Interesting observations

My life never ceases to amuse me or maybe it’s just people that never stop surprising me. I got into a car accident a couple weeks ago. I told the guy that I’ll fix his car and he took almost four weeks to go to a mechanic to get the quote. He just told me that he wants me to zelle him the money because he can’t take three days off of work to have his car fixed. I don’t think I trust him enough. He said that he’ll just fix it himself instead. I’m pretty peeved because I think he’ll just pocket the money. Plus, I’m annoyed at the fact that it took him four weeks to get a quote. It’s annoying. And I want to do the right thing to fix his car. I think I’m getting scammed. I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I’ll just wait until I can get a second opinion.

I’ve also noticed that my students have been asking for a lot more than I can offer. I give stickers when they complete a song in their music book. I have tons of stickers from year and years of collecting them. And I don’t mind sharing my stickers with them. I actually have all of them using the same ones. Anyways, they have been asking me if they can keep the sticker pages. I don’t have the funds right now to just give away my supplies. And I thought it was pretty forward of them to ask. They’ve also been asking me to buy more. They’ll rip them and then ask me to buy some new ones. I don’t usually buy new ones because I have so many that I didn’t use yet. I told them that I’m not going to buy new ones until all the old ones are used. They’ve also been asking me for additional books and gifts if they finish their books. I don’t want to be a mean teacher, but I told them that the prize for finishing their book is the satisfaction of knowing they’ve worked hard.

I understand the need to want more things, but I can’t afford to do that right now. And if I already have these things, I’m definitely not going to buy new stuff. They should be more appreciative of what I’m giving and know that I’m already giving a lot. I am going to continue to not buy new stuff. And they will have to wait.

Add this to the list of things I’m learning about myself… I’m a loner!

In high school, I was interested in making new friends so I talked to everyone. I knew a lot of people and had many friends. Fast forward to college, I didn’t have many friends and I found myself staying home by myself most of the time. I wish I had more friends, but I wasn’t very sociable. And consequently, I was pretty lonely. Now, however, I never found the need to be sociable because I’m so busy all the time. I’m starting to think that I need to be sociable again. I need to start making friends because life is not as fun without them. With the new start of 2020, I’m going to try to make some new friends. And I hope that this year will be a little less lonely.

What is your purpose?

Are you living your purpose in life? Do you feel like everything you are doing right now is worth your energy and time? If you are not happy, make a change. Everything can be improved and the best thing is that you still have time to change your life. Ever since I’ve started writing, my life has changed for the better. I feel like I can understand my emotions a lot better than before. In summary, everything has changed. I’m happy. And my purpose in life is being fulfilled. Is yours?

Never want to rely on anyone

I’m beginning to learn the importance of never relying on other people. I’m getting really tired of having my family reject watching my teacup yorkie. She can be in her cage most of the time if necessary, but they just don’t want to help me in that regard. It’s not fair because I watch all seven of their dogs in total when they’re out of town. And I take them to the airport sometimes. I’m so tired of this. I haven’t asked them in over a year and a half now.

I’m learning that I don’t want to rely on other people at all. This is reason #100,000 why I think it’s better to be alone. People don’t help you when you need them, but they expect your help when they need it. They always ask other people or me to watch their dogs for them, but they want me to get boarding for my dog when I’m away. I told them that I will never watch their dogs again in the future. I’m not going to give anything when I don’t get anything. I’m also going to start a boarding fund every time I go on vacation so I don’t have to deal with this. And I’m going to continue distancing myself from people. I don’t want anyone to talk to me or tell me what to do. I just want peace in my life. I’m fine with my friends being in my life, but family members are a no-go.

What I’ve learned about myself

I am not an easy person to get along with. I don’t care about anybody other than myself. My life is centered around myself. And I am so selfish.

These are things that I know about myself. I’ve lived with myself for 25 years now and I know that I am not an easy person to get along with. On the exterior, I can be very nice. If you get to know me better, you’ll find that I don’t like a lot of people. I’m introverted. I would rather spend tons of time by myself than to be around people 24/7. As I admit all of this, I also know that I could do better. I need to fix my flaws. I don’t like these negative traits. And they have brought nothing in my life other than hurt. I’m not saying that this year will be the year that I make some changes, but I’m not saying I won’t make any changes this year either.

I’ve learned that I think too much about other people. Even though I try to do my own thing, my mind can’t help but wander to think about what other people want from me. I am easily affected by criticisms or people talking about me. I don’t have a strong skin for these kinds of things. And ultimately, I know that this will ruin my life eventually.

I need to be by myself to focus. All of these things are extraneous and not necessary for me to reach my goals. If I look past everything, I know that I can be successful. I need to be a strong woman. I will do what I need to do. The path to success is lonely, but I must travel on this road by myself.

Thank you so much

I’ve been getting so much support for my blogs and I am thankful for everyone. I feel like I’m just a normal blogger that isn’t really special. I never thought that my blog would reach so many people. It’s truly a blessing to be a part of this community of fellow bloggers. Thank you for making blogging one of the best parts of my life! Happy blogging!

It’s too cold!

I’m getting really tired of people not turning on the heater during winter. I’m also sick of people who don’t turn on the ac during summer. I know it’s only a couple of dollars to turn on the heater, so why suffer in the cold? Why do people have to wear jackets to sleep? It doesn’t make sense to me. I remember sitting in someone’s car in the summer and they refused to turn on the ac. It was so selfish of them. I was sweating like crazy and I couldn’t breathe. I never let any of my passengers experience this. People are so cheap. It’s okay if they’re by themselves, but if there are other people, it’s wrong. I’m going to add this to my list of people I don’t want to be around. Smh

Another great day of teaching ⭐️

I had another great day of teaching. I’ve been having a lot of those and each day feels like a blessing. I know I haven’t been a perfect teacher. And that’s mostly because I’m very critical of myself. I know however that I will never take this for granted. I am lucky to call myself a teacher and it has been a blessing in my life.

I am happy to see all of my students every week. I never knew how many people cared about me. I never had many people to talk to when I was younger. Everyone had their own lives. I found myself spending a lot of time alone. That was okay, but I truly wished to be a part of a group. And now, I have many people to talk to. They are as happy to see me as happy as I am to see them. If I didn’t enjoy teaching, I don’t think I would have been able to do it for this long. You truly have to enjoy what you do or else you won’t be happy. Thank you God for blessing my life and I appreciate everything you have done for me.

No stress

I’m usually the person that is the most stressed, but I don’t think I am anymore. I think I am finally learning how to cope with my stress. I’ve learned that things are never as bad as they seem. The world isn’t going to fall apart. And I now know that I will be okay. I haven’t had the happiest time in some instances. There were events in my life that almost completely ruined me. If I had a choice, I would be vengeful but I’m not anymore. I just chose to separate myself completely from the things that caused it. I still have strong ptsd moments from it, but I know I’ll be okay. And I am happy now.

Blogging has helped a great deal with my stress. It’s amazing how therapeutic writing about my feelings are. I don’t know why I didn’t do this a long time ago. I just celebrated my two year anniversary on WordPress and I can’t believe it has been that long. My life has changed for the better and as we start 2020, I’m glad to say that things are getting pretty good. I’ve learned so many things this past year and two years ago. What almost tore me apart had made me stronger. I believe that god showed me what I don’t want in my life in order to make me stronger. People’s words don’t hurt me as much anymore because I know that I am a person deserving of happiness. Nothing is perfect obviously, but it will get there.

I am looking forward to many successes in the future. I know I am capable. I don’t need New Years resolutions to know what I want for myself because I’ve always been working towards my goals. I truly am a strong woman now.

I don’t like following rules

I’m not a rule follower. I don’t know if this is surprising to anyone, but I’ve always been like this. I don’t like to be boring and follow the rules. I like to create rules or to challenge new ideas. That doesn’t mean I have trouble with the law. I follow the law and I don’t break those kind of rules. I mean that I don’t like being told what to do in certain circumstances. I don’t like it when someone tells me what to do every single time I talk to them. I have a problem with that. For example, I never like when my parents still tell me what to do. There are some things I will listen and do if it is applicable/useful. The other nagging parts… I don’t like. I like creating my own path. Being told what to do when you’re 25 is not fun. I don’t understand why I still need to be told things when I already know what I need to do. This has led me to rebel. And I crave independence. I love doing my own thing and it has led me down the right path. When I was listening to my parents, I was pursuing med school and I eventually wasted thousands of dollars only to stop doing it later. I found that that was a huge waste of time and money. Life has been better since I’ve made my own decisions. Every now and again, they try to sway me to do something I don’t want to do and I have to stop it from happening. Rules are just not for me.

A Rant

I’ve noticed that many people or businesses like to give you options, but they are upset when you don’t choose the option they wanted you to choose. They just assume that you will do whatever they say as if you are hypnotized by their selling powers. And the possibility of rejecting them is not an option for them to accept. I think people should have the option to say no when they want to. We shouldn’t feel obligated to always say yes just because we’ll feel bad. In many cases, I don’t think tipping someone is required. Tipping is optional based on the service. We are giving in too much to businesses. Money comes from peoples’ hard earned pockets and they are wasting it by tipping bad service.

I also believe that those who don’t work as hard shouldn’t receive the same benefits as those who work really hard. They should not be allowed to enjoy the same benefits as hard workers do. It’s not fair and it shows that they don’t have to do anything. I am so irritated by these people, but there is absolutely nothing I can do about it.

The future of my blog and what I’ll be doing in 2020

This new year will be a new change for me. I will be focusing more on school and studying. I feel like I have been so busy with other things that I haven’t had time to completely study. Don’t get me wrong, I study A LOT, but I want to be able to study more. In this case, I will be focusing more on my blog because I can work from home when I’m blogging. I’m going to have to rely on my blog more this coming year. It’s going to definitely throw me for a loop. For so long, I’ve been blogging every now and then. I will check in to see how my blogs are doing and I’ll read posts from other bloggers. I’ve never had to actually take blogging to the next level…at least not until this moment. I feel like this makes sense because a student couldn’t possibly work a full time job and go to school. I want to be able to work on my blog as a job someday. I know I’m not quite at that point with my blogging, but that would relieve a lot of stress for me. I would be able to work wherever I want and also study in the same place. Don’t worry, I’m not leaving blogging. I’m actually going to be blogging more. Look out for more blogs and I hope everyone has a great New Years!

Bring back the old Duolingo! 😭

I don’t know if I’m the only person that used to use duolingo to learn new languages. I was a huge fan of duolingo. I studied French, Chinese, Spanish, and German. It was my go-to app when I was sick. I completed tons of lessons. Most recently, they revamped the entire app and they deleted all of my progress… it literally took me months to complete all of those lessons. And I had to start from the very beginning again. Even worse, they made it so you can only complete two lessons a day. I used to be able to complete five or more lessons a day. It was basically unlimited and you could learn as much as you wanted.

I don’t think I will ever find a good language learning app like duolingo. And that’s such a shame. I’m so disappointed. I’m in love with learning French and now I’ll never be able to unless I download another app. I also won’t be able to learn how to read Chinese. I’m so frustrated. I can’t understand why every platform has to monetize their stuff. It makes everything worse. I am on the hunt for something else, but who knows if I can find an app like that. Sigh…

Thank you so much 🙏

I’m so thankful for my blogs and I know I don’t post as often as I would like. My blog has been one of my biggest accomplishments in my life because of how much work I’ve invested in it. I’m incredibly proud, even if this achievement isn’t as big as others’. I’m going to walk at my own pace. Thank you so much again for liking and reading my blog!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I hope everyone stays warm this season and has a good holiday! I’m going to try to escape the cold this winter. It has been freezing where I live. Even the back window and the outside of my car has ice. I am looking forward to relaxing and spending some time to recuperate from being so busy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

By the way, these gifs are too cute not to share!

Would you consider blogging full time?

I’ve always wondered what it would be like to completely rely on your blog for your job. I’ve heard of people on YouTube making enough from their blog to live, but I’m not so sure. I feel like you have to be blogging for a long time and you need strong blog posts. I don’t know what it would be like to rely on just my blog. I think I would panic, but it would be good to have the time to spend on your blog full time. You can construct better posts, post more often, and you can engage with your following more. I’m not considering going blogging full time, but I do want to be able to have my blog as a backup just in case anything happens. I’ve worked so hard on it. And I’ve worked hard on my other blogs too.

Do you blog full time or would you ever consider going blogging full time?

Are you blogging for fun or for profit?

We all have contemplated making a profit from our blog and that’s completely normal. When you put so much work into creating something, it can be worthwhile to make money from it. It can also motivate you to continue to blog if you can obtain monetary rewards from it.

Not everyone wants to make money from their blog though. Some of us want to be able to write whatever we want and be able to share it with other people. I believe that blogging for fun can be just as rewarding as blogging for profit. And no one is stopping you from monetizing your blog later in the future.

Whichever your reason for blogging is, make sure you have a strong attachment to it. Don’t do something just because other people are doing it. Do it because you want to. You are your own person, and the choice is yours.

How to protect your happiness

Never let anyone control everything you do. You are your own person and your happiness should be your number one priority. If anything gets close to threatening your happiness, get rid of it right away. I’m kind of a hermit. I don’t like to share too much of my information with others. I don’t feel the need to allow people to tell me what to do. I would rather stay by myself than to constantly be around others. I do like to be around my husband and my yorkie, but that’s about it. They’re the only two that let me be. They are chill and they’re never controlling.

I’ve found that my own happiness is so precious that I am constantly on guard. I will never let anyone take it away from me. I find that staying away from people creates less drama and more peace in my life. My closest friends are the ones that I let in my life, but I am very picky about who I spend my time with.

If you are like me, then you understand. I never want to let a day pass where I am unhappy or miserable because of someone else. My life is mine. And I am happy.

Taking time for yourself

I’m the kind of person that needs time to herself. I can’t be around a lot of people for a long time. I need to be by myself in order to stay calm. You’ll see me doing a lot of things by myself. I eat most of my meals alone. I relax by myself sometimes. And I prefer to have my alone time pretty much most of the day. I’ve always been like this my entire life. I think I’m a rare individual for feeling this way. I find it even more interesting that I frequently talk about moving to an island myself.

I might not be normal, but that’s okay with me. I know that I am super introverted and I’m happy. I don’t need other people to validate my feelings for myself. I have a strong sense of self and I’m okay with people leaving my life. When you realize that you’re the only person that can truly make you happy, your entire world changes for the better.

Just Updated My Shop With Me Page

Hi everyone! I have been trying my best to work on blogging and improving the quality of my page. I just added Christmas piano books, more essential oils that I love, pianos, and more piano books that you are free to browse on my shop with me. I’m hoping to add more items there that are helpful for you. Let me know what you would like to see and I’ll work on that! Thank you always for your support! Click here to go to my shop with me.

Vlogmas but for blogging 🎄 🎅

I’ve noticed that there isn’t something for bloggers to do during the month of December. Many vloggers post something every day during December. I was thinking of trying something for my blog. I’m going to contemplate this. And let me know if you think you’ll try something similar. It’ll be tough though. December is a hectic month already and I don’t know if I can post every day, but I don’t mind trying.

What makes me happy ☀️

This is what makes me happy:

Seeing my husband and our dog greet me when I come back from work

Hugging my husband

Seeing my dog sprint towards me or cuddle next to me

Getting good sleep at night

Taking care of my happiness and not relying on others to make me happy

Spending time on self-improvement

Relaxing after a long day

Eating steak and eggs with my husband

Listening to good music and singing along

Playing the piano

Spending copious amounts of alone time by myself

Being productive

Working out at the gym every day

Enjoying great weather

Hanging out with my friends

Talking to Zoe (my dog) and hanging out with her

Being best friends and a lover with my husband

What makes you happy?

Why become a teacher?

Being a teacher has changed my life. I don’t think people quite understand why teaching is so important to me. When my students have a question, I’m always happy to give them an answer. When I see them succeed at learning a song or a small piece, I’m so proud. I’ve always been their number one fan. I’m rooting for them to succeed. And I hope that I can be their mentor. When they grow older, they can pass on the knowledge I gave to them.

Teaching has given me a purpose. I care about their progress and I know it’s my responsibility to help them as much as I can. This has changed my life for the better. I’ve grown to be responsible and I know my students can rely on me to be there for them.

Whenever I see pictures or videos of piano students, I feel a sense of awe. I can’t believe a teacher was able to teach them how to navigate this complex instrument! And I can’t believe I have been doing that for many years now! Behind every successful student, there is a great music teacher. I know I would be nowhere without my teacher. I am so blessed to be a teacher!

Sometimes I feel like my community is so small

I realized that the reason why I was feeling like blogging was going out of style was because I don’t interact with the blogging community enough. I just went through the discovery feed on WordPress and I found tons of great blogs that I would love reading. I felt like I was only experiencing a tiny sliver of what WordPress has to offer. I heard that WordPress has millions of users, but I only followed a few. I am going to connect with the community more and continue to explore. The WordPress community is big! And I’m excited to read amazing blog posts!

I’m getting search engine recognition

I think it’s finally time to announce that my blog is showing up on search engines. I’ve come a long way with my blogs. I feel like they’re not just hobbies anymore. They’ve become more than that. They’re almost like extensions of myself. I’ve spent a lot of time building and writing these blogs. And I’m very happy with the results. My blog is now showing up on search engines like google and bing. I didn’t know when the time would come when this would happen, but I’m excited. I’ve been blogging for awhile and it’s easy to forget about these small milestones. I hope to continue to make more successes with these blogs! Thank you for all the support along the way! 🙏

Disappointed in my blogging game 💪😓

I used to be so good at blogging. I would blog all the time and I was consistent. Now, I’m not as consistent as I was before. I feel like I’m not as obsessed with blogging as I was before. I think I’ve gotten comfortable with it. And I need to spend more time doing it. Many bloggers spend at least 10-15% of their time interacting with other bloggers and I don’t do that. I need to work harder. I’m going to be better. I’m back!

Blogging is not glamorous

I know I’ve always believed that blogging was some cute job that consisted of little to no work, but I was wrong. I think I was obsessed with the idea that I could post a blog post and my audience would just grow by itself. It doesn’t happen that way unfortunately. Blogging is not glamorous. It’s not cute. It is all about hard work. It takes grit and energy to run a blog. It’s better to know this now rather than later.

Waiting for life to begin or just starting

In the last year, I’ve noticed many things in my life. One of the things I’ve noticed is how I was waiting for stuff to happen. I wasn’t really making them happen. I am disappointed in myself for waiting so long. If I really wanted to do it, I would have done it already. I don’t want to say that I’m lazy, but that might have been the case.

In other words, I’m done with waiting. I’m ready to take the next step and to jump forward. I don’t want to sit around and wait for life to happen. My life is happening right now. Let’s make it happen!

I REGRET using LsatMax

LsatMax is a prep course designed for those that that are applying to law school and planning on taking the lsat. I am interested in both, so I decided to download the LsatMax app half a year ago. And it was the worst decision I ever made.

I thought the app was kind of lackluster and not very good at teaching the lsat, so I stopped using it. Plus, it required you to pay money to continue the courses. And I don’t want to pay. That’s fine. I just continued to use the free functions and I thought everything would be okay. I put in my information because I thought it was part of a professional business and I thought nothing less of this company. I also liked their function where you can look at scholarships from schools. Anyways, as I progressed through my studies, I stopped using the app. I stopped mainly because it was clear to me that the app was not good and it was not going to help me with anything. I ended up using other better resources to study.

After about six months, I continued to get calls and emails from LsatMax. Each time I would block their phone number, they would call me from a different number. They left me voicemails asking me if I took the lsat already and they told me they just want to chat. I also got text messages from them! I opted for them to stop contacting me and they did for about a month. They continued to harass me after that. I got a call today and another voicemail. I blocked that number. I’ve also found more ads from them, but I’m sure that is just a coincidence. Nevertheless, I’m sick of this company constantly harassing me. I can’t block their number enough. They just keep changing it. If I didn’t end up using their prep course, I don’t need to be harassed for it!

The Traffic is Horrible!!

I’ve been stuck in traffic most of the time this year and I’m getting sick of it. I have to go to places and I’m always on the go, so this is a huge deal for me. My eyes and legs can’t possibly stand being in traffic anymore. I have to add about ten extra minutes to my travel time just in case. I hate traffic.

Favorite apps at the moment

I’ve been very interested in finding down time to relax. I don’t get to do this often because I’m always busy, but when I do, I have a list of games that I love to play. I’m going to share my list and some pictures of these games 🙂 I highly recommend them. Let me know what your favorite games and apps are! By the way, I just recently watched After, the new season of Grey’s Anatomy, Unbelievable, For Love or Money, Falling Inn Love, and Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I’m always open to new movie or show suggestions!

1. Netflix

2. Plants vs. Zombies Heroes

3. Mario Kart

4. Doodle Jump

5. Dots

Small Things you can do to get ahead in blogging

I am going to preface this by saying that this is not a foolproof method or some hack to get more views. You won’t achieve thousands of views through this method. These tips are for those blogs that are gaining very little traffic. It can be a small boost to get ahead in blogging.

I use word ads on my blog and I gain a small profit through views, so it’s important to get these views. If you use the incognito mode on your phone, you can open a browser with your blog that will count as a new view. I open up a couple of tabs and I leave them open. From what I’ve known, the views still count towards your view count. And that could be a small boost for the day that you might need. It’s still very small, and you shouldn’t rely on this method to get views.

This next tip is not something new. I’ve seen this tip mentioned in a lot of other blogs. You have to interact with the blogging community. If you think blogging is an individualized path, it’s not. There’s an entire community out there of bloggers and it’s important to join it. If you’re using WordPress, you can search key terms to find other blogs in that topic area. I like to go through these posts and read them if I like it. I also go ahead and like the post. Showing appreciation for someone else’s work is important. It’s a reciprocal process.

Choosing the correct tags for your blog post is also another way to get your blog post seen. For me, I’ve seen the tag “Wordpress” be the most successful. WordPress also gives you analytics to see which tags get the most views. Use that to your advantage!

The last thing I do is I leave my blog browser open. I believe that the length of time someone dwells on your blog plays a role in your google analytics. It shows that your blog has good content. I do this when I have something else to do and I leave it open on my phone. This is not meant to have a huge impact, but I have seen my blog show up more on search engines. We all know blogging is a process that takes awhile, so don’t be discouraged.

Taking a Break From Working

I feel like we all need a break time to time from working. Working is great, but I think I’m physically exhausted from it. I took a three to four hour nap today. And I still feel tired. Life is too short to live unhappy and overworked. Even just a short break from everything can help me clear my mind. I need more sleep. With the extra hour we have, I’m happy to use that towards recuperating.

How to survive long days as a teacher

Hi everyone 👋 it has been awhile, but I’m trying my best to be consistent in blogging. To be honest, I feel like I’ve already written about all I could possibly write about. And I have no more new ideas. I want to write more though, so I’m going to keep thinking of new blog post ideas. Today’s post is going to be about how to survive long days as a teacher. I’m going to be working for most of the day tomorrow and I thought it would be nice to share how I prepare/survive for these long days. Let’s get right to it.

I feel like I am the queen of coffee lately. I can’t go a day without it and I’m beginning to think that I wouldn’t be able to achieve all of my goals for the day without the help of coffee. That’s just my honest opinion about myself. I’m an addict. I use the McDonald’s app to get $1 coffees in the morning, and I also have Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts reward apps. If I’m really struggling by the end of the day, I’ll drink a second coffee. I’m not ashamed. If you ever wonder how I manage to work, study, and go to the gym every day… the answer is caffeine.

Another thing I try to do is to stack all of my lessons back to back to one another. I used to love down time, but I’ve changed. I’m now more interested in getting as much done in a day. If I have too many breaks in between lessons, I feel like my day is too long. This is an advantage for someone who manages their own schedule. I like to feel the pressure of going to the next lesson. And that makes my days go dramatically way faster.

I use Spotify and pandora during my drives. I don’t think I could be as productive as I am without the help of Spotify. I listen to stations that are test related. And I listen to Pandora when I’m tired. Music makes the time go by faster.

The last thing I do is just trying to relax. I’m not a strict teacher. I tried to be as laid back as I can because I don’t want to be bored during the lesson either. If I know I have a lot of lessons, I will create a game or include something fun to do. I’ll do this for Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, and Saturday’s. It makes the lesson time go by faster and in return, my students also get to have fun learning.

Crowded Gyms

I think if I lived in New York or another busy city, I would be more cramped than usual. I don’t, however. I don’t have to deal with crowded places very often. And it’s unusual for a place to be crowded where I live. I figured that I’m definitely not a fan of cramped or crowded places. I like to be where there aren’t many people. And I need my space. Speaking of space, I’m a very private person too. I need my privacy in my house. I don’t like to leave my door open and the thought of other people entering my room without me there gives me anxiety. Therefore, I’m glad that I don’t live in a bustling city. The traffic here is mild and worse during rush hours. Where do you live and is your city crowded?

Real Adulting Rant

Real adulting doesn’t happen until you address your problems and work towards fixing them. I see so many people that never do anything with their lives and once they become old, they say that they have so a lot of regrets. You don’t go through life thinking that you’re the best. That’s just not the way to do it. No one is perfect and if you think you are, then you’re never going to grow.

I also see people making excuses for their bad behavior. I hear the “oh that’s just the way I am.” And those people are the ones that are unwilling to change. Just grow up! Geez. It doesn’t take much to evaluate your own behavior and to start making healthy changes towards being better. I am constantly surprised by people older than me. Their personalities need some work.

I think we all should take responsibility for our behavior. I’m tired of dealing with people that act like jerks and think they’re better than everyone else. It’s time to grow up. For some people, it’s too late. It’s not late for me however. I’m ready to make changes.

There are those that think they are better than everyone else. I don’t feel sorry for you and I’m not going to help those who are jerks. End of story! I’ll let karma do its work.

The blogging community is amazing

I love how we can share our thoughts freely. No one is critically judging us and the annoying narcissists are not here either. I’m constantly amazed by how we share our thoughts without constraint. We know that there are bad days and that there are good days. And we have no shame in talking about it.

Whenever I’m having a bad day, I come on here and write. This isn’t like Facebook or anything similar. My friends and family don’t constantly read my blogs. I’m able to talk about how I feel. And sometimes, I talk about topics that are extremely sensitive. I know I am going to be accepted. And I’m so glad I became a blogger. This community is saving me every day.

Mini Rant

I’ve been looking up new blogs and blog posts. I found some posts that look like they were posted from spam accounts. All I see are hashtags or the writer of the post didn’t write anything in it at all. This is incredibly distasteful. Creating a blog isn’t about creating spam. We already have enough spam on the internet. I want to see thoughtful posts. All of this nonsense makes me think that blogging is losing its appeal. I wish there was a way to delete these posts.

I don’t want to continue bashing these accounts. Do whatever you want, but know that no one is clicking on them. ✌️

Grateful rather than hateful

My mentality has been wavering in between two moods: grateful and hateful. I hate that I tend to think in the latter, but I think that’s normal. I try my best to stay positive for what it’s worth. And I will not let anyone change that.

I’ve learned that if you stop thinking about others as much, your mind remains more clear. I’m going to start practicing this more often. I have so much to do that I am surprised that I can still think about others that are not beneficial in my life. It’s okay. I’m heading towards the right direction and I’m happy overall!

My LinkedIn Group for All Teachers and Aspiring Teaching Professionals

I want to share with my blog an exciting opportunity to join my LinkedIn group for Pocketful of Learning. My focus is to help teachers become better at their job and to help them gain the fluency they need. When you’ve been teaching for awhile, there are skills and tasks that you can do faster than other beginning teachers.

I hope to help as many teachers as I can. The link is here: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13774608

Thanks!

My Holiday Teaching Plans

This year, I’m going to do something a little different than I usually do. I promise I’m a good teacher. I always invent new games and activities for my students. And I hand out plenty of surprises. This year, however, I want to make it a little more special. I’m planning on celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I never celebrate Halloween or Thanksgiving. I just don’t. And I want to change. I want to constantly strive to be a better teacher for my students. I’m planning some surprises for my students this year and I’m very excited.

For Halloween, I’ve already bought spooky candy that I’m going to hand out during lessons. And I want to have them do a “candy cane challenge” to see who can learn the most songs. I think I’ll have them compete against my other students. There should also be a bonus challenge on who practices the most or who improved the most by Christmas. I want to get them excited about learning. I used to have a star challenge where they earn stars for practicing and they can redeem the stars for a gift. This year, I’m still brainstorming, but I want to do something similar. I was also thinking of having students try the challenge to learn a set of songs I picked. And they have to play them perfectly to earn a Christmas gift. I have so many ideas, and I want to implement them all.

I’m still brainstorming on what to do for Thanksgiving. I’m thinking on giving a worksheet packet and using that as a token to get candy. It’s really easy to reward kids because they like candy or they like toys.

I’m also hoping that this will make me excited for the holidays. I love this time of year and I’ve always wanted to share it with my students. I’m thinking of getting them Christmas books as their Christmas presents because they keep asking for them. And I want to make them piano ornaments! There are so many ideas!

Let me know what you think and what you do for your students during this time of year! 🌲 ❄️

The Overarching Trend of Losing Blog Views

If you find that your blog viewership has been down lately, I’ll tell you why. For a couple of weeks, I’ve been analyzing my blog and looking at the trends. I’ve also been thinking about why my views are not as great as before. I came to the conclusion that a good blog has to post multiple posts daily. There has to be constant replenishment of new content. If you post good content, people will still come, but there’s something about a blog that continually posts.

I hope this helps someone out there. We’re all in this together!