My First Memory

Five o’clock pm of July 26 was the time of my first breath in this world. It was 1991, and we were in northern Idaho. My first memories were not emblazoned upon my mind for years to come. We moved to the east coast when I was two years old, which didn’t leave much to … More My First Memory

Days Ahead

So what kind of beat is life currently jamming to? The beat of adventure, that’s what! Adventure, the future, forward thinking, anticipation, all that sort of thing. In light of that I thought that I’d post a couple of links and blurbs about some of the things I’m finding more intriguing as possibilities for the … More Days Ahead

Catching Waves

The first, and only, time I’ve ever been surfing was in the cold Atlantic of north-ish Ireland (not to be mistaken for Northern Ireland). It was a cold day in the summer of 2012, it was raining, it was freezing. It was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. To start with, I … More Catching Waves

An Open Letter

To – I’d like to say that I haven’t always been this way, but that probably wouldn’t be the truth. I don’t know what the truth is; I don’t know how I used to be. Maybe I just didn’t think about it, maybe I hadn’t reached a sense of self awareness yet, and maybe I … More An Open Letter

Achievement

Achievement means something quite different to me than it did when I was a bit younger. As a 23 year old my recent achievements are few and far between: graduating university, getting a salaried job that leaves me responsible for 16 second graders, paying my own rent, bills, car repairs, the whole nine yards. That’s … More Achievement

Ready, Set, BOOM!

Let me tell you a little story that involves, babies, road trips, car trouble, and unexpected hotel holidays. My first best friend from college was married a year ago, and had his first child just over a month ago. This last weekend his baby had his christening, and friends and family were invited from all … More Ready, Set, BOOM!

Poop and Love

Well folks, I suppose I should’ve learned by now to take the good with the bad. It’s just all so confusing though. Who knew that the life of a second grade teacher could be so filled with internal conflict and contrary dialogue?! In any one moment I can go from completely hating small children, to … More Poop and Love

5 Stages of Grief

On a daily basis I go through all five stages of grief while dealing with my second graders. No joke, folks, it’s a regular roller coaster, and it repeats itself every single day. 1. Denial: Nah, I don’t have to go to school. It’s not that important. I don’t need this job. These kids would do … More 5 Stages of Grief