Friday, October 26, 2012

Teach Me to Teach

In high school my friends would always tell me that I should be a "Home Economics" teacher.  Hearing the people I love tell me that I should be a teacher, kind of hurt me at the time.  I thought to myself "do you people think that the highest thing I can aspire to be is a teacher?".

I came up to Utah State with grand intentions of completing my prerequisite classes for a Dental Hygiene program.  As I began taking Human Physiology I could tell that no matter how much I had loved my internship at a Dental office and how much I looked forward to having a professional career, there was absolutely no way I would be able to suffer through so many classes that I didn't enjoy and often made my stomach do somersaults.  I decided that Dental Hygiene wasn't for me and suffered through my first semester of college taking classes that I didn't enjoy.

A couple semesters went by and I had no clue what I might want to do with the rest of my life.  As I sat in my Dress and Humanities class I realized just how much I loved my home economics classes and how many of my favorite sewing, cooking, child development, ect. teachers truly had made a difference in my life.  I decided one winter morning that I too wanted to make a difference in the lives of teenagers.  I always knew that I wanted to help people and being a teacher seemed like the perfect way to inspire and mold young minds.

I aspire to be a teacher!  I am so excited to be able to be in a classroom and make a difference in lives.  I hope not only to be a respected teacher and authority figure but to be someone that my students can trust and confide in.  I hope to do for my students, what my teachers did for me.

And thus I complete my assignment for Tech Tools for Teachers

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Taken Aback- Part 4

To this day I still don't know if A.B. looked over his shoulder as he walked into the business building, I was much too determined to keep my eyes focused on the dorms ahead of me and now that it's been close to a year ago I find it hard to care.  I can't believe a whole year has passed since the two of us came in contact with each other; a lot has happened since then.  There is a large part of me that wishes I could travel back to the time when I typed out my first reply and yell at myself not to hit the seemingly innocent enter button.  The other part of me, the reasonable part, is so grateful that and blessed because of that one moment.

A.B. was in class and I was home in my apartment, laying on my bed exhausted, reviewing the awkward situation that had just happened.  Before meeting A, I had told myself that if he didn't like me one we met that it would be okay.  To me it seemed that A.B. didn't like me, and I definitely was not okay with it!  I had begun to like his personality and after seeing him in person I knew I was attracted to him.  But don't worry, I had just blown any opportunity that I might have had with him.

He must have been bored, or maybe I had made a better impression then I thought, but as my phone vibrated and I saw that it was from A.B. my spirits lifted.  He didn't say "it was good to meet you" or anything of that nature, but instead he commented on how boring his class was.  We chatted the night away  about silly unimportant things and there was no need to worry about the encounter earlier that day.

Not long after we met, maybe a couple days, A.B. randomly called me.  I answered the phone with a little hesitancy.  It was obvious that he was slightly out of his comfort zone but we managed some small talk and then he asked!  "Kelsey, are you doing anything this Saturday?"  Well I was planning on washing my hair, doing some homework and painting my nails.  Even if I had been doing something I would have gladly canceled my plans to go on a date with A.  I casually play things off not wanting to seem overeager but I gladly accept his offer.  A.B. and I will be going out on Saturday for ice cream!  I hang up the phone and all that I have left to do is patiently wait.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

It's Raining Men: Part 1- Pity Party

Sometimes I am compelled to sit down and write about what is going on in my life; right now is definitely one of those moments!  Is it possible for life to be so crazy, stressful and wonderful as my life is right now? Well obviously if it's happening in my life then it is possible.  And so we begin.

Back in January I remember having a really rough day.  It was a Sunday and while the day had been great everything in my life decided to blow up around 9pm.  I'm not going to keep it a secret that I had been a little depressed that there didn't seem to be any guys that were interested in dating me.  Each night I prayed that one day I would have opportunities to meet new guys and that I was 100% willing to wait on the Lord for him to prepare me in due time.  I knew that through my faith and willingness to turn my life over to him that I would be blessed.  Nightly I would tell the Lord that my life was in his hands and that I would go and be willing to do whatever he needed me to do.

That night in January I broke down.  Someone had made the comment that people know not to cross me and almost implied that people were scared of me.  I was hurt.  Silently sitting on my bed with tear stained cheeks I poured my heart into my journal.

January 29, 2012: I'm not feeling very good about myself, i'm gaining weight and have been feeling a lack of spirituality in my life.  I have no self control when it comes to eating, I can't seem to tell myself no.  I always find myself trying to make a commitment to eat healthy or to stop eating until dinner but then I break my commitment.  I'm very frustrated and disgusted with myself.  I understand that my weight doesn't determine my happiness, because i'm always happy, in a general sense.  Maybe life is just hard."

"No one is interested in ME, and while i'm okay being single it would be nice to get asked out of to have someone come over to visit.  Last night I realized that people are scared of me... In a way.  My roommate made some comment about how people should know not to cross me or make me angry.  It kind of hurt.  I feel that people in Pine View don't know the side of me that would do anything for someone, instead people always seem to see me as being blunt, honest and maybe even a little rude.  I don't mean to be that way."

"I know deep in my heart that one day a guy will value those qualities, but i'm worried it will be later rather  then sooner.  I really do want to get married... eventually; when the time is right."

Oh, poor Kelsey!  What a pitiful rant!

Monday, January 2, 2012

100 Things

Here is list of 72 thing I would like to do sometime in my life.  I made this list quite a while ago so i've managed to complete a few of them, but I hope to get the list to 100 things before my birthday in May.  They aren't in any specific order but I hope to cross off as many as I can within the next couple years. 

1. Take a road trip with just my closest friends
2. Dance on top of a bar
3. See a Broadway musical on Broadway
4. Dye my hair... with permanent dye August 22, 2011-- with Morgan Dorcheus 
5. Get a 4.0
6. Jump off a waterfall
7. Run a half marathon
8. Bake and decorate a wedding cake August 5,2011 Caisa and Garrett Shoop
Not exactly the cutest but it was my first wedding cake and I had never practiced before.  What really matters is that the Bride and Groom loved it. 
9. Start my own business
10. Visit the Sacred Grove
11. Find the perfect cupcake recipe
12. Throw a surprise birthday party
13. Get married
14. Pull an all night study session
2 am and feeling fine!
Attempt number 1 November 21-22, 2011. 
Writing a ten page paper for English 2010 due at noon on the 22nd. I laid down on the couch at 3:00, fell asleep around 3:30 and the alarm went off at 6.
15. Visit every continent (minus Antarctica)
16. Graduate college with a BS
17. Cook Italian food in Italy
18. Kiss in the rain
19. Drive a convertible
20. Bake a souffle 
21. Be a bridesmaid 
22. Bake a killer Thanksgiving dinner
23. Design a wedding dress
24. See Big Ben
25. Stay in bed all day long on a day i'm not sick
26. Read the Book of Mormon in one month
27. Finally complete Pride and Prejudice
28. Do humanitarian work in another country
29. Build a blanket fort and watch General Conference in it
30. Have a water fight in the middle of the house
31. Ride in a horse drawn sleigh
32. Make someones bridal bouquet 
33. Get in a flour fight while baking
34. Go streaking (probably won't happen... EVER)
35. Hit the slots 
36. Shake an apostles hand
37. Go skinny dipping High School-- Torie Barlow's Pool 
38. Get proposed to by a drunk guy... or girl. 
39. Design another stage costume
40. Fall in love
41. Naked Saturday... or Sunday?
42. Buy a designer handbag. 

July 29, 2011 Juicy Couture 
43. Own a pair of designer shoes
44. Watch the sunrise with someone I love
45. Host a formal dinner party
46. Have a romantic winter campfire up the canyon 
47. Give birth to a watermelon sized object (child)
48. Read 12 books in a year
49. Get a Master's Degree just for the heck of it
50. Marry the love of my life... or at least someone I think is kind of alright ;)
51. Buy a house
52. Kiss a stranger
53. Teach someone to read
54. Sleep under the stars
55. Anonymously give a large amount of money to a charity
56. Participate in the Festival of colors
57. Lose a desired amount of weight on purpose
58. Play matchmaker 
59. Knit a rad awesome scarf and give it away
60. Be a vegetarian for a month
61. Go without sweets for a month
62. Give blood
63. Host a costume party and dress up as something fabulous 
64. Spend Christmas doing work for charity
65. Make my own pasta
66. Buy lunch for a homeless person
67. Leave a love note on someones windshield 
68. Send flowers to someone just because I can
69. Go to the Ballet
70. Listen to every song on my iPod without pressing skip
71. Leave a letter for myself in a library book and look for it in 10 years

As of this moment I can't think of any more but you better believe that I will post them when I do. 

72. Participate in Black Friday for my Aunt Vickie
Thanksgiving 2011
Jason and I went out and did some Black Friday shopping this year. Walmart started their sales at 10pm on Thanksgiving so that was our first stop.  We decided to conquer and defeat!  I went to the movies and Jason stayed at the video games.  It was crazy!  People pushing, grabbing and bodies packed together like sardines.  In the end I came out victorious and Jason did not.  I managed to get 15 good movies!

What are some things that are on your bucket list?