A New Direction

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Recently I’ve  decided to revamp my writing career. Many of you know that I’m a fairly new middle school teacher. I’ll be entering my 4th year this August. Let me tell you, I absolutely LOVE teaching! I love it so much, that I’ve totally immersed myself in everything about it so that I can be the best middle school teacher I can be. Teaching is already a job that takes a lot of your energy, time, and money if you’re doing it right. Being new a new teacher requires that much more, just trying to get the hang of lesson planning, classroom management, testing, and time-management. Needless to say, teaching definitely took away from my time to write.

Now that I’m a little more settled into my teaching career (thanks to an AWESOME mentor, colleagues, and administration!), I’m ready to devote more time to my true passion–writing.

With that said, I’m going to ease back into it. I am taking my blog in a new direction. I’m dedicating it mainly to just story-writing. Sure I’ll post some other things, like writing tips, informational articles, and general musings. But for the most part, I’m going to use this blog to practice and cultivate my story-writing skills. I’d love to write something daily, even if it’s only a few lines, but I’m not going to hold myself to that just yet. I do plan to post a story or part of a story a few times a week. I’ve subscribed to a a website called Figment that sends daily writing  prompts. They are very intriguing and really help me to stretch my imagination when I write from them. If you’re into reading and story-writing like I am, you should check out the site. There’s all kinds of cool things on it!

So…here’s my first response to today’s Figment writing prompt. Please tell me what you think!

Figment Prompt:  “You are going to want to give up. Don’t.” 

“You are going to want to give up. Don’t,” he said.

“How do you know?” she asked.

His gaze wandered and his head dropped, making it easier to divert her pleading eyes. He stuffed his big hands into the pockets of his baggy work pants. His shoulders heaved upward, then sank as he inhaled deeply and let out a weary sigh. For a moment, he remembered. Not everything, not clearly. Flashes of her smile, her lips, the blood. He remembered how the flowery smell of her perfume stayed in the air moments after she was gone. He could hear her laugh, her sweet, innocent laugh. Then he heard her scream.

“Because I gave up.”

 

Mother’s Day

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Today, I celebrate.
I celebrate homework, football practice, and guitar concerts.
I celebrate school dances, movie dates, and break ups.
I celebrate acne, stinky sneakers, and puberty.
I celebrate healthy breakfasts, packed lunches, and wholesome dinners.
I celebrate washed uniforms, ironing lessons, and clothes-folding fests.
I celebrate tender hugs, heart-to-hearts, and loving kisses.
I celebrate discipline, discontent, and disappointments.
I celebrate attention, concern, and selflessness.
I celebrate joy, pride, and gratefulness.
Today, I celebrate motherhood.

Though I have never given birth, I am a mother. For 10 years, I have cared for comforted, and watched my stepson grow into an amazing young man. It almost seems unfair that I was given the opportunity to help raise such a wonderful person. I thank God for him everyday and for the responsibility of being a mother. Happy

Mother’s Day to all of you who fulfill that role in any capacity.

Happy New Year!

You know that business you’ve considered starting in 2014 ?  Well once your business starts booming (and it will), you’re going to need some serious writing to spread your name on the web and through print advertisement.  You’re going to have to stay in contact with your followers via your blog.  You’re going to need a star bio to show you and your business in your best light.  You should probably get started with this now so that when the waves of customers come, you’re ready.

Creating a successful business is time-consuming.  There’s more to do than there are hours in a day.  While you’re busy building an empire, let me handle all the writing.  Here’s my latest ad with my current specials.

New Years Ad

My full list of services can be found on the ‘Services & Specials’ page of my CourtneyBWriting.compage.

Freelance Writing Specials

You know that business you’ve been considering promoting through a new Empower Network blog?  Well once your business starts booming (and it will), you’re going to need some serious writing to spread your name on the web and through print advertisement.  You’re going to have to stay in contact with your followers via your blog.  You’re going to need a star bio to show you and your business in your best light.  You should probably get started with this now so that when the waves of customers come, you’re ready.

Creating a successful business is time-consuming.  There’s more to do than there are hours in a day.  While you’re busy building your business, let me handle all the writing.  Here’s my latest ad with my current specials.

Summer Writing Offers

 My full list of services can be found on the ‘Services & Specials’ page of my CourtneyBratcher.com page.

If you want to find out how you can paid to write a simple blog post like this one, click here to email me or click here to access our team,

or click here to join my team.

 

Top 5 Tips on Using Social Media in Education (Presentation)

Great post to help us teachers incorporate technology in the classroom!

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I have just finished a webinar for Optimus Education entitled ‘5 Top Tips to Safely and Effectively Utilise Social Media as a Tool to Support Learning’ and I wanted to share the slides. Have a look and feel free to download if you like it.

On the 15th October I am also speaking at ‘Design and Deliver an Outstanding Secondary Computing Curriculum‘, again, for Optimus Education. It will a great day and you can sign up using the link.

If you would like a speaker at a school, conference or webinar head over to www.realiselearning.co.uk.

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Skin-Savin’ Summer Survival Tips

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photo credit bossip.com

Summer is in full effect and so is sunburn and sun-fried hair!  As the temperatures go up, the amount of clothing we wear goes down.  Our hair spends countless hours going from being drenched in saltwater, saturated with pool chlorine, and then baking in the scorching sun.  While you’re out and about having fun in the sun, your skin and hair are silently screaming for some reprieve.

You can still look your best in your swimsuit, super-short shorts, or strapless sundress while your hair blows in the summer breeze without spending the other 10 months of the year in damage control.  Keep reading for a few simple ways to protect your body while still maintaining your summer sexy.

Red or yellow, black or white—we ALL need sunscreenDark skin DOES burn in the sun and those with it CAN get skin cancer.  Regardless of your skin tone, always wear a good quality sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply it frequently.  Sunscreen helps protect you from sunburn and certain forms of skin cancer caused by UVB rays.  Dark skin may burn slower due to the higher amounts of melanin in it, but it still burns—and melanin does nothing to protect you from skin cancer.  Nobody wants your flaky, sunburnt skin blowing off in the breeze and floating in their poolside pink lemonade. 

Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Lotion $29.99

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Melt-In Sunscreen Lotion

Don’t forget your lips!  Basking in the sun, riding the ocean waves, and sipping Mojitos by the pool all suck the moisture right out of your lips.  Dry, burnt, cracked lips will seriously damage your summer sexy.  Carry a tube of SPF lip balm and use it every hour or so to keep your lips supple and hydrated.baby lips

Baby Lips by Maybeline

Acting shady is a good thing.  Your skin, eyes, and hair will actually appreciate your throwing them some shade to give them a break from the summer heat.

  1. Shade your eyes with a cool pair of UVB/UVA blocking sunglasses.
  2. Carry a towel, blanket, or light jacket to cover up exposed areas periodically.
  3. Cover your hair with a sexy scarf wrap or brimmed hat like a baseball cap or floppy beach hat that can also block the sun from your face.
  4. Head inside for a few minutes to cool off and give your whole body a break from the heat.

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Headcovers Unlimited

Eat, drink, and be merry.  Whether you’re going hard in a game of beach volleyball or just relaxing on a beach towel while reading the latest James Patterson thriller, the sun can quickly drain energy out of you.  Make sure you’re eating healthy meals regularly throughout the day and carrying energy-boosting snacks with you if you’re going to be out for a while.  And do I really have to tell you the importance of staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day?  Not only does being in the sun cause you to sweat out massive amounts of much needed hydration, but so does that case of Corona by the pool.  Having to be rushed to the emergency room for dehydration might be a real damper on your pool party.

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Voss Water

Take care of yourself this summer—your body will thank you for it!