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Stress reliever

Last week I began my orientation at a charter school.  I had to really adjust with the time differences between public school and charter school.  There are long hours however, I do believe it has its perks such as having free happy hours, breakfast and at times free lunch (Italian and Mexican food).

I was thinking a lot about how to relieve some of those stress that teachers have.  Here are some advice that I have:

1- Join a group that have the same interest as you do.  So I signed up to meetup.com.  There was a Catholic group that I used to join but I realized that the travelling as well as time conflicted with my schedule.  I am into hiking, jogging and excising groups that is convenient due to it being close to home and time.

2- Get a pet.  So once I get my paycheck I do plan on buying a pet. I am not sure what type of pet I will get…but it will be a surprise. Animals are non-judgmental and they  bring comfort.

3- Write in your journal. I have a journal that has biblical scriptures.  It does help in releasing stress. Before each entry, there is a sentence prompt that helps with meditating.

4- Prepare for the next day. Always have your clothes ready. Set that alarm clock. Go to bed early.

5- Talk to someone.  I have no idea what happened today but I had a chat with my mom about some concerns that I had about the school year.  She reassured me that everything will be alright.

6- Clean up, organize and plan. Stress happens when there is disorganization. Have your agenda, schedule and environment as organized as possible.

All of these advice is what works for me.  So I hope everyone of you had a restful weekend and a fantastic week.

Pax,

Lupe

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Not Alone Series: Sacrifice for Singles

Not Alone Series: Sacrifice for Singles

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We hear all the time about the call of married people to sacrifice for the sake of their spouses, and we all know parents make sacrifices for their children. Religious sisters sacrifice just by taking vows! But if you don’t have a spouse, a child, a community, or even a pet, how do you build a spirit of sacrifice? How do you determine the difference between selfishness and supporting yourself? What are some ways that you offer sacrifices for the people in your life? (Thanks to co-host Laura and to Katie for the suggestion!)

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I decided to build my spirit of sacrifice by living and being in the present moment.  I believe prayers and attending mass is helpful.  It gives me a sense of hope and love.  I think that as a single person, it is easy to become anxious and nervous about one’s vocation. I have seen people becoming obsessed with it, and I see their unhappiness by fixing the situation.

To determine between selfishness and sacrifices it does take experience, prayers and relaying on your family and friends.  I am very fortunate to have a mother and sister that have looked after me and will express to me when they are concerned.  I also believe that confession is helpful in discerning one’s words and actions.

I have offered money and time.  I know that I have been working on time management . I want to help the church as well as children.

I want to give more of my time on helping children because I feel that often time, they feel lonely and have no one to talk to.  I just want to live and be in the present moment.

Pax,

Guadalupe.

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NAS: Single Life Bucket List

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What are those things that you want to do before you get married (or enter the religious life)? Is there anything that you are excited to do, accomplish, etc before engagement, marriage and babies come along? Even if you feel that you’ve done everything you wanted to do pre-marriage, dig deeper and see if there isn’t anything you’d like to do!

My bucket list:

1)      Teach and take care of children 

2)      Become a teacher

3)      Become computer savvy

4)      Play guitar and piano.

6)      Share, learn and know my faith

8)      Become a writer/author/composer

9)   Do some gardening/planting of herbs

10)   Have artistic/creative qualities: drawing, sewing, etc.

13)   Read lots of books (especially the classics)

14)   Know how to cook delicious meals

16)   Become a better planner such as time management, housekeeping, organization

17)   Give back to my family especially my mother, as well as those who have less.

18) Learn about being an entrepreneur and learn about finances (money management: saving, investing and intentional spending.