- Ending my TOY status
- My middle school being closed
- Graduate classes from January to December (somehow I didn't realize what it would feel like to continue straight through the summer, which is the expectation)
- My first international experience - an internship in Belize (and yes, I'd love to go back)
- A new job at an elementary school
It's by the grace of God that I have endured. I have received so much support from the people around me and the best cohort group of students I've ever worked with! Those ladies are amazing. When one of us is about to have a moment, someone scoots right in with a pep talk.
My winter has now become my summer because it's the only break I get where I'm off work and out of school simultaneously. Last year this time, my body crashed and I was sick for like 2 months off and on, then everything started up again. This year, thank God, after some days of sleep I had this energy those rose up within me and I started tackling all these house projects.
Yes, I started cleaning and purging like a mad woman. Donations. Trashed items. Giveaways. You name it. Then, I did something I've never done before, I hired Merry Maids to come behind me and deep clean. They cleaned the carpets, wiped all the windows and blinds, cleaned all the rooms, mopped the floors. The house smelled like cinnamon. That was my Christmas gift to myself. In a perfect world, all of my spaces would have been cleaned, but I do have one rather junky "family room" that is a work in progress, but at least it's contained in there.
I started executing my bedroom makeover project. And guess what? I finally found some curtains! Now all is right with the world. I've been curtainless in that room since I bought the house. I also bought a quart of paint. (You'll have to wait for that.) Also, another project is in the making. I'm just hoping that most of it can get done before graduate classes begin, since work starts today!
I'm hopeful for 2016. Although our year has already begun with sadness, as my daddy's sister passed away on January 2, but at least now she is no longer suffering. She hosted a big Christmas Eve dinner, instead of her usual New Year's dinner, which we were able to attend. So, maybe she knew her time was drawing nigh.
I do hope you all are doing well, have gotten some rest, and are looking forward to a wonderful 2016. Thank you so much for following and/or reading my blog, being patient when I cannot post as regularly as I used to, and just for being the amazing blog community that you are.
Happy New Year,