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!
I randomly highlight past posts. I wrote , "Neglect Not Today" years ago, but it still resonates with me today. You can read it HERE. The crazy thing is when I wrote it, my dream was to get married someday, have a baby, and get my degree. Little did I know, I would get married … Continue reading Flashback: Reflecting on “Neglect Not Today”
There comes a time in life when we decide to be happy regardless of how things turned out. I'm not talking about toxic positivity or pretending that things don't still hurt. I'm talking about focusing on things that we can control. I remember hearing Steve Harvey talk about how he was able to change his … Continue reading Today, I Choose Joy