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Week 7 and 8: Redecorating and Door County

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This last week, Steve and I worked together to reorganize our apartment.

The last few weeks, we have been sitting back to back at our desks. We both get very easily distracted, and Steve works from home, so we made the decision to move my desk into the bedroom. It has worked out so much better for both of us. This also helped us open up to each other more. We already have open conversations with each other, but sometimes I hold my tongue when I don't want to disagree or inconvenience anyone, which though it can be helpful in the moment, it does nothing to improve things in the long run. Talking to your partner and compromising where you can will do miracles for a relationship.  No matter what you think, it is never too late to have a meaningful conversation with someone you love. It's also important to keep your interests at heart, but know when to compromise.

We also got new furniture. Our old stuff wasn't terrible, but it wasn't the best either. We went to the…

Weeks 5 and 6: Celebrating and Volunteering

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Hello all!

I apologize for the late post. Recent events put me in a mood.

Week 5, Steve and I decided to celebrate our 1 year anniversary by going to Green Bay. We brought our camera to the New Zoo and experimented with it.




Afterwards, we stopped at Seroogy's, my favorite chocolate place, and picked up some candy (they have a new pop rock flavored candy bar, and it's surprisingly good!). It was a great day, where we talked and got to know each other so much more than we already do.

During week 6, I volunteered in Appleton at the library and the summer school. The summer school is amazing, and I'm having so much fun working with the middle school students. I'm learning so much about the students and how the school works. Every day just reassures me that this is what I want to do with my life.

On to why I've been down lately. Last week I found out that my cousin was in the hospital, with no hope of recovery. His name was Eric. We were never super close, but when we w…

Week 4: Now Watch Me Snip, My Hair Away-way

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Hello everyone!

This week, I decided to get a hair cut.

This usually isn't a big deal. HOWEVER, I have been growing my hair out since last April. I found out last year that Steve likes to braid hair, so I figured I would grow it out, since I have someone who likes to do hair. Here's the problem. I have a sensitive scalp. I have not put my hair up since 8th grade unless it's for a show. So I get headaches easily. Steve and I tried braiding my hair, but my head hurt too much. I also decided to get my hair cut because it's summer and less hair = happy me.


So, Steve and I looked up salons in the area that had decently priced haircuts. We looked up a beauty school in the area that had a haircut at $12. We figured it was the beauty school we pass all the time when we go grocery shopping. I called and made an appointment for Saturday.

I rolled out of bed and drove to the school. I walked in, declaring I had an appointment, and was told that I wasn't on the list. He asked …

Week 3: Adulting like crazy

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I figured this week I would write about something I did that I'm very happy/ nervous about.

As I explained last week, I got inspired at the wrong time. It was the wrong time for the blog, but the right time for a due date. NAEA (national art education association) has a national conference every year. The one I went to a year ago in Chicago was an eye-opening experience for me, showing me what it means to be an art teacher across the country.

They have numerous discussions during these conventions. Teachers from all over the country talking about new ways they have discovered to get the students engaged in learning. I told Steve that one of my long-term goals is to be a presenter at this national conference within the next ten years. I didn't think to enter for the one this upcoming year. I'm still young to the career and had nothing new to bring. Every time I got an email calling for presenters, I dismissed it without a second thought.

Then last weekend, I got insp…

Week 2: Getting buff and stuff

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I apologize for the late post. I got inspired at the wrong time. This week, I am going to write about my first experience at a gym.
I wasn't very athletic growing up. It's not that I didn't want to be. Anyone who knows me well knows I am very competitive. The problem I had with sports in high school was all the drama and cliques that seemed to circle each team. Not to mention, I loved eating whatever I wanted and not getting up early to lift weights. 
Now that I am older, I want to work out more. I'm not big in any way. I just want to stay active so I don't have to worry about waking up one day, suddenly realizing that i'm overweight, and not having the stamina to do anything about it. I also wish I was a little stronger. I love rock climbing, but I always run into problems when I need arm strength. I've also never been able to do a pull up, so I want to be able to do that.
The gym my boyfriend and I go to is great. They had us meet with an employee …

Week 1: Settling in and relaxing

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For my first week of the summer, I decided to do something that's a little simple, but necessary. I also don't have a paycheck yet, so I needed to do something that didn't require money. I decided to take the week to relax and settle in to my apartment.

The week started off with job hunting. I believe in taking time for yourself, but I also believe in working hard for what you want. I applied to places that revolve around my major, which involves instructing others during art-related activities. I am hopeful that I will be hired, but I am waiting for my background check to go through.

So, while I waited, I worked on settling into my boyfriend's apartment. It has taken a lot of transition, considering he doesn't have a lot of stuff and I have all the stuff. I went through all of my papers and threw out a stack that went up to my knee. I still had stuff from freshman year of college! It felt really good to go through everything. We still have some adj…

Why do 15 things for me?

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As some of you may know by now, I am doing 15 things for myself this summer. One thing each week.

Why am I being so selfish?

Well, for starters, anyone who knows me well knows I will put others before myself constantly. I was bullied throughout elementary school. It was a small school, and I was an easy target. The worst part is, there is no recovering from that mentality of not being worth other people's time. When my family moved, I did everything I could to start fresh and make friends I had never had before. I met two amazing girls who welcomed me into their circle. We all got along really well, until they had a huge fight. Then I juggled my attention between the two, until I couldn't anymore.

It didn't matter, because I found a man I loved at school in 10th grade. He was a great guy, who loved me, despite what I thought of myself for years. We had an amazing time together. He was my best friend. However, it didn't work out, and we went our separate…