In my life, the beginning and the ending of years always contain the most amount of turmoil for whatever reason. The end of 2016/beginning of 2017 has been no different, and it's almost taken me down. While I don't consider myself to be a naturally optimistic person, I'm not a pessimist either. Sometimes when life … Continue reading 2017 is Already Flipping My Life Around.
#NuancedExposures: Responsible Theology
Over the past few years, I have undergone a faith shift of sorts. The faith of my youth has shattered under the pressures of life, the convictions I refuse to let go of about God, and the dogma that has weighed me down spiritually. Throughout this process, I have learned (and am still learning) to … Continue reading #NuancedExposures: Responsible Theology
Terms & Conditions Apply
2016 is quickly approaching its end and I think most people are ripe and ready for the new year. December has been a very weird mixture of good things and "why can't life just cooperate?", but that has been the whole of 2016 for me. One moment I'm singing The Wiz's "No Bad News" and … Continue reading Terms & Conditions Apply
Grieving on One’s Own Terms: An Interview with Michelle Miller
Michelle Miller lost her husband to suicide in 2014. In the months since his passing, she has been processing her grief and the complications around it through various ways, particularly on social media and through writing a book. I chose to interview Michelle because she captured my attention through the vulnerability and authenticity of her … Continue reading Grieving on One’s Own Terms: An Interview with Michelle Miller
Untitled…because this was too long to be a Facebook Status.
I came out of my self-imposed retirement from blogging to say a few things really quickly. I hope you all have been well. I'm an educator and I take pride in that. I was having a convo today with a colleague in which we talked about having to defend our profession to others. I educate … Continue reading Untitled…because this was too long to be a Facebook Status.
Better is the end of a thing.
It's been thirty-four months since I started this blogging journey. And what a journey it has been. I've grown and I've evolved and this blog, the brand, has been one of the greatest catalysts for that growth. Despite the visions and hopes I've had for growing and continuing to develop this blog, I've made the decision to discontinue … Continue reading Better is the end of a thing.
It's been a tense week. When I awoke on Sunday morning, my smart phone was bombarded with messages about the massacre that took place at Pulse Nightclub in Orlanda, FL, where a person donning an assault weapon took the lives of almost 50 people and hurt 50+ more. As if that was not sad enough, the … Continue reading Tense Times
Being “Open-Minded” is Harder Than I Thought.
Most people would like to consider themselves open-minded. I don't think it's a terrible goal for one to have for oneself, especially if you plan to be a bridge-builder or reconciler...or just a decent person. The only problem is that I've recently discovered this personality trait to be so much harder to attain than I … Continue reading Being “Open-Minded” is Harder Than I Thought.
The Degree that Almost Didn’t Happen
On this coming Saturday at 10 am, I will be seated in graduation regalia at Liberty University, impatiently waiting for the moment I hear my name called. This is a moment that admittedly almost didn't happen. When I started my tenure at Liberty, I began as a student in the Marriage and Family Therapy Masters program. … Continue reading The Degree that Almost Didn’t Happen
Why Appreciation of the “Paraprofessional” Matters
Growing up, there was one thing in particular that would drive my father crazy. That thing was ingratitude. As a result, it has been ingrained in me to always show appreciation to people for the things they do, especially considering that there are very few things that people must do. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week … Continue reading Why Appreciation of the “Paraprofessional” Matters