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

TAYLOR SWIFT IS COMING TO HOUSTON

OMG OMG OMG OMG

WHAT DO I DO?

DOES ANYONE KNOW?

ANY HOUSTON DIE HARD FANS?

HOW CAN WE STALK, ER, MEET HER?

WHICH HOTEL IS SHE STAYING AT?

SHOULD WE CAMP OUT?

I JUST WANT TO SEE HER.

JUST A GLIMPSE WOULD BE A NICE.

SHE WILL BE IN MY CITY!!!! BREATHING THE SAME AIR AS MEEEEEE!

PLEASE HAVE DINNER WITH ME TAYLOR SWIFT. I LOVE YOU. I TAUGHT MYSELF GUITAR USING YOUR SONGS.

TAYLOR SWIFT. I WANT TO MEET YOU!!

Feeling Poor

Here I go stressing out about money again. Feeling poor. I received a $200 medical bill that I have been putting off but I need to pay as soon as possible. I also have another bill that I need to pay for about $240.

Plus I need to save up for a vacation in October and a little mini staycation for Valentine’s Day.

I started freaking out knowing I do not have a lot of money in my checking account. I’m talking I have like $97 in my checking account. Still, a lot more than I used to have even a few months ago.

I overspent this weekend. I went out to eat too much and bought a box of $50 diapers instead of the $35 box. I was just too excited for the baby show. Sigh.

So for the next two weekends I will have to be very, very conservative with my money so I can manage to pay off those couple hundred dollars in bills as well as save up for vacation AND a Valentine’s Day Gift, which I already know what it will be so I’m not too worried about that particular expense.
As I was on my way home driving on the freeway, distracted as usual, all I could think about was how little I had in my checking account and worried that I would not be able to take my boo out for the next couple of weekends.

I started worrying and worrying and freaking out and I could feel myself stress out.

I can feel the stress in my forehead build and crawl into my neck.

And I started worrying and feeling bad about myself for not being able to afford to take out my girlfriend the next few weeks.

I felt the shame wash over my face and heart.

The angry red voice in my head reminding me that I am not good enough, I don’t make enough, I can’t reach high enough.

I. Won’t. Ever. Make. It.

…but then, I just took a deep breath and told myself: You know what, Grace? This is the reality of your situation. And just six months ago, you would have dealt with it. Tough titties. No bone about. No choice. It just is. 

When I worked at my last job, I would have no choice but to just use the only money I have and not even fall back on a savings account. (Which I have now, but I refuse to touch it.)

Money. Money. Money. It really is a love hate relationship. I hate you. I hate you I hate…

but I need you I need you I need.

We all have our odd healthy and unhealthy relationship with money.

Anyway, I took a deep breath and remembered things will always be okay, they always have.

Sure it won’t be a fun conversation: “Hey, I’m super broke for the next two weeks, just FYI, do don’t be axing be for no dinner and no drinks.”

Or something like that. Teehee.

But I know that in the end, these are the hard decisions and the smart decisions that can help my future and our future together in order to build a bigger and better and more secure livelihood.

Who knows, maybe someday soon, I’ll be just chillaxing on a beach, eating fancy caviar. Oui oui!

Although, lesbi honest I’m not going to want caviar. I’m still going to want cheeseburgers and beers and french fries and wings and crawfish.

And I will still refuse to shave my armpits and shave my legs and wax my mustache and wax my eyebrows. I will still wear the my favorite t-shirts with holes in them and with the same jeans everyday.

To better savvy days!

And I need to remember in just a few months, aka by the end of the year, I will be free from credit card debt…

and only have Miss Student Loans to answer to. Hey, I’ll knock her out pretty quickly too.

to days of zerosssssssssssss!

-love,

gt