I’m Human and I’m not Sorry

After my first year in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program at UT Tyler, I recieved this as my annual review results: I met expectations and exceeded expectations on every category. This year, the faculty decided that I did not meet expectations in almost all areas. These are the results I recieved today: If [...]

Almost 30

My birthday is in 2 days. I will be 30. I keep looking back on my 20s and wondering if maybe I've had my priorities wrong this whole time. I've accomplished a lot, technically, but what do those things even matter? I've been married. But I got divorced. I've loved and been loved. But all [...]

Musings from Teacherland

Yesterday all the teachers at my school were called into a meeting. One of our students was found dead in his car, a few cities away. Police don't suspect foul play which leaves us to speculate that it is either a freak accident, natural causes, or suicide. We were told only to tell students the [...]

Catching Feelings

There is something my kids often say that, as a word person and a person who cares about people, really makes my wheels turn for a number of reasons. They say, "I can't catch feelings anymore" or "I don't want to catch feelings anymore." This phraseology makes me wonder at what point in language this [...]

Difficult Day, Healthy Choices

Yesterday was a difficult day. I received my appraisal from my supervisor. She marked me down significantly for my absences, some of which were completely out of my control. I felt punished for something that was, in part, not completely my choice. Not to say I am completely blameless here. I know I have chosen [...]

Loving Kindness and all that Jazz

Apparently on this day for the last several years I've been incredibly mindful and reflective. I shared this on my Facebook 3 years ago: I still believe in that world, the one held together by love. Even as I see the world around me becoming a darker place, I keep believing in the power of [...]

An open letter to my depression

I am having my students write open letters as a part of their end of year memoir projects, so since I'm doing the project with them I decided to write an open letter to depression. An open letter to my depression: To my depression, I would say, "Dear Depression" but then you haven't been a [...]