I extremely loved the chapters where she talks about achieving your goals. And she gives helpful tips and tricks for setting smarter goals. When I saw she was going to cover setting smart goals, I was almost afraid I’d be reading everything I’ve read about smart goals. I’ve read a lot about them, but was happily surprised to find so much more in this book. The goals section was AMAZING!
Man, there are so many things to keep track of as an adult. Bills, taxes, saving your money so you don’t live paycheck to paycheck like you did in college, looking the part so people take you seriously, and how to handle taxes or even build good credit. It seriously seems like magic. A bit mystical. As if we are supposed to just know it as soon as we get the adult card.
I’ve got you! I know how you feel!
I recently put out a question on social media that went along the lines of:
I’m currently doing some research for a blog post series I’m doing. “What do you wish you’d been given as a guidebook on for adult-ing?”
And I got a lot of answers from followers. So I thought I’d write a blog series on this. Because I feel like there should be a guidebook that is given to us as soon as we enter adulthood. And sure, we might know some of it or have a just of it, but knowing how to really succeed as an adult is kinda left out in college.
I’m Not Talking About Penny Bank Saving Like You Did When You Were A Kid
I know I’ve talked with people who wish they had started saving earlier. The earlier you begin, the more you’ll be able to save. And I really wish I’d started out earlier with my savings. I just didn’t take it seriously.
But now, looking back in hindsight, you can see what you wish you’d done differently.
Let’s be done with “Wishing” and do something that will actually make a difference now and in your future.
Okay… so, if you haven’t noticed it yet. We have a problem in this generation. It’s a social media problem. We spend way too much time on our technology. I was recently having a conversation with one of my friends about this. Like we didn’t even know this problem 20 some years ago, because we didn’t grow up with smart phones and texting (At least I didn’t.)
We waste so much time online, on our phones, and on social media.
Actually in a recent study, they found:
“American adults spend more than 11 hours per day watching, reading, listening to or simply interacting with media, according to a new study by market-research group Nielsen.”
We were just abroad in South Africa. And it was so nice. And muchly needed. I’m so thankful we had a chance to go for two weeks.
While there, I also had the chance to work. How many jobs allow you to sign in from another country? Not many, right?
What To Know Before Teaching ESL Abroad
There are a few things you’ll want to make sure you look into, to prepare for teaching in another country.
Here are the things I’d recommend you do before traveling:
Reach out to VIPKID to make sure the platform is supported.
Make sure the place you are staying will have a sturdy internet. To check this have them do an Internet Speed Test. We used this Speed Test. We just had Johan’s parents send us a screen shot of it. If you are trying to find a hotel or Airbnb, I recommend asking them for a speed test. From other teachers, I’ve heard that staying at Airbnbs are actually better with the internet than hotels are. But you can teach from hotels too. Just make sure the internet is good.
Have a backup for incase the internet gets dodgy. I have an Iphone 10. When we checked with Verizon, they told us I could just get a sim card from a provider there in South Africa and then use that instead of using their travel plan. By the way, to check into this about your sim card and phone, I’d recommend calling Verizon. They know much more than the people in store. (The lady I asked in store told me not to put another sim card in there. She didn’t know. Since I’ve traveled a lot, I knew you can but had to check on the specifics of the country.)
Test your tech. I decided the night before flying that I’d teach from my iPad.
In February, I read a bunch of books. It also probably helped because we were on vacation and at times didn’t have power, so reading was a nice way to relax. It really is such a nice way to unwind from a busy schedule. I decided that I’d read more often.
In the last two months, I’ve woken up earlier than I have every morning than I probably have in my life time!
Normally, I like sleeping in until my body wakes me up. Which is around the 9-10am mark. Which is nice. But since starting my part-time ESL job, I’ve been waking up around 4:30-5am. I know what you are probably thinking… something along the lines of “Girl, there’s no way!!”
I’ve never been much of a morning person, but this is me REALLY early in the morning. My teaching schedule has changed up my waking schedule.
For the longest time, I’ve really wanted to do the Miracle Morning. I’ve read the book.
You’ve heard of Hal Elrod’s book, right? It’s so good. And I totally see how having that kind of morning routine would totally set you up for success.
For this “What I’m Working On” post, I just wanted to chat about getting back into focus after traveling.
Johan and I had an amazing time in South Africa with his family. We had a great time. Ate some wonderful food and made some fun memories. I was able to teach and all while load shedding.
If you aren’t from South Africa or have never traveled there, you probably have no idea what that is. Load shedding, is basically when your power goes out and it won’t come back on until they turn it back on. I was once told that why they do load shedding, is because they transfer the electricity to another area of the city or to another city. I know, it makes no sense!
Earlier this week, I was on a girl’s trip with my sister and a good friend from college. It was fun!
Now, I’m back home with Johan and Loki. Man, did we miss our little cat. It’s the longest we’ve been away from him.
While I was away, I was able to really focus. It was muchly needed. These are some things I found out:
Figured out I need to start saying no to things that don’t push me toward my ultimate dreams and goals. Because when you say yes to things, you are saying no to other things.
I need to read more often. While in South Africa, I read around 4-5 Books in 2 and a half weeks. They were all about writing and publishing. And a few fiction books.
I NEED to get in better shape. So starting this week you’ll find me at the gym every day of the week.
It feels so good to write again. I got reacquainted with my dreams and wrote while in South Africa. I did a traveling project called “Little Stories” which I wrote a tiny story on an index card every couple days. I’ll share more on this project soon!
Here’s a sneak peak into this project. I’d take a picture with the index card I wrote, every day. You can check out the pictures on Instagram, as I’d post them on there.
I’m so excited we were able to go to South Africa and that I was able to spend last weekend with my sister and college friend, but it really feels nice to be home now!
“I Hate Giveaways!” Said No One Ever!
To get everyone excited and pumped, I’m hosting a giveaway! You aren’t going to want to miss out!! I’ll share more in the next blog post. To get a jumpstart on winning, all you have to do is sign up for the newsletter. Everyone who is signed up will also receive other fun goodies from me. I’ll share more on that soon too!! For winning, you’ll get a whole bag full of physical goodies! You’ll get:
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
A Subtle Tanning Lotion (smells like coconuts and will help this winter get over quicker… or at last feel shorter.”
I get asked a ton of questions about what I do when teaching ESL online to Chinese students. I thought I’d put together a post with all the top questions I’ve received and my answers.
Let’s Begin… Here Are The Answers
Q: Is it tutoring English? What is it that you do?
A: I teach ESL (English as a second language) to Chinese students.
Q: Do you have to work a certain number of hours per week?
A: This is what I love about this job. You set your own schedule!! Basically you set the days and times you can work and can’t! It’s totally up to you! There is a schedule that you set the days and times that work for you. And then the parents book your time slots. And then you teach them.
Q: Do you have to be available at certain times?
A: You teach Chinese students, English on their time. Which means, I usually get up around 4:30am and teach from 5-8am. Then I’m done with teaching work for the day. But if you prefer evening hours, you can teach in the evenings (which would be their mornings!) You work as an independent contractor and teach on their platform which is a lot like Skype, but shows their lessons (which are already put together in slides) so you don’t have to prep lessons! You log on and the student logs on! And then you teach!
Q: How do you get paid?
A: They pay you in US dollars once or twice a month. You get to choose which you’d rather like. I get paid twice a month and make about $2,000 a month.
Q: I signed up. now what’s the next step?
A: After doing the demo video, you’ll have to prepare two lessons that are provided to you! They will email you.
From there, you’ll set up a mock class! Now that you got the congratulations email, you’ve made it past the hardest part!
When you log into the teacher portal, you’ll find a calendar where you can set up your mock class.
You’ll also find the lessons to practice for your mock class, on that same page!
Q: What is the mock class like?
A: The mock class is where a teacher mentor will act like a 5-year old Chinese student with minimal English knowledge. They will basically give you pointers and grade you on your teaching. Then they share tips and tricks for becoming better. This can be taken as many times as you need to!
Some pointers for the mock class and for teaching:
1. Use TPR (total physical response) – hand gestures and acting out words. Like cupping your ear when you want your student to respond to your questions. 2. Use props like stuffed toys, puppets, and flash cards! 3. Smile a lot! 4. Talk slower than normal 5. Decorate your classroom. With color and fun posters.
Q: Did you pass the mock class right away?
A: Nope, I didn’t. I had to take it a few times. But it’s nice to know that once you are done with the video and get an invitation to do a mock class, you are in. You just have to pass the mock classes when you do them. Q: Is the mock class done using their computer software or is it skype?
A: The mock will be done using their computer software. It’s super easy to use. It’s an online classroom and there is a spot available where the powerpoint slides show up with the lesson and you can see their face. And they can see you. It’s pretty cool!
Want To Give Teaching With VIPKID A Try??
Want to work for VIPKID and make some extra income? I’ll help you through the application process when you sign up through my link!
After reading the section in Dani’s book, I decided that I want Johan and I to give this a try. We’ve decided to set this challenge up for the month of March or until our food runs out. Want to join us?
Figured it would be a wonderful way to get rid of everything and save money, while actually using the things we’d bought. Keep reading though, because there are still some items that we will allow ourselves to buy to finish some of the meals.
You must use all the food you have in your pantry before you decide to buy anything else.
You are allowed to buy food items that fall into the exceptions list, which are (some of these might be different for you and your family, but for us it would be): milk, meat, eggs, and veggies. The fresher items that we run out of quicker.
How To Begin The Challenge
1.) This is one of the most important steps: Go through your pantry and see what all you have.
I have a Google Sheets Spreadsheet open to track what we had. I wrote out all the different food groups I had like:
Those are just a few of the categories we had. But as I went through each shelf, I organized it and then also wrote it down in my spreadsheet. The spreadsheet is now filled with all the food items we have in our pantry.
When we use an item from the spreadsheet list, I’ll end up editing the spreadsheet again so that it does not include that item any longer.
2.) Set up a weekly menu with the items you have on your spreadsheet.
Be sure to take note of any “exceptions list” food items you might need to get from the store. And I’d recommend making this menu at the beginning of the month and having your “exceptions list” made then too so you don’t have to visit the grocery store too many times a week. Because that’s annoying.
Honestly, I hate going to the grocery store. It’s such a time waste. You go in and end up wasting a ton of time.