5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Me

  1. The Navy Teacher originally was based off of my blog Cambria Bridget that I created when I was studying abroad in college. I updated it a few times after studying abroad but really couldn’t find a focus. After (finally) discovering my passion for in life (teaching!) and learning to adapt to a military lifestyle I realized there were so many amazing women out and to create a community that supports each other through authentic experiences and stories! I’m still learning how to be a better educator, a better wife, and ALLLL about the military world; but, I know I am not alone and we are in this together!

  2. I changed my major FIVE times in college. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but in college I wasn’t interested in the education classes so I jumped around from major to major (Education, Media Production, International Relations, Marketing, Sports Administration, etc.) until finally I fell in love. I graduated a B.A. in Political Science, B.A. in Sociology, a Certificate in Conflict Management from Pepperdine School of Law (I thought I was gonna be a lawyer for a hot second), and a bajllion credits in other subjects. By taking max credits every semester and summer, I was able to graduate in four years. Studying all of these subjects taught me how interconnected our world is and how we label people as “math” or “science” and encourage them to pursue college or careers because of money, not passion. I realized through all of this that what I am most passionate about aren’t the jobs that make money or are famous, but the ones that on a micro-level change people’s lives and I feel called to serve others in the way Christ did. This journey led me to where I firmly believe that I am suppose to be ~ a social studies teacher earning my masters in curriculum, instruction, and teaching. I want to help change education for the better and empower students to be cultivators, creators, and critical thinkers.

  3. My husband and I met in at a Canadian bar in Switzerland! We look back at that night and realize how silly we were to not start dating. It took us a whole year and a half until we actually started dating. I always knew he wanted to go into the military, but it was been such a fun (and challenging) experience to adapt to military life together. We are learning to be flexible, excited, realistic, and everything in between together. With him (and the US Navy), life is always a new adventure and I am so excited about that!

4. I think I was secretly built for military life and God was preparing me all along. My whole life I have always loved traveling, exploring new places, pushing my comfort zone, and logistics. I get excited about figuring out solutions and constantly cultivate a life filled with joy. Since 2013, I have moved EIGHT times!!! From California to Italy to Switzerland to Argentina back to California to Washington D.C. to Connecticut and now Colorado. I have learned how to be flexible, but realistic and to pursue my passions each step of the way.

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5. Interior/Graphic design is secretly my favorite hobby. When I was a little girl, and before the world of Pinterest, I would sprawl across the living room floor cutting magazines of kitchens, living rooms, backyards, dining rooms, etc. and creating dream houses with poster boards and tape. I had a doll house that I would “redecorate” every six months by painting the inside walls different colors and re-doing the furniture. The primary spaces in our life tell a story and have the ability to make us feel at home and safe. That’s why, regardless of where we are living, I try to create an environment that embodies our life through clean, comfortable aesthetic and encourages a loving home. This also goes to my classroom too. I believe it’s not my classroom, but OURS. By creating an inviting and welcoming space for all students, we can learn to respect and love each other in this room despite our debates and disagreements. The way to cultivate a room has the ability to alter our mood and space our perspective.

Balance

It’s all about BALANCE!

There are days where I can spend *hours* diving into lesson planning, creating, and challenging myself so I can create the best learning experience for my students. I lay awake at night thinking about each kiddo and what I can do to meet their needs. And then there are days where I can barely get out of bed because I am so #teachertired and I’m exhausted. 


I think that’s perfectly okay to be excited about a lesson, or unit, and dive head first but also need to take a step back to recharge ourselves. 


We are strong. We are educators, creators, cultivators, collaborators, counselors, friends, cheerleaders, enforcers, mentors, designers, and so much more app wrapped into one. Our mental health is so important because it enables us to show up present, healthy, and available for our kiddos.

Passions

Our time is so valuable - and how we choose to spend each day is the culmination of our life. Recently, I’ve been reflecting on how I spend my time and whether these actions bring joy, laughter, and happiness into my life.

WE HAVE THE POWER TO CREATE A LIFE THAT WE LOVE;

ONE THAT IS FILLED WITH OUR UNIQUE PASSIONS,

EXCITEMENTS, AND STORIES.

I believe we see personal growth when the vehicles we which to achieve our passions change. We are not stagnant individuals, but rather made to bloom in our own unique ways.

Today, I wanted to share with you my four biggest passions right now in my life and the guiding values for my life (and my blog!!). I am so excited to be focusing on these four passions, exploring them more, and seeing where they take me!

EDUCATION

Since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I love seeing my students each day, growing with them, learn along side them, and helping them achieve their goals. Currently, I teach high school social studies in Colorado and am earning my M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction! I am passionate about creating engaging lessons and develop 90% of the lessons I teach from scratch and I love sharing ideas with other teacher friends! 

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Health and wellness has always been an integral part of my life. For over ten years, I played  volleyball at the national level, basketball, and ran track. After injuries in high school, I had to learn from scratch what I needed to eat to fuel myself, exercises that empowered me, and how to find BALANCE in both my physical and mental health. Since then, I have worked at lululemon as an educator, focusing on running and spinning, coached volleyball and basketball, and am excited to start working on my yoga instructor certification!

CONFIDENT STYLE

Style and fashion is a form of self-expression. I passionate about feeling confident and beautiful in what I wear, and choosing pieces that express my fun, flirty, sporty, and casual style. When I’m not sporting athletic gear, I have a fun, casual style and can often be founds in various shades of blue. I love finding new pieces to add to my closet that I can mix in with daily life and my teacher style! 

POSITIVITY AND LOVE

Kindness is the bedrock to any relationship and that starts with being kind to ourselves! I am passionate about spreading kindness, positivity, and love to our community, but also to ourselves. I believe that we can change the world with a smile, holding the door open, and loving others the way Jesus did. 

I love this community, hearing your stories, and learning about your passions. What are some of your greatest passions? How do they manifest in your life?