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Inner Angels & Demons

Spring Break Anxieties

This spring break I'll be visiting my sisters in southern California. It goes without saying that I'm really excited to see my three sisters. So why am I also dreading this family reunion?I'm anxious mainly because I know we will be judging each other. Whether we like it or not, we have always been competitive to… Continue reading Spring Break Anxieties

The Teacher Is In

Mini-Memories

Talking to my students brings so much insight to my life. They're always so inquisitive and curious about what brought me to their school and how my life has turned out. This last week, I had them writing mini-memoirs. As is to be expected many students just looked at me and were like, "We don't have… Continue reading Mini-Memories

Health & Fitness

Beauty Standards

Like many girls, I grew up wishing I was skinny. My parents helped destroy my self image by praising the sisters who were skinny and criticizing the sisters that were the least bit overweight. As a kid that grew up in the 90s, the images I was surrounded by were of tall, lanky, athletic (verging… Continue reading Beauty Standards

Life Stuff

Balance & Blessings

In light of what happened recently, I have grown more focused on the blessings I have in my life. I truly believe that there must always be balance in our lives. Otherwise, we'd be thrown into turmoil that often presents itself as stress. And since my uncle and father reached out to me attempting to… Continue reading Balance & Blessings

Love & Loss

Shaming

~Updated~ First, my father hits me up. I haven't talked to him in at least six years. Out of the blue, he messages me on Facebook. How is that possible? I blocked him on there. And last I talked to him, his message to me was the same: "I never imagined that your intelligence would… Continue reading Shaming

Life Stuff

Tedium My Enemy

It scares me when things get like this. When my day becomes my everyday. I wake up, get ready, go to work, clock in, teach, spend my lunch break with depressed and unhappy coworkers, teach some more, go on after school duty, clock out, face traffic, go to the gym, go home, eat, watch an… Continue reading Tedium My Enemy

Life Stuff

How Not To Raise Children

It is no secret that my 8 siblings and I grew up in an abusive household. My childhood is one of the reasons I never want to have children of my own. However, I still do put a lot of thought into what I would do if I did raise a family. I do watch… Continue reading How Not To Raise Children

Inner Angels & Demons

A Letter To My Mom & I Hope She Doesn’t Read It.

My mother asked me a question recently that I conveniently ignored. However, it's been weighing on my mind for quite some days now. She asked me why my sisters are straying from our beliefs and faith so much. She asked it as if she had no idea where she went wrong. In my mind, I… Continue reading A Letter To My Mom & I Hope She Doesn’t Read It.