Paint How You Feel

A while ago I was instructed to paint how I was currently feeling in a class. This seems to represent my feelings often --- a mix of calm on the surface but so much going on underneath as well as a riot of color that I'm not always able to express. The sea obviously too [...]

Wellness Wednesday

I'm going to try to keep this mostly positive. I have come so far in what I am able to do. I'm no longer completely terrified of making mistakes. I care less about if people think badly of me. If someone doesn't give me the time of day then I don't need them in my [...]

Wellness Update

Teaching a five week class was much more grueling than expected, but I made it through. I promised myself I wouldn't do work today. And I haven't. And I won't. I went to Zumba with my mom then out to lunch and now I'm lounging on a glorious day in my backyard. I don't think [...]

Wellness Wednesday: Wellness for New (ish) Teachers

On time for once... I made it a priority to set a few minutes aside for myself to think about my own wellness as being a new ish instructor in academia. The first class I ever taught independently came to a close this Monday, though I still need to enter in final grades. It was [...]

Thinking Thursday?

I've been trying to keep up with blogging personally once a week but it's really hard. The semester of me teaching my first master's class independently is winding down and I'm gearing up to teach a truncated sexuality class. It will be awesome, but I still have a lot of prepping to do and it's [...]

Healing Sea

The sea air heals me. When the sun and it touch my skin it creates a perfect temperature, peace, and sensation both within and outside of me so that the boundary between myself and nature is blurred. I am reawakened to the notion, the truth, that there is no separation. I am a part of [...]

Wellness Wednesday: Back to the Wild

There is nothing like going to the sea that brings me back to my wild nature. I try to hold onto it as best as I can. I am also reading Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, PhD, a Jungian psychoanalyst. It is absolutely beautiful, food for the soul, with its [...]

Wellness Wednesday: The Sea

  I quite literally fled Pennsylvania for the sea to avoid the last of the atrocious weather for this Winter, as well as things I simply don't want to deal with. Whenever I return from the sea I always have a better perspective and handle on things. I'm regrounded and realigned with things that actually [...]