Archive | January 2018

Desk Makeover

Good evening, y’all! Tomorrow is back to work and I’m PUMPED!!! I went to my classroom today and added to my desk to make it a little more exciting! It is by no means a crazy awesome desk, but little things make my work space a bit more fun!

I got a really awesome handmade name plate from my mother-in-law for Christmas, so I put it dead center!

That plus the new sparkly ribbon makes the desk just a bit more fun from the new year! I always like to do a little something extra to combat that post-holiday letdown! Coming in during break is worth it, because you can set up a fun new vibe by just doing a couple tiny things! I set up my math stations activity and dance team stuff as well, just so I can roll in feeling prepared and ready to go! Totally worth the hour spent at work on the last day of break!

How many of you teachers/students are going back soon? Let me know how you like to get back into the groove!


My Before Pics!

As someone who grew up dancing, I always thought about my body and my weight. As with so many dancers, it became a bit unhealthy, and was one of the contributing factors in my decision not to dance professionally. That being said, I have enjoyed my life greatly since only dancing for fun, and part of that was indulging in pretty much anything I felt like eating. That’s not healthy either, so one of my goals this year is to work on my fitness in a positive way and eat more healthy things every day, while still having occasional treats!

Every time I have made fitness/eating goals in the past, they have been based on weight, size, and restriction. I would make a goal to lose exactly 10 pounds, or to go back to a size 2. These types of goals may work for a lot of people, but for me, they diminished the self-love that I know I’m worth (and so are y’all)! So this year is different! My only fitness goal is to find a consistent routine that feels good and works for me. My food goal is to plan delicious and nutritious meals, and to just add more fruits and vegetables to replace some of those McNuggets and pastries! No weight goal, no size goal, no crazy restrictions. All of that will fall into place if I am giving my body some love! That being said, I will be taking pictures to track the changes this creates in my body. Here are my before pics! Yes, I know you can’t see my stomach. Y’all, I don’t even own a bikini. Not happening! ๐Ÿ˜›

Though I am tempted to criticize what I see here today and beat myself up over all the times I skipped the gym and ate something naughty, I’m choosing to love my body throughout the journey! If you are struggling, remember that God (or whatever you may believe in) made all of us beautiful in different ways! We can always improve ourselves, but we should improve with self-love in EVERY stage, and not just the end result. Easier said than done, I know! ๐Ÿ˜‚

How do you feel about fitness goals? Do you have any for the new year? Also, advice on what has worked for you is so welcome! I’d love some comments!! Thanks for reading!


The Bravery to Fail

Happy new year, everyone! I hope you had a safe and fun New Years Eve! I know I did! We had two fun parties to attend, and I was definitely the most dressed up! (As always!)

The dress is Lilly and the shoes are Kate Spade, but the accessories are all vintage hand-me-downs from Mom!

As we celebrated, I thought about what my theme for the new year will be! I already selected some things I wanted to do this year, but I love the idea of having a focus all year.

While I am a pretty bold person already, there is always this underlying perfectionism and self-doubt. I was the kid who cried over a B+ in school. I feel that while I am successful in life, I can do so much more if I am brave enough to fail. Putting myself out of my comfort zone means that I may stumble before I rise to the top. However, that is the only way to grow. 2018 will be a year of growth for me as I push myself and rise to the next-level version of me! Stay tuned for some awesome things!

What is your theme for the new year? Let me know!!