Hiking the Four Thousand Footers in NH

After completing my last four thousand footer in New Hampshire on Saturday, I was filled with emotions I was not expecting- pride, joy, fear, excitement, and an overall feeling of being full. The journey was over, but it has inspired so many other journeys now! I had to write an essay to receive the patch…

Sacrifices in Sightseeing

“Wanderlust” has become such a revered element of our culture in this day and age, and don’t get me wrong- I’m happy about that. With social media being prevalent and Pinterest assisting in the process, desiring to travel has become a popular topic of discussion. I love that our world is becoming smaller and more…

Little Lessons

Coaching boys’ basketball this year has been one of the most challenging experiences of my (quite short) career thus far. Our school opted to not have a third team, and without making cuts it has left me with seventeen players on my squad… not exactly ideal when five players are on the court at a…

Ringing in 2017!

With 2017 just around the corner, I found myself trying to create a list of resolutions for myself. According to Dictionary.com, a resolution is changing an undesired behavior in oneself. Based on this definition, I don’t want to set resolutions. I don’t want to wait until the new year rolls around before I start breaking…

Some Thoughts about the Election…

I find it necessary to speak out about the election in hopes of finding positive connections in the midst of the chaos and grieving of so many. As a classroom teacher my stomach ached as I drove to work Wednesday, wondering what in the world I would say to the students as they celebrated or…

What is “Adulting,” Anyway?

To the person who tells me that I’m not a real adult until I have kids. To the person who tells me I’m not a real adult until I have a house. To the person who tells me I’m not a real adult until I’ve been at my job longer. All of those individuals who…

Featured Writing!

Just a few weeks ago, our school’s social networking coordinator asked me to write about my summer. She was hoping to publish a piece about my adventures on our district Facebook page. Well, it was published! It’s such a beautiful feeling to read my work online, knowing that it’s reaching even a select few people….

Privilege

The greatest privilege of teaching is seeing the fruits of my labor. As I sit down to write this post, I have plans to attend a birthday dinner for a former student. A year later, she and her mum have still wanted to keep in touch. This student has such a kind, gentle, joyful soul….

Joy

This post will be short because I have to run up to morning duty with the kiddos. I just need to proclaim to the world (or the few people who read my blog) how much joy teaching brings to my life. Last night, the soccer team I coach had a game at 5:15. Rather than…

Sweet Relief

I can’t believe that we’re already in week three of this new school year. It’s been a fabulous start of beautiful weather, lovely students, and finally a sense of security! When soccer preseason unfolded and I confidently strode up to the field, it hit me that I’M NOT A NEW TEACHER ANYMORE! I finally have…

Lessons From Mount Everest

Where to start? When one has an incredible journey, an epiphany, a life-changing experience, how do the words start flowing to articulate it? I had the honor of hiking to the Base Camp of Mount Everest. Initially intimidated by the daunting task ahead, I found my confidence growing each day. My mind, body, and soul…

Recent Thoughts…

“You will never again be completely at your home again because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” This quote has been on my heart as I prepare to leave New Zealand for a second time…