Six things for the start of September

This month ink. is kicking off a new recurring post in which we kick off the month with a collection of stories, reflections, blogs, thoughts, etc. to get you thinking, make you smarter, and give those of you, like me, who hate trying to make small talk something to bring to the conversation should youContinue reading “Six things for the start of September”

How it feels to be a teacher on the first day of the school year

It’s 6:00AM on the first day of the school year, and I’m tired. The sun is already up; the morning breeze blows through the window; the coffee is hot and ready; my lunch waits, already packed, in the fridge; my school bag sits, where it has sat all summer, on the stool next to theContinue reading “How it feels to be a teacher on the first day of the school year”

On the quest for self actualization, ask Google!

Let’s talk about self actualization. We’re all on this vast journey of self discovery, but somewhere along the way we hopefully realize we actually know quite a bit about ourselves, and who we are, and what we stand for, and that’s a good and comforting feeling. There’s a lot to be said for being comfortableContinue reading “On the quest for self actualization, ask Google!”

Pick up a pen and write something

A friend recently shared the Writing Contest: You are enough with me on social media. As a blogger, I’m always looking for new thoughts and ideas to share with my readers. But readers, hear what I have to say today. I love and appreciate you as a audience, but today, it’s time for you to pick upContinue reading “Pick up a pen and write something”

Failing spectacularly: working towards a goal you know you won’t make

I’m not big on new year’s resolutions, but this year I made one. Having run fifteen half marathons, two marathons, and five triathlons, I thought it was time to push myself in a new way that a finish line couldn’t. Thus, I set a year-long goal to run 1000 miles in 2018. I did theContinue reading “Failing spectacularly: working towards a goal you know you won’t make”

Five things that actually make me feel like a grown up

Who as a child didn’t dream of their impending adulthood with fond longing? Adulthood was going to be amazing! You could eat whatever you want, whenever you want. You could stay up late. You could travel. You could drive a car. You could own a house. Sure cars and houses cost money, but they’d beContinue reading “Five things that actually make me feel like a grown up”

We host an airbnb, and we’ve learned some things about humans!

About a year ago, my husband decided that we should turn one of the rental properties he owns and manages into a airbnb rental. The guest house, as we now call it, sits on the same piece of property as our own house, making it easy to clean in between renters and convenient should theyContinue reading “We host an airbnb, and we’ve learned some things about humans!”

A practical guide to decluttering your social media identity

With a few exceptions, I habitually declutter. When I swap my summer clothes and winter clothes, I go through the closest and dresser drawers, willingly cleaning out and donating anything that no longer fits or I haven’t worn the last season. I like a clean kitchen counter, pretty much all the time. I like aContinue reading “A practical guide to decluttering your social media identity”

The 5 things I wish people would have told me before I got married

Tomorrow is my third wedding anniversary! Yay marriage. I am a fan. There is a never-ending stream of pre-marital advice available. Books, blog posts, websites, podcasts and, of course, family and friends who have gone before, all offer pearls of wisdom engaged couples should know before “taking the plunge.” Some are amusing, others are sweetContinue reading “The 5 things I wish people would have told me before I got married”

Confessions of the introvert people believe is an extrovert

Confession: I am an introvert. There are some of you who know me who are currently starring open-mouthed at your screens genuinely surprised by this admission. If you’re one of those, take heart! This post is about you. If you don’t know me from a stranger passing on the street, keep reading…because I’ll never stopContinue reading “Confessions of the introvert people believe is an extrovert”