If you ever check my blog then you'll see that I have been a little M.I.A. lately. Life sometimes gets in the way of blogging, and life really got in the way of mine. Also, I haven't done any international traveling the last 2 years so there wasn't anything interesting to write about, or so I thought...
A conversation with a friend made me realize that even though I'm not physically traveling to another country, that doesn't mean I can't write about my travels through a doctoral program (maybe people want to know what that's like) or my journey to become a runner. So, I suppose that is what I'll turn my blog into now. And, of course, if I do travel I'll be sure to post about that too. I've done a lot of domestic travels since my South American 2010 trip and perhaps as time goes on I'll throw in an old post or two.
To start off today I'll give a simple update on my life. My life consists of three compartments, life as a teacher, a PhD student and a wannabe runner. I currently teach 6th grade U.S. History in Northern Virginia. I've been teaching for 5 years (although in schools for 8) and have been in 6th grade for 3 years. Middle schoolers are rough at times, but this year has been pretty good. I feel like I've hit my stride as a teacher and if I had students like I do this year every year I would say I love teaching, however that's not the case. Ever since my first year teaching I've wanted out. There's so many factors and reasons for it that I won't get into, but as a result, I ended up back in grad school (I got a masters in order to become a teacher, so thankfully that was done). Instead of getting a 2nd masters degree I figured I might as well go all the way! I'm in a weird place with teaching this year though. I have great students this year and the summer schedule is pretty awesome (8 weeks vacation!) I'm having a hard time thinking about other jobs that would give me that time off (there are none). I'm sure once I get a bad group of kids again I'll be all over that job search!
My first year teaching was in 2008. I quickly realized this was not something I could see myself doing for 30 years so I researched doctoral programs at schools in the DC area and found one at GMU that I really liked. I was accepted into the PhD program in Education Policy and started in 2009. I took a full time course load while working full time (absolute craziness) for 4 years! Life kind of took a back seat to work, classes and homework. I still managed to get out there and have a good time (and travel a lot), but I was always so busy. Right now, I'm done with all my coursework and decided to take a semester off so I could focus on research and get ready for my dissertation. However, there's been a slight problem with that. Now I don't want to do it...yikes! I've lost my motivation and I've been struggling with that. I'll get back in the game here soon. I have to because the deadline for my work is approaching and I've worked too hard and spent too much money to give up now. I'll do a separate post just for that soon enough, but that's where I am in the program.
Finally, the last phase of my life at the moment is running. I will be posting later this week about what running means to me and why I'm into it, but for now here's a little blurb. I started running in March/April 2011 (I'm not sure exactly), with my friend Zoey. We would meet once a week and run on a treadmill. I sometimes would get out there and run on my own, but not much. We decided we should train for a local 10k race in our area. When we looked it up we found out it was not that far away, May 28th!
Oh yes, I guess I should post a little about the love life since I am "The Single Girl." The picture to the left is of my special friend. I like it because it's mysterious and you can't quite get a good look at him. He's good to me and we have a good time. He does cook some amazing food and I love that because I'm not a cook. I'll just leave it at that :) For now, I have to say that life is pretty good.