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we’re living history, but will we learn from it?

as a world history teacher, i have often wondered what it’s like to live through major historical events. i like to look at historical pictures, videos, or even paintings and try to put myself in their shoes. but it’s difficult because i don’t have those big experiences to draw from. the only thing i can… Continue reading we’re living history, but will we learn from it?

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anxiety amplified

i’ve always been an anxious person. even thinking back on myself as a child, anxiety was just a part of who i was. and who i am. it’s something that i come by naturally. my whole family experiences anxiety in someway or another. except my dad. he’s pretty much cool as a cucumber all the… Continue reading anxiety amplified

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rising strong

it’s no secret that this winter has been tough for me.  they usually are.  but i made some mistakes, did some things i regret because i was feeling hurt and bitter.  in some twisted way, it was my way of reaching out for help.  and i needed it. it’s not “all better” or anything.  but… Continue reading rising strong

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those winter blues…

every december, i have a rough time.  it usually lasts about 4-7 days.  i don’t know i’m in it until i’m in the middle, when it builds crashes into me.  but once i actually realize it, i can pull myself out. two years ago, it happened during and right after Christmas. last year, it hit… Continue reading those winter blues…

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1•6 | high five for friday!

…one…   happy new year!!  hopefully this one is better than the last one.  🙂 ….two…   i started whole 30 this week.  i’m doing it to reset myself and see if i can figure out if there’s anything i’m eating that is triggering my migraines.  i wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s not as… Continue reading 1•6 | high five for friday!

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10 things…i fear more than anything.

in no particular order. 1. small spaces make me panic  (i can remember every horrifying second of that roman catacombs tour when i was 16.) 2.  cockroaches, spiders, crickets…basically anything creepy-crawly. 3.  heights give me major vertigo. 4.  being alone for too long. 5.  getting lost in the woods or anywhere in nature. 6.  clowns… Continue reading 10 things…i fear more than anything.

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the struggle is part of the story

i was sitting down to write my weekly “high five for friday” post, and i just couldn’t think of five good things about this week.  usually if that’s the case, i can just dig deep and find something, even if it was small.  but not this week.  it was just plain shitty.  (especially that creepy man… Continue reading the struggle is part of the story

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from a hot mess to another new beginning.

sorry for the radio silence lately… i’ve been going through it. just been in a funk.  it happens sometimes.  i’ve learned to deal with it, but occasionally it holds on for longer than i’d like.  the anxiety is the cause.  i know and recognize that.  but the blues, man?  that always surprises me. my fitness/food… Continue reading from a hot mess to another new beginning.

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teaching tip 40. take care of yourself.

it took me a while to figure this one out.  my first few years, i was just trying to survive another day.  i was taking home work all the time.  i didn’t understand that i needed to carve out time for me.  i didn’t get it that i needed to take care of myself, emotionally and… Continue reading teaching tip 40. take care of yourself.

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WOW – why i NEED to workout

i need to workout for my physical health, of course.  but it’s more than that…  i suffer from live with anxiety.  i don’t talk about it too much, but it’s there.  i remember feeling it even when i was a kid, but i didn’t know what it was.  in college, i started researching it to… Continue reading WOW – why i NEED to workout

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WOW – motivation…where did you go?

 wow.  the past two weeks have sucked.  i was doing so well with my food and workouts for WEEKS, MONTHS even.  and then all of a sudden, my motivation just disappeared.  yeah, there’s shit going on in my life that’s affecting me, things i’m pissed off about, things that make me sad, stress at school.… Continue reading WOW – motivation…where did you go?

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the hold of the blues

depression is a funny thing.  for me, it comes and goes.  it runs in my family so i’m careful to be aware of it.  sometimes, it’s mild.  very rarely, it’s severe.  i had to see my doctor for it a couple of years ago, which was one of the hardest things i’ve ever done…and one… Continue reading the hold of the blues