When I first moved to the Dominican Republic as a blonde haired, blue eyed foreigner, I am a little bummed to admit that I was flattered by the cat calls. I remember thinking to myself, Guys who look like THAT would never pay any attention to girls who look like ME in the United States. … Continue reading Here’s the thing about being cat called
In addition to learning how to say no and learning how to stop apologizing for things that aren’t my responsibility, I realized this week that I am in the midst of learning how to ask for help. I’m not talking about asking for help doing things I don’t know how to do. I learned that … Continue reading Here’s the thing about asking for help
I have clear memories of being in middle school gym class, wearing my gym shorts, hearing the other girls talking about shaving their legs, and saying something like this to the other girls: "Yeah.. I really need to shave." The thing is, I hadn't started to shave yet. My leg hair was BLONDE, and it … Continue reading My Body (Hair), My Rules
I've been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack (again) this week. The lines that have always stuck out to me are in the song Nonstop. Do you remember it? How do you write like you're running out of time? Write day and night like you're running out of time? Every day you fight like you're running … Continue reading Nonstop
I am easily overwhelmed by nature. Not like, being in nature overwhelms me - quite the opposite actually - but like, it is in my nature and comes naturally to me to be easily overwhelmed. Especially in situations where there is a lot of noise and people in a small space. I think it runs … Continue reading Easily Overwhelmed
Most teachers like to get out of their classrooms during their break. They go to the library or an empty specials classroom or the cafeteria to get work done or to do something that is not at all school related. I, however - and this is the homebody in me - love to be in my classroom. … Continue reading First day of school!
This past weekend I went on a Young Life Training Retreat. Nearly 20 of us Young Life staff and volunteers traveled the windy road between Jarabacoa and Constanza until we reached this big ol' cabin in the woods where there was no WiFi and hardly any running water. There was, however, a giant table big … Continue reading Not Sad, but Perhaps Overwhelmed