Does Self-Improvement Ever End?

What habit, fear, or insecurity did you have in the past that you no longer have? Was there something you thought that you weren’t capable of achieving but you did? For me, these past few weeks, I’ve reflecting over my self-growth in my career. During my first year of teaching, I wasn’t stressed one bit […]

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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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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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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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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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What is Your Word for 2019?

Do you choose a word to set the tone for the new year? I don’t remember where I found this tradition of picking a word as the theme for a new year. But I love the simplicity of it compared the complexity of creating a list of goals.  As I prepare to wrap up my […]

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The Impressions of These Lines

I found the  following lines in Louise Gluck’s poem “Echoes” from her book Averno: “From our kitchen garden / you could see the mountains, / snow covered, even in summer. / I remember peace of a kind / I never knew again. / Somewhat later, I took it upon myself / to become an artist, / to […]

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One Lesson on Writing

When I was in high school, I carried poetry notebooks that I made all of my  friends read. When I read most of them now, I can tell how I felt in those poems, but I  have no idea what I was talking about in some of them. I was very dramatic about everything. Actually, I still find […]

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The Nature of These Lines

I share poetry lines that move me and why they move me in this poetry series called “These Lines.” I am still reading The Carrying by Ada Limon, so lines from her poems made it to this series again.   I hate the world, the pain of it that circles in us, that makes us […]

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What Love Letters Teach Me about Writing

The other day I watched P.S. I Love You for the first time even though it’s a popular romantic movie. Even though it’s not a movie specifically about the writing process, it teaches three things about writing that I actually already know, but that I don’t mind being reminded of.  If you have already watched […]

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