School Year 2020-2021 Prayer

Lord, It’s the beginning of another school year, a school year like we’ve never seen before. We are struggling. All of us. Students, parents, educators. Everyone. So I’m asking for a good school year – a year filled with light, love, and learning, with grace and gratitude, with peace and patience. We are all navigatingContinue reading “School Year 2020-2021 Prayer”

Reading, Writing, and Ritual

When my family takes a road trip and we cross a state line, we all do the wave and chant, “[State name], woohoo!” It’s corny, but we look forward to it. At the outset of our trips, our teenage kids ask how many state lines we will cross, and we all keep watch as we getContinue reading “Reading, Writing, and Ritual”

Practice What I Preach

I’m worn out from posting daily. My brain needs a break, so I’m taking one. I won’t post about reading and journaling as educator self care today. Instead, I’m going to read and journal. I’ve been reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, and I’m almost finished with book 6. The book is huge, soContinue reading “Practice What I Preach”

Wee Hours for Reading and Journaling

Our brains work differently in the middle of the night. I don’t know the science behind it, but I know reading and writing in the middle of the night affects my psyche differently than any other time of the day. So today’s message is brief. Capitalize on your altered brain function during those hours ofContinue reading “Wee Hours for Reading and Journaling”

Fast Writing as a Journaling Strategy

I looked good. I had on my 3-inch big girl heels, pencil skirt, blouse, and jacket. And I looked professional, too, with my shoulder strap satchel. I strutted into the building feeling confident and headed for the grand staircase. You know the type – the large, winding staircase, traversing multiple stories, serving as the centerpieceContinue reading “Fast Writing as a Journaling Strategy”

Read & Journal in the Day; Read & Journal Every Way

Try reading and journaling at different times of the day. You won’t know what works for you until you’ve tried a few different things. Read or journal during your commute. If you’re driving, please use audio reading and voice writing (the voice recording feature in Google Docs works pretty well, if you’re looking for somethingContinue reading “Read & Journal in the Day; Read & Journal Every Way”


I’m an introvert. My journey through self care as an educator speaks as much to my introversion as it does to my love of reading and journaling. I have adored my work in education. But it is hard, draining, even debilitating. I’ve loved my students and colleagues, and I’ve fully spent myself on my work.Continue reading “#IntrovertEducator”

Benefits of Early Morning Reading and Journaling

I breastfed my son until he was 15 months old. From birth until 15 months old, he only took a bottle once. When I dropped him off at daycare, I nursed him before I left. When I picked him up, I nursed him before heading home. He preferred to spend the day on a hungerContinue reading “Benefits of Early Morning Reading and Journaling”

Celebrate Self Care

Sixteen days ago I began writing for a BYOB (Blog Your Own Book) challenge. The challenge is to write a blog post each day for the month of August, so that by the end of August, participants will have written the bulk of the material for a book. Today I am celebrating my courage toContinue reading “Celebrate Self Care”

Quick and Dirty Post about Journaling

Journaling does not require a lot of time. I’ll repeat. Journaling does not require a lot of time. Rules of journaling Write at least one thing (word, sentence, paragraph – your choice). Don’t backtrack. If you missed a day (or a week or a month) don’t try to recapture what your life was. Just startContinue reading “Quick and Dirty Post about Journaling”