With the holiday season in full swing, I thought it would be a great time to revisit some of common social scenarios and provide some new conversation starters for those of you who find it challenging to mingle with strangers (potential new friends) at holiday parties or mingle with humans in general. Consider this my holiday gift to you!
Today, I'm remembering my mom on her birthday. To honor her this birthday, I'm thinking about the things that made my mom so special to me--the aspects of her that I carry with me daily and that bring me so much comfort as I navigate through this new(er) journey without my mom in physical form. For... Continue Reading →
When I was in five-year old kindergarten, our teacher had us participate in a mock poll for the upcoming ’88 election. She set up a private voting area to simulate what the actual polls were like. All we had to do was cast our vote on the ballot provided to us by our Scholastic News... Continue Reading →
The following is a guest post written by my dear friend & colleague Morgan. We've shared a lot this year: a classroom, ideas for several creative projects, and the grief of losing a family member. Morgan lost her brother in February from a Fentanyl overdose. In an effort to #shatterthetaboo around mental health and opioid addiction, here are... Continue Reading →
As I went to bed late Tuesday evening, realizing that Donald Trump would actually become the next president of the United States and no, this wasn’t some horrendous nightmare from which I would magically wake in the morning, I thought to myself, how on Earth am I going to get up and explain this to the... Continue Reading →
“The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside us while we live.” -Norman Cousins Several years ago, a friend loaned me his copy of Words I Wish I Wrote, compiled by Robert Fulgham. As a young professional, not too far removed from my idealistic liberal arts college days, my mind was... Continue Reading →
“Remember,” they say, “that the darkest hour of all is the hour before day.”- Samuel Lover It’s been far too long since I wrote my last blog post. I could give you a laundry list of excuses as to why this is the case, but I don’t believe in excuses. It looks like I’ve allowed... Continue Reading →
Did you know that it’s National Stress Awareness Month? Sometimes I feel like every month is National Stress Awareness Month as I am totally aware of the stress I’ve been feeling lately. Nothing out of the ordinary, just the usual stressors like paying taxes, thinking about what steps to take in my career, lack of... Continue Reading →