April 28, 2012

Confession...

There have been moments when I have wondered  if I really made the right choice to move.

Did I really think this thing through carefully? Is this the right time? WTH did I get myself into?

April 22, 2012

Because I love You

Gratuitous post to shoes!
Have a great week.

Good God!!

I was about to go to bed but absolutely needed to share with you just how awesome God is.

It all began a few weeks ago around the time of my interview for Abu Dhabi. I went to church to get some extra prayer, cause every bit counts.
I went to one of the pastors to pray about my interview and that I would get the job. Instead of praying about the interview, the pastor began praying about some exams that I would be taking for my teaching qualifications and that God would give me the strength and wisdom to pass these exams.
In my head I was like "Dude what are you talking about, that's so not want I came to you about. I'm already a qualified teacher, I need this new job."
Of course I couldn't interrupt him because that would have been rude so I let him finish, all the while just super confused. I put it out of my head and moved on.

Flash forward to this week. I was contemplating opting out of taking two exams to get my initial teaching license. I figured why spend the money to take them since I'll be gone for the next 2 years and wouldn't be needing the certification. A friend convinced me that the smart thing to do was to register and take them because all the info will be fresh in my head. So I did.

So what do these stories have to do with each other?
Well, I'm praying last night and I was asking God to help me with these upcoming exams when suddenly it hit me that the prayer the pastor had prayed wasn't so crazy after all. He prayed for these exams that I need for my qualifications.
OMG! God is crazy awesome. I didn't even know I'd be taking these exams, yet he put it in the pastor's head to pray for me. He didn't need to pray about the job since I'd already gotten it. There were other things on the plate that needed HIS attention.

Everyday God does something else that just floors me. I know I'm blessed and here is just another testimony on a long list that proves that if you trust in God and believe, he's got your back big time.
I leave you with these words:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
(Proverbs 3:5-6)

April 21, 2012

Flashback to Memories

It's awesome to look back at old fotos and reminisce.
Found some pictures of my travels to Europe that some friends posted on FB. Oh man, I had so much fun!
I can't wait to travel.
Already thinking about all the places I'll be traveling to and the sights I'll see.
Here are some fotos, I was in Budapest, Prague and Vienna.

April 19, 2012

Recently Aquired

When I really like something, I become obsessed. Obsessed I tell ya!
So for months I've been watching the Kate Spade website.
What might I be watching you ask?
Well the hedgehog Daycation tote and matching cosmetic pouch.
Although both were on sale I jus couldn't bring myself to spend the money.
The tote was done from 145 to 74 bucks. Good price, but when you don't have 74 bucks, you just don't have it.
The pouch was 55, down from 75.
Again, a good deal but I'm cheap and I just couldn't fork out all that dough.

However, they recently had their friends and family event, extra 25% off sale. You already know "extra sale" is my favorite phrase in the English language .
And I bet you already guessed but I'm gonna tell you anyway.
Yup, I scooped them both right up.Got them both for about 90 bucks. Used up the last of my birthday money, but it was so worth it.
They came in the mail today and I'm just as happy as a bumble bee in a honey pot.
I love the green and black pattern. The word that comes to my mind when I see those little hedgehogs is whimsical.
Like the Bloomingdale's website says "only Kate Spade can make hedgehogs chic".
I concur!

I am done shopping, I don't need to buy anything else because I am only taking 2 suitcases with me when I leave.Wish me luck with that. lol
Ciao for now y'all

Allergy Terror

It's such a beautiful spring day out, too bad my allergies don't share my enthusiasm.
supposedly this is the worst pollen season yet. It's not gonna get better any time soon.
Ugh...all the less than wonderful symptoms that come with the season are plaguing me right now.
I won't let it get me down though.
Even if I am a runny eyed, sneezing hot mess.
My coworker(a doctor's wife) has me taking a cocktail of pills. Advil, Allegra and some Sudafed something. It's helping a little.

What do you guys do for allergy season? What do you take to alleviate the trauma,lol?

April 13, 2012

Emotional Roller Coaster

Anxious
Sad
Excited
Nervous
Happy

These are just some of the adjectives that describe me at this very moment.

I'm anxious to get started on the adventure that awaits me; the 3.5 months of waiting is no fun. I'm sitting on pins and needles.

Clearly sad because I'll miss my momma and my friends. Everything comfortable and familiar will be left here and I'll be thousands of miles away.

April 11, 2012

Big News!!




I've put off writing this post for several reasons, mostly because I haven't told everybody who needs to know as yet but I'm just too excited to hold it in any longer.

A few months ago, I mentioned that I was working on making a long time dream of mine a reality. Well it has officially become a reality.
I'll be moving to Abu Dhabi. Me, little old me, will be moving half way across the earth to a completely foreign place to teach. I still think it's a dream most days. I am afraid to believe until I have my e-ticket but I have signed my offer letter which makes it as official as it can be at this point.

I've dreamed of traveling all over the world and this is the most perfect opportunity to live out my dream. When I think back on it, I have carried this dream in my heart for over a decade and  I never imagined it could really happen.
This year however, I decided that I was going to totally put my faith in God. I believe that he gives us these dreams and we need to go after them; I began doing my research and the doors opened up for me through my faith.
God is so funny, sometimes he puts us in situations that we question and wonder WTH? but in the end they are opportunities for us to learn and grow from. They also pave the road for greater things, we just need to surrender to him and let him do his thing.
I'm referencing my experience as a classroom teacher, although hellacious, it was necessary to get me to this point. Without it, I wouldn't have gotten this job. I also know that all the challenges I faced have prepared me for my role as a classroom teacher in Abu Dhabi.

The next few months will be all about my upcoming move. Packing, paperwork, and the actual move itself.
OMG!! I am going to be living on my own, in my own apartment y'all. I'm gonna be a real adult at the age of 29, lol.

Stay with me for this journey.

April 8, 2012

New

Happy Easter!

On Saturday I watched an amazing performance by DanceBrazil at the Joyce Theatre with my mom.
The show was just beautiful and the dancers made me wish I had some rhythm and coordination.
Since I was in such a good mood, I had to buy something, lol.
I purchased these espadrilles from my favorite place (J Crew). They will be perfect for the summer; great for work or just to slip on with jeans and a tee for a casual look.
Really wanted the blue stripe but they didn't have my size, so I got the red. By the way, they run a little small so be sure to get the next size up.

Hope you guys have a great week.
I have big news to share soon.
Ciao!!!

April 1, 2012

Green Nails

Normally I really don't like to show my hands to people. For some reason the skin around my nails strip and peel. I have tried oils and lotions but nothing helps.
I can't figure out if it's some type of deficiency in my diet or I just have terrible hands.
Today however, I went and got my nails done. I am so in love with the color that I took a pic and I'm gonna be brave and share it on here. Don't laugh at my ugly hands y'all. Lol
Just focus on the awesomeness of the color!
It's so perfect for spring.

Ciao!