just 10 things

  1. WOODSON, TEXAS: I’m from this town of 296, where my dad is the superintendent of the one school, which my brother and I started going to in kindergarten; we both graduated from WHS – and I only had seven people in my class. My mom was my sixth grade teacher and still teaches there – and I teach there now, too. No, we didn’t ride horses to school (I don’t even own a pair of boots.), but yes, I love this safe and comfortable home.
  2. WRITING: I remember asking my parents to buy me a tablet to write stories in when I was so young that some of my peers couldn’t even write complete sentences yet. English was always my favorite class in school, and I created my school’s newspaper and started contributing to my county’s weekly paper. I went on to major in journalism and write for publications like Austin Home, New York Resident and Us Weekly and cover events such as SXSW and New York Fashion Week. See where I’m currently writing via my online portfolio!
  3. AUSTIN, TEXAS: I attended the University of Texas at Austin and can still hardly believe I graduated from such an esteemed school. Though I’m away from ATX right now, I’ll be back, because I love it all: Alamo Drafthouse, Cathedral of Junk, Spiderhouse, Greenbelt, The Domain, Kerby Lane, Toy Joy, SoCo, the Veloway – See a complete list of my faves here😉
  4. MOVIES: I’ve always said my favorites are “A Walk to Remember the Titans”, combining two that I love. My family and I loveee going to the theater (mainly for popcorn and previews, amiright?), and if a movie can freak me out (in a scary or mind-blowing way (like “Predestination”…WaTcH!), I love it even more.
  5. FASHION: I always joked that when I die, I want to be cremated and spread around a mall, because I can’t get enough of new trends, window displays, glossy magazines, fashion blogs, “Project Runway”, fashion boards on Pinterest and buying new accessories/outfits!
  6. TRAVEL: I am used to making 28-hour drives to different states and have visited over half of them – and maybe a third of the baseball parks in the U.S. The only places I’ve visited internationally are Cologne, Germany, and Playa del Carmen, Mexico (loved both…can’t wait to see morrre).
  7. CATS: I’ve probably owned about 75 cats, but right now, my husband and I are happily raising Catalina Crookshanks. I’ve also adopted a polar bear, and penguins = mine and Tommy’s spirit animals. Fourth fave animal = unicorn;)
  8. GLITTER: Everything is better with glitter (just look at this blog title and/or ask Ke$ha;)
  9. LOVE: I really really really do try to show love to all – why wouldn’t you? We’re all stuck on this rock together, so be nice/spread peace! Thankfully, it’s super easy to love my loved, because gawww, they’re amazing…like tooooo good to me.
  10. LIFE: Speaking of being on this rock together, remember that it’s all about balance and perspective and blooming where you’re planted and being the best you can be and breathing and finding your passion/sharing it with others and being you and laughing until you cry!
    • Balance: You will have amazing moments of triumph and happiness, as well as horrible moments of stress and sadness. Through it all, you can eat chocolate when you’re sad and happy and dream about the future while still making the most of the present. Everything in moderation, with your head on straight.
    • Perspective: When those sad moments occur, try try try to find the silver lining. Know that everyone deals with loss. And when you’re overjoyed, know that there’s a time for everything, and even good things must come to an end. ALSO, I say these mantras over and over, but I just decided to change this one to “bird’s-eye view”, so that they all start with “B”!
    • Bloom Where You’re Planted: How many times have I blogged about this? My high school English teacher drilled this into my brain, and now, I have it hung in my house and sneak it into my English lessons. You are where you are. Will you always be there? Probably not – since we’re always in a state of motion, with moves and career changes and marriage and etc. So wherever you are and wherever you end up, do your best in that very place.
      • ALSO, I’ve written a good deal about this state of motion: I used to say that life was all about waiting – We wait in lines and drive-thrus. We wait for our alarms to go off, our coffee to brew…for work to start and then be over…then wait until it’s time for dinner, bed and it all to start again.
      • Recently, however, I’ve been thinking that it’s all about change, too; my bff and I feel like we’re always…well…waiting for the next big thing! As we wait and move forward, we encounter these big life events, such as graduating college, finding a full-time gig, getting married, buying a house and having kids. I guess it isss exciting that there’s always something to look forward to…It just seems like the in-between (the “upside-down” I – and other “Stranger Things” fans – may call it) time is just…there – and this time of limbo just flies by!
      • So enjoy those little moments that do make you laugh until you cry, which can be filled with things as simple as going for a walk, stretching as you get out of bed, cuddling with your cat and this.
    • Be The  Best You Can Be: The Woodson ISD motto is a good one, and it’s simple (So why do we complicate things?): Be the best human you can be. Do your very best at every single thing you do. Period. Yay.

P.S. – Happy six-year dating anniversary to my husband, Thomas Wayne Baze. ❤

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*The following bold points are from EliteDaily.com. The following italicized comments are my thoughts on the topics – thoughts that are definitely pertinant to a 20-something getting ready for one of her favorite times of the year, her HOMEtown’s HOMEcoming.*

Everything is temporary.

I’ll try not to get too philosophical, but perspective may be one of the most important things out there. No matter what subject you’re on or who you’re talking to, you need to remember that the car you drive, the job you have, the place you live, even the people around you…It’s/We’re all just a flash on this rock, here one day then moving over for the next few generations.

Take-Away Thought: Stay grounded. Be happy. Stay positive. Be grateful for what you have, without complaining about what you don’t.

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The time you spend in your 20s is arguably the most influential in regards to your future self.

ICYMI, I’m a first-year teacher; part of me feels like I’ve been out of college forever, while I remember sitting in the very high school classroom I teach in just yesterday! I hear my students gripe about how hard tests are or how stressful boyfriend/girlfriend relationships are, and I remind myself that within, say, Jane Doe’s own little bubble, the grammar test she’s struggling to pass may actually be the hardest thing in her life right now. In 10 or 30 or 48 years, she’ll have different struggles, and each one will be awful while she’s going through them, yet seem small and maybe even dumb when she looks back on them.

High school is an important time in a student’s life, but I’m working to ensure kids that college and careers and families are right around the corner, and they need to think about who they’re becoming.

Take-Away Thought: If I went through major changes from the ages of 18 & 20 and 22 & 25, I’m anxious to see what’s next for me – and them and you!

It’s okay to outgrow friends.

The EliteDaily article I’m quoting mainly talks about how friends come and go – especially after high school. I can’t say who my students will stay friends with or who you love to hang out with, but I do know from personal experience that moves happen, kids come along, priorities change and life gets busy – and that’s okay! I still love every single person I went to school with and keep up with people I used to work with – even if I hardly ever see them.

Take-Away Thought: Like I mentioned in the first point, you need to be grateful for who/what you have and treasure the people who stand by your side through thick and thin.

We grow. We change. We have to. Change is the only constant in life. 

I may sound like a broken record, but I encourage everyone to see the world, read books, try new things, be open, stay educated and constantly evolve – another important aspect out there. If we all stayed the same, no new products or movies or ideas or concepts or medicines or generations would come.

Take-Away Thought: Make your New Year Resolution now; make a list of books to read, cities to see and activities to try!

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Everyone’s presence serves a purpose. 

As you think about these new things, as well as who/what is important to you, remember to find the good in it all. I’ll use seeing new cities as an example: You may get lost, you may not like this new place, and you may be sooo ready to get home – but at least you did it, and you never know when you may strike up a conversation with a cool new person about this place or write an entertaining blog about this trip. The same goes for people; a good business tip is to keep every business card you receive, because you never know who could end up being a future boss or potential investor…and you never know when you may fall in love with the person sitting next to you on the plane or befriend a student you have in class.

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transition into a deeper level of adulthood – and a smaller town

Sooo…a move happened…

…and I’ll jump right in with the hard facts, then trail on for a bit, using lots of commas, like I tend to do, explaining the logistics, which I hope you read, to understand it all…:)

I will be teaching at Woodson ISD. Tommy (my bf) is training. We live in Graham.

After graduating from UT and not landing a dream writing career, I enrolled in iteachTEXAS, an alternative program with classwork and a test (I took/passed the ELAR 8-12 test, meaning I’ll be the high school English teacher:).

I’ve had a couple of other interviews over the past couple of years, but this one worked out the best; a great rental house came open, a nearby gym has been looking for trainers (more details on this later), my teaching cert expires this year, and the familiarity with the school helps!

As I explained in my application and throughout my interview process, teaching in Woodson will be a dream come true; sharing knowledge with tomorrow’s leaders is a hard, inspiring, amazing thing, and to do that in the same building where I earned an education – the one that was my second home and prepared me for being a Longhorn, interning in NYC, covering Fashion Week & interviewing Ryan Gosling – wow.

I’m honored to take the position, and Tommy is excited to share his education/skills (His certs include CSCS, TRX & NCCPT, so you should hit him up if you want to lose weight or gain muscle or stay healthy or boost your mood:). And although we’re super sad to leave Austin, it will always be a home to us, and we’ll be back all the time.

Okay, if you made it this far…Congrats! I felt I needed to explain such a big life change – a big, exciting, crazy, awesome life change.

…but now the fun stuff…

I meant to post some of this last month, but now – lucky you – you get a recap of the past few weeks, such as:

-our going-away party, which included a July Fourth full of watering holes, BBQ and giant/outdoor/alternative pong

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-Tommy’s new biz, which allows him to travel to clients’ homes and gyms (in surrounding/great/little Texas towns), offering personal training through one-on-one and group sessions (Go like his Facebook page – He’s way too talented and passionate with this stuff!)

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-and our new house, in Graham, Texas, which we’re loving

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We both grew up in small towns and sort of knew we may move back to one in the future – and now, I guess, the future is here! I’m thrilled to start teaching (so much left to do in the next couple of weeks!), excited to be in my old stomping ground (missed some people/places!) and blessed to have a BFF that picked up and moved four hours away with me (so I’m also definitely looking forward to TB Str3ngth lifting off, too!).

Thanks for reading/Bye ’til next time, -bt