You asked…

What made you start a blog?

Writing is therapeutic for me and thought maybe I could help others with some of my experiences and strategies.

You look too young to have three children.  How old are they?

Thank you!  My children are ages 12, 14, and 19—yes, I was a teenage mother.

Where do you live?

Rochester, New York

What do you enjoy teaching most?

African American Literature!  I have always been drawn to literature when people have to overcome obstacles and injustice to rise above, and enlightening young scholars to the experiences black Americans have and continue to face is incredibly rewarding…especially considering the majority of my students are black.  They also teach me quite a bit!

Favorite food?

Ohhh….I love food!!!  I can’t just pick one.  This response may change depending on the day you ask me.  Pierogies (the polish in me), fried dough, BBQ chicken, stuffing, Christmas cookies, Savoia cookies (the world’s best bakery here in Rochester), Belgian waffles, chicken noodle soup with homemade noodles, sweet potatoes…I could go on and on.

Taste in Music?

Depending on the day you may find me listing all types of music from metal, hard rock, country, rap, R&B, to church hymns


I enjoy visiting new areas and exploring with my camera, gardening, writing, reading, crafty projects…does taking photos of my children while watching them play sports count?

Pet peeves?

Negative people, people chewing with their mouth open, empty drink containers in the fridge, people who litter

Random fact about yourself?

I was born after a ZZ Top Concert

Favorite quote?

“The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise”. ~ Miguel de Cervantes

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I’m a mother of three beautiful children who have given me the strength in life to be determined in reaching my goals. I am a teacher certified in English and Special Education and truly enjoy going to work every day. I recently completed my requirements to become certified in school district leadership to make an impact on a much larger scale. I have had my fair share of blood, sweat, and tears, but the entire journey has made me grateful and appreciative of all that I have. One strategy I found helpful was to find something every day to be thankful for---focus on the positives in life! My goal with this blog is to do just that---focus on those “little” moments with the hope to inspire others.

5 thoughts on “You asked…”

  1. Hi Crystal,
    Thanks for liking one of my posts and it’s a great pleasure to find your blog!
    As with all the comments here – I still cannot believe that you are a mother of 3 (I wish I look as youthful as you if I ever become a mother of 3)…
    Thanks for the fantastic summary here. I quite like African American lit too, my favourite would be The Known World… 🙂 Hope to see you around!


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