Mobile Minutes: Shifting Priorities


Sometimes the day just doesn’t work in our favor.
*gasp*

Yesterday I didn’t sleep well due to excitement, I was getting my school issued MacBook during a morning meeting. Upon arrival, way too early in the morning, I sat through two hours of ‘turning it on, and turn it off again’. It was a worthy sacrifice for the computer. However, what caught me off guard was learning that we had a second training meeting.

July 31, 2015. Continue reading

XXXI: Summer Time (Finally)


Go figure I’d write this on June 21st (first official day of summer). I can firmly say that I’m officially embracing the summer break of 2016. My tests are finished for certification, I’ve already had my first few teacher meetings for the summer, my mission trip is finished up, and I’m actually looking at my first week of the summer where I don’t have anything slated.

Meaning, I have no excuse on getting distracted. Even though we’re still in June, the reality is, is that school starts back up in less than two months. Factor in that this will be my first year teaching and the work that comes with it, and already I’m breathing a little uneasy. i’ve got books to read, lessons to prepare, and even a curriculum to better understand. That doesn’t include the fact that I need to actually get into my classroom, acquire design pieces, and start to put the room together (at least mentally). I’m sure my typing smells of ‘new teacher’, but that’s half the fun in my book. For some strange reason it’s worth going the extra mile to have fun with your students, while also teaching them in the same manner. If the dynamics of the classroom are off, the students will be distracted…and so will I.

Currently, inside this classroom I have two walls that are nearly 100% dry erase boards and two walls that are brick. I’m thinking of theming the room to some weird, strange coffee and Japanese cafe world. I just can’t handle the concept of teaching in a sterile environment. It’s not fair to the students.

I suppose in these coming weeks that’s going to be my life in a nutshell. Working on lessons, living the real version of “The Sims” when looking at my classroom, attending some classes, and of course…running. Today was my first day off in seven days. I feel alright, I definitely need some new shoes as I’ve passed the 500 mile threshold on both of my pairs, but my legs are doing better.

I think body mechanics is a fascinating topic to explore when learning about your own body. When I started running again, even all the way up to the recent months, my knees and legs were the sorest parts of my body. As I told my doctor a few weeks ago though, something has changed in my mechanics. I’m not sure what, but those areas no longer host the most soreness after a training session.

My hips do.

This is actually encouraging for me. That tells me that my legs have strengthened and now I’m going to continue to work on developing my hip muscles; they tend to be rather important in the fast, repetitive motion of the style of running that I enjoy. With life finally calming down, I can also ensure that I’m getting in every valuable workout that I can. Darco and I are heading out east in the final week of July for the Liberty Mile and to see some pretty epic friends.

I’m alright with this life. There’s so much to always work on, but that’s coming to be part of the joy behind all of it. Teaching, running, praising…trying to be more optimistic, more forgiving, and asking for my forgiveness are definitely on my list of things I’d like to improve upon.

I guess here’s to a happy summer full of exploration, knowledge, and dreams!

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Variety


In one hour I can go from creating a lesson plan for Vacation Bible School, to inserting C++ code for a new beer released by a brewery on their website, to diving into a new novel for my social studies class next year, to heading out for training series on the track.

There’s something to be said about joy of variety.

-D-

Mobile Minutes: King Me


Random thought:
You know what would be a fun race?
“King & Queen of the Dune”
Plant two flags, one for each gender, at the top of the peak of the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado.
Then, have a yearly race that starts at the visitors center that’s a mad dash to the top of the dune to grab the flag.
Greatest. Idea. Ever.

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Come & Go


I’m under the assumption that this is part of growing up…

You can’t give 100% commitment to everything.

In a strange, weird, fun turn of events I’ve been requested of my social media knowledge, at school. It turns out our administration has a desire to be an interactive school for parents and students. That’s seen through social media, such as a YouTube channel for the building. There’s much more detail to that, but it has equaled time teaching about my trade. Very cool, humbling, and a very weird way God has shown me how He’ll use previous jobs in my current life.

I’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to be in the “summer academy” for instructors this summer. It’s practically summer school for teachers, plus pay and graduate hours.

Furthermore, tomorrow I’m meeting with our school’s cross country coach on potentially coming on board for next season. This includes running the 100 mile club over the summer with students. Another humbling moment of seeing God prepare the direction for my life.

With that said though, there’s another side to this coin. Those events have knocked me out from going to El Salvador this summer. I’m sad I won’t be able to go, but I love knowing many more opportunities will exist down the road. Also, as a large mistake tonight showed me, I’m not able to balance commitment like I should to other organizations. Sadly, in the near future I’ll say goodbye to another organization that’s meant the world to me, but that’s because they deserve someone that’ll be 100% invested into their program.

I’m a teacher now, I can’t be.

It’s a hard lesson to learn, but I’m sure I can fill it under “growing up”.

-D-

Mobile Minutes: Summer Plans


Already, I’ll confess, I’m counting down the days until summer vacation begins. It’s not that I don’t love the children, or that I’m sick of school, it’s just this whole ‘teaching thing’ caught me off guard and I’ve struggled to appropriately acclimate to the environment. Continue reading

Mobile Minutes: Poser


Dear Diary…

It’s been two days since I did any sort of running. Last week, in preparation for the race on Saturday, I took it easy. On Saturday I gave it my best, but was sadly lacking. Today, I’m struggling for the motivation. I’m tired and have a bedtime quickly approaching. I’m tempted to head to the gym, but I’m just not feeling “up to snuff” for the track.

Perhaps I’m just becoming lazy, or I’m just disappointed in where I’m at with my goals. I need to have my mile at 5:00.00 by June 1, 2015 and the fastest I’ve moved is 5:57 in the month of April.

I should be faster. I should be lighter with a stronger core. Mentally, I feel so week. I know what I’m supposed to be doing, but I keep falling short. Drink more water, eat less garbage, get appropriate rest. I received 5.5 hours of sleep last night, I can feel it in my body. Do I rest, or is that an excuse to get out of work? What’s an excuse versus a warning?

I’m sure I’m thinking too hard on the simple thought. I met a teacher today that ran in college, and even after starting a family, still has 6:50 splits on half marathons. It’s humbling and humiliating to recognize that some inherent the ability, but others…we’re on the outside looking in. It causes motivation, at times of question, difficult to come up with.

It’s worship. Do I need an excuse for worship? Does God care if my offering is first or last, on the track or in the gym? No, He simply wants to hear from me, so why do I fear the protocol of success?

My success only comes through Him, whatever that may look like. I know my heart’s desire, but the work and grace required to find that desire is so frequently burried below guilt, fear, and embarrassment.

Thankfully enough of these written thoughts is enough to allow mmee to move.

-D-