Stop for a moment

It’s 4:30 a.m., I’ve barely slept and I’m cutting out pictures of groceries: a carton of milk,  some cheese, a rotisserie chicken (?), a real chicken, an apple, etc.

I get to my classroom around 7:45 a.m., so I can make enough copies for all my ESL students. I teach a class until 10 a.m., hop in the car and drive to Nashville Public Radio. For a couple hours, I sit with Neighbors Podcast producer Jakob Lewis and edit audio clips for the upcoming episode. Then, around 2:15 p.m., I head out. I drive to my full-time job and work an 8-hour shift as a page editor for the Design Studio.

And that was my Monday.

I’m not sure how I kept my sanity in the spring of 2016. I thought I knew what I wanted to do, so I spent a year creating new opportunities for myself. But that spring, I craved something simpler.

Sometimes you gotta stop and smell the roses, I remember my grandmother saying to me one afternoon on the phone.

That stuck with me.

When you’re grandma tells you to slow down,

She’s not wrong, you are.


All photos taken with an Olympus Stylus.

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