Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Why I Want to Be a Teacher and a Happy Birthday

This semester I'm taking a class called "Schools and Society". Our professor wants to make sure that we get a realistic picture of what teaching is, so he doesn't hold back on the difficulties teachers face, but as I sit in class, I find myself not really surprised by the stories he shares.

You see, growing up with a parent as a teacher allowed me to see the behind the scenes happenings that come with the job: the good, the bad and the ugly.  
One of many "first day of school" pictures.
I heard a small taste of the struggles that teachers go through every day: the troublesome students, difficult administration, and the other ridiculous things teachers put up with.

It also showed me that I was lucky. Not only did I have an awesome dad, but he was a great teacher as well.  I can't even tell you the amount of times I've been told from former students how much they loved his class.

I saw firsthand how much he cared for students. Not just by words, but by actions.

And though I knew there were bad teachers out there, I also knew that there were those, like my dad and many others, that were far from that. There were still those that fought for students, and did everything they could to help students succeed.

This is what inspires me to become a teacher.  And as I sit in my class and listen to the stories from my professor, yes I am scared.  I'm scared I won't be able to deal with these struggles.  But I'm also that much more motivated. I want so badly to help students, and I want to make a difference in students' lives.

I hope to one day be such a great teacher like my dad has been for so many students.

Happy birthday Dad! Love you!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Get to Know Me: 21 Questions Tag

I was tagged by Mattie for the 21 Question Tag, and I thought it would be a good way to introduce myself to all of you lovely readers a little more! Plus, I'm horrible at writing about myself, so this is perfect for me 😉

1. Are you named after anyone? Yes! I actually have 3 middle names, (Ruth Terese Ellen) and all of my names are after someone. My parents gave me (and all 3 of my brothers) multiple middle names because there was so many people they wanted to name us after.  My first name is Anne (though I've always gone by Annie) and it is my my grandma's (on my mom's side) middle name. Ruth and Terese were my great grandmas on my mom's side, and Ellen was my dad's mom's middle name. Whew, that wasn't hard to follow at all right?! 
2. When was the last time you cried? Oh jeez, I am such a crier, like I literally will tear up at the drop of a hat. Yesterday I cried watching this video (do yourself a favor and watch it, it's good) and also reading an article about Peyton Manning retiring. I'm not crazy I swear.
3. Do you have kids? Not yet! I want to, eventually, a while from now.
4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? I'd hope so! I can be a little ridiculous sometimes, but I'd like to think the pros outweigh the cons 😉
5. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Way more than I should!
6. Will you ever bungee-jump? No freaking way! I saw this video once where the bungee cord got wrapped around a person's neck and ever since then there's no way I would do it. I don't really understand the point of it either; I'd much rather sky dive!
7. What’s your favorite cereal? I don't really like most cereal, but the one cereal I actually love is plain ol' cheerios! 
8. What’s the first thing you notice about people? Probably their smile.
9. What is your eye color? Blue
10. Scary movie or happy endings? Happy endings for sure.  I hate scary movies, and there's so much bad in the world, why would I want to watch movies that are bad too?!
11. Favorite smells? Anything cinnamon/apple/pumpkin, yummy food, and the smell when it rains.
12. Summer or winter? I'd say summer, but like 80-85° summer, not the 110° degree summer we get in Central CA. I'm sweating just thinking about it.
13. Computer or television? Computer! There's so much more you can do with it. Plus, you can always watch shows on the computer. Helllloooo Netflix.
14. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home? The East Coast. For someone that loves to travel it's not very far, but that's about to change this summer!
15. Do you have any special talents? Actually no, not that I can think of! haha
16. Where were you born? A small town in California.
17. What are your hobbies? Traveling, crafting, reading, hanging out with my cats, wandering the aisles of Target, and spending time with family.
18. Do you have any pets? Yes, Dany and Pounce.
19. Favorite movie? I really don't have an all time favorite, but I love For Love of the Game and Little Big League. I love baseball movies, Kevin Costner, and romantic comedies.
20. Do you have any siblings? I have 3 older brothers, Brad, Sam, & Wilson.
21. What do you want to be when you grow up? As of now, a high school math teacher, but that may change!

Thanks again for tagging me Mattie, and I tag CatSteph, and Samantha!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Miscellannieous Friday

Hello again! Here we are again with another Miscellannieous Friday. My blogging schedule has been off lately but I promise next week we'll be back to the regularly scheduled program.  And I'm actually really excited about the posts next week, so stay tuned! I'm also super excited because next week is my last week of school/work before Spring Break! Not that I'm going anywhere far, but going home to see your family when you miss them is totally awesome right?! Right ok. Anyways...

From Around the Web

5 Things I Want My Bestfriend At A Different College To Know

Really sweet read about having long distance best friends.  I went to different colleges than all of my best friends so I can totally relate to it!

Matt Damon Whips and Nae Naes

My obsession with Matt Damon is real, and this video is so hilarious.

More Than A Third Of Americans Don't Get Enough Sleep

I can totally understand this one! I'm a zombie if I don't get enough sleep and reading that the problem is this bad is pretty scary.

Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Dies at Age 89

Sad news about such an amazing author. I've always wanted to read 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and never have, but I plan to now.

What to keep an eye on this spring

I am SO EXCITED that baseball season is here.

Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy?

My dad sent me this really interesting (short) TED talk on whether we should live for our resume or our eulogy a while ago and I totally forgot it until I was cleaning out my inbox the other day.  It's definitely a must watch.

Posts I'm Loving

Making the Best of Things, Right Now

I'm such a worrier and am always looking forward to the next thing, so this was a great reminder for me.


Morgan is one of my favorite bloggers, and this post is super helpful if you're house hunting!


This post is hilarious and oh so true! I actually heard myself say "the city" the other day and I was like who am I?!


Costco is my JAM and these tips are super helpful.


Coming from someone who cries about the most ridiculous things, I find this post from Samantha funny and so relatable.

Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have a great weekend!