A Little Easter Update

Hi everyone!

I haven’t made a post in while, so I wanted to update everyone. First of all, it’s getting closer to summer which then means more time for blogging (yay)!

A lot of things have been happening since I last updated, so let’s just go down a list.

  1. I’ve been getting more hours at work which means less time for homework, blogging, and YDHS.
  2. I finally received the rest of the Won’t be a Statistic Campaign donations and dropped them off with Sam last Friday.
  3. I’ve been working on bringing new elements into YDHS to broaden our horizons.
  4. I began the journey of minimalism. It’s been really exciting!
  5. I recently celebrated my six months with my wonderful boy friend.
  6. I started a new workout routine (which has been interrupted since getting more hours at work).
  7. I’m continuing to shape myself, and my lifestyle.

Things have been stressful but oh so great at the same time!

I hope everyone has been doing great, and I can’t wait to be back full-time in June.

living a more peaceful life

PE

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It’s all About Networking

I’m sure most of you who are in the workforce, or getting ready to enter the workforce have heard that phrase often – it’s all about networking.  Networking is supposed to gain access to new opportunities you may not have had without that network (most likely a person).

I have always wanted to become a public/motivational speaker on topics that affect my life such as teen pregnancy, depression, and attaining goals and aspirations despite hard circumstances.

As some of you know, I graduated high school with honors this past year despite having a child at 16 and switching from regular school, to online, and back to regular school.

While the end of my senior year was approaching we had many senior meetings with our principal to discuss different topics such as the graduation ceremony, graduation requirements, moving onto college, and staying a part of our school family.

During one of our meetings, I believe it was the last one, our principal noted that even though we were moving onto bigger and better things, to never forget the family we had there.  He spoke of times former students would e-mail him expressing their thoughts and views on things going on at the school, and ways to improve student life.  He told us that he appreciates those e-mails and to always let him know of any ideas we have, or even just to say “hi”.

That struck a chord in me and I sat on it all summer long.  Then, one day I finally stood up and took action on my thought.  I had been working all senior year to guest speak in classes about being a teen parent.  Plans fell through however.  I decided I would take up my former principal on his offer to e-mail him any ideas we came up with.  So I e-mailed him.

In that e-mail I told him about my experience throughout high school, as I know I went to a school of over 2000 students and peoples’ stories can become lost in the crowd, unless you’re in the principals office often, which I never had been.  I couldn’t even tell you where his office was.  I expressed my desire to become a public speaker someday and thought that speaking at the high school would be a great stepping stone into that world.

I patiently awaited a response.  I also kept in mind that I contacted him during the hustle and bustle of back-to-school time, so I gave it a while.

Then I heard back from him and I was pleasantly surprised!  He forwarded the e-mail to one of the health teachers, who contacted me shortly there after.  He wanted to set up a meeting with me to discuss my idea for the speaking arrangement with him and another health teacher at the school.  Of course I was happy to do so!

I went to the meeting and it went great, regardless of my nerves.  He said he would contact me soon, after he ran it by the principal again just to make sure it was alright to book me for a speaking time.  I didn’t hear from him for a while and began to lose hope.  I started accepting that maybe this opportunity wasn’t the right one and I would come across another.

Then I had this inkling to check my e-mail today.  Just to make sure.

Low and behold I had an e-mail!  I got a date for my speaking opportunity and I couldn’t be any happier!  Now I can start planning what I’ll talk about and the activities that I will have the students do.

But, that’s not it!

My former principal also forwarded the original e-mail I sent him onto the student achievement advisor.  I got an e-mail from her as well. This is the big news.

She told me of a High School Forum that’s held at a local church each year.  This is where guest speakers come to speak about various topics related to sex education, relationships, self-esteem, and teen pregnancy.  10-20 students from each high school in our district (which is the largest in our state) attends the forum.

So what’s the big news?  (I love keeping you on the edge of your seat!)

She invited me to be the keynote speaker for the event!

Yes, you read that right!  ME – the keynote speaker at an event!  How amazing is that?!  Just truly amazing!  I can’t thank my former principal enough to give me these opportunities and give me ties to these people in my community.  I also can’t thank the teachers that I met with enough for opening their classrooms to me, to allow me to share my story in hopes it will affect these young persons’ lives.

I am beyond thrilled and ecstatic for these opportunities I’ve been blessed with.

you don’t fit the requirements for your dreams yet, 

become the requirements,

chase your dreams and you will succeed,

PE

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Last Round – Last Chance!

Hi everyone! I recently wrote about the most popular driver award for my racing. I wanted to say THANK YOU a million times to those who voted for me. I entered into the third and FINAL round today! This is the round in which the winner will be chosen so I need each and every one of you to vote for Payton English! Please take ten seconds to go to this link, click on Payton English, then vote. Afterward, get all of your friends and family vote as well! Share it on your facebook, blog, Twitter, etc. everything!

If you have voted, and share please comment below do I can thank you accordingly! I appreciate all of my amazing dans who have made this possible.

https://polldaddy.com/poll/8674161/

If you’d also like to support the Payton English Racing Team, and want a cool shirt, check out this link!

Have a great day!

Drowning – It Suffocates

Sometimes I believe us Americans are truly overworked.  We’re always being asked for more, more, more because society is greedy and demands progress every day.  Why can’t we take a step back and really be able to take the time to look at our life?  Why do we have to work to the point that we don’t even notice the time going by and it vanishes in the blink of an eye?  I would truly enjoy one day where time didn’t exist.  Where clocks weren’t readily available and I wasn’t scolded for not getting things done in 5 seconds flat.

We’re moving, moving, moving, and never slowing down.

In France they still adopt the “Sunday is a day of rest” philosophy.  Stores are closed down so that families stay home and spend time together, whereas in America Sunday is viewed as the day to get everything done before the work week begins again!  It’s a lot of pressure and it’s not healthy in my opinion.

Why do we have to be so rushed?  Why do things have to be done right this very moment?  I don’t understand.

Drowning, it suffocates

PE

Our Relationships

With how busy we are on a daily basis today compared to that of 60 years ago it’s hard to form deep bonds with other people.  How many Facebook friends do you have?  I’ll tell you that I have 212.  But how many do I really talk to?  I’d say less than 20 – unless you include family.

We have artificial relationships.  We have relationships with screens and pictures.  Technology can be helpful in many ways, for example, long distance relationships, keeping in touch family and friends that live far away, work, etc.  But we often get so caught up in this technology that we sacrifice the real relationships we have right in front of us every day.

I mean how often are we skipping a one on one conversation with those around us, to scroll through our Facebook feed?  I’d say probably most of us do it more often than we would like to admit.

So what do you do to balance this out?  Here’s some tips:

  • Put down the technology and have a real conversation with someone around you
  • Instead of scrolling through Facebook on your phone when out in public, strike up a conversation
  • Truly appreciate those around you who are in your lives every day- those are the ones you can count on, not your 100’s of Facebook friends
  • Love those around you, really love them because they love you too
  • Get to know someone new (and not through the internet) go out and make a new friend!

These are just a few tips and tricks but they are sure to help you survive this technology age without getting lost in the hustle and bustle!

Happy web surfing

PE

Sometimes You Just Have to Do It

Sometimes you just have to choose that healthy food over the yummy Snickers.

Sometimes you just have to choose to exercise over that awesome marathon of your favorite TV show.

Sometimes you just have to choose to eat breakfast instead of sleeping in.

Sometimes you just have to do it.

Not as if someone’s forcing you, but because you know it’s what’s better for you.

We may not always LIKE it but we know it has more benefits and it’s better for us.

Just remember to keep on going and fight that battle with all you have!

Even when you drop off track remind yourself you can’t get stuck.

Happy Birthday Sweet Baby Girl!

Yesterday was Annabelle’s second birthday!  How crazy is that?

It was so much fun to put together her party, and have all of the family over (except sadly my cousin came down with the flu so they weren’t able to make it).  And thankfully this year she loved everything she received from everyone!  Last year she didn’t really care about anything or play with any of it except a few things she really liked.

Now it’s time for christmas to get here! 🙂

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