My First Class With VIPKID!

Story time with Lauren.

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You’re here for one of several reasons:

  1. You’re thinking about joining VIPKID and you’re soaking up every bit of content available like the sponge you are. In that case, welcome, prepare to be enlightened.
  2. You already are a VIPKID teacher, but you haven’t had any classes yet and you want to know what to expect. In that case, I’m happy to share my experience.
  3. You know me and want to know how my first class went. In that case, aww, thanks for asking.
  4. You clicked here accidentally and have no idea what I’m talking about. In that case, you’re excused. Not offended.

Anyway…

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Some stats for perspective:

  • Today is my 7th day with VIPKID and today was my first class.
  • I’m certified for Level 2-5, Trial, and Global Adventure (whatever that is).
  • It was a short notice trial class at 7:30 am (EST). (Shoot for the PPT if you can!)
  • She was seven years old, cute as a button, and smarter than I realized at first.

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You’ve Seen the 80s Aerobics Video, Right?

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This video makes me happy. It’s silly. It’s stupid. It shouldn’t be as entertaining as it is, but, dammit, I can’t watch it with a straight face. For your Feel-Good Friday, I present…

You could always watch the original, but the swapped music versions are better. There are some others with Taylor Swift, Fall Out Boy, and The Killers. Maybe more.

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Continuing Your Badassery

Feel Good Friday time! Here’s Jen Sincero’s final video in her Badass Video series. If you were interested in this coaching program, sorry to say, the link no longer works. This video was posted in 2013, so yeah. But the videos last forever! But don’t worry. There are other–much longer–videos on YouTube. I may post another one or two in the future.

This last video is about having a mantra. Some of the content is geared to promoting her program that no longer exists, but the rest is worth listening to.

The one take-away from this clip: when you decide to make a change, do it right away. The waiting is what causes you to back down. I agree with this 110%.

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You’re Still A Badass – Plus, Wall Update

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About two weeks ago I reviewed Jen Sincero’s You are a Badass (here), and before that, I posted one of her motivational videos (here). For your Feel Good Friday, here is Part Two of that video series to send you off into the weekend empowered.

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Do You Like Cookies? Do You Like Cookie Humor?

It’s Friday, people! Feel Good Friday to be precise.

So I spontaneously remembered–yes, that’s a thing–this comedian that I love. And you should also love.

Gary Gulman? Heard of him? He’s not as well known as he should be, and that’s a freaking shame. He’s hilarious! He talks about such simple, everyday things, but his observations are fantastic.Image result for cookies gif

And he talks about cookies. What more do you want? Oreos, Girl Scout Cookies, Fig Newtons, Fortune Cookies, to name a few. If you have an extra thirteen minutes and twenty-two seconds to spare, hit that play button and learn about the hierarchy of cookies.

On Pepperidge Farm:

I’m not gonna eat them if they’re all just in there milling around together. I need them separated in their own little apartments.

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You are a Badass – Book Review

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As usual, I’m late to the game. You are a Badass came out in 2013, and I’m just now reading it. Nevertheless, timing doesn’t matter. I would’ve been just as inspired back then.

 Click to buy now on Amazon.

Most of the information presented in these pages is common sense; you just need someone to remind you every so often.

For instance:

  • Don’t let fear rule your life.
  • Don’t be stuck in the past.
  • Stop procrastinating.
  • Take a risk.
  • Try meditating.
  • Believe that you deserve what you want.

But, you know what? I didn’t feel like, “yeah, I’ve heard this before.” Even though I have. I mean, who hasn’t? So what makes this time different? What sets You are a Badass apart?

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Hate Valentine’s Day? I’ve Got You Covered

Whatever you call it—Valentine’s Day, Anti-Valentine’s Day, V-Day, VD, Single Awareness Day, Wednesday—February 14th can feel like an extra long twenty-four hours. For some, it’s a day devoted to buying overpriced chocolates and flowers, making googly eyes at your significant other, and spouting off some prepackaged sentiments. For the rest of us, I’ve written this post.

If this ain’t your favorite time of year, don’t worry. You’re in the right place!

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I’ve put together this playlist and some movie recommendations for your upcoming Wednesday.

The Tunes

The Anti-Valentine’s Day Anthem:


For the angry:


For the realist:


For the sappy:

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No Social Media Traffic? Who Cares!

You’ve written an amazing blog post. It’s relatable. It’s funny. It’s on a current topic. It’s well researched. Gifs have been chosen and placed with the utmost care. And no one reads it.

Or…

You’ve made an awesome YouTube video. The lighting is perfect. Your script is on point. Your cute dog made an accidental guest appearance in the background to up the aww factor. And three views? Wait a minute. What?

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Can you relate?

I’m sure you’ve heard about people who make decent money as bloggers or YouTubers. My first thought is GOALS, but the more practical thought is huh, well good for them, I guess.

I’m a realist. Look, I like to dream as much as the next gal, but I also know the chances of earning a living through these means are smaller than mini. They’re mini-mini.

As a realist, here’s some real talk:

  • I write blog posts very few read.
  • I make YouTube videos even fewer watch.
  • I won’t get into this here, but I also have a manuscript I can’t get a bite on. It’s a lot all at once, you know?

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Listen.

You know what? Stop caring so much. It doesn’t matter. Don’t let numbers (or lack thereof) dictate your creativity.

It doesn’t matter.

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Start a 2018 Memory Jar

January is saying goodbye today. That makes this week the perfect opportunity to make yourself a memory jar. Don’t worry. It’s not too late.

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I started one of these last year, but like most year-long projects, I only lasted until February.

My classroom had a memory jar, one for each class, and the last week of school, we’d read all the little slips of paper the students had added throughout the year. We had some laughs. Good times.

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Find Your Inner Badass

Perhaps your 2018 isn’t exactly shining as brightly as you’d hoped.

Perhaps you’re in a slump. Or directionless.

Perhaps this doesn’t apply to you at all, but you clicked here anyway. (Thanks!)

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#nostalgia

If you came here hoping to learn how to find your inner badass, my apologies. Because I don’t know. But Jen Sincero does, and I’m taking notes. You’ve probably heard of her book, You are a Badass. I’ve just started reading it, so this isn’t a book review. But so far, I’m wishing I’d read it a long time ago. She is super inspiring, and what she says is so relatable! I love her conversational tone and how she doesn’t have a holier than thou-ness about her like some self-help style books do. I’ll most likely do a full book review when I finish reading.

Update 2/16/18: You are a Badass – Book Review

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