Remember Hydration

A nurse tells me today how hydration makes all the difference when you receive a vaccine. We talk about electrolytes. We talk about drinking more than you think you need. Just keep drinking water and electrolyte replacement beverages. You’ll feel so much better. 

I find it fascinating how we have to remind ourselves to drink water. We treat it like a chore. We don’t naturally want to do it. I think if we committed to drinking water every time we checked our phone, we’d all be fine in terms of hydration.


Pause and Listen

I’m learning to talk less. Surprise! If you remember this gem of an essay ( about my excessive talking, you’ll know that learning to listen more stands as perhaps one my greatest challenges.

If you’re also struggling in this area, here’s a simple skill to try: We can wait 3 seconds before we jump in to share our thoughts in a conversation. Let the other person completely finish talking.


What You Remember From Yesterday

I’m learning to ask students what they remember from the last lesson as a way to enhance their learning. As I read the research about memory and helping people retrieve knowledge, I think about applying this to my own life.

Do I remember what I learned yesterday? What did I think about? What mattered? What was my favorite moment? 

Taking time in the morning to reflect on the day before builds all those connections and helps me celebrate and remember the good things in my days. To further solidify something I want to remember, it’s also good to begin this activity at night, right before bedtime. What did I love about this day? What am I most thankful for? What memory do I wish to treasure?


Your Promise to Take Care of Yourself

This coming Wednesday, Penn State scheduled another “Wellness Day.” Students might use the day any way they wish as they take a break from classes.

My Name Game today involved the promise they would make to the class about how they intended to take care of themselves on Wednesday. I know that stating our intentions and having some accountability often makes us more likely to uphold our promises.

“So what will you do? What’s your promise to us about how you’ll take care of yourself?”

Hiking, going on picnics, sleeping, going for a run, meditating, watching 80’s movies, cooking, getting a hair cut (that was mine!), laying in the sunshine, painting, starting a novel. . . 

If you had a day just to take care of yourself, what would you do? It’s a great question to journal about, tell someone about, and then do.



Just as He Said

Happy Easter! This morning, I read the words of Matthew 28: The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”

Just as He said!

I wonder if that’s the phrase we’ll say most of all in heaven. We’ll claim over and over again that all was just as He said.


God Is For You

Lately I’ve been encouraging those who feel that God is against them, not for them. They don’t see answer to prayers. They feel distant from God. Life doesn’t look like they had hoped.

I have felt this way, too. But then I remember my friend asking me, “Heather, do you really believe God is against you?” She quoted Romans 8 to me, in particular these verses (31-33): What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 

That day, I chose to believe by faith that God was for me. And when I felt like He was withholding good things from me, I remembered that He was the Good Thing–what a precious, gracious gift to have God in my life. I also built up that wonderful motto that “every rejection is God’s protection” to see how what I perceived as rejection or disappointment was actually a good thing in my life.

God is for you.