MIMM: Staying Positive

Good morning! I hope your weekend was a good one!

I have been so busy lately that it feels like last week and the weekend were one giant blur of student teaching things and babysitting. Whew.

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So, if you had asked me to write this post last week Wednesday or Thursday, I really don’t think I’d have been able to. (Especially on Thursday) I was feeling really down probably in part because of stress, but mostly because of this awful acid reflux/EoE stuff. I can’t thank you all enough for your positivity and encouragement, but still, this disease sucks.

My mom got me in with an allergist on Thursday, and in short, the woman really had no idea what to do. She had lots of speculations and gave me some tips on what to eat, and I also got a steroid to take in the meantime to hopefully relieve the symptoms, but it was a bit disheartening. I’m not really blaming her, because doctors really don’t have much to go off other than studies, and everyone is different. I guess I had hoped that she could have told me something I was missing, something that would make the constant burning, pressure, and discomfort go away.

Anyway, I’ve been mostly sticking to the diet I mentioned in Wednesday’s post, and I’ve begun taking the steroids. Thankfully it’s not as bad as it was last week.

On that note, I decided a dose of positivity would be exactly the right way to start this week off!

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Marvelous is…my parents. They are so supportive of me, emotionally and mentally. My mom worked hard to get me that appointment, and while I probably sound really negative about it, I do know that it helped. I so appreciate the fact that they aren’t taking the “buck up, you’ll find a way to make it better” approach – they feel awful about it and really are helping me be proactive.

Marvelous is…my brother beginning his college education. It’s just so weird to think that he’s there right now, no longer in grade school! Come to think of it, it’s weird that he’s going to college and I’m kind of returning to grade school…

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Marvelous is…the opportunity I have in student teaching. Yes, I’m paying for 13 credits to be there. No, I’m not getting paid a single cent, and will be spending money on gas, supplies, etc. But I already like my coordinating teachers and I’m excited (and incredibly nervous) to get started!

Marvelous is…that one of my friends is also working at the same HS! I met Audra in England (we were both studying abroad at Kingston University) and have never had any contact with her in the State other than facebook, and lo and behold, she has her first teaching job at the same place I’m going to be!

Marvelous is…the shopping spree I went on with my mom on Saturday. We went to Goodwill and TJ Maxx where I got loads of good work clothes for a good price. We also went to HomeGoods, and I’m now obsessed. Wow.

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Marvelous is…the weather we’ve been having. For the last couple of weeks it had been cooling down significantly. While I didn’t mind it, it made me think of fall which made me think of winter which I hate. πŸ˜› This week it’s supposed to be super toasty, and I’m excited for it to feel like summer again.

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Marvelous is…the support I’m getting about student teaching from everyone. My neighbors (the people I babysit for), my friends, my family, you all – everyone is being so supportive. I’m an anxiety-ridden wreck right now, because that’s just what I do, but still, the kind words that I’ve been hearing from everyone are so wonderful. Just the other day, the eight year old girl that I sit told me I would be “perfect.” Seriously, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Marvelous is…the tv shows I’ve been enjoying the last few weeks. Breaking Bad has been awesome, and gives me something to look forward to on a Sunday (usually I’m dreading Monday! πŸ˜‰ ) and The White Queen is so good, it’s ridiculous. Totally up my alley.

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Marvelous is…the summer that I’ve had. It has been such a good one. This week pretty much marks the end of it: I have 3 days of student teaching meetings, a day of babysitting, and a four day weekend. Can’t complain about that!

Questions for the day:

How do you stay positive when something really has you down?

What is one of the best opportunities you’ve ever had?

Have you ever been to HomeGoods?

What tv shows are you enjoying right now?

Most importantly, have a great day, everyone. πŸ™‚

24 comments

  1. How cool that you & your good friend are working at the same high school. I think it’s so wonderful that youre looking at your career decision as a positive, even if you aren’t getting paid and your having to take 13 credits. This job will be such a wonderful experience for you.

    1. It really will be. That’s just how I have to keep looking at it!

  2. Staying positive is so important! I hear you though, I’ve had some down/anxiety-ridden days lately, myself. Your parents sound super awesome! Mine are supportive like that, too, and really held me up at times through my 20s when I was too depressed to do anything but get up and go to therapy and psychiatrist appointments.
    We’re watching Breaking Bad, too- and I don’t watch it until Monday. It’s so hard avoiding news about the episodes until we can watch it! Talk about TENSE, though. So much suspense for what will unfold next!
    Have fun student teaching this week πŸ™‚

    1. Thank goodness for good parents. πŸ™‚
      Oh gosh, I can only imagine that’s tough! So many spoilers out there…at least one day isn’t too long a time to wait!

  3. Wow – I love all of your positivity and marvelous things!!
    Have fun student teaching!!!

    1. Thanks! πŸ™‚

  4. Right now I’m watching The Newsroom and really loving it.

    1. My parents and brother are really into that show. I wasn’t too interested after watching the first episode (or one of the first ones), but I only hear good things about it. Maybe I’ll have to give it another chance.

  5. gah I am sorry, speculation with no answers is the worst. I will be thinking of you and way to stay positive, it can be so hard when you are frustrated

    1. Thanks so much, Alex. It is tough, but I really don’t have another choice.

  6. Sorry to hear about the disappointing Dr. appt. Keep hanging in there sometimes it gets worse before you can really start working to make it better. When things get me down I tend to vent, when I’m trying to keep things more positive I remember the good part of whats getting me down (like if I’m stressed about HW I remember that I have HW because I’m working towards a degree/job that I really love).

    I’m still addicted to Bones (the BEST show ever in my opinion!) and I love New Girl πŸ™‚

    Have fun with your teaching!

    1. That’s a good point. Hopefully it won’t get any worse than it has! And that’s definitely a good tactic for staying positive. πŸ™‚

  7. Breaking Bad is awesome!!! I’m sad that this is their last season! I will miss W.W. and Jessie! πŸ™‚

    1. I know!! It is really sad! It just makes me wonder how they’re going to wrap it all up…the writing has been great so far, so you know it’ll be a good, intense ending!

  8. Aw sorry about the struggles you’ve been having lately! glad you’re staying positive love πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  9. Sorry to hear that you haven’t been feeling too well, girl 😦 I definitely can relate to stomach woes just sucking all the happiness out of you, but I love that you still managed to come up with some positives ❀ As forced and mechanical as it may seem, sometimes taking time to try and focus on the good in our lives really helps melt away some of the negativity. Hope you feel better soon!

    1. Thanks. πŸ™‚ And you’re absolutely right. Making this list was so helpful.

  10. Goodwill and TJ maxx are so good for stocking up in a new season! I hope you found some good stuff! I also hope you start feeling better soon πŸ™‚

    1. I’ve never, ever had any luck at either of those stores – I guess I just got there on a good day! And thanks, me too!

  11. Man oh man. I don’t think my comment went through on your last post. And that was a seriously long one too 😦 I just went back to check because my notifications from wordpress isn’t the most accurate anymore. Haha. Anyways, in summary I was just wishing you luck and saying how much it sucks to have acid reflux!

    I’m so tired of speculations from Doctors. It’s not their fault that we are difficult cases but really I just want a doctor to tell me “I know what’s wrong and this is exactly what we are going to do to fix it.” I know one thing that really irritates my acid reflux is fruit. Like all fruit. No idea why but this summer I tried to eat bananas as a snack during the day and it was like my stomach was revolting on me. Beautiful imagery, I know, but I was like “It’s a freaking banana!” Gah. I was hoping that you’d feel better for when school started. Keeping you in my thoughts!

    I’ve never heard of The White Queen but now my interest is piqued. I’ve been enjoying Rookie Blue, The Glades, and not much else…. I need to get on that.

    1. Oh no! I hate it when that happens. Thanks. I had a feeling you could relate to how I’m feeling.
      That would be so, so nice. I mean, there *has* to be someone out there who knows our problems and can recommend something helpful for them…it just doesn’t make sense that we both keep coming to dead ends and blank stares.
      Unfortunately, I’ve been finding that fruit really aggravates my system. It’s just awful. That was one food group that I could rely on to keep my cravings at bay, be healthy, delicious, and allergy-friendly, and now I’ve pretty much cut out all of it. Thanks so much – I really do appreciate your thoughts!
      The White Queen is a BBC to Starz mini series based on historical fiction. So good! I’ve never heard of either of the shows you mentioned. I’ll have to check them out!

  12. I’m sorry to hear that your not feeling well, especially when you don’t really know whats causing it. I love your positive attitude about it though!

    1. Thanks! I think positivity is the only way to stay above it all.

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