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April 12, 2019

Body Dysmorphia and Anxiety, the Invisible Experience We Can't Ignore

Although I understand intellectually that I am thin, when I look in a mirror, sometimes all I can see is the areas that I'm not happy with. Fortunately, at this point in my life, I feel good about myself most of the time. I focus on what I like about myself instead of what I don't.

April 10, 2019

Seeking Harmony Instead of Balance

Many of us need permission to find harmony in our lives because we expect so much of ourselves that giving ourselves the things we need when we need them almost feels selfish. Taking care of our own needs and being able to address our passions is the only truly compassionate way to live.

April 01, 2019

When You Disagree With Your Child's Teacher, What Can You Do?

So as I continue to navigate the waters of change as an educational advocate for students, I'm eager to find a balance between my own personal crusade and the needs of my own child.

February 28, 2019

Getting Back Into My Flow State After a Break

No one likes the feeling of dragging themselves out of bed to go to a job they just aren't feeling right now, and the best antidote to that is finding our flow.

October 30, 2018

When School and Life Compete for Your Time, Put Your Family First

Education professionals throw their whole selves into what they do--at least I did. Always learning and feeling good at work often took me away from my family.

October 11, 2018

Sometimes the Answer is to Walk and Wait

Something that I'm coming to realize is that every day won't be a super productive day to enjoy. Some days just getting through and getting something done is enough. Then not judging myself too harshly for the challenge. This can be an obstacle as it rubs against my perfectionism issues and that starts another whole line of questioning.

August 08, 2018

Struggling With Depression and the Expectation of Positivity

I'm selfishly hoping that by sharing my struggles right now, I will feel better for writing about them and also have folks who I know can understand, despite how lonely and alone I feel when I go through it.

July 03, 2018

The Joy of Summer Projects

Because I need that creativity all of the time, especially in my job, I need to find ways to better center myself in the thick of all of it. When I was in the classroom, my students and experiences drove deeper learning that I wrote about and shared, there is nuance in the leader role that doesn't allow for the immediacy of that exchange any longer. However, since I'm learning new things all of the time, I need to find a way to channel that learning curve into shareable nuggets.

June 10, 2018

It's Time to End Mandated Summer Assignments

Let's spend more time in school promoting a culture of curiosity and learning that transcends school, not because we want to grade kids on it or give them extra credit or punish them for not doing it, but because learning for the sake of learning is its own reward. We can foster a love of reading in so many different ways.

April 12, 2018

Why I Opt My Son Out of State Testing

Let's start investing in our teachers and our schools and move to those forms of assessment, like portfolios for example. Using alternative assessments as a means to show growth is a winner for everyone and provides a level of equity that testing will never be able to provide.

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