How to Take Your Gratitude Practice Up a Notch

Sometimes we forget that we are not the only ones working hard to make the day go smooth. Whether it’s in our jobs or in our families or in our communities. Just like we put a lot of effort and dedication into our jobs and roles, so do our coworkers and our managers at work, […]

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3 Things You Can Learn from Having a Bad Day

Bad days usually start in the morning. You wake up late. Everything seems to be going wrong. You forget something important like a lunch bag. Everything seems reflect your conclusion that yes today is a bad day indeed. Our bad days have gems if we’re willing to find them, and sometimes a bad day is […]

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Telling Stories at a Bonfire without Any Companions

The outcast, deep thinker, and storyteller, Thomas Builds-the-Fire, doesn’t stop sharing his stories even when no one listens to him and everyone rejects him in Sherman Alexie’s short story “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona”. He says: “We are all given one thing by which our lives are measured, one determination. Mine […]

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Daily & Weekly Routine

I’ve been thinking a lot about routine lately. It’s something that stands out to me a lot. All of the ways in which life is the same every day. For me routine is probably more detailed in the afternoons and evenings versus the mornings. I like to have a cup of coffee after work. I […]

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7 Things That I’ve Learned from Blogging

Yesterday, marked the first-year anniversary of the first blog post on this blog. To be quite honest, I don’t know how I got here. I say this because I never purposely set out with a specific purpose or dream for the blog. I just wanted to have a blog of my own to write for […]

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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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