Visiting Iceland: Roadtrip Guide for Iceland’s Southern Coast

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A family friend reached out to us recently about our trip to Iceland in June. Her daughter will visit Iceland in a few weeks, and she wanted some tips on what to see and what to expect on her trip.

When people hear that we visited Iceland, they have all kinds of questions about what it’s like. Well, here’s the deal: Iceland is magic. The photos can’t really do the landscape justice, but Iceland is one of the most beautiful places on Earth with the kindest people and the cutest animals. An added perk was that we were able to add our week-long stopover to our flight home from Amsterdam without any additional airfare.

Let me encourage you to take the trip if you ever get the chance. Iceland is an incredible, almost other-worldly place.

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What I Wore / First Week of School

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Happy back to school season!

The first week of school can be a bit nerve-wracking for this teacher: I’m so concerned about my finalizing my syllabi and setting up my classroom that I can’t be too concerned about what I’ll wear. When I have a big week coming up, I make sure to stick to wardrobe basics with a pop or flourish.

I’ve included a few photos. Feel free to take a look!

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How to Have a Good Attitude About Going Back to Work After a Vacation

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When I meet new people and tell them I work in education, the first thing they usually mention is how awesome it must be to get summers off. I can’t disagree — it’s wonderful. But having all that time off can make it difficult to go back to work full time, especially in a profession that requires so much of me

In my first few years, I would get blue at the start of July and bemoan the fact that I must return to exhausting days of teaching, planning, grading, talking, etc. I would think, I love my job. Why am I so anxious to go back to work? I felt so guilty about enjoying my summer that I prevented myself from enjoying the last few weeks of my time off. What?

After several years of practice, I’ve identified a process that makes it easier for me to return to work in August with a good attitude. I’ve shared my steps and goals here, and I hope they are helpful for you if you also find that your transition back to work is difficult after returning from a lovely vacation you don’t want to end.

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Visiting Marfa: Planning a Long Weekend in Marfa, TX

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Chris and I celebrated our anniversary last summer with a long weekend in Marfa. When our anniversary rolled around this summer, I remembered what a fun time we had. Now I can’t wait to go back! Although for our next visit, I’m thinking spring or fall would be a better time than July. What were we thinking?

Since people are interested and excited to hear that we’ve been to Marfa, I thought I’d share our itinerary and a few pointers for what to expect in this quirky west Texas town.

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