Quick Catch Up: College, India, and Getting Certified to Teach

So, I have pretty much been off the grid for the last month. I haven’t made any videos. I haven’t posted on Instagram, and I haven’t written anything on my blog. I’ve basically just been sitting in my room working on stuff to get certified to teach, which is a lot harder, longer, and more complicated than you think it would be. There’s like this 30 page document you have to write and submit along with two videos of yourself teaching, and that’s only one part of it. It really just takes so much out of you when you don’t have time to do the things you really enjoy and express yourself. Anyway, because of that, I’ve been incredibly busy and stressed which has affected pretty much everything else in my life, so I’m really happy to say that I finally got it finished and can get back to focusing on other things I enjoy doing like social media.

I have to say that all of that stress really took a lot out of me. I got to the point where I hated going to school everyday and having to interact with people. Since I wasn’t enjoying what I was doing, I had a really short fuse with just about everyone, including my family and my boyfriend. I had to force myself to get up in the morning and get ready for school, and there were days when I really just couldn’t and had to take personal days off to get myself mentally prepared for the next day. I know this sounds extreme, but a lot of stress can just turns you into a completely different person.

It was also worsened by the fact that I’m not 100% sure that teaching high school is exactly what I want to do with my life. Don’t get me wrong. I usually love interacting with the students and seeing the pride on their faces when they understand something they previously didn’t, but teaching can be a really emotionally draining job since you always have to be on call for the students whenever they need you. I’m just not sure it’s what I’m supposed to be doing for the rest of my life.

For someone who likes to have everything planned out and orderly, this is a really scary thought. I’m graduating next semester, and I’m still not sure what I want my life to look like afterward. For some people, like my boyfriend, this is exciting. For me, it’s terrifying.

Luckily, I have a lot of people to support me through this, and I started to see a counselor so that I could talk through some things. By the way, I highly recommend seeing a counselor if you’re going through a major transition in your life, and it’s starting to affect you. It just helps me so much to be able to talk to someone and have them listen and talk you through it. I know that, for some reason, there’s a stigma associated with going to see a counselor, but there really shouldn’t be, and it definitely shouldn’t stop you from going. Everyone needs help now and then, even if they don’t want to admit it.


Anyway, moving on to happier things. For a while now I’ve been planning to go to India in December in order to meet my boyfriend’s family. Recently I finally bought the tickets, so it’s starting to feel a lot more real. I’m incredibly excited but also really nervous. I’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve never been anywhere near India (I’ve only been to New Zealand outside of America), and although I know about the culture from my boyfriend, I still feel like I’m going to be in for a major culture shock.

I’m going to try to blog about the trip, so if you want to hear more, make sure to follow my blog!

 

August Favorites 2017

August has been an incredibly crazy, busy, and exciting month for me. I started student teaching this month and took over my first class which has been an emotional roller coaster. There are days when I’m incredibly happy and absolutely love my job, and there are other days when I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. Overall, though, I’ve loved it. Anyway, because of this, most of my favorites for this month are because of student teaching.

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  1. Eva-NYC 10 in 1 Hair Primer: I got this product in my IPSY bag a few months ago, and I absolutely love it! I use it right after I dry my hair, and it makes my hair so much more manageable, shiny, dries faster, and healthier. I’m literally down to the last few sprays, so I’m going to go out and buy more very soon.
  2. Pixi by Petra Color Corrector in Brightening Peach: I have really dark under eye circles. Plus, I’ve been having to wake up a lot earlier than usual which doesn’t help much, so I wanted to try a color corrector to try and make them a bit better. This has been really great. The color is great and really does make my under eyes a lot brighter.
  3. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge: I have been using this everyday since I got it. It blends my makeup so well and makes it look flawless. The point also lets me blend my concealer into the corners of my eyes. In my opinion this is better than the Beauty Blender.
  4. Too Faced Natural Love Palette: This is the absolute best everyday eye palette. You can get so many different looks with it. They blend out really well, and there are multiple different mattes, shimmers, and glittery shades to get the look you want. I also think it’s the perfect beginner makeup palette. IMG_6717
  5. Crochet Toms: These shoes have been absolutely perfect for student teaching since I have to be on my feet all day. They are so comfortable, and they are dressy enough to wear for school.
  6. Vera Bradley Agenda: This has literally been my life since I started student teaching. Between school, my blog, my channel, and general life, I have been living by what’s in this. It is a little expensive, but it has been perfect!

I hope you all have had a great month! Let me know what you have been loving in the comments!

March in Review/Favorites

I’m actually really loving this year so far because so many exciting things are starting to happen in my life. This month I finished up my first practicum where I had to teach middle school for the first time. It was a really great, amazing, more than slightly terrifying experience, but overall it was great. I also booked tickets to New Zealand for June which is incredibly exciting (and also terrifying) since I’ve never actually traveled out of the country before. Most importantly, though, unlike last year I’ve been trying to stop and enjoy the little things more and I feel like it’s made this year slow down a bit more. Last year went by so quickly that at the end of it I felt like I had missed so much, so I’ve been trying to enjoy this year more.

Anyway, these are some of the things I’ve been really loving this month….

1. The book my mentor teacher gave me! Like I said, I finished up my practicum last week, so I’ve been really bummed out that I won’t get to see the students again. Then, my mentor teacher completely surprised me and gave me this book called a Teacher Yearbook that all of the students had written me notes in. She told me that she keeps one as well, and has her students sign it every year. Then, when she’s having a bad day, she can look back and see that she is making a difference. It completely melted my heart, and I’m so excited about continuing on with my student teaching with it.

2. Eva Nyc Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer I got this in my ipsy bag this month. Without going into crazy detail, it does everything that it promises. It makes my hair so much easier to detangle, it’s shinier, much less frizzy, and, as a bonus, smells really good. Also, as a girl who hates to dry her hair, it helps my hair dry so much faster. It’s also only $11.99 which is definitely affordable.

3. Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette I absolutely love this palette which is no surprise since I love all things peach related. The colors are beautiful, and there are so many options that you can get a lot of different looks out of one palette. As with the other Too Faced palettes I’ve used, they’re also easy to blend, very pigmented, and smell amazing! The only problem is that the smell is so strong it can get a little overwhelming if you’re using the mirror.

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4. This one is a little weird, but Cheez-Its! I’ve become more than slightly obsessed with them this month. Since it’s near the end of the semester, I’ve had an insane amount of work to do, and I’ve found myself snacking on them all the time. They’re just perfect, so go get some! I recommend the family size box 🙂