Tuesday, December 21, 2010

We are moving to Prague!!!!

It is OFFICIAL! Stu and I are moving to Prague this March!

How did this come about you ask?

A of couple weeks ago while Stu was on jury duty he met a guy who worked all over the world as a whitewater rafting tour guide. Stu called me, excited, right after he had met him. "That's what we should do! We find a way that we can work and travel at the same time."

For some time we have been fed up with our job situations. Stu has been working at the same company for the past three years since he graduated from college. I have been living at home with my parents, in and out of crappy jobs since I graduated from college almost two years ago. We are both are ready for something new, challenging, and exciting.

We had talked about different ideas before such as using all of his savings to travel the world, and then decided that probably wasn't the best idea. Then I had planned on going back to school for Occupational Therapy because I couldn't get a decent job with a marketing degree. We both talked about getting out of Boise and going somewhere else, but we didn't really know what to do or know how to do it.

So after talking about it some more and doing research on different ways to work abroad we decided that we are going to teach English abroad!

 English teachers are in high demand and all you need to have is a bachelor's degree and a TEFL certification. So to get our TEFL certifications we will be going through a program in Prague that is respectfully named TEFL Worldwide Prague. After reading testimonials, blogs, message boards, and reviews, we found that TEFL Worldwide Prague seems to be best one out there. The program is four weeks long and is supposedly very intense and challengingly... but once we are done we will know how to teach English AND be able to teach English virtually anywhere in the world!

Prague (Praha in Czech) is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. It is one of the only cities standing today not to be bombed during WWII. All of the buildings and everything that stands today has been around since the 15th century. We can't believe that we are going to live there together!

More than likely, we will not stay in Prague after the course, although we plan to still in the Czech Republic since it is so centrally located and much more inexpensive than other European countries. Our goal is to find teaching jobs within smaller cities of the C.R. One of the cities we have researched is Brno (pronounced Bur-no), the second largest city, located in the southeastern part of the Czech Republic.

We feel this is the best time to do this while we are still young with nothing holding us back. We are so excited for the journey we are about to embark on! We can't wait! It will definitely be challenging but with challenge comes reward. I hope to develop my self-confidence and find my true passion in life. Who knows, I may love teaching and make that my career! or we may love Europe so much that we may never come back! We can only embrace what's to come... :)

Na shledanou!
(See you later! in Czech)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Spinach kind of day

Spinach, carrots, two eggs, tomato, cucumber, basil and fat free caesar dressing
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Monday, October 11, 2010

A Jumbled Reflection.

After graduating college over a year ago, I have been searching for a job to lead me in a successful direction. I have held about six or seven jobs from July 2009 to present, each lasting only a few months at the most. It has been a challenge because Boise's economy was hit hard and jobs here are scarce.There just aren't the same kind of jobs here that you would find in a big city like Seattle or Chicago.

For the past 2-3 months I have been working at the Boise Chamber of Commerce filling in for a girl on maternity leave. I am thankful that this is a temporary job because I cannot stand working at a desk in front of a computer all day. I will not work in a cubicle for another minute of my life! I look at this as a blessing in disguise to show me what I don't want to do. 

I have struggled in many different ways since I moved here. Trying to find a meaningful, respectable job. Discovering my true passions and values. Spending a lot of time alone. Making (not making) "real" friends. I have an amazing boyfriend and parents here that I am extremely thankful for. But my life is not complete without a close group of friends or a job that I am passionate about that allows me to be independent.

I love change, new experiences. I think it's because I get bored easily. However, I've found that too much change does not allow for growth and success. The people who stick things out and don't give up when the going gets rough are the ones who succeed. It is a fact of life that I give up too easily. I don't stick things through. If I don't like something or find it too difficult, I quit. If I keep going down this road of quitting everything I start that is going to get me NOWHERE. I must identify the things that drive me to succeed and what I am passionate about and put my focus on those.

I know now that I need to work one-on-one with people in a position where I feel as if I am making a difference in other people's lives. It is also very important to me to be respected for the work that I do and that I am able to SEE that I am truly helping others.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Sabotaging Happiness

Why do we sabotage our own happiness? There are so many times that I have worked so hard for something, only to give up on achieving that goal or vision, in turn sabotaging my own happiness. This has been a constant theme in my life and I want to conquer this.  

I am ready to live healthfully, mindfully, and happily. This blog is to help me live mindfully without sabotaging my happiness...

I want to start achieving the goals I set for myself. I want to stop giving up when times are tough. I want to push through things and show myself and others that I can achieve anything and be successful. I want to inspire others with my success. I want to be a role model and act on what I believe in, not giving in to peer pressure and external influences. For example, tonight I ate three pieces of pizza and chex mix even though I was not hungry at all. I let myself go and didn't listen to my body. My emotions said "eat the pizza! it will make you feel good!" and my body said "don't eat, you're not hungry!" I need to "feel" my body and learn to take cues from it. 

If my body does not feel hungry than I should not eat. My mind/emotions are the real ones that needed fed by something other than food. I think by listening to my body it will make my mind stronger. I just need to listen to my body and not my mind. Take a moment. Write down my feelings. A breather... Relax. I turn to food when I am anxious - mostly bored, need to get out of house, go for a walk, bike ride, something is irritating me. Mostly, I am very easily influenced and just need to say no when I am around food that I know I should not eat.

I will not sabotage my own happiness by being mindless in my thoughts and actions. ~ Me

So here goes... Tomorrow I start blogging/taking pictures of what I eat. Tomorrow I will begin living mindfully in all areas of my life.