Thursday, November 26, 2015

I Am Thankful For...

Many people do a 30 days of thankfulness list every Thanksgiving, where they list one thing they are thankful for each day of November. I will be doing it a little differently, where I will list all 30 things at once. There are, of course, more than 30 things I am thankful for, but I don't make to make this too long.

So, here is what I am thankful for:
  1. My family
  2. My friends
  3. A roof over my head
  4. Food to eat
  5. Clothes to wear
  6. Clean water
  7. My education
  8. Friends who stayed by my side when I was going through a really tough time a few years ago
  9. My two crazy, lovable cats
  10. Being able to instantly connect and talk with friends and family, with text messaging, Facebook, IM, etc.
  11. Photography, and having lots of opportunities for taking pictures (I am an avid photographer)
  12. Baking (I am an avid baker as well)
  13. Journaling/blogging/writing (yet another thing I am avid about)
  14. Volunteering at my local library (I have been doing so for about 3 1/2 years or so)
  15. Furthermore, having libraries close to me, with lots of resources that fits whatever need I may have at any given time.
  16. A comfy bed to sleep in every night
  17. Pinterest (yes, Pinterest. There are TONS of great ideas on there!!!)
  18. Friends and family who support me and my dreams in life.
  19. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets
  20. Farmers (yes, farmers. We wouldn't have a lot of the foods and goods we have today without them. They work very hard and don't get much credit for their work. So, thank you farmers!)
  21. Girl Scouts. I was a girl scout in school, and absolutely LOVED it!!
  22. Music. I am almost always listening to music, so of course it is something I am thankful for.
  23. Knitting and crocheting. I first started with knitting a few years ago, when I was going through a tough time, and it helped me stay sane. Now I do crocheting as well, and absolutely love both crafts.
  24. Chocolate. What can I say, it's SOOOOO good!!!
  25. Operation Christmas Child. They give shoebox presents that they collect from people who pack them, to children all over the world. I was able to do it a couple times, and absolutely love it!!
  26. My bike. It's one of the few exercises that I love and am really willing to do.
  27. Doctors, nurses, EMTs, police, fire fighters, etc., who help us in times of need.
  28. Teachers who are willing to work with/help their students to do the best that they can. And who work their butts off for their students each and every day. Especially special education teachers.
  29. Nature. I love nature, and what it has to offer.
  30. Last but not least, being alive.
What are you thankful for?

To those who celebrate, happy Thanksgiving!!

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Little Teaching Motivation...Hopefully

I bought this at a recent holiday craft fair, that I had gone to with a friend.

When I first saw it, I debated whether or not I actually wanted to get it for myself.

Mainly because I am not a teacher (yet). I still have a dream of becoming a special education teacher, but I don't know if it will actually happen.

I am a very shy person by nature, and talking in front of a group of people scares me. (I do want to be more outgoing, though, so hopefully I can still go for my teaching degree.)

I decided to get the name plaque, though, to remind me of my dreams, and that anything is possible.

The person I bought this from, when I said I was debating whether or not to get this, that I could put it up somewhere where I could see it all the time, to inspire me to go for my dream.

That's what prompted me to buy it, and to be honest, I'm actually glad I did.

Hopefully, I will be able to start going for my teaching degree within the next few years. I love children, and would love to be able to be a part of their future!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Living in a Broken World

The world we currently live in is a broken world. With the way things are going, I believe it will always be a broken world. Unless we do something about it.

There have been several terrorist attacks lately, most recently in Paris.

All these attacks breaks my heart. What are the terrorists trying to prove, by attacking innocent people?

I have always wanted to go to Paris. It is a beautiful city, and the people seem so nice. These recent attacks will not deter my wish to go.

Pray for everyone in Paris, and for those around the world.

We need more good in the world. A lot more.

Nous sommes de Paris, la ville des lumières, toujours/We stand With Paris, the City of Lights, always.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Planning on Running

I am not a runner.

I never have been. I have always hated running, even when I was a kid.

Yet, for quite some time now, I have been wanting to run, to get in better shape, and to de-stress.

Since I haven't really done much exercise for quite some time, I will definitely be taking it easy, whenever I start.

I have been looking online and in books, for running tips, and for healthy eats. I really want to take better care of myself, and become healthier.

And to lose some weight.

Much of my time is spent in front of a computer or TV screen, and making some not-so-wise food choices. So, I really want to change that.

Hopefully I can figure out a good plan for a regular exercise and healthy eating routine. It is very much needed for me, and I can't wait to get started!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

My Fear of Public Speaking

For as long as I can remember, I've been afraid of public speaking, like many other people. I am a very shy person by nature, so these two go hand in hand.

One of my friends on Facebook suggested I check out/join Toastmasters. They help people become better speakers and leaders, so you can be more confident in your abilities.

It has crossed my mind a few times, but I don't know how I feel about actually being a part of it. Mainly because I'm so shy.

The Toastmasters nearest me meets at the local library, which is about half a mile away, maybe less. So it won't be a hassle getting  there, if I do join.

I recently bought a Public Speaking for Dummies book, from a local thrift store, to help me out with speaking as well. But, I haven't really read it yet.

My shyness, and fear of speaking, is mainly why I love to write. And blog. I can take my time in thinking about what I want to say/write, without people watching me.

I can be more open, more outgoing, more direct with what I say/what I want to say.

My thoughts can be more organized, and my mind doesn't go blank, forgetting what I want to say. What I need to say.

I would definitely love to be more outgoing, but I know that's not going to happen overnight. And it's going to be really hard to put myself out there, out of my comfort zone.

But, I am willing to go out of my comfort zone, if it means becoming more confident in myself, gaining better self-esteem, and maybe even gain a few new friends in the process!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Back to School Time for Me

This past Thursday was the first day of school for me.

I am taking an advanced cake decorating class. The first day went well. My teacher is very nice, and the class size is small, which I like (including me, there are four students).

 All we did on the first day was go over the syllabus, and what we needed for the class. And then talked for a little bit. That took almost an hour. Which is 1/5 the length of a normal class period.

We will be working on making gumpaste flowers, more piping skills, decorating cookies, and going over what we learned in the beginning cake decorating class.

For the midterm, we have to make a 3-D/sculpted cake, which I'm a little apprehensive about, as I have never made a cake like that before. I already have a few ideas on what I want to do, and hopefully it'll turn out alright.

For our final, we have to make a gumpaste flower bouqet. Which, I suppose, is somewhat easier, in a way.

I am really looking forward to this class, and to learning new skills, that I can most definitely put to use in the future!!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Taking Better Care of Myself

For quite some time now, I have been wanting to start an exercise routine, and to eat healthier. I just lack the motivation to actually start either.

On Monday, a friend of mine offered to give me a three-day pass to a local gym that he goes to. I figured I would take him up on the offer, and we decided to meet up on Tuesday afternoon.

It actually went really well. My friend gave me a tour of the facilities, then we played basketball for a little while, then went on to use the treadmills. We were there for an hour, and to be honest, I was surprised I was able to last that long.

I am trying to find the best gym for me, that doesn't cost too much, and is close by. There are several gyms that are in the area, but most of them are more than I can really pay. Only one is decent, but it is one of the ones that's furthest from me.

Although, the gym I went to with my friend offers a scholarship if anyone needs it, which reduces the cost quite a bit, and it is one of the closer ones to me.

So, hopefully I can figure something out soon. I really want to get in better shape, and I want to start as soon as possible.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Ready for a Relationship

I have decided that I am ready for a boyfriend.

For quite some time, I didn't want to have a boyfriend, as I wanted to mature as a person first.

And, I wanted to concentrate on school.

I'm still in school, but I have decided that I'm ready for a relationship now, and that I don't have to finish school before I can begin one. Although, I do plan to keep up with the schoolwork, of course!!

I am looking for a guy:
  who doesn't mind staying in sometimes (I'm not real big on going out),
  who's kind/caring,
  close in age to me (no more than three years difference either way),
  loves children and animals,
  loves to cook and/or bake,
  is patient,
  will love ALL of me/love me for me,
  who can be spontaneous,
  loves to travel,
  will always lift me up when I am feeling down,
  loves to read,
  loves to watch movies
He doesn't have to get me anything for my birthday, but he has to at least acknowledge it.

There may be other things I look for in a guy, but if he has these qualities, then I'll be very happy.

My parents had not forced me, or made me wait to start a relationship; this was all my decision. They never forced me to have a boyfriend, nor did the force me not to have one either. I think they wanted me to make my own decisions in terms of relationships.

Which I am very thankful for, as I don't think I would have been able to handle it if they forced me into a relationship.

Here's to hoping I find a good guy, who'll love me for me, and who'll love ALL of me.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bucket List Accomplishments

Every so often, I would look for bucket list ideas on Pinterest, and other websites.

I have been doing so the last few days, and I have decided to post the ones I have already done. It's not much, but it's a start.

  • Be a bridesmaid (I was a bridesmaid when I was thirteen, at my oldest brother's wedding)
  • Go to California (I was able to go in 2004, as a high school graduation gift from my oldest brother)
  • See/go across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Go tent camping
  • Visit Washington, D.C. (I got to go on the eighth grade trip)
  • Meet Rich Koz (who does Sevengoolie; I got to meet him when I was 12/13 years old, as I was friends with his daughter)
  • Go horseback riding on a mountain (I got to do this in Montana, and in California)
  • Try snow skiing (my junior high hosted a one day trip to Wisconsin when I was in eighth grade, which I got to go on)
  • Try water skiing (I got to try in Michigan one time; I didn't do that well, but I was happy that I got to try)
  • Ride in a limo (I got to do this both on the way to, and from the airport, when my family and I went to Montana several years ago)
  • Go to a high school play/concert (I've gone to a few, although they were after I graduated from high school myself. I should have gone while I was still there, as the ones I went to after, were really good!)
  • Make Top Ramen Salad (my sister made this several times before, and I loved it so much that I wanted to make it myself. I just made it the other day, for the second time.)
There may be a few more, but this is all I can think of at the moment. I hope to be able to cross off many, many more soon!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I Am Now a Working Girl...Almost

I had a job interview at Cold Stone Creamery on Monday, and on Monday night,  I found out that I got a job there!!!

I have training tomorrow from 12 to 5 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11:30 pm. Then I guess I will officially be a part of the team there.

At the interview, there were five other applicants there as well. We had to sing one of their mini songs by ourselves, and then sing another one in a group. Afterwards, the guy who was head of the interview had interviewed us individually, asking us about school, transportation, and similar questions.

I wasn't really expecting to get hired, as none of the other places I have applied to in the past had responded to my applications.

But, I am super happy to be able to have this job.

This job is perfect for me, as it gives me the experience I need, and want, for the field I am getting a degree for (baking and pastry).

Plus, I love ice cream!!

Hopefully all goes well, and I do well at work.

AAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe I'm going to be working!!!