Resolutions:

• Eat less junk. Be more conscious of the food I am putting into my body. Just because it tastes good doesn’t mean that it is good. This also includes moving more and sitting around less.

• Travel/experience more. Own/buy less. Things will only give me temporary joy. Memories will bring joy for a lifetime.

• Be more grateful. Complain less. Because my life is good, and sometimes I need to step back and remember that.

• Spend more quality time with my family. This means less time on our devises and more time actually together- not just in the same room.

• Keep the distractions at bay and do the activities I keep telling myself I want to do i.e. learning to sew, making crafts, reading, baking and cooking, learning sign language, or a new religion, or how to play piano, whatever. I have more time for these than I think I do when I am constantly distracted by tv and smartphones.

• Kick ass at my job. And be thankful that I have a job to go to in the morning when I don’t want to get out of bed. I have so many plans for this semester. I can’t wait to share them with my students!

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2 thoughts on “The change starts now

  1. Great post! I just started a blog and had the same sentiment: “no one will probably read this, except my overly supportive family (but really I am blessed), but maybe it’s just for me.and that would be ok” Good luck on the resolutions. They seem very obtainable. I like your last one, the most 🙂 I just finished student teaching for high school English in MA and I am dying to get going. Trying to get my toe in the door, really anywhere, because I’m brimming with excitement, ideas, etc. Any advice to a young, aspiring English teacher? I came across your blog originally looking at high school English teacher tags, and your Kristen Stewart post had me in stitches–so funny! Enjoy the long weekend!

    Cheers, Molly

  2. Hi Molly! I’m so glad you enjoyed the K. Stew post. It’s one of my favorite presentations so far this year. Congratulations on completing your student teaching. That’s a huge accomplishment!
    My best advice would be to definitely practice practice practice your interview skills and make sure that you focus a lot on student led, life long learning.
    It’s tough to get a job out there right now, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t get one right away. I subbed for over a year and worked as a school librarian before landing my dream job- anything that would keep me in the school setting so I was still practicing my teaching and keeping up to date with what was happening in the school setting.
    Good luck with everything! Stay passionate and hungry. Don’t be afraid to try new things that you think your students will enjoy. If you love what you’re doing, it will show 🙂
    Thanks for being my first commenter!
    -Kayla

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