Happy 4th Birthday & FYI

Today, my little blog turned 4.  I have loved making Tumblr buddies over the past 4 years.  But my heart is heavy too because of an important decision I have to make.

I graduated from college a semester early to search for a teaching job.  The writing was on the wall that the economy was tanking in NC and teachers were going to be cut.  I was trying to beat that, and sadly, I didn’t.  I searched tirelessly for a job in NC, where I had to teach 4 years to pay back my NC Teaching Fellows scholarship.  This blog was my outlet.  I wrote about my trials and tribulations of searching for a job and more importantly, searching for myself.  Once I got a job, I decided that I would continue blogging because I loved this little space and I made friends with some great people via my little blog.

4 years ago, I started a blog.  4 years ago, I also started teaching in my first teaching job.. which brings me to my decision.

Today, this chart was released.

Teacher salaries are no secret; but here is what I’ve been trying to say in multiple blog posts before.  Teachers are not asking for a RAISE, we’re simply asking to be paid based on our experience like all other professionals.  I can promise you none of us went into teaching to make $100,000 a year.  However, what we did expect was to be able to afford to live.  If you will notice, in 2008 (the year I graduated college), I had 0 years of experience.  I now have 3.8 years of experience, meaning I should be getting paid on a 4 year salary scale.  I am losing money every year I continue teaching because I haven’t received a “step” since I started teaching.

So, if you live in NC and see the news articles, Facebook posts, etc., this is what we’re talking about.  I had to cancel cable this month because I couldn’t justify paying for it any longer.  If we don’t get a raise next year, this year will be my last year teaching because sadly, I have to live.  And I can’t continue to live month to month.  As much as I love my job and as much as I value educating today’s youth, I cannot continue to worry about my job and come home and worry about how I’m going to pay my bills every month.  DG and I would eventually like to have kids, and with this as our future, we won’t be able to afford it.

So, please, support teachers whenever you can.  Because no one in our state legislature is.

if you don’t like where you are, move on. you are not a tree. — unknown  (via blua)

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I found that every single successful person I’ve ever spoken to had a turning point and the turning point was where they made a clear, specific, unequivocal decision that they were not going to live like this anymore. Some people make that decision at 15 and some people make it at 50 and most never make it at all.

Brian Tracy

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Metabolism isn’t magic. It’s hard not to get used to the grotesque Roman orgy of eating habits that is youth. You can live on an uninterrupted diet of Mountain Dew, Doritos, and the errant Toaster Strudel for when you’re feeling like doing a bit of kitchen work, never seeing an ounce of your folly go straight to your carefree hips. Then, at a certain point, you eat an Oreo and can actually watch that bad boy travel from your esophagus to your ass if you stand in front of a full-length mirror. And the energy you constantly felt, regardless of the day’s activities or the time you’d gotten up that morning? Now, if you’re not living on a diet of nothing but kale and Yoga For Self-Righteous People, you’re essentially comatose by 3 PM. It appears that being healthy requires work, and few things in life seem to suck more than that fact.

10 Lessons Everyone Learns In Their 20s | Thought Catalog


So so sadly true.

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I’m not married, I frequently use my debit card to buy things that cost less than three dollars, and my bedroom is so untidy it looks like vandals ransacked the Anthropologie sale section. I’m kind of a mess. — Mindy Kaling (via quotecatalog)

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Me when my boyfriend says I don’t have muscles


Achieve a similar evening look with this French Connection fit & flare dress paired with this or this necklace from Banana. 

Need this.


Achieve a similar evening look with this French Connection fit & flare dress paired with this or this necklace from Banana.

Need this.



Women’s rights are human’s rights. 

Texas men explain why so many have joined the fight.

The top sign is basically the best. A+ work, men of Texas

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365 days until we get hitched

365 days until we get hitched

Friday Favorites.

I’m going to try to get back in the swing of this.  I always start over the summer… but cannot remember to continue during the school year.

My current lusts are as follows:

(Sea to Santorini Candle)

(Sand Cups)

(Starfish Bangle)

(Monogrammed Burlap… in this instance… a koozie)

(Black Back Out Dress)

For this dress, check out Megan’s blog post to see how awesome the back of this dress.  And for $45, I couldn’t resist.

Happy Friday!

DG made me a headboard.

DG made me a headboard.

Breaking News: The Supreme Court dismisses Prop8 on grounds proponents lack standing



In another 5-4 vote, SCOTUS rules there’s no standing on Prop8. This means same sex marriage is legal in California.


Today is a beautiful day.