small goals: june 2018

June 13, 2018

School's out for the summer. How did I do on my May goals? I completed 2/5 fully. But, I feel like it can be seen as more like 4/5. I did my best to take my supplements, and did my best to blog, and I have plans to improve those things now that it's summer. Overall, I am okay with my progress on my March goals. 

1. Finish Quarter 4 Calendars. // I fully planned all of my classes weeks out for the end of the year. It feels good to let students know where we are headed. 

2. Finalize AP Summer Institute details. // I need to pay for my housing, and complete a scholarship application. I am so excited to go to this and really take some time to focus and get some planning done.  

3. Take my vitamins daily. // Sort of. I took a lot of supplements, but not every day. I did, however, order a month's worth of vitamins from Care/Of. I am hoping that if I like them, it will be worth the investment of having daily supplements. We'll see. 

4. Blog once a week. // Sort of. I starting hopping back into blogging and will try to get back into the habit over the summer. 

5. Back track my spending from the spring. // Nope. I need to do this soon. Also, I need to curb my spending. 

Okay. June. It's my birthday month. Half of it has already passed. However, it's the beginning of my summer and I want to use my time effectively. As Pablo Neruda said, “Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”

1. No spend June. // For the rest of June, I am not allowed to buy any more extra or fun things. I am really happy with what I have, and I don't need anything more. This could blossom into a process for this next year, but I will take a break in June to refresh my spending process. 

2. Back track spending from the spring. // This one snuck back from my May list. I still think that it will be worth it. Plus, I don't have the excuse of being too busy. I'm not too busy. I have time to be honest about how far over budget I've gone. Sigh. 

3. Plan district and AP curriculum. //  I am working on some district rewrites for ninth grade, due June 30th. Plus, I want to really dig in during the Summer Institute and get a lot done. I am really really excited to think, reflect, and refine my curriculum this summer. 

4. Work out twice each week. // Mondays and Wednesdays, with a makeup day on the weekends if I miss it. Yoga. Nothing but yoga. 

5. Put away all old winter items. // I still have snow pants floating around my house. It's time. It's time to put away the coats and the boots. The sweaters have already been sorted. The outerwear needs to get hidden away. 

What are your plans for this June?

three favorites: june 12, 2018

June 12, 2018


My mother always used to ask us what our 'three favorites' were on our way home from a holiday or vacation. I'm trying to view every week of my life with gratitude, so I am using my mother's question to guide my weekly reflection. Here are my three favorites from my week, big or small. 

1. Retro flat 90's sunglasses from ZeroUV. I was having tiny sunglasses envy, even though Mindy Kaling cautioned the public via twitter that we would come to regret this 90's sunglasses trend. Instead of shelling out over a hundred dollars for the LeSpecs Last Lolitas, I bought the frames pictured from ZeroUV. They are really affordable, and I really like them! These manage the have enough depth to look more like the nineties imitating the fifties, instead of the harsh tiny glasses many instagram models are wearing currently. I also forced all of my friends to wear them because I was dubious that they were flattering, but they suited everyone (in my opinion), so I will wear the crap out of them this summer.

2. Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Although I hadn't watched or read any of Anthony Bourdain's work, I had heard of him as I have been diving deeper into writing and television on cooking. When I heard news of his death and read people's tributes to him and his fearless blend of humility and talent, I knew that I needed to honor his life and work and take a look. Parts Unknown has been playing all through the evenings at my house. I have watched the Jerusalem, Tokyo, and Glasgow episodes, and  I feel really honored to have lived at the same time as Bourdain, and to be able to take in his wisdom and dark humor. His death is a reminder to check in on the people around me, and to strengthen my ability to support friends and students that are dealing with issues of mental health. There is a lot to think about, but his life, work, and death have really shown me the beauty in the struggle of being human.

3. Iced Coffee. Now that school is done, I have committed myself to perfecting a DIY cold brew coffee recipe. I bought a cheap ground french roast coffee, and threw it in a glass carafe with tap water. I let it sit out for 12 hours, and then transferred it to another carafe using a cloth and funnel to strain the grounds out. Let me tell you, this is the strongest iced coffee I have ever created. It's a shock to my system, and I love that. However, I want to fiddle with my methods. I naturally gravitate to lighter roasts, so I want to try lighter roasts, and I also think I need to buy some filters so that I can filter my coffee whether I have done laundry or not. I'll keep you posted on my caffeinated adventures.

three favorites: may 27, 2018

May 27, 2018


My mother always used to ask us what our 'three favorites' were on our way home from a holiday or vacation. I'm trying to view every week of my life with gratitude, so I am using my mother's question to guide my weekly reflection. Here are my three favorites from my week, big or small. 

1. Pacifica French Lilac perfume. The smell of the blooming lilacs in the Twin Cities has been so beautiful. There is something creamy and clean about the lilac, and it brings me back to childhood days spent under the lilac boughs in my parents’ backyard. This perfume perfectly captures everything that I like, and has that creamy base that makes this a natural fit with the rest of the vanillic warm scents that I usually wear.

2. Chef’s Table on Netflix. Currently, my favorite episode is the one that features Jeong Kwan. Hearing a beautiful soul speak about temple food and the need to avoid the spiritually distracting energy of garlic, along with lithely touch her toes at an advanced age were beautiful. I also loved the Spanish episode featuring Jordi Roca. There is something so mesmerizing about witnessing the blend of personality and craft that so often accompanies the work and lives of the best chefs.

3. The film Paris, Texas. Maybe it’s because I am currently in the middle of a film analysis unit with my AP Language students, or because I keep seeing stills of this film on Tumblr, but I felt pushed to watch this film and finally got it from the library. This film is a gorgeous representation of the American Southwest, and the vibrant reds, yellows, and blues, along with the spare but heartbreaking acting of Harry Dean Stanton were so beautiful.

small goals: may 2018

May 14, 2018


Oh my, you all. Spring is here. I have four weeks of school left. I turn 28 in less than a month. Many of my goals for this month are less daily tasks that are hard to maintain when I am exhausted and more completable projects that need to get tackled. Wishing you a lovely May. 

1. Finish Quarter 4 Calendars // I planned to the end of my AP Language and Composition and English 12 classes, so now that just leaves AOF English 9. There's no better feeling as a teacher than pacing out the rest of the year and being able to fit it all on one page of paper. 

2. Finalize AP Summer Institute details // I need to pay for my housing, and complete a scholarship application. I am so excited to go to this and really take some time to focus and get some planning done.  

3. Take my vitamins daily. // Currently, it's fish oil, vitamin D, a vitamin B complex, and evening primrose oil. I started carrying my vitamins around in my school bag, which is helpful. I take them at lunch when I draw a daily tarot card. 

4. Blog once a week. // Hopefully this can pull through. I would like to make posts on Sundays. I did not accomplish this last month, but I am going to set a reminder to myself and try to make it happen. 

5. Back track my spending from the spring. // This means being honest about what I am spending money on, and how far over budget I went. Then, the goal is to get back on track. 

small goals: march 2018

March 7, 2018


1. Plan for Q3. // I want to make sure that I have each day penciled in so that I can make sure that my plans will take me to the end of the quarter.

2. Keep track of budget. // I am aiming for a budget of 150$ for fun money. This includes going out on my own, and makeup. I was able to stick to this budget the last two months. So, I am going to ensure that I am tracking my spending and being thoughtful, and hopefully this month is within budget, too.

3. Pull weekly and daily tarot cards. // There's something comforting about pulling a card daily and then taking a deeper look at my week. As a reader, I like to see symbols and imagery used to guide my thinking about my days and weeks.

4. Blog once a week. // Hopefully this can pull through. I would like to make posts on Sundays.

5. Read for 30 minutes everyday. // I've gotten into the bad habit of watching YouTube videos at night instead of reading like I used to. The universe needs to be righted, and so I will be making it an intention to read at night again.

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