What Brought Me Joy This Past Week (Week 4)


This week went by super fast and I can't believe the month of August is almost over. I have been consistent with my weekly posts on "What brought me joy" You can check out my previous ones here 

1) Discernment
A lot of things came up to surface that I was struggling with and I am happy for the validation on it all. God shifted and made way for everything in my life this week and I am truly grateful for it. "The test is definitely hard, but I studied for it" (metaphor).

2) Networking
 I am trying to get this blog and other endeavors noticed and I have been getting just that. I am networking with other bloggers and social media content creators which is a big help for my brand. Not to mention some new followers on IG :)

3) Shopping
I don't remember the last time I went clothes shopping by myself lol. I'm always with my husband and children. It felt good to have my AirPods on jamming to old school R&B and just taking my sweet time in every aisle and match pieces together. (Moms know that feeling lol).

As we go into the new week, think about what brought you joy this past week and use that energy to go into the new one.

Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jacas

What led me to Teaching Kindergarten/First Grade


 Teach. Love. Inspire

Yes, You read the title correctly. I am teaching a blended classroom of kindergarteners and first graders. I have been teaching Pre-k for years with 20 children each time, now I only have 7 (Thank you Covid lol). This is something that I have to get used to because I was not expecting to teach those grades in the school setting I am in now. My dream and goal was to always be in an elementary school. HOWEVER, I knew the circumstances and the situation that the teachers are dealing with right now with teaching both on campus and virtual at the same damn time was not how I envisioned my first year to be. I personally want to be comfortable with my "first class" and not be distanced from them(if you understand what I'm saying). I love teaching but I don't feel like it was my time to be in that kind of setting as of yet. We'll see what happens next school year(hint hint).
As I stated in previous posts, the pandemic has really been a blessing for me. I was furloughed from my preschool I was at and its because I decided to stay home and be safe with my family. I had no hard feelings because I was not hurting lol (hint hint). Being home those 4 months opened up my eyes and really forced me to start looking at people and situations for what they were. I was very upset with a few things and people due to a lot of miscommunication and lies smh, however I don't take crap from anyone and I don't take teaching for granted. This is my passion and if I feel like I am not being appreciated for what I bring to the table (school) then there's a problem. Sometimes, the devil thinks he can get you by sending his little animals to distract you from your purpose. What he fails to know is, if you serve God, then you will ALWAYS come on top NO MATTER WHAT! 

A lot of things were not handled correctly and I'm happy that I was able to set the record straight and start over. I was asked to come back after I left :). Now, because of the pandemic and covid, a lot of the old parents from our school were very hesitant about bringing their children to the elementary school with the numbers of cases that kept rising up. The idea of opening a spare classroom for "staff kids" because most of them were in Kindergarten or First Grade was the original plan, however, word got around and some parents wanted to keep their kids at the school. I was asked if I wanted to teach since I have my degree and was looking into the school system prior to COVID, Of course I accepted with a few changes and concerns that I felt needed to be met before I could fully commit. When I tell you God knows my heart and what was meant for me because a lot of changes transpired in the few months when he was working on my situation. He knew what and who I did not want to be around and it shifted QUICK. When I made my vision board back in January with a kindergarten classroom on it, I assumed it would be at the elementary school but God had other plans. He gave me what I wanted and needed at the same time. I'm still trying to figure out why I'm there but I know its God that placed me here.

I am honestly very happy and content with my class. For one, I know some of them from my prek and the other class from last school year. We are very familiar with one another. I am comfortable there because it is a smaller setting and its only 7 children. I am winging it right now because everything is fairly new and I am making up work from different resources and the students are actually understanding and making my job very easy. I can't wait to start teaching them how to read and write neatly :). It is very challenging to teach both grades and teach children with different learning styles but I am willing to try. My Motto this year is "Go With The Flow." It is not much different from Pre-K except they need to be reading by the end of the year and my first graders should already be reading in which they are. I know its only week 3 but I am confident for this school year and I am motivated to learn something new each and every day. This was somewhat of a venting/long post, but a lot of inquiring minds wanted to know the situation, and I was not ready to speak on it until the class opening was official and the other situation was gone :)

I am still in awe at this situation because only someone who is passionate about teaching will understand the feeling. 

What are you passionate about and why are you passionate about it?

Later Love Bugs, 
Elizabeth Jacas

What Brought Me Joy This Past Week (Week 3)


This week has really been a non stop one for me. My body is still adjusting to working outside of the home for 8 hours and still working on my own side hustles. I still find time to reflect and sit quietly with God and just thank him for what he has done me this past week. As you all know, I find 3 things that brought me joy for the week, and I reflect on that because it is so easy to be upset with what went wrong and lose sight on what blessings we have right in front of our eyes. 
1) My Job: 
There is back story and history on my job, but that is for another blog lol. I am grateful that I was able to start back working after 4 months (Pandemic). I was not suppose to be at this school BUT, God had other plans for me. I am taking this as a blessing and a reason. I am truly grateful for everything that has happened within the first week of me being there. My prayers were definitely answered more ways than one.

2) Remote Learning
I am very grateful that my husband's work schedule is flexible and he creates his own hours. We have decided to keep our daughters at home and not bring them to school. We do not want to take any risks in having them exposed to Corona while being on campus. I feel comfortable with them being home and learning at the same time. As parents, it is hard to make decisions like that, but we have to sacrifice for our children's best interest and that is my top priority.

3) Staycation With The Family
I had a great mini getaway with my husband and daughters this past weekend. Sometimes when I feel so down and out, just spending time with them, makes me feel so special and complete. This staycation was very much needed for all of us and we have regrouped and relaxed. I love family time.

What has brought you guys joy this past week?  Always look for the good in any situation. Be grateful for all that God has blessed you with.
Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jacas

Mini Staycation at Hutchinson Island Resort

 The past week in my opinion was a rollercoaster!! I went back into the classroom after 4 months of being home. My daughters are now doing remote learning, and our family is just trying to get back into the swing of things. My husband and I had the idea of going on a little staycation over the weekend just to get refreshed and let the girls enjoy themselves since their spring break and summer was very limited.  We had a great time and lived in the moment. Our oceanfront room was amazing!  If you feel you need a mini getaway, find a resort and jus treat yourself or your family... Even if it is for a night! We had a blast. 
Where do you like to go for a getaway? 
Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jacas


It is OKAY to take a Mental Health Day


Hey guys, It is 12:15am and I should be sleeping because I go back to work in a few hours. I have been out of the classroom for 4 months and it has been a blessing beyond measure for me. I have been so happy and able to reevaluate a lot of things and people. So going back to work for me with what had occurred is really taking a toll on my mental state. I did decide to go back to work earlier to get a head start on my classroom with NO pay just in-service hours smh. However, On day 3, I got an epiphany. I realized that I will not get a break anymore like I did the last couple of months and the smart thing for me to do is stay home, unwind, meditate, and clear my head before fully going into the classroom. Remind you, the first day of school is not going to be traditional. I'm going to be in new room, new grade, and dealing with Covid procedures that I am fully going to enforce in my room despite what others may say. So I had to really catch myself because I felt I was getting a little overwhelmed with everything.

If you ever feel like you need a day or two for yourself, you need to take it. NO ONE can tell you NO!! Your mental health is very important. You do not owe anyone an explanation either. I was supposed to go in two days prior to being back on payroll and I decided to stay in bed with my girls and watch Netflix. I slept in, drank my water, and minded my business. I didn't consume myself in anything that was going to affect my mental such as looking at certain pictures on Instagram, reading certain posts from people on Facebook, and I did not watch or read any news.

I used to feel guilty when I took a day off from work, or asked my husband  to take our girls out for the day so that I can have a break. But, Not anymore I learned that if I am not okay then everyone around me will feel my energy, and I am working on surrounding myself with positive energy at all times. 

Do any of you take Mental Health Days? If so, How does it make you feel afterwards?

Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jacas

What Brought Me Joy This Past Week (Week 2)


My last post I talked about the lessons I learned last month. This post is about what brought me joy. I had to really think about it because I felt like last week was somewhat of a blur. Even my memory got the best of me and that is why I literally jot down everything in my planner to use as a reference. So here goes the 3 things that brought me joy last week.

What Brought Me Joy

1) I got with my friend Kayla and completed a 10mile fitness challenge on the Nike Run App. It may seem like nothing, but when you are a working mom and wife, and have other things going on, setting a time to workout and  actually finish the goal is hard. I almost gave up and 2 hours prior to the challenge being over, I completed it. Having Kayla as motivation really helped me too.

2) Although I pray everyday, I wanted to connect more with God by starting a reading devotion plan. Everyday I read a devotion and summarize it in my journal. I did not miss one day. The devotion I am reading now is on  Bible.com. There is also an App for iPhone and Android. The name of the plan is "Stay Fit: Strengthening Your Connection To Jesus". It talks about different aspects in our lives and how we need to have Jesus and God in the center of it all. 

3) With my planner, I also create a daily to do list and I literally accomplished everything that was on it. As an active planner and organizer, it feels great to actually get all my tasks done. The way I prioritize 

What has brought you joy last week? It could be something small or something huge, either way be grateful and blessed.

Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jacas

What Has The Month Of July Taught Me?


Another month in 2020 is gone. Goodbye July, Hello August.. This year is truly going by super fast. I feel like I was super busy this month because of "Back to School" preparations for my daughters and myself. As I reflect on this month I realized that this too was a learning month for me.

What I learned
1)  I learned that no matter how much I can want something, if it is not meant for me I will not receive it. There were a few things I was so sure that I wanted and I thought I was going to get with no doubt in my mind but God put a stop to it or shifted it for something he knew that was needed. 

2) Family time is very important and leaves an everlasting impact on the children minds. I made it my duty to incorporate some type of family activity every week. This was written in my planner. 

3)  If I could reach at least one person and inspire them with my blogs, then I have succeeded. Because of the blog posts I have written, I have had at least 5 people tell me that I have inspired them some shape or form. My biggest influential audience were from the family time tie dye activity and my morning routine. 

4) Educating my girls on businesses and business plans early will be beneficial to them for their future. I feel with the internet and the way these children brains work, there will be more entrepreneurs than employees and I am okay with that. I want BOTH of my girls to reap those benefits. 

What did the month of July teach you?
Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jacas