Two months ago I published “How Are You?” to express how I was doing in the first couple weeks after my engagement ended. At the time of that publication, it had been only 16 days. Now, it’s been 11 weeks, and honestly those weeks have felt like 11 months in the very best of ways. After my first bog post, people stopped asking me how … Continue reading How Are You? Part 2
How are you? I keep using the phrase “alright” in an attempt to be honest, but I’m not really sure how to describe how I am. I have some moments of sadness that quickly shift to anger, yet I am hopeful for the future and determined to be strong. All the while, I have been loved and supported through family and friends’ texts, calls, and … Continue reading How are You?
In Mitch Albom’s newest book Finding Chika (sidenote: more than a tear-jerker, a snot spewer), he writes: The most precious thing you can give someone is your time, Chika, because you can never get it back. When you don’t think about getting it back, you’ve given it in love. Since October, a blog post entitled “Entrusted” has been floating in my head. Sometimes titles just … Continue reading Entrusted: April Edition
Dear New Teacher, School is almost here, but I don’t have to tell you that. You’re busy making last minute preparations: gluing, cutting, copying, and taping. You’ve picked out your first day of school outfit (or maybe you’re still sorting through multiple options). You’re rehearsing what you will say as you greet your students and stand before 25, 30, or possibly 35 pairs of eyes. … Continue reading Dear New Teacher
After a whirlwind trip to Belgium, I boarded a plane to return to Sofia. Upon landing and making it through border security in the midst of a stag party (which was more difficult than the security process itself), I ordered a taxi and went straight to the bus station. The taxi ordering fella didn’t even switch to English for me. Score. Upon getting to the bus … Continue reading Baby Got Back 2 [Bulgaria Part 2]
When thinking about my trip to Bulgaria, I figured that if I was going to travel all the way to Europe then I should at least see another country. I debated on revisiting a place I loved or checking off a new place. Belgium came to mind when I realized a sorority sister, Kaelyn, was teaching in Brussels. A little research revealed inexpensive flight options, … Continue reading Belgium
Ok, to be grammatically correct, “Baby returned.” And by “baby” I mean myself–not a term I or anyone else regularly uses to describe me (thankfully). I digress. I returned to Bulgaria as soon as I could after school ended. I didn’t even get to finish my “end of the school year” blog before jumping into the adventures of this week. I am torn on what … Continue reading Baby Got Back
10:35 am. I am standing outside of the beautiful, pastel yellow building I once called “my school.” The long break is about to begin, and I am waiting for a couple students, Georgi and Ralitsa. As students begin pouring out of the school for their break, I am greeted with gasps, “Anna Kate!”, and then enveloped in a giant circle of hugs. There was much … Continue reading Back to BG: The Prologue
As I sit at the dining room table to compose this blog post, I’m wearing obnoxiously fuzzy, pink slippers gifted to me when I was a bridesmaid last year while Yo-Yo Ma’s Six Evolutions-Bach is plays in the background. To my left is a copy of Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, and in the distance to the right are all the … Continue reading Dreams
I haven’t written since… October? I couldn’t even tell you. Wait, I just checked. September. I haven’t written in almost 3 months. I have missed writing. I have missed writing. I have missed writing. Hey, did you know I missed writing? There have been ideas for posts over the last few months, but I haven’t had a moment to stop and dedicate the time (or … Continue reading Will January Be Too Cold for Pool Noodles?