A Gift to Remember 

Unfortunately, I grew up with an extremely adversarial sibling relationship. I want to go more deeply into that, but it really is one of my biggest regrets in life. A million: woulda, coulda, shouldas go through my mind whenever I think about my sister, Danielle.  Probably one of my biggest regrets in all of that…

Power Tools

A couple weeks ago, I saw this lying on the counter. I pick it up, read a little, and exclaim, “Cool!” Of course my (almost 14-year-old) daughter has no emotional response to it whatsoever. “Ya. I guess.” I ask her, “Don’t you want to go?” “Not really,” again… completely devoid of emotion. “Well, I’ll sign…

Reconciling with His Ex

A year and a half ago, my husband retired after 24 years of service to the US Navy. We’ve been together about 9 years now, so I’ve certainly had plenty of separation from him during this time. At his retirement ceremony, though, I was honored too. It felt strange for me to be honored. The…

Powerful Progress

A year or so ago, I decided I was sick of always needing a modification for pull-ups. I committed to getting better at my technique and set a goal of wanting to do 6-10 unassisted legitimate pull-ups- like the big boys and girls.  I’m at the gym 5 days a week and almost everyday, I…

Being Appreciated

There is power in receiving expressions of appreciation from others. I’m a teacher– been in the classroom in the same district 20 years now. My current position is 2nd Grade- I’ve been here 8 years. Because teachers mostly work with students- just one adult in the room, there’s not a lot of gratitude, recognition, appreciation,…

Fear is a powerful thing

I can tell you right off that there will be future posts on fear. Fear is such an incredibly powerful topic! I have a lot of fears, so there’s so much to write about. This fear, though… DANG it!! It GRIPS me! In fact, one of the best motivational speakers I’ve encountered in Jon Acuff. His…

The Family Walk

Here’s a place where you’ll find power… take a family walk. Sitting with my one-week-away-from 14-year-old daughter this afternoon, she says to me, ” Mommy?” Oh great! This can’t be going somewhere good. That sweet tone is tell-tale all in itself. “Yes, Honey,” I say. “What is it” “Mommy, can we go on more walks…

Power Music

Seven years ago (about this time of year), my stepson came home from school and told us the middle school counselors had been in his class that afternoon. He’s decided that when he went into 6th grade the next fall he wanted to be in band. That’s cool. I was in band. I loved being in band….

I’ve got the powaaa!

Whacccha think about writing it like you say it? First of all, I do think I’m absolutely hysterical. Second of all, though I think it adds a little bit of spice and flavor to what it is that you’re writing and it gives your writing voice! In all of my years in the classroom, I…