Five Highlights

There is no way around it, so I am going to name the elephant in the room right off the bat—

I definitely overestimated how ambitious I would be over the summer in consistently posting while vacationing in Europe. One oversight on my part was how often we would be traveling from place to place with only a few days at each location and trying to maximize the time we spent outside and away from technology. Another oversight was the amount of time it took for me to load the pictures onto my computer from my camera, select the ones I liked, reflect on what was done each day, and then write about it. Hopefully, I will be able to play “catch-up” at an efficient speed and be back on track in no time! ūüôā

Moving on to this week’s fiveeeee highlights!

1. “Hunt, Don’t Fish”

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Photo: Lifehack

I initially heard quote¬†from a professional development session last week, and it just stuck with me. I believe¬†this motto applies not only for the classroom, but also in our personal lives. I think there is a certain mindset that we all sometimes adopt where we think that because so many aspects of our lives are out of our locus of control (and also unknown!), we do not really take the time or assertiveness to go after the things we really want.… READ FULL POST

Five Highlights of the Week

Happy Sunday!

I know I usually write my “Five Highlights” either Thursday or Friday, but with so much going on this week, it had to be postponed until I actually had a chance to sit down and give this post its proper due!

This past week has been really amazing; I got to meet up with old friends/make new ones, workout at¬†my favorite studios, read a ton of interesting books (so excited to share these on July’s book recommendation post!), and chill around in the house. What more can I want from this summer break?! John and I leave for Europe in less than a week (EEK!!) so I am taking any opportunity I can get to lounge around and “take it easy” since I know moments like these will be hard to come by once we return.

Here is the long overdue “top hits” recap!

1. When you work at a stress-inducing place, you really need to surround yourself with people who¬†have your back. Luckily, I have a few! This past Monday, I grabbed lunch with two of them. We ate at one of my favorite Manhattan Chinatown places and it was simply divine.… READ FULL POST

Five Highlights of the Week

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Hellooooo, summer break! I have missed you and have been secretly (okay, maybe not-so-secretly) pining for you for what seems like eternity.

I have been officially “off” teacher-mode since this past Tuesday and let me tell you, summer vacation for educators surely lives up to the hype. Honestly, the last few days have been about nothing but relaxing, working out, and getting my groove back! It has been glorious and I cannot wait to keep up this lifestyle until early August, when I am due back at work. Of course, the next month or so is not only about fun and games. I have a huge load of pre-work for the next academic year that is due the minute I step back inside our school building. John and I are also also still slowly chipping away at fixing and cleaning up our brand-new apartment. Nevertheless, I am grateful for this time off and the rejuvenation¬†that is coming my way!

With that said, here are some of my “top hits” from this week:

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1. I get haircuts about three to four times a year. When I go, it is usually not to get a trim, but to make some pretty significant changes since I do not really want to pay $70-80 just to cut a few inches, ya know?… READ FULL POST

Five Highlights of the Week

I just got back tonight from a four days, three nights camping adventure with my oh-so-energetic kiddos to Virginia. What a trip! I can honestly say that I have a newfound appreciation toward parentsРespecially ones who have more than one child! Taking care of forty scholars (and their ever-changing needs) twenty-four hours a day was no easy feat. On top of that, our anticipated four hour bus ride back today turned into an eight hour adventure because our bus driver got lost and traffic was a nightmare (oh, by the way, did I forget to mention that the air conditioning on the bus broke toward the beginning of the ride?!) Needless to say, I am mentally and physically spent, and will definitely be taking this entire weekend to fully recuperate!

With that said, this week was also one full of crazy “highs” for me and I know I will be focusing more on remembering these moments (rather than the exhaustion) in the long run!

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1. I officially moved out of my studio apartment this past Monday! It was such a bittersweet moment. As you guys know, I loved every moment of living there. Unfortunately, the space was just too limited for both John and I.… READ FULL POST

Five Highlights of the Week

Oh boy, if a week could physically knock me down to my knees, this one¬†would have probably done the trick. Work has been immensely stressful as of late, and combined with packing and the general stress of moving, I have been¬†a big ol’ mess! MAJOR kudos to my other (most often, more patient) half for putting up with an overly emotional me ūüôā

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In the spirit of moving towards positivity, and only worrying about things within my own locus of control, here are my five highlights of what I am especially looking forward to doing. Fingers crossed that I will make it there in one piece!

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1. Summer break is officially 7 more work days away. As a teacher, this is a big, big deal! It has also been a rollercoaster of an academic year. While it is not an experience I will trade for anything in the world, I am also beyond myself with excitement that in about a week, I will be tasting the deliciousness of freedom!

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2. Boss marathon! While aimlessly searching for new discoveries¬†on Netflix the other night, John and I came across this show. After just one episode, we are instantly hooked.… READ FULL POST

Five Highlights of the Week: Netflix (Part II)

First, I would like to apologize for the lateness of this post! I had it written and almost ready to go, but an intense neck spasm episode has kept me away from social media for the last couple of days. They, as you can probably imagine, are not fun. Yesterday at work, I finally could not stand it any longer. The pain was causing me to break down in tears (definitely not ideal in front of my kiddos!), so I promptly went to my doctor who prescribed me some anti-inflammation and muscle relaxation pills. Then, I went to see a physical therapist. Needless to say, I am now in much, much better shape. I will not be at 100% for at least a few more weeks, but I am at least on the path to recovery. More so than ever, I am grateful for my health and the health of my loved ones!

I will be talking about five of my favorite shows on Netflix today (this is part II! Missed part I? Check it out here!). Taking in the silver lining, this post is perfectly timed since I will be taking it easy this weekend; relaxing in bed with these wonderful shows on my iPad propped up on my lap.… READ FULL POST

Five Highlights of the Week: Netflix (Part I)

While life has truly been really hectic lately for John and I, we do not seem to really mind. My body deals really well with structure and I like the fact that I have certain things that I know I am doing and can look forward to after a long, hard day at work .. you know, changing lives and all ain’t easy!¬†ūüėČ

We have gotten into our daily routine of going to a workout immediately following a day at work, grabbing a quick bite afterwards, and then unwinding at home (as you can probably tell, we rage¬†HARD here!) Honestly, the last part of the day is usually my favorite. We relish the time “detoxing” from the chaotic world we lead in the city and usually will jump at the opportunity to curl up in bed with a good ol’ cup of tea and Netflix.

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Photo Credit: Variety

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No joke, you can actually purchase this shirt

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This one is pretty hilarious, too!

Ah, Netflix. What did we use to do without you?! If binge-watching TV shows can count as an Olympic sport, I will easily¬†win the gold medal. In fact, there have been multiple occasions back when I was a college student when¬†I literally could not wake up and roll out of bed for my classes in the morning because I stayed up way too late finishing yet another season of Dexter.… READ FULL POST

Five Highlights of the Week

Part of my own personal growth this year is focusing on gaining¬†perspective and positivity. Both¬†will come in different shapes and sizes¬†every single week. This time, I bring¬†forth personal pictures and happy memories shaped by the unforgettable¬†NYC spring weather ūüôā

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Five: John and I took a cardio class on the Upper East Side this past Sunday and spontaneously decided to stroll around Central Park and check out an exhibit (China: Through the Looking Glass) at the Met afterwards. I have not been to the Met in over two years, so it such an unexpected treat! The temperature was just right and feeling that sunshine on my back just brought me to such a content state of being.

Four: Nothing brings me greater joy than enjoying a great meal outdoors. Since the summer season is (almost) upon us, I have been dining out quite a lot and savoring the fresh air and people watching as I eat and catch up with friends. Just earlier tonight, I enjoyed a delicious dinner at Ken & Cook in Nolita while sitting on the patio. Perfection.

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Three: I am currently knee-deep in planning a three week backpacking excursion through Europe.… READ FULL POST