Mobile Minutes: Morning Storms


Darco is fast asleep next to me, there’s lightning to the north, and rumbles of thunder along the sky.
My body aches from training today, and I’m having a bit of a problem falling asleep at 2:00 AM.
Life is…kind of fun right now.
I dream about teaching nearly every night, my blood pressure is super low, food is getting cooked in the kitchen, and Darco and I have even planned a summer vacation. Sure, it’s not perfect, we argue, and occasionally there’s stress, but it all keeps working out.
Tonight I found myself apologizing to her for years past. It took time and experience to apologize for being so wrapped up in work over the past three years.
One of the wonderful things about teaching is knowing when your day ends. Yes, it’s plenty stressful, but there’s beautiful life outside of work. I’m blessed to still be young enough to understand that joy is found outside the office. Joy is found with family and friends. It’s found by not stressing about so much that isn’t known, and just embracing the blessing of what is.
It felt nice to confess to my wife that I made the mistake of missing time with her. That’s why lying in bed, typing this out, can be so enjoyable because I can feel her snuggled up close to me, soundly asleep.
No promotions in the world can replicate that sensation.
-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: Cruising Along


I made it one day…

After Tuesday had fully passed, a day of doing quite literally nothing, the reality began to set in.

I have to find something to do.

The 'dark one' is ensuring that I get work done.

The ‘dark one’ is ensuring that I get work done.

It turns out that summer vacation is no longer like the summer of my yesteryears. I wake up around 7:00 AM without even trying to force myself awake. I brew coffee, I access my email, and I start my day. I gladly grab books to read, conversations to finish, posts to edit, and by noon I’m thinking about what my salad is going to look like.

Sweet mother, I truly am acting like an adult.

The reality that I’m learning is that while the summer does mean that teachers don’t report to class, they are still hard at work. Whether that’s increasing their education, decreasing their weight (hehe), or even preparing lessons and reading for the next school year, there’s something that is always needing to be done. I’ve just learned that I thought I could manage one week ‘away’ from all of it, but the fun truth is, it’s too enjoyable to step completely away from. So, for today it’s myself, the dark one, a cup of coffee, reading books, and streamline thoughts.

That’s not too bad of a life.

-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-

XXXI: Fresh Start 2.0


What if we got our Christmas present early this year? We can grab it on Black Friday probably…

Thankfully, I’m still in awe at how good God is to us, especially considering that none of us deserve any of His grace. It’s been an adventurous, heart warming past couple weeks for Darco and myself. As noted in the earlier post, I was offered a teaching position at the school of my dreams for next year. I gladly accepted. Darco’s review for promotion was yesterday, and again I’m humbled to report that she also was promoted to store manager of her Starbucks location in the city. These are both major changes for both of our careers, each of which we hold delicately and passionately. Continue reading

#getyourpraiseon


Bragging on Darco here…

She’s recently been an acting “in-training” store manager for Starbucks. Tomorrow is her assessment to become a full-fledged store manager, so it only makes sense that her store was audited today…haha…

Starbucks has their own company that solely works at inspecting their stores throughout the country. They score each store off 100 points.

Remember, her assessment is tomorrow…
She just called me…
Her store just received a score of 93!

Just an amazing woman.

-D-

Darco’s Corrections: Ecosure is a 3rd party auditor to prevent bias. They do dozens of different companies.

XXXI: Through The Motions


I can’t even express to you the struggle of motivation that i’ve faced throughout today. In some instances Saturday’s are the best, but in others they are the absolute worst. Waking up late, snacking on random chocolate pieces throughout the apartment, and catching up on past television shows.

All while knowing that I need to go to the gym, get my daily run in, lift weights, and as some older generations have stated, “blow the stink off of me”.

It’s just hard to get going. Continue reading