Do you ever get the feeling that something is terribly wrong, and yet you can’t put your finger on it? Well then, you aren’t alone.

For the past week I have been stressed to the max, waking at 5, going to bed at 10 or 11, and working constantly. At my job, when I don’t have a client, I will use my breaks to do homework. It has been ridiculous.

Today, I realized that I am ahead in all of my classes except one, and I’m not behind on anything, I’m just more on time. I have been borderline killing myself for no real reason. And, the feeling is still there, like a weight on my heart. It’s a powerful emotion, and I wish it would take a hike.

There is so much going on in my life, that I’m having a hard time figuring out where to begin. So, I’ll start with some good news.

The teacher that I am studying under at Mayflower Middle School was the only English teacher in her school to get good reports back from FOCUS testing (mini benchmarks). Of all of her students, 78 percent of them scored either proficient or advanced in English. This is a beacon to her success. Good job. I really am blessed to be able to work under such a committed and wonderful teacher.

Yesterday, in my literature circle with five foreign exchange students, we had the most amazing conversation. We got onto the religion train because it was Ash Wednesday, and was able to explain some of the ideas of the Catholic culture to them. This discussion only grew, and they were all very interested. Our book didn’t get discussed as much as it should have, but we discussed religion in a completely cool and understanding environment. There was no judging or harsh words, just curiosity about the way others believe. It made a huge impact on me, and I walked away from class that day with a little more understanding about the Muslim population, and I hope that my students and friends had a better understanding of the Catholic faith that I now practice.

I have been so blessed over the past several weeks to come into contact with some of the most dedicated and open-minded individuals.

Also, in other news, this Lent season, I am giving up….

Chips and Salsa

Yeap, I’m doing it, and guess what else? I refuse to complain about it. Keep me in your thoughts readers. This Lent, I’m going to need happy thoughts and encouragement. Everyone knows how much I love my chips and salsa…

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