Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day 30: Older and Wiser and Mermaidier

This picture is for my best friend, since she asked for me to take a picture of my hair of the day.

Well, I feel like I really could have done a lot better with the 30 Day Challenge.  But, I really got to enjoy learning how to mess with my camera application on my phone.

It was the longest month of my life, thus far.  I'm really glad I got to participate in the 30 Day Challenge since it reminded me to slow down and notice things around me.

I probably won't stop taking random pictures, since I enjoy it so much.  But I definitely would recommend taking 30 Day Challenges that make you look beyond what you usually do.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 29: Lesson Plan

Today, I had to create a lesson plan to turn in to the Sexuality Education Certification Series.  It is a way for facilitators to know that we had learned something.

Today was the last day of our training.

I am officially certified to teach a sexuality curriculum!

Today, I also updated my resume.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Day 27: New Brain Wrinkle

These last 2 weeks of June are all about training.

Last week it was all training for the summer camp, including a bogus training on bullying.  This week it's all about getting sex educator certified, and the end of the week is the beginning of the summer camp.

I feel like this might be a cop out...but I do feel like I've created some new tiny brain wrinklies.

So that's what I'm claiming for today.  The image below is from a printout of an actual MRI of my brain, which I got from doing an experiment 6 years back.  I bet I have more wrinklies now!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Simple Pleasures Sunday and Day 19: A New Appreciation

I've always been a sunset kind of girl.  Having lived on the West Coast for most of my life, spending full days at the beach, you get an amazing appreciation for the sunsets.

After long days of working, the sunset signals a glorious end and a time for rest.  Sometimes it's a beautiful light show that plays off the clouds and the atmosphere (in the case of L.A, it would interact with the smog).

But after having to wake up at the butt-crack of dawn to make it to bootcamp, and with the days getting longer, the sunrises have grabbed my attention.  I'd have to say that I definitely have a new appreciation for sunrises, one that I have never had before.  Though, I'm still not a fan of waking up early, the sunrise makes it better.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Day 17: Tosies of the Month - June 2011

It was time.  Desperately so.

I needed to remove myself from completing the necessary hours to make my way to the nail salon.  Since I was around the downtown area, I quickly ran to get my first mani/pedi before heading to another appointment.
Designed by Dan at Jade Nail Salon, Boston, MA
Color: OPI - Mermaid Tears
Occasion: Self-care and wedding
June 2011

I've been wanting to get me some of that color on my toes for a while! The color is part of the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides series.  I was very happy to see it in this nail salon.

Though it's not a color I would chose if it hadn't had that particular name.  However, it is a great summer color.

The was designed by a another male nail technician.   They tend to get quite creative, huh?

Here are some samples he had on his desk.

Exotic, no?

Still, I was feeling so relaxed, and extremely happy knowing that all I have to worry about tomorrow is a social event.  So relaxed that I barely even used the massager on the chair.

Yay for happier (and better) toes!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Day 16: I'm Still Here

Trying not to get lost in the
shuffle of day to day.
Adjusting to what I was told
was the right thing to do,
still holding on to the hope
of stability.
Trying to find my way in
my own way.
Knowing that choices still exist
even when there are none,
I'm still here looking for
the rest of me.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Day 13: Pick Me Up

It's been about half a month since I've been able to properly sleep in without having to work or go to a training or go to bootcamp...or...or...or...


I'm pretty exhausted.  I mean, it's great and all, what with getting paid.  But I would love to sleep in and wake up and do abso-freakin'-lutely nothing.

As of right now, the next time I'll be able to sleep in and not worry about having to do anything that day is the 26th.

The 26th, y'all.

13 more days. brain hurts just thinking about that.

Luckily, there's coffee.
Starbucks at Boston's City Hall Plaza
June 13, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

Day 10: Lifting the Lorax

The Lorax is by far my favorite Dr. Seuss story.  It always has been, and it always will be.

"I am the Lorax! I speak for the trees!"

When I was younger, I really truly believed that truffula trees existed somewhere once. 

Like the Lorax, I feel like I will speak for something until change is made.  But even the Lorax knows when to take himself elsewhere.  Sometimes it takes hitting the bottom to be able to lift yourself up from it.

I took this picture at a school where I was interviewing for a potentially full-time permanent job.  And I learned today that I didn't get that position.

But truth be told, knowing that they were considering making me an offer created more anxiety for me.  It was really similar to the previous program in that it was working with K-8 schools; however, it's located in a more stable (read: wealthier) party of the city.

I should have jumped at this offer, right?  But I didn't.  I didn't because I had already agreed to do full time hours at the summer program, and I was feeling anxious about suddenly going back on that agreement.

But on this same day, I also was given an opportunity to be trained as a certified sex educator.  Certified.  It's something I've wanted for a long time.  I jumped at this opportunity.

I feel like something is happening.  I'm trying to really figure out who I want to be in this world, what kind of Lorax I want to be.  And the opportunities are finally making their way through the smog.

I just have to lift myself through it.

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