July Goals

july goals

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.

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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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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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My Personal Five-Year Plan

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Thinking about the future is so scary. One day you’re going to classes as a freshman in college and the next you’re hopping into your senior year,  planning to study abroad in Ireland, and preparing for student teaching. I am both extremely excited and beyond terrified for what my future holds but, in true Kimberly form, I have to plan it all out to not have a total anxiety attack. That is why I am going to share with you all my five-year plan for my personal life! I plan to do an entirely different plan for the blogging world.

As 2016 is getting closer and closer to being over, I’m starting this plan at the beginning of 2017. This will be the spring semester of my senior year (although I will have to have an extra semester for my student teaching in order to graduate). I will be preparing for this new endeavor as well as searching for jobs to enter into once I graduate in the following semester.

2017

2017 is going to be a year full of tons of new things. Not only is it my last year I’ll be studying for my bachelor’s degree but I am planning a trip to Ireland to study abroad during that summer. The last semester I study is also the semester that I will be doing my student teaching which consists of half a semester in a special education classroom and half of a semester in a general elementary level classroom.

2018

This will be my first year a college graduate. That is insane! I don’t even want to think about that at this point but I’m really excited for it, regardless. My plan is to find a job in the field of special education (preferably in an elementary school) in my immediate area however I am willing to go as far as Nashville, Tennessee in order to find something. I want to spend the four years I have to work in a Title I school near home so I can work on saving to move to a new city as well as get settled into a job that can train me for bigger and better things. That being said, I will start saving for The Big Move starting in 2018!

2019

After I have been working for about a year, I want to look into continuing my education. I have plans to get at least two masters degrees and my doctorate but I’ve got to start somewhere. I will be starting my first master’s degree where I will be studying Moderate to Severe Disabilities. Depending on where I am living, I will either continue my education at Murray State University or switch to another university for graduate school. My bachelor’s degree is in Learning and Behavior Disorders and having a more extensive education in more areas of special education will not only help me be a better teacher but allow me to have better job opportunities.

2020

Continuing my second semester and third semester of graduate school while working full time, this is when I’ll start planning The Big Move that I plan on taking. One of the main places that my boyfriend and I are hoping to move to is Portland, Oregon – however, I am also interested in moving to Los Angeles, California or Chicago, Illinois. (Unrealistically, I reaaally want to move to London, England some day!) I will continue working and finish my first year of graduate school successfully while doing so. My main concerns will be saving money still and looking at exact locations of where we will definitely end up.

2021

My last semester of graduate school for my first master’s degree will take place at the beginning of this year. To continue The Big Move, I will be looking for a place to live, another job in our chosen location, and getting ready for the process to truly begin. This is where I really feel like my life will begin. Leaving my family to go to another state is going to be scary but my ultimate goal is to make a life for myself and Travis independently where we can start our lives together.

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