A challenge in consistency

My last post was nearly 2 years ago…wow!

It’s amazing how much things change, and others don’t, in that time but I am determined to get back and be consistent in writing. I am leaning on my internet Aunties, Myliek Teele and Mattie James, and their challenges to simply be consistent in order to see growth. So, here I am.

My blog, no longer a fun slice of the internet for myself but a challenge in consistency,

Here we go again…

Wow, as I sit in front of my computer I am enjoying the second to last Friday of my summer break. Reflecting on things that I’ve done and things I thought I was going to get done is making me feel a bit nostalgic…per usual. Yep, it’s O-V-E-R! If you haven’t noticed, I have been away for awhile but I really miss writing and sharing my experiences in the classroom and the great things my students are accomplishing. So, I am back and really going to work on staying BACK. If you’re not already, be sure to follow me on Twitter at @rachealburden and say hello. I will be back to share about some upcoming speaking engagements, what is going on with my Ph.D. program and just life!


I’m not stuck, anymore.


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