Sunday, October 22, 2017

25 Things I Have Learned Since I Started My Sabbatical

I’m about a month and half into my sabbatical.

I was a bit anxious going into it.  I’m not too sure why. Maybe because I was afraid I’d be bored or lonely; or that I wouldn’t take advantage of the time that was gifted to me.  

But among all that I’m doing, here are some things I’ve learned and learned to accept!

#1 I love to eat.

#2 Spend time with children. 

#3 Let it go. Let the angst of the past go.

#4 Dance and sing more.

#5 Clean your closets. It is cathartic.

#6 I need more sleep.

#7 Everything happens for a reason.

#8 It’s ok to say no. You don’t have to do everything, you don’t have to be everywhere. 

#9 Take time to enjoy the city that you live in.  Be a tourist. 

#10 Take a minute to talk to your neighbors, your mailman, and the volunteers at the park. 

#11 Re-visit something, something you wanted to do but didn’t. Try it again.

#12 Accept this: those who don’t understand what is important to you, won’t understand it, so stop trying to convince them.

#13 Read more.

#14 See more theatre.

#15 It’s just not that deep.  Sometimes things are exactly as they seem.

#16 Drink more water.

#17 Write every day.

#18 Spend time with your parents, or those who are elder to you.

#19 Share art experiences.

#20 Multitasking is overrated. Do one thing at a time and enjoy it.

#21 Learn something new.

#22 Take a walk everyday.

#23 I really love the Today Show.

#24 Be still.

#25 I am allowed to put myself first.

As I continue with my sabbatical it will be interesting to see how much of this will stay with me.  How much of this can apply to you?

Sunday, May 15, 2016

I wish ...

 I wish …

1) ...that CUNY's contract negotiations are settled and in favor of giving educators fair pay!

2) ...I understood that when there is traffic, because of volume, if we all just kept moving, why is there traffic at all? 

3) ... my dogs knew how to do dishes. 

4) ... I could get Hamilton tickets.

5) ... chocolate was a necessary food group. 

6) … jeans were accepted professional attire.

7) … crossing a bridge brings you to a magical place. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015



I am a driver. I am a driver in NYC. Not always, but often. I grew up right outside NYC in Westchester and have been driving into the city since I learned how to drive. 

I live in Northern Manhattan now and I noticed that no matter how long I look for parking, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, no matter how long, when I actually find a spot, I feel like such a winner, like I just won a huge award! 

It is a great feeling.  I wish I could capture this feeling and bottle it. What a high, even if brief and short lived, it makes me so happy.  So I thought, when else do I feel this way? 

The Tupperware drawer! Whenever my Tupperware drawer in my kitchen seems to be organized - I feel like a winner. 

Whenever I go to the laundry room and get all five machines – able to do five loads of laundry in the time it takes to do one – I feel like a winner.

I am sure many of this have experienced this one – whenever you find money in your laundry – in the pocket of your jeans or a shirt!  You feel like a winner.

What makes these moments so profound – and each of these moments, although some can be relatable – each of these moments are so personal to each of us.  And then I started to think – would we be happier people if we were able to find this in our day to day lives? 

So join me in this challenge – find one thing each day – that makes you feel like a winner?  Try to do it for a week, 30 days and then a reflect upon how that feeling has changed your daily outlook?

So take the challenge.  Take a picture of your winner moment and either tweet it or post on Facebook or Instagram and hashtag it #imawinnerchallenge and you can also follow my Celebrate Life page on Facebook for more inspiration and share it there! Be a Winner! 

Good luck!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

What fairy tale character are you?

So what fairy tale character are you?

I’ve become a little obsessed with the ABC TV Show Once Upon A Time.  The parallel between the two lives that certain characters lead in Storybrooke and in the Enchanted Forest show character traits that we can all relate to.

And hope…there is always hope!

I started to think about who is it that I relate to the most…and I landed on the evil queen.  Not because I think I am a mean person but because I saw a side of her that is always searching for her happy ending.

I know that many fairy tales are violent some of them even based on stories that have been passed down.  And I thought, what can we learn from them?

Maybe it is to have hope and keep that hope even when really really really bad things happen.

Or maybe sometimes life is just a good story.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Change of Season

Change of Season

With the changing of the season’s I was thinking a lot about Pavolov’s Law

Ivan Pavlov  is a Russian physiologist known primarily for his work in classical conditioning; that is a kind of learning that occurs when a conditioned stimulus is paired with an unconditioned stimulus.

I often think about how that applies to my puppies – or dogs- as now they have reached a more senior age at 7 and 10 years old. 
In training, Pavlov’s law applies to help manage relationship between myself and Jack and Ginger.   It works – when I say look at me, they both know if they successfully look at me, at some point, there is a much coveted treat waiting for them.

And as the temperature dropped to the low 70’s last night… and I could feel the crisp autumn air – on it’s way – I know that the summer is slowly coming to an end. That crispness, and the lack of humidity, the smell of the soon coming leaves turning…it clicks on something in me. 

Immediately I am full of hope and wonder. The upcoming school year, the season, the hope, like anything is possible. It gives a glimmer of some excitement more than at any other time of the year. The start of a new – even more than at New Year’s! 
It’s a restored sense of energy that the universe seems to be sending my way.

I leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”