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Keeping the lights on. (The price you pay for a “fair market value” community.)
challenges / changes / cost of living / family / life / living wage / parenting

Keeping the lights on. (The price you pay for a “fair market value” community.)

Today was different than any other day. I walked out of the house after the kids had left for their extracurriculars and after-school jobs, and realized… the lights are on. This is different from my usual scanning of the apartment, as I become overwhelmed by the utility bills sucking my paycheck dry. Normally, I would … Continue reading

Optimism- When enough is enough
balance / challenges / life / optimism / Uncategorized

Optimism- When enough is enough

My generation will never forget Stuart Smalley’s Daily Affirmations on Saturday Night Live. Stuart turns to the mirror and chants out his mantra…“I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.” (insert crowd laughing and applauding) I’m not going to lie, the optimist has often been the butt of punchlines, whether it … Continue reading

Reposting for anyone who has ever fallen victim to a butt dial. “A calling… time for a change.”
family / kids / life / parenting / parents

Reposting for anyone who has ever fallen victim to a butt dial. “A calling… time for a change.”

Everything changed. I looked at my phone and I saw the timer on my call counting up… and despite the fact everything in my mind was moving faster than I could register, the numbers on my phone continued to climb, unaffected by the chaos in the living room. My oldest and the middle child were … Continue reading

Potatoes, it is! The reality of food insecurities.
challenges / family / food insecurities / Uncategorized

Potatoes, it is! The reality of food insecurities.

There is a misconception about food insecurities. One might consider that a person with food insecurities is someone incapable of supporting themselves or their families, but there are varying degrees of food insecurities, as noted by the USDA. And similar to the effect that we would not minimize an individual’s feelings regarding pain, anxiety, or … Continue reading

The Power of Having Something to Look Forward to… Getting out of the ‘Survival Mode’ Rut
balance / life / Potential / self care

The Power of Having Something to Look Forward to… Getting out of the ‘Survival Mode’ Rut

Anticipation. “Anticipation confers important evolutionary benefits to human beings. Specifically, expecting the forthcoming events allow active preparations in cognitive, affective, and behavioral strategies (Grupe et al., 2013).” Jan 9, 2018, National Library of Medicine Yup. I read it… planning a vacation is not only an exciting venture but it is medically beneficial and vital to my wellbeing. … Continue reading

The Beautiful and Damned- F. Scott Fitzgerald,   The not-so-fictional tragedy of a great storyteller
life / quote / relationships / storytelling / tragedy / Uncategorized

The Beautiful and Damned- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The not-so-fictional tragedy of a great storyteller

Perhaps, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a glorified blogger… …The Beautiful and Damned foreshadowed the dramatic demise of his relationship with his wife, Zelda Fitzgerald, and loosely mirrored their extravagant life. He captured the essence of the American lifestyle during the Jazz Era of limitless indulgences, coining his socialite companion as “the first American flapper”, commanding … Continue reading

The State of Being Happy vs Happiness – Those Who Walk Away From Omelas
balance / Happiness / journey / life

The State of Being Happy vs Happiness – Those Who Walk Away From Omelas

Happiness can be so relative, it’s a matter of perspective. The world was changing and suddenly the meaning of life was much more significant. People did not take their futures for granted and they followed their hearts. Unfortunately, this world is not equipped to sustain the longevity of being happy, in its purest form. The … Continue reading

I read a book! Like, the whole book… No cheating… I read every word. An educator’s narrative of guilt & overcoming the challenges of literacy.
books / journey / learning disabilities / literacy / reading / Uncategorized

I read a book! Like, the whole book… No cheating… I read every word. An educator’s narrative of guilt & overcoming the challenges of literacy.

I read a book! Like, the whole book… No cheating… I read every word. Yes, that’s right, someone who has hated and struggled with reading and writing, who works in education, and who is determined to start a blog, is proudly proclaiming that she has read a book. I found it, no wait… it found … Continue reading