Stories as Powerful Self Care

My students were working on invention and thesis statements in class one day. I had 17 variations of the following conversation in one class period. It’s a wonder we had the opportunity for all of those discussions between the blasted bells. Student: I don’t know what to write about.Me: Have you thought about it?Student: IContinue reading “Stories as Powerful Self Care”

Something Old, Something New

The online journal I use sends me daily flashbacks of journal entries. The following is my entry from July 4, 2016. I mean, what do I want really?  Really?  I want to follow God wherever He leads me.  I want to bridge high school and college.  I want to help people learn to become betterContinue reading “Something Old, Something New”

Learning to Lead Your Lizard Brain

Yesterday I attended the first session in a Master Mind Institute webinar series about neuroscience and life coaching. I learned fresh ways to consider and discuss emotions, and I’m excited to align my new learning with the lessons I gleaned from Susan David’s Emotional Agility. The amygdala is an almond-shaped, almond-sized section of the brain that houses emotional experiences and responses.Continue reading “Learning to Lead Your Lizard Brain”

Learning is Your Responsibility

Learning is your responsibility.  I tell my kids that all the time. They know they must learn something every day (including days they don’t have school), whether or not someone has taught them anything. The death knell for them would be to come home from school and tell me they hadn’t learned anything. Sometimes I think they scrambleContinue reading “Learning is Your Responsibility”

What Questions do You Have?

I have questions. About everything. Constantly. In conversation, I ask myriad questions, not because I disbelieve, but because I’m intrigued.  Vast knowledge exists in the world, and I understand so little of it.  I crave to know more. I love to learn. Learning, however, is difficult and painful. It takes effort to approach, digest, understand,Continue reading “What Questions do You Have?”