Friday Night Randomness…

Just a handful of thoughts for the end of the week.

**Spotify has changed my life. I have always been big on music, but hate the radio. Pandora has always kind of annoyed me because it just chooses whatever it wants to choose for me to listen to. Well, Spotify changed that for me. Streaming music that I can share with my friends, artists I have always wanted to look into but haven’t… all at my fingertips. I listen to it in the car now, on my phone all the time, on my computer… I am really a Spotify convert. It took me a while to get over to it, and all of my friends recommended it. And I am so glad I gave it a shot.

Some other things I gave a shot this week

*Bon Iver (love)
*Florence + the Machine (love)
*Will Hoge (enjoy)
*Describing my professional goals to those who can help me get where I’d like to be (done and done)
*Meeting new people friends at a professional development Retreat (awesomeness all around)
*A new self confidence that comes from accolades from others due to work I have done (really, really cool feeling)
*NOT eating an entire box of Tagalongs in one day (fail)

**My Master’s Capstone tried to kill me. Literally. I turned it in for my instructor’s feedback (more on that in a minute) on Thursday night. Get his feedback within two hours. Feel relief. THAT doesn’t last long. Soon, I am struggling with a stiff neck, crippling migraine that makes it hard to focus on anything except how bad my head and neck hurt, and blurry vision every now and then. Fun, right? I get to the doctor today (one week after the crap started to kick in) and find out that it is all due to stress. Well, duh. I wouldn’t know why that would be, since I never stress about anything (hahaha I am laughing to myself and yes, it hurts my neck to do so). I think it was all the work I had to do in a short amount of time to finish this Capstone and graduate already. And my doctor agrees. I am on muscle relaxers at night (because to take them during the day would render me useless all around), a heated neck massager (I bought one, and do not like it. It is probably going back), Aleve, stretches….and…wait for it…relaxation! hahahah! I am still chuckling. I am not kidding when I say, with ALL honesty in my heart, that I do not know HOW to relax. I do not know HOW to do nothing and just be. If someone could help me out with that, all suggestions are welcome. I don’t know how to not fill my time with work. Or reading. Or writing. Or … anything. I may start knitting again, that always relaxed me when I had time to do it. I don’t know. I need help with this. I KNOW I will find a way to multitask relaxation techniques, I just know that about myself…

**I love my job. I just do. Every moment of “what in the world am I in for today?”; every moment where I know that I am right where I belong, doing what I was born to do: they are ALL worth it. Because behind those moments, I find such passion in my students. Lightbulbs come on. Faces light up. Those moments, though they sometimes may initially seem negative, really bring about the most positive results within my class. And with me. I learn a lot from them. I learn as much from my students as they from me. And that’s awesome. What an awesome job I have… What an opportunity to touch lives, create learning and laughing experiences, to care about someone who may have no one else to care about them. Those are my motivations. And, as long as I am blessed to be able to do this, I will give it the same energy. Because I demand the same from my students. I cannot ask for what I am not willing to give. Love my job. Love love love.

**I may start another project with a nonprofit for childhood cancer, and that would rock my world because a)I hate cancer and b)I love kids. Oh, and c)I am a pretty good grant writer, and that would be something I would be doing for them. See? I told you, I can’t NOT fill my time with something… lol. I look forward to knowing more about this opportunity in the days/weeks to come. Life is so fun, if you make it so. 🙂

**Wordling is amazing. More on that later….

Geniuses know… Wordle is where it’s at!!

And how does this make you feel?

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