A Lesson in the Failure

Starting graduate school last year was one of the most educational experiences I’ve had about learning to let go when the time isn’t right. I pushed myself into graduate school for multiple reasons, and by then end of 2018, I decided I needed a break from university. I can’t tell your right now if the […]

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How to Keep it Summery in Winter

Although I can’t say that I absolutely love summer, I am very sure that I dislike winter. Where I live, here in the U.S., we’ve only had five snowy days, and five snowy days is enough for me :). If I think about it, I find there’s a few things I love about winter: infinity […]

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The 2 Reasons (Excuses) I don’t Write on My Blog

I started my blog on the week Oklahoma teachers went on strike because I had more free time. Back then, I wrote more about teaching reflections and teaching advice. I thought I was going to share more experiences about teaching, but then I realized that those were not my most viewed blog posts. Also, my […]

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Who is Romain Gary?

Romain Gary was a french author who I wish had been taught in the literature courses I took. I found out about him from the movie Promise at Dawn (2017). The movie captivated me. From beginning to end, it focuses on the love between a mother and her son. I also found out that the […]

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The Complexity of Language

When I was in high school, a teacher assigned a project in which we could only pick one career as our topic. One of my classmates asked her what she should do if she had three careers in mind. For the sake of the project, the teacher told her that she could choose only one […]

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What does it mean to not hold back?

In her poem “Little Things,” Sharon Olds writes, I am doing something I learned early to do, I am / paying attention to small beauties, / whatever I have–as it were our duty / to find things to love, to bind ourselves to this world. Like Olds, Mary Oliver’s poems teach me to pay attention […]

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3 Benefits of a Writing Critique

Waiting on a critique of my writing caused me anxiety last October. I had built up the courage to submit the poems to an online program called The Bridge by Brooklyn Poets. I regretted submitting them for critique within the hour of sending them. I wondered what the poetry editor would think of my work […]

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2 Benefits of Gratitude Writing

My gratitude practice started simple. I listed one by one all of the things I was grateful for. Then it became more descriptive, more intentional. Now, when I write about what I’m grateful for, I explore in detail why I’m grateful. I challenge myself to describe how what I’m grateful for makes an impact in […]

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