Monday, August 4, 2014

How to Stay Positive When You Don't Get the Job

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After a sleepless night, 3 days of seemingly useless preparation, and a half-assed early morning gym session, I successfully completed quite possibly the worst and most competitive interview of my life.


As the supportive yet cliche words "Don't be nervous", "Just be yourself", "You're going to do great", "Stay positive" from friends and family headlined in my mind, I completely blanked on the phrase "teacher evaluation system", and instead said "...teacher, teacher, ugh I lost my train of thought". If that wasn't a dead give away to my nervousness and lack of confidence I don't know what was.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

4 things you should know about teaching

Teaching is tough. It is one of the most underrated and underpaid jobs out there in my opinion. BUT as a teacher you are just as much a learner as your students are. You learn some cool and not so cool things about yourself from the way students and staff interact with you. Let's take a gander, shall we..?


Patience.
Ah patience. Much easier said than done. I always thought of myself to be a pretty patient person...until the classroom.

Your patience is tested day in and day out and you learn that, like most things in life, success takes time and instant gratification is a rarity.

A big reward for me was learning you can still look cool while keeping your cool. Yelling gets you nowhere...except maybe to CVS for some throat lozenges.



It's not personal. 
One of the most challenging yet favored lessons of all time: do not take ANYTHING personally. This not only goes for teaching, but any field you may be in.

Sometimes you get hired and sometimes you don't. Sometimes your efforts are noticed and sometimes they're not. Some days are made easy and some aren't. Sometimes adults are more difficult than kids and sometimes they're not.

Regardless of what happens, it's not you, it's them. Just kidding. But seriously...



Authenticity.
Even kids sense when you're being authentic and when you're faking it. Just like us, they can feel if you genuinely care or not.

When you take in interest in students' lives, they will take an interest in learning what you have to teach them, even if it's something as "simple" as staying quiet when the teacher is talking, (which, actually, isn't simple at all...ask any teacher).

If you brush a kid(s) off, you can bet your a$$ they'll brush you off the same way.


We're all teachers & we're all students. 
Whether you realize it or not, you're a teacher to those around you. Your actions, whichever you choose, are teaching people how they want to be, what they want to do, how they want to dress, etc.

It's a very powerful thing and with that said,


From the situations in which we have the opportunity to teach people, we are also learning about ourselves and each other.

If I didn't open myself to new ideas, I wouldn't be here in this moment, writing this article, trying to inspire people to find a love for life and a passion for living that I enjoy every day.

Be mindful of your words and actions and be open to receiving new information, you never know what it could do. After all, "knowledge is power".


Keep smiling,
Britt

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

sheer health: the BEST chocolate super smoothie


1 1/4 almond milk
2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
3/4 frozen banana 
handful of spinach (optional)
2 dates
scoop of almond butter
1 Tbsp. maca powder
scoop of chia seeds

Heaven in your mouth, boom.

Why is this considered a "super-smoothie"? 
Maca powder, derived from the Maca root used by ancient Peruvians, increases your energy, enhances your libido, and is a stress handler. It's also high in protein, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and many other vitamins and minerals. Order my favorite brand of Maca HERE.

Cacao powder contains antioxidants, (cancer fighting agents), fiber, "happy" alkaloids, magnesium, (great for athletes because it improves blood flow, muscle contraction, cardiac health, and aides your metabolism). Order cacao HERE.

Not only does this smoothie taste like a chocolate milkshake, but it's super nutritious for you. This is a certified superfood smoothie, if I do say so myself. Enjoy and let me know how you like it! :)


Keep smiling,
Britt

Monday, April 14, 2014

top 10 things to do in Hawaii

**Disclaimer: My top 10 is based on my personal opinion of Oahu and Maui. I have only been to the two.**


1. Watch the sunset at Sunset.

Located on the North Shore, packed with surfers, sunsets, and sea turtles...what could be better?


2. Hike the Kokohead stairs. 

Quite possibly my favorite thing in all of Honolulu. This was the most grueling and strenuous hike I've ever done, but I loved every minute of it. Ok, maaaaybe not every minute, let's just say I was very happy to make it to the bottom...alive.

3. Get a Hula...pie!

Trust me when I say it's worth every penny and calorie. Hula Pie is a tourist favorite and can be found at Duke's in Waikiki.


4. Grill on the beach.

We did this at Waimanalo beach, however it may be a good idea to grill on a beach where you can watch the sunset, aka the North Shore, ironically located on the west side of the island.


5. Island hop.

(Preferably to Maui!) Prior to visiting Maui I heard great things about this island, in addition to The Big Island, which we decided was too big for the amount of time we had. Here's a few sites to see:
  • Haleakala Crater (watch the sunrise, you'll need to wake up around 4am)
  • Hana Highway 
  • Black sand beach
  • Seven Sacred Pools


6. Visit Lanikai beach.


One of the most beautiful beaches I've ever been to. The Mokulua islands in the background make for the perfect photo shoot as exhibited above. :)


7. Hike to some tide pools

I hiked down to the tide pools by the Makapuu lighthouse, which was pretty neat. There's a lot of shimmy, shake, and balance involved but you should be alright. Wear good shoes and minimal clothing - gets pretty hot down there.


8. Be cheeky at Sandy's.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Hawaii...wear cheekys! I never thought I'd be one to expose my booty in such a way where I barely had tan lines due to the amount of coverage, or there lack of, that my bathing suit bottoms provided. However, it was quite liberating if I do say so myself and if you're a girl, I highly recommend investing in some cheekys. If you rock 'em at Sandy's beach or the North Shore, you'll fit right in! (This picture was actually at Lanikai).


9. See a waterfall.


...or 100. See as many waterfalls as possible. It's very Hawaiian. I liked Manoa Falls. There are also several hikes you can do once you get to the waterfall, which made it all the more enjoyable.


10. Visit the Kaneohe Bay sandbar. 


Now, I'm not positive, but I think you have to be with someone of military relation to get in on the action at this sandbar, but if you have the chance, definitely take it. There's this random, (but huge), sandbar, literally in the middle of the ocean and on the weekends military personnel and all their friends gather here for some fun in the sun. Though, there's not a beach, if you get tired of the knee high water you can lay out on the boat. Pretty rad.



Keep smiling,
Britt

Monday, March 24, 2014

sheer style: go eurown way


Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Sweater: H&M, Shirt: Free People, Jeans: Paige, Shoes: Target, Bag: H&M

I felt super European this day with my half-head bun, which is a popular trend among those Brits. I dig it. I can get down with the half-head bun for sure. Tell me what you think in the comments below: to bun or not to bun? I'd love to hear from you! Have a fab week everyone. 

P.s. the bag was $15 at H&M, $15!!!!! How crazy awesome is that?! 


Keep smiling,
Britt


Monday, March 17, 2014

4 signs you've met your match


Oftentimes we're not always 100% sure something is the best for us. Our minds fill with doubt and we always think twice with a constant inner dialogue of "what if". Though we may never be truly sure what's meant for us, the following are pretty good indicators. Whether it be in regards to your job, relationships, business ventures, hobbies, etc. when you've met something that is perfectly suited for you you'll know, and here's how...






1. It feels good
When you engage in things that are aligned with your purpose, morals, values, etc. you generally gain a sense of accomplishment, pride, respect, and/or significance. When something is good for you, it feels good to you. It's as simple as that.

2. It's easy
When you jive, you jive. There is no pressure to say or do the right thing because when you've found something that is meant for you, everything just works. There is no need to analyze every little detail. You are in a constant, natural flow of bliss.

3. You enjoy it

This can be applied to every aspect of our lives. When you do what you love, you'll love what you do.

4. You're 100% authentic
You don't overanalyze or second guess your word choice or seemingly minute decisions when it comes to what's meant for you. You can show your vulnerability, frustration, joy, fear, insecurity, etc. without any reservation. There is no fear of being judged because this is all for you, this is your moment. You speak your truth and you do it 100% authentically.


I hope this serves you in whatever endeavor you choose to engage. Take what you like, leave the rest and always remember the Uni-verse has your back. Great things are headed your way.


Keep smiling,
Britt

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

sheer style: attack of the aztec


Sweater: Forever21, Leggings: LuluLemon, Scarf&Tank: H&M, Boots: ALDO
Bag: Urban, Necklace: TwoButtons 

It snow wonder I haven't posted any spring trends with this weather...#sorryimnotsorry

Photo creds to my trooper of a mom. 


Keep smiling,
Britt






Monday, February 24, 2014

sheer style: mad hatter


Hat: BEBE, Shirt: H&M, Vest/Belt: Forever21, Jeans: Page, Bag: Urban Outfitters

Well, since this weather isn't warming up, either are my outfits. Enjoy! 

(Photo creds to my amazing mom, love you homegirl.) 


Keep smiling, 
Britt