First Author Visit!

As a teacher, I spend a lot of time in a school building. However, last week I spent time as not only a teacher, but as an author as well. To say that last week filled my cup is an understatement. I had the opportunity to read The Kindness Machine to each grade level, kindergartenContinue reading “First Author Visit!”

K is for Kindness

K is for KINDNESS. I have really enjoyed blogging letters A-J so far on this AtoZ blog challenge, but I have really been looking forward to K. If you have been reading for awhile, you know that the idea of kindness is a hot topic for me, so much so that I wrote a children’sContinue reading “K is for Kindness”

Book Launch Day!

Cue the music! Cue the happy dance! Today I celebrate the launch of The Kindness Machine! March 22, 2022 will forever be the book birthday for my first book. Today I celebrate this book with my husband, the illustrator who helped bring this book to life! We celebrate with our kids, who the book isContinue reading “Book Launch Day!”

Honorable Mention

A few weeks ago, there was a writing challenge called 50 Precious Words. Thank you to author, Jamie Bills, for sharing this challenge information. I am proud to say that I earned an honorable mention in the Social Emotional Learning category, which means a great deal to me. I hope you enjoy these 50 preciousContinue reading “Honorable Mention”

Being Kind vs. Being Weak

When you think of kindness, what comes to mind? Do you associate kindness with being passive, compliant or weak? Unfortunately, kindness and weakness are too often grouped together. You can be kind while still using your voice and maintaining your boundaries. Part of that includes being kind to yourself in order to hold your ground.Continue reading “Being Kind vs. Being Weak”

Happy New Year!

Hello and Happy New Year to all! We do this silly thing each December where we eat all the food and drink all the drinks while try to manage the stress of the holidays, the lack of sunlight and busy schedules. The reoccurring phrase seems to be, “I’ll start January 1st” or “I’ll take careContinue reading “Happy New Year!”

Boundaries & Kindness

When you think of boundaries, what comes to mind? Do you set boundaries for yourself and do you modify them as needed? Boundaries can change based on different settings. For example, friend/family boundaries might look very different than work boundaries. What happens when you set different work boundaries and people start to notice? The 2020-2021Continue reading “Boundaries & Kindness”

Gratitude

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines gratitude as, “a feeling of appreciation or thanks.” Synonyms for gratitude include: thanks, grace, appreciation, recognition, thankfulness. Gratitude has been linked to happiness, stronger relationships, reduced stress and anxiety. Gratitude is something that needs to be practiced time and time again. I listened to a podcast by Sophia Bush when she interviewedContinue reading “Gratitude”

Thank you!

Thank you so much for an exciting pre-order day on Saturday! The Kindness Machine is one step closer to being in your hands and being shared around the world. I was absolutely blown away by the support this past weekend. Each like, share, comment, text and call were so appreciated. If I haven’t responded toContinue reading “Thank you!”

World Kindness Day!

Happy World Kindness Day! Let’s pause and think about this for a minute. This is a holiday for every single person in the entire world! Oh! I just love that. On this day, I’d like to remind you to do something kind for others, but also to do something kind for yourself. This has beenContinue reading “World Kindness Day!”