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Eager To Help

Yesterday, I felt my stress level increase exponentially after I received an email welcoming me to the first of ten Reading Endorsement classes.

What is Reading Endorsement?  It’s a reading certification program that reading teachers in Florida are required to obtain.  A teacher is allowed to begin teaching reading without this certification; however, the teacher must be making progress toward earning the additional certificate.

Hence, it is time for me to take the plunge.

I cannot say that I’m very excited.  The teaching certification program I went through last year left me enlightened but burned out.  So, the prospect of another year and a half of classes, albeit one at a time this go-round as opposed to three at a time like last year, does not leave me happy.  Lengthy readings and weekly assignments in addition to my full plate of lesson planning, parenting, and domestic engineering will not leave much free time.

And yet I keep reminding myself of my New Year’s goal…to maintain balance in my life.

I am determined to stay calm and not kill myself by being super-anal about everything.

I recently started taking Molly on almost daily walks.  She needs the extra attention with the additional furry family member who unexpectedly joined the family.

As I felt the stress increase yesterday, I reached for the dog leash.

Molly was only too happy to comply…

Seriously?  How could anyone turn down a face like that?

If you don’t mind, I’d appreciate some prayers.  Despite my vow to breathe deeply and take things in stride, this goes completely against my nature.  I tend to become the Energizer bunny the more wound up I get, and I just don’t want to walk around in circles and exhaust myself.

Thanks a bunch!

How Do You Relieve Stress?

On Tuesday, I had a very interesting experience.

Yeah, yeah.  I always have interesting experiences.  That is my life, people and, hence, the reason why my blog is titled “AuburnChick’s Adventures.”


While I was straightening my hair…getting ready for work…when my cell phone rang.

When I looked at it, I saw that it was a local radio station.

“That’s weird,” I thought to myself.  Why in the world would the radio station be calling me at 7:00 in the morning?

So, I answered my phone, and heard my favorite DJ’s voice on the other end.

“Good morning, Nathalie.  Hope I didn’t catch you at a bad time.”

“Um, no.  I was…just…getting ready for work…” I said.

Now, at this point, you might be wondering why a local DJ has my cell phone number.

The Mr. might be wondering this as well.


You see, this is one of my favorite local stations.  The only time I really get to listen is in the mornings, on the way to school.

Of course, all good morning radio programs involve the DJs asking their audiences questions that they can call in and answer.  Mine is no different.

I, being the oh-so-smarty-pants that I am like to call in sometimes.

I called in when the question was “Have you given up anything for Lent?”

Giving up TV for 40 days tends to make people remember you (not that I called in for that reason, mind you).

Not too long after, the question was, “Have you read any good books lately?”

Well, on that particular day, I was on my way to take my General Knowledge Test.  I had a long drive ahead of me.  Unfortunately, when I called in, I caught the DJ at a bad time, when the music was about to end, so he took my number to call me back.

I told him about The Seventeen Second Miracles that my class would be studying after Spring Break, and we proceeded to have a lengthy conversation.

Hence the “why” and “how” he had my number.

So, Tuesday’s question was, “How do you relieve stress?”

What was my answer?

I pray.

The DJ sounded surprised.

“Really?” he asked.


He asked if I feel better when I can find five minutes to myself to pray, and I said, “Actually, I cry first.  Then, I pray.”

We discussed this for a few minutes, and I explained that I used to find solace in chocolate, but since I gave up sugar in December, I have found that really, all I need is God.

That’s a lesson I have been learning since starting my education certification classes.

I felt good when I hung up the phone.

I feel like the struggles I have been going through since July…teaching in my school…attending school full-time…are all being used by God to draw me ever closer to Him.  He wants all of us to seek Him out FIRST when we need anything.

Isn’t it interesting how we turn to other things…food…friends…”self-help” books.  Those things aren’t bad, in and of themselves, but they can never replace God.

God laid out the plans for our lives before we were ever born.  The smartest thing we can do is go to Him first when we struggle within the circumstances that He has woven into the fabric of our lives.

It’s a life-long lesson that each of us much relearn time and time again.

So, how do you relieve stress?  Is your relief only temporary, or do you find complete satisfaction in your method?

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