I've been thinking about motivation all week and what I need to do to keep myself motivated. I definitely could improve in motivating myself; ever since I graduated college last April, I have found myself in limbo. While waiting for Dustin to finish his degree, I picked up a part time job that was enjoyable but had nothing to do with my degree. I went from going a million miles an hour between work and school and student teaching and classes to twenty. It was really hard to motivate myself because I felt like I had nothing going for me. I especially had a hard time staying motivated around the house and keeping up on the chores! In this last few . . .
Okay, I know I'm going to get a lot of flack here for even writing about this, but I'm not doing it to set up tension or start serious controversy. With the whole "deflategate" and "spygate" issues spanning the media, the Patriots have become the team to hate and to route against. I can almost see why because the media has made it so easy to hate them. They don't have a perfect track record and they have made some mistakes in the past, so it's easy to pin more things on them. But, so have the Seahawks (remember the Adderall issue, anyone?). I rooted for the Seahawks last year because I couldn't stand the thought of the Broncos/Manning winning. I . . .
I've been getting a lot of sub days at the high school these last few months and it has been so good to go back to those halls and see all of my kids from my student teaching last year. I think the most rewarding aspect of completing my student teaching was the relationships I developed with my students. It was so important for me to make my classroom a safe place for them to come and to make myself approachable to them. It makes my day when I go back to sub for a teacher and my students see me in the hall and yell: "HEY CARR! WHO ARE YOU SUBBING FOR TODAY? I'LL COME SAY HI AT LUNCH!" or when they don't even say anything and just run down the hall and tackle me (not . . .
There has been this beautiful post circulating around social media about what a mother wishes she would have been warned of before she had her baby. It got me thinking about what I wish I knew before Dustin and I decided to bring Rosie girl into our lives. Now, I'm not in anyway saying that bringing a puppy into our home is the same as someone who gives birth to their first child; I haven't had a baby so I can't even compare. I do know, however, that I had no clue what I was getting myself into when I convinced Dustin that we were ready for a puppy. I wish I knew that bringing a puppy home after it spent 10 weeks with her mom and litter-mates and expecting her to . . .
Coming from someone who was up to her eyeballs in debt this time last year, I don't feel like I'm really in a place to give advice on money. At the same time, I have learned so much from getting out of credit card debt and finding ways to make sure I never put my little family in that position again. So, here are five things that I'm doing this month to be financially ahead and prepared for the new year and recommend to anyone looking for some extra tips and tricks! 1. Get ahead with the extra pay period. For those of us getting paid bi-weekly, December magically had three pay periods, which is one extra then we are used to getting in a month. Instead of looking . . .