Grateful

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” 
― Epicurus

Over the past several months, a number of events took place that I am very grateful for.

1. Got a new job working at a preschool as a 1:1 aide for students in a special education classroom. This has been a wonderful experience for me so far and I will continue to work at the school again this coming September.

-For those pursuing teaching without an undergrad in education (like myself), I highly recommend spending a few years as a paraprofessional. It gives you a great exposure to the classroom and an opportunity to learn from the head teacher. You also have ample opportunity to meet the administration and other teachers throughout the school system. It can give you a strong sense of what it would be like to have your own classroom and help decide if teaching is the right field for you.

2. Started babysitting for several awesome families after school and on the weekends.

-Not only is this great supplemental income, but it has allowed me to work with several different age groups of kids, and offered extra opportunity to work with children with autism in a non-school setting.

-Many of the families I’ve worked with have expressed how much they’ve appreciated my help and working with all of these kids has been such a rewarding experience.

-I met about half of the families through care.com which I would recommend to anyone looking for some extra work on the side.

3. Pursued new interests

-Signed up for 3 months of yoga, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but haven’t been wanting to pay for. Saw a good deal and bit the bullet. The classes are at Coolidge Corner Yoga (http://coolidgeyoga.liveeditaurora.com) and so far have been amazing.

-Attended a Dash Hack night at General Assembly Boston on an introduction to front end web development. Learned some basics of HTML and CSS, which are skills I have wanted to gain for a long time. Would like to pursue this interest more when time/money permits. Full courses offered at General Assembly and can be found on their website (https://generalassemb.ly/boston)

4. Traveled to…

LA 

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Aruba

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Sedona, AZ, Grand Canyon National Park, Glen Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park

Sedona, AZ

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Grand Canyon-sunset with the family

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Glen Canyon-smooth water rafting trip

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Bryce Canyon

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Zion-Hiking in The Narrows

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Final Hike at Zion

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Toronto

Scooting around town on an electric scooter.

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View from the CN Tower

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On the ferry to the airport

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5. Signed a lease

In September I will be moving into my first 1 bedroom apartment with my awesome boyfriend of almost 4 years. Super exciting! Already planning to go wild in Ikea.

6. Applied to Graduate School

If all goes well I will start the program for my Master’s Degree in Special Education for students with moderate disabilities grades 5-12 in the fall. I applied for the program at Bay Path University, so that I can continue to work full time while getting my degree. I am very excited to embark on this next chapter!

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
-Andy Warhol

 

Everything is awesome

Is the title of the very catchy, yet slightly annoying, song in The Lego Movie, which is excellent and you should all go see.

Aside from that everything has been quite awesome this week because

  • the Olympics are underway
  • the job search is coming to some fruition
  • my parking karma is on point

As far at the Olympics go, some of my favorite moments so far have been:

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Russian baby (15 year-old), Julia Lipnitskaia, killing it on her home ice

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Erin Hamlin making history as the first US woman to win a medal in luge singles

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Iouri (Ipod) podlatchikov win gold in the men’s half-pipe.

Though I was sad that Shaun White did not have the best day, I was impressed by his gracious acceptance of 4th place, and the fact that he went over and congratulated the guys that medaled.

I am happy anytime I see someone perform at their best and experience what I am sure is a feeling of pure elation at achieving a life-long goal. I think many people dream of going to the Olympics (I definitely did) and seeing people realize those dreams and have the run or routine of their life when it counts is very awe-inspiring.

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On the job front-

The search is going well, I had another interview today, I attended BU’s career fair and I made some more quality contacts.

Fingers crossed, I will have another job soon. If not, then I’ll keep trucking.

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Parking karma is just exciting because having given up my parking space to save some money, I am always grateful when I easily find a space on the street.

Basically when you find a parking space in Boston it feels like this:

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and this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buFRknN1ckM

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Also, in a very thoughtful gesture, my dad gave me a Starbucks gift-card so that I could sit and focus on applying for jobs. So that was very nice and unexpected and I’ve been filling my belly with delicious drinks all week.

So, all in all, everything is awesome, and seriously go see the Lego Movie (in 3D, which I normally hate) because it is so funny and cute, and definitely made for adults.

Whine and cheese (without the cheese)

Yesterday I was hosting my own little Whine club, but today is a beautiful snowy day and I am renewwed. It’s time to set some concrete goals again. Goal-setting began thanks to my gymnastics coach from age 9-17 and I continued it through college. For each meet, we had to set four positive goals for each event (something short, couldn’t use the word “no” or “don’t”) and focus on them throughout each routine. For a very nervous competitor, which I was, it helped a lot. In everyday life, this practice is also great. It is kind of like a to-do list, but with fewer items and more focus.

Yesterday

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Whine and Cheese club on Parks and Rec

Today

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Snow is magical!

Tomorrow

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Our goals were always private, so I won’t share mine, but if you get in a rut, try it out sometime.

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What should I be doing?

Probably not trying to start a blog, but that is neither here nor there. I could try to appeal to the masses with cat videos and twerking (which my computer keeps trying to auto-correct to tweaking; don’t worry, I’m sure it will be added to the dictionary soon), but I guess I’m just utilizing yet another outlet to publicize my life. Basically, being vain and thinking people will read this.

To keep it short and sweet, I should be aggressively applying to jobs right now, but I’m going to take a break to do this because it’s fun and new and means writing something besides a cover letter.

Finding a career to match your passions is no piece of cake. Especially when your passions lie all over the map and your expensive education and year and a half of post-grad job experience qualifies you for…well, less than you thought. Feeling like you wish you could send a Howler (HP reference, if you don’t like Harry Potter, just get out now) to every job that didn’t even give you an interview, though you’d be perfect (though obvi I’m sure there were lots of perfect people) doesn’t help the situation.

List of sentiments I would like to express i.e. the post-willingly quitting your job, job search

1. Why did I quit my job?

2. Because it was a good choice because I was miserable

3. Was I miserable?

4. Yes?

5. Fuck

6. Omg I’m so excited to look for new jobs. This is so fun.

7. Monster, craigslist, indeed, idealist, angel, simplyhired-WOO options!

8. This is a shit-hole.

9. OMG interviews, I’m amazing.

10. OMG job offer!

11. I don’t want the job being offered.

12. Shit.

13. Just offer me one of the countless other jobs I’ve spent hours applying to and that I really want.

14. I’m so awesome can’t you see that?

15. Maybe I could…

And here-in lies the reason I’m starting a blog. Because what better way to express how truly brilliant and marketable I am, than all over the internet! I’m only half kidding.

But, for serious, I’m a promising individual with many talents and positive qualities such as,

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backflips

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turning into a cat and reading your mind

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natural business acumen (bonus spelling skills)

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passion for fashion

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endurance

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culture

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B.A. (badass)

So we shall see where all of this general excellence takes me.