We got a dog! Read all about him and our snowy weekend in Ohio in today’s friDIARY post.
2019 is already shaping up to be an incredibly great year. Even though there have been some hiccups (in just 18 days, I know), overall, I’m doing my best to look at 2019 with the most positive outlook that I can, and I’m making changes that will hopefully result in my overall happiness and contribute to me recognizing and celebrating my worth.
I’m absolutely in love with my job, which I still get surprised by sometimes. I never thought that working with kids would be a long-term thing for me, but it was so easy for me to fall in love with all of my little kiddos. Even though my ultimate plan is to work with older kids, I love what I’m doing now, which is working with children 12-18 months in a part-time gig while I work on getting my post-bacc in elementary education. Speaking of which, that’s been put on hold because I have some pre-requisites I need to complete before I can actually start working on my degree. I have five classes that I’ll need to take before I can officially start the elementary education program.
Also, not to brag, but I’m absolutely killing my Juicing January goal. I’ve fallen in love with starting my day with a healthy smoothie, and I’m so glad that this was the first themed monthly goal I chose to complete for the year because only positive things have come from it. Overall, I just feel healthier and somehow have more energy. I haven’t changed anything else in my diet other than eating less fast food and not gorging on potato chips, but the addition of fruits and vegetables into my everyday routine has truly made a difference. The only negative is that I have to do dishes more often, but I’m totally okay with that trade off.
Arguably the second biggest contributor to my happiness (after Kyle, of course) is our new little pooch, Gunther! It’s been two years since my dog, Molly, passed away, and I hadn’t felt ready to adopt another pup in awhile. A few months after moving to Ohio, I just got the urge, and it’s been on my mind ever since. A couple weeks ago, we went to an adoption event for a local Humane Society. We didn’t find a dog we were in love with at the event, so we ended up going to the animal shelter to see what other dogs they had. I immediately fell in love with Gunther. He was quiet, but he sauntered over to us from his bed because he wanted to be pet. He also whined when we left, which broke our hearts a little. We were ready to take him right then, but he still needed to be neutered, get some dental work done, and get approved by a vet to be adopted.
As of yesterday, Gunther is officially ours, and we couldn’t be more in love. He’s a dachshund mix, and he’s seven-years-old as of the 14th of this month. He came to the Humane Society from a shelter in Kentucky, so it’s unknown how long he’s been living in the shelter. They weren’t sure if he’d be house trained or not, but so far, so good. He is such a sweet boy, and even though there were many dogs we could have taken home from the shelter, both Kyle and I agree that Gunther was the perfect dog for us. Gunther is the name they actually gave him at the shelter, but we loved it so much that we decided to keep it. Plus, it’s reminiscent of Friends, aka one of my favorite TV shows, so it’s already stuck.
But enough about the dog (because #sorrynotsorry about all of the future dog-related blog and Instagram posts)…
This past weekend, Kyle’s parents came into town for a visit, and it snowed like crazy! If you know anything about me, you know that I wasn’t built for the cold. I still don’t have any proper winter attire, and I’m scared sh*tless to drive in the snow or on ice. I still managed to enjoy my snowy weekend though.
The four of us went on a hike at Glen Helen in Yellow Springs. This was Kyle and my second time hiking Glen Helen, but the first time was during our first week living in Ohio, which was in August. Admittedly, I was nervous about falling or my toes freezing off, but all’s well that ends well. We all enjoyed some beautiful views while hiking and even stopped at the nature center to enjoy some hot cocoa by the fireplace.
Another exciting thing that happened in January – I went to my second blogging event with the Dayton Creative Community. We met up in the party room of a local bar called the Trolley Stop, ordered apps and drinks, mixed, mingled, and did some crafting. We chose a word for the year, and as mentioned, my word is “worthiness.” Then we used sharpies and paint pens to decorate a wooden block with our word of the year. I put “worthy” on my block because I figured it would look prettier and still send the same message. The block now lives on my mantel as a daily reminder that I need to start recognizing my worth.
Even though January is shaping up to be a great start to the year, I still have a few goals that I’d like to check off before the month’s end:
– Continue drinking a healthy smoothie every morning, of course
– Register and begin two of the five prerequisite courses I need to take
– Go on a double date with some new friends
– Make some more progress on my Alphabet Reading Challenge. As of today, I’ve already checked off three letters.
If January is any indication of how the rest of the year will be, I’m excited to see what’s in store. Kyle and I already have some travel plans for the year, and I can’t wait to start finally working on my degree.
What are some of your goals for the month?
friDIARY is a weekly series where I share tidbits about my life along with [probably too many] unfiltered photos and random thoughts, including the not-so-happy ones. Check back every other Friday for a new post! Click here to read my friDIARY.