Off The Shoulder Sweater + 8 Things I am Thankful For

Sweater: Work The Metal

The best thing about Thanksgiving Break is that it causes me to stop, rest and actually reflect on what I am thankful for and how lucky I am. Today was my first day of break (teacher perks!) so I spent the morning at Work The Metal, working on the blog and catching up with a few friends and I am cozied up in the Barbie Dream House, on my pink couch! I found the coziest winter sweater at Work The Metal this morning, I choose a size medium to make it off the shoulder.

I thought I would openly share my reflections for this year!

I am thankful for…

  1. Change – I do not always do well with change and I have had a lot of it this year! Change can be challenging but it can also reveal how tough you are.
  2. My Job – Lord Jesus, some days teaching is the hardest thing I have EVER done, but it has pushed me to be person, friend, co-worker and follower of Christ. (It has also pushed me into my bed every day to 4:30pm because I am so exhausted!)
  3. My Students – The drive me nuts, I mean seriously INSANE, but I love them unconditionally. They work hard, but they also disobey. They can be rude as HECK but can be sweet as sugar… Seriously it’s a constant cycle! BUT they do keep my room insanely clean and have a weird thing for sweeping? They somehow love me unconditionally back, no matter how frustrated I get with them, when they hug me goodbye and tell me they love me at the end of the day it makes me want to cry.
  4. My independence – I am really grateful that I am able to live on my own. I am able to teach, go to Barre class (much love to The Barre Code), I am able to travel. I know this is a luxury that a lot of people with my disease do not have. The physical therapy and rest can be a pain in the butt, however, I am constantly reminded of how important taking care of myself is and it is worth all the effort.
  5. My friends – As much as I miss my Nashville friends and seeing them every day, they are still really great friends of mine who check in and love on me from hours away. I also really enjoy getting to visit them or having them stay with me. I am also incredibly blessed with some great friends that live in Louisville (or at least visit a lot!)
  6. My family – It has been really nice being 10-15 mins from my family. Especially my parents who invite me to (AKA ALLOW ME TO CRASH) dinner rather often. They also took care of me when I was sick last week and my mom even went to the grocery to get me jello and pudding cups!
  7. My security – Physically/financially, I am thankful for a job the provides and allows me to live in an apartment where I feel incredibly safe. My neighbors are kind and always checking in on me. My apartment complex is fast about answering any concerns I have. I was actually at work and saw I had a missed phone call from them and quickly called them! I thought they were going to tell me I had left a straightener on and burned down my building or something horrible But they actually were just calling to check on me and make sure I was doing okay after going through a difficult situation. (I am also conveniently only 4 minutes from Work the Metal, Chipotle, and McDonalds)
  8. My Co-Workers – Last but NOT least! I could NOT have made it this far along in teaching without the amazing teachers that I am surrounded by every. single. day. It is the best support system I could ever ask for. And I have three fellow first-year teachers who are going through and experiencing some of the same things I am, they make this journey a lot less lonely!

I hope you have as many things and more to be thankful for this year!

XO

$arah

 

P.S. This song always makes me stop and reflect. It reminds me how much I have to be thankful for, so I wanted to share it with you. (I am not even a Carrie Underwood fan, but she does have a beautiful voice-ha!)

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Life Update: I am a Teacher

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Breaking news, I am now a Teacher. “Ms. Weedman”- honestly it took me a few days to get used to hearing that because I kept looking around for my Mother. Of course students called me that while I was student teaching, but this time it was different because they were MY students. It’s just me and 19 kids. There is now no one to run ideas by, no one to turn and ask a quick question. I am a one woman show… in what seems like a three-ring circus!

I have been MIA. I was hired as a second-grade teacher on a Thursday, set up my classroom on Friday, had professional development Monday and Tuesday and then all of a sudden had 19 students I was responsible for on Wednesday. It was a whirlwind. I expected to take my first week of teaching off from blogging, but I did not expect to be gone for about 3 weeks. If I am honest, I have been really struggling. My Ehlers Danlos has been in FULL FORCE with all the change going on. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have heard me talk about how I am struggling with a sleeping disorder. I can not get into a sleep study until November. And to keep it real, I have also have been somewhat depressed. I did not expect the extreme emotions I would take home with me everyday. I have struggled to separate my classroom life from my home life. Last week all my friends were settled back at college in Nashville, TN and I was extremely sad. I keep asking myself why I decided to graduate a year early and move back to my hometown. My friends were out late going to concerts and getting Pizza and I was at home, drinking Emergen-C (so I wouldn’t get strep) and praying I could stay awake until 9pm.

I have been overwhelmed by school work and for a while I struggled to make it out of the house. Thank you to my amazing friends who have continually checked on me and even those who have dragged me out of the house! It was good for me. Everyone says your first year is the hardest. I now fully support that statement, HA! Despite being overwhelmed and questioning if I made the right decision to rush the whole “adulting” process, I know that God has a plan. I have never prayed so much in my entire life. I pray for myself, the 19 little lives I spend my days with, for the school I work at, and for the other teachers. Lots of Jesus people, LOTS of Jesus.

SometimesĀ I wonder if my students are listening to anything I say. I wanted to share the picture below with you guys. I have talked a lot with my students about diversity and how we are all the same on the inside. I really want my students to know that I love them, and I want them to love each other. We have already read numerous books on friendship and diversity but some days I feel like I am talking to a brick wall! Most things I say go in one ear and out the other! A student handed me the picture below and said “do you like it?”, I looked at it and told him “Yes! It is beautiful! I can tell that you worked so hard! Your mom is really going to love it!”- He stared at me and then back at his drawing and looked confused. He eventually looked up at me and said “Ms. Weedman, the picture is for you, I made this picture of you. You taught me that we are all the same on the inside and I know that you love me even though I am black. I wanted to draw a picture that made you look like me. I knew it would make you feel special.” I stood there and struggled to find words to respond, I hugged him and reassured him that he was right, I did feel really special and I was so glad he know that I loved him for who he was. Moments like that are why I became a teacher.

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As much as my students drive me CRAZY! I love them each to pieces. I have laughed, yelled, talked in funny voices, and made a fool of myself more than ever but it is all worth it! I am finally getting into the swing of things and have nailed down a blogging schedule. I will be posting on Mondays and Wednesdays. I promise this will not become a teacher blog- I just thought I owed it to everyone to explain where I have been, what I have been doing and I ask that you send any prayers, good vibes, positive thought, or whatever you got my way!

Thanks for checking in!

XO

$arah