On pressure

In thinking about enjoying a moment, I often think about how the pressure I place on myself can often rob me of the joy to be had in these moments. It's at work. On the days when I feel like I've lost my temper and failed to plan well, that I can't stop and see… Continue reading On pressure

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On neighborhood kids

It was a bright and shiny summer day, a mere 100 degrees at just 9:30 in the morning. I'm minding my own business just taking in the moments of a morning dog walking session, when out of nowhere runs a kid across the lawn. Franklin the dog, of course, goes wild. He's screaming and barking… Continue reading On neighborhood kids

A change of plans

I love planners. Out of all of my beloved new school supplies each August, picking out a new planner was always my favorite part. I also love google calendars. Plotting out my weeks and months way ahead of time and mentally readying myself for what is to come relieves my stress. Planning is my favorite… Continue reading A change of plans

An open letter to summertime

Dear Sweet Summertime, The ease of waking up and the welcoming presence of a new day give me peace. The freedom of laying in bed for way longer than necessary and no pressure to get up at a certain time. The collection of colorful mugs of cold brew each morning, not those evil travel mugs… Continue reading An open letter to summertime

You Have Nothing to Prove

Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard Jennie Allen “The constant feeling that no matter how hard I try, I cannot be enough.” You know a book has the potential to really wreck you, when you are looking at the cover already questioning the idea that is possible to NOT try so… Continue reading You Have Nothing to Prove

W is for Words

Words come slowly sometimes, and sometimes you have to let that happen. I can’t expect myself to crank out words on demand. They will come to me when they’re ready. Sometimes you can’t demand them to come two weeks before the deadline, and sometimes you have to wait until the night before your writing assignment… Continue reading W is for Words

V is for Victory

I wrote this sometime last year. I'm not sure when, but it must have been during the spring of my second year of teaching. I like this version of myself because it shows the highlights of the year and it shows me that life is not all bad. It makes me remember the small victories,… Continue reading V is for Victory