#self-help

I AM accountable and responsible for my HAPPINESS! As 2016 is coming to a close, I am reflecting on how happy I’ve become.  The process of releasing the items on this list has taken years. I am closer now than ever! Complaining Limiting beliefs Blaming others Negative self-talk Dwelling on the past Resistance to change The need…

The butterfly and a tender heart…

Today, one of my middle school students found a butterfly with a wounded wing. She walked around with that butterfly cupped in her hands protecting it for a long time. When the bell rang, it was time to come in to my classroom.  Initially, my thoughts were, “… my goodness she’s going to bring a…

The Queen’s Voice…

During the program’s intermission, a friend came backstage.  She asked if I were nervous.  I don’t remember my response.  I do remember her telling me that she thought I may not win because my talent was ‘speaking’.   I was competing against girls who danced, played instruments, and sang.   The question at hand was,…

Success…teaching

It’s a beautiful holiday weekend.  Mom’s house is cleaned out and she is happy in her apartment.  Finally, I am seriously working on my coursework for my final semester in the teaching internship.   I’m just thinking about how much I love teaching.  Sometimes I regret not becoming a teacher years ago.  This is my…

Relieved…

As my mother’s only offspring, I am relieved that she decided to let go of many of her coveted possessions that became a burden to maintain as she aged.   In the past week, I have thought many times of what it would feel like if I were sifting and sorting through her things under…

Just dreaming…?

A few nights ago I had some amazing Chinese food. I had been craving it for a while.  My fortune cookie stated, “A dream is just a dream.”  For a moment I was taken aback.  It was an odd statement for a fortune cookie in my opinion.  Was that supposed to be profound?  Then, I…

Success…

Yesterday was the first day of my LAST semester in the teaching internship!   When I finished work, I was so happy and eager to get started reading week one’s course materials.  By the time I got home and sat down, I fell asleep.  At seven minutes to midnight, I woke up feeling famished.  I…

Lately…

I have been overwhelmed and a bit afraid by all that is happening in our country and in the world politically.  I don’t want to engage in the conversations anymore.  It’s tough to be “right” without condemning someone else to being “wrong”.  I don’t care about being either.  I just want to live and inspire…

Purposefully at Peace

Today, I realized that I have finally arrived at my destination.  For years, I have encouraged others to pursue their dreams, overcome obstacles, and transform their lives by being intentional.  If we teach best what we need to learn – they I have a PhD in that subject matter. For years, I was miserable on…

Intro to my authentic self…

For many years, I did not recognize Father’s Day as anything special to observe.  In fact, I would say this day meant nothing to me as my father had not been in my life.  My mother and he never married; they split before I was born.  When I was around 6 months old, my mother…