What’s the Point?

Has this ever happened to you? You’re using a colored pencil to draw when all of a sudden…SNAP! The tip breaks off leaving you with a useless shard and an imprecise, blunt drawing instrument. You decide to sharpen the pencil, but it’s not working. The wood is too soft or the lead is too fragile, and the tip keeps breaking off before you can taper it as much as you desire. Eventually, you give up because continuing to sharpen it is not granting you the results that you want. I mean, what is the point?

A Self-Planned Education: What Would You Learn in a Decade?

Recently, I have been on a mission to read or reread every article that I have bookmarked on my computer. I’m a bit of an article hoarder, guys, so this process has already taken me a few weeks of reading at least one article per day, and will likely last much longer. Add onto that the fact that I keep adding to my article list with resources I have found for upcoming blog posts, and there’s a good chance that this an-article-a-day habit will have to go on indefinitely.

I Don’t Have a Mind’s Eye: Discovering My Aphantasia

In the month of August, just weeks before starting tenth grade, I invited two of my friends over to watch a movie. We were assigned the novel Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson as summer homework, and, since we had all finished our readings of it, we decided to gather together to view its filmic depiction.Continue reading “I Don’t Have a Mind’s Eye: Discovering My Aphantasia”

I Love Fractured Fairy Tales

Image by Šárka Jonášová from Pixabay I can probably count on my two hands the total number of Disney films I’ve seen in my lifetime, and most of those I watched as an adult. I didn’t have a childhood filled with carriages and ballgowns and evil stepmothers. I didn’t grow up singing about wishing forContinue reading “I Love Fractured Fairy Tales”

What Are You An Expert In?

It’s a question that I often ask my students, trying to ascertain what interests them and which accomplishments give them the most pride. This is useful to 1.) get to know the students better in order to establish a relationship and find ways to make the curriculum more relevant to them and 2.) have anContinue reading “What Are You An Expert In?”

What I Learned by Trying New Things (And Why You Should Try New Things Too)

Last month, I challenged myself to try something new every day for 30 days. I started this challenge because I know from experience that I tend to be happier when I am open to new experiences. And doing it paid off! I felt so engaged and fulfilled while the challenge was taking place. I wantedContinue reading “What I Learned by Trying New Things (And Why You Should Try New Things Too)”

The Do Something New Every Day Project

I’ve always said that I would try anything at least once. I mean that mostly hyperbolically…but not entirely. I think that being open to new experiences has brought me some of the greatest moments in my life. This philosophy is the reason why I went skydiving. It’s why I joined in on a poorly plannedContinue reading “The Do Something New Every Day Project”

Kindness and Coronavirus

In my brief time of writing this blog, it has morphed from a place where I share random thoughts that I have throughout the day to a very planned space that I utilize both to share my own creative works (namely poetry) and to reflect on the topic of compassion, both toward oneself and towardContinue reading “Kindness and Coronavirus”

The Delight in Choosing Positivity

Photo by Helena Lopes from Pexels Writing this blog post about compassion fatigue was draining in itself. It was also undeniably worth it, especially as someone who is prone to burnout and hopelessness, because it gave me an awareness of when I might be pushing myself too far and what I can do to alleviate those things thatContinue reading “The Delight in Choosing Positivity”