Kermit’s Cup of Tea: Friday Findings

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Happy Friday, friends! It seems like now more than ever we need something fun, funny, creative, happy, and positive to counter all the negativity occurring in the world. Therefore, this couldn’t be a better time to bring back “Kermit’s Cup of Tea: Friday Findings,” where each week I’ll share my favorite finds from the week. If you stumble across something worth sharing and want to see it up on the blog, feel free to comment below or send an email to contactkermitsays@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Now, let the countdown begin:

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Wellness Wednesday: Moving On After Election Day

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Dearest friends,

Today is admittedly a difficult and confusing day. I’d much rather be at home, tucked away in the safety and comfort of my bed, than at work, and I’m sure so many of you feel similarly. I woke up yesterday morning optimistic and confident in a “Clinton” win. Why the quotation marks? I didn’t believe in Hillary Clinton the candidate, but I did believe in her and the Democratic party’s beliefs and ideals. I think of First Lady Michelle Obama’s beautiful speech on acting with decency, on being a good human being. I think of all of the progress the Obama Administration has made towards same-sex marriage and women’s rights. Of course no administration is perfect, but I knew we were all heading in the right direction…a direction that pointed towards greater freedom, justice, and equality for all. Where the pursuit of happiness wasn’t just a dream for some, but a reality for everyone. Perhaps this was all too optimistic, too much of an ideal, but I believed that if we kept pressing on, we would continue to see better and brighter days for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children.

I try to keep religion and politics separate from the work I do as a teacher and a blogger, but I think it would be irresponsible and, quite frankly, unrealistic to expect me not to weigh in here. I write this post knowing there are some people who are over the moon, pleased and excited about last night’s election results, but I also know there are others who are feeling deflated and devastated. This has been one of the most bizarre elections. Between the ebb and flow of debates, political ads, SNL skits, and analytical news correspondents, the election has brought out the absolute worst in people. Whether we want to admit it or not, it has taken an emotional toll on each of us. Hillary Clinton has officially conceded. Donald Trump has made his victory speech. And now that it’s finally over, what do we do? Well, we make time and room to care for ourselves. But how?

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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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Tuesday Tunesday: Anti-Bullying

Happy 2nd Tunesday, friends! In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, I thought I’d share three very important songs that have gotten me through some pretty tough and dark days. Life can be more difficult than it should be, especially when you’re in high school. You may deal with insensitive, mean-spirited individuals in the classroom, on the field, and maybe even at home. The reality is that there will always be people who target individuals for a number of reasons: they’re insecure, unhappy, jealous, or just plain heartless, but the older you get, the more you realize their cause of their behavior is more about them and less about you. Furthermore, you develop better coping strategies, realize you’re awesome, and understand that your worth and value is not dependent on anyone! It takes time, patience, and determination to get to this point, so in the midst of feeling marginalized, pained, sad, afraid, hopeless, and misunderstood, take a listen to these songs. Hopefully, they’ll be the reminders you need to get through it all.

What songs do you listen to when you’re having a rough time? Comment below!

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Dear Kermit: Know Yourself, Know Your Worth

Happy Tuesday, friends! You know what time it is: it’s time for another Dear Kermit… podcast (finally). Today’s post is not a response to anyone’s question, but perhaps a piece of advice from myself to myself. I’m sure today’s post will touch on topics we can all relate to at some point or another: heartbreak, fear, pain, trust, (dis)honesty, self-love, self-worth, self-doubt, and the terrifying idea of new beginnings and budding relationships (yikes). I hope this podcast speaks to someone in the same way I hope it will help me. What a great reminder that any external love has to first come from within. If you don’t love yourself, who will? 

Wellness Wednesday: Father’s Day Edition

Happy Wednesday, friends! Can you believe Father’s Day is THIS Sunday? The year is flying by, and the Kermit Says… team is along for the ride. Unfortunately my dad couldn’t star in today’s Wellness Wednesday video, so I’m listing a few DIY options instead. Whether it’s for your biological father, adopted father, brother, broham, father figure, or non-gender conforming role model, take a moment to tell that special person (living or dead) just how special they are.

Here are three DIY options you can give dad on his special day (and you can use them, too):

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Kermit Says: Motivational Monday

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Happy Monday, friends! It’s been a while since my last Kermit Says… post, and between end-of-year events, grading, and a very contagious sickness, I hope you’ll understand why I’ve been absent. While there’s no video today, I wanted to take a moment to first say Kermit Says… will resume its regularly scheduled posts this week and a few more before our official Summer Hiatus, and to also share my love. I was absolutely stunned, heartbroken, and overwhelmed after hearing the tragic story of the Orlando night club shooting.

Some people are filled with so much hatred, anger, and fear when people are living their authentic truths, whether it’s their race, nationality, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, and anything in between. Some people don’t have the courage to be themselves for fear of oppression, ridicule, violence, intolerance. Some people are so unhappy that they want others to be just as unhappy as they are. As difficult as this sounds, we cannot let people like that win. We cannot bury our heads in the sand and hide who we are. We cannot live our lives in fear or hate. We must live our lives with love and loving everyone, regardless of what they look like, who they pray to, and who they love. As Tony award winning actor, writer, composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda (yes, of Hamilton fame) said last night: love is love is love is love…and I love you! Love on someone today and every day.

Kermit Says: Motivational Monday

Happy Monday, friends! If you’ve been keeping up with us on Instagram (@kermitsays1), you know I’ve been spending the better part of the weekend recovering from some severe tummy troubles. While that’s not exactly an ideal way to spend one’s weekend, I still wish I were on my big, comfy couch Netflixing away. But alas, here we are. Another Monday. Another week. Another Kermit Says…, and we’re talking all things PROM! Check it out.

Kermit Says: Stop the Stigma

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A little over a year ago, I was traveling in Brazil with a great group of sophomores. While debriefing about the day’s events, I received a text from a student in the States who asked if I’d spoken to another student to whom I was and still am quite close. At that point I hadn’t, and was unsure of the nature of that forthcoming conversation, though it seemed serious. To my surprise and horror, it was much more serious and unnerving than I’d imagined: one of my students committed suicide.

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