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.

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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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My Ten-Year Bucket List

No one knows what the future holds but I know my hopes for it. Inspired by the wonderful Jemma at Dorkface, I am going to list off some of the things that I want to do in the next ten years to compile my very own ten-year bucket list.

  1. See Beartooth once a year every year.
  2. Get married.
  3. Go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  4. Travel to London, Portland, Rome, Paris, Spain, and Germany.
  5. Learn to play the piano.
  6. Go on a cruise.
  7. Go shopping in NYC.
  8. Learn another language fluently.
  9. Go to New Orleans during Mardi Gras.
  10. Get my masters and doctorate.
  11. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
  12. Meet a celebrity.
  13. Have babies.
  14. Complete an exercise challenge.
  15. Write a children’s book.

Now to start planning all of this! Leave your bucket list ideas in the comments.

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2017 New Year’s Resolutions

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After taking a week off from Blogmas, I am back and plan to be better than ever! New year, new me… right? Well, sorta. This year has been a whirlwind of emotions and crazy ups and downs. Apart from the obvious negatives that happened, I started my first semester of my senior status in college, I moved into my own apartment, I got a decent job for extra cash, and I have started planning to leave the country for the first time ever! There have been good times and definitely bad but I’m alive and I want to work on improving myself even more with the new year.

#1 Continue to work towards losing weight and getting healthier.

This will forever be everyone’s New Year’s goal because it is one that everyone needs to worry about after the holidays. Although I was doing well with this before my mom passed, I felt short after that and I haven’t been able to steer myself in the right direction since. I want this to change!

#2 Graduate successfully.

Obviously, I don’t see this going wrong at this point. This coming up spring is my last semester of classes and then I will be student teaching in the fall. I am so excited to keep moving forward with this part of my life and finally getting to a point where I am teaching as a career!

#3 Save money to rent a house.

Having been thinking about this for awhile and have talked with both my boyfriend and roommate in regards to the topic. We’ve decided that it would be great to move into a house so we have more room and also more space for the three of us. With having three fur babies (although one is in a cage), it can be difficult to live in a small two-bedroom apartment.

#4 Begin monetizing my blog.

Although I hoped to reach this goal awhile ago, I still want to work towards it. I don’t know much about monetizing or what I need to do to start moving forward with that. I have moved over to being completely self-hosted through Bluehost* while using a WordPress.org control system. So, that’s a step in the right direction… I think?

#5 Focus more on content for my readers.

I really use my blog as an outlet right now. This is the reason I started my blog as well. However, as I move towards monetizing and using my blog for helping others rather than myself, I want to focus on things that my readers want to read about. Now, obviously, my readers enjoy what I write about now so I will not completely abandon my ways.

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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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