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Accidental vacation

During the month of April, my goal was to write a poem a day for National Poetry Month, and to get back into daily blogging.

Instead, I accidentally went on a blogging hiatus.

On April 1st, my future father-in-law retired. Val & I helped him pack up his condo, as he was leaving us his condo when he retired down to Florida to take care of his mother, Val’s grandmother.

From April 3rd- 10th my district was on Spring Break. I spent this time off packing up my childhood, having brief meltdowns about growing up, grading poorly written papers, and trying to catch up on life.

On April 17th, I was a guest blogger on the Young Teachers Collective. I spoke about not being silent on the Day of Silence, or, as I affectionately call it, being an openly flaming homo teacher in a school lacking unicorns.

A week after my district returned from Spring Break, we had to administer the end of the year state testing. I won’t say what it’s called because I don’t want Big Brother spying on me, but just know that it was draining for students and teachers alike!

The weekend after testing, Val & I moved into our condo. I took off a Friday and a Monday from school, which is unprecedented for me.



On the Tuesday I returned from school, I hit my head while making photocopies (lol) and was told I had a minor concussion. I’m okay now though.

Throughout the entire month of April, I found myself floating in between doctor’s appointments at a specialist whose practice name really freaked me out. Everything worked out in the end, but DAMN. I found myself increasingly tired and drained from bloodwork, tests, and adjusting to new medication.

So. Yea. April was busy.

I have a new sense of rejuvenation today. I’m not sure why. I’m going to attempt to blog more, or at least ease back into blogging.

I’m bringing sassy back…

Why I’m okay with not having met my 2014 goals

The concept of new years resolutions usually taunts me, primarily because I forget my resolutions within 3 days.

Last year, I made 3 (seemingly) simple goals:

  1. Blog everyday.
  2. Save money for our wedding.
  3. Write a book.

I managed to blog every day through April 30th. Then, I realized I was burnt out. Trying to juxtapose daily blogging with my first year of teaching, with a sprinkling of wedding planning, was overwhelming. (I’m getting overwhelmed just thinking about it!)

I managed to put aside a bit less than 1 paycheck a month for our wedding. This was a BIG DEAL, especially since I get paid bi-weekly! I’m grateful to still be living at home rent-free, and to have had the opportunity to get so far ahead in saving for our wedding during 2014.

I’ve written layouts for books. I’ve managed to get a few dozen pages done. I’ve written a few children’s books. I just haven’t shared them with anybody.

Even though I didn’t make my 2014 goals a concrete reality, I feel like a success. With time, goals and dreams change. So does motivation to achieve goals. It’s not necessary to feel terrible if you don’t meet your goals.

So, in 2015, I’m making a simpler set of goals:

  1. Be happy (or happier!).
    2014 was a phenomenal year, but it was also full of stress. While I know this coming year will have its own stressors, I’m determined to be happier. Whether this means eating healthier and losing weight, trying new things, or picking up a paintbrush for the first time in a few years, I don’t know. I just know stress isn’t worth it.
  2. Acclimate to domesticated life with Val.
    Val & I are moving into her dad’s condo when he retires in the Spring. Other than my time with Res Life and college, I’ve never lived away from home. (My age is showing!) Moving in together and acclimating to our domesticated life will be a change for both of us– and Val’s dog–but I’m looking forward to it… especially since our condo is right next door to a local mall. 🙂
  3. Enjoy my wedding day.
    Our wedding is now 10 months away. While this year will have its fair share of stress and planning, I’m looking forward to dancing the night away with my Mrs! I know I’ll stress over stupid things like ribbons or floral arrangements on our special day, but I also know I want to remember the day as one of the most fun days of our lives!

    303 days to go!

    303 days to go!

Happy 2015, y’all. I hope it’s fabulous.