Let July Just Be July

I heard a song recently on an Instagram Reel. Or maybe it was that Tik Tok thing. Yep. I’m hip. The lyrics were simple, yet for me, so profound. “We can let July just be July.” Music has a way of seeing into our souls. I love the summer. I am, after all, a teacher,…Read more »

Incomplete Pass

The other day someone complimented my hair. I was quick to respond, “Really? I haven’t washed it in a week. And have you seen my roots?!” Never once absorbing the incoming positivity that they were trying to offer me. Never allowing the giver of the compliment to truly experience the act of giving. And never…Read more »

Born on purpose

The world would like to introduce  Melanie Colleen Thomas. She was born on October 16th, 1975. She entered this world with a big birthmark and a giant head.  The first picture that was ever taken of her looks like something straight out of a true crime documentary. She screamed for the first 6 months of…Read more »

The Present Moment

The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is I open up my blinds. I love the sunshine peering in and there are these magical little hummingbirds that frequent a tree right outside of my window.  As soon as the blinds open, I feel an immense rush of gratitude. On most…Read more »

Don’t forget…

Several years ago, a 3rd grader came to me with the biggest Post-it Note on his tiny, left cheek. Seriously. It was biggest post-it I had ever seen. And as serious as can be, he asked me, “Would it be ok if I leave this on my face so I don’t forget something?” And just…Read more »

I am loved.

“Be brave enough to take off the masks you wear out there and get to know who you are underneath. Be vulnerable enough to accept your flaws and know that they are what make you human; they are what make you real. Be confident enough to accept and cherish your strengths. Don’t minimize them or…Read more »

The Microorganism of Negativity

8/21/2020 I am the kind of person that can follow a thought and be off to the races. Even if it isn’t true. For example, I will not hear back from someone and within 30 seconds, my brain has taken me so far from reality. In my mind, they are mad at me for something.…Read more »

God is Light

Journal entry, 2012 I was recently sober and I was working the steps. What are the steps? They are a way of life. Steps to recovery. Steps in which you look inward and begin to uncover, discover, and discard things in your life that might be holding you back and keeping you stuck in a…Read more »

Look mom! No hands!

I don’t know about you, but I came out of the womb seeking validation. I think my first words coming into this world were,  “Hey Doc! How did I do?”  I remember as a kid always craving approval from others. That doesn’t sound out of the ordinary.  I teach elementary kids and  everyday I feel…Read more »

April 19th, 2020

April 19th, 2020 I am finally writing something after a month of being at home. I wish I could have kept a daily journal or some type of notes from the past month. But, my hands and fingers and brain just weren’t willing to work together to form sentences. Sentences about what I was witnessing…Read more »