Happy Labor Day, friends! Hopefully, you’ve spent today lounging around instead of laboring away, especially since it is the last unofficial day of summer. That’s right! For so many of you, today is likely the day before school resumes and vacations end. It’s likely the last day you’ll get to sleep in and spend more hours than you’d like to admit on the couch binge-watching your favorite series. And it’s likely the last day you’ll get to swim in the pool before it closes for the year. Today marks a lot of endings and quite a number of beginnings, namely the start of a new chapter in your life. Whether you’re going back to school or heading back to work, this next phase brings with it a host of excitement and maybe even anxiety. Just getting closer and closer to my own first day of graduate school, I can’t help but feel those same first day/next step jitters. I think it’s normal when you enter the unknown–a new space filled with some new people, new challenges, and new celebrations, all of which you can’t even fathom. It can be frustrating, uncomfortable, and maybe even scary. Maybe you’ll start to doubt yourself and your ability. Question whether or not you belong. Wonder whether or not you can handle the rigor, the professors, the peers, the colleagues, the boss, the work itself. I know I have.
Happy happy Friday, friends, and what a glorious day it’s been! Today I had a chance to stop over at my old school and see some of my favorite former students as they prepare for their first day of school this coming Tuesday. So many bright faces and so much energy filled the halls as they set up their lockers. I kind of miss those days, or at least the idea of a locker space–a place to call your own and store your belongings so you’re not lugging your entire life around with you wherever you go. Cherish it, people! I imagine the closest thing to that would be having an office, but what about those college and graduate students who don’t have such a luxury? I suppose we have no choice but to bring our essentials, and today, I’m sharing my own! What are yours? Comment below!
Happy Thursday, friends! It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since I’ve been a student, and since graduating from graduate school (the first time around), I’ve now spent those five years in between on the other side as a teacher. With every new school year there comes a similar level of anxiety and excitement about what it will bring, and in those moments, I can’t help but ask myself: Will I get through the curriculum? Will my students enjoy themselves and learn the material? Will I finally strike that work-life balance? And while I’m just a few short weeks away from returning to the classroom as a student, I find myself asking similar questions: Will I learn a lot? What kind of learner am I? Will I form meaningful relationships with my professors and peers? Do I remember how to study? Will I finally conquer procrastination and complete my assignments to the best of my ability? It’s so easy to get bogged down with feelings of doubt, fear, and anxiety. After all, change is never easy. Luckily, there are things we can do to help ease the transition. Here are a few tips I’ve shared with students in the past as a teacher and will now be reminding myself of as a student. Hopefully, they’ll help you, too!
Happy Tunesday, friends! I’m sure we’ve all heard Alice Cooper’s 1972 hit “School’s Out,” right? Epic guitar riffs combined with Alice Cooper’s passionate vocals make us more and more excited to end the school year and enjoy summer break. What about “After Today” from A Goofy Movie? A class Disney tune that truly captures what’s so great about leaving school behind for the summer. With so many songs like “School’s Out” and “After Today” that celebrate this long-awaited, much-needed, and well-deserved respite, I can’t help but wonder if there are any songs that pump us up for a new academic year? I know so many of you have already started or are preparing to head back this week or next. In fact, I’m also returning to school (graduate degree number TWO) at the end of September, and I think we could all use a moment to not only mourn summer’s end, but also–and more importantly–celebrate the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Now, I’m going to be honest, finding back to school songs to pump us up proved to be more difficult than I imagined, but I eventually found some that I hope will at least inspire and empower us as we return to school. Whether you’ve got first-day jitters or question your ability, there’s a song for practically every occasion. Here’s to an incredible school year!
What do you do when you have a ton of work to do but are totally and disgustingly sick? Power through–snot-nosed, congested, sore throat and all. I’m a mess right now and would definitely do a cartwheel to celebrate Friday’s arrival if I could! So instead of the cartwheel, let’s celebrate with a few of my favorite finds from the week:
It’s hard to believe I started Kermit Says… three years ago. It seems like just yesterday that I was delivering a speech to newly inducted members of the National Junior Beta Club, an academic honor society I was a part of many many moons ago. Besides my elementary Salutatorian and high school Vice-Presidential addresses, I can’t recall ever really speaking in front of a large group of people, but as a teacher, I knew I wanted this to be as interactive and engaging as possible. I wrote, scrapped, and revised multiple drafts until I was pleased with the final product, and when I stood before the crowd and shared my words of inspiration both congratulating the inductees and preparing them for what was to come, I must admit I wasn’t prepared for the positive feedback I received from parents, teachers, and–most importantly–students. I thought, “hmmm…maybe this could be something.” And here we are.
There are tons of lifestyle, beauty, and fashion bloggers who’ve gained insane success so quickly, and when I look at their numbers and compare them to my own, it sometimes feels disheartening. But if I let the numbers dictate my drive or determine my success, then I’d have to admit that I am blogging for all the wrong reasons. Regardless of how many followers I have, I believe in Kermit Says… because it’s bigger than me. I just want to be, for you, who I needed when I was your age–an adult who listens and cares without judgment, one who gives you permission to be your true, authentic self…who just gets it.
Now three years later, Kermit Says… is on the verge of something epic and exciting. Unfortunately, I can’t share the details just yet, but you’ll be the first to know once everything is finalized. Three is my lucky number, and this third year of Kermit Says… I’m feeling beyond lucky and blessed, ya’ll, and it’s all thanks to each and every one of you! Thank you for embarking on this wild and crazy journey with me. Thank you for sharing your ideas, for listening to me go on and on about my plans, for taking this as seriously as I do, for using your voices and sharing me with your friends, for liking and subscribing, and for believing in my dreams. You are what keeps me going. Thank you for making it all worth it!
P.S. After 186 posts, let’s take a trip down memory lane and read three of my favorites:
Do you have any favorites? Comment below!
Happy Monday, friends. If you’re a student, you’ve probably had a few days to rest and relax before grades were publicized. If you’re a teacher, you’ve probably been grading and stressing over submitting grades by the looming deadline (forgive my absence, but I was doing the latter). Now, depending on how well you did this academic quarter, you might either spend the rest of your break basking in the sun or sulking in the cold. Regardless of where you find yourself on this spectrum, I think it’s safe to say that students oftentimes go into a bit of a crisis mode when midterm and quarterly/semester grades are due, and as much as you may feel the weight of your academic careers bearing heavily on your shoulders, I have to let you in on a little secret: grades do not define you.
Happy Wellness Wednesday, friends! We are just six short days away from Spring Break, but there’s just one little thing standing in our way: finals. That’s right! It’s finally finals week, which probably means lots of coffee, studying, and sleepless nights. So often we decide to pull all night study sessions instead of getting a restful night’s sleep because we need to cram it all in, but what if I told you that limited sleep negatively impacts your learning and performance? Sleep deprivation only further increases your stress levels and decreases your memory, focus, safety, and overall mood, which makes it more difficult to learn and perform at an optimal level.
Happy Wellness Wednesday, friends! This week has been quite a whirlwind filled with lots of sitting, standing, walking, and heavy lifting. Actually, now that I think about it, there probably isn’t a day that goes by when my students and I aren’t sitting for long periods of time or lugging around ridiculously heavy and unevenly distributed bags. While increasing my daily steps and toning my arms are certainly a plus (suns out, guns out, amirite?), the severe tension I feel from my neck and down to my toes is so painful, I can hardly move some days without wincing. It also doesn’t help that most of the stress we carry is in our shoulders and neck, so adding tension to an already injured body sounds like a recipe for disaster. The more we load on ourselves, the more back problems will have in the not too distant future. There has to be some way to relieve this pressure and pain without shelling out money for weekly massages, right? Right! Here are a few things worth trying to give your body some much-needed rest and recovery, and they all start with making a change!
Happy Wellness Wednesday, friends! I have always been in love with sleeping. I honestly can’t imagine anything more enjoyable than curling up in my big bed, wrapping myself in the coziest blanket, and drifting off into the peaceful night. The thing is, however, it takes me forever to get there, and counting sheep just doesn’t work. I’ve tried taking medicine, but hate how drowsy I feel when I wake up. I’ve tried drinking chamomile tea and coloring in my stress-reducing coloring books, but can’t seem to keep that up (which might be another problem in and of itself). It wasn’t until recently that I made three intentional changes that did the trick and granted me the most peaceful night’s sleep I’ve had in a while.