Life’s Lessons

I’ve learned a lot over the last 50 years (and still have much to learn). I think my most significant moments of growth have occurred, though, during life’s challenges. In the middle of them, it felt awful. But when I got to the other side, I realized I was smarter and maybe a little more … Continue reading Life’s Lessons

Are You Excited? I’m Excited!

I get excited about a lot of things, but at the moment, I think I’m most excited about finishing the year (decade!) strong. I’ve never been much of a New Year’s resolution person, and as someone who is a lifelong learner and educator, I tend to equate September with fresh starts. This year, I was … Continue reading Are You Excited? I’m Excited!

Stop Petting My Peeves

Ah, pet peeves… Those pesky little things you notice or others do that get under your skin enough to be annoying but not enough to call people out or end relationships over. I probably have more than four, but I’ve only been asked to write about four, and these are the first four that popped … Continue reading Stop Petting My Peeves

Letter to Myself Five Years Ago

Dear 2014 Kristi,   I’m writing to you from five years in the future, and there are some important things you need to know.   The pain you’re in won’t last forever. The dark thoughts you’re having are understandable considering what he’s been doing, but I am here to tell you that you’re going to … Continue reading Letter to Myself Five Years Ago

Where Ya Been?

I let my blog take a (very) backseat in my life the past month, and I don't like it. Writing has always been cathartic for me, and I haven't done any over the past couple of months or so. Why? Well, lemme tell ya. I've been working as much as I can as a substitute … Continue reading Where Ya Been?

Day #30

I issued myself a challenge 30 days ago to publish something every day for a month on this blog. I almost did it! I think I missed about four days. Generally speaking, I feel like it was a good exercise for me, and I learned a few things. I don’t like using writing prompts. Of … Continue reading Day #30

A List of Regrets

One of the writing prompts I’ve come across is to make a list of regrets. I’ve started three different posts based on this prompt, and this is the fourth. I’ve been turning this one over and over in my mind for about 2 weeks. I’m almost 50 years old, so I could sit here and … Continue reading A List of Regrets

A List of Things That Make You Happy

1.      My family makes me happy. And by family, I mean ALL the people I choose to surround myself with. The people in my life and my relationships with them are what make every day a blessing. Yes, it sounds cliché, but that’s because it’s true. I love, love, love my people. 2.      A long, … Continue reading A List of Things That Make You Happy

Have You Ever Seen a Ghost?

I can’t say I’ve ever seen a ghost, but I’m convinced that the house in which I currently live had a female spirit living in it when we moved in 17 years ago. Ooo-OOO-ooo boogity boogity! Seriously, though, she was here. There were pockets of cold air throughout the house. The lights would flicker and … Continue reading Have You Ever Seen a Ghost?

First Job

On Saturday mornings when I was a little kid, my mom would pop corn in our home popper, bag it up in a brown bag, and drop me off with a little money at the local movie theater with all the other kids in town. This was back in the day when, for probably fifty … Continue reading First Job