Kermit Says: Go For The Impossible

 

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Making a life-changing decision is never easy, and I should know because I made one over four months ago, but I’m getting a little ahead of myself. I never thought I’d become a teacher. I majored in English in both college and graduate school because I loved reading and was a great writer. I had dreams of becoming Editor-in-Chief of a fashion magazine, perhaps the next Anna Wintour, but by the time I was a sophomore in college, I realized that wasn’t the substantial and meaningful work I wanted to do. Unsure about what my future would entail with an English degree, I spent my summers interning at radio stations, newspapers, and, eventually, summer schools–and I flocked to teaching like a moth to a flame. It wasn’t until, perhaps, my third year of teaching that I realized that maybe it wasn’t teaching I was drawn to, but my students. I enjoyed hanging out with them, advising them, and helping them become healthy, whole, and happy individuals. But what did that look like professionally? What kind of career could I find that would allow me to do that work and get paid for it? Well, it wasn’t until a year ago or so that I learned the answer to my question: become a child and adolescent therapist. And it wasn’t until four months ago that I finally dropped everything, took a risk, applied to the number three school in the country…and got in!

 

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Tuesday Tunesday: The Perfect Presidential Playlist

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Happy Tunesday, friends! On today’s special edition, we’re singing all things presidential. This has been a long journey. It hasn’t been paved in gold. It hasn’t been easy. In fact, it’s been downright exhausting, frustrating, and even depressing–but here we are. We’ve finally made it to election day. So, as you head to the polls, exercise your right to vote thoughtfully and consciously, and anxiously await the results that will ultimately change your life for better or worst, know what’s on the line, know who stands for what, and know that your vote matters! Most of all, know that whatever happens, we’re gonna make it…together. United we stand. Divided we fall. Don’t give up. Check out our Perfect Presidential Playlist, and let us know what tunes you’re listening to today! Comment below.

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Kermit Says: Shanah Tovah!

 

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Happy Rosh Hashanah, friends! It’s been a heck of a long hiatus, but we are officially back and the timing couldn’t be better. This year’s Rosh Hashanah began last night and perfectly coincides with Kermit Says’ return. For those of you who don’t celebrate the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah is the start of the Jewish New Year, and as someone who firmly believes new years, falls, and Mondays, in particular, bring about change, fresh starts, and new beginnings, this seems like a great time for Kermit Says… to start again, fresh, anew.

 

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Kermit Says: Lean In

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From race and sexuality to class and religion and everything in between, it can be really challenging to push yourself to have these difficult, mature, respectful conversations. For many, these topics are heavy, emotionally charged, and deeply personal. Of course it makes sense to steer clear of such conversations, and quite frankly, it’s the easy thing to do. Who wants to offend others? Who wants to be judged based on their political and/or moral beliefs? Who wants to second guess everything they were taught and, in turn, the very people who imparted such knowledge? No one ever wants to be that guy, but think about all the good that’s come from folks who were courageous enough to stand up and spark lively conversations about challenging topics: Angela DavisTim WiseJane Adams. Jimmy Carter. Marian Wright Edelman. Cesar Chavez. Helen Keller. Nelson Mandela. Gloria Steinem. Howard Zinn. And the list of fearless folks goes on and on and on. Again, the work they did and conversations they started were overwhelmingly difficult, and yet they were also—and more importantly—life changing. They leaned into the discomfort, and so should you!

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