Did you know I can hold a note? I promise I'm going somewhere with this. I sang in my high school's Acappella choir, All-City Honor Choir, and competed in UIL competitions. I've sung in church for years. I even got a voice scholarship to college. Yet, something happened about ten years ago. I lost my … Continue reading Give Yourself Permission to Make Mistakes
I've seen numerous first-year teachers setting up their classrooms this week. I also got a memory this week of setting up my first classroom, which was surreal. Six years ago, I took a leap of faith, left corporate America, and followed my dream of becoming a high school English teacher. It has been the most … Continue reading 12 Things I Wish I Knew as a First-Year Teacher
It's August! It's my birthday month! And I'm excited about it! I used to dread celebrating my birthday. It always made me sad for a combination of reasons that had nothing to do with getting older. It was supposed to be a fun day, but it was the opposite. During my teen years, there was … Continue reading I Used to Dread My Birthday!
It's here, and I'm super excited about it! This writing challenge has been in the making for a while. Too many of you have expressed a desire to turn your story into a book. Does This Sound Like You? You've always wanted to write a book but have no idea where to start.You have a … Continue reading 5 Day Writing Challenge!
Do you struggle with how real to be in your writing? I wrote a post about this same subject years ago. You can read it here. I wanted to do part II, especially since I have exciting things happening in August, like the 5 Day Writing Challenge. When I wrote my first novel, I got pushback … Continue reading Christianity and Your Story: How Real is too Real?