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It so needs to be Friday tomorrow.

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This selfie, which was taken in a vain moment of self-indulgence, totally expresses the vast majority of emotions I’ve felt this week.

I’m tired. I’m drained. I’m inexplicably invigorated.

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My post on Shame from a few months ago was syndicated on BlogHer today, which totally rocks. (Check it out, yo.)

New York & Company thinks I look amazing in my Eva Mendes dress.

 

 

Life is just good, but I’m tired. It’s been a long week.

Enjoy the fact that Friday arrives in a few hours, people.

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Today some of my students started Googling me in class… and discovered my modeling career. By modeling career I mean 35 seconds of not tripping on a runway in front of hundreds upon hundreds of women at one of the best blogging conferences I know.

I had a momentary silent freak out, and then I remembered that, as a blogger, I have made the choice to let my voice be heard. In class, I value the honest relationship I have with my students. Despite my slight bit of unease to know my students have seen me in a ton of makeup walking on a runway, my momentary anxiety was fueled by my blog being attached to my “runway show.” Then I remembered the mantra I’ve had since I’ve been blogging: if I’m posting something I wouldn’t want my students to see then I probably shouldn’t be posting it anyway. This mantra has made me a better blogger, much like the experience of being a model in the BlogHer13 Fashion Show helped me become more confident and unafraid to embrace who I am.

Do your homework, kiddos. Seriously.

Do your homework, kiddos. Seriously.

So, although I say this with a bit of unease, welcome to my life, silently lurking students. Yes, your English teacher was in a fashion show this past summer. Yes, your English teacher is a blogger. Yes, your English teacher has a life outside of school.

Welcome to reality, my dears. Now go do your homework.

Rejection reminiscing

Today was a day of ups and downs. My post from yesterday has been floating around the internet. I was asked to speak at a University symposium in March. I had Chinese food for dinner. I also found out a panel I was really excited about and had proposed for BlogHer14 was rejected, which ultimately means I can’t afford to go/ justify going to the Conference.

I like this fortune.

I like this fortune.

It does hurt a little bit that my panel was rejected, but moreso because I was super excited about a potentially awesome panel discussing the intersection of working in education with one’s blogging identity than the fact that I don’t cope well with rejection. The intersection of various identities is something I’m very passionate about, and education is ingrained in my soul. My kindness will apparently lead to my success so I guess I’ve just got to be kind– and patient– and somehow make this panel happen somewhere, someway.

BlogHer reintroduced me to writing. It introduced me to blogging, and it gave me a source of motivation and inspiration to allow my thoughts and words to grow. I found lifelong friends I wouldn’t have found otherwise. Most importantly, I found the ability to believe in myself and my dreams of being a writer once again. I’m saddened to be saying “No way” to San Jose, but I’m grateful for all that BlogHer has offered me in the years past. Without it, I don’t think I’d be who I am today.