Wellness Wednesday: Developing a Mindfulness Practice in Anxious Times

When I first heard about mindfulness a few years ago, I understood it to be a practice meant to help people relax when they felt stressed or anxious. And while that's not entirely untrue, years of schooling, working as a child and adolescent therapist, and developing my own mindfulness practice have broadened my understanding. Sure,… Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: Developing a Mindfulness Practice in Anxious Times

Friday Findings: My 10 School Essentials

  Happy happy Friday, friends, and what a glorious day it's been! Today I had a chance to stop over at my old school and see some of my favorite former students as they prepare for their first day of school this coming Tuesday. So many bright faces and so much energy filled the halls as… Continue reading Friday Findings: My 10 School Essentials

Thoughtful Thursday: Reclaiming My Time

By now you've likely heard about Congresswoman Maxine Waters famously and appropriately interrupting Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during last week's House Financial Services Committee meeting. If you haven't seen the video, I've linked it here, but essentially Maxine (we're now on a first name basis) asks a very clear and direct question that Mnuchin "responds"… Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Reclaiming My Time

Wellness Wednesday: Getting Headspace

Happy Wellness Wednesday, friends! Yesterday marked ten straight days of guided meditation with the mindfulness app, Headspace. Unfortunately, ten days of Headspace also means my free trial is up. Great! Now how am I supposed to find clarity and focus and also reduce my stress and anxiety (sarcasm)? While I think of new, free ways… Continue reading Wellness Wednesday: Getting Headspace

Motivational Monday: A Tale of 2 F.E.A.Rs

I have a friend who is so terrified of literally everything, she practically sits at home and hibernates. She's even rarely willing to engage in serious conversations because she's afraid of the possible outcome. Sometimes it gets to the point where she sabotages her own relationships. Now, if you're thinking "this doesn't sound like much… Continue reading Motivational Monday: A Tale of 2 F.E.A.Rs

Friday Findings

Happy Friday, friends! How is it possible that time can feel like it's both dragging along and flying by? I've been working at my old school in Massachusettes since late June, and here we are with just one week left before I head back home to Chicago. I honestly never thought I'd see the finish… Continue reading Friday Findings

Thoughtful Thursday: Being Present is a Present, a Reflection and Life Update

Happy Thursday, friends! Apologies for the late post, but I didn't know how to say what I wanted to say without being long-winded. That was a mountain I didn't quite conquer, so bear with me. I don't know much, but what I do know now is that for the first time in my entire adult… Continue reading Thoughtful Thursday: Being Present is a Present, a Reflection and Life Update

Kermit’s Cup of Tea: Friday Findings

What do you do when you have a ton of work to do but are totally and disgustingly sick? Power through--snot-nosed, congested, sore throat and all. I'm a mess right now and would definitely do a cartwheel to celebrate Friday's arrival if I could! So instead of the cartwheel, let's celebrate with a few of… Continue reading Kermit’s Cup of Tea: Friday Findings

Kermit Reads: The Sun is Also a Star Review

I was so in love with Nicola Yoon's debut novel, Everything, Everything, reviewed last week, that after hearing that her most recent novel, The Sun is Also a Star was even better, I knew I needed to read it, and so I did. I gave up shopping for Lent, so instead of purchasing my own copy, I stopped… Continue reading Kermit Reads: The Sun is Also a Star Review

Motivational Monday: Stand in the Sun and Walk in Your Purpose

During the spring of 2015, I was traveling in Brazil with some of my incredible students, when I started to consider a career change. At that point in my teaching, I'd only been in the game for about two years or so, but I soon realized that what I thought I loved about teaching wasn't… Continue reading Motivational Monday: Stand in the Sun and Walk in Your Purpose