Tuesday, August 31, 2010

being on top of the game...

In Bryan/College Station, I've come to realize that substituing is like a game. A very important, very competative game.

When I went to substitute orientation for College Station ISD, I found out that the district has over 700 hundred registered substitutes with the district (poth professional and para-professional) and that to get consistent substitute jobs your were going to have to do a couple of things.

1. check the online subbing system, like, every 15 minutes
   Example: On Sunday, I checked the online system before we left to go to Julie's apartment to put up some pictures. There were no jobs available. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the apartment. When I got there, I decided to log on again...much to my surprise their is now a job open. Yay! For even more great news...I had to wait until that night when I got a call from the sub "master" (that's what I call her) and she gets me a position for the whole week!
2. get to know the people at the schools your work at so they will "request" you next time they need a sub...
 I don't think I've introduced myself to this many people since I was in college. I'm constantly introducing myself and describing my credentials. It's like mini "interviews" everyday!

I've learned these past two weeks how to play the game at CSISD...being on top means putting yourself out there and making sure that people know who you are. I know that's the only way I will eventually get a job.

My advice today...play the game, it might just get you where you need to be!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

To be, or not to be...worry free!

I have to admit that I'm a bit of a worrier. I tend to over-think things and analyze things to the extent of going mad.

This week I began a new "job." I took a long-term substitute job at the local high school. After three days, it seems much different than having my own classroom to manage. I'm a very independent, strong-willed person and so it has been a little difficult adjusting to following directions from another person. That being said, I have become a little more and more worried each day I have worked this week.

Am I doing a good job? Do the kids like me? Did I put that paper in the right place? Did I make enough copies? Did I lock the door to the classroom?

Questions like these have been running through my head consistently for the majority of the week. This morning when I woke up with another worried thought, I decided to "consult" my bible on what God says about worries. This is what I found...

In Matthew 6:34 it says, "So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring it's own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today."

This verse really put some things in perspective for me... First, I tend to spend WAY too much time worrying about what is going to happen in the future, even if its just one day in the future, months away, or even years. I find that it is important for me to focus on what I can accomplish each day. I guess the saying, "one day at a time" really applies to worrisome thoughts. I'm putting this verse somewhere that it will be helpful for those worrisome days that I know I will have...I'm going to focus on the "troubles" I have to get through today. Tomorrow, I will start anew, knowing that God is there to help me through the day!

Here's a thought for you...With a little help from God, I know I can be worry free!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

a day of nothing

I tried hard to find something interesting to talk about today and, well, I came up with nothing. My day was pretty average... I guess you could say it was one of those days where you just float around. I got up, I went to my temp job, I ate lunch, I worked out, and I got ready for bed. Nothing out of the ordinary happened...nothing super cool, life changing, or even blog worthy...

That is why I decided that today would be a nothing day. I would talk about nothing important, nothing inspiring, nothing!

I hope that many of you had a superb day...but if you're like me...I hope you had a great day of nothing!

Monday, August 23, 2010

A Walk of Fame

I think I might deserve a star on the walk of fame...This past week I have been walking every night and I feel so good!

It's so easy for a person to say, "I'm going to start working out...lose some weight," but in reality its so much harder than it sounds. It seems like I'm always starting a workout regiment but never finishing it. When I made the move to College Station this summer, I decided that I was going to try "one more time" to get into the groove of working out....so far so good...

As I have been walking the 1.5 mile walk every night, I have felt so good. Walking not only makes my body feel better but allows my mind to become relaxed and free of all those thoughts that build up in my head all day! I have been walking with Julie each night and it seems like we have more to say on our walk then when we are sitting around in the house...I think that's amazing. Its great that exercise can give you both a mental and physical boost.

Last summer when I was teaching we heard a "inspirational" speaker (the quotations are because some of you know how I feel about those guys) who made us jump up and down, clap, sing-along, and do all sorts of crazy stuff...needless to say, I wasn't impressed...until he came to the part about making sure that, as a teacher, you treat body like you treat your students. With RESPECT!

So....my advice today.... Be great to yourself and take a "walk" of fame...you may just see stars!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

give a "YEAH" to family...

I love my dad. I love my mom. I love my sisters. I love my dog.

There are so many things in this life that I love but I would say my family is the most important. I speak to someone in my family at least once a day (ok...twice, three times) everyday. There is a comfort knowing that you always have someone who will be willing to listen to your ups, downs, rights, and wrongs. Family makes my life exciting and worthwhile...

Its funny that in the current day and age, the importance of family has diminished greatly. I remembered learning in one of my anthropology classes in college that the majority of families (who have grown children) live at least one state apart if not more. To be frank, this was astonishing to me. I know, that as a single lady, I depend on my family more right now than I will in the future (you know...the husband and kids will come) but I feel like they will always be such an important part of my life and that no matter what...whether living two doors down from them or six states over...I will always stand up and say I love my family!

So if anyone reads this post today...give a "YEAH" to the family!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Making Changes...

There are always times in your life to make changes. Whether big or small, changes effect who you are and what you will become. This summer, I decided to make a change...

I quit my job as an elementary school teacher in Comstock, Texas and decided to take my chances with graduate school. I felt that God was leading me to make this decision no matter what the consequences. Changes, decisions, consequences...these are always words that seem so serious and important. If I make this decision, what changes are going to happen in my life? What are the consequences of this change? It always feels so overwhelming and, to be absolutely truthful, scary at times. I didn't quit my job because I hated it or because of an dissatisfaction with where I was...I quit my job because I felt like God was saying.."Lori, here's your chance to try something new...to take chances...be unpredictible!"

And so I did it..I quit my job, packed up my stuff, and moved to my sister's house in College Station. I am going to work on my master's degree, look for a job, and be happy! These changes are going to be good for me! I'm going to live my life my way!

God is great!