Blog Update – Where have I been?!
If my absence for the last couple weeks will probably lead you to believe, I’ve had a whirlwind couple of weeks. So much so that I’ve had a pretty tough time keeping up with the blog. BUT with all that being said, I don’t believe that life’s purpose is to simply work work work, so here is an update on what I’ve been up to the last couple weeks.
1st – Back to school, and back in the swing of things.
One of the hardest things that teachers have to do is wake up for that first day of professional development. I mean after literally months of being able to make my own schedule, and getting up/going to sleep when I want, dragging myself out of bed for that first day had to be harder than the MCATs in Arabic. But somehow I made it through.
But as par for the course at the beginning of the year, there are lots of different things that I want to achieve. And I’m sure that some of this gumption will die down as the year progresses, but I’m really trying to push that off for as long as possible. Most of it is academic, but some of the goals for this year are a little different.
- I’m trying to raise roughly $6,000 to purchase a class set of laptops for my kiddo’s. If you’re interested in donating (which on top of paying huge dividends in the Bank of Karma, also act as a pretty simple tax deduction for when April 15th rolls around) check out my DonorsChoose page!
- I belive in setting lofty goals. After all, if you’re going to spend any time trying to achieve something, why not make it a big something? So I set extremely high goals for my students, but I believe in doing the same for myself during the school year, so they can see what it takes to achieve something truly miraculous. What is this miraculous goal, you ask? Well, I let them decide between me running a marathon, me lifting 2.5 x my body weight in a deadlift, or attempting to contact Barack Obama to come speak at our school. Guess which one they picked? Yep, I have to get in contact with a former POTUS (oddly enough, the kids didn’t want the current one visiting #canyoutastethesarcasm) and attempt to get him to come to our school. To be frank, even I only get a video response from him, I’d be stoked, and I think the kids would be too. But I really think I can get this done, as it would be really inspirational for my kiddos. We’ll see.
- I’m one of the “senior” people on campus, because I’m one of 5 returning faculty, which comes with a few more responsibilities than I had last year, including a Teacher/Parent Committee and starting a student club. Add on top of that the fact I’m teaching Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, and I’ve got quite the caseload this year.
2nd – My First Best Man Experience!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, my best friend in the whole wide world got married last weekend up in British Columbia, Canada. It was, without a doubt, the more sublime and picturesque wedding I’ve ever been to. It was also, far and away, the most difficult to get to. In fact, I’m sure that there’s a direct correlation between how beautiful a wedding can be and how tough it’s got to be to actually get there. But everything turned out great, they both made it down and back up the aisle, and I was even allowed to be a witness to the wedding. I think that means I have an important, albeit small, legal obligation if ever they need me to testify as a witness.
But here’s what I learned over the course of my weekend:
- Don’t ever lose track of those who really matter to you. I spent the entire weekend running around with friends of mine from high school, some of whom I haven’t seen in years. And I had SO MUCH FUN running around Calgary (where I had to fly in to) with them, grabbing beers and just hanging out. I had more fun hanging out with them this weekend than I probably did my entire first couple years out of college. So find the people who matter, and make you happy, and spend as much time with them as possible.
- Don’t drink before your best man speech. Like at all. You might think to yourself, “Hey, this will calm my nerves.” All it did to me was make me feel incredibly self-conscious and nervous that I was going to slur my way through my speech. It turns out that I actually did pretty well, because I enjoy writing, being funny, and having the microphone all to myself. But I don’t think I have ever been as nervous as I was that moment when I first started talking.
- Learn to dance. My girlfriend is mad at me STILL for having done this, but as a rule, and this is twice as important for dudes, learn how to do a couple basic dances. I was able to feel pretty comfortable with a swing, samba, and a rumba-ish. That’s pretty much going to cover most songs on the dance floor. And you know what? I was even able to teach a few of my friends that were there how to do these dances. And it was nice to finally NOT be the shy white dude in the corner just drinking beer because he was too scared to dance.
3rd – FINALLY getting started on my CFP course!
So I was really nervous to start the CFP course while I was not only getting used to a semi-new role at work, but also traveling out of the country, so I’ve been putting it off for a couple of weeks. But now that I know what my schedule looks like, I can start really digging into the course. And to make it EVEN BETTER, I’m going to get paid to take this CFP course. I’m super excited to get this started!
Blog Update – The Wrap Up
So now that I’m back in the swing of things, I’ll be happy to keep hitting you, my dear readers, with financial tips and tricks, all while being witty, charming, and above all else, modest. Hopefully, you’ve been enjoying the Financial Tips of the Week! I’ve had a blast the last few weeks getting back into the swing of things at work and traveling to see my best friend get married, but I’m happy to settle down for the next couple of weeks and really dig back into the blog!
Glad to be back, y’all!
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