How To Know If You’re An Optimist – And 6 Easy Ways To Become One

How To Know If You’re An Optimist – And 6 Easy Ways To Become One

optimism (ˈɒptɪˌmɪzəm) n 1. the tendency to expect the best and see the best in all things       2. hopefulness; confidence       We’ve all heard it before – are you a ‘cup half full’ or a ‘cup half empty’ kind of person. Me? I never knew – and still don’t know – quite […]

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know Teachers Are Thinking

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know Teachers Are Thinking

I went on a ‘release’ day today – that’s teacher talk for when we are allowed to leave our classroom to do something besides teach students. It’s kind of a silly word to use, isn’t it? Just think of what being ‘released’ from something implies – that you’re somehow in a situation unwillingly (like jury […]

What Would You Do If You Were Guaranteed Success?

What Would You Do If You Were Guaranteed Success?

What would you do if you were guaranteed success? Would your life be very different from the way it is now? If I were guaranteed success…. I would create the perfect cup – or cups – of coffee, deliberately grinding the beans, hovering over the red kettle as it rises to just before a boil, […]

I Got Published! In A Book! It’s The Ride of a Lifetime!

I Got Published! In A Book! It’s The Ride of a Lifetime!

Have you ever done something that seemed like a good idea at the time? Have you ever jumped into a project, or an adventure just because you felt so strongly in your soul that it was the right thing to do? When my kids and I started volunteering for a Nicaraguan non-profit called Seeds of […]

What Happens When You Focus On Your Words?

What Happens When You Focus On Your Words?

It was a normal Thursday afternoon. I pulled my red Prius into the garage after a long day at school, ready for the weekend. Our car ride chatter was nothing short of normal – with my teenage son, I’ve learned that some days are talking days, and some are best to be left quiet – […]