FMF: Story


FMF: Story

How can I use my story to influence or inspire other people?

This is a question I often ask myself.


I have been told I am interesting. I suppose this is true.

I am a wife.

I am a daughter.

I am a runner that has achieved some interesting goals.

I am a teacher that has accomplished obstacles and earned many awards.

I am a coach for education and fitness.

I am a mother.

I am a writer.

Not necessarily in that order…


I have been through some trauma and have come out on the other side. There have been many highs and lows with no warning to switch 180 degrees.   


I have been called: accidentally inspiring and an old soul.


I am careful how I share my story.


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FMF: Moment



Today’s word for FMF (Five Minute Friday) is Moment. I have actually written with this word twice today because I was having such problems with it.

My moment is now. It is always now.

The moment the clocks hit 12:34 I automatically look. I am drawn to this time.

Moments that matter is how our lives should be measured. We have the power to create them.

I have been motivated my entire life by “shoulds”. I have led a  life on a timeline of goals. This plan did not lead me to Utopia or anything close. From a near-sighted view, the outcome looked utopic – and then reality hit.

Taking moments as they come, creating experiences and going with the flow seems to be a better fit for me now. I cannot fear or worry about things that do not exist.

Being open in as many moments as possible seems the way to live as I see it…in this moment.

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FMF: Common


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Common is a tricky word – much like the word “normal”. What is common to me is likely to be foreign to you. Definitions of common are muddy. They are based more on perception rather than fact.

This idea reminds me of an experience when I attended my first sleepover birthday party in elementary school. My friend lived on Blake Street and she did not live like I did. Her mother was deaf and her house was small and dark. None of their furniture matched. We had pancakes for breakfast but no syrup or milk.

I have common practices on Tuesdays.

  • I write my Slice of Life Post for the Two Writing Teachers blog challenge
  • I remember it is Simply Tuesday
  • It is family dinner tonight – there are no practices!
  • Favorite podcasts drop
    • The Next Right Thing
    • What Should I Read Next?
    • Alone in a Room with Invisible People
    • First Draft


What is common for you?



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Paradigm Shift

This is an amazing story worth reading!

Life In A Suitcase

Greetings and welcome to my little corner of the world.

This blog post will be a little different. No photos, or trips, or any of the other random things I post about.

Let me tell you a story.

A man climbed onto the train to finally go home after a completely exhausting and discouraging work day.  He slumped onto an empty seat on a primarily empty train. He didn’t realize he was heading home so late, Good God the wife won’t be happy, as he never called to let her know. He settled in, as settled in as you could get on a train, and anticipated the hour commute home. He had no thankful bone in his body. He grabbed his cell phone out of his pocket only to see he had 4% battery left. Perfect. He tucked it into his worn and weathered briefcase, next to the four packages…

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Sunday Surprise


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A hummingbird came to say “Good Morning” on the back porch to my husband and me while we were drinking coffee this delightful Sunday.

We took it as a good sign for the day.

It was a precious moment that was not lost.

This detail will be injected into a story somewhere this month!

Happy writing!

Happy Weekend!


6 Things You Should Know About…

This exercise can be used for

  • generating ideas for writing
  • an exit ticket about a topic and you want to see how much the students have retained
  • a braindrainer
  • a get to know you activity for the beginning of a meeting or a classroom


6 things you should know about


  1. I am a reader and I love books.
  2. I am a runner – I have raced distances between 5K to 50 miles.
  3. I am an introvert with learned extrovert tendencies professionally.
  4. I am always learning – if you mention something I have never heard of I will look it up…right there.
  5. I love my family and put them first…now.
  6. I will trust you – until I don’t. And then we are done. When I mean done I mean it.


  1. I love to own books – I find them comforting and always have at least one with me.
  2. I would go on vacation just to visit bookstores – Seattle and Portland were visited for just that reason!
  3. I believe that reading is that gateway to all learning.
  4. I love to find books for people that they will love.
  5. I give away books so people will be encouraged to read.
  6. I take notes, write quotes and write reading responses. I find it fun.


  1. I started running when I was 35 because of the Biggest Loser.
  2. I decided I would try it and if I hated it I would stop – I gave myself a month trial period.
  3. I started racing and realized I was fast.
  4. I am part of several running teams.
  5. Some of the best times running has been with Girls On The Run with my running buddies.
  6. I run mostly in the early morning before work and also have mentored a group of marathon runners – I am usually mentoring someone running in an informal capacity anyway.


  1. I am a lego freak and builder
  2. I am 13 and have been offered 2 jobs. Bw3 and through a random letter in the mail.
  3. I like to hang out with friends and family.
  4. I went to Hawaii and stayed at a hotel with a skylight.
  5. My favorite subject is math and I feel smart doing it.
  6. I am a music nerd because I sing all the time.

10 Questions and the Answer!

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10 questions from Tsh Oxendrieder and my answers

Morning person or night owl?

Morning Person hands down. Although the last two nights I have gone to sleep after 1 a.m.

How do you drink coffee?

Black and strong

Beach or mountains?


What was your favorite thing to play as a child?

Anything by myself – reading a lot. I did play mermaid in the pool

What is on your nightstand right now?

A coffee cup, sour gummy worms and 3 books and a kindle

What smell do you love?

Bread baking

What is your favorite season?

Winter – I enjoy the cold and the snow.

Do you prefer e-readers or paper books?

Either – it is all reading and that means it is all good

If you could travel anywhere in the world next, where would it be?

Germany for Oktoberfest

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Read faster


What are your answers to any and all of these questions??