personal life

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

healthy living · on my soapbox · personal life

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…

teachin' school

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.

personal life

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