Saturday, I took and passed (still waiting on the essay portion, though) the examination required to start substitute teaching in the fall. I don’t have to think about teaching certification until my scores come back (4-6 weeks). I felt a huge mental burden was removed after finishing the test. I almost wish I had taken the test back in February… With that priority out of the way, I can turn to focus on other matters.
Since I eliminated exercising for the month of June, I could do nothing but think about how I wasn’t exercising. While I managed to get a couple of biking sessions in, they were by no means a focus or a priority. I decided to take a slightly different approach to losing 10 pounds by my birthday (it’s August 9th). For July, I’m going to try biking to work to increase my “exercise” without dedicating an hour 5 days a week. I don’t work far from home; it’s just 1000 degrees outside and I always have a ton of stuff. I’m doing it anyway.
My new priorities are below. These are by no means in order of importance:
- Master’s Degree- ie lots of thesis writing and revising
- Lose 10 Pounds- more raw meals and increasing physical activity indirectly
- Finding Housing– Moving August 1, with the boyfriend (who btw is an awesome music producer, hear it here)
- This blog, of course (I’ve been slacking, this post is late, sorry)
- My part-time work-study job (cuz I have to go to work to earn some $$)
So far, I’m feeling optimistic about this limited focus plan. I have given myself permission to not worry about things I’d be worried about otherwise. And I’m getting things done that I’ve been procrastinating forever. For instance, I didn’t feel like working on my thesis because the thoughts about the certification exam were bogging me down. Now all I can do is think about how I’m going to make my thesis better.
I still wonder, however, if I need to streamline my priorities list even further. Sometimes it still feels like I have too much on my plate. But I think the problem comes from the fact that I’m constantly thinking of new projects to work on. More on this later… maybe Thursday 🙂
Have a great week!