These tips are created for young adults that aim to make healthy choices and live balanced lives. Teenage tips are written with teens in mind but most tips are pretty relevant for all age groups. Feel free to share with others.
The phrase "birds of a feather flock together" sums up the next tip in this series. Who you hang around will more than likely determine what you do and how you act. Here's a good example: when I'm back home visiting my family, I'm loud, country, and comfortable. I clown around and love to laugh. When I'm teaching at school, things are a little different. I try to be on my best behavior. I make sure all my I's are dotted and all my T's are crossed. I do my job. When I'm with m
I love traveling. Seeing new places and doing new things are awesome. I usually take a plane but every now and then, a road trip isn't too bad. The one thing I hate, however, is the traffic. Let's face it, no one wants to be trapped in a car at a standstill, right?
I hope to "drive home" (pun intended) the point of this post by having you consider riding on the road less traveled. Robert Frost wrote a poem about it but before you start screaming and yelling at me regarding
I have the privilege of being a mentor to quite a few young men. What rewards me the most is when I sit down with a young man that seems to have his head on straight, has a plan, and is on the right track. While it's refreshing for me to talk to these guys, I also realize that many of them have made some pretty bad decisions (and who hasn't?). No one is perfect and everyone has made mistakes. When you realize that you have made a mistake (or two), "man up" and accept the cons
When I think of heart, I don't necessarily mean heart. I mean the place where we base our emotions (and of course not the thing that pumps blood throughout the circulatory system). So, an alternative title of this post could be "Don't Follow Your Emotions!" Now that I have that out of the way, here's what Jeremiah 17:9 says about the heart: "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" What's funny is that you constantly hear people and the
This is the final topic of the Fruit of the Spirit. It has to do with self-control. "Boys will be boys" and "it just happened..." or "we were just having fun and then things got out of control" are all phrases I hear teenagers say when things go wrong. I had a chance to talk with a teen a couple of weeks ago about getting intimate in relationships and what to watch out for. He said "sometimes you can get caught up in the moment and things just happen". I was like "yeah, you'r
The other day, I had an opportunity to speak with a young man for an hour or so. We started talking about faith in God, etc. He said he had a lot of questions about God & faith and I followed that up with "I do too". It seemed as if he felt he didn't need God and wasn't interested. I told him that he is living a very comfortable life right now and everything seems to be going well for him but there will come a time when he will have issues, problems, and heartaches that no ot
The next fruit is goodness. When I browse Merrian Webster's online dictionary (www.m-w.com), I find that I don't need to define goodness. Instead, I can just look at the synonyms to get a clear picture of what goodness is. Words like character, decency, morality, honesty, integrity, probity, rectitude, righteousness, rightness, uprightness, virtue, and virtuousness help me understand goodness a little better. On the other hand, the antonyms of goodness are badness, evil, evil
The next fruit is patience. This one is a pretty tough fruit to bear because much of our society is moving at such a fast pace. If you've read any of my other posts, you may have heard me say that many people want things to happen immediately. We have minute rice, fast food, microwave dinners, overnight shipping, and the list goes on and on. Don't get me wrong, some of these quick ideas/inventions are great because waiting sucks! However, I've learned a thing or two about wai
Peace is the next fruit I want to discuss. Growing up in the 80s, there was a was pretty popular commercial that featured a bubble bath soap (Calgon). The commercial featured a stressed out woman dealing with a barking dog, crying kids, traffic, a yelling boss, etc. The woman said these four simple words: "Calgon, take me away" and, magically, she was swept away to a luxurious bubble bath with soft music playing in the background. Immediately, her stress was gone! As you can
A few weeks ago, a local attorney stopped by our school to tell us the 10 mistakes teens make using social media. This attorney has spent years representing schools and families on issues of social media. The 10 mistakes are:
1. Posting/Discussing Illegal Activities
3. Unprofessional Public Profile on Social Media,
4. Trash talking your school, teachers, opponents 5. Posting Personal Information
6. Not Using Privacy Functions
Never did I imagine that I would become a teacher. I never considered teaching as a profession but one day my cousin told me, "JJ (my nickname), you would make a good teacher." I thought, "uh, yeah right" but the fact that she was a principal made me consider it (and also the fact that I was a recent college graduate looking for a job). I started the paperwork, then landed a subbing job. After that, I applied for a job as a teacher and 10 years later, I'm still loving it like
I had an opportunity to speak to a group of teens a few years ago at my dad's church (my dad is a pastor-shocker, right?). As I spoke to the group of teens, I handed everyone a small can of Play Doh and gave them an opportunity to create anything they desired. Some of their creations were works of art while others were globs of mess. But each person had their chance at creating something out of the Play Doh.
More importantly, I had a chance to share with these teens about t
A few months ago, I had a chance to visit some really good friends in Seattle and celebrate one of my former students graduating high school. While we went to run errands, my former student and I headed to Old Navy to spend my Super Cash. We knew the general location of the Old Navy but we didn't know how to specifically get to it. While we were in the mall, walked to the mall directory and looked for the big, "YOU ARE HERE" arrow in red. Sure enough, we found out exactly whe
The other day, I decided to put a puzzle together. I hadn't done a puzzle in a long time but I had a few hours to kill while working with the kids at school. I started with a basic 75-piece puzzle and finished it in about 25 minutes. I moved up to a 504-piece puzzle (a montage of parrots in a jungle) that seemed pretty difficult. The last time I put a puzzle together, I don't remember having a strategy. I just tried each puzzle piece until it fit. This time, I had a strategy.