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Sunday, September 08, 2013

This past week has been really rough. Nothing seemed to go well and I was having such bad luck with everything! I still managed to lose 0.4 pounds...I guess it's something. It's surely better than gaining, which is what I had been doing.

Yesterday was a great day though. I spent all day at school (as usual) with a great friend. We spent hours listening to music, hanging out and talking with the AMAZING cello professor at school, and I had a cello lesson. I also helped to host the University president's tailgate with the National Association for Music Education chapter at my school (which I am now vice president for!!!! SO EXCITED!)
I also have two more violin students who will be starting later this month, so things seem to be turning around!

I hope everyone is doing well!

Here are a couple of silly pictures from yesterday:

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TREV1964 9/16/2013 6:00PM

    How are you getting on with the Cello? - I tried one a while back and found everything back to front - and as for the bow hold - don't even go there.

After having a crash course on the thing I remained very certain that Yo Yo Ma has got absolutely nothing to worry about.

I found that by using the Tortellier spike I was able to get on with the bowing a bit better as it made the cello strings far more horizontal and violin like.

Looks like you are having fun anyway and a loss of 0.4 pounds is MASSIVE.



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CATHOLICCORGI 9/13/2013 9:25PM

    emoticon emoticon Love the pics!!
I had a rough week, also. But we Sparked it in spite of everything!
You go, girl!!!
Congrats on your VP position, and having more students! emoticon

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WRITINGRUNNER 9/12/2013 6:00AM

    Keep going! Glad you had an awesome day! emoticon

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Keeping busy!

Sunday, September 01, 2013

I have only been in school for a week and I'm already busy! I love it!
My eating habits are still not good, but I figure once I get settled and back into the school routine, I will have more time and energy to focus on nutrition. My mini accomplishment for the week is getting online to write this blog instead of going and eating a whole bunch of unhealthy stuff before bed!

I have been extremely motivated in music and school this past week. I wish I could be this way about everything...especially my goal to be healthier!
Today has been an extremely productive day, so I didn't eat that often...but when I did, it wasn't healthy at all. Other than that, it has been a great day.
I finished all of my homework, walked to the store to get my flute book, practiced violin for four hours, flute for an hour, and french horn for 30 minutes. They are all going really well! My technique on violin is improving immensely and I am feeling more and more confident about putting on recital in the spring. I'm learning some extremely difficult music, but it's actually coming along. I may even perform in some competitions this year!
My program would be as follows:
A short opening piece
BACH Sonata No. 1 in g minor (the 2nd movement fugue is proving to be the hardest thing I have ever attempted to learn)
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 5 "Spring"
SAINT-SAENS Concerto No. 3 (a few of you chose this one a while back when I was having trouble deciding which concerto to learn next) I absolutely love this concerto!

Flute and horn are coming along well too. I started flute on Tuesday and couldn't even make a decent sound and now I am able to play my required material with the correct notes AND up an octave...which just makes me really excited. I think it's a big accomplishment for being a string player. My horn sound is getting pretty good too.

Anyways, as you can see, I have been pretty successful with everything BUT food and fitness. I'm even ahead in my homework now. Hopefully soon I will be able to focus more on my health goals. I don't know why it's so hard for me to do!
It has been nice reading blogs and statuses and seeing what my SparkFriends have been up to. I will be back again soon to check in!

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TREV1964 9/7/2013 12:56PM

    That's a great program you are undertaking - the Beethoven is great - it's one I did at college in the eighties, my concerto at this stage for me was the Kabalevsky C minor op.48. The Saint-Saens is very ambitious so you must already be quite an accomplished player to manage something of this level. So pleased to hear you have settled in so well and that everything is going so well for you.



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I have always wanted to play the flute! Wind instruments were not my forte...LOL! Piano, guitar, banjo were my strong points. SAINT-SAENS is one of my favorite composers! Beethoven has my heart, though!
I think the eating healthier will fall into place. You have a lot going on. Take small steps towards reaching your eating goals. Don't focus on what you are't doing... focus on what you ARE doing right!

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    Well done, I have great admiration for being able to swap instruments like that. As a wind and brass player I have never managed to play any string instruments. I can never get past the squeaking stage!

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Day Two! Can I sleep yet?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It's the second day of school and I'm already EXHAUSTED.

A lot has happened in the past two days besides attending classes.
Yesterday (Monday), I only had one class but I definitely kept busy! I had a decent breakfast and was at school before 9 (which is actually late for me!) I practiced and then had my class from 10-11 and then my orchestra audition. I ended up getting second stand in the first violin section! Yay! Being back at school has made me a bit more confident about my playing. I have been called a prodigy and have also been asked to play with the graduate students for a series of projects that my orchestration class is doing! Pretty good for just a junior!
Anyways, I came home after a friend bought me lunch at a sandwich shop and took a nap, walked to the store, did laundry, and practiced.
Staying busy has made a big difference in my eating. I'm actually having meals now instead of just eating whenever I feel like it throughout the day.
Although, I keep forgetting that coffee also adds calories...and lots of them (at least the coffee I drink...mmm)

Today was even better (although, I couldn't resist a Starbucks frappuccino before orchestra!)
I got up at 5 to catch the bus in time to make it to my 8am class...where I played flute for the first time. Boy was that embarrassing...of course the professor HAD to choose me to get up in front of the front of all the wind players. Haha. I definitely need to practice.
Afterwards, I had my Elementary Methods Class until 11 followed by a french horn lesson, concert class, and three hours of walking around and observing a kindergarten class and two forth grade classes. That's when I made my quick Starbucks run and then had two hours of orchestra rehearsal.
Whew. Tuesdays are going to be tough. But I'm LOVING my classes!
Anyways, I mostly just wanted to check in and say that I'm finally making progress with my meals!
Exercise is a different story...but I can hardly even go outside right now due to a horrible fire that is bringing TONS of smoke. It is snowing ashes and I'm having a hard time breathing. It's not good to be out in this and I don't want to anyways, as it makes me feel really sick. I'm hoping it clears up soon, but it has been this way for almost a week.
I also hope everyone is safe from the fire!

Well, that's enough rambling for the night. I'm extremely tired and probably get some sleep. I will check in again soon. Thank you, as always, for reading my blog. You guys are WONDERFUL! Keep up the good work everybody!

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TREV1964 9/7/2013 12:50PM

    Sounds like you are having a great time at college.
Out of curiosity what works are you playing in Symphony Orchestra rehearsal?

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PLMITCH 8/29/2013 8:51AM

    Keep on rambling!

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WEARINGTHIN 8/28/2013 1:49AM

    I hope you keep practicing can hear you with a major symphony orchestra some day. Glenn

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Working towards the best things!

Friday, August 23, 2013

I haven't been on here much at all, so I am just checking in and then going to bed since I have to be up at 3:30 tomorrow!
I have been keeping busy! The last two days I have been going into a middle school to help out a bit and also see what happens "behind the scenes" during the first week of school. (Which is also what I will be doing all day tomorrow.)
We go over some basic stuff that teachers have to do in some classes at the University, but it's great to see what actually happens during the first week! I'm so lucky to be able to go! And I am watching an absolutely WONDERFUL teacher! One that I hope to be like!

With all this, I am leaving little room for negative thoughts. With school starting up next week, I can't stop thinking about classes, practicing, learning, teaching, and all the wonderful things that come with it. I am definitely looking forward to new experiences, knowledge, and students as I go into my third year at UNR. Especially because I know that my hard work goes towards something that is indescribably amazing-- being a music teacher.

Keeping busy like this is making it easy to stay away from tons of food, so that's another plus. And everything I'm doing is working towards amazing things including reaching my goals.

I hope everyone else is doing well! I will be online again sometime this weekend to catch up.

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CATHOLICCORGI 8/24/2013 8:20AM

    emoticon emoticon
Some thoughts from the Daily Motivator...

How good you have it

Remind yourself today how good you have it. Then allow yourself to make it even better.

Step back from the immediate challenges and frustrations, and look at the big picture. In the big picture of your life and your world, see the positive possibilities.

Let your awareness be filled with gratitude for all that is, and for your unique perspective within it. Treasure what you are thankful for, and be thankful for what you treasure.

The daily pains and setbacks are indeed real, and can certainly be very serious. Yet above and beyond all that, is your profoundly amazing existence, and every good possibility you can imagine.

There is much that must be done, and there is even more that you are able to do. Experience for a moment how good it feels to have the opportunity to make a difference.

Then act on that opportunity, make a real and beneficial difference in life, and feel even better. Remember how good you have it, and celebrate your good fortune by making even more.

Ralph Marston


You are AMAZING! You've taken charge and you're becoming a teacher!!!

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GUITARWOMAN 8/23/2013 12:15PM

    You sound really optimistic, so good to hear!

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Nobody's perfect.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

This past week has been tough and I've pretty much been an emotional wreck.
I'm home again in my apartment and since my roommate is still out of town, I've had some alone time to think (and eat, unfortunately.) I'm trying not to beat myself up over my eating. These bad habits aren't ones that can easily be changed overnight and the things that have happened have made it hard for me to focus on it as much as I would like.
One thing is for sure, though-- I am still working on it. My mindset is slowly, but surely, changing.
After having some time to clear my mind and think (without being constantly yelled at), I sought out the things that make me happy, the reasons why I keep pushing myself no matter how hard it gets.

emoticon Teaching. Something I will always love. I have the opportunity to make a difference in other's lives. I have the chance to influence and change lives. And that is such a wonderful thing. This is why I strive to be the best teacher I can possibly be.
I was thinking about a former teacher the other that I had in middle school. Even though we didn't talk much, she changed my life. I remember her kindness and her apparent passion for teaching. She gave me strength to push on through a tough time when I was being hurt both at home and at school. She was the only one to ever say anything about my bruises. As a result, I wasn't hit as much at home. I don't think she realized what a difference she made in my life, so I found her contact information and emailed her. I thanked her for what she did and for inspiring me to keep pushing on, and told her how I am at college studying Music Education. I wasn't even sure if it would go through, but it did...and she responded! It was so nice to hear from her and it helped me feel a lot better.
emoticon School. I just love learning, and always will. I enjoy putting full effort into my work. This is one part of my life where I am successful and I'm proud of myself for maintaining a 4.0!
emoticon Music. I think this is pretty self-explanatory. Music is always there, and always will be. Being able to share this with my students and seeing their accomplishments and growth through music is the best feeling in the world!
emoticon Friends. Including my SparkFriends! I'm so lucky to have such great friendships and support. I love and cherish my friendships very much.
emoticon Dreams of the future. I can always dream of one day having my own, close family and being a successful music educator, having a car, reaching my goal weight, etc. And I can work towards making those dreams a reality.

Things may not be great right now, but I have decided to allow myself to be happy. Maybe I'm expected to be hurting, crying, running back to my family, giving up, or whatever. I don't know. All I know is that, I have too much good stuff going on to allow that to happen. I am incredibly lucky. And while it is not likely to be happy every minute of my journey, I am overall happy.

And no matter what life throws at me, I will get through it. I will push on and I will never give up.

Thanks to my fellow Sparkers for helping me get back on my feet. emoticon

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TREV1964 8/21/2013 9:55PM

    You seem to be in such a better place than you were at the writing of your last blog. I am so pleased to see this and hope everything continues to go OK for you.

You always know where I am.



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INSH8P 8/21/2013 5:39AM

    I use SparkCoach. The motivational quote today came from Marva Collins.
If you have time, and can do an internet search using "Marva Collins success", find the link that includes "edocere". That link has her biography, and some wonderful quotes to sustain your motivation to be the best teacher that you want to be... emoticon

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CATHOLICCORGI 8/20/2013 11:11AM

    Not only are you gifted in music, you are talented as a writer, too!
I hope you are keeping a journal, as one day you can use what you have been through either as inspiration for music, or a book! My writings from years ago also prove to me how God has had a hand in my life, and how "this too shall pass".
Stand up for yourself, and remember YOU matter, and are worth every effort you make to improve yourself!
You are going to make a fantastic teacher! Your head and heart are in the right place, and keep putting one foot forward, one day at a time. Life happens, and you ARE victorious!
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emoticon for sharing from your heart, and writing a blog we all needed to "hear" !!

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WRITINGRUNNER 8/20/2013 3:31AM

    This is a lovely blog. You have so many good things in your life.. Keep going emoticon

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