Kindness and Vulnerability Lead to a Better World

“Years from now, I won’t remember you for the grade you got in my class.  I will remember you for how you treated others.”  I began Friday’s class with a lecture on kindness.  My seventh grade students were eager to find out where their new seats were in my classroom, which were rearranged into tables … Continue reading Kindness and Vulnerability Lead to a Better World

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How to Manage Expectations

Life is full of expectations.  When our expectations don’t meet reality, we often face negative emotions.  When our expectations cause worry about the future, we feel anxious, instead of content in the present.  A lot of people feel anxious about the work week ahead on Sundays, so they feel sad and dread Monday mornings.  Personally, … Continue reading How to Manage Expectations

How to Plan to Live Your Best Life

Living your best life takes work.  I want to spend my life with the people who matter to me the most.  I want a life filled with love, happiness, and adventure. In order for me to live my best life and achieve the goals I have, I make a lot of lists.  I have a … Continue reading How to Plan to Live Your Best Life

How to Cope with Overwhelming and Negative Emotions

“Ready or not, here I come!”  I think of this exclamation made during the popular childhood game of hide-and-go-seek and how some adults still make this exclamation when they are about to face something new.  On the surface, it appears that some people are more optimistic during periods of change, while others express their struggle.  … Continue reading How to Cope with Overwhelming and Negative Emotions

Life Lessons Learned From a Summer of Adventure

Picture of Train Street in Hanoi, Vietnam This summer has been quite an adventure for me, and I’m sad to see it coming to an end!  After spending 8 days in Europe, 23 days in Asia, and moving from New England to the Midwest, I learned some important life lessons. The best part about being … Continue reading Life Lessons Learned From a Summer of Adventure

Birthday Reflections

For many people, their birthday is a day to reflect on the past year of their life.  In the process of this reflection, some people tend to seek validation that they are on the “right” path and compare themselves to other people their age.  When I search “turning 26,” I see a lot of websites … Continue reading Birthday Reflections

How to Create Habits to Live Your Best Life

Whether you are someone who loves to make routines or someone who prefers to be more spontaneous, the things we do shape who we are.  Gretchen Rubin said in her book Better Than Before, “Our habits reflect our identity.”  If you see yourself as a person with good hygiene, you probably have the habit of … Continue reading How to Create Habits to Live Your Best Life