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    The Power of Manifesting

    The Power of Manifesting has been an interesting topic for me recently. The Secret is about manifestation. I read the book when I was younger. However, I definitely didn’t get much out of it. Okay, this is probably because when I say “read” I really mean barely skimmed. I always create goals at the start of each year. They’re kind of like my manifestations for the year. Manifestation is defined as “the action or fact showing from an abstract idea”. It’s also defined as “a version or incarnation of someone or something”. I’ve been listening to Tori DeSimone’s podcast and she talks a lot about the power of manifesting. However,…

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    Top 5 Ways to Quick Stress Management

    Stress management is definitely a hot topic this year. Hi y’all, The holiday season is here! While this can be an exciting time, this year overall has been very stressful. People have lost their jobs, ended marriages, had financial strain, and so much more. Some have obviously been luckier than others. I’ve seen a lot of people helping others that have stumbled on hard times and generally being good people. However, we need to make sure that we are able to handle our stress, especially as this busy time of year hits. I know I am definitely taking a much slower holiday season compared to previous years. It’s helpful not…

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    5 Ways to Be Successful During the Holidays

    The holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year for various reasons. Often, this leads to people falling “off the wagon” whether this means in regard to weight loss, the amount of money they are spending, or whatever else they are struggling with. Success comes from within, and how dedicated you are to the goal. However, there are some ways to help motivate yourself and stay on top of your goals this season. As a teacher, I stress creating your own success. This is why I’m sharing this post today on how to be successful during the holidays. ______________________________________________________________________________ DISCLAIMER: There are no affiliate links in…

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    Weekly Catch Up 5.23.20

    Hi y’all, Happy Saturday! I hope y’all had a great week. Mine was pretty busy. I finished up the last bit of virtual teaching for the school year. I will really miss my students that I had this year, and I’m really sad I missed out on the last quarter. We did our virtual promotion ceremony last night and it just wasn’t the same as being there in person. I’ve been vlogging all this week, and will continue into the weekend, so you’ll have a new YouTube video on Tuesday! On the blog this week: Favorite Shoes Grad School at UVA (YouTube Video) What a Month of Spending during Quarantine…

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    Weekly Catch Up 5.16

    Hi y’all, I was thinking of ways that I could create a series and make sure y’all got to see some everyday life. This led me to the Weekly Catch Up. It’s essentially a coffee date, but I don’t drink coffee so I wanted it to be a little more realistic to my authentic life. This week I created my last assignments of the 2019-2020 school year! Wooo. I’m definitely going to miss this group of kids, but I still have them next week for two more read alouds and their virtual promotion ceremony. I’ll also get to see some when do belonging pick up (hopefully in June but could…

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    The New Normal

    Hi y’all, The Coronavirus has made the state of Virginia cancel in-person schooling for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. I never got to say goodbye to my kiddos in person, but we are continuing with e-learning. Obviously, this is very different than a normal day for my students and me. For the past two weeks, we have not been asked to give any mandatory work. Last week, I started doing Zoom meetings with my students to do read aloud. We’re doing them twice a week for about 30-40 minutes. I read a chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and then we chat. We talk about everything from…

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    Workout Review: Obe Fitness

    Hi, y’all! With being socially distance, I’ve decided to work out more from home! I have definitely been trying out new places in town (like Zoom), but not everyone has access or the financials to pay for boutique studios. I currently don’t have to work from home (this could change depending on how long we’re out of school), but I still have some grad school work to do. However, I still have time to get a workout in without leaving the house, which is awesome! As many of you now I love my Beachbody workouts. However, I know not everyone wants to do them. Today, I downloaded the Obe Fitness…

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    Workout Review: M3 Core Training

    Hey y’all, I had to take a break due to some major grad school assignments being due this past weekend. So sorry for the absence! Anyway, last night I went to M3 Core Training. This is a boutique studio in Charlottesville. I actually went here one time before for a Megaformer class. This one was REALLY tough. It is definitely all about abs and core strength. I feel like its a mixture of total core and pilates on the reformer. You can add resistance to it and the coaches are great at making sure you are doing the exercise correctly. I would recommend this class if you have super good…

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    The Rose: Bachelor Week 5 (Part 1)

    Hi y’all, Welcome to week 5 of the Bachelor. This was part one of a two part episode, Wednesday night part two is airing. We watched a one on one with Sydney, a group date photo shoot, and a one on one with Kelley. There was also a Rose Ceremony. Thoughts: > Thank you, Alayah is gone (hopefully this time for real). > Sydney is a liar. Before I even saw all the stuff on Twitter about how she hated beauty queens and was severely bullied, I knew she was lying about something. I was okay with their one-on-one date. She didn’t seem super significant to me and I was…

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    Kindness

    Hi y’all, As many of you know, I teach 5th grade, which means I end up teaching kindness. This week I did a really cool lesson kindness that was super simple, but very thought provoking. It was even thought provoking for me as an adult. I took a blank piece of paper and put it on the ground in front of me. I gave one quarter of a paper to each of my students. We all wrote down one thing we have either said to someone, or someone has said to us. It could be something mean or it could be something kind. We then crumpled up the papers into…