With all of the stress that comes with teaching, I think it's easy to forget all the amazing things I experience as a teacher that would never be the status quo in a "normal job."
Remember that feeling of excitement as a kid when Mom or Dad said these three words: "You've got mail!" Nowadays, those three words make me think about bills I need to pay, crap catalogs I need to recycle and Meg Ryan smirking at Tom Hanks.
We do so many things to try to make life more enjoyable. How about we just try to have more fun? Here are eight things you can do right now to get there in five minutes or less.
Bodies are such a gift, and the choices we make with them aren't always comfortable or easy. But they are deeply personal. To all the women out there, I hope you know: the only thing that will always be too small is the size of everyone else's perception of what your body should look like.
People may tell you that having kids will put stress on a marriage. And they are not wrong, it does. But after 23 years of (mostly) wedded bliss, I have learned that sometimes it's all in the way we look at things.
Remember my Friends, you never know why the person in front of your or behind you is there. No coincidence, but they just may be in need of you and whether it's simply a kind word or helping hand, YOU are needed -- YOU are important -- YOU can impact a person's life with the smallest act of kindness.
Just a little reminder: Who your friend does or does not sleep with is none of your business, nor does it dictate their worth as a human. Embracing your sexuality, whatever it may be, can be threatening to people. Eff those people... metaphorically speaking.
I know my children have some idea that our family structure is unique. They see people's reactions to hearing they're all twins. But we've never discussed how it all came to be.
It can be hard to quiet that little voice in your head that talks you into giving into the negativity and self-doubt, but it doesn't have to be impossible.
Look at you. You're incredible. Seriously! I know you're reading this right now so your beautiful eyes are sending messages to your brain about what they've seen. You didn't have to ask or nag, they just did it. Amazing!
We are all in the thick of it. We all have to worry about health, safety, discipline and if our child is learning. Some of us worry more than others in certain areas of our child's lives. The good news is there is another mom worrying about the same thing for her child.
We gave #TalktoMe the Adventures in Co-parenting treatment and had Jackson interview both of us -- his mom, Katie, and stepmom, Julie -- and ask us some hard-hitting questions about co-parenting, role models, and our favorite memories.
Just note, these are practices and theories that you can act on to create happiness in your own life no matter the external events going on around you.
I had a good income, holidays off, and full health insurance. My career helped me afford a reliable car, a drink in my hand by 5:00pm, and all the stability and safety I was always told to go after. But I wasn't happy.
I am -- and have always been and always will be -- a Minnesotan. I may move elsewhere, but I will always carry my identity as a Minnesotan close to me. A piece of Minnesota died today. A big piece. And a piece of everybody who loves this state died along with it.
I see a man who has committed every fiber of his being to keeping our family together. It suddenly occurred to me that my heart wasn't the only one that ached over the past few months. His did, too. Despite that, he has carried on with the calm, steady manner that I always recognized, but never realized was so vital to our relationship.