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Do it With Passion, or Not at All

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They say that our parents are our first teachers. They taught us how to walk, how to eat, how to ride a bike. Siblings, younger and older alike, teach us so much as well. I remember being a little girl and my sister taught me how to play Mario Kart on our GameCube. She taught me which cars went the fastest, and which characters were the best. She taught me how to draw animals. She explained how to make them look so life like…she was so good at that. Although I was never very good at that. But, as we got older, she began to teach me much more substantial things. Alex started to teach me how to really make a friend, and make a good one. She taught me how to succeed in school, and how to get through tough courses. And the funny thing is, that I didn't realize all of her teachings, until she was gone.

The old saying, "you don't know what you have until it's all gone" couldn't be more true. When I lost my sister, I automatically thought of all the things I had los…

Reflecting & Moving Forward

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Reflecting on the past year is often something many of us find ourselves doing around January 1st. Following the chaotic, stressful, and oh-so-fun holiday season, we often sit down and reflect on the previous year and plan for the one that has just begun. For others of us, our birthdays are a time of reflection. That date represents a time of reflecting and looking back on the last year and hoping, and dreaming for the year to come. We have these so called "milestones" we use as reflection points. For students or teachers, a popular reflection time may be the end or beginning of the school year. This serves as a great time to think back on the previous year and look forward to the next. This is especially exciting for those of us entering major milestones such as high school, college, or perhaps a first year teaching or the first year after college. I love using all of these times as reflecting moments, but as of this past year I have developed a new reflection time.
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