Esperance, WA

Esperance, WA is a beach town just south of where I live now.  It's the closest beach to us with a 4 hour (roughly) drive.  It's an easy drive that I don't mind as long as it is during the day.  This past weekend was our second trip down and a bit warmer to enjoy the beach more.  Saturday was a bit chilly for my liking, so we spent the day driving around and on the beach for some fishing spots.  (I spent time finishing a book I had been reading.)  Sunday we spent a long day at the beach and a quick drive around Cape Le Grand National Park

Downside to the trip though, driving home just after twilight and hitting a kangaroo on the way home.  Not a good feeling.  We're completely fine and the car was slightly damaged (only a small plastic piece needs replacing),  but don't think it was the same for the roo.  

Loving my GoPro and getting to take it on some more adventurous trips than a regular camera!

Hellfire Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Esperance, WA


Happy New Year & 2015 Goals

Happy New Year to everyone!  I rather enjoy the coming of a new year.  I love setting personal goals for myself, on a larger scale.  I hope to grow and learn each year.  Some resolutions, or goals as I like to refer them to, are cliche (always good to get healthy) or personal.  In some way, they help me grow as a person.

My 2015 Goals:

  1. Become closer to an Australian citizen. My time is limited on my current visa, but we're hoping to extend that to a more permanent visa.  I want to be able to get a full-time teaching job here in Australia, and that won't be feasible with what I currently have.  I want to know more and more about the culture and daily life here.  I would like to read up about Australian history, luckily being in some Aussie classrooms have taught me some minor things.  I would like to experience more Aussie adventures.

  2. Read & study up on primary education.  I've got a bit of time on my hands since I'm not teaching full-time and I'd like to read and research on some things that are out and about in primary/elementary education these days.  I want to stay relevant and grow as a teacher.

  3. Continue becoming more creative. I'm really enjoying my education blog (Fishing for Education) and creating resources for TeachersPayTeachers.  I've gotten some feedback, and I'm enjoying what I'm doing.  I also want to create things for my future classroom, and I like to share with others who may also enjoy them.  Plus, the Teacher Blogging Community is very inspiring!  I would really like to create a scrapbook for my Lifetime To Do List.

  4. Don't let fear hold me back from new things.  I hold back a lot in life because I'm afraid of things.  I don't know why I'm really scared, but I think it's mainly because I have a fear of new things that are not familiar to me. Luckily I have someone who pushes me to do new things without being too pushy that it shuts me down.  (Quite encouraging.)

  5. Eat healthier options. I'm a sugar addict and appreciative of the fried foods (Hello fries!), but I also have some digestive issues.  The best I felt was when I was pescetarian, but I also wasn't eating wisely.  I eat just the tiniest of meat these days (I love chicken!), but I want to be wiser about my choices.  To fully do so, I need to educate myself on what works for me and try new recipes.  (Thank goodness for Pinterest!)

Here's a review of 2014 Goals:

  1. Get Creative! - Well, I did get a little more creative with my blogging.  I expanded some of my blog post ideas here on this blog and decided to share more.  The most creative I got was when I created an education/teaching blog to share my stories of a teacher and create resources for other teachers to use.  

  2. Get Moving!  - This was all about going through with the idea of moving to Australia.  It had been lingering in my mind for a few years and we decided it was time to move.  Got my Holiday Working Visa and have been living in Oz for about 6 months.  

  3. Find Inspiration in Life! - One reason I don't document my life too much is carrying around my DSLR camera is heavy and I'm too self-conscious to take pictures in public.  My boy got me a Go Pro 3+ camera that is easy carrying, I just got to get out more and take pictures!

  4. Get Organized!  - Pretty good on this goal!  We even moved into our own place and it is pretty clean and organized here.  I even have ALL my paperwork together neatly into a binder.

What are your goals/resolutions for 2015?