Good Friday morning everyone!
As you may have noticed I’ve been a little sparse around here, and that’s not just because I’m getting ready to move cities, I’m also moving to a self-hosted domain!
So now I will be blogging at journeywithdestiny.com!!
If you are following with Bloglovin’, nothing should change for you.
Email? Same thing! I don’t think you’ll see any interruption after this weekend, so I’ll see you all back here on Monday!
The only thing that needs to be changed is if you are getting to this site by typing in the name manually. If so, bookmark the new URL so that you are sure to continue being able to read along!
Lately, I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award a couple times! Most recently it’s been by Christina over at Route Bliss, so I’m going to answer her questions today on the blog! (Thanks Christina!) The Liebster Award is a way for bloggers to recognize other small, up and coming blogs. And, in case you’re wondering what Liebster means, apparently its a German term of endearment. Isn’t that cute? I’ve done a post for this quite a while back, but I think it’ll fun again to answer some questions from one of my fav travel bloggers!
1. Name one thing on your bucket list you want to accomplish in the next year …
I want to sleep in a tree house! I recently found this one on AirBnB and I definitely want to go. It’s been a dream of mine for a while so I’m excited to actually make it happen!
2. What did you want to be when you grew up?
So many things! I went from teacher to singer to nurse to everything in between.
3. If you could have any job in the world now, would you do what you do now or something else?
Any job in the world? Can someone just pay me to travel the world and blog about it? If not, I’ll stick with Teach for America, because I can already tell it’s going to be an incredible experience!
4. Coffee or Tea?
Both! Tea at night, coffee in the morning.
5. Favorite international accent to listen to?
Italian! Oooooh or Australian. So many accents sound exciting to me.
6. Favorite place in the US you’ve been (or dream of visiting)?
As cliche as it may sound, my favorite place really is at home in Idaho. It’s beautiful and comforting and wonderful.
7. What was your worst travel experience? (don’t have to go into detail, a summary is fine!)
Oh my goodness, probably in Mexico when I let my visa expire (oops!) and then tried to come back to the USA That whole process was a nightmare but I suppose it ended up alright.
8. Do you prefer to receive cut flowers or flowers with roots still attached?
Give me the cut flowers! Anything else will be dead before I can enjoy it! haha. I don’t have the most green thumb, but I love having fresh flowers.
9. Favorite animal?
Giraffe! Or Elephant. And elephant is totally my spirit animal but I like to think I’m tall so I say giraffe. I’m actually pretty short.
10. Would you rather get a tattoo or piercing?
Tattoo all the way. I think I have all the piercings I want but there are still more tattoos I want!
11. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
How lucky am I that I haven’t actually had any terrible jobs? I mean sure, at my nursing job I was hit a couple times and had all sorts of gross stuff get on me, but I really loved that job too! Thanks Christina for the questions, this was a fun way to start my day!
Today, I’m ending my week-of-little-posting with a bit of a summary of what’s been going on! Soon you’ll see what all the time in hiding and sporadic posting has been all about, but I’m not going to give it away quite yet! (Oh, the suspense!)
Anyway, here’s my week in summary form!
Monday: My first day coming home to an empty house. It was definitely strange to not have D around in the evening. Pretty sure I ate popcorn for dinner. Why cook if it’s only me?
Tuesday: Snapped out of it. I watched the premiere of the Bachelorette with Megan after work and now I am so excited to see how this season turns out! I cancelled my internet at home as I don’t have a computer there right now and had just been using D’s. Thank goodness for spare time at work for important things like blogging! Ok, and ya know, doing TFA work and stuff.
Wednesday: Quietest day of work…ever. But I came home and cooked myself a good dinner and did some painting. It’s nice to have some quiet me time to just relax!
Thursday: Definitely not quiet at work. We were super busy and it was all I could do to come home and not go straight to bed. I got some packing done and cleared out part of my living room. Moving this time is going to be a bigger task than I originally thought. Time to start getting rid of stuff! I still went to bed early though- sometimes I’m 83 years old and need my sleep!
Friday: Today’s been pretty normal at work so far! I had a great conversation with Ms. Linda, the housekeeping lady. She’s become such a good friend and mentor to me in my time here. I’m going to be sad to not see her everyday!
We’re heading into a 3-day weekend around these parts and I am MORE than ready for some outside time and packing and getting rid of everything I don’t need anymore.
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Was it just me or did the past week seem to last FOR-EV-ER? It seemed to me that last weekend was a long time ago! But, in line with the week lasting a long time, the weekend did too! It was definitely refreshing and relaxing. I slept and snuggled with Megan’s puppy while she was gone for the weekend and shopped and got my oil changed and painted and had dinner with a good friend yesterday. The weekend was productive and lovely. Plus, on Saturday morning D left for Chicago! His first day of work is today and we’re super excited to see where this job takes him. I’ll be heading up there in a few weeks, so though I’ll definitely miss him, we both know it’s super temporary and for the best. By time I get there he’ll already by used to the area!
Anyway, on to my weekly goals!
Last week, I was going to:
1) List all of my furniture on Craigslist. Ha, funny Destiny. Nope, but I’ll try again this week.
2) Work on my TFA pre-institute work more. Yes! Still have some to go but I’m satisfied with my progress.
3) DO LAUNDRY. I STILL NEED TO DO THIS. I took some things to the dry cleaners so at least I’ll have work clothes!
4) Get everything set up for moving. Yep! SO weird to think about, but it’s all getting so real!
This week, my goals are to:
1) List my things on Craigslist. It’ll be nice to have a little extra moving money, plus I really just need to get rid of anything that won’t fit in my car. AKA furniture.
2) Laundry. Forever.
3) Look around on the internet at more neighborhoods in Chicago and see where I want to live! I have time to figure this out but it’s fun to just look around and get a feel for the different areas.
4) Start packing things that I don’t use on a regular basis. Winter clothes, household things/decorations, etc. Time to start seeing what I want to take with me and what will be donated and sold.
That will do it for this week? Leave me a comment with your goals for week so I can cheer you on. If you blog about them, link up with us by clicking the button below!
I’m so excited to be taking part in this link up today. I think my heart has been needing a coffee date like our first and I know it will do me some good to sit down virtually with you and have some time to talk about whatever’s on out minds.
If we were sitting down for coffee, I’d ask you how you were. You’d answer with “good!” of course, and tell me some story about work or your pets. But then I’d ask you to tell me how you were, really. What have you been learning lately? What’s been weighing on you?
If we were having coffee, I’d probably order something iced. There’s just something so refreshing about cold coffee when the weather’s hot and you’re in a comfortable space. I’ve felt renewed after last weekend’s quick jaunt to the ocean, and I know it was exactly what I needed.
If we were having coffee, it might take me a while, but I’d confide in you that I’ve been struggling lately with feeling overwhelmed by all that is involved in getting ready for TFA. I’d tell you that there are moments when I want to throw my hands up in the air and hide under my blankets until it all goes away. Of course, I know I can’t do that, and that I am more than capable of doing this, but it would feel good to get the words out there.
I’d tell you that I feel like the kids whose lives I will be able to touch will make it all worth it. I know I am entering into an extremely difficult phase of my life, but I really feel like I can be good at this and that I will come out the other side 2 years later- stronger, better, wiser, and with a master’s degree.
I’d tell you that I still go back and forth between feeling great about my placement with pre-k and kindergarten and feeling resentful and that I won’t be able to do as much I would be able to with children a couple years older.
I’d tell you that being in Chicago still scares me, deeply. Though I’ve gotten past the initial shock of the neighborhood my school is in and I’ve begun to feel more capable of handling whatever it throws at me, there is a part of me that is still terrified. There is a part of me that still needs to spend time crying to my mom, or D, about how scared I was that day and learning that this is to be a normal part of my life.
I’d tell you that despite all of the negative thoughts that are spinning in my head about what I am doing, my heart feels peace about it, and I absolutely still want to do this.
After pouring all of this out of on you, I’d ask you for encouragement and support in this. I know it is hard to hear about the news of crime in the city and know that a friend will be purposefully stepping into a place like that, but please try not to worry. I will, of course, be as safe as possible, and I will be careful. I know I will be ok.
So, my friend, what would you want to tell me on a coffee date? What has your heart been needing to talk about?
1. I’m a car singer. And dancer. If you don’t sing and dance really obnoxiously in the car with me I get pretty bummed.
2. I will probably eat off your plate. Not just sometimes, but almost every time. I just want to make sure yours is delicious too! And don’t worry, I’ll share mine.
3. I love taking pictures with you. I do. (As evidenced in the photos above) Let’s have photo shoots, ok?
4. You can always come over in your pajamas and/or yoga pants with no make up and your hair undone because, chances are, I will always be in yoga pants with no make up and my hair undone.
5. I love everything and everyone a little too fast and a little too hard. I grew up in a big family and to love is all I know. This means I will be hurt, but it also means I will always know how to heal.
6. I LOVE shows like Say Yes To The Dress and 4 Weddings and such… even though I’m no where near getting married.
7. I want to hold your hand. I’ll hug you whenever I see you.
8. I will probably embarrass you by falling in public. It’s ok to laugh.
9. I’m not really sure what’s out there as far as religion goes, but I believe that there is something out there greater than us and I believe that my loved ones are looking out for me. I believe I can feel them when I need it most.
10. Most importantly- My family is everything to me. I treasure them with everything I have and will drop anything at the drop of a hat for them.
Now that you know my essentials, what are some things I need to know about you? Let’s be friends!
If you’re stopping over from Simple Moments Stick, welcome! I’m so glad to see you here today. I hope you’ll stick around for a while. For my usual readers, I’m guest posting over here today! Check it out and say hi to the lovely Susannah!
I’m taking the opportunity to join up with some other fabulous ladies to bring you what I am doing at the moment. I am:
Cooking: Breakfast for dinner tonight. D takes his FINAL final ever tonight so there may be some chocolate chips in today’s pancakes! Time to celebrate!
Reading: Textbooks and readings for my pre-institute work for TFA.
Wearing: A suit, as per usual. Next month things will be changing though! It seems so close and so far away that I’ll be teaching special education instead o working for the mayor.
Loving:This weather lately. Is this a cop out? Maybe. But really, Springtime is my absolute favorite and I love all the sun and plants being renewed and everything.
Anticipating: My big move. Selling my furniture. A new blog design. Starting over. Seeing Maddie. Getting to know my fellow corps members.
Excuse the mess! I’ll be fixing it shortly.
You know it’s a busy day at work when it’s Friday at 2pm before you realize and all of a sudden you haven’t edited that post you wanted to publish this morning and there’s really only time to take a bit of a work break before getting back to business getting ready for this event Monday and run on sentences are all you can handle.
In that light, instead of what I had planned I’m going to link up with Kate for her Daily Diaries link up! Daily Diaries is a link up where bloggers can take some time to let readers a little further into their day-to-day lives.
Let me break it down:
Monday– Normal day at work, but in the evening I went out with my girls to celebrate a friend’s successes. I love being able to watch as my friends grow and do such great and wonderful things with their lives.
Tuesday– I studied and did quite a bit of my TFA pre-work. Some reflections and realizations hit me harder than I thought they would while reading these articles!
Wednesday– I received a mini facial kit from Rebekah and Rodan and Fields. Holy moly, it was wonderful. My face feels AMAZING still. Consider me hooked!
Thursday– D came and had lunch with me at work before heading off to start his day at work. Even though we live together, our work schedules are so opposite that we don’t see each other too much. These lunch dates are nice for us to have a chance to catch up!
Banana Republic was having a huge sale so my friend Megan and I stopped by over there on our way home from work. Exciting times, y’all.
Friday– Today has been a crazy day at work, as evidenced by the sentence at the top of this post. We have a huge event coming up on Monday for the seniors of Atlanta so everyone’s been running around, making calls, and doing paperwork. In addition to our regular every day tasks. Our maintenance men are hard at work setting up tables and everything. It takes a village.
I’m getting my nails done tonight though so all is well.
Coming up this weekend– NO EXAM this Saturday! WOO! Let me do a happy dance real quick for that one! Instead, Saturday I’m getting my make up done by a woman that works here at City Hall and has a make up and jewelry business on the side. She needs photos of people to show to potential clients so, oh darn, I have to pretend I’m a model! haha it should be fun.
Saturday night I picked up a babysitting job till midnight so Sunday will probably be spent catching up on sleep and relaxation and enjoying the weather.
That about does it!