|PreK's mess from earlier today. I went to graduate school to wash dishes...|
Of course, this thought totally makes me smile.
It's been quite a bit of work - getting the room sorted, organized, all the while teaching 650 students every week. It's challenging trying to keep up with everything. This afternoon I left work early (4 p.m., as opposed to 6:30 p.m.) and I am extremely proud of myself. However, I can't quite shake this feeling that I am forgetting something?
Which brings me to Project #1.
I joined a gym, and it's amazing. It has a pool, and I have been drawing such inspiration from swimming. I am swimming in a pool with lanes! This is the first time in my life that I have ever done this! I am thrilled beyond words and love the calming effect of the water. I wish I could take a picture of the pool, but I don't think that's allowed. It's decorated in a monochromatic color scheme of blue with lots of triangles overhead. I hope to share it on my blog in someway, but that way has not yet come to me... Swimming is pure joy. By the way, I have already lost 8 lbs. When I came back to the US, I noticed that my clothes were a bit snug around the waist line. Way too uncomfortable for my taste.
I started running with some girlfriends, and I am loving the exercise and the camaraderie.
Couch to 5K(C25K) is a great app, along with many others that I am quite fond of...
I'm not sure which 5K I will run, but the good news here is that I AM RUNNING! REGULARLY! It's kind of nice.
We have been in our new home for about two and a half weeks now. We still have things in boxes and rooms with no furniture, but creating a home is a fun project. To help get things going, I am taking part in the 20/20 Home Cure from ApartmentTherapy.com
If you haven't checked out this book, do it. It's a great resource for managing and creating a home. It's a very easy read and makes a lot of sense. I think it's the ease with which Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan writes and his holistic point of view... and he used to be a teacher. A teacher, folks! Gotta love that, I know I do!
And finally, Project #4...
This is something that I've been wanting to blog about for a while. I thought I would blog it on September 1, then October 1, then October 10 for 10.10.10. But today is just as good as any of those days. And it's big... HUGE!
|Read: 101, and not 10. 1.|
It's the same, but different.
I'm different in a myriad of ways. Living in Belgium was such a wonderful experience. It opened my eyes in an incredible way and I learned and grew so much as a person. I don't feel like I can really relay this to many people without coming off as a Europhile. I know my friends won't think that, but it's something that I am still trying to process, especially as I find myself back in my "home" context. I am totally experiencing culture shock, but I'm getting through it. New projects and goals are an excellent way to continue personal growth, and I love, love, LOVE projects.
That's why I wrote 101 goals to achieve in 1001 days, which was done with the help of a wonderful website and idea:
I love the subtitle:
Plan. Create. Motivate. Achieve.
It's similar to my personal mantra...
I will share my 101 goals, and personal mantra, here on this blog, and I will update and post on a more regular basis as I work through to accomplish them. But, I am human, and because I am human, I feel I must write that I will fail, just so you know... I am not starting these projects with the intent of failing, but failure is inevitable and part of life.
In any case, I can't tell you how excited I am! I will accomplish quite a bit, and I'm excited to see what these next 1001 days will bring me.