Sunday, March 9, 2014

Springing Forward with Excitement

This time of year, groans and complaints fill the air as people lament over "springing forward" and losing an hour of sleep. In an effort to look on the bright side of things, I want to focus on the events that are now a wee bit closer. We may have lost an hour of sleep, but I'm 60 minutes closer to these life events which will, Lord-willing, happen between now and November 2nd (when we "fall back")...

  • I will get to watch my husband walk at graduation after he has poured himself into pursuing excellence for the last two years and finally earns an MBA. 
  • I will finish all of my TESOL endorsement coursework thus, the last of my graduate studies. 
  • I will cherish the days of spring, summer, and fall, and marvel at the beauty in the change of seasons. 
  • I will submit job applications to every school in the near vicinity and hopefully receive some positive news from one of them, thus allowing me to begin my first ever full-time teaching job in the U.S. 
  • If the above happens, then I will get to experience a true American "first day of school," where I will see the faces of those whom I will spend the next year reaching out to and trying my best to do everything I possibly can to assist them in their language development. 
  • I will get to sit in the audience as my "little" brother walks across the stage at his high school graduation. 
  • I will spend two and a half weeks "island hopping" in Greece with my favorite travel partner (my husband). 
  • I will send my husband off to his first day of full-time work in the U.S. at a company he truly loves working for. 
  • I will celebrate with my sister and welcome a new little niece or nephew into our family. 
  • I will try, struggle, fail, and try again in so many areas as I seek to become a better Christ-follower, wife, daughter, sister, teacher, learner, athlete and friend. Then, hopefully, through persistence, I will make small steps toward achieving my goals, recognizing that the ultimate attainment of them will not come easily but it is important to persist in my pursuit of them each day. 
  • I will treasure the days God has given me and seek to use them well! 

With so many things to look forward to, I can't help but be delighted that in springing forward, I am slightly closer to all of those events and experiences...and so many more! 


  1. Such an exciting post! And so full of hope and anticipation! I needed that. I like what "spring forward" brings, I don't like the adjustment my body needs, and how it takes a bigger toll as I age. I am submitting applications to schools every where in my vicinity and hoping for the best, praying for something new to happen. I have a renewed sense of eager anticipation as I read your post.

  2. Thank you for the positive spin on the lost hour! I needed that!

  3. What a great way to look at losing an hour of sleep! You have so many great things coming up! I am going to Europe for the first time this summer....and I'm 60 minutes closer! :-)
    BigTime Literacy

  4. I love the way you used this as an opportunity to think about what you're moving closer to, Laura! What a wonderful year you have ahead of you! I can't wait to see how it turns out for you and your husband! :-)

  5. Look at all that you have accomplished! Congratulations from one TESOL graduate to an almost one!