My New Job

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be joining ASU-Beebe this Fall as a full-time Instructor of English. After about 12 years as a “highway-flyer” (a/k/a adjunct) piecing together teaching assignments at multiple institutions, I’ll have a teaching home. ASU-Beebe is a public two-year college offering associate degrees and technical certificates and affiliates with various 4-year …

Snowpocalypse 2021

It’s like everyone thought 2021 couldn’t be as bad as 2020, so the new year said “Hold my beer.” The temperature hasn’t been above freezing since Sunday, I think, maybe before. Today, finally, there’s no new snow. But this week we’ve gotten record snowfall in Arkansas. I lived in this state for most of my …

Moms and Daughters

My mom died yesterday. It wasn’t completely unexpected. She’s had health issues for a long time, in and out of the hospital frequently. She fell a few weeks ago at home, arrested in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, and never regained consciousness. So, I’ve had weeks to “process” and “prepare.” Mom and …

Disappointment and Getting Over It

Disappointment I want to be a writer. I am a writer. I have control over this. I write words. A lot. I used to struggle getting words on paper and thought that was the reason why I didn’t “feel like a real writer.” I joked that I wrote mostly in my head. But I’ve been …

January Giveaway: No-Fail Habits Book

As promised, here’s our first monthly giveaway! Enter below to win a copy of Michael Hyatt & Co.’s new book No-Fail Habits.  This giveaway will run through January 31st. The winner will be selected at random and notified/announced on February 1st. I will ship the book to the winner that week!

Life is Better with Gifts

Everyone agrees that 2020 sucked. Unfortunately, 2021 isn’t off to the best start either. But I’m not going to dwell on all the negativity in the world right now. Instead, I’d like to add some positivity. So, how ’bout some free stuff?! Announcing Monthly Blog Giveaways Over the next five (5) months (at least), I’m …

Desktop (R)Evolution

What does your desk look like? Do you have a desk? Do you have an office? One at work and at home? Where do you “get stuff done”? There’s apparently some psychology to how a person keeps his/her desk and what it says about him/her. For example, this infographic illustrates what you and others think …

What Teachers Really Do During Christmas Break

At the end of every semester for the past … forever now … there’s this sense of finality when I turn in grades. I often celebrate with a social media post like the ones highlighted above and joke about catching up on napping. And there’s loads of memes floating around social media right now encouraging …

Folklore and Evermore

In 2020 – the year most will say has been the worst of their lives, the year when my greatest accomplishment some days is taking a shower – Taylor Swift released not one, but two, full-length studio albums. Several years back, I blogged about why I hate Taylor Swift, which, spoiler alert, I don’t really. …

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My Epic NaNoWriMo Failure

I’ve been thinking for a while that I need to write about imposter syndrome. Because I feel it in so many areas of my life. It’s not a confidence or self-esteem thing. I’m generally confident and content with life. It’s just a feeling of knowing that I’m not doing what I’m supposed to be doing …

Parenting in a Pandemic

A few years ago, I self-published a book: How to Be a Good Mom (Or at Least Not an Epic Failure). It was meant to be sort of tongue-in-cheek, a funny take on my experience raising three kids. In it, I set out the 5 “rules” of parenting (or being a “good mom”): Don’t beat …

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The Best Productivity Hack Right Now

If you’ve read many of my previous posts, then you likely know that I’m an adjunct. I’ve been surprised lately by how many people don’t know what that means (my surprise means I’ve lived in my academia bubble for too long, I suppose). An adjunct is a contract teacher, typically for higher education. I teach …

Priorities

Blogging isn’t one of my Daily Big 3 today; in fact, it’s not even on my to-do list this week. And that spotlighted for me the larger problem: I rarely prioritize my own writing. So I guess you’re not solely to blame for almost ruining my writing. I often place a higher priority on tasks …