Puggin’ the Difference

Items to work on in order to begin to live a full life.  With a healthy body.  A happy heart.  An intelligent mind. And a fulfilled soul.

  • Less caffeine– I am going to start working on this by cutting pop out of my system.  Although I am going to still have one coffee beverage a day, because if I don’t do that for starters my mind will probably explode from the withdraw headache I would have.  Then I would like to cut that out and move over to tea. Update: The last day I had a can of soda was on August 9th, 2012.  I had one day where I was really upset, and I was craving a Coke so I got one.  I had a sip, and that was all I could do.  I am so happy that I stopped drinking soda, but now I have to start working harder on other things in my life to become more healthy.  But no pop is completed! 🙂
  • Work out more– I get on these kicks were I will work out for about a week or two, and then I just stop.  I need to make it part of my normal routine.  It will not only make me stronger, but it will make me a lot happier.  And less stressed out. Win. Win. Win.
  • Better grades– I was on the Dean’s List during my spring semester, and then I received two A’s and one B from my summer courses.  I will be graduating in May 2013, and my goal is to raise my overall GPA to 3.5.  I think that is a pretty good goal to have for my Education Certification from the University of Iowa.
  • Eat Healthier– I am a fast food junkie.  I like to eat out.  I like fried food.  I need to start preparing my meals at home, healthy and fresh meals…local ingredients.  Less processed food.  More natural.  I also need to do more reading and research about this topic because I really don’t know enough about it yet to truly make a lifestyle change. But I will.
  • Save more money and pay off my bills– I have two credit cards with a balance on them.  I have completely paid off one 🙂 but I need to get these other two taken care of.  I will have my student loans to start to pay on once March comes around, and I know that I will have them for years and years, but I am really understanding how important it is to take control of my finances.  To continue to work on them.  And to pay them off.  Have a zero balance is a wonderful feeling.  For the past 4 months I have not used my credit cards.  (I lied, I used one of them once…)  But my friend has two of my credit cards locked up in his safe, because of this I have been paying for everything I need with cash.  This has caused a little bit of stress on my bank account, but I feel more accomplished when I know that my credit card balances are getting a little bit lower each month.
  • Land my dream career– I am student teaching starting in January 2013, and after that I will be a full teacher.  100% ready to go.  Able to have my own classroom.  Writing lesson plans.  Grading assignments.  Educating 25+ students 5 days a week.  I am nervous right now.  Although I know that I will become more prepared, and I will be ready for the challenge when my time comes.  I don’t own a house, I don’t have kids, I’m not married….should I leave Iowa and teach somewhere else for a few years?  What is holding me back?  Isn’t this the time to move and find myself?  Or do I stay in the same city that I have lived in since 2005?  The town where my parents, my sister and her family (including 2 nieces and 1 nephew), my job, and my comfort zone is…. Or do I live and try to find a job in a new environment? I just want a classroom in a good school where I am able to do my job as a teacher.
  • Volunteer more– I volunteered about a month ago at United Way and I loved it.  I will definitely be going back again to help their organization.  I am going to do a post about it soon.
  • Let things go–  This is the whole, Don’t Stress the Small Stuff, but it is hard to do.  I want to be able to not be as stressed out as I am.  I need to be able to let go of the things that I can not control. This is something that I have been trying to work with my whole life, but not it is starting to affect my emotions and myself.  I need to be able to breathe easily and let it go.
  • Accept myself– Be able to love myself for who I am.  Accept the mistakes I have made in the past and learn from them.  Improve my future and realize I can make changes that actually make a difference in my own life.

Here are a few photos that help me relax and become a little bit happier after viewing them and remembering the moment I took them.

An Iowan July sunset.  Red sunflowers I noticed when taking a walk during my break at work.  Evie taking a bath and relaxing.  My favorite flower, the iris.  Sunset while I was at work.

More to come, until again… alc

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