I’ve been on the computer a little more than normal working on grad school assignments, and one thing that I’ve noticed is how few people actually share things about being kind, or even a “positive post”. I even wrote this post back in January on teaching kindness to 5th graders.
While I definitely agree that fake positivity does not help anyone, we need to have more kindness in the world. One of the things I’ve believed for a long time is that we need to lead with a servants heart. This means helping other people out, and showing kindness every time you can. Sometimes, yes, it’s difficult. I will be the first person to say that. However, when we sprinkle some kindness, overtime it will lead to more people showing kindness.
This month I decided to post a quote or a saying about kindness every day to my Instagram story. I’ve already had multiple people message me thanking me for posting something about kindness.
I’ve included some of these posts here; however, there will be even more coming this month.
Kindness is something we all need. Especially right now. As a teacher, I still have parents that question everything I do. We’re in person, so it’s not like they’re in the classroom. Kindness may look a little different right now. For me, showing me kindness means keeping your child home from school when they are sick. It means trying your best to follow directions. It means texting or calling to check in. It means supporting others as they reach big goals in their lives, or start working toward a new goal.
Showing kindness right now means thinking of another person and what they may like, not just getting something generic. Keep in mind, it does not have to be a physical object. Take something of their plate. We need less to do right now, not more.
We also need to show kindness to ourselves. This might mean not taking work home. It might mean sticking to a daily routine. It could be exercising every day. It could also mean making a new friend. It could mean window shopping.
As I said, showing kindness can mean different things. Do you have a friend that has a small business that you want to support? A little low on cash this year? No problem!
Here are a few ways to support a small business without spending a day:
Share on Social Media.
Like their posts.
Comment on their posts.
Talk about them.
Write a review.
Give them a shoutout.
How to show a friend you care:
Do something nice for them.
Write and send a card.
Send a text saying that you’re thinking of them, ask if you can do anything.
Spend time with them, even if it’s virtual.
Remember, we do not have to spend money to share kindness. We can do so many things that are kind just by respecting and checking in with people.
Something a little crazy happened last week. We had a flood day! I’m more used to snow days than flood days. My junior year of high school, we ended up having both when it snowed 3 feet twice, and the snow melted so fast between the storms that we had severe flooding.
However, we managed to somehow get a flood day. Anna (my roommate) and I walked around in the afternoon to see some of the damage and flooding. We knew where some of the major flooding was and walked a different direction.
Also, I will be the first person to say that teaching this year is so different than teaching the last two years. My school district is still offering 100% in person or 100% virtual for elementary (no hybrid model). Our middle and high schools are all on a hybrid model.
When Anna and I went on our walk, I took some footage and did a week in my life, so I thought I’d share it here. Make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel so you can see videos first!
Okay, it happened. I got dragged into the drama of this season of the Bachelorette. Honestly, Clare, I don’t know what you’re thinking. Obviously, she knows her own feelings; however, I really do not think you could have such strong feelings after two weeks. Especially if you hadn’t talked to them before as they’re claiming. I am very excited for Tayshia though. I truly liked her on Bachelor in Paradise. I definitely thought JPJ could be too immature for her, so I wasn’t too shocked when that relationship ended. I will say JPJ seemed to step up though.
Anyway, I digress on my thoughts about the current season and wanted to share why I could never go on The Bachelor.
The dates are pretty unrealistic. As much as I would want to go horseback riding through a city or town, that’s just not something that would happen. I also feel like a lot of them don’t allow to really get to know the person. Plus, most of the dates are planned by the producers to play on fears or something you don’t like. Sorry, I don’t wish to be terrified on a first date. For instance, I keep thinking of Hannah B. going bungee jumping during her season. No thank you. I would literally walk (really run) away.
People are playing with your love life. There are still other people involved (like the producers) that are playing their game to make “good tv”. In this case, “good trash tv” would be slightly more accurate. They manipulate the list to make sure that certain people are getting screen time or whatever other reasons. I feel like your love life is something you should control over and this show takes away those elements. I do wonder how much control they have during Bachelor in Paradise, though.
The “type” I’m attracted to most often is portrayed pretty badly. I love the sweet, preppy guys and they are often portrayed as stuck up jerks. Y’all, if a guy will open a door for me I’m all for it. Can I open a door for myself? Absolutely. Is it nice for someone to be polite and do it for me? Yes.
I’d be terrified of making a mistake. What if I sent the wrong guy home? Plus, I feel like there is definitely not enough time night one to make a true definitive decision after like 5 minutes. Sure, you might know that there is absolutely nothing there; however, this is definitely a strange situation where you might hang out with a person for 5 minutes and decide you never want to see the person again. This is not like in real life where you could contact them a little bit later and say hi again.
If I got frustrated (which I probably would) I would either just send all the guys home or be like I’m leaving.
Now, obviously dating live on tv would probably not be the best option for me. Neither is online dating/dating apps apparently.
I feel like there could be a laundry list of things that you want in a significant other/life partner. However, we don’t always see it. I actually saw the best thing on a guy’s Instagram story. The post was about how we ask God or hope for a certain person to just walk into your life. Instead of hoping for that, you should be looking at all the things that are in your life or look at the pieces because together it could be the “total package”.
I posted a video to Youtube this week, and I wanted to make sure y’all saw it!
Teaching in a pandemic is weird and I definitely wanted to show some insights. I obviously cannot film my students for privacy reasons. One thing that has changed is that we cannot meet as teachers in person. We have to meet via Zoom or another video chat service. This actually is a newer policy than most (it changed in October). Before, we could meet in our grade levels and now we always have to meet via Zoom.
I’ll be doing some more videos similar to this coming up as well.
If you have any requests, leave me a comment below!
I cannot believe I haven’t done a book chat since June! This book chat is super long, and it’s not even complete. I’ll be doing another post to share even more books that I’ve read since June.
Trust Me by Margaret Watson- 4.5/5 stars
Raine Taylor is concerned about one thing: catching her sister’s killer. Connor Donovan, local detective, is called about a disturbance…little does he know how that little disturbance will change his life. Raine’s one goal in life puts her at risk, can Connor save her?
Loved this one! The story has a variety of twists and turns which I love. When you think you have everything figured out, there’s another twist!
Hometown Calling by Lexy Timms-4/5 stars
The girl best friend is getting married-to someone else. I’m a groomsman, and do not want her to marry this guy. Hometown Calling is the story of a groomsman, who never spoke up for himself, finally figuring out who he is meant to be with, but is it too late?
This book was almost too predictable. It’s definitely cutesy and if you’re the girl next door, super relatable. However, the storyline is obvious in most parts. However, the characterization definitely draws the reader in.
I Temporarily Do by Ellie Cahill-4/5 stars
She’s supposed to move across the country. Then, she gets scammed and has no where to live, no money, and no backup plan. Her best friend is also moving across the country, and just got dumped by his fiance-the fiance he needs to live in married student housing. Now, he’s got no backup plan…or does he? Together, they navigate grad school and figuring our real life when they have all odds stacked against them.
This book has a typical yet unique storyline. While it follows traditional relationship stereotypes for books, it definitely has twists that keep the reader on their toes. There is great characterization and the reader is drawn.
The Lone Star Lawman by Justine Davis-5/5 stars
Shane Highwater, local Police Cheif and most upstanding citizen of Last Stand, Texas. Liliana Jones, the local reporter, begs to differ. She’s convinced that Highwater did something to cause her boyfriend to have a major accident. Highwater will do everything he can to prove she’s wrong.
If I could (which I guess technically I can since this is my book chat) this book would have like 7 stars. The characters have such storylines and it’s like you’re living in Last Stand with them. The town itself reminds me of Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls. Added bonus, the characters are just as loveable and unique. While the events that occur in the book aren’t 100% relatable, the characters and the complete story line really draw in the reader.
Head Over Heels by Cindy Procter-King-4.5/5 stars
Magee works for her family’s advertising business. Yet, she can’t seem to do a good job and it’s looking like serious nepotism for her to have her current position. She has to do something-and fast. Justin, a serious mountain biker and almost client needs her help. Together, they create an arrangement. However, that arrangement might not be as solid as they think.
Another book that truly draws the reader in. The events are super relatable and you never know when you mind find yourself in a similar situation.
Always: A Sweet, Small Town Romance by Leeanna Morgan-4.5/5 stars
Mallory was a top figure skater, until she got injured. Grant Byers does it all: cattle rancher, Search and Rescue volunteer, and he’s a former Navy SEAL. Grant puts it on himself to keep Mallory safe, when the same person that injured her arrives in Bozeman Montana.
Challenging the Cowboy by Jeannie Watt-4/5 stars
Zach will continue running the Marvell family ranch until his dies. He’s already been doing it since he was fifteen. However, Finley has other plans. She’s a trainer a little down on her luck. She needs a job to stick, Zach needs help with his brother now working his own ranch, too. Finley may, or may not, fit the bill.
Great story line! Zach and Finely both have their challenges, which could define them as both individuals and as a couple.
This is Crazy by Natasha Madison-5/5 stars
Zara Stone has been (unwillingly) around hockey her entire life. Her dad was a pro player, and now two of her brothers are. Zara is crushed after her ex-bf posts an engagement picture and wedding announcement (3 months after their breakup). Evan, a pro hockey player, is the perfect date to crash said ex-bf’s wedding. She and Evan hit it off, making Zara reconsidering the whole self induced no hockey player ruler.
LOVE LOVE LOVE! Zara is relatable and chases after her dreams, and Evan is fully supportive making such a positive book model for #relationshipgoals.
Chasing Hannah by Melissa Ellen 3.5/5 stars
Hannah has done everything to keep her job, but instead of the promotion, she gets the boot. She heads home for her BFF’s wedding, and runs into the person she never wants to see ever again. Opportunity comes knocking, but it might not be enough to get her to leave her hometown after all.
I think I always joke about being from small town USA, but Hannah is definitely from there more so than I am. This story almost seems a little forced in parts.
Jersey Girl by Rhonda James-5/5 stars
Cassie has come to campus after a disaster year. Her brother is a hot shot hockey player on campus, destined for the pros. So is his best friend and roommate, Brantley. Brantley has been a player both on and off the ice, but Cassie might just be the girl to change him. However, Brantley has to get the big brother’s seal of approval, and fear might just keep them apart.
This book is relatable to anyone who has a protective older brother. I loved how this book faced a wide variety of relationships issues and kept it real.
Cowboy in her Courtroom 1/5 stars
She’s seeing someone on a personal note…little does she know he’s about to end up in her courtroom. He’s not a good guy, and is being accused of a pretty serious crime. Yet, she’s his alabi.
Y’all, as a person who loves a good crime and mystery book, I could NOT get into this one. Everything seemed fake and I think I read like 10% of the book before having to put it down.
All of Me by Heatherly Bell-4/5 stars
Ivey Lancaster is back and is trying to persuade the local hospital to starta midwife program. Her ex-boyfriend is the doctor she has to convince. They will have to get past years of hurt in order to seal the deal.
This book has such a good plot line and fantastic characterization. This book keeps the reader engaged and asking “what will happen next?”.
Choosing Happily Ever After by Elena Aitken- 4.5/5 stars
Hope Turner is a wedding planner and event host extraordinaire. Levi needs a job now that he’s back in town. Hope needs help. Levi might just be the man for the job.
As we see Hope go through a bunch of different things, Levi is there for her every step of the way. He steps up to the plate big time for the love of his life-even if Hope doesn’t see it.
Three Dates by Grahame Claire-5/5 stars
Muriella doesn’t date. Stone thinks she’s beautiful. Stone convinces her to go on three dates. His mission: to sweep Muriella off her feet.
I am obsessed with the characters in this book! You are brought into the story and the characters’ lives. In turn, they become a part of yours. I loved this book so much, I ended up getting the next book in the series Heartbreaker. These stories rope you in and are so relatable. If you don’t read any other books I recommend, these are a must read.
Heartbreaker by Grahame Claire-5/5 stars
Mulaney has a secret, the business isn’t doing well. She can’t figure out why though. Easton has a secret, too. His is very different from Mulaney’s. Together, there secrets define their relationship with each other, and those around them.
Again, LOVE this book! As you read, you are drawn in and make deep connections to the characters and their stories. Another must read on this list. Grahame Claire absolutely nails it!
What have you been reading lately? Do you have any must read books?
I feel like I’ve been running a hundred miles an hour and can’t catch a break.
However, I did take the time to vlog this weekend since we worked on rehabbing my friend’s new house! I wanted to share the vlog here, and of course my YouTube channel! Make sure to subscribe for so many videos!
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I’ve been sitting down yesterday and today making plans for content, but I also wanted to share what’s been going on in my life and why I haven’t been posting as much as I normally want to. I actually ended up filming a Youtube Video and wanted to let ya’ll know to subscribe so that you could be the first to know when I post a new video!
I’ll be posting a few school videos this weekend (specifically math related) so be on the lookout for those!).
Hello to the 2020-2021 school year! Life has been crazy so far, but I have successfully made it through the first 4 days with students.
Obviously, we don’t know what the future holds, and sadly in a district that is always short on subs, the likelihood of another COVID “shut down” (aka force to go all virtual) is very high.
I’ve been spending the first few days conquering technology and teaching my kids how to use Canvas. Which, I love Canvas. I use it at UVA; however, Canvas recently started allowing more Google integration. It’s way more steps to do integrate things like Google docs instead of a word doc. My district (like many) buy/lease chromebooks for the students meaning they do not even have access to word on their computers so Google is a must. Add in two of my students not have accounts because their registration had not been fully completed yet (aka put into the computer system).
I will say I am immensely proud of how sweet, kind, and forgiving my kiddos are this year. Even though they have limited social interactions and have been forced to deal with more technological issues than anyone could normally deal with, they have done it. They always make sure everyone is included and strive to make the best of every situation. We did a discussion in Canvas to learn how to do it, and they made sure everyone had a comment on their original post even though they only had to do two replies.
I have also started back at UVA, only taking 4 credits instead of 6. One of my classes is on diagnosis and remediation for Reading Intervention which is super fun and interesting. I have to do 3 practicum assignments in it though, so I’m still trying to figure that out. Luckily, there is a conversation about it on Tuesday night that I plan on attending (via Zoom) to figure out what exactly is the expectation. The other class is Dyslexia in the Classroom, which focuses on understanding more about Dyslexia and how to provide interventions. At no point is it my job to ever officially diagnosis someone with a learning disability; however, it would be my job to provide intervention for the diagnosis from a psychologist or other medical professional.
In my spare time (which granted hasn’t been much) I’ve been reading a ton and cannot wait to share the next book chat with y’all soon! Let me know what other posts or videos you want to see. I’m able to post more on Youtube right now since I have better internet.
First and foremost, I do not work in finance. I’m a teacher. This means that I constantly am working on a budget.
It’s so important to save money. I cannot tell you the amount of people I know that are living in debt because of the choices they make constantly.
Here are my top 10 tips for saving money:
Create + stick to a budget. I talked about how I created a budget here. This is so important and it’s also really important to realize what are necessities versus wants.
Say yes to free things. There are so many things (like going for a hike) that are FREE! Take advantage of these things.
Prioritize paying off your debts. This one is huge! Make sure that you’re able to pay more than the minimum payment every month toward the debts you have. This way, you won’t accrue as much interest.
Sell what you’re not using. This is where I need to take my own advice and sell some clothes. If you’re not using it, it’s taking up space. While you might not make back all the money you spent, you’ll at least have a little extra in the bank (and some new room as well).
Check your subscriptions. This is where you might be spending a lot more than you think. Do you need all the subscription services that you have? Go through each your credit card statements and maybe you’ll find some that you didn’t even know you had!
Have a side hustle. Y’all, if you have a side hustle (blogging, tutoring, etc.) this is a great way to increase your savings. I do not add this money toward my budget so it really is just extra savings!
Use sites to help you save money. There are tons of cash back sites that will help you save money or help you earn additional money back.
Evaluate what you’re spending money on. Don’t just buy something because it’s the hot new item. If you have a camera, you probably don’t need to buy a second one just because there is a “better” (aka newer) one on the market. You don’t need a new iPhone unless your battery is constantly draining or something doesn’t work.
Shop in thrift stores, ebay, poshmark, etc. You’ll be shocked at the great things you’ll find without having to pay normal retail prices.
Remind yourself it is okay to splurge occasionally. Just like with losing weight, if you cut something off completely it doesn’t work very well (aka you end up eating a ton of something you shouldn’t). I bought my Louis Vuitton Neverfull by saving up cash back on my credit card and combined it with my tax refund, along with some savings I had. Did I splurge on it? Absolutely! But I splurged smartly and that’s the difference.
A bonus tip for you! Spend your money where it counts. Just because you like to drink wine doesn’t mean you need to go to the winery every weekend. That gets really expensive. Instead, buy a bottle of your favorite wine at the store and drink it at home!