These first few weeks of school have been great. Classes are going well, seeing my friends for the first time in 3 months is amazing, and watching the Women’s Soccer team come out on top for their first couple games is awesome. This school year starts a lot of firsts for me, as it does for everyone. We all have new classes, classmates, and some different professors. Whether we like these new changes or not we are stuck with them for at least these next 6 weeks or the rest of the semester. Each morning when I wake up I think to myself, “Who am I going to see today?”, “How do I want them to perceive me?”, or I think “Do I even care?” For a lot of us college students, I feel like we go through these questions constantly in our heads. Usually in the morning I am left with that question of “Do I even care?” and honestly I guess it just happens to depend on the who? and what? of the day. Who am I going to be running into? and What am I planning to do the rest of the day? Am I going to a nice dinner with friends tonight or am I just planning on working out after my classes?
This past Wednesday I started my first practicum. I was a little nervous going into it, not sure of what to expect. I was assigned to the Central Institute for the Deaf over in downtown St. Louis. I haven’t gotten the opportunity to explore that area of the city yet, so I was excited to be at the specific institution. Because it was my first day it was necessary to wear my business casual attire to my practicum. I wore a dress and flats, which was appropriate attire for the occasion. When I got to the room in which I was staying for the evening I realized that I would have to be on the floor playing blocks and dancing around with children the entire time. The teacher thanked me for being so well dressed, but confirmed with me for future references that I could where leggings and tights with my dresses, so that I could be more active with the activities.
I believe that it is a good thing to be prepared in your nicest and most appropriate attire for the first occasion in meeting someone or doing a new job. It is in that first impression that can make or break you. If you dress up on your first day wearing holes in your jeans and a tee shirt when that is clearly an inappropriate attire for the occasion, then it could reflect poorly on you. It could resonate the question to your employer of “Do they want to work here?” or “Does this person even care about having a job?” You don’t want your employers even be considering those questions. My advice on this topic… always look the best on your first day and set a good first impression. Even set good impressions throughout your semester at that practicum, class, or work office. Be that good looking example for others and care about how you express yourself to others when it really matters most. Be yourself, but be classy in the way you do it. <3
I’ll start off today by saying that my lost post did not resurface. :-( Note to self: do not leave papers at work ever again. I tried to recreate what I had written; hopefully it’s close to what I had before. At the very least, I added some lovely pictures that make this new post more interesting! You’ll find them below, between some of the paragraphs.
In the summer, I try to get up and run in the mornings, before the heat becomes sweltering. I like being in the fresh air and sunshine; it gives me energy and increases my positivity for the rest of the day. I should make a note here that my “running” is close to the speed of an elderly couple taking a walk. I am not at all a fast runner, but I prefer to use that term over “jogging,” which reminds me of fuzzy sweatsuits and workout videos from the 80’s. So running it is.
As morning temperatures begin to drop, however, I often start crawling back into bed instead of putting on my tennis shoes. I tell myself, “I’ll run this afternoon.” Later, when afternoon arrives, I realize that I’ll be at work until the sun goes down, and all motivation to exercise dissipates with the sinking sun. Sad day, right?
Some days, however, I say to myself, “It’s not that cold, you’ll be okay,” and I put on my shoes and go out anyway. And never have I regretted a morning run. Really, does anyone ever say “I wish I hadn’t exercised today?” Barring personal injuries, I would say no, that phrase does not exist. When I get myself out the door and start off down the sidewalk, I am able to enjoy all the fall colors swirling around my feet. St. Louis is so pretty this time of year, when all the leaves are changing and falling from the trees. I never get out as much as I plan to, but I’m grateful that I do get to several times each week.
Yes, I do stop to take pictures while I run. I know it defeats the purpose of exercising to be standing in the middle of the road with a camera, but I can’t miss the opportunity.
What do you like to do for exercise? Besides running, I’ve tried Zumba classes and yoga classes. Let me know if you have any interesting workout experiences to share!
Happy Monday, Everyone! Did you all have a great weekend? It was too short, I know. Weekends always fly by.
This past weekend, I was able to enjoy some of the fall activities available near St. Louis. I went apple and pumpkin picking on Sunday at Eckert’s Farm in Millstadt, Illinois. It’s a little bit of a drive from St. Louis, but I promise it’s worth it.
If you’ve never been to Eckert’s, you should know that they have three farms in Illinois. Each farm includes berry and apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and Christmas tree fields (I had never been to one of their farms before, but I did my research before going). You can pick your own seasonal produce and pay by the pound. The Millstadt farm also has a petting zoo and rides; it’s geared more towards families with small children.
I do not have small children, but still had a lot of fun. My boyfriend and I picked apples and pumpkins, fed deer and camels, and browsed the country store. I had to restrain myself from buying five different flavors of jam and fruit spreads . . . but I did buy a bag of kettle corn. Which is almost gone now (oops).
Have you ever fed a camel?
It’s scary business. They have huge lips that wiggle across your hand while they pick up carrots. I do not recommend it if you have ticklish palms.
My palms are not squeamish, but my brain is. I was overly concerned about camel saliva. Thank goodness I carry hand sanitizer!
We also managed to find a pair of good-looking pumpkins! They are still intact, but I am planning some intricate carving for mine. That should be coming up soon. If you haven’t had the chance to do fall things like picking out a pumpkin, you still have time! It’s a lot of fun, believe me.