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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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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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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New Dreams

It’s easy for me to get trapped in thoughts about meaninglessness. When driving in traffic, when grocery shopping, when brushing my teeth. Every day starts to feel the same. When we stop dreaming we lose sight of what makes life beautiful, meaningful, and exciting. I forgot about my ability to dream big dreams. I think […]

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When You Don’t Believe in Yourself

Whether you believe in yourself or not, and whether or not you believe in your dreams, wasn’t there a time when you needed a little nudge? Maybe a coworker or an uncle or a stranger told you what you needed to hear. Maybe they helped you by doing something for you that you didn’t expect […]

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How to Find Inspiration to Write

1. Inspiration From the Book You’re Reading What qualities do you admire about the book you’re currently reading? Do you admire the writer’s sense of world building? Their sense of humor or psychological loops and twists? George Orwell’s 1984 has a great example of world building. From the first page, you get this eerie feeling […]

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2984: A Short Story

Noelle rushed through the pedestrian traffic towards the university campus. She didn’t find it surprising to see a robot walking a dog. The year was 2984, and Modernization had become as normal cars, electricity, and the sun. Had she been paying attention, she would have seen a robot riding a bicycle next to her. 

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