In 2020, I Swear I Lived (Even In The Middle of A Pandemic)

2020 was quite the year-- Australian bushfires, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quitting the royal family, COVID-19 pandemic, Kobe Bryant's death, Stock Market crash, among many, many other horrible things. Regardless of all of those things, I managed to look at life through an optimistic lens and make the most out of every situation. 


1. I landed my first job.

While I was finishing up my last college course virtually, I decided to take on a part-time job as a preschool teacher. Mostly, I worked with 3's, but once the pandemic hit I became more of a float. I learned that I had a love for children (older children to be exact). 

2. I changed my first poopy diaper. (And, probably my last.)

I'm honestly not sure if I want kids after being a preschool teacher, but I do know that each and every day working at the preschool was a learning experience. I also realized my love for teaching. 

3. I survived COVID-19.

In February, I got tested for the flu and my test result came back negative. 99.99% sure that I have COVID-19.

4. I completed my undergraduate career.

I graduated with Summa Cum Laude! I am so thankful for the opportunity I had to attend Cabrini University. 

5. I got accepted into several graduate programs. 

My top two picks were: Saint Leo University and the University of Southern California. I decided to go with Saint Leo University's M.S. in Psychology Program. I have finished two classes thus far, and have received A's in both of them. I am absolutely loving my classes-- they're fascinating! 

6. I landed my first full-time job.

As a fifth grade teacher! And, I love it! It's one of those jobs that doesn't feel like a job. It's really cool. 

7. I published research.

I can officially say I'm published! I published my research on the influence of athletic participation on academic performance in an undergraduate research journal. 

8. I purchased an annual pass to Walt Disney World.

The first thing on every new Floridian's To-Do List. I've definitely got my use out of it. 

9. I turned twenty-something and celebrated at my favorite Italian restaurant. 

My students are dying to know my age and that is the one thing I plan on keeping from them. So, this year, I turned twenty-something and celebrated with my signature meal: fettuccine alfredo and mozzarella sticks. 

10. I went to EPCOT's Food and Wine Festival.

One word: delicious! My boyfriend and I tried foods from several different countries. 

11. I became an after-school tutor at the school I work at.

I am trying to do the best I can and submerge myself in my school's culture. By being an afterschool tutor I have the opportunity to spend more time with my own students and work with some of the fourth graders. Not to mention, the curriculum lays out lesson plans, so I am learning a lot as I go.

12. I got a Florida Driver's License.

I am officially a Floridian! #Goals

13. I continued to volunteer at one of my favorite organizations.

I am in the midst of creating my own ESL class at my local church. I'll keep you all updated on that progress. 

14. I decorated my very own classroom.

It was super overwhelming! I am already beginning to plan my room theme for next year.

15. I fell in love with teaching.

Like I mentioned earlier, it's that kind of job that doesn't feel like a job. That's the coolest feeling ever.

16. I rode Splash Mountain.

If you know, you know.

17. I Rae Dunn'd my room.

My room looks super chic. Room Tour coming soon! 

18. I explored all four Disney Parks with my best friend.

Andres and I finally covered all four parks together. 

19. I kayaked with manatees.

Really cool experience. 10/10 would recommend. 

20. I voted.

For change.

This year was definitely not what I expected. However, I think it turned out better than I had planned. I graduated college with the highest honors, completed two graduate courses, and have a job that doesn't feel like a job. 

2020 Christmas Wish List

Wow-- it's been a longgg while since I posted on my blog! I have been super busy between teaching, taking grad classes, and volunteering. I haven't had much spare time on my hands. However, this past week, with my grad class coming to an end and my students about to go on Christmas Break, I've had a few extra minutes. 

In today's blog post, I'm sharing my 2020 Christmas Wish List. Check it out:


 


Jet Set Travel Large East/West Chain Strap Crossbody Bag | Michael Kors

As a teacher, I usually gravitate towards larger tote bags. However, I would like a smaller purse for when I go out on the weekends. This will hold my essentials-- without going overboard. Not to mention, it's super cute! I just love the color!

Black and White Polk-A-Dot Apple Watch Band | Kate Spade

I've been wanting a new Apple Watch band for quite some time now. I currently have a white Apple Watch band and it has definitely seen its days-- mine is starting to look kinda gross. If you have any cleaning tips, please comment them below. 

AirPods with Charging Case | Apple

When I'm working out in the morning, I don't want to disturb my family members with my loud Alexa speaker. Having AirPods will allow me to do my workouts during my preferred hour of the day in a comfortable manner.

Extreme Length Mascara + Las Primer | Honest Beauty

#IJustNeedANewMascara

January to December 2021 Planner | Rae Dunn

At the start of every school year, I purchase a Lilly Pulitzer planner. They're great. However, this year, I've decided to try something different. Being a full-time elementary school teacher, a full-time graduate student, an after school tutor, and a volunteer... I need a planner that is lightweight that I can carry around with me everywhere. This will help me keep track of all of my events and extracurriculars. 

Bracelet Holder | Rae Dunn by Magenta

I'm not going to lie-- I've definitely been collecting Rae Dunn "stuff." I'm planning on doing a room tour in the near future. I would love to get a bracelet holder to place on my vanity.

Fluff Yeah Slide Slipper | UGG

Do these fuzzy slippers even need an explanation?

Workout Tank Tops by Icyzone

In Florida it gets hot. I like to wear tanks like this when I am hiking, walking around the Magic Kingdom, and working out. Not to mention, these look super soft and lightweight.

I am so happy to be back in the blogging game! I've missed it dearly. I am hoping to have 2-3 more blog posts for you over Christmas Break.