Tea Time | First Week in The Ville

first week in the ville

first week in the ville

It feels so weird to be typing this post as I haven’t done a tea time in so long. I miss it honestly. It was such an awesome way for me to get out what was on my mind without having something “specific” to talk about… even though what’s on my mind does all revolve around one topic: I moved! A few bloggers have my personal Facebook and have probably seen some of my journey, but exactly one week ago, I made the move to my new home… three and a half hours away from where I previously called home.

You’re probably like, “Girl, why did ya go and do that for?!” Well, I got a job! My dream job, actually. Many of you know that I have been studying to be a special education teacher for about four and half years now and I finally graduated in December! Woohoo! 🎉 I honestly can’t believe that I am actually a college graduate or that I’ve got my first job already. I did not see myself getting a job right out because it is so much harder for December graduates, being that school starts in August here. However, I am so proud of myself and my determination to find what sets my soul on fire. I absolutely love my job already and I think my new school is going to be an amazing home.

As far as “titles”, I am now an ECE Resource Teacher at Portland Elementary School in Louisville, KY! It’s crazy when I actually type it out because I’m still not used to actually having the title of “teacher”. It’s been “MSU student”, “student teacher”, “student”, and so many other titles for so long that I forgot what I was actually doing all that work for. I know my mom is smiling down at me, proud.

As for Louisville, I love it! I’ve always wanted to live in a big town and this job has given me that opportunity. You really don’t realize all that you miss out on living in small towns until you make the jump. There are so many different areas of Louisville, so there is something for everyone. I’ve honestly thought about doing some local restaurant/shop reviews as I’ve already looked into some that I think could be real gems. (Would you guys be interested in this?)

Anyway, I think that’s about it for tonight. I’m going to try my best to get back into blogging regularly, but it may only be once or twice a week for now. I have lots of new products to review and put up that I’ve purchased over the last several months. Let me know if there’s anything specific you want to see reviews on!

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Do my tattoos make me a bad teacher?

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I’ve had something on my mind lately that was triggered by getting a new tattoo! Yes, I got some new ink to go with my other four. Every time I think about getting a tattoo, I have to think about my career. If you guys didn’t know, my major is special education with an emphasis in elementary. This means that I have to be very particular with where I get my tattoos, just in case. Although none of mine are offensive, most are related to family actually, I have to worry about this in my workplace.

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I have never understood the idea that having tattoos somehow makes you unprofessional or unable to do your job. I like to think that I am a pretty good teacher. I have gotten excellent grades in all my courses, praised by my professors, and given awesome feedback from master teachers who have observed me. I honestly feel that I will be an asset to whatever school I start working at upon graduation… but do my tattoos make me a bad teacher?

Does this mean that I cannot connect with my students? Do they keep me from being able to teach my kids how to spell a word or complete a math problem? Do they stop me from understanding their problems? Do they keep me from being active in their lives, in the classroom and in school activities? Does having them keep me from being on level with their parents and communicating well? No… I don’t think so. I think I can do all of these things while having five or even twenty tattoos. Yes, I agree that they need to be respectful and acceptable for students to see, if they are visible when wearing clothing, but I do not think that that we should have to work to cover the art that we put on our bodies.

I am proud of my tattoos. They all have meaning and they all mean something to me. I do not think that this problem only happens in the area of education, but I do think that it seems to be a more persistent problem in this field, due to being around children who watch and follow our every move (even in high school).

So, let me ask you… do my tattoos make me a bad teacher?

xo Kimberly Signature

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10 Skills Potential Employers Look For

10 skills potential employers look for

Picture this: You’re fresh out of college. You’ve got a degree in Masterful Awesomeness. You’re ready to dive headfirst into the world of working a 9-5 job Monday through Friday. Boy! Doesn’t that sound like fun? But… how do I get that awesome, fantastic, wonderful career going? Well, you’ll be interviewed! Now… what do employers look for during interviews? Well, they look for a specific skillset. These skills can vary job to job but there are ten that I’ve found to be extremely important for EVERY SINGLE CAREER. Yup, you read that correctly. There are skills that are generalized for every career choice out there… and you kinda, sorta, really need them. What are they? Well… aren’t you lucky to read a blogger like me… because I’m going to tell you!

  1. Communication: Being able to express yourself effectively in a clear and concise manner is something you need for life, not just a career. However, this is a big thing for employers because you need to communicate in various forms including written, verbal, and through technology.
  2. Teamwork: This goes without saying, in my opinion. No matter what job you have, you’re going to have to work with other people (even if you’re a self-employed blogger). Working with others can be stressful but, if you can do so successfully, it will pay off in the end. Being friendly, cooperative, and able to put your ideas with others is an amazing skill to have.
  3. Time Management: I feel like you learn to deal with this a lot in college but it is just as important as you move into your career. Balancing work, family time, housework, and the thousands of other time commitments that one may have in their life. You don’t quit because involved once you graduate, trust me!
  4. Planning / Organization: This, to me, is one of the most important things for someone to obtain when going into the job force. If you cannot organize your life from time management to cleaning to grocery shopping to anything else you have to write down, you will struggle. For me, my planner is my life. I put everything in it.
  5. Creativity: Being able to bring new and innovative ideas to the table in your profession will definitely look good on you. This is why creativity is so important. You can suggest tons of things, but you need a bit of imagination in order for your input to stand out and for it to make a difference in what you are trying to accomplish.
  6. Determination: If you are determined to succeed, you will. It’s that simple. You have to want to do something and know you can in order for it to make a difference in your life. Determination will get you far in life because it shows that you truly want to achieve whatever it is you are working towards.
  7. Confidence: This goes hand in hand with determination. If order to be determined, you have to be confident in your abilities. Confidence is good to have in all aspects of life, but if you’re confident in the workplace, you’re more likely to stand out to your bosses and that could definitely help when determining promotions! ?
  8. Initiative / Leadership: Taking initiative in a situation can definitely look good on you. Being a leader is just as important as teamwork because there will be times that you have to take a stand and do what is best for wherever you are working and the people involved.
  9. Technology Skills: In today’s society, technology is all the rage. You have to be able to do it all, not just type on a computer. You need to be able to work a smartphone, navigate an iPad, use SMART Boards, and so much more. The amount of technology we use day-to-day, not just at work but at home as well, is huge and it does not stop in the workplace.
  10. Numeracy: Just because you’re not a cashier or an accountant, does not mean that numeracy in not important in your job. All those people say, “You’ll never use math in your future career,” seriously misinformed us. We use math in our day-to-day lives so why wouldn’t we use it at work? You’ve got to be able to use and understand numbers to be a good candidate in the workforce.

Whether you mention these skills during your interview, write them on your resume, or just exhibit them during the interview process, you definitely should address them while searching for your future career!

10 skills potential employers look for

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