Thursday, August 23, 2012

Therapeutic Thursday!

Admittedly, I am a pretty high-strung person.  Compulsive, even.  :)  I remember when my hubs and I started dating again for the second time... and I was starting my first classroom positions with my first batch of thirdsters.  He was just beginning to understand the life of an elementary teacher, and his words will forever ring in my ears.  "Do you EVER relax?  Are you EVER NOT doing something?!"  Truthfully, probably not as much as I should.  I've been a busy-body my entire life!  I love to be involved and occupied.  I think I was in just about every club possible in high school... and that need to be "doing something" just never faded for me over the years. 

Let's take a look at the things I do to unwind, recharge, & otherwise cope with a busy lifestyle! Shall we?

First of all, I have to acknowledge the source of it all.  I have been blessed beyond measure throughout my life... even in hard times.  Those blessings in disguise molded me into the person I am today.  Talking to God and being surrounded by other like-minded people at church really helps keep me going.  God's grace is soooo sufficient.

As much as I am a literacy nerd and as much as I LOVE my job, I relish my down time.  I love spending time with friends, family, and my lovely Loralei.  People (& dog) first! Work second! :)

I like to spend time tending my garden... except not during a drought.  That was not say the least.  Stressful!  I also enjoy cooking... but I don't have any pictures of that! :)

I like to explore new places... especially during the summer!  It's nice to recharge my batteries!

I love to read when I can find the time to fully indulge & enjoy it!  Beach reading at its best!

I love to work out, but I can't fit it in as much as I'd like to! Right now I'm on a running kick with hubs.  We're toying with the idea of running a half-marathon next summer, so maybe that will kick my rear into high gear.  I also love my Brazil Butt Lift video!  So fun!  :)  Highly recommended!

I like to goof off and let my silliness spill over every now and then.  :) Life's way too short to be serious all the time! 

Let's see.  I actually really enjoy taking the time to get my hair trimmed/highlighted. On occasion, I treat myself to a mani/pedi.  On the super rare occasion, I have gotten a massage.  Maybe three times ever... but seriously ladies... you all deserve it.  Don't forget to take time for YOU sometimes.

Lastly, I am fairly certain that Sweet Tea courses through my veins.  I am not Southern... but friends... you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who drinks more sweet tea than I do.  Fab-u-lous!  Now I'm off to unwind with the hubs!  We have a full weekend of wedding festivities ahead of us!

What do you do to cope with the busy life of a teacher?  How do you unwind?  Link up with us! :)


  1. You are a girl after my own heart...Sweet Tea and Prayer make everything better!!
    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  2. Hi, Amanda!
    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award... check out my blog for the rules @

  3. A nice glass of sweet tea will help me solve any problem or brighten my day for sure!

  4. I want to go to wherever you are reading - it looks so comfy!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  5. Prayer and a large fountain Coke with extra ice help me survive... :)

    I love this post...God created you to teach...happy weekend...see you Monday!

  6. I read your first paragraph to my husband and he asked if you and I were twins. I totally could have written the exact same thing. Have a great school year.