Why 2020 Didn’t Bring Me Down

For most of my life, I didn't readily reflect on the past year and set intentions for the coming year. When I was in my teens and early twenties, I lacked self-improvement tools and avoided reflecting on decisions and events that I now consider reckless or questionable. A lack of self-esteem meant I felt little control over my life, and I doubted my ability to change that. Revisiting the past twelve months without clear hope of making changes wasn't an attractive option. As I have aged, my perspective has changed.

Higher Education, Teaching

Why Your Professor Requires Public Speaking and How to Stop Fearing It

Photo by William Moreland on Unsplash Whether in high school, college, or where ever life takes you next, you will be asked to speak publicly at some point. As a person who went from significant fear of public speaking to teaching at a university, I understand the racing heart, sweaty palms, and intense dread that can arise when… Continue reading Why Your Professor Requires Public Speaking and How to Stop Fearing It

Inspiration, Life Lessons, Money

What Its Like to Go Through Financial Peace University as a Married Couple in Your 50s During a Pandemic

Have you wondered whether taking a class to work on your finances is worth it? I did, and here is what my husband and I discovered. We needed help making some changes, and I was ready to admit it. We signed up for the in-person nine-week Financial Peace University course offered at a local church to begin in mid-March 2020. Someday soon, we will be doing the debt-free scream and “living and giving like no one else.