Maybe the Routine Isn’t the Problem

Last week was Spring Break. Everyone was ready for it. The students. Me. I was especially ready for some down time while battling this antibiotic that hopefully has killed the bacteria. (*See below for an update.) I love a break from my routine. I can easily feel confined by having to be at a certain…

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Anything Who Can Do

I’m pretty sure we’re all aware that the Winter Olympics started this last weekend. I love the Olympics, especially the Winter Games (ironic since I detest snow). My heart swells and I get teary-eyed watching the hopeful athletes march in with excitement and anticipation, especially from unlikely countries with only one or two athletes. I…

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Who Are the Privileged?

When I taught English in New York a number of years ago, I worked with another teacher who often talked about her privileged upbringing. I can’t speak for her intentions, only how it made me feel. Less than. Not good enough. Unworthy. I felt as though I didn’t deserve as much as she did. I…

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Techsparation Anxiety

When I decided to go back into teaching, the one thing I dreaded most was cell phones in the classroom. I knew it would be an issue, so I decided that I just wasn’t going to let it bother me. At first it didn’t. I would tell students to put their phones away when we…

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One Part of the Whole

Agree. This is one of those words that I automatically associate with its opposite – disagree. Agree has lovely images of harmony and unity, to be of one mind. This rarely happens. Several years ago, I worked on a committee with someone who routinely stated, “We can all agree that . . .” knowing full…

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Branding

I’ve been thinking about branding a fair amount lately. Probably because my Naïve Pilgrim Instagram account is new, I’m getting a lot of ads in my feed promising to help me define my brand and grow my following by thousands a day. I took marketing classes in college and understand the importance of branding, especially…

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Intentional

When I first moved to a small southern town almost two and half years ago, driving on the narrow, winding roads terrified me. Used to the wide relatively flat roads of the west, I cringed every time a truck came whipping around a bend, hugging the middle line. I would instinctively tap my breaks and…

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No Excuses Needed, It’s Nap Season

We’re not yet two weeks into the new year, and I’m already seeing posts of people shaming themselves with confessions of failing miserably to follow through on resolutions. This is why I don’t make resolutions. We don’t stick to them. Then we feel like failures. It’s good that we can be open about our lack…

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Simplify

  Simplify. To slow down, pare down, calm down. I often feel overwhelmed with all the “stuff.” Too much information on the web. I want to stay informed and educated, but I can’t read every article, every post, every tweet. Too many things. I enjoy my books, clothes, travel mementos, but sometimes I feel suffocated…

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