Wednesday, July 4, 2012

I Love My Life :)

Hello Everyone!!!!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope you are all enjoying your ::Fourth of July::. Summer has been flying by...and I have been staying very productive. Student teaching ended, and I started my nanny job, and teaching summer school in Appleton. A typical day now consists of waking up at 4:30 a.m. for my morning run, spending 7am-11:30am in the classroom, nannying noon-6pm and then heading to the gym after that to lift and do more cardio. Every day is structured and meaningful. I make each day count :)

View from my dest :)

It is very exciting to have my very own classroom. I am teaching math and each hour is a different group of students. I am teaching 3rd-4th, 5th-7th, and I end my morning with my favorite grade...2nd :) I am learning a lot in this experience, and I am growing in my educational practices and methods. For those of you that know me...math was always my biggest challenge, so I was a little nervous to be teaching it...especially to such a wide range of grade levels. I absolutely love it, and I am so thankful for this opportunity. It is so rewarding to watch my students learn and grow. My first week I had two students that did not understand multiplication. I blocked off some time and worked with them, showing different methods and approaches to solving the problems. By the end of the week one of them won our class game of  "Around the World". It made my week. I love being a teacher :)
Ahnika, Vacey, and SJ

Every day after teaching, I drive over to my nanny job with a smile on my face. I LOVE my body building family nanny job. I am so blessed to work with such a wonderful family. It is a lot of fun. We have fun going to the beach, playing outside, making projects, playing games, and of course...having fun in the gym in the basement. Each week we do fitness goal tests (i.e. push ups, pull ups, hanging leg raises etc) and test abilities, and track our progress. It is fun setting goals, and watching us improve each week. I love working with children and making a difference. I wish I could be a professional nanny :) I am looking forward to making more memories and spending the rest of the summer with these two rockstars ;)
After an afternoon chalking the driveway

I am really proud of how well I am maintaining right now with it being my "off season". I am still doing two a days of cardio. Every morning I run for about 30 minutes, and then at night when I am done lifting I do at least 20 minutes on thes stairmaster. Training is going great as well. It is not the same without the Strength Center, but I enjoy seeing some familar faces at the gym back home and making more friends there. My friend Kristine Hietpas and I train together every Thursday. She is helping me create some better shoulders so I can be a beast like herself ;) Thanks girl!!!! I love our Thursday Gym<3 dates and I REALLY appreciate the help!!!!!

I am also staying strict with my diet. I am very thankful to have support of my body building nanny family. The dad, Scott, also competes with me and he has been helping me and holding me accountable each day which really helps. It is always nice to have that kind of support. I am continuing to learn a lot about my body, and what I can to do continue to improve. TEAM BB D!!!! :)

Enjoying the simple things :)

I have been fortunate enough to have the past week off from both jobs, so for the first time since January, I was able to take a step back and breathe and enjoy life a little more. I went back to Point and decided to spend my vacation with Mrs. S. We have had....and are still having a wonderful time. Every morning I wake up and I go for a run, and when I get back we load up the kayaks and head to the river for an adventure. We have gone every day since Saturday for at least 2.5-3.5 hours each time. It is an amazing experience and I'll cherish the memories that were made. Aside from kayaking, we watched some live music by the water, spent time outside, worked on the classroom, and enjoyed eachothers company.

Our favorite kind of cardio :)

Mrs. S is amazing....and I am so thankful I worked with her this year for both my practicum and my student teacher assignment. She continues to support me and my dreams, and enjoy the journey with me.  I love coming to her house. Mrs. S and her husband are so welcoming and give me a nice place to destress and rejuvinate. My morning runs here are the best because the scenery is so beautiful, and everything is so much more peaceful here. I couldn't ask for a better vacation.

I also love coming here because I get to workout at my favorite gym, the UWSP Strength Center. On Saturday I entered the gym, and I was the only on in there. Emotionals immediately took over my body, and nothing else in the world mattered....I was "home". I loaded up the bar weights, secured them, and got ready. A deep breath was taken, I alligned myself with the bar, and I exploded.The power of my legs ignited as I hit each rep. My heart pounded,  my quads screamed, but I was hungry for more...and this was just the beginning. I had one of the best leg workouts ever on Satruday. Time was not a factor, nothing held me back. I pushed it until I could barely walk straight.

My favorite place on earth <3

When I went to the gym during the week, a lot of my buddies were in there, and some familiar faces of the athletes from school. It felt so good to be in there, and I had some phenomenal workouts. I love walking in to the sound of weights smashing, and music blaring. I love putting chalk on my hands and feeling my callouses rip open. I absolutely love it in there. I even enjoyed my post stair master cardio. I love looking down at everyone working out while I hit the steps. This place is my home, and no one can ever take away the emotions I experience when I am there. It refuels my fire, and gives me an extra push to go even harder.

I couldn't ask for a better summer. Everything is going great, and I am thankful for each day. I am going to continue working hard, and look forward to the opportunites that come my way. Enjoy the rest of your holiday, and remember to MAKE EACH DAY COUNT :)))

<3 SJ XO

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