Loving Grace

Today for breakfast I had: avocado on toast, and an egg

Snack: an m&m cookie, a chocolate chip cookie, a small Cheetoh’s bag, and a Jolly Rancher lollipop

… I waited too long to have the snack before lunch and indulged.

Lunch: soup; kale, sweet potato, coconut milk, ground pork

Snack: Popsicle

Dinner: Smoothie; almond milk, strawberries, raspberries, peanut butter, protein powder

Taylor Swift is A Genius

Are you tired of people saying that?

Don’t be. Just read this clever and illustrative story!

And the hours pass by,
Now I just wanna be alone,
But your close friends always seem to know
When there’s something really wrong,
So they follow me down the hall,
And there in the bathroom,
I try not to fall apart,
And the sinking feeling starts,
As I say hopelessly,
“He said he’d be here.”

And it was like slow motion,
Standing there in my party dress,
In red lipstick,
With no one to impress,
And they’re all standing around me singing
“Happy birthday to you”,
But there was one thing missing,
And that was the moment I knew.

You called me later,
And said, “I’m sorry, I didn’t make it, ”
And I said, “I’m sorry too, ”
And that was the moment I knew.

YOU’VE GOT IT ALL HERE! DRAMA, ANTICIPATION, GLAMOUR, ROMANCE, AND A BREAK UP.

I *feel* it. Don’t you?

What Parents Say About Me

zOMG so VIPKID just got this new feature where I can see Parent feedback and the reviews are raving about moi!

I’m basically an awesome teacher.

It feels really good to read these. When they first told us they were (finally) releasing the feedback from parents, I was nervous about my score.

But that’s a good sign; it means I care!

Here it goes:

Alli te va:

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$601 for the month of January 2017 – teaching online VIPKIDs

SO yeah I gots paid $601 for last month. (It would have been $622 but I had to cancel a class, and I had two teacher no shows, one of which was my completely fault…)

But I know that’s great and all and I’m thankful and all BUT…

BUT…

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I am so SO frickin frustrated because of my Teacher No Show. I was teaching back to back lessons from 530a through 730a (each class is 25 minutes long) and I was 4 minutes late to my 730a and they canceled it, called me a no show, and deducted $10 from my pay.

ARGHGHHH!

Hurts my heart. It really does. Like a physical ache in my HEART. Especially when you wake up so early and that $10 deduction is essentially an hour of pay (without bonuses).

It hurts the soul. I want to kick somebody. I want to kick all these messy papers on the floor near my foot…but I don’t want to clean it up, humph, so I won’t. I guess.

But alas, we must be mature adults.

I have learned so many hard lessons with this Teacher No Show $10 deduction per class shenanigan. I have to get better about keeping my classes right at 25 minutes and not a minute over so I have time to leave feedback and still have a minute or so leftover before my next class.

Hard, expensive lessons on time management indeed.

But it won’t happen to me again. OKAY! I got dis.

Shiiiiiietttt!

So far for February month I have $274 so far. I’m hoping by the end of the month I will get closer to $700.

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July 2017 will be a good month. I will be finished paying the $3,000 I owe my momma for school tuition.

In August 2017, I hope to finish paying off the other $3,000 I owe my father.

And in October 2017, I hope to have enough saved to buy a cute lil home in Third Ward Houston or a nice, ample sized home in Southwest Houston. You know what they say, location, location, location.

And guys, I am not just HOPING I am doing.

Deep sigh.

Big sigh.

Heavy sigh

Patience, sensei, patience

Love always,

Grace G.

Body Love

Dear Body Love,

It’s me Grace. Your goddess. I really do love you so much body. I love you so much. I wish you knew how much I appreciate you and am grateful for you. I am grateful you only take me to the doctor once year and fight off all the bad guys.

I say I love you, but do I really? I find it so hard to feed you the good stuff. The stuff you need. The stuff for us. For our future.

I do love you, body. It’s just…so…hard. I have no motivation to eat healthy or exercise. The same trite statement every body else says to their body. And I am doing the same to you.

I am eating my prepped meals…mostly. What can I do to do better by you?

Here are my plans: I will join Zumba again. Body, you are worth the long drive and the money. You are worth it. I will also start with small sugar goals.

For example, today my only goal is not to have any sugar. Just today. Let’s start small. We can do it, body, can’t we? We can.

I think about you a lot. And I know you can do it. We can do it. We are important.

We are brilliant. We are whole. We are complete.

“Our body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” -Buddha

But how do I wake up?

Love,
Grace

Just Another Day

So I will be posting my February earnings from VIPKID in the next couple of weeks. They pay every 15th of the month.

I want to make sure I include the monthly bonuses in the screenshots I”ll be showing so you can see what my total cash pay out is.

The month of January will have earnings around $600. There was a lull in the last week of January and the first week of February because of the Chinese New Year.

But classes are ramping up so not really a big deal.

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On another note, it’s also a very slow period at work. I asked to leave early but was DENIED. REJECTED.

Sigh.

I guess you can’t really have it all…when you’re working for da man.

Just another body to fill a chair.

 

Tía Grace

One of my BFFs is having a girl. I am so FRICKIN excited. I want to cry again and I want to be held and hugged tightly.

Hehehe. I’m not the pregnant one doe but I maybe, kinda, sorta, most likely, possibly, absolutely, definitely have baby fever.

Good thing, I have a girlfriend. Bwahahaha.

Best birth control EVER.

Anyhooo, look at this magical goodness and prepare to die. Death by cuteness overload:

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Look at it!

Look at it!!

Did you look at that cute piece of flowerful cloth?

Wahhhh. So cute. *sniff, sniff*

I told my mom and now she won’t stop calling me tía Grace.

Te digo.

I see you job in the horizon of mine.

Oh em double dizzle Gee.

Remember that dream job I was talking about? The job I am applying for? The one closer into the kind of career I want?!

GUESS WHO IS SPEAKING WITH THE DIRECTOR NEXT WEEK?

Me.

Das who.

I’ll keep you posted. Cross your fingers I get a job offer!

This is exactly what I need to happen in order to get closer and closer to paying off every penny of the $35,000 I owe in student loans.

I’m going to do it.

And like my mom says, as long as you have salud. Anything is possible.

Even if I don’t get the $$ job offer I want, sure, it will take longer to pay off my debts, but you know what?

You gotta crawl before you can walk and you gotta walk before you can run.

All I can think of is how to get off this monkey debt off my shoulder! I mean back..you know what I mean, dammit!

This is one step closer.

Wish me luck, interwebz.

Love always,

Grace G.

P.S. I told my mom the news and she gave me great, sage, advice, only moms can give:

“Señor redentor ave mari sin pecado.”

Um, um, right, right. That’s right! You got it mom! I’m with you. In the name of the good Lort and Virgin Mary without Sin.

Te digo.

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Holy Shiznet

I just paid over $330 in toll violations.

More like Grace violated.

More like purse violated.

More like wallet violated.

Shit.

That hurt.

That’s as much, if not more, like getting my car towed.

Well at least now I have an EZ tag.

. . .

Te digo. Es que no aprende la niña