Good Vibes

School:

The last two months of 2017 were super busy for me.  I earned an A+ and an A in my two Fall courses at the University of Louisville, with an overall GPA of 3.9.  I am only 3 classes away from completing my 2nd Masters in Teacher Leadership and certificate in Diversity Literacy.  In August, I will also move up to Rank I KY Teacher Certification.

When I wasn’t studying, I took breaks to check out a few football games and a basketball game.  I had a ball tailgating with co-workers for the Clemson game. Murray State was a blow out, and the Syracuse game was on a rain delay that made me leave early. Seton Hall upset the Cards by two points in basketball.

Kelsie Smoot Univerity of Louisville

Teaching:

While teaching can be challenging, it remains a fun and rewarding career for me. My Smootents keep me on my toes, and I practice what I preach to keep up with them. I have the Physical Education part down pat. I want to focus on professional growth by teaching a skills based health curriculum with restorative practices for behavioral management. I started a twitter account, @KelsieSmoot to promote what my Smootents are learning.

Kelsie Smoot P.E. Teacher

Kelsie Smoot Health Teacher

Running:

On Thanksgiving, I returned to the hills for the 38th running of the Iroquois Hill Runners Thanksgiving Day Run. There are other turkey trots in the area, but IHR knows how to put on a race with plenty of cash prizes, giveaways, and food at the finish.

Results:

5 Miles- 42:57

3rd Place age group $10 prize

51/336 Female Overall

Kelsie Smoot IHR Thanksgiving Day Run 2017

During Christmas vacation, I ran the Santa’s Run for Our Kids in Winter Haven, Florida. The course was a double loop around three lakes and a residential area. The lake breezes blew my antlers off.

Results:

10K- 49:22

1st Place Woman Masters (40+)

2nd Place Female Overall

12th of 93 Overall

Santa's Run For our Kids Winter Haven FL

 

 

 

 

Self-Care:

My brother Brad has been visiting Louisville more often now that he lives in Indianapolis. My Aunt Vera came to visit and show support to my cousin Maria who is battling cancer. I got to visit my Grandma before the weather got too cold. When I’m craving stuffed chicken, Ruth’s Chris remains as my favorite splurge dinner.

I’m still fostering teenage girls which seems like a revolving door sometimes. We were all that age and know the struggle. My job is to provide as much support and stability to help them transition into womanhood.

Kelsie Smoot Smoots

 

I went to visit my parents in Florida for Christmas. We did a 45-minute session in the Salt Room in Lakeland. My breathing was so much better when I raced the following day. My Dad felt relief from his breathing conditions as well.

The Salt Room Florida

We kept it laid back with most of my time spent pool side and enjoying the lake views. The beach shore temperatures were too chilly for me to waste a day playing in the sand. Between my Mom’s cooking and dining out, I ate plenty of good food.

We ate at Hash House a go go in Orlando for the first time. The chicken and waffles rival my Las Vegas favorite in Grand Lux Café. Harry’s Seafood in Lakeland was absolutely scrumptious! Shrimp and grits with Oreo beignets for dessert gave me life.

Phillip Smoot Michigan, West Virginia, Florida

During the holidays, I was missing my Aunt Mary who passed away in Detroit back in July. She was always festive, immaculate, fun-loving and throwing down on some food. Her spirit lives through me.

Happy New Year everyone!!!

~KelsieLou~

Kelsie Smoot Louisville

 

About Kelsie Lou

Therapeutic Foster Parent, Teacher, and Runner who believes that life is what you make it. Envision, Empower, and Educate.
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10 Responses to Good Vibes

  1. Wow so many photos! Hope running is going well for ya!!

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  2. joshi daniel says:

    That is an active life 🙂

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  3. You can do it Girl!! Finish strong 🤗

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  4. First of all, I think you are the type of teacher I would always want. Your positive attitude toward your job, your life, and your passions are one of the things that makes you so magnetic!!

    Second of all…WOOHOOO!! Congrats on your races girl. You are killing it as always. I always brag about you to people because of that amazing finishing kick you have! LOL @ the antlers!! Only because that’s how we met!

    You’re working so hard and doing so well with your schooling. I’m proud of you friend. We still gotta get Indian food. Let’s do it soon!! Miss you!!

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    • KelsieLou says:

      Hey Karen!

      The Christmas run was my last time lacing up. It’s been too cold, and I had a horrible stomach virus. I will be glad when I can get back to the daily 6 miles. Zumba in the living room ain’t cutting it!

      Too funny about the antlers!! The lady behind me on the video passed me and I almost let her slide because I thought she was running the 5k.

      We will catch up in person after things thaw out a bit. 😉

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      • It is too cold. I agree. I am glad to be in recovery mode while this snow and ice is going through!! Florida was cold when I was there last weekend. And I’m currently fighting off a bad cold because of it. Was out of work for 2 days last week and still not feeling myself. It’s a deal. When it thaws, we’ll get some good eats and catch up!!

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        • KelsieLou says:

          I was out also for two days. It will be a slow roll getting back out there, but something is better than nothing!

          Btw, glad you found me on Twitter. I have not been seeing your blog posts on WP. My app only goes back 3 days. I must of missed them somehow. Wow, at all the Disney bling!!😀

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