Friday, December 19, 2014


Today is my last day at the middle school I've worked at for 8.5 years. [more on that here]
I've made so many friends and will miss them so much! But this is definitely the right step for me. A few of my work friends threw me a surprise party, and it was perfect! Dog decorations, TARDIS cake, Dalek cupcakes, a foxy gift, and so much more! [Including even more delicious desserts!]

I didn't get a group shot at the party, but this is the math department. I've worked with them for years and years!

I've been so lucky to have such great co-workers at my first "real job" ever, and forever grateful for their friendships. Who knows where my new path will take me!

I leave you with this gif a friend made me. :)

Monday, December 15, 2014


I competed in my first crossfit competition this last weekend. My friend Paula and I signed up a few months ago. We heard it wasn't going to be too bad because it was for charity, but dang! That was definitely a lot faster and heavier than I expected. I'm pretty proud of myself! My upper body strength is seriously lacking, but after 2 years at "the cave" there have been some improvements! "She believed she could so she did" has been running through my head for a couple weeks now. There are parts of my life that needed changing, and I went for it. I quit my job, I competed, and now I'm getting ready to [co] lead my roller derby team in the upcoming season. 2015 is going to be full of adventures. :)



Paula and I...and my one sock. The other leg is sockless. Oops.

The only thing I'm having trouble turning around is my diet. Daniel and I have been working on it for a week now. He's winning! haha I guess that's what resolutions are for! :-P

What are you looking forward to in the new year?

p.s. make sure to enter the $25 Amazon GC giveaway before it ends!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

big scarf, big news

[no, I'm not pregnant]

Who is ready for 2015?! Me memeemememmeeeee! I'm not sure if you follow my Instagram [what?! why?!], but I recently announced something huge. Well, it's pretty huge to me. For the last month or more I felt like I've been lying. Every time I share anything on my blog, I feel like it should be this. All of the hard times I've mentioned, struggles, it was all leading to this.
I am trying to figure out how to share the unfortunate reasons behind my departure, but for now, the big news is that I resigned from my current district, where I was the math instructional specialist. I started teaching there in 2006 before becoming the specialist in 2010. The decision took a lot of thought and a lot of tears. This school has been my home for the last 8.5 years. My co-workers are like my family, and a lot of them are really good friends. This is the only school I've ever known, but my circumstances pointed to change.
I accepted a job offer that is going to be really exciting. I'll still be teaching math, but online, along with a few other duties - from home! I'm not sure what the schedule is going to be like exactly, but the challenge is going to be fun, and I've rediscovered how much I love to learn. After much research, I have realized that my workout/eating schedule will need to be on point! I will not gain 50 pounds, no siree. :)
Challenge accepted! And not to sound completely cheese-ball-tastic, but 2015 is going to be about new beginnings! I'm over you, 2014!!

Help! My scarf is trying to swallow my face! :-O

Blanket Scarf  //  Kate Spade purse  //  Top via Stitchfix  //  LOFT jeans  //  Shoemint booties //  Bonlook frames

Do you have any similar experiences? Have you ever left a job after many years and friendships? I'm excited for my new experiences, challenges, and routines, but I could use some advice. :)