My Summer Reading List (& Books You Should Read Next)

Not being a teacher anymore has been as glorious for my reading life as I’d hoped it would be, and if you’re on the lookout for a few great new reads, me not being a teacher anymore will be glorious for you, too, because I’m here to recommend a whole lotta fabulous books today! These …

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How I’m REALLY Doing on my New Year’s Resolutions

pic of one of my successful resolutions—our latest “day adventure”! Truth: I was due for another resolutions update all the way back at the end of June, but I put it off so that I could get myself back on track before posting. (I know, I know–sneaky.) Now, two months later, I’m going to just …

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This Would Have Been the Last Weekend

It was everywhere I turned this weekend– It was in the way that the mornings felt a little chilly, in the way that the parks overflowed with children and parties and the smell of hamburgers grilling. It was at the farmer’s market, puddling out of the stands along with the stacks of zucchini and bushels …

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How I Keep My Creative Mojo Going

Currently, I’m in the middle of reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, and even though it’s not quite as life-changing (for me, anyway) as every reviewer has seemingly made it out to be, it’s still given me some good things to think about. For starters, now that I’m over halfway through with …

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Because It Really Is Possible to Get Burned Out From Summer Living

For many of us, summer is the time of year we most look forward to due to its never-ending supply of sunny days and outdoor fun and feelings of freedom and play and relaxation. As a (former) teacher, summers took on an even more special tone, as they were literally what helped me regain my …

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Taking Pictures is One of the Best Things About Traveling

Throughout my life, I’ve loved hearing stories about people who had an out-of-this-world passion for something–people who felt like they’d discovered their “calling” in life, and who subsequently did whatever it took to chase after that passion. I would guess that most people have a similar affinity for these types of stories, maybe because they …