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!
Life Lessons: Better Living
This useful list of tips is for improving lives in every realm: Fitness, organization, productivity, self-confidence, creativity, family, self-care, travel, money, and more!
Being a caregiver requires self-care to rebuild the energy necessary to care for others. In this article, see how to plan a short, affordable vacation for YOURSELF (by yourself -- or with friends) to revitalize.
Every year I pick a new #1 travel destination which I most recommend for a vacation. All the trip ideas are compiled in this article, and the most recent one might surprise you... and is also affordable and likely not too far away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Research about ways to stop doing something you can't seem to pause suggests that this replacement method works in certain instances. Here's an example of how I replaced game addiction with... blogging!
Take heart! Anything you think you're "bad at" may not actually be so bad. Check out these examples from the worlds of art and "smarts." There is always room for hope and growth, so be kind to yourself and dive in again!
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.
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.
This highly useful tutorial is from my newest site, DrawingsOf.com, and gives a detailed guide (with drawings illustrating the process!) of how to taper down to quit coffee, with an explanation for why it might be a good choice.
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!
The author, Lillie Marshall, is 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English, fitness fan, and mother of two who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched Around the World “L” Travel and Life Blog in 2009, and over 4.2 million readers have now visited this site. Lillie also runs TeachingTraveling.com and DrawingsOf.com. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, and follow @WorldLillie on social media!
You are amazing. So positive, full of life and enthusiastic. Its infectious! And you do all this while teaching, parenting and being a wonderful companion with your husband, Colin. Whew! Keep me signed up please. Can't wait to read more.
Sunday 3rd of November 2019
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