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Hello Lovely,

I hope you all had a wonderful and productive week. I know that it’s so unlike me to post randomly at the end of the week after such a long absence (you know I’m a M-F, 9-5 kind of girl) but these past two weeks have been nuts, both good and bad. You’re probably wondering where the heck I’ve been for the past two weeks. Well if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I’m on vacation in Miami and I just got back from Tampa on Monday after surviving four days with my insane family. Don’t get me wrong, I love most of them, but I can only tolerate them in small 2 hour doses before I want to just lock myself in my room for solitude.  But of course when you’re sharing a hotel room, there’s no such thing as solitude. Let me back up a bit, mmkay?

I’ve been holding something back for fear of how some people would take it. In December 2011, I graduated college at the age of 21 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. I was under a lot of pressure at the time and ended up having to take some time off before I could continue my studies. Fast forward to March 2013, I’m a secretary at an investment firm and finally enrolling in an online programme to get my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. 3 years later, I’m still a secretary, but it in a school, still studying and still feeling like life is just passing me by. Until July 22, 2016, which was my last day of work. I put in for unpaid leave but was told I had to resign due to some extenuating circumstances. It created a whole circus of problems for me, but at the end of the day none of it mattered. I had finally quit my job. And while some may look at it as me now being unemployed, on the contrary, I start my new job on August 17 (I know why in the middle of the week). This new job created quite the stir on my old job. I guess you could say I’m being promoted (it’s a different school, but within the same system, hence the whole circus of resigning), which is why I’m happy to say that only 5 years after getting my degree in Psychology I’m finally using it. In two weeks I am going to be a guidance counsellor for an elementary school (Grades K-6).

So that’s what I’ve been doing for the past two weeks. Creating lesson plans, finding materials that I could use because in my country Guidance counsellor have to teach on character traits; and at this school, I’ll basically be planning EVERY event, so I’ll need to be prepared. I’ve never done anything like this before so it’s nerve-wrecking, but I have been receiving amazing support from my family and close friends and especially my boyfriend, whom I’ve chosen to spend all of this time with, while I prepare. Truth be told, this is the most time we have ever spent together consecutively in our relationship. I have so many thoughts going through my head it’s unbelievable but I will try to keep you updated, as much as I can, given the sensitive nature of this situation for me.

Time and place: 10:41 am, sitting on my boyfriend’s bed watching him pay his bills and trying to convince him to go to IHOP for breakfast (I think he intentionally started paying his bills after I asked to send me some kind of message).

Celebrating: Finally getting to use my degree. Even though it’s a scary new journey, I know that God will guide me through it because this is his will. Please keep me in your prayers!

Reading: I just finished Honeymoon in Paris by Jojo Moyes (which I totally hated, but is still worth the read because it’s so short) and started I am Malala while I was in Tampa. I am in love with I am Malala. I already said before reading her book that I was considering naming my future child after her. I was shocked to read about her life in Pakistan. I couldn’t imagine having to knock on the wall and talk to my neighbour friend through a hole, or having to hide my TV in the closet for fear that a fascist team will break down my door and smash it to bits because I’m being influenced by the Western culture. I definitely could relate to the power outages but for different reasons. I would recommend everyone read the book. I plan on using it with my kids when school starts. It’s the perfect reality check and a great read for parents and little ones. She has a youth edition if you don’t want to expose your kids to too much graphic descriptions.

Loving: The fact that my boyfriend has IONTV so that I could watch Law and Order and Law and Order SVU all day, along with Blue Bloods, Leverage and Criminal Minds (which I just found out are great shows).

Planning: I’m planning to drag my boyfriend out of the house to go to IHOP for breakfast (because he really needs it now that he’s on the phone with his credit card company and is apparently the victim of credit card fraud) to try their new Waffle Croissants (How did they make two already perfect things better?) as well as some activities to keep myself busy for the next week for the blog and currently prepping my camera for a day of fun in the sun and sightseeing!

Anticipating: We’re supposed to go to The Venetian Pool in Coral Gables next week and I can’t wait! A few weeks ago I even bought a sports camera similar to the GoPro and I can’t wait to use it! We’ve played around with it already and the quality of the photos is great at 12MP and can’t wait to try the video. Also, again, those Waffle Croissants at IHOP! I seriously LOVE IHOP!

What are you currently up to, celebrating, reading and looking forward to? Share your recent experiences (good or bad) in the comment section below!