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! ūüéȬ†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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Surviving the holidays without a loved one

surviving the holidays

The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time. Everyone is supposed to smile and laugh. We’re supposed to go see light displays and watch Christmas movies. We’re supposed to spend time with our families and loved ones… but, not everyone gets that choice. I, myself, have hated the holidays since my mom passed away last year. It has been something I’ve dreaded so much that I¬†volunteer¬†to work on those days. I don’t want to come to terms with the fact that my best friend will not be there.

surviving the holidays

Making it through these times can be hard when you don’t have that one person you always looked forward to spending it with, but it’s not impossible. I’m here to share some ways that I’ve tried to cope with celebrating the holidays without a loved one.

#1 It’s okay to take some time for yourself.

Everyone thinks that the best way to combat feeling lost without someone is to be around those who love you. Although I agree that this can help, it isn’t always what you need or want at the time. Remember that¬†it’s okay¬†to want to be alone every once in awhile. I wouldn’t say isolate yourself, but take the time you need to work past those lost feelings.

#2 Talk to someone you trust or write it out.

The best way for me to get my feelings out is to talk to someone. Alternatively, I also like writing about my feelings because it allows me to get it out without feeling as though I’m “burdening” someone with my problems (though, most of the time, those that truly care will never think this). Just let it all out. Whether it be through talking or writing, you need a way to escape those feelings.

#3 Surround yourself with positivity.

The last thing you want to do is allow yourself to be consumed by negativity. Your day-to-day life should always have a positive vibe, but it needs to be even more so prevalent during these hard times. I struggle everyday with creating the most positive vibe I can, but I strive to make it a priority during the holidays.

These tips may not seem like much, but they are what help me during these difficult times. You should¬†never¬†have to feel like you are alone. Whether it’s talking to an internet friend, writing in a diary, or taking some me-time, you always need create the best possible environment during “the most wonderful time of the year”. Remember, the loved one you are missing would never want you to feel this way. Push through, make it positive, and celebrate life. ‚̧ԳŹ

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Hiatus?

hiatus

hiatus

Well, it seems I’ve hit a dilemma with my life being so busy. I thought, with having so many posts prepared ahead of time, I would be able to keep scheduling¬†posts after those and keep up this semester while I student teach, but that does not seem to be the case. I’m pretty disappointed in myself as this was one of my goals. However, I am not giving up. I still am going to try my best to at least get content to you guys twice a week. I do not want to have my Blogger Spotlights as the only post I publish every single week, so that is why I say twice a week.

I have a lot of posts in mind, I just have not had the time to sit down and write them. I will likely change up my blogging schedule temporarily, or possibly permanently, once I am able to get some time in to do so. I feel like posting as often as I have has really made it hard to come up with original content and stuff that you guys actually want to see. I love writing and I love talking to you guys and I don’t want it to ever feel like a chore.

This being said, I am likely going to be on a hiatus until I get the free time to write for you guys. Recently, my days have been filled with nothing but lesson plans, worksheets, work, and teaching middle schoolers… and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I just don’t think I’m ready to give up on Life of Kimberly. Not now, and hopefully not ever.

Love you, guys. ?

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September Goals

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This month is going to be my last one in my current student teaching placement and I am already super sad about it. I have grown to love middle school so much and I’m going to miss my teacher and the kids something fierce. However, I am excited to be in an elementary school for my last two placements! I believe my first one will be 5th grade… or is it Kindergarten? Ha! I know I have both and I know I’ll do both, the question is, in what order???

september goals

This post is going to include some goals for me because you guys¬†know¬†that I have to write it down or I won’t do it. These are the things I want to accomplish this month, whether it be blogging-related, personal, or just random.

  • Decide on a new apartment.¬†If you didn’t know, I am looking to move into a new apartment complex as I have been having some issues with my current one and I think it would just be best if I eliminated the stress entirely. I am looking into one area that is a bit more expensive, but I’m hoping I can swing it.
  • Continue blogging every other day.¬†This is seeming like it may be impossible with my schedule, but I am going to try to crank out as many blog posts as I can over the next three days I have off at my job. I’ll be at school during the day, so I’ll have a few hours after to work on them.
  • Spend more time with my puppy!¬†My more dog probably thinks that I hate him. With me working or student teaching every single day, I hardly get to spend time with him anymore. I am currently forcing myself to stay awake just so he isn’t locked in his crate all night after being in there all day. ūüôĀ #horribledogmom
  • Spend time with my friends.¬†I literally have been keeping to myself 24/7 here lately and it’s starting to take a toll on me. I used to spend time with most of my friends at least every week or so and now I can’t tell you last time I saw one of my friends, except the ones I work with!
  • Clean my house ENTIRELY.¬†I have made a lot of progress with this and done a lot of steps to complete this one but I have yet to be able to thoroughly clean my apartment since I moved in as I have worked every single day, or been doing something to do with student teaching.
  • Finish decorating. Although these seems a bit pointless since I’m moving in December but I’ve got all my stuff ready to hang up and complete my decor and just never can seem to find the time to do it.
  • Successfully complete one season of Game of Thrones. As I am on season one, it will likely be that one. I am so busy all the time that I never have the time to just sit down and watch it, even though I’ve already fallen in love with the series after only a few episodes!

Honestly, I didn’t realize how ridiculous some of these goals are, but my life has come to this point where I have to pencil in time with my dog… that’s pretty sad. I’m hoping things will die down more after student teaching and hopefully, I’ll find a job just off the bat (although I’m not holding my breath as December grads seem to have the hardest time when it comes to education jobs).

What are your goals for this month? Leave them in the comments down below!

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Life Update | Anxiety, Depression, & Student Teaching

life update

life update

It’s been awhile since I’ve just sat down and talked to you guys so I thought I’d do a little life update in the midst of all our regularly scheduled programming. So, as most of you know, my major is basically everything to me this past Friday, I had my first day of student teaching. This brought a whirlwind of emotions into my head. Although the day went well and I truly feel that I am going to enjoy this placement as well as my others later in the semester, I am still doubting myself in so many ways. I am a long-time sufferer of anxiety and depression. I have been battling my mental health for as long as I can remember. There have been days that I hardly check my phone and I just sleep the day away because I am so mentally exhausted.

My job is a very socially interactive deal and it takes a lot out of me every shift in order to stay happy, smiling, and provide, in relation to my opinions, the best customer service. It’s weird to actually say to someone, but I really am a very positive and generally happy person. When my anxiety and depression subside, I feel like my best self. I can talk to people all day, I am so confident in my abilities, and I feel like others see my true self. Here lately, those days have been few and far between.

I don’t know if it’s the things that are lingering in my mind or just an overall emotional breakdown, but I am just having a hard time pushing myself to get out of bed every morning. I constantly feel like someone is judging me, talking badly about me, or just trying to hurt me, when I know this isn’t the case. It’s even harder to deal with because these were all things that I confided to my mom about. If you have been around for awhile, you know my mom passed away last September and we are coming up on the one year mark. I honestly think this has the majority to do with my issues here lately.

Although I have some extremely supportive figures in my life, one in particular, that are¬†always¬†there for me whenever I need someone to talk to, I am constantly feeling as though I am a burden. In the back of my mind, I¬†know¬†that this is not true. I know that I am worth more than I think. I know that people care about me. I know that I have people I can talk to, but I still have problems battling that inner voice that tells me, “No, you’re not good enough. No one cares that you’re depressed. No one wants to hear your complaining. No. One. Cares.

In regards to student teaching, I am hoping that, over time, I will have enough confidence in my placements to work past these mental health battles that I am having. The classroom has always been where I am the happiest and where I feel that I shine the most. I¬†love¬†my career choice and wouldn’t change my path for anything in the world, but having my mind makes some days more difficult than others. It is times like these when I go to positive blog posts, quotes, and try my best (sometimes unsuccessfully) to reach out to those who I know will be there.

Here’s a quote that really speaks to me:

She was powerful, not because she wasn’t scared, but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear. – Atticus

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My “Me” Time Activities

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Making “me” time is something that I believe is essential to living a stress-free and happy life. If you don’t make time for yourself, how are you supposed to be well enough to make time for others? That being said, there are some things that I truly enjoy doing in order to get in a little “me” time. Whether I get to do these things every day, once a week, or once a month, I always try to make time for myself and I recommend that you all do as well.

me time

#1 Take a hot bath.

This is probably one of my favorite me time activities. I love to put some essential oils in my bathtub or make it all bubbly and just run the hottest water I can stand and soak. I’ll put on some relaxing tunes, light a few candles, and de-stress the day.

#2 Work on my blog!

Most people may not think of this as me time but I sure do. Blogging is something I love doing and I have such a passion for so when I get time to just sit down, work on my blog, and disconnect from everything else, I am a happy camper.

#3 Play video games.

Not that this is something “relaxing” necessarily but it is fun and makes me happy! Lately, I’ve been addicted to playing The Sims 2 again because they finally got it all debugged for Mac and I was able to score the Super Collection online for pretty cheap.

#4 Play with makeup.

When I want to cheer myself up, I’ll normally play with my makeup. Whether that’s work on swatching new products and taking photos or just doing a full face glam on myself for no reason, it makes me happy and that is the whole point.

#5 Play with my animals.

I have two cats and a puppy and they make the happiest animal mama around. They all are so adorable and loving. My puppy, Blaze, loves to play and give kisses and my biggest kitty, Chase, loves head scratches and cuddles. The little girl of the family, Lily, isn’t much for cuddles but she will allow the occasionally petting every now and then.

These are just some of the things that I enjoy doing to escape from the outside world of drama and despair. (I know, I’m dramatic.) What are some of your favorite things to do when you are trying to have some “me” time? Let me know in the comments below.

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August 2017 Blogging + Personal Goals

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August is when my life really gets crazy so these goals are something I definitely need to focus in on and work towards. I start student teaching this month, I will be working still, and I want to make sure that I stay on top of my blogging schedule. That means that I have to plan, plan, plan! I have some big things in mind in my blogging life as well as my personal life.

august goals

Blogging Goals

  1. Reach 1,400 followers on Twitter. I am currently sitting just below 1,300 so I really want to try to push to make it to that 1,400 mark. My end-of-the-year goal is to make it to 2,000 but I don’t want to push myself too far and then get disappointed when it doesn’t happen so this is just a short term goal to make it to that.
  2. Continue blogging every other day. I am currently on a schedule where I blog every other day and this has been working out amazingly for me. I constantly have new content up and I am able to keep coming up with things because I have a break every other day.
  3. Reach 800 followers on Instagram. Instagram is something I just recently started trying to get more active on so I don’t want to push myself too far but I didn’t think I’d get to 700 so fast from where I was so I am going to shoot for 800 and hope for the best!
  4. Build @bliss_bloggers Twitter account. I just recently start a Twitter chat and retweet account for all us bloggers out there (if you’re not following, you should go do that here!). It’s a fun way to connect with bloggers, get your posts promoted for¬†free, and just have fun. I plan to expand it into a group Pinterest board and a Facebook group soon so stay tuned.

Personal Goals

  1. Dive head first into student teaching. I start on August 11th and I am sooo excited but also extremely nervous. I really just want to put my all into this because this is how I am going to get the experience I need to get my own teaching job after I graduate in December. Wish me luck!
  2. Finish at least one book. I used to read nonstop and now I feel like I never even crack open a book. I just updated my Kindle not long ago and I have tons of physical copies of books so I just need to finally get back into my old habits and read, read, read!
  3. Organize my apartment. My home is still a bit of a mess from moving in as I’ve still been working nonstop since that happened. I really want to finally get all my decorations and organization done this month so I can feel 100% comfortable every time I come home. I’m slowly working towards it but it’s a work in progress.
  4. Get back into actively planning every day. Planning is something I love to do and I love making my planner look adorable on top of that. I have all the supplies I need and, with a busier schedule coming, I should be able to easily get back into it. I just hate when I forget about it and don’t look at it for a day because it throws me off completely.

That’s it for my goals for the month of August! I hope you guys enjoyed reading them and I really hope I can make it through without dying of exhaustion! It’s going to be a busy month but I got this and I know I’ll make it the best one yet in 2017.

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Tea Time Chit-Chat #3

tea time chit chat

tea time chit chat

Tea time chit chat did not get forgotten! I have had some crazy changes going on and life, in general, has decided to field goal hit me right in the face. However, through the negatives, I have finally found another job that I feel like will really work with my upcoming student teaching. I am super excited to be leaving the fast food life behind and moving into something with more opportunities and better pay (’cause we all know that this is¬†real¬†nice).

I think this is probably the first cup of tea I’ve had since I moved into my new apartment (apartment tour post???). I have so much to do still and the amount of pain that has taken over my body here lately has not agreed with this whole “moving” process. Apparently cleaning, organizing, unpacking, and moving in ways I don’t normally move is not the best thing to just throw yourself into… who knew? Thankfully, I have awesome friends and family that have been helping me through it.

Most of what feels like emptiness is just where I really need to get my pictures, canvases, and overall decor back up. It makes my apartment a little more… me. I have been having this weird empty feeling here lately that doesn’t quite meet depression but not quite something else. I just feel like something is missing and I really need to take a few mental health days to myself to recuperate before my seminars begin in August.

Other than life having a dance party on my head, I think I am making it just fine. I’m alive, my bills are paid, and those I love are taken care of. I honestly just wanted to come and talk to you guys… getting it all out seems to make me feel better (although I may be slightly insane for thinking you guys actually¬†listen).

Everyone has little bumps in the road, it’s up to you whether you suffer in silence or enjoy the ride.

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July Goals

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Goals always help me get organized for the month ahead so what better way to dance into the month of July than a goals post. These are¬†all things that I really¬†need¬†to do because it’s crunch time for me. This is my last month of summer “break” and I am going straight into schools and student teaching within the first two weeks of August. So much to do and so little time!

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July Goals

  • Get organized for student teaching next month (!!!): As many of you know, I am a special education/elementary major and I am starting my final semester in school, the “internship” or student teaching on August 11th! I am so excited and I cannot wait to move forward with this journey. It has taken a lot and so much time and effort for me to make it here. I just wanna say a huge thank you to all my family, friends, and you guys for always supporting me.
  • Start using my planner again: I usually slack a lot with my planner during the summer because I don’t have a lot going on but then I feel like I still forget things and I really need to start planning better so these types of things don’t happen. I am so pumped as well because I got a Teacher Planner from Erin Condren¬†on sale¬†when they were having either 30% or 40% off. It wasn’t too expensive and I got some cute accessories to go with it as well. I will do a whole post dedicated to that soon!
  • Stay focused on blogging: I always seem to fall off as a new semester starts with blogging and I cannot and will not allow myself to do that this time. I know I always say this but I get so down and disappointed with myself whenever things get too busy for me and I forget about LOK. This place has helped me in so many ways and I truly enjoy getting to write so often.
  • Start my YouTube channel (finally)…?: I really want to know y’all’s opinion on this as it has been something I have wanted to do for a looong time but never done. I get so nervous behind the camera and I truly hate the way I look when I talk in videos… but I have so much makeup and so much love for¬†blogging¬†and I think YouTube is like the next step for me! Plus it would make doing reviews, makeup looks, and tutorials so much easier to follow and create.

july goals

That’s about it for my goals! I’ve got a lot going on these next few weeks so I don’t want to overwhelm myself too much but setting goals is always an awesome way to keep me motivated and plus I love reading other bloggers’ goals so I figure somebody else probably enjoys reading them here.

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June Rewind

waverly hills sanatorium

June has been a month of craziness it seems like. I have worked 90% of the time and tried to have a life and deal with other personal things during that. I have always liked working a lot during the summers because I don’t have school to keep me busy and I can save money to make up for the lack of hours I get during the semester. As of the past week or two, I have been planning to move over to the one-bedroom apartment I have lined up and just trying to get my life more organized.

The beginning of the month seemed to go by so fast because I was working and studying for my PRAXIS II exams all the time. I did end up taking the exams and still don’t have scores for the PLT or Special Education ones, but I got my scores for the Elementary Multi-Subject and I passed them all but science! I was so worried about social studies and I think I may have understudied for science in the process… and the worst part is that I was only four. points. away. So annoyed. Just gotta study harder and retake it in a couple of weeks!

Once the middle of the month hit I got to spend a few days with my nieces and nephews so they came to visit me. It had been a busy semester so I didn’t see them a lot during the start of the year. I love getting the chance to see them and actually do things rather than them just come over and go to sleep then wake up and go home. We went to Mr. Gatti’s and played in the arcade, we played video games, we went swimming, and my oldest nephew even went to the fair with a friend of mine and her son! It was a lot of fun.

This week has been working and packing nonstop. I have procrastinated the packing (like I am currently doing) quite a lot but I think I’ll be able to get it all done in time. I just hate sitting around packing while I have no one to talk to or anything. Feels so weird to be alone in my apartment after always having a roommate but I think I’ll be okay once I’m in a one-bedroom and it’s my one little living space and not having so much empty space, like I do now.

I also got to go to Waverly Hills this month!!! This is a sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky that is said to be haunted by the patients that once passed away there. It was a tuberculosis hospital for those who were ill back in the early 1900s. The sanatorium was built to house the patients back in 1910 and its doors opened in 1926. There is said to be a “death tunnel” where they would take the bodies of the deceased to be picked up by trains because they could not control the death rate of those contracting the disease.

gargoyle examination tables morgue drawers outside corridor inside corridor death chute death chute outside corridor outside corridor

Things like that are super interesting to me so being able to go was an amazing experience and I can tell you from personal experience… that place definitely has paranormal activity flowing through it. There were many different occurences that happened while my aunt, who is a sensitive. Even if you don’t believe in those things, there was no logical way to explain what happened Friday night.

Overall, June was a pretty good month. Busy as always but I can’t complain too much! How did your month go? Anything exciting happen? Sound off in the comments!

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