July 10

Celebrating a Goal Achieved!

In March, I was knee deep in the slice of life challenge, when I saw a post on Instagram about #the100dayproject. It was shared by a favorite author of mine, Elle Luna. 

Created by Elle Luna

I was teaching two different classes, writing blog posts every day, reading and commenting on student blog posts too, and something inside of me nudged me to take on this project. 

Created by Elle Luna

Now, I had to decide what I should do…I wish I’d documented my thought process somewhere, but for some reason, I thought of writing a poem a day using my pink typewriter. You can read about my first day here. 

I started the challenge on April 1st. I completed the challenge and shared my 100th poem yesterday. What did I learn? 

  • Doing something for 100 days truly built a habit. 
  • Showing up on days I didn’t feel like it, was hard.
  • Sharing on days when I knew my poem was bad, humbled me.
  • I enjoyed the quiet every day when I wrote.
  • I love tap of my typewriter.
  • I found confidence every day I showed up to the page.
  • Many people enjoyed my poems. 

I’d do it again…in a minute. The process was powerful. I learned a lot. I’m grateful that I was able to complete this. On to another challenge…

Created by Elle Luna


June 26

Where Have I Been?

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I’ve blogged here. This space is special to me. I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long. Where have I been? 

I’ve been packing up and ending the inaugural year at my brand new middle school. It was a wonderful year!

I’ve been walking. Every day. Incorporating walking into my daily routine has been so worth it. I feel more energy. I feel inspired by being outside. I enjoy chatting with a friend or the silence on my own. 

I’ve been writing…mostly typewriter poetry. I took on #the100daychallenge and decided to write a poem a day for 100 days. Currently, I’m on day 87. 

I’ve been reading. I’m in the midst of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and I’m reading Innovator’s Mindset for school. That doesn’t include the news and poetry I read daily.

Finally, I’ve been cleaning and organizing and purging. Taking it shelf by shelf, room by room…and really being mindful of what stays and what goes. 

I’m grateful for this blogging community. You are always here, whether I show up or not. I will do better. I will show up to this place…the place that inspired so much of my writing life. 


April 3

Let’s Write Poetry!

Today begins a new challenge. It’s poetry month, so I’m writing 30 poems in 30 days. I wasn’t sure about starting a new project as soon as I completed the slice of life challenge, but I’m jumping in. What do I have to lose?
The slice of life challenge this year was challenging. It felt different. I can’t figure out why. I read tons of end of challenge reflections and I’m not the only one who felt different. Dare I say, it felt easier this year? I felt like my heart wasn’t in it on lots of days…like I was doing it to do it. As I look back and reflect, I’m not sure why, but I’ve decided it doesn’t really matter. I wrote every day for 31 days. I have lots of sixth-graders that completed the challenge and even more that came close. The writing always nudges me to grow and doing it with students is an inspiration.
Which leads me to this new challenge…I am going to write a poem using my typewriter for the next 30 days. (Follow me on Instagram to see the challenge.)
Can I do it? Yes.
Will I do it? I hope so.
My pink typewriter brings me a child-like joy
Clacking on the keys
Feels like I’m really making something
The finished products
look beautiful
and messy…
truly poetry.

Here’s to another challenge…will you join me?!?!