What Does Improving Lives Involve?
As a teacher of both adults and teens for the past 16 years, it turns out that some of the most important and impactful lessons I’ve taught have been about LIFE — not just English.
For the first time, I’m compiling over 30 of my most useful tips about better living here. Since the topics range through all facets of life, I hope you find something of value for yourself that matches with your goals and desires. Enjoy!
How to Pack Dresses for Great Travel Photos: 9 Tips
Learn about color, cut, angle, and packability when it comes to adding dresses to your suitcase to produce beautiful pictures, and comfort, too.
Why to Consider Saying NO to a Name Change After Marriage
I refused to change my last name after marriage, and am SO glad I made that decision. Here's a run-down of why it may be a good option for others, too.
How to Save Money (for Travel?) With a Hair Change
Get a fully paid-for trip by making the transition to naturally colored hair! See the math of the money shift here.
Improve Your Relationships: Travel for a Day or More
This article is a guide to taking mini-trips with someone you love, with science to back up why it helps enhance connection between you.
How to (Not) Offend an Entire Class Through Cultural Ignorance
This article has been featured in several university courses (and even one Brazilian textbook!) because it offers a humorous yet clear warning of how a teacher (in this case, me) can unwittingly upset students because of cultural misunderstanding.
How I Lost Thousands of Dollars, Or: What Is Free?
Do you ever feel pressure to give away your time or skills for free? This article explains why and how to stop doing that, and instead, start getting value for all the value you give. This piece is particularly relevant to women, and those in helping careers.
How to do a Clothing Swap: Save Money and Get FREE New Outfits
This is a step by step guide to getting a closet full of FREE new clothes that you love and picked, while moving the parts of your wardrobe that you don't like anymore a new home. Oh, and yes, that is a woman pretending to be asleep on a massive mountain of clothing during a real clothing swap.
What "Influence" REALLY Means, and its Best Synonym
In this early 21st century zone, much thought is given to what influences us, whether we are influencers, and what influence even is. Live better by understanding this synonym for the concept! It may ease your mind.
How to Use Museums to Connect or Reconnect With People
Looking for a catalyst to break the ice with someone you've been wanting to connect or reconnect with? See this example from the Clark Museum in Western Massachusetts for ideas about how to use museum halls and walls as a catalyst to surmount our internal barriers.
How to Travel With a Baby: 11 Tips to Make it Easy
Traveling with an infant is rarely easy, but in some ways, it's simpler than a toddler. In this article, get ideas on what to pack, how to stay prepared, and what to do so that everyone can have the most relaxed and enjoyable trip possible.
Travel With a Toddler: 11 Tips To Make it Less Insane
One of the most challenging traveling feats is taking a trip with a toddler. Learn almost a dozen concrete strategies here for how to do it with minimal tears -- either yours or your child's.
Pregnant AND Toddler: 17 Tips to Help Home and Travel
Oh wait -- did I say travel with a toddler was one of the most challenging feats? What about doing that all while PREGNANT? Here is a detailed list ways to make life at home and on the road better, should you be in this intense situation.
A Secret To Happy Pregnancy From West Africa Travel
This piece of advice was the single most useful thing to get me through both pregnancies. It's a mindshift that can be challenging at first, but makes total sense, and is deeply effective.
Getting the First Passport for Your Child: A Warning
We ran into a shocking number of issues in trying to get the first passport for our baby and toddler. The problems and solutions are listed here so that you can avoid them.
How to Use Timeshare Pitches for Travel but Avoid Buying
Because of the polarizing nature of timeshares, this is one of the most controversial articles I've written, but it's worth it to check out if you're considering on doing one of those deals where you get "free" or discount travel in exchange for sitting through a timeshare pitch, or if you're considering whether a timeshare is worth it to you.
Teamwork Skills: Working Together Well. (Fun Video!)
Looking for a funny video which can be used to teach middle school students, teens, or even adults how to avoid pitfalls of group work and collaboration? Check this out...
Be Creative: 40 Art Prompts for Drawing Inspiration
These drawing and art prompts from around the world are designed to help get your creative juices flowing... and also serve as a cyber tour of some of the most beautiful sights in countries and cities I've visited.
How to Pack Light With Multi-Purpose, Reversible Clothes
The style of clothing that can be worn inside out as well as for multiple purposes is intriguing, and can be nice for packing less on trips.
Big Life Change? Feeling Crazy? Why Travel Can Help.
When grappling with intense feelings or life shifts, getting out of one's normal geographical region can provide much-needed perspective and revitalization.
What is a Liminal Space, and Why is it So Powerful?
The concept of liminality can be profoundly helpful in identifying and appreciating the in-between spaces in the literal and emotional world.
How Travel Can Find and Build Love (and Led to Our Marriage!)
There are many reasons to adore exploring the world, but a compelling one is illustrated by this story: Travel can help open the heart for love.
Bonus Life Lessons
My other site, Teaching Traveling, helps people combine travel and global education. Here are some of the most useful life improvement opportunities from it.
24 FREE Teacher Travel Opportunities
Did you know there are hundreds of grants and programs for educators (teachers, administrators, and more) to learn for FREE in another place? Here is the most popular article of all time on Teaching Traveling, which highlights two dozen alluring opportunities.
Why Diversity is Important, and 8 Ways Programs Can Achieve It
This article looks at a case study of how one program increased its inclusiveness and diversity, then examines the wide-reaching benefits this brings, citing some fascinating recent studies.
REAL Teacher Appreciation: 200 Travel and Funding Opportunities!
Looking for a gift for Teacher Appreciation Day or Week? Mugs are nice... but even nicer is selecting a FREE travel opportunity from this giant list, and helping your favorite educator win it!
Which of these Lessons Can YOU Bring to Life?
Phew — that was a lot of ideas! Which of these life lessons applies to what you’re hoping to shift or expand, and which are you curious to try? If you have tried any, how did they go, and what would you add or alter so we can all enjoy better and better living? Do share!
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