Life lately

It seems like when life is going well/things are going smoothly, I post on here a lot less. I feel like I don’t have much to write about at the moment — in reality, nothing could be further from the truth…but I’m just struggling to find the time to sit down and write quality posts on some fairly in-depth and detailed topics.

So what’s been keeping me so busy?
-Finishing my last semester with a full course load. I’ll begin student teaching in the fall (for an entire year!) and only have one course left to take during that time.
-Exercising. A lot more. I’m finally starting to run again, and making slow but steady progress in that area. I’ve also begun regular strength training – as with most things I get excited about, I’ve been overdoing it a bit and had to take today off to give my body a break. But that’s okay.
-Trying to be more mindful about what I’m eating. While I want to make ED recovery my top priority, I do want/need(?) to lose some weight for health reasons. I feel much more at peace with my body now than I have at any point in the past four years or so. But my doctor would like me to lose a little weight. I’m not so focused on what the scale says…but I want to feel fit/strong/healthy/badass again. I don’t care if I never get down to my lowest weight. I just want to be physically active consistently, because almost nothing makes me feel as good as regular exercise does. I could definitely make a very long post (or series of post) on the challenges of losing weight with a history of disordered eating. So to be continued for this one, I guess.
-Summer job search. While I won’t be broken-hearted if I stay in my current job for the summer, if possible, I would like to make more money and do something different the summer before my internship. I’m currently looking for a full-time nannying position and have a few leads so far. I feel kind of guilty about the possibility of leaving my current program…but ultimately I need to do what’s best for me, my finances, and my future.
-Taking care of myself. Getting enough sleep, taking time to relax, taking time to appreciate the small stuff. Not putting as much pressure on myself to achieve some ridiculous idea of perfection (which doesn’t even exist). My sinus infection seems like it may have returned, so making my own health & stress management a priority is all the more important.

Expect more regular posting sometime in mid-May, but for now I’m guessing my posts will continue to be few and far between! 😛

Live blogging from winter storm Juno

This is the most snow I’ve ever seen, and I’ve lived in the northeast my entire life! I’m not entirely sure how many inches we got in my town, but if I had to guess I’d say somewhere between 22-25″. No school and no work today, and not going into work tomorrow until 11:00 (very grateful for that). I spent today doing homework, cooking (I made soup and no bake cookies), cleaning, watching Netflix, and just relaxing. I guess that’s pretty much all I have to say for right now. Also, my first semester of grad school is off to a great start. I love all of my professors so far, and the workload is…underwhelming, to be honest. Maybe it’s just because I’m not interning in a classroom right now.

Last week, I had to attend two orientation breakfasts at the schools I may be interning at in the fall. I’ve already scheduled several observation visits with teachers I am potentially interested in working with. It’s kind of a stressful process, but also a really exciting one. I observed a fourth grade teacher yesterday, and although I hope to end up in a kindergarten or first grade placement, I’m going to visit her classroom again. On Thursday, I’m observing a kindergarten teacher and then another fourth grade teacher.

So all in all life is pretty good right now. We helped one of our best friends buy a car over the weekend, which felt very satisfying (even though we weren’t the ones with a shiny new car). I’ve been much more committed to exercising and my body is very happy about that…although today, my exercise consisted of snow shoveling for an hour. If all goes according to plan, I’ll be attending my first Zumba class in a very long time this weekend. 🙂

If you are/were in the path of winter storm Juno, I hope you and yours are safe and warm!

S