Routines and Self-Discipline


Routines. Really thinking about how I want to structure our morning and evening routines as we head back to school. I’m a night person but really trying to see if I can get into the swing of a 4am wake-up time during the school year. That seems so hard. But when I think about it, during the year I always have to get up at 5am. I can’t get up any later than that because of my commute and the requirements of when I need to be at school.

The hard part is winding down at night to get me into that restorative sleep mode. I tend to like to read a lot of articles online or watch some comedy. I do read my kindle with my orange glasses on. But I think I need to get the orange glasses on earlier in the night. More like 2 hours prior to sleeping instead of my usual 1. Joe makes fun of my super cool glasses. haha. But reducing the screen time I think will help. Part of the issue is I think I read about ideas and then my brain gets all fired up. I think I need to not read self-development stuff at night and read more fiction at night instead. I did that last night and fell asleep earlier than I expected to. It’s my last day here with my son so I slept until 8am! When you consider I was sleeping around 9:30pm that is like 11.5 hours. Haha woops. That’s too much. I’d like to get into the sweet spot of 8 hours but only if that is my sweet spot. I’ve been reading about it and I think I’d like to see how much quality sleep I really need. Gotta do my own sleep study here.

I will say sleep has been my top priority since I started my “Start Today Journal.” It’s definitely gotten better than I used to be. The year before this one I was NOT getting enough sleep at all. I was super stressed out. If I was lucky I got 5 hours. Nope nope nope. So at least this year that’s improved by a lot. Still needs more improvement because I think if I can get to be a good sleeper, I’ll be even more healthy. Sleep is probably one of the most important pillars. Sleep, movement, good food.

So today trying to work on my schedules and routines and seeing what I can do about that. I really don’t want to be reactive to emails and to other people within the first hour of waking and before I go to sleep either. That’s a huge thing as well. So I’m going to try not to check my email in the morning. I’ll start with not checking it until school begins (7:30) and not after 6pm. But thinking more of doing set times throughout the day.

So then the self-discipline piece. I think my three major secondary goals are to be better disciplined with my finances, better with exercising (made god strides this summer) and better food. Sleep will be my primary goal because if I’m rested this self discipline will come easier. With my finances, it’s not that I want to spend money to have stuff. That’s not my thing. My crutch is that I want the office space to look just right. “If I just get these few things it’ll be perfect.” But then it never is and I tend to overbuy. I want my outfit to be just right. etc. I’m not a big shopper- in fact I hate it. Which I also think is part of the issue. I tend to buy things online so I don’t have to do it physically which is a bit more dangerous. So really going to watch it. Gotta shop my closet and make do at school with what we have. I have to identify my triggers and get some strategies in place before I buy things not truly needed.

I guess this post is not too interesting to read but it is my thoughts as I plan the year out today and in the next few days.

Have a wonderful day!

Good Conversations

Happy Wednesday. I don’t have too much to say today. Been a busy couple of days at work. Meetings and trainings. Have to go back up today in fact with son in tow so that we can do a few more errands and get things ready for our first home football game Friday. Seems like the games are earlier than when I was in high school but I think they do it to avoid going so much into October.

Joe and I had such a nice conversation last night about perspective and I got lots of new good winter literature ideas from my colleague for my 7th/8th grade band and high school band. We are in the middle of a curriculum review so I’m excited to get this stuff written. I feel like I’m in such a better place. This time last year I really didn’t know where anything even was, so to even get going on curriculum was sort of a nightmare. So I’m excited! Plus since I have a better grasp on the equipment and organization that’s more to my liking, I can really focus on the teaching and planning this year. At least that’s the hope.

So a short post today. I am off to get my son up and get him moving so we can get things done!

Random side note- I got things out of the garage! Large item pick up for trash today so I cleaned out a whole cabinet and got rid of some damaged things. The other day I got rid of a piano keyboard (the kind you roll up on a desktop). I used to have it in my old classroom in Lena. My co-worker mentioned she’d love one for her little kids (she didn’t see mine- she just happened to send me a picture of one she saw in the store). So I gave it to her and that feels good! She’s excited.

Alright- time to roll! 🙂 And look- my plant isn’t dead yet! (I tend to be band with plants…)


Blood, Sweat, and No Tears!

I’m a work in progress- as we all are. Lately really trying to focus in on the process and journey. I tend to be a perfectionist and have endless to-do lists. Which, let’s face it are just going to frustrate the hell out of me because there’s no way to be perfect and have everything done. It’s just not going to happen. The best I can do is to keep striving for better. Keep hustling. Keep grinding.

I’ve been working this summer on health: exercising everyday (an intense work-out every other day, but at least moving my body every single day otherwise), drinking more water, not drinking as much alcohol, eating cleaner, unplugging more, being more present and more mindful. Taking care to get enough sleep. I’ve definitely made strides in almost every area. The trick will be to get it to stay when the school year begins again. Interestingly I was thinking today about my workout journey over the years. In the past I always had these deadlines: “I want to look like this when I get married” was one such deadline. A huge motivator to look nice for your wedding. The harder part is just to stay healthy for the sake of being healthy. Not for looks or for a specific reason other than that. I’ve been reading books by Gretchen Rubin (I highly recommend them ALL by the way). She has this framework called the Four Tendencies. They are, upholder, obliger, questioner, and rebel.

I am an obliger. People pleaser to the max. I don’t want to let anyone down. I have a hard time saying “no.” So the thing is when it comes to my own inner expectations of myself, I tend to let them go because I can always put myself second or break a promise to myself. It’s not someone else. I don’t say this because I’m a martyr. It’s actually pretty stupid. It’s perfectionism and at the end of the day because I put myself last, I don’t even know myself at the end of it.

SO. I am working on it. I have been saying “no” more. I haven’t broken my promise to myself this summer yet (too much anyway) in regards to physical health. As I begin the school year I will be really intentional about priorities. Anything that does not align with our vision or is just extra for the sake of being extra is a flat-out no.

More on all this later because this obliger has to get some zzzzzzzs. I am off to see a concert this weekend with my co-worker and former student. Should be a blast!


Back to School…

Funny to me. I am a teacher but I teach upper level music. Which really means that yes, I could have my summers off but I don’t really. If you want to have a good program at the secondary level, you invest your summer time. So I’ve been up at school a lot, same as most summers. I have had some time off here and there of course. But it’s not this huge time off and then bam “back to school.” In fact, just got out of a meeting last night.

It’s all good- not complaining. That argument always bothers me. When people compare teachers to the private or business sectors. Everyone has a choice. Every career comes with perks and disadvantages. Teachers work hard. So do corporate businesses. So do small businesses. So I work hard. I bet you do too. End of discussion.

Anyway. I got a lot of work done in the classroom yesterday (in one of my classrooms. I have two of them!) I’m so excited about the new whiteboard (previously it had dated chalk and green bulletin boards. So this is nice and fresh! Got my desk and everything all set up. So nice.


Lots more to do. I need to work on curriculum writing today and other clerical things. Can’t set up the high school band room again yet as they are cleaning. They always save that for last because we teach summer school in there. So that should be done by the end of the week. Then my students and I will be back next week 2 weeks before everyone else to get music ready because we have 2 football games before the start of the year.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney


Ok I am excited. Off to work! Have a great day!

Year 6!

This past Saturday marked 6 years married to my best friend Joe. Hard to believe that we have also been together for nearly 9 years. Joe remarked that it feels like it’s been longer. And he meant that in a good way. I do feel the same. Feels like I’ve known him forever. He is my favorite. Much has changed in these 9 years but Joe is my partner to attack life!

We had such a great weekend of connection, good food, and relaxation. It was so nice to unplug for a bit and just enjoy each other’s company.

Here’s to many more years!

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The days are long but the years are short

So true. My son is 3.416 years old and super trying at times. He’s very independent and challenges just about everything. So he’s a typical 3 year old. Nothing wrong there. But it does get a person worn out. And then I think about that little smile and his monster energy. He’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.


This morning we got to cuddle a little- something my little human doesn’t like to do much. But he did and it was so nice. Laid his head against my chest and we rocked. And I know my days are so numbered with this. I did nothing but enjoy it. And now just thinking about the time when I can no longer do this brings a tear to my eye. He’s never been a person to cuddle so I haven’t had much time to miss it per say. But when it does happen, gosh you drop what you are doing.

The trying moments? Jumping off of EVERYTHING. Something we are trying to work on to get him to stop. I don’t like to curb his courage but yikes. I also don’t like to end up in the emergency room or have him majorly injure himself.

Having to do everything himself. Which is fine. But the fit that precedes the activity is not as fun.

The back-talk. “No John (xyz reason)”. “NO! I DO!” or “NO! There is more!” you know how that goes.

But then the wonderful moments? all his cute language. His zest for running (he LOVES to run). His curiosity is through the roof. He loves to explore and learn. He loves trains especially but also excabators (excavators), cars, trucks, bozers (bulldozers), and ambulances. He loves to tell you stories. He just went up to the “blue lake” and swam and threw rocks into the water all day. And threw the ball to Remi where it “spwashed” (splashed) into the water! A BIG SPWASH!” And then? She brought it back!!!. So animated. He sings along to his favorite songs which is adorable. He loves being asked questions. I’ll try to make a post more often about him because there are so many good moments. He is so sweet.

So this morning as we were cuddling I was just so grateful. Love that kid.