Hi everyone! I’m so glad you decided to join me on my journey to discover the best version of myself. I’m going to warn you of one thing to start with – I tend to be a somewhat awkward writer, as I am a math person. So if my spelling or grammar isn’t completely correct, I apologize – putting things into words isn’t exactly my strong suit, but it is therapeutic. I’ll start with a little introduction of who I am and why I’ve decided to put my journey of rejecting ordinary into words.
My name is Kelly, and I’m 31 years old. (I’ll be 32 on Thursday!) I guess that means most people would consider me a “real adult,” but I don’t really feel like that’s accurate. I work with teenagers all day, as a middle school math teacher (although I teach high school level classes – Algebra 1 and Honors Geometry). I just finished year 10(!?!) of my educational career, having been a high school math teacher, a testing coordinator, and a math intervention specialist before returning to the classroom last fall. Working with teenagers, needless to say, has its very high highs and its very low lows. The students are the absolute best part of the job, and I’ve made it my mission to instill a growth mindset in them, when it comes to math and in every other aspect of their lives. Right now, I have just under 3 weeks left in my summer “vacation” – I use quotes because I have actually been doing several hours of work every day, but it is so nice to be able to do it in my home office or on my patio. Right now I just started re-doing all of my Algebra 1 lesson plans, because why wouldn’t I torture myself right before going back to school? (Haha… but seriously.)
I am happily married to my very own Prince Charming, whose name is Chris – he is everything I thought I’d never be able to find in a partner, and I am eternally grateful for his love and support. We don’t have any human kids yet, but we do have two furbabies – Brooke, a 3 year old Chow-Beagle-everything mix, and Nymeria, a 1.5 year old Husky-Malamute-Golden-Beagle-everything mix. (Can you tell we love our mutts? Rescued is definitely my favorite breed!) I tend to take too many pictures of them, so you’ll probably be seeing a lot of them here 🙂 We live in a townhouse in the suburbs of Northern Virginia, and enjoy taking advantage of everything the DC area has to offer. And by that, I really mean we like to stay home and be lame unless convinced otherwise. (I wish I was kidding!)
So… here’s the real question. Rejecting ordinary? What the heck does that even mean, and why would I choose that as my mantra?
Ordinary. That’s pretty much how I feel about myself these days – plain, commonplace, unexceptional, mediocre… I could go on and on, but you know what it means. Sometimes I feel even less than that. Turning 30 a couple years ago resulted in a little bit of a shift in my thinking. To some people, 30 is no big deal – “age is just a number” after all… and to others, it’s practically the end of the world. I fall somewhere in between, but it has really made me think about who I am and who I want to be.
I don’t want to be ordinary. I want to be the best version of myself. I want to inspire people. I want to use my gifts to help as many people as I can in whatever lifespan I am given. So, starting today, I’m rejecting ordinary.
I’m going to start caring more about what I put into my body. Not through elimination, but focusing on moderation and mindfulness.
I’m going to make more of an effort to move my body and appreciate what it can do.
I’m going to be aware of and take care of my mental health, because it’s just as important as my physical health!
I’m going to be more intelligent with my financial life, and get out of debt as soon as I can.
I’m going to give my all at work, look for opportunities to grow professionally, and cherish a reasonable work-life balance.
I’m going to make an effort to present myself as polished and put-together without excessive clothing or beauty purchases on a whim.
I’m going to make the time to keep up with the amazing people I’ve been blessed to have in my life.
I’m going to make the time for the things I love but have let fall by the wayside – music, art, and nature.
It’s time to reject ordinary. I’m ready.