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One of my former students came running to me at dismissal. He blurted, “Miss! I had a dream I wasn’t “top notch” anymore!” The look on his face was serious. Top notch was our thing last year. Jay* loves writing. Jay writes beautifully. One day as I was monitoring student work, I looked at him […]

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Let me first start out by acknowledging my absence on here for a few weeks. Y’all, sometimes I just don’t have the brain space to write as I’m so exhausted from my job.  But I’m pushing myself to post more consistently, as I do truly find writing therapeutic! Shout out to all 11 of my […]

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The crisp cool air and beautiful scenery of the lush orange, yellow and red leaves, the scent of a pumpkin spice candle burning in the background with a warm apple crisp baking in the oven….these, my friends, are a few of my favorite things about fall. I’m fully aware of how #basic I sound here, […]

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“So what do you like to do for fun?” Me: “Uh….eat.” No, seriously. It’s a hobby and I take it very seriously. About 2 years ago, I started seriously using Yelp to document my food experiences. I found the process of reflecting on my dining experiences and food an enjoyable hobby (because let’s be real, […]

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Oh, the feels. In one week, I managed to feel the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. I think the hardest part of [dating] relationships is dealing with the reality that people will always disappoint you, no matter their intentions. This week served as a reality check for me. I’m learning how to […]

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“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” -Maya Angelou Nothing like a Maya Angelou quote to speak some truth in your life, am I right? Maya’s quote is coming in clutch this week as I reflect on how sometimes I’m impatient with the course of life.  Sometimes, […]

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Teachers know the feeling well:  It’s Sunday night and you feel the churning of your stomach, thoughts racing through your mind, increased heart rate, and anxiety building in your neck…and you spend all night awake thinking of all the things you need to do.  This is what I called the Sunday Blues. Mix this in […]

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A couple of my single girlfriends and I were chatting about our current dating situations  (I mean, #standardgirltalk) and it went a little something like this: E: I mean,yeah, he tried to compliment me by telling me I was like a flower. I then gave him a confused look and he followed up with, “I […]

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If you’re a teacher or in education, can I get an “amen” for summer break?! My summer has officially closed out and with that, always comes a new set of reflections and goals for a new year. I totally measure my life according to academic school years because in many ways, it’s a fresh start […]

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