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SLP Link Up for September

I love a good collaboration! Especially when it has to do with awesome SLP bloggers! I am super excited to link up for All Y'all Need's September link up! Be sure to check it out, it's prettttttty awesome! I would never have found out about PicMonkey if it weren't for her! Here's mine:

Schooling: Many of you know that I'm starting on Monday 9/9/13 (ahhhh!) at my new (and first) job in an awesome elementary school! The staff are great and the students rock! 
Excited: You guessed it, I'm excited about a) being a real SLP and b) starting my first job! I'm also pretty psyched about documenting the whole thing on instagram!
Prepping: I am prepping like you can't even imagine. Like the end of the world is near and to survive we need speech supplies and activities. I can't wait to get started with my new little kiddos!
Trying: Well, like many a new grad who now has an abundance of free time on their hands, I have no idea what to do with said free I'm trying new hobbies and activities for pleasure - who knew that existed - and I'm trying to relax and enjoy my CF!

I hope you'll check out the great posts from the other awesome bloggers, and have a GREAT September! Comment below with your SEPT goals! If you're looking to link up, be sure to visit All Y'all Need's blog!

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