Monday, February 25, 2013

Just Give Me a Reason

I'm back--with brighter jeans and an old pair of oxfords! I can't say that my blog posts won't continue to be spotty over the next month, but I don't think I'm quite ready to say goodbye to the ole blog quite yet. Even after three years, it still continues to be my escape from life and my outlet for creative expression. That is not to say that there hasn't been an uncomfortable and unspoken pressure to maintain a certain kind of and level of content, which is why I felt the need to step away for a while. Nicole said it best in her most recent post: Blogging makes me care about things that I normally wouldn't care about. Because in real life, does it matter how my clothes will photograph? Does it matter that I don't have a boyfriend to take flattering, editorial photos for me? Or that I don't live in a place that has cool backdrops for a post? Does it matter that I wore jeans in my last post? No! Because I actually love where I live. Because I buy clothes for how they feel and fit, not how they photograph. Because I am enjoying being single right now. And because jeans are just what I want to wear everyday. I needed to remind myself that this is just a blog. It should reflect my life, not run it.

With that being said, my life has been crazy busy as of late! As exhausting and draining as student teaching is, it has been absolutely wonderful and so fulfilling. Nearing the end of this placement, I've been doing a lot of reflection of how far we--my students and I--have come since the very first day of school. In a few short weeks, I'm going to have say goodbye to my third graders and hello to a new class to finish out the rest of this school year. To say that I really don't want to leave is an understatement. I've grown so attached to my students that the thought of leaving them just breaks my heart. As part of my credential, I need to complete and pass this monstrous project called the Teaching Event for which I need to plan, write, analyze, reflect, and film myself teach a whole math unit. I started filming my geometry unit on Thursday and my students have just been amazing. I cannot wait until this thing is turned in at the end of March. I'm also just overwhelmed with how quickly time seems to be passing by recently. I only have three weeks left of this quarter, fifteen until I complete my credential, and about twenty until I'm done with this program. My brother is already planning on how he's gonna use my room when I'm gone. I don't even know where I'm going to end up in the Fall and that makes me so anxious. I've been such a hermit this past week--swamped with schoolwork and just thinking a lot about everything--that it was really nice escaping to Disneyland for a few hours yesterday with my friend, Andrea. I wore all my favorite things as of late: colored denim, easy black tops, and this denim jacket.

Until next post,
denim jacket - gap
top - forever 21
jeans - gap
shoes - urban outfitters
headband - forever 21

photos by me and andrea


  1. YOU ARE SO CUTE AND PERFECT. And yes, Nicole's post was the best. She outlined everything so well and I agree with both of you.I can't believe how far into your program you are- it feels like you were just applying to graduate programs!!! WHAT. Slow down, time, please. Love love love you, always.

  2. Seriously, I'm so incredibly jealous of all the trips you keep taking to Disneyland. I keep thinking you live there now (which would be amazing). Take me!

    Also, I completely agree with those points that you and Nicole made. I never used to care about my outfit in the way that I do now. If I wear a nice outfit and don't have a chance to photograph it, I get upset or I feel like it was a waste of an outfit. I don't even remember what it feels like to dress up just to look nice and not so I'd have something to post on my blog. Crazy.

  3. im so happy to see you back around here!! :D I'm glad to hear that things are doing well on your side! i love your optimism, jasmine!! you can definitely see it in your lovely shots and smiles!! :D

    those jeans are making me so envious!! i've tried numerous times to wear brighter coloured jeans, but it's always a fail for me. hahahaha! but you! you look incredible! it's perfect with the oxfords! :D

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  4. I absolutely love those jeans, you are totally rocking them! And I completely agree with you about blogs reflecting your life, not running them. Often one can get caught up in the running and maintenance of one's blog, and it's important to sort your priorities and see that living and enjoying life should take precedence. Good luck on your Teaching Event project, it sounds like a ton of work but rewarding in the end! It's a good thing you have Disneyland to help relieve some of the stress; I'm so jealous you get to go so often!

  5. Oh wow, the Teaching Event sounds so immense and really cool at the same time – gooooooood luck, you got this! (Also, wow, twenty weeks, but how, I'm convinced we're stuck in some sort of time warp now, haha.)

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