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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If You Could Go Back in Time, Would You Do Something Differently?

If someone were to ask me, Ms. A, if you could go back in time, would you choose to be a teacher again?, I would answer: yes. I can’t tell you that I see myself as a teacher for the long run, but the journey to becoming a teacher and later the journey to becoming […]

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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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On Surrendering

I forgot how time-consuming job applications can be. (If you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting, that’s what I’ve been doing in my free time.) My dream is to “start my life” out of state, as if I wasn’t already living my life here. I know I want to take root somewhere, and it’s not […]

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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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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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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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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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Dear Writer with Frustration, Inspiration, & Passion

Dear writer, I’m with you. Like you I’m waiting for my breakthrough. Out of frustration and out of inspiration I write here. First, because even when literary journals or magazines have rejected my works, I refuse to believe that my writing isn’t worth publishing. Second, because Etty Hillesum, a not-so-well-known writer died too young and […]

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One Lesson from Etty Hillesum’s Diaries

  It never ceases to amaze me how I continue to learn from dead people who are not blood related. While reading Etty Hillesum’s diaries which were written from 1941 to 1943, I found myself dog earring pages where I found quotes applicable to my life. One of the things that amazes me about Etty […]

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