What a busy week it has been! If you’re an educator in a public school in Florida, you know what the time after Christmas Break is all about: testing! We’ve officially entered into what is referred to as Crunch Time or what I refer to as the Most Stressful Time of the Year, the time that we put all of our energy into prepping our students for state testing (more about my feelings on this in a future post). This week was filled with practice testing every morning for our students which of course threw off the rest of each day. Needless to say, this week was an interesting one.
However, I was still able to work on some of my goals in week 2 of My Journey to 40. (To read about Week One click here.) Here’s how this week went.
- Fitness Goal – Although I didn’t meal prep for lunch this week, I believe I did a good job with eating. However, I’m still struggling with the water intake. As a teacher, it’s hard for me to drink so much water during the day since I don’t have the freedom to just run to the bathroom like I need to do. However, I did hit my step goal (10,000) EVERY DAY this week! Whoop whoop! Yay for me! I even went walking and did some strength training. I’m bringing sexy back!!!!!!
- New Adventure: This week Hubby and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. One of my ideas for having an adventure or new experience was for us to try a new restaurant (you know, break away from the routine), but since I wasn’t allowed to help with planning anything for our anniversary, I wasn’t sure if this goal would be met. Hubby had done the planning, and he just told me that we needed to be where we were going by 7:30 that Friday night. Well, my goal was met! We went to a new restaurant (new for us) and had a great time. Hubby had gotten a recommendation from a friend about where to take me. I was happily surprised by the food, ambiance, and location. I even tried oysters and clams for the first time. Hubby always eats them so I decided to try for the first time. Was I impressed? Not really, but at least I can say that I tried them (shrugs). The next morning Hubby arranged for us to have our first ever couple’s massage. I enjoyed every minute of it and left feeling like I was floating! We followed our massages by eating breakfast at a new restaurant as well. Weren’t we the adventurous pair? This was a great anniversary, and I look forward to celebrating many more with this crazy, yet loving, man of mine.
3. Random Acts of Kindness: As I stated last week, stepping out of my comfort zone and trying something that I’ve been meaning to do for a while, led to my finding a perfect Random Act of Kindness to do with my sons. We spent Dr. Martin Luther King Day helping to sort food and pack boxes for needy families in the area. The organization that we volunteered with was also serving food to the homeless that day, so my boys also got the chance to see the extreme need in our community. It was heartbreaking to see all of the people there needing assistance, but it was also heartwarming to see all of the people there to serve. I signed up my older son and myself to be regular volunteers at the organization. It’s unbelievable that this place is less than 10 minutes from our home. I hope my sons really begin to understand just how blessed they are and just how important it is that we serve others and not just focus on gaining more for ourselves.
4. Business Moves: This week I ordered and received my business cards. These are not my final ones but just some temporary ones as I begin networking with others and attempting to build my brand. They include the logo drawn by my son! Next weekend I will be with my amazing artist friend, Constance Ivana, at an event and will have the chance to network while also displaying some of my photography (more about this next week), so I wanted to have something ready to give out. It’s frustrating when someone asks for a business card, and I have to say that I don’t have any. Now I will be prepared! (By the way, this event will be sooooo out of my comfort zone).
Whew! What a fun week! Just seven more weeks until the big 4-0! I’m excited about the big day, but I’m equally excited about what the next few weeks have to offer. Some ideas I’m tossing around are rock wall climbing, an amazing out-of-state retreat, a cooking class, and wine tasting! Stay tuned for more!