2020 Going All In Diary: Family Goals Day 11

One of my goals for the new year is to plan at least one day a month when Ian and I get outside and take a walk or enjoy nature in some way. Today was the perfect day to accomplish this goal for January. For more about goal setting, listen to https://paulinehawkins.com/2020/01/05/episode-111-going-all-in-in-2020-with-molly-campbell/

2020 Going All In Diary: Health Goals, Day 5

Ian and I have gotten into the habit of eating a bowl of chips while watching TV before bed. We both know this is not good for us, but I’m old. I like traditions. Last night, I was wrapped in a blanket with Chico on my lap, thinking about those jalapeno chips I bought earlierContinue reading “2020 Going All In Diary: Health Goals, Day 5”

Episode 111: Going All In in 2020 with Molly Campbell

January 5, 2020 All In with Pauline Hawkins Molly Campbell, UNH Lecturer and dear friend, joins me to have a new year/all in conversation. There’s such a pull at the beginning of a new year to make New Year’s Resolutions, but so many of us struggle with sticking with it. So Molly and I wantedContinue reading “Episode 111: Going All In in 2020 with Molly Campbell”

What if…

Some thoughts to consider for the new year. What if we stopped expecting schools to protect our children from the world and started teaching our children to be better for the world? What if we stopped removing obstacles from our children’s paths and let them experience the strength that comes from overcoming them? What ifContinue reading “What if…”

Guest Blogger: Letter to President-elect Trump

For their Critical Thinking final, my students had to write a letter to President-elect Trump or to their generation. CJ’s Letter to President-elect Trump is insightful and unbiased (in my biased opinion?). He eloquently expresses what is at the heart of our fears and hopes with Trump’s election. I think the most beautiful part of thisContinue reading “Guest Blogger: Letter to President-elect Trump”

TED Talk from Sharon Brous: It’s time to reclaim and reinvent religion

Sharon Brous powerful TED Talk is a great part of the global conversation that needs to happen to heal the brokenness in our world. It fits perfectly with my message of optimistic realism. You can watch her video and/or read some of the highlights below.   4 Principles of Religion Wakefulness. Our world is onContinue reading “TED Talk from Sharon Brous: It’s time to reclaim and reinvent religion”

Guest Blogger: The Sober Route

As a college writing teacher, I have the pleasure of helping my students  discover their writing voice and their passions in life. Every once and a while I will read an essay that I need to post on my blog because it lines up with my goals, which is to help people find their own healthy pathContinue reading “Guest Blogger: The Sober Route”

Friday Writing Challenge: I Miss High School

Prompt: Something you miss I miss high school—not my teenage years but the years I spent teaching high school English. A few weeks ago, I went to the local high school with my son to see his friends play a 10-minute exhibition game as the half-time entertainment for the boys’ basketball game. As soon as IContinue reading “Friday Writing Challenge: I Miss High School”

Friday Writing Challenge: 10 Interesting Facts About Myself

This week’s prompt: Ten interesting facts about yourself. I’m a first generation American, born from Macedonian immigrants. This fact, however, is not what makes it interesting. What is interesting is what I gleaned from my family and what I have tried to pass on to my children. My parents and grandparents experienced America in a completelyContinue reading “Friday Writing Challenge: 10 Interesting Facts About Myself”

4 Steps to a Healthier, Happier Me

Over the past 30 years, I have had the same battle with weight that I’m sure many people can relate to. Before I had children, I had time to work out, could eat whatever I wanted, and not worry about my weight. After children, however, it was a different story. As the years packed on,Continue reading “4 Steps to a Healthier, Happier Me”