In my latest friDIARY post, I’m sharing some Q1 updates and some of my goals for Q2.
So I obviously did not prioritize blogging in Q1, and a lot of that has to do partly because of school, partly because of socializing, and partly because of laziness. I’ve been unmotivated to sit down and write, and I always told myself that when it felt like I chore, I would take a break and not force myself to publish something just to have content. Luckily, I’m starting to get remotivated. It also helps that I gave myself a little spring break since Kyle was on his as well.
I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll get back to posting regularly again, and that includes friDIARY posts every other week. For now, here’s an update on what’s been going on over the first few months of the year.
I’m embarrassed by how long it’s been since I’ve had a haircut. I’ve been hesitant to look for someone in Ohio, but I ended up getting a recommendation from one of my co-workers, and I just went for it. I got about eight inches cut off, so my hair feels crazy different. I love how it turned out, even though it’s the first time I like my hair much better straight than with my natural curls.
As I’ve mentioned before, I decided to go back to school to get my post-baccalaureate in elementary education. Before I can do that, I have some pre-requisites I need to get out of the way. Originally, I had five that I needed to take, but I was able to appeal one of my classes, so now I only need to take four. I’ve already gotten half of those classes out of the way, and I plan on registering for one of the two that I have left next week. My goal is to finish my pre-requisites within the next six weeks so I can get started on my actual coursework.
Work is still going great. Everyday, I fall more in love with the little kiddos that I’m so fortunate to work with. I love coming home and relaying stories to Kyle about silly and adorable things they do. Of course, some days are harder than others, which is to be expected, but overall, I’m happy with where I am.
I also recently had my 90-day evaluation, and it went better than I thought it would. I didn’t think there would be much of anything negative to say, but I didn’t expect the high praise that I received. Even on the days that I want to tear my hair out and I start to lose my patience, I still love what I do, and I love working with kids, so it’s nice to be recognized for the work that I put into it.
Even after six months of living here, I still get nervous about not having anything to do when it comes to celebrating holidays. In February, I took the initiative to get some new friends together to celebrate Galentine’s Day. It was an absolute blast, and you can click here to see some photos from the party and read about some of the things we did.
Earlier this month, Kyle and I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a few friends. In Louisiana, I usually celebrated by going to a festival and then going out for a few (more) drinks. I was surprised that the area didn’t have any festivals or parades or anything going on. We ended up going to dinner with my friend, Lauren, then meeting up with a few more friends at a place called Dublin Pub where they had some live music. It was pretty crowded because not much of anything else was going on in town. We ended up getting our own semi-private booth inside and enjoying a few drinks (I had my first Irish car bomb – not a fan) before going outside and dancing.
We didn’t travel anywhere in January or February, but last weekend, Kyle and I took our first trip of the year. We traveled to a small town called Townsend, Tennessee (population 450ish). We had a friend that we met in Louisiana that was getting married. Since Kyle was on spring break, I took a couple extra days off work, and we took Gunther with us for his first road trip.
It was so nice to unwind and spend lots of time outside. We ended up spending a day in Gatlinburg, a town about 45 minutes away. We did some hiking, wandered around some shops, and went to a park. We also spent a few hours in Knoxville before heading home. The wedding was low-key and so beautiful. We love going to weddings together because we always have such a fun time dancing.
I’ll be writing a full post about our trip. We had so much, and it was such a nice, stress-free mini vacation.
** You can read more about my monthly goals here, but for Q2, the themes are Arranging April, Municipality May, and Jubilant June. I started watching Marie Kondo’s show on Netflix, so I’m already hyped for getting started in April.
** Continue with therapy – My word for 2019 is worthiness, and therapy has been a huge help in digging through some of the issues I’ve had in my past and helping me analyze my views on my relationships, especially with my family.
** Plan a party – Y’all know I love planning themed parties, so hopefully in Q2, I’ll be able to get some friends together again for something fun.
** Keep up with my blog – I unintentionally let my blog fall low on the priority list, especially in March. I’m determined to reorganize and prioritize my blog more in Q2.
** Keep up with the Alphabet Reading Challenge – So far I’m 12 books deep and going strong. Hopefully I can keep up with momentum as the year continues.
** Solidify some travel plans – Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’m excited to start doing some more traveling. I’m also hoping to explore more of Cincinnati and Columbus since they’re so close by.
What are some of your goals for the upcoming months?
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.