Dear 5 year old Jeanette... It's okay that you don't look like everyone else in your classroom. One day, you'll appreciate the intricacies of who you are and where your family comes from. Dear 13 year old Jeanette... I know you feel like an outsider again, and maybe you are. It will pass and you … Continue reading Dear Me, Love Me
It's bizarre how much of our identity is tied to our profession. Maybe it isn't so strange - we spend so much of our time at work, getting ready for work and unwinding from work. Work is where people tend to spend most of their days. It makes sense that our self worth is so … Continue reading I’m Not “Just” a Teacher
I just had a flashback to my high school aerobics gym class. Every Friday we would do yoga and meditations (I know, I know - bougie AF). Our teacher would begin each meditation session by having us close our eyes, and saying that we are "exactly where we need to be." This has resonated with … Continue reading I’m Where I Need To Be
My husband and I are very systematic people. We thrive on routine and schedules. When we're on vacation, there's an Excel sheet that goes along with our days. Letting go is difficult for us. A few months ago, we took a trip to Texas, which included a few days in Austin. While there, we were … Continue reading On Blank Canvas
I wish I could say I was the type of person who woke up every morning, sipped a nice cup of tea and wrote in a journal. I'm not. I try to be, sometimes - but that lasts for a week at most. Last night, I found an old journal of mine, from 2015. Only … Continue reading Dear 20 Year Old Me
The World Happiness Report came out today, on International Happiness Day, and the United States is the 19th happiest country. Last year, we were the 18th happiest country, and the year before that, we were the 14th happiest. So... what's happening? Why are we, a developed country, failing at happiness? What even is happiness?! How … Continue reading International Happiness Day: Where Do We Stand?!
Is your cup half full? Half empty? I want neither. I want a cup that is so full, that it overflows onto the saucer beneath it. With the self-love, respect and energy that overflows, I want to give to others. I recently heard this quote on a podcast. People always say you can't give unless … Continue reading Don’t Give From Your Cup, Give From Your Saucer