I love writing TBAs, especially when I can’t decide on one idea. For those of you who don’t know, TBAs stand for Truths, Beauties, and Appreciations. It’s such a reflective and grounding exercise, and I highly recommend it.


  • Even though this week wasn’t particularly hard or stressful, I’m sure glad it’s Friday. The promise of a weekend is good for my soul.
  • When I realized today that there are only 13 more Fridays left in this school year, I panicked slightly at the mountain of work I have left to do in such a short amount of time. I better kick it into high gear!
  • I’m going to turn 40 in 2 and a half months, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that. Should I be worried? Does this mean I’m old? I don’t feel that old.
  • I’ve been missing home lately. Perhaps it’s the fact that I didn’t get to go home for Christmas. It could be that with the uncertainty of travel this summer, I’m worried I won’t be able to go, which would mean more than a year without seeing them. Or it could be the heartbreaking conversation I had with my niece this week, who asked me if I was coming home this summer, and when I told her I wasn’t sure if I could, she said, “But then you won’t get to see Blayke (my new niece who’s due in May) when she’s little. We miss you.” 😦
  • I don’t know how people with kids manage it all. I struggle to get all my work done plus daily chores (cooking, cleaning, etc.) and have time to rest and do what I want. I can’t imagine what it would be like if I had to take care of someone else, too.


  • My friend’s dog Lori is so cute, and is such a lovely dog. I got to go on a walk with her and Jalyn after work today, which was lots of fun.
  • The students on the playground this morning in their colorful Clan t-shirts, playing in the sunshine, were such a beautiful sight.
  • My collection of plants by the window, noticeably growing taller, make me happy.
  • Smiles and hugs from students brighten my day!
  • I love the colorful decor in my home…it’s beautiful, reminds me of my travels, and makes me happy!


  • Glorious weather like we had today. The sun was shining, yet it was still a little cool out, and it felt like spring is almost here!
  • Coming home to a clean house on a Friday evening is the best feeling. I appreciate my cleaner and the work that she does for me.
  • I’ve been loving the book I’ve been reading this week, Firefly Lane. I have 4 more chapters to read, so I’m thankful it’s the weekend, which gives me time to finish it!
  • Impromptu Facetime calls from my family. The call from Logan and Randi yesterday was such a fun surprise!
  • My friend Jalyn, one of the most generous people I know, treated me to dinner tonight (she’s sneaky and paid the bill before I could argue) at one of my favorite places on the island, Casa di Noa. The food was delicious and the conversation was engaging.

15 thoughts on “TBAs

  1. TammyB

    I love this format and somehow have missed it before! Thank you for sharing. Such a valuable template to come back to again and again.

  2. Terje

    What a wonderful way to finish the school week with a slice like this. Even with things that weigh on you (like missing home) the gratitude has a strong presence in your list. To make things clear: 40 is not old. You’ll believe me when you are closer to fifty.

  3. Kristy L

    These are so revealing, I love it! Your Truths resonate very clearly with me. Especially the one about missing family and kids putting your absence into perspective. I really like this format, definitely tucking it away for those tough days when I struggle for a topic.

  4. livinglife816287820

    Thanks for the format, will keep it in mind! It does reveal much about you and what a great life you are leading at the moment and no, 40 is really not that old, not when you’re nearly 3 decades older…! I hope you can get to go home for the summer!

  5. elsie

    So many good bits fill your life. Separation due to the virus is hard, especially hard when you aren’t even on the same continent! Keep living your best life, no you are not old. 🙂


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