build spiritual relationships to last a lifetime

I’m probably the last person who should be talking about how to build spiritual relationships, let alone any relationships. As an autistic person, I have always struggled to fully connect with others. Don’t even get me started on small talk. But compared […]

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shifting from victimized to empowered

Poor me. Why me?! Woe is me. This world is cruel and unjust. Hence why it’s so easy to opt for feeling victimized to empowered. I understand that on a spiritual level. These thoughts frequently rotate and cycle into that death spiral […]

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teaching abroad in American Samoa: a year in review

After what felt like both a millisecond and a century, I have officially finished my year teaching abroad in American Samoa. I’m back in the States. Life’s moving onward. I came into this teaching abroad experience without expectations, and for that I’m […]

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rude awakening: my first time as a minority

My first time as a minority wasn’t until the ripe age of 22. Up until then, I’ve lived in the rural Midwest. People still think we ride horses everywhere. (Unless you’re on the west side of the Missouri, that’s bogus.) When I […]

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meet the teacher who stopped talking

The teacher who stopped talking. I may have a couple of weeks left as a teacher, but that is who I became. When I mean “stopped talking,” I mean it. Complete silence. One day, I was following my normal routine. The next, […]

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unexpected lessons in American Samoa

As of today, I’ve taught almost 29 weeks of school in American Samoa. With only seven weeks left on my plate, I can confidently say this experience has been a crazy, unexpected roller coaster. However I envisioned my past year going, it […]

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how to wisely volunteer abroad

A white, privileged young person decides to take their privileged position and transplant it into a developing community. Maybe a far-fetched notion, but it’s becoming exponentially common. I included. Hence the necessity to wisely volunteer abroad. Rather than following the “traditional route” […]

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REAL tips for a mentally ill teacher

Health education has greatly improved since my time in school. Rather than just focusing on the human anatomy and nutrition, we’re beginning to expose students to emotional woes like stress and mental illness. Young people are key in evoking change, disintegrating the […]

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a mid-service recap: WorldTeach American Samoa

While I cannot begin to encompass my service into a neat package, I want to share some highlights for my mid-service in American Samoa as a WorldTeacher. And no, it’s definitely not all picturesque ocean views and beach days.

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I'm NOT an amazing teacher, and that's okay: giving yourself credit

Even when you aren’t consciously thinking of that dreaded “comparison trap,” it still seems to creep up into any moment you should be giving yourself credit. I’ve talked about comparison often because it’s something I find my mind constantly drawing toward. The problem is, […]

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