41 Things to Be Grateful For

With Spring here, I’m ready for tornado season. With it come the thunderstorms and the possibility of the electricity going out. Only then do I notice my dependence on light bulbs, the internet, and kitchen appliances. If you are looking for things to be grateful for today or a reminder of the abundance in your […]

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If We Were Having Coffee

Monday, March 4, 2019 If we were having coffee, I would tell you that today I didn’t go to work because school was cancelled. I went to Starbucks to buy myself a cup of coffee and a sausage, egg, and cheddar sandwich. I rarely go to Starbucks.  Before I went out, I brushed off snow […]

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A Weekend Without Music

Saturday, March 2, 2019 I’ve been feeling like writing all day, and now that I’m in front of the screen, I don’t want to write anymore.  This weekend, my goal was to try to better listen to myself. (My most recent lesson on not listening to myself came from a tiredness that wasn’t normal. I’d […]

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To Become an Expert One Must First

Friday, March 1, 2019 My morning at school started with music. One of my students wanted me to listen to a song she’d composed on a music website. I let her play it because she’d actually wanted to show me the song a week ago or so. I’d told her I was busy grading and […]

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The “Hot Iron” Lesson

Have you ever burned yourself by accident with a hot iron, a cooking pan, or scalding water? It’s not fun, and you would never purposely do this. Last week, I let this happen to me in the emotional sense. I found myself being affected by things that are beyond my control.

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Tired of Being Tired

An Exhausted Teacher’s Journaling Session Lately, I’ve been really tired to the point of exhaustion which might be from burn out from teaching. This tiredness is trying to tell me something about the way that I’m living my life, so I decided to journal about it. Sentences that started with “I’m tired of” this and […]

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Why I Didn’t Give Up

A Personal Story One of the hardest experiences of my life was the first semester of teaching by myself from January to May of last year.  I say “by myself” because I also taught from September to December of 2017, but my sponsor teacher was always by my side to guide and support me every […]

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3 Writerly Things I Notice

#1. Writing in Movies  The other day I was watching a romance movie that you could say had nothing to do with writing. As always, I tend to find the writerly things in movies. In the movie, a woman gets a heart transplant. A year later, she sends a letter of thanks to the family […]

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3 Lessons from Reading Old Journals

#1. Every cliche phrase about time is true such as it’s only a matter of time and time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters. There used to be a time when I rode the city bus, so I taped my bus tickets inside my notebooks. Coworkers would also give me rides, and […]

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The Four Different Ways that I Journal

I once judged the actress Emma Watson for having what seemed to me like a bazillion journals to document her life. I wondered: why do you need so many journals to document the same life? Today I find myself admitting that I have several journals that serve different purposes. I now see the benefit in […]

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