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What is your purpose?

What is your purpose?

The other day I was watching an interview of Cheryl Strayed, author of the famous memoir Wild. She spends a lot of time teaching writing classes and the questions she asks her students to answer are:  

What is the question at the core of your work? What question are you trying to answer for others?

After hearing these words the questions really stuck with me. I was thinking about these questions a lot. I believe these questions are important because they can pertain to real life in general. These questions help you to find your purpose of why you are here and what you are trying to accomplish.

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50 Free Activities to do with your kids

50 Free Activities You Can Do With Your Kids

Do you want to spend time with your kids without having to spend a bunch of money? Here are 50 Free Activities You Can Do With Your Kids:

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The Types of People You Deal With During the Holidays

The Types of People you Deal with During the Holidays

The holiday season is coming up which means attending or hosting parties! During the holidays many people have family gatherings which means many of us have to deal with other family members and relatives. When you are attending a holiday family gathering or celebration there are many types of people that you will deal with. Below are 30 Different Types of People you Deal with During the Holidays:

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Christmas in Two Households

Christmas in Two Households

Did you know that many Mexicans love decorating for Christmas? I didn’t know until I became part of a Mexican family. You will be surprised by how decorated a house can be if you are close to Mexicans. My mother-in-law goes crazy with decorations. It’s funny, my in-laws don’t really decorate for any other holidays except for Christmas. Their decorating process starts right away at the beginning of November. My in-laws go all out for Christmas. Even the toilet in the bathroom will be decorated with a Santa face! Every door, every wall, and every table will have Christmas decorations. When you enter through the front door it’s as if a Christmas tornado hit their house!

On Christmas Eve my in-laws like to celebrate Christmas early. Around 8 p.m. they will have a Christmas dinner complete with a spicy shrimp and vegetable soup, other seafood dishes, tortillas, black beans, salad, cochinita pivil(beef in red sauce), wine, pico de gallo, chips, and bread. We stay up talking, playing games, and listening to music until midnight. At midnight that is when we open presents. These presents are from each other, not Santa, since they don’t believe in Santa but in Los Tres Reyes(the three kings). They enjoy taking pictures of every gift with every person while we pose in front of the Christmas tree until every gift has been given concluding the celebration. Continue Reading

Teaching in a Charter School

Teaching in a Charter School

When you were a child in school what did you see? What did the school look like? Was there art displayed on the walls? Did you have a library, a gym, a music room, an art room, or a foreign language room? How did the teachers act towards you? Did you feel safe, wanted, and ready to learn?

These are all questions that stir up memories for each one of us about our past, about being a student and attending school. We remember if the principal greeted us. We remember our celebrations. We remember singing in a musical or playing our first recorder or other musical instrument. We remember our first day of school and our last day of school. We remember the teachers we liked and disliked. We remember if we were ever sent to see the principal. We remember talent shows and clubs, sports, and art we made. We remember learning a foreign language and if whether or not we enjoyed it.

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