Showing posts with label pgce. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pgce. Show all posts

Small, happy and saying goodbye to January (already!)

I feel like this wonderful quote by Nelson Mandela pretty much sums up how I felt about January 2014.  I had a full month of placement in school to look ahead to, lots of planning, late night, nervy observations and some cold, dark nights.  I would also be away from my boyfriend, friends and family pretty much doing it on my own.

However, January I can honestly say has FLOWN by and, like most things in life, has not been nearly as bad as I thought it would be!

Happy January things!

*I have managed to go home every weekend, getting back to your support system (aka my Mummy!) helps so much.

*I have been reading more, Harry Potter et l'orde du phenix and The Princess Bride.

*I have been devouring season 4 of Grey's Anatomy, new episodes of Nashville, The Mindy Project and loving Channel 4's The Taste whenever I have had some tv time.


*Hostels are all sorted for RIO (pass the caipirinha!!) in July for the World Cup!  Now to start thinking about our stop after, any beach recommendations in the Rio area would be appreciated!

*I have planned a weekend in Liverpool in February (my beautiful and definitely missed uni city) with my boyfriend and I will hopefully see some uni besties too.

*I have (through the powers of persuasive email writing) managed to get my next placement in Sheffield so I will be closer to home and away from noisy halls of residence people as of March!
*I have gotten back into doing zumba and LBT every weekend which has made me feel great!

So, as I always said, this month would seem impossible until I'd gotten through it (ery positive I know) but now looking back it has flashed by and I've really enjoyed it.  No other month will be as full on in school and in two weeks I'll be leaving and back into the uni swing of essays and lectures and pointless seminars and part of me thinks, BRING IT ON.  Any situation that means I can start my day at 9 and finish it at 4 is suddenly extremely appealing.

But, I cannot get ahead of myself, I still have two weeks left, just two weeks left of planning and sorting and everything before I have a nice 'break' so I just need to keep going, decide to smash it and do my absolute best and enjoy every minute, because if this is how fast 2014 is going to go, it'll be summer before we know it! 

Anyone else felt their January has gone quickly?  Or has it dragged for you?  Perhaps for people braving dry January it might have been a slow one!

Sophia x

Small, happy and ready for 2014!

Happy New Year!!

I was so ready for 2014 even though it's going to be a little bit on the crazy and hectic side, I am determined to be positive and STOP WORRYING.  Think that's probably a lot of people's resolution, so let's all try it this year!

This will be the year that I WILL:

  • Complete my Primary PGCE (this one will fill me with such glee!)
  • Keep trying new and healthy recipes (and post them on here!)
  • Keep a memory jar and update it every day
  • Be more positive and more patient with the people around
  • Keep practising my French
  • Plan more travels for 2014 and beyond!
It is also the year that I will finally move in with Duncan and we will travel to BRAZIL to see the world cup!!  So lots of exciting things to write about on here!

Any great new year's resolutions to share?  How did you spend NYE?  I had a very quiet one in, cooking and watching Lord of the Rings, well come on, I'm clearly not 18 anymore!! #granny

Sophia x

A new place, a new space ♥

So here we are (or, here I am at least, as I am expecting that I may be the only one here!) almost the end of the year and one of my new year's resolutions is to try and start a blog!  If only as a personal diary for myself and a way to organise my thoughts...

2013 has been crazy, I started the year working full time as a Teaching Assistant in Sheffield which was so rewarding and hard work but really prepared me for my PGCE (but that wasn't until September, I won't get ahead of myself!)

We had that crazy snow which seemed to delay all evidence of Spring or any hope that Summer 2013 would ever come, but it did eventually and I celebrated my 22nd birthday, complete with a fruit cake made my amazing Grandma Carol!  Yes, an actual FRUIT cake, all fruit no cake, perfect for health nut me....

I finished my time at school in June to head off on the BEST trip I have ever had..

I could go on about New York forever, where we spent a blissful, hectic, crazy, exhilarating, tiring two and half weeks however, I feel a whole post is need so I'll park that for now!  

Then it was time to visit my family in Portugal, perfect two weeks bonding with my Mum and Alex, leading such hectic crazy lives and Alex finishing her A-Levels this break had been needed like never before!!  Two weeks on sun, sea, family and true Portuguese traditions of too much food, worrying there wasn't enough food being eaten and basically just other food related worries...

As you can see I am no photographer, I've always been happy to jump in photos but I've never really enjoyed the act of photography, I just love seeing the photos and having the memories!  Luckily Duncan loves taking pictures so we balance each out quite nicely.

Final trip of the year was Barcelona with two of my very best old school friends, we're all working and studying different places so it was lovely to spend a full week together.  It was the week in July where Tom Daley was out there for some diving competition, but sadly we did not cross paths...yes I am aware that he is my little sister's age and is now open is his dating of a man but in my defence, he is too cute, end of.

So that concludes my major travelling of 2013, New York (with VERY short stops in Washington and Philadelphia, the Algarve in Portugal and Barcelona!  I love travelling and it's something I will be writing about a lot here.

I will also be talking about my Primary PGCE of which I am now four difficult months into and already I am looking for the light in at the end of the tunnel and desperately excited to qualify, anyone in the same boat?  Or perhaps there are some NQTs or teachers out there with some wise words?

But mostly this will be a place where I share the things that make this very small person a very small and happy one, which includes book reviews, film and tv reviews, lots of lists (for the OCD teacher side of me!),  wanderlust ideas, pinterest beauts and some motivational and advice posts.  I am an adult child of divorce, a a successful long distance relationship haver and have managed to become a very healthy person after losing weight through the discovery of a much healthier lifestyle, all of which I will be discussing at length for anyone who may be reading and has any interest!

Probably time to sign off now, can't keep pretending this is an escape from doing any work forever!!

Sophia x  
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