Well, my friends, I’m back from attending my first ever RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference, and it was everything I hoped it would be and so much more! Now, brace yourselves, grab a snack. Be sure to stay hydrated. This post reached epic length about halfway through typing it…
Three, two, one, jump!
My friends, this is the year for checking items off my Bucket List! I spent a lot of last year in a fog, after losing Mom, then I realized that I’m not just living life for myself anymore; I’m living it for both of us. That means being a little bolder, a little braver, and a whole lot more badass.
It also means jumping out of an airplane…from over 13,000 feet in the air.
I’ve been a teacher for more than four years now. I’ve spent time in dozens of schools in the Ottawa region. Wonderful schools full of amazing students and teachers. They all hold a special place in my heart. But my life completely transformed when I entered Rideau High School for the first time.
On Monday, February 8th, 2016, I woke up lacking the usual spring in my step. I’d just started a new job teaching Science and Physical Education at Rideau High School, and my classes were extremely challenging. To top it all off, I’d never taught Science before so I’d spent the entire weekend cramming as much information into my head as possible, and fretting, and hoping I wouldn’t show any signs of weakness. But teenagers can always smell fear. Somehow, by some miracle, I made it through the day.
Hello, my friends! I celebrated my 34th birthday yesterday. I know, you’re all thinking I don’t look a day over 25. It’s true, and thank you. 😉 I couldn’t help but think of my mom. Last year, my birthday celebration was the last time we were all together as a family, and I remember we had such a wonderful day/night. We stopped in to visit my grandparents (Mom’s parents) and had some snacks with them, then we continued the festivities at The Royal Palace. We ordered pizza, ate all kinds of goodies, including the delicious cookie cake Mom made for the occasion, and we played a new board game the Royals gave to me. I won, of course. Charlie was adorable. We laughed and laughed. It was a day I will never, ever forget.
I’m starting an additional qualifications science course today. Yay? Yeah, so I’m not overly excited about it. First, it’s really hard being a student when you’re so used to being in ‘teacher mode,’ and then there’s the whole having to study thing, which…blech. I never particularly enjoyed that. And this is a SCIENCE course. I was the girl who skipped science class when I was in high school. And math. And history. And geography….
This is the blog I meant to post over the holidays, but, alas, I was stuck in the land without internet. Dad’s completely cut the cord. He only really ever used the ‘net’ for his online banking needs, and to check the lottery numbers. At first I was like, “WHYYYYY? HOW? BUT I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT AND SO I CAN NEVER COME HOME AGAIN UNTIL YOU GIVE ME MY INTERNETS BACK!”
My Ellen video is complete, my friends! LOOK!
Isn’t it so great?! I’m crazy-excited about it!
Now I need your help to make this dream come true! Share it with your friends, your family, strangers on the street–anyone and everyone! If you’re posting on social media, please use the #2ndDanceWithEllen hashtag!
Big things–wow things–are happening! I have such an amazing feeling! Go forth and spread the love, peeps! Have I used enough exclamation marks yet? I’m not sure! Here’s a few more!!! 😀
Tomorrow is December.
I’ll let that sink in for a minute.
Some of you might be dreading the arrival of the final month in our calendar year, but I’m so darn relieved. Sure, I have tons to do before the holidays–presents to buy, assignments to mark, books to write–but it will get done. I just want this year to be over. In fact, I’ve written a poem about it. Ready? Here goes!
I had a very different post written and scheduled for today, but in light of recent events, I needed to write and share this instead.
Don’t lose hope.
I know it might seem like your world has shattered, like everything you thought you knew has spiraled into a pit of uncertainty, and nothing makes sense anymore. But don’t lose hope. He will thrive on the fear, the anger, the apathy. Those emotional responses will make him stronger. But if you hold on to hope, your hope will trump hate. As Hillary, the rightful president, often said, America is great because America is good. Keep being good. Be kind to yourselves. Be kind to your neighbors. If 2016 has proven anything, it’s that life can be unfair and oh-so unpredictable. We’ve lost incredible people and important elections, but we won’t ever lose hope. Hope and love will always trump hate. We’ll get through this.
We’ve got your back.
Your Neighbours to the North