it’s the climb

This song is not as good as the last song I posted, “Gran Torino,” so if you haven’t listened to that, do that first, but I gotta show some love to Miley Cyrus. I like this song because it talks about how we always have to keep our faith and keep fighting. Life is never going to be easy and there will always be some thing new to battle.
In a way, that is what makes life so great; we always have the opportunity to grow stronger and rise above the things that come up against us. It is the things we fight and beat (and the way we beat them) that make us who we are. 

The Lyrics

I hate watching her sing, so I picked the one without a video:


Bad company corrupts good character.

“You cannot play with the animal in you without becoming wholly animal, play with falsehood without forfeiting your right to truth, play with cruelty without losing your sensitivity of mind. He who wants to keep his garden tidy doesn’t reserve a plot for weeds.”
Dag Hammarskjsld

Where do good days come from?

There was no reason for this day to be as good as it was. As a matter of fact, it probably should have been a bad one… I had an observation by my field supervisor this afternoon. I stayed up too late last night. I didn’t get enough sleep, despite the fact I over slept, so I didn’t get to go to Chick-fil-a for my free breakfast, and my coffee wasn’t sweet enough… I went to an M-team meeting instead of my eye appointment and am now sitting here with more to do than I know I will…

But for some reason today was noticeably good. I have things to be worried, sad, and stressed out about… but still, I was abnormally happy, especially considering the circumstances, and i sit here typ-o-ing with too long fingernails with a smile on my face.

Good day.

Thank you Father :)

wHo aRe YoU?

I am about to go for a run and was reminded of a phrase my dad often says. I spent the weekend with him and the family, so all of his words of wisdom are fresh on my mind. I can remember growing up, they would drive me crazy; now I can’t get enough of them! ( am sure they drive some of my friends crazy though).

“It is not what you do that determines who you are,
It is who you are that determines what you do.”

This put us in responsibility.

If it was the other way around we could always place blame, oh that is just how I am

No, you determine how you act and who you are.

Before you do something ask yourself, does this reflect who I am? Who I want to be? Does this reflect who God has asked me to be? Who he says I am?

We were given the power to choose.

We have to choose what is the most important to us.

God tells us who we are.

Sometimes, it just takes believing it.

The truth will set you free.

This quote comes from dad, but he didn’t make it up. He pulled it from the Neil Anderson’s book Victory Over the Darkness, which deals with way more than i can tall you on here…the battle between flesh and spirit, heart and mind, truth and lies…satan’s accusation vs God’s truth and freedom…so much more…

I recommend it.

pour wisdom here


I got to meet with my field supervisor again today and he is one of those people I just love to be around. He is so insightful and knowledgeable. He is very wise and I am always taking notes on the things he says. I need to just start recording our conversations or something. Of course, we are supposed to be talking about my teaching skills, which we do, but I think we spend more time talking about life, improving lives, loving people, making a difference and just… living to the fullest…

He shares my sentiment for not being mediocre… that’s really the only way I can think to put it. You can just really tell he has worked really hard and hates to see lives wasted. I often wonder how people get that smart. I can be with someone for days and our conversations won’t go deeper than what we’re having for dinner and he is digging into my soul in like 5 minutes. I love it. I think when I graduate I am still going to meet him for coffee. Is that weird? I mean, he is just a good mentor. He knows a lot. Granted he has a PHD and had probably been to hundreds of seminars, reads all the time, and never wastes a minute on mindless television, but still, you can just tell he spends his time thinking about how to make a bigger difference. There is no doubt in my mind that this man will die knowing he has accomplished just that.

I hope I have that. I hope I can say that. How does one get so wise and impacting? Where does he learn all this stuff? Life I guess…I mean, he is old, and with age comes wisdom right?
but… who knows…I just love old people… old wise people!  I just look up to them so much! I am like please give me some of the wisdom! I could listen to them for hours (and still mess up). Man, I have a long way to go.

Okay, I didn’t mean to ramble on, but there are only about 4 people in my life I have told I want to take notes on the things they say, my dad, this man (Dr. Malone), Brad Young and another old friend who is MY age. Crazy.

I can’t even tell you all the good advice he gave me because there is so much I would bore you but I will tell you the ones I remember off hand:

“I am not wanting excuses, I am wanting to hear how you are going to change it”

We’re human, we make mistakes. It is important in life to find
people that help us to eliminate our mistakes; that way, we can move
forward together and improve our lives simultaneously.

Blessed are those who are flexible,
for they will not be bent out of shape.”

Associate yourself with men of good quality,
if you esteem
your own reputation;
for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
George Washington

and lastly, I think he won me over when he quoted one of my favorite lines from Shakespeare,

Love is not love
which alters

I’ll even give you the whole quote for that one. The rest were about education and children so I won’t type out those, but this one, gosh, it just does something to me. Gives me hope I guess.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds                 Admit impediments. Love is not love  Which alters when it alteration finds,                 Or bends with the remover to remove:  O no! it is an ever-fixed mark                 That looks on tempests and is never shaken;  It is the star to every wandering bark,                 Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.  Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks                 Within his bending sickle's compass come:  Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,                 But bears it out even to the edge of doom.  If this be error and upon me proved,                 I never writ, nor no man ever loved.                                       William Shakespeare

Those weren’t even the profound ones, my notes are at school! If you have any quotes or thoughts you want to leave, or even good advice sayings you have heard recently, please do. I love knowledge!

On top of all that, I got a great review, worked out AND went to PF Changs tonight. It has been a good day. I love friends… friends, good company and great conversations. The end.


I seem to always come across the right quotes at the right time. I am subscribed to Franklin Covey’s quote of the week. However, for the last 6 months or so they have not been coming to my inbox. Today, for some reason, it came and carried with it this message…

Monday, January 19, 2009
19th DAY | 346 DAYS LEFT | WEEK 04
“That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do.
Not that the nature of the thing itself has changed
but our power to do it is increased.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is very applicable to me in almost off area of my life right now. I am struggling to balance all these new responsibilities without getting stressed or failing. I feel already like I am failing, but I am going to tough it out in hopes that it gets easier. As for now, I am enjoying my day off and the snow.

Christmas Tradition #1

So I went to the gym today for the first time in… mmmm a month maybe?? No matter how long, it was obviously too long because when I walked in the door the guy at the front desk said, “wow… long time no see…”

Yeah… that’s never a good sign. I did however decide not to wait until New Years to start training for my half marathon. Although I only ran two miles today, it felt good to exercise. I missed it. It makes me feel so much better about my self.

I don’t think I will ever get enough of the song “Dear Bobbie” by Yellowcard. It is so good and I can listen to it over and over struggling all the while to not tear up. That has nothing to do with anything but it just came on my ipod and made my stop typing long enough to listen. Here, have one yourself:

I was lucky enough to celebrate Christmas this year three times so I am going to blog about them over the course of a few days so they all get the attention they deserve. Although it was early, the Jigga Chick Christmas must come first. Now most of you are probably saying Jigga what?!?! which is the normal response. For all of you who don’t know, I have three best friends that I have had for years (at least ten or more) and we call ourselves the jigga chicks. Now this is not so often verbally or publicly announced but it is kindof a well known fact among our close friends and family. The four of us, just… well, go together. If I am out people ask where Ashley is. If LaBrina is out, people ask where Tami is (we come on two’s too) it just works out :) It’s a long top secret story on how the name came about, so I will leave that out.

Not all the way back, but back enough

Not all the way back, but back enough

Ashley Harris has been my best friend since the 6th grade. I met her while I was still home schooled and playing with the Middle Valley Basketball team. She was my rival. I was somehow the top scorer in the league and she was number two. Nowadays, neither one of us should be anywhere near a basketball; but then, we were all-stars! (Chubby red faced and confused all stars that is:).  Anyhow, Ashley and I have been close for as long as I can remember. Tami and LaBrina are best friends and became some of our best friends in high school. The four of us have been close ever since. Each year we get together for each others birthdays and always Christmas at one of our houses. We also try to squeeze in a vacation or other fun activities but with new careers, relationships and a minimum of 70 miles between any of us, it is often difficult. But 5 times a year is guaranteed and the last of 08 was Jigga Christmas.

december-2008-032-mediumAshley came from Atlanta, LaBrina from Soddy Daisy and I of course came from Knoxville. We all met at Tami’s house in Dalton, GA. We each bring and cook something different. This year we had a casserole extravaganza and it was all delicious. We bumped elbows in the kitchen and all shared one oven.  

december-christmas-2008-013Melanie Poole, yet again, blessed us each with a wonderful over stuffed stocking of homemade candies, candles and many many other goodies. She is so good to us and we are all so thankful.

A sneak peak of Brina on the front porch

A sneak peak of Brina on the front porch

After dinner we talked and of course stayed up late catching up on jobs, dreams, loves, hates, stories, fears, memories and eventfully got ran off to bed by the rain. (We were sitting on the front porch after Tami went to bed so we would not be loud and wake up her or the puppy.) It was altogether wonderful and I wish we were 17 again so we would be at each others houses nearly every other night doing nothing or everything together.

Opening Momma Poole's gifts

Opening Momma Poole's gifts

I love and miss them.

After all, they are my three best friends.

Just one more shot of the *i deserve to be the picture on a puzzle* puppy

Just one more shot of the *i deserve to be the picture on a puzzle* puppy

Student Teaching, small group and Salsa!!

Oak Rudge High School

Oak Ridge High School

This is where I am going to be spending most of my time next semester! I had the privilege to visit my mentor teachers (all three of them) last week and take a tour of the newly remodeled high school. It looks fantastic. I think I may get lost in the halls a few times the first few days so we will see how that goes.

I already know I will be teaching The Odyssey and Romeo and Juliet in my Sophomore English class. I am real nervous but super excited. If any of my teacher friends out there have any ideas for either please feel free to toss those my direction.

I am not quite sure yet how I am going to pull this off and still be a good friend, daughter, nanny, girlfriend and athlete. I know I will be super busy. I plan on going to some of the Basketball games especially Powell vs. ORHS on January 15th so if anyone wants to come watch, I’ll be there!!


Unrelated, we had out small group Christmas last week!!

I have grown to love each and every one of these girls (and Alice who is not pictured) with all my heart. The 5 of us met downtown at The Brewery for dinner then stopped in The Mast General Store before we went into Market Square to take a few pictures! We had a “give away something you already had” Christmas gift exchange and I loved it. Sarah Davis ended up with my stuff, which was all just silly and I got homemade cookies from Kyle Webb and Chistin Rhyne! They were so yummy! After buying a million Christmas gifts this was a great idea and saved us all time and money but we still got new stuff!

Ashley finally got Salsa!! Yes, she named her Maltipoo Salsa, haha and it is the CUTEST puppy I have ever seen. I took over twenty pictures of just the dog but I am at the Cole’s right now so we will all have to settle for the one I took on my phone. She is so sweet and soft and little! I am slightly evil though because I think it’s adorable to blow in her face because she paws at you and yelps and rubs her eyes with her tiny paws; it’s just so cute!!


On the less adorable side, she whined all night last night and kept us up. Hopefully Ashley has better luck with her tonight.