• MidLife

    UPDATE: 40 Bags in 40 Days

    Since several asked for periodic updates to my 40 bags in 40 days challenge, I thought I would share what I’ve been up to. Last week was Spring break. While I had some lofty plans (to finish writing a book, for one) … I also wanted to make good on this Lenten promise. I decided to start with the Nook. The Evolution of the Nook The Nook has undergone several transformations over the years. It began as my eldest’s bedroom when we moved into the house in 1995. Because it is a dormer room, it is slightly removed from the…

  • MidLife

    Counting Down the Lasts

    Last Friday I spent two hours interviewing my potential replacement. It’s uncommon for a teacher to have input in the hiring of faculty. I am fortunate to work for an administration who values his staff’s opinion… even if the experience…

  • MidLife

    40 Bags in 40 Days

    I’m ready to commit: 40 bags in 40 days. I can do this. My word for 2018 was SP-ACE. The untraditional spelling signified two distinct meanings. First, I wanted to create more space in life. This incorporated a goal to…

  • MidLife

    Accurate Language for Retirement Goals

    As I announced a couple of weeks ago, I will retire from teaching for the second time in May. I am a strong proponent of retiring to rather than exclusively from something. The former gives my life purpose; the latter…

  • MidLife

    Apple Watch: Critic or Coach?

    My husband surprised me with an Apple Watch for my birthday. While I like to wear a timepiece (especially one I can customize the band to match my outfit), I was skeptical. Would the Apple Watch judge my activity levels…

  • MidLife

    Retirement for the Second Time

    For the past several weeks I have eluded to “major” changes in 2019. Now that I have officially submitted my resignation, I can finally announce my retirement … for the second time. My family doesn’t quite believe me. They just…

  • Enneagram,  MidLife

    My Enneagram Type: Social 6w5

    Are you familiar with the Enneagram? While often summarized as a personality test (similar to Myers-Briggs), it is in fact, so much more. I was first drawn to research the Enneagram as a useful tool to help me develop Delilah…