Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Contagious Attitudes

It's funny how things that are happening in your life change your outlook on every thing else. Last school year I felt like I was in a funk. ALL year long I was exhausted, unhappy and cried. A LOT. That's what all 27 year olds are supposed to do, right? I wanted to come home after school, shut the door behind me, put on my pj's, grab a bag of chips and lay on the couch until it was time for bed. 

It was not a good thing for my thighs, hips, butt, gut, etc.

There weren't really any big changes except I wasn't happy at my job. I know. Poor, pitiful me. I know I have a good life, but I spent more time at school than I spent out side of school. I had a rambunctious group last year, to say the least, and I just wasn't happy. I looked in to changing careers, and I swore I wouldn't step foot back in the school building this year.

I had a bad attitude about everything...not just school. EVERYTHING. I didn't want to work out. I gained weight and wanted to yell inappropriate things at everyone because apparently being unhappy causes my filter go missing occasionally. I stopped blogging, stopped running, stopped doing the little things.

Here I am 5 1/2 weeks in to the first semester. I'm happy, haven't cried about school (yet) and I don't sit in my car until the last possible minute before the bell rings. I don't know if it's the group of kids that I have that are making my day much more enjoyable or if I just went in to the year with a different attitude, but I'm so thankful that I stuck with it. I love my job, and I love seeing the difference in all of my kiddos from the beginning of 4th grade to the end. I know things aren't always going to be peachy, but it's amazing how different my outlook is on life with a positive attitude.

I turned 28 last Wednesday. TWENTY FLIPPIN' EIGHT. And celebrated with my girlfriends.



I'm thinking (hoping) this will be the best year yet!

Now for some changes.
1. fix my blog. obviously "And I ran...why?" doesn't really work. Let's be honest. I haven't been running and all I will do is give you a million excuses as to why. and, I don't want this to be just about running.
2. blog regularly. I know I have said this so many times, but I do miss it. Thank goodness for several of you who are my facebook and twitter friends so I can keep stalking you.
3. find a good ipad app to read blog posts. Suggestions??
4. surround my self with people who are more positive. Attitudes are so contagious. (pretty sure i have heard that lecture a few times.)
5. find a race to run away from west texas. if I'm going to spend the money and get my butt kicked, I want to go somewhere interesting with gorgeous scenery.





Monday, September 3, 2012

Survival Mode

I survived my fifth 1st day of school.
PRAISE THE LORD.
 
Totally the picture you were expecting of me at school, right?
 
After the way school went last year I wasn't sure I wanted to teach any more. I LOVE the kids, but sometimes all of the other things that came with it wore me out. I'm trying to approach school with a new attitude. Week one down and I think I'm doing pretty well so far.
 
 
I'm going to say that part of the reason things seemed to go so well was because of my best friend SPARK. I gave up sodas 2 1/2 years ago and hadn't found anything that would help get my through the day except sweet tea. I finally decided I had a few too many route 44 Sonic Sweet teas at 450 calories a pop so I had to find something new. Spark was most def my favorite choice.
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  • I'm going to go ahead and call this my "good teacher" juice. (and friends with kids call it their good mommy juice.) Seriously though, I have much more energy without the shaky feeling that I used to get from other energy drinks, and it's MUCH healthier. I have even done laundry and cleaned my house when I got home from school instead of crawling to the couch and falling asleep at 7:30. If you want more info on Spark or any other Advocare product shoot me an email.  Dani.Wilson27@gmail.com or check out of my advocare site HERE.
     
    Yes, I know some of you are thinking "really? promoting this on your blog?" Yes, I am. I absolutely LOVE their products and I make a little extra money. Who wouldn't want that?
    Running -- well...it's happening. Kinda. I'm thinking new shoes are in my future.
     
    FOOTBALL SEASON IS HERE!!!!!!!! Which means basketball season is JUST around the corner and we all know that means a happier me. : )
    Wreck Em!*
     
    All of my girlfriends say their favorite part of football season is tailgating. I have fun tailgating, but I actually LOVE going to the games so I'm pretty sure they judge me. OH WELL.
     
    Which is your favorite?
    Football game OR Tailgating
     
     
     
     
    

    Monday, August 27, 2012

    What are YOU reading?

    I think I just realized that I like to write on my blog when I run. Basically, I just said I like to talk about my self. Who doesn't? : )  I'm going to take a few more days off before I try running again but I can't wait to get back to it.

    Today was my first day back to school with my kiddos. If I'm being honest, I wasn't sure that I wanted or needed to teach any more after last year. It was ROUGH to say the least. I have started this year with a fresh outlook and I'm ready to see how it goes. I'm just going to keep reminding myself that I'm there for the kids and I owe it to them to be my best every day. Cheesy, but I have to have something to work with.

    Since Sunday was my last day of freedom I decided that I should do nothing so, I spent about 6 hours on the couch reading. I might have read 2 books cover to cover yesterday. Nerd out much?
    I wont admit that I had mascara all over my face yesterday and woke up with puffy eyes today. So cute.
     Can't prove it happened. But, the books were SO good.
     
    I have missed blogging, but I missed keeping up with some of my favorite blog world people even more. I'm about to do some deep cleaning in my google reader so I dont get so overwhelmed when I open it and run away.
     
    What is a good series to read?
     I'm not much in to scary books and no, I haven't read 50 Shade of Grey. I know...I'm probably the only person on the planet that hasn't. I haven't seen Titanic either. Life goes on.
     
     

    Saturday, August 25, 2012

    A little of this...

    April 20th. That was the last day I posted anything on my blog. Let's be honest...I randomly posted crap on here for months before that, but I wasn't all about sitting down to write anything. I guess I just felt like I didn't have anything going on to really blog about.

    If I posted pictures or wrote about anything I did this summer it would consist of me laying on the couch watching every season of Criminal Minds and the nightmares I had each night after. Actually, I had a crazy busy summer and it flew by way faster that I wanted it to.

    I started running again! Actually, last Sunday I ran 9 miles. That's HUGE for me. Plans were/are in place to run a half September 23, but after I finished Sunday my achilles was SORE. I thought maybe it was because we ran a different route and the streets were ridiculously slanted or because there were some hills I hadn't planned on and hadn't run at all in a year and a half. It was still sore Monday and Tuesday, but felt a million times better Wednesday. So, who bright idea do you think I have Thursday morning? Yep, I got up to run. Tayler and I made it almost half a block when that pain/soreness came back. We turned around and went home, but it's still bothering me. Apparently I decided that Dr. Internet could help me decide what's wrong and the conclusion I came to was achilles tendonitis. There IS a 100% chance I'm worng. Maybe I'm just being a baby, but I'm going to take the week (or month) off and see if it feels better soon.

    I have become a SPARK junky. I gave up Sodas almost 2 1/2 years ago, but I turned to sweet tea. Makes sense, right? I did the ADVOCARE 24 day challenege in February (and lost about 13 pounds and 2 pant sizes from eating clean) and felt probably the best I had in a long time. Since I finished the challenege I have swapped my sweet tea for a morning SPARK and sometimes one in the afternoon(and only drinking water the rest of the day). I know you hear stuff like this all the time, but I feel like I have more energy throughout the day. (Not to mention I take the Omegaplex and I'm pretty sure my hair and nails are growing much better. Can't wait to get rid of these greasy bangs that stick to the side of my face.) I'm going to go ahead and call this my "be a better teacher juice" because I don't feel like I'm dragging by the end of first period. YAY! If you haven't tried it, you should! I'll be more than happy to tell ya all about my Adovocare experiences, just shoot me an email at Dani.Wilson27@gmail.com or you can check out some of their products HERE.

    Enough of my non-sense. Here are a few of the pictures that have been takin over the last couple months.

    Friday, April 20, 2012

    fill in the blank friday


    1. Today is a great day because,   it's Friday and one day closer to summer vacay!  PTL!
     
    2. Tomorrow I will  get a mani/pedi and have lunch with Chelsea! I'm pretty sure it's been way too long so we have had a girls day!
     
    3. My favorite time of day is the morning  because it's one of the few parts of the day when I'm not talking. I wake up, crank up my radio and hop in the shower to get ready for the day. For at least the first hour of the morning I don't have to speak to anyone at all. LOVE!
     
    4. Sometimes you just have to let it go. I have a serious problem with holding on to stupid things way too long. Or letting little things that I can't control get to me. Working on this!
     
    5. A song that I just can't get enough of lately is "We are young" by Fun .
     
    6. My favorite accessory is earrings. I feel naked without them!
     
    7. My favorite thing about this week was catching up with my bff, girls date with my momma Wednesday and sleeping.  And realizing that with the few days I'm taking off work in the next month, I only have about 23 days of school left. I'm pretty sure many of you understand this feeling! : )
     
    Happy Friday Friends!

    Wednesday, April 18, 2012

    Let the countdown begin

    You know how I know it's almost summer?
    This is what the teacher parking lot looked like at my this yesterday morning...about 10 minutes before school started. I'm guessing everyone is savoring those few extra minutes of sleep.

    The whole running thing is foreign to my body again. My hips hurt, my shins ache and my feet are quickly becoming covered in blisters. Yesterday, my lungs felt like they had been set on fire. It's definitely not easy getting back in to running, but I already feel so much more at ease from it. I'm remembering why I used to get the crazy looks when I would tell people that I run because it relaxes me.
    This is where I like to run after school. And...it might be considered our "hills". Don't laugh. I'm from a town about 30 miles from here called LEVELLAND. It's exactly what Levelland sounds like. FLAT.
    Obviously my self portraits really do suck. I don't even want to start thinking about what went wrong here, but I figured you missed my face for so long that you would take just about anything you can get. sorry.

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    One of my students from last year brought this in to me yesterday.
    In translation -- You the best teacher IN THE WORLD. Not You the best teacher and the worst. haha. This kid seriously melts me heart. I'm so sad he's heading to junior high in a few short months.

    Do you watch The New Girl?
    Seriously, Jess Schmidt and Nick crack me up. I'm pretty sure I could watch their stupid humor all day long.
    "There’s no brushed steel, no nickel. It’s got none of the baller metals. C’mon, man, I’m not going to get Winklevossed because of your sloppiness." -Schmidt

    After today -- 25 full and 2 half days until summer vacay!!!!!

    Monday, April 16, 2012

    Opportunities


    I think that goes along with THIS post from last night. I just found Clare's blog Fitting It All In and I'm sure I will spend way too much of my day stalking her older posts. : )

    I promise this is my last woe is me post...atleast for the week. You're welcome.

    I attempted to do some yard work this weekend. By yard work I mean fight through the jungle of weeds that I call my backyard. I ended up with the biggest blister EVER on my finger and a HUGE gash on the back of my foot. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating but I seriously thought I was going to die when it happened. I have pictures, but when you realize the blister is tiny and the HUGE gash isn't so huge, you might think everything I say is a lie. Needless to say, I have convinced my self that I have over done it so I took Sunday off to do NOTHING. Seriously. NOTHING...except watch TV and read magazines.
    SELF is one of my favorite magazines. I ALWAYS find something in there that I can relate to. With all of my "unhappy" talk, I found the perfect article for me called Feel As Happy As a Pig in Mud. It basically talks about finding ways to trigger your own happiness. The four "ultra-easy" things it talks about to bring on happiness are...
    Smile
    Sing
    Sweat
    Soothe
    Sounds easy enough, right? Check the article out and let me know what you think.

    I'm off for a day of 4th graders, getting a quick run in after school then heading to a SMART training from 4:45-7:45. YUCK.

    PS. I gave my dogs each a bone last night that were chicken flavored. I had no idea. I woke up to nasty chicken breath in my face this morning. Happy Monday to me!