An update on life as of lately — talking all things work, running, and play!
I am currently sitting in my office on Sunday evening drafting this postwith John Legend on repeat and a glass of wine. It all feels so good.
To look back on the last time I wrote a Life Lately post, I think I could sum up that post as overwhelmed. A new job, a new apartment, a new start. It was a lot that all happened at once and I was just trying to make it through each day. Now that I have been settling into this new chapter of my life for over a month now (my students reminded me last week that we have officially been in school for a month now), I thought now was a good time to check in with you all on life between the recipes. Sometimes I miss the old days of blogging when I could just sit here and talk about whatever was on my mind, but then I remember this is my space, so whenever I feel like chatting with you, no one is telling me no! Well, maybe Google SEO is, but it is what it is. 🙂
I never thought I would LOVE my job, even though I was going into a profession that I have always wanted to be in. I always thought that every time Sunday evening rolled around, I would roll my eyes at the thought of going into work on Monday morning, but to be completely honest — it is the complete opposite. I have been on the fence of telling people that I love my job because I thought as soon as I would say I love it, something bad would happen, but I truly love my job. I wake up excited to go into school every day and teach my students and work with my colleagues. Sometimes I have to stop and pinch myself to remember that I really do have my own classroom. I have my own classroom, my own students, my own lessons. After chasing after this dream of being a teacher for so many years, it is crazy that I finally am a teacher.
Of course, some days are tougher than others for a variety of reasons, but overall I love going into work every day and being able to hopefully make a difference on my student’s lives. Most days I am running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to make it to this meeting and print out this handout and work on this lesson plan and talk to this teacher, but I am making it work.
>>The best lesson my mentor teacher taught me last year was not to bring my work home with me. She always told me not to bring papers home to grade and not to bring lesson planning home. It truly was the best habit she instilled in me (and she gave me a ton of advice in the year we worked together) because I can shut off when I get home. The times I do bring papers home to grade, I either dread grading them or I just never get around to it, so I end up lugging them all back with me to school the next day. I may stay a bit later than other teachers at school to get everything ready for the next day, but it does feel so good to come home at the end of the day and not get back to work. I can relax and get refreshed for the next day. If you are someone that brings work home with you (by choice), try getting it all done at work and not bring it home with you. It has helped me a ton with avoiding burnout as a teacher.
I am feeling more and more settled in my apartment and trying to do small things to make it feel like home (read: make it feel like home on a budget). I still have yet to hang things on the wall, but it is feeling more and more like me. I live in a small town with not much going on for a twenty three year old girl, but I spend a lot of time at school and running right now that I do not really notice it. I am hoping to find something outside of school to get involved in, so I have a break from school to focus on, but haven’t found much yet. I am hoping as summer moves away and we get more into the fall/ winter season, more activities will hopefully pop up for me to get involved with. While the town I love in does not have much going on, I am lucky to live within just an hour of a lot of cities that have a lot going on — Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Fort Wayne, and an hour and a half from East Lansing and Ann Arbor. I don’t mind driving places (though that’ll certainly change in the winter!), so I have been making my way out of town when I can fit it in my schedule.
Just under three weeks until race day! As I get closer and closer, the marathon is on my mind more and more and I am a mix of emotions. My body is SO ready to taper, but I have really loved training for this marathon. There are so many days I get home from teaching all day and would love to lay on the couch and watch Netflix, but instead I have been busting my butt in my workouts and checking some tough workouts off my training plan. My workouts have been really reassuring to me that I can run 26.2 miles and I am getting excited for race day to see what it happens.
This past weekend I ran the Brooksie Way half marathon which was a lot of fun, despite it being HOT out. I will get a race recap up later this week, but you can see this Instagram post for a bit of detail on my race. Basically, I went into the race not going after a certain time, but focusing on pacing and fueling right. I wanted to make sure my fueling strategy was going to be good for the full marathon distance, and luckily everything worked out really good.
I cannot believe this marathon training cycle is so quickly coming to an end, even though when I think back to when I first started training it has felt like so long ago! I am getting antsy for race day and to finally put all these miles to the test. Whatever happens on race day is fine by me, because I have loved all of the training I put in.
Since there is not much going on in my small town, I have been reading a lot. When I get home from work I immediately head out for my run, then come back and strength train, eat dinner, then head out on my balcony to read. On the nights when it actually cools off (every other week except for this past week), I like to stay out past when it gets dark and bundle up in a blanket and read. It is so relaxing after a long day of teaching.
I have been reading a couple of books lately so I thought I would share them with you in case you are looking for more reading inspiration.
The People Are Going to Rise Like the Water Upon Your Shore: I started reading this book on a whim and once I got further into it, I was really interested in it. The book is about a political writer’s experience covering the 2016 Presidential Election. He covered both the Democrat and Republican side and all the events that led up to the election. It was hard to read at times to have to remember certain events that led to the election, but it was interesting to see how everything led together. Now that we are almost a year post- election, I have been interested in reading more accounts from the election to understand truly what happened. As someone who has their minor in political science, I totally nerd out over this stuff. Overall, it was a really good read and I would definitely recommend it. Next up, I want to read What Happened? from Hillary Clinton and Unbelievable from Katy Tur.
Love Your Life Not Theirs: My mom recently got me hooked on Dace Ramsey and when I was talking to her about wanting to find a financial expert more aimed towards people my age, she told me about Dave Ramsey’s daughter Rachel Cruze. After reading more about her and watching her YouTube videos (I got sucked into these one afternoon for hours!), I decided to go all in and buy her book. I am a little over halfway through it right now and have really been enjoying it so far. She gives a lot of great advice on dealing with money and debt, and not comparing your life to others, especially on social media. She focused a lot of the beginning of the book on the comparison trap we can fall into on social media apps, like Instagram and it really spoke to me because I can fall into that comparison trap a lot. I love her approach towards dealing with money, especially as a young adult. I will say, there are some aspects of her (and Dave’s) financial philosophy that I do not agree with at all, but for the most part, I have been getting really great advice from following her — like actually setting a budget every month and using cash for almost everything now.
10% Happier: I didn’t technically read this one, since I listened to it as an audiobook, but it was good. I didn’t love it or anything, but it was interesting. The book is about Dan Harris’ experience with self-help reducing stress without all . I was more interested in his journey of experimenting with different approaches and how he came to the place he is now, than with the actual approaches. I don’t meditate (gasp! I know…) and the book did not really convince me much too, sine I already have other ways that I handle stress right now that work for me. I liked hearing about what works for him and enjoyed his stories about being on national news and the TV personalities he has interacted with.
How Bad Do You Want It?: I just started reading this book, so I do not have anything to say yet… but, I have been saving this book to read until just before my marathon so I am reading it now and will hopefully have it done in time. I love reading these types of running books because they always help me get motivated and excited to race, and in the right mindset (which is so important for a marathon!).
- What’s new with you?! Say hi and tell me what is going on in your life as of lately!