Mid-June Goals & Reflection

I can’t believe it’s already June 17. Wow, the summer is flying by! I wanted to update you on my monthly goals. I know I didn’t post them in May, or even at the beginning of this month, but I have had them in my head all this time. So bear with me as I quickly update you on May- now.



I concluded my student teaching experience. (Saying goodbye was HARD.)

Pictured: A sweet, super glittery poster my students made for me on my last day at East Wilkes. The classroom was also decorated with streamers and balloons. Students gave me heartfelt notes and we celebrated the end of the semester with some awesome food. 


I graduated college. Whoaaaa.

Pictured: My grandparents joined the family for graduation festivities. It was great to spend time with my family and Zach’s family together for the first time. I treasure my time with my Mamaw and Papaw so much!


I was hired as the new 10th grade English teacher at Monroe High School.

Pictured: The front of Monroe High School. Go Redhawks!

anniversaryZach and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary in the Bahamas.

Pictured: Here we are, all dressed up for our big date to one of the steakhouses at the Atlantis resort. We had the opportunity to celebrate while on our annual escape to the Bahamas with his family. It was wonderful! 

I began my summer job, waiting tables at my old stomping grounds, Mario’s.

I read The Paris Wife, which is EXCELLENT. (Read it. Now.)

I moved home to Weddington.

bridesmaidI witnessed 2 of my closest friends get married.

Pictured: Zach was a groomsman in the wedding and I was a bridesmaid. The wedding was in Winston at Graylyn and it was absolutely breathtaking. We loved spending time with friends celebrating the awesome union of two of our best friends who are going into ministry together. 

My family also got a new dog. Meet Gracie:

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As you can see, she gets into all sorts of mischief. Mom and Dad took her to puppy preschool for 4-5 weeks and she graduated (as you can see with her graduation cap photo). She is such a sweet puppy and is very soft, but is very curious to say the least. But she is a CUTE, CUTE, CUTE…pooping machine!

Also, Zach began his summer internship at Elevation, which I also feel like is somewhat of a milestone for me too 😉

… and I’d say that’s a pretty full month.

June so far:
I began reading The Great Gatsby. I’m honestly struggling through it, which bums me out.

We threw an INCREDIBLE surprise birthday party for my dad, who turned 50 on June 4th. It deserves its own post…

Pictured: This was the present Morgan and I made for Dad: 50 reasons we love him on canvas. I wish I had captured pictures at the party but I was running around like a crazy person… 

I witnessed 2 other close friends get married this past weekend. What a beautiful testament of God’s grace and love.

I visited MHS to gather materials for semester planning. Yay!

booksI created (literally in the past hour) my class syllabus for the fall.

Pictured: Here it is in visual form. My kiddos will be reading these books and I couldn’t be more thrilled to teach them!

I became intentional about exercise.

I planned and executed #justbecause #surprisedate night for Zach after he had a long week at his internship. So fun.

Also, today, I ordered a new pair of glasses. Woohoo!

UP NEXT: the remainder of June
Here are the goals I hope to achieve by the beginning of July…

1. Continue preparing for my classroom. I want to be as equipped and ready as I can be by the end of August, and I have a lot of work to do before that is possible. I have lots to read and research, so here are a few specific things I would like to accomplish in the next 13 days:

  • Create a tentative broad/big-picture schedule for the semester.
  • Begin planning one novel unit in depth, which includes heavy-duty reading.
  • Begin making a “purchase list” of things I need for my classroom.
  • Decide on the “feel” I want to create in my classroom– use Pinterest for ideas, begin decoration plans, etc.

2. Enjoy quality time with my mom. Morgan leaves for a mission trip this Saturday and will be gone for 8 days. While I am praying for her experience during that time, I’m also excited to enjoy some one-on-one time with my mom. It’s been a while since we’ve had time by ourselves and it’s so great to have that for a few days. Dad will be with us at night and I still have to work some, but having that time is invaluable.

3. Finish decorating my bedroom. There are still a few things missing to make my room feel like home. Nothing is hanging on the walls yet and little knick-knacks still need their place. This will make a big difference and get rid of some of the clutter.

4. Make decorations for a friend’s baby shower.  This goal is very much for the final days of June/beginning days of July. Kristi’s shower is on July 13, but I want to have everything ready about a week early so I know we have everything we need decorations wise. Other people are providing food and games, so I get to enjoy my crafty side 🙂

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