February 2018: The Best Month Ever


I’m literally typing this on February 4th even though I have no plans of posting this until the end of the month because that’s how well February is already treating me. So many good things happened so far that I am so happy about.

On the 2nd, I got two wicked exciting emails that sent me into actual panic for a minute there. You guys have no idea how happy I am to be able to say this – I PASSED MY MTEL ON MY FIRST TRY. I’ll be honest with you guys, I low key thought I wasn’t going to. Everyone I had talked to about it told me that the Communications and Literacy test was randomly really hard, and no one passed it on their first try. I never get nervous about anything, and I was legitimately worried going into the four-hour exam last month (maybe because I hadn’t passed the practice test even one of the three times I took it… oops).

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Essentially, it was a test on your reading and writing skills, which I had always thought I was pretty good at, but I figured that if I only knew two people who actually passed the test their first time then it must be as hard as everyone was saying. It was multiple choice; each question with two answers that were definitely wrong and two answers that could’ve likely been right. Aka the most annoying type of test. I thought I felt pretty good about it when I had finished, but like I previously said, hearing nonstop about how hard it was made me second-guess myself. When people asked me how I did, I  told them that oh yeah, I think I did pretty well, yeah, I definitely passed, because I’m a big law of attraction girl. All the glory to God my strategy worked because UR GIRL PASSED!!!  Without even going to school for education. I’m proud of me. I was so shocked that I didn’t even believe what the email said, and made my cousin analyze the whole thing before I even reacted. I just sat there with my mouth open. Now enough about exams because I don’t want to think about them anymore until I have to study for my next one (coming up in March, ew).

Within ten minutes of receiving my passing scores, I got another email informing me that I had been offered an interview with an education program I am extremely interested in working with. I’ll save the update on this part for later – but it definitely added to my fantastic mood that night.

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The next day, I went to see one of my favorite bands in concert and my little emo pop punk heart was SO full. When I told my friends I was going to see Neck Deep, they all either made fun of me and said what the hell is that, or said of course you are. Simply by looking at me, most people probably wouldn’t guess that I’m secretly a huge fan of what I call ‘middle school music’ (follow my ‘Middle School’ playlist on Spotify @Sara Joelle to see what that entails – and also, yes, these bands do come out with new music; the band I saw is currently performing a 2017 album on tour). I don’t think I look the part of a typical person who frequents concerts with mosh pits and crowd surfing and whiny boy bands from the UK with spiked belts and ear gauges, but that’s who I am, take me or leave me. I definitely don’t do this all the time – like I said, my friends aren’t exactly readily available to go with me. I was so excited to go to this concert, you guys have no idea. I pray that my kids ask me to take them to these concerts one day. Maybe I’ll even crowd surf. Few things make me happier than angsty punk songs. I’m lame, okay, I know, We’re moving on now.

Speaking of those ‘few things,’ you guys already know that one of them is basketball. Specifically Boston Celtics Basketball. So OBVIOUSLY I had to be at Paul Pierce’s retirement ceremony game on February 11th. I can honestly say that, even though the Cavs absolutely killed us (I don’t want to talk about it), it was by far the most memorable experience I have ever had at the Garden.

(Guys, isn’t this a dope pic?! The only good part about sitting in row 7 of the balcony, lol)

Directly after the game, the ceremony to retire Paul Piere’s #34 commenced. Some of the most legendary Celtics greats were in attendance – Antoine Walker, Kevin Garnett (my all-time favorite NBA player – I shed a tear when I saw him), Rajon Rondo, the list goes on. Every single fan was on their feet as the higher-ups of the organization gave their speeches commemorating Pierce for his tireless efforts as a Celtic and thanking him for carrying us to the 2008 championship title. My personal favorite speech, though, was from former coach Doc Rivers (probably because his final seasons coaching in Boston was when I really became a die-hard Celtics fan). I feel so blessed to have been able to witness history being made. Nothing will be able to top seeing Paul and his family raise #34 to the rafters together, in front of the most dedicated and supportive fan base in the NBA. Pierce is officially evergreen.

February’s recap:

  • Spent time with my beautiful niece
  • Hung out with Jayme in her new home & her cute new dog Goose
  • Got facials with my mom
  • Visited my childhood best friend and her roommates in her new apartment in Boston
  • Reached all of my fitness goals with my trainer
  • Started going to a connect group (for those of you that don’t know what this is, the best way to explain it is by describing it as a mixture between Bible study and youth group, but for people my age lol)
  • Went to an interview for a really exciting potential new job (!!!)
  • Celebrated National Margarita Day in Hartford with my little





And that’s it for this month! Be sure to stay tuned for March’s update, I have a feeling its going to be a reallllly good one……





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