you also have lots to tell me

One of the bazillion excuses that I came up with for not blogging is that I got switched grade level a quarter into the school year. I went from teaching middle school to high school, 11th-grade English to be more specific. Teaching a new grade level, especially one that I hadn’t taught before, was like reliving my 1st year of teaching because I had to prepare my lesson plans on a week-to-week basis again. This meant that I was working outside the work hours. This got better this semester, thankfully!

The other bazillion excuses that I told myself for not writing for the blog were

  1. I’m not going to have time to blog consistently so why bother. (I had time to watch Netflix so I had time to update the blog.) 
  2. I’m not feeling mentally or emotionally well, so why blog.
  3. I’m tired af which was one of the few legit excuses.

I’m alive as you can see. And I want to get back into the blog-writing habit. I feel like sharing so much given the long absence. I’ve been outgrowing my 2020 self. Last year was a year of dismantling my somewhat naive vision of the world and life.

I’ve been doing some maturing. It took me a while to accept that I’m back in my hometown. It definitely wasn’t easy. It’s not a glamorous home town. I think I’m finally seeing some light at the end of that tunnel. It’s the people here (or anywhere) that make a world of a difference.

I’ve attempted to blog. I wrote a post about trying mushroom hummus toast which was delish. According the the website where I found the recipe, it’s considered breakfast. After trying said recipe, I concluded that mushroom hummus toast is not breakfast. It’s perfect for brunch or a side, but not for breakfast. Do you think mushroom hummus toast falls in the breakfast category? 

What other things have I not told you? I’m an auntie now. My nephew is the most adorable-est in the world. I’m sure every auntie says that about their nieces and nephews. Also, I like to think that I’m his favorite auntie :). 

My plans for this summer? Read the books my 9th graders are going to be reading next year, lesson plan with my 9th grade team teacher, spend time with my family. And bake some empanadas that I saw on the Claire Saffitz YT show. I’ll let you know how they come out.

I’m sure you also have lots to tell me. How have you been? What have I missed? What plans do you have for this summer?

with mucho cariño,

Andrea

p.s. Cariño means affection in Spanish. It also means dear. 

Something different

Something interesting happened to me the other day. A tiny little green turtle made its way to my foot when I was walking at the park. My family and I stood there observing the tiny turtle making it’s way down the road.

It was one of the most beautiful things that has ever happened to me. Things like this mean a lot to me. They hold deep meaning.

I stood there watching this tiny little turtle make its way to my foot.

In this case, the turtle reminded me of pace. How sometimes it takes you a while to learn, to grow, or to be honest with yourself. And that’s totally okay.

There comes a time when the life lesson or growth or clarity is right in front of you, and you just can’t keep running away or hiding away from it.

You have to confront it, even if it means losing, even if it means being afraid.


Please note that I will be taking a blogging break yet again. As always, I super appreciate you who have stuck with me since the beginning and you who are new and you who shower me with kind comments.

My plan for when I come back is to continue to share with you uplifting messages of hope, peace, gratitude, and bravery.

Happy blogging & reading,

Andrea

Love your life

When things don’t look or feel the way you want them to, you feel frustrated because you fear you’ll never have the life you envision for yourself.

Your problems separate you from realizing your dreams. Sometimes you don’t see the problems coming. You wonder how long they will last. Or you can’t find solutions for them.

Yet, you can learn to love your life as it is in this moment–despite your simple to complex problems.

There are life circumstances that you can’t control, and for those you must find acceptance. Some life circumstances are meant to grow you, and for those you must humble yourself to the life lessons. 

Don’t wait to love your life until it looks picture perfect. Love your life now, even if you find yourself feeling low or lost. These feelings, the problems,–they’re temporary.

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