All posts tagged: Lessons

Kindness Doesn’t Cost Much

On a daily basis, I try to maintain the idea that humans are not inherently cruel. I work to be kind to the people I come into contact with, whether it is a stranger, a friend, or a coworker. The golden rule we learned alongside building block towers and playing house still rings true: treat people the way you want to be treated. I would like to think if I were hurting or hungry, that somebody would step up to bat for me. Sometimes, I’m unfortunately reminded that humans have the power to be pitiless, distant, and extremely apathetic. I found myself sitting on the ground somewhere in Queens, alone, exhausted, sweaty, and frustrated. I had accidentally looked down at the wrong time on the subway, and before I knew it, the subway doors had closed and I missed my stop. Unsure of what else to do, I jumped off the subway at the next stop hoping it would be similar to taking the wrong exit; get off at the next exit and get back …

Ten Things I Learned From My Mom.

(In no particular order of importance!) 1. Take pride in being a STRONG woman: I come from a family of strong women. In my eyes, my own mother is the definition of a strong woman. We are living in a world that associates being a strong woman with words like “dyke” and “bitch”. Excuse my language, I try to keep it clean on my blog unless it pertains directly to what I’m writing, and in this case, it does. I feel compelled to express the concern I had when I dove into the teaching profession head first, and was quickly acquainted with the enormity of negative synonyms for the word “woman” my students could come up with on their own. If we don’t start broadcasting that being a strong woman means forming opinions, having a voice, and thinking critically, we are facing the loss of brilliant minds. Instead of putting women down, we need to cultivate self-worth, positivity, and possibilities. Mamma taught me to hold my head high! 2. Embrace your Scars: It is your …