1. IF:Equip Hebrews study
Diving into this study from IF:Equip.com has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The scripture for each day is posted early in the morning. (Like, way early. I wake up at 4:45 ET to have my time in the Word.) It’s only been 7 days but I’ve been more at peace and I trust God so much more. Starting my day by letting my Heavenly Father speak truth into my heart through His never-changing, all-powerful Word has changed everything.
2. Tea on cold winter days
We’ve had some absolutely frigid days here in New Jersey this winter. Like, the temperature has been in the negatives when I get in the car in the morning to drive to work. I recently gave up on coffee, which is something I never though I’d say. Ever. But I called it quits one day after a killer 3-day stomachache from a much-too-sweet latte. Thus, I’ve been drinking tea in it’s place. I’ve always liked tea but I’m just now really starting to appreciate it. There’s just nothing quite like settling in on the couch with a book and a scalding hot cup of tea on a chilly weekend.
3. My students
My students drive me absolutely crazy. In a good way and bad way. They are quite a handful to say the least and most days it is only by the sheer grace of God that I have any amount of patience left at all. I love them though. I really honestly love them. They are the hardest group of kids I’ve ever worked with but teaching them is so worth it. The writing project we’re working on now has really made some of them who usually couldn’t care less now come completely alive. I love seeing that inspired spark in their eyes when they’re so invested in their work and so confident in their abilities. I always tell them how much I believe in them but now they’re starting to believe in themselves, and all the frustration is so totally worth it.
After crazy days in the classroom, working out is my happy place. It’s something that I need. On rest days I can actually feel the difference. I’m not as calm at the end of the day and I find myself anxiously waiting for the next day when I can get back into the gym. Exercise is a lovely, lovely thing. One of the loveliest of things.
5. Living at home
This is the one option I absolutely DREADED 4 years ago as I was trying to figure out my post-grad plans. But I have been so grateful for parents who would do anything to support me. I kind of took the long way around to figuring out what I’m supposed to do with my life and without the option to live at home I wouldn’t have been able to change careers, finish my Master’s degree and pursue the career path that I’m actually meant to be on. I’m starting to see that clearly now more than ever. Living at home is probably one of the most underrated post-college life paths but for me, it was just right.
Kelly is a 5th grade teacher in New Jersey. She loves dancing, Jesus, early mornings, the beach, and cares way more about her hair than she probably should. She spends most of her time in her classroom, at CrossFit, and fighting to strengthen her faith. Through her writing, she hopes to encourage those around her, especially girls and women, to embrace the person they’ve been uniquely created to be. You find more from Kelly on her on Twitter, Instagram, or on her blog!