31 Days of Enjoying the Everyday Life: Taking a Break

I’ll be honest. Enjoying the everyday life was tough yesterday. Yesterday was very long day that began very early with dog throw up and ended with crying. (Not mine. Although I did watch This Is Us last night, so it was a close call.) There seems to be something about the hours between 4 p.m. … Read more…

31 Days of Enjoying the Everyday Life: Sports

My strategy for #Write31Days is to wait and see what stands out to me that day for my theme of enjoying the everyday life. Of course, this morning almost as soon as I got out of bed I began to worry. I began to worry that I wouldn’t find something or that it would seem … Read more…

31 Days of Enjoying the Everyday Life

Every October hundreds of bloggers join the #Write31Days challenge to write every day for 31 days on one topic. It is a great opportunity to really hone your skills as a writer and develop a good writing habit. I have wanted to participate in Write 31 Days for a couple of years now, but I … Read more…

On My Bookshelf: Church of the Small Things by Melanie Shankle

Melanie Shankle is one of my favorite writers. I just love her ability to tell a great story. So when I heard she had a new book coming out, I was excited. When I heard there was a chance to be on the launch team for her new book, I was thrilled! I applied and … Read more…

What’s True Wisdom?

In the days before school began one August, I carefully placed piece after piece of paper on the large bulletin board in my classroom. It was one of three boards that would welcome my students back to school. I am not a very artistic or crafty person, so finding and implementing creative ideas for bulletin … Read more…

On My Bookshelf: More Than Just Making It by Erin Odom

Has your financial world ever crumbled? Have you watched helplessly as your financial stability slipped away right in front of your eyes? What do you do? How do you survive? How do you move forward? These are just a few of the questions Erin Odom addresses in her new book, More Than Just Making It. … Read more…

How to Avoid the Comparison Trap

Do you ever jump right into trying to achieve a goal you’re excited about, pouring everything you have into it? You’re met with obstacles, yet you continue to persevere. Then someone achieves the same goal before you do. It also looks as though they achieved it with minimal effort. You instantly feel deflated; the excitement … Read more…

Five Minute Friday: Comfort

Five Minute Friday instructions: Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write.  START   Sometimes I think we are too comfortable. We like the way we like things and that is that. I know … Read more…

Reading is Fun! How to Make Summer Reading Fun for Your Kids

Now that summer is here, there is nothing my kids look forward to more than the educational opportunities that I plan for them. If only that were true. They want nothing to do with anything remotely resembling school work during the summer. I can completely understand this sentiment; I am a teacher and I want … Read more…

Five Minute Friday: Play

Five Minute Friday instructions: Write for five minutes on the word of the week. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write.  I want to play. Do you remember when you were a child and you got to go play? When I was little, … Read more…

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