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 Solo 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 … Continue reading Give Yourself Permission to Make Mistakes
Everything happens for a reason. You should be happy. Stay positive. Things could always be worse. Look on the brighter side. Failure is not an option. You should be happy for them. Your dreams should scare you. God never gives you more than you can handle. Just don't think about it, and it will happen. … Continue reading Toxic Positivity: Why We Should Stop Saying Everything Happens For a Reason.
A friend of mine posted a video that completely changed my view about this quote. I know you've heard the saying, "Jack of all trades, master of none….." Someone may have used it to shame you. If so, please keep reading till the end. It will be worth it. Over the years, I've allowed certain … Continue reading The Jack of Trades Dilemma
I’m often torn about how “real” to be when it comes to writing. I’m not a cookie-cutter Christian and I don't want to pretend to be. Some Christians make the mistake of pretending to be something we are not. We are flawed, we make mistakes and our actions don't always reflect our beliefs. Don’t get … Continue reading Christian Writer: How Real is Too Real?
After losing my daughter, Journey, I struggled with believing in God. I’ve felt stuck in the “season of the unknown” and needed a glimmer of hope about where to go from here. Prayer and journaling helped walk me through the most challenging time in my life. I created the Journey of Faith: Prayer and Dream … Continue reading Prayer and Dream Journal
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. This week, follow me on IG @ebby_writer for daily stories, fertility tips, and more! My sister-in-law posted a message on Facebook not to invite her to baby showers because it's too painful right now. I immediately felt seen because I've felt the same way since losing my … Continue reading I Still Can’t Attend Baby Showers
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!