“The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.” – Moliere As I arrived at school in the wee hours of the morning to teach my online classes, a few surprises awaited me. Vaseline on the doors. Plastic wrap blocking the stairwell. Desks slathered with shaving cream and a computer mouse dripping with goop. […]Read more "Motivating Monday – Thriving in Challenge"
“If you can survive a year of teaching, you can survive anything!” – A First-Year Teacher “There’s no tired like end-of-the-year teacher tired!” – Said Every Teacher, Everywhere Are you a frazzled teacher? If you work with children in any capacity, then I’d be willing to bet money that your gas tank is on “Empty” […]Read more "Fresh Inspiration for the Frazzled Teacher"
I adore “quotable quotes,” especially those that inspire me to push for greatness. To finish out the “A to Z Challenge,” I’d like to share a few motivating quotes that will spice up your Monday with renewed zest! Be sure to check back each Monday, as we kick each week off […]Read more "Z – Zest (A Motivating Monday)"
“If there’s a recipe for success in life, it starts with picking the right ingredients.” – Anonymous A recipe is every bit as unique – and just as intensely personal – as a portrait painted by hand. Each family has their own “take” on classic recipes, and when someone shares a favorite dish […]Read more "J – Jazz Up Your Breakfast with a Julius!"
While established writers may have more relaxed schedules, beginners typically have to balance several other jobs to pay the bills while maintaining a regular writing routine. The result? Utter exhaustion, and perhaps even burnout. If this describes you, know that you’re not alone! I currently work four jobs (not including writing), and I’ll admit that […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Managing Your High Energy Schedule"
“Looks like it’s just you and me, Gma,” I found myself saying as I settled into the dark sedan. My grandmother couldn’t answer, of course, because she was lying peacefully in a coffin at the back of the car. I was given the honor of preaching at my own grandmother’s funeral about two weeks ago, […]Read more "The Art of Remembering"
“Every day is Halloween. Putting on our masks is a regular part of our morning ritual, just like brushing our teeth and eating breakfast. The masquerade, however, is anything but festive. Underneath the masks are people who are terrified that there will be an unveiling.” Dr. Edward Welch, When People Are Big and God Is […]Read more "Webber’s “Masquerade” & the Masks We All Wear"
Frozen to the bone on a 45-degree morning this past Saturday, and feeling more than a little foolish in my borrowed spandex riding suit, I was determined to be fearless and make it all the way to the finish line. My goal for the day? To bike 40 miles through the beautiful Texas Hill […]Read more "F: Forty-Mile Flop: Biking Through the Texas Hill Country"
Exercise is something I tend to enjoy as an occasional pastime, but I don’t consider myself to be an athlete by any means. As a toddler, I was the soccer player who crossed his arms and refused to run and the t-ball player who was so terrible that they made me “catcher” (though we […]Read more "E: Enduring for Erin’s Law – My Crazy 4-Hour Bike Race"