Self-care isn’t only for weekends

Self-care means listening to your body’s needs, tending to what needs attention in yourself. Self-care isn’t only for weekends. Care for your needs every day. You know what works best for you because you know your strengths and weaknesses, your personality, your schedule. When you want connection or need help, find the right person to […]

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On Showering the World with Kindness

Being kind is something that we’re taught early on. We’re taught how to share our things. We’re taught how to put ourselves in other people’s shoes so that we can better understand them. But it’s often easy to forget to nurture kindness in ourself and in our interactions with others. Being kind takes practice and […]

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Nourishing our Inner World

I’m currently reading the book in search of wisdom: A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on What Matters Most by Matthieu Ricard, Christophe Andre, and Alexandre Jollien. One of the things I love about the book is that it’s written in a conversational style versus an informational, as-a-matter-of-fact style. The authors share their thoughts […]

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12 Ways to Show Love

When we see the world through eyes of distrust, it can be hard to find a reflection of love from the world. Sometimes we wait for others to open up first. We wait for them to show us that they love us. Then we decide how much we will love them back. I have learned […]

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After Missing Death by 43 Seconds: A Short Story

Missing death by 43 seconds could have inspired Marcos to live life to the fullest. Instead, he became cautious, and, to everyone’s surprise, he started attending church regularly. He would never know that he missed death by exactly 43 seconds. He soon forgot that 5 other people had died in the car accident. His only […]

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Short Story in a Rainy Day

To complement a short story that I read yesterday, the rain kept pouring and Youtube decided to play the songs of an Italian pianist and composer named Ludovico Einaudi. I have a collection of literature books that I have kept myself from donating because those things were expensive. I haven’t read every single text in […]

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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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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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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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These Lines Belong in Love Letters

I’m going to start a poetry series in which I share poetry lines that move me and why they move me. Sometimes I really believe I can turn anything into a you. by #MelissaLozada-Oliva from “I’m So Lonely I Grow a New Hymen” I love symbols and symbolism. When I see specific things, sometimes I […]

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