A little disclosure about myself: I’m a substitute teacher. To most people, that means I go to schools every day and I monitor student behavior and give them a “free” day. For me, it’s a little different. Since I’m temporarily living in Minnesota, I decided to work this job because it gives me a flexible schedule and I am able to teach what I love – math! That being said, I typically sub for upper grade levels for math teachers at a variety of schools. My schedule is never consistent.
How do I cope with that? A few essential tools: my planner, a cup of coffee, and a consistent, quick breakfast.
The Planner: I use Passion Planner and I try fill it with EVERYTHING. Not only to keep myself feeling organized, but to keep a journal. I record my sub jobs, planned workouts, how often I floss, self-care rituals, doodles, inspiring quotes, personal goals… all of it. As each day presents itself, I scramble for spaces in my weekly layout to make a visual representation of my life and how I spend my days. My planner is an essential because it makes my hectic schedules and endless priorities fit together perfectly, but still allows me I have lots of free time in between.
Disclaimer: more planner rants + raves to come.
The Coffee: Coffee is life. We all know that. The rituals of french pressing, cold brewing, and even pouring the packets of instant coffees bring a sense of hope for my day. Even if I’m waking up at 6 AM instead of 8 AM? I can freaking do this.
My favorite lately? Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee. You can get a whole bag of it, or little instant packs, too!I can’t get enough of this stuff. I get the instant coffee packs that are fortified with cordyceps and chaga mushrooms to give me that extra alertness throughout my day. This coffee actually uses half the amount of caffeine that you’d typically get in a cup of coffee – but those mushrooms give you a natural energy that coffee has nothing on. Bonus! No caffeine crash – AT ALL – seriously… it makes you feel amazing. Those mushrooms seem like they’d be kind of gross right? They aren’t. Somehow they take all of the bitterness and some acidity out of the coffee and make it taste extremely smooth and very easy to drink. I jumped from regular coffee (or cold brew concentrate) w/ almond milk to the mushroom alternative and it is l i f e c h a n g i n g. This is the future.
What better way to help my ever-changing schedule seem a little more smooth? The smoothest cup of joe. Also, have you seen these cups – I got some for Todd for Christmas and they are so cool! And they work so perfectly. They have a little hole in the bottle so that it doesn’t fog up the glass, too!
That Quick Breakfast: Oats! Oats! Oats! I eat oats just about everyday. As a sub, I NEVER know when my next break to eat will be. Could be at 10:30? Could be at 1? Oats hold me over no matter what. I dress them up – a lot – though. Regularly, I add peanut butter, almond milk, chia + flax seeds, and frozen blueberries. Sometimes I throw in chocolate, quinoa, banana, agave, coconut flakes, other grains… it all depends on my mood and what we’ve got available. Any way, it’s always good, comforting when I didn’t want to get out of bed in the first place, and makes me feel ready to get out the door without the fear of being deathly hungry by 10 AM.