The Russian sent me this the other day. I watched it and thought to myself “homeschooling hackschooling makes a lot of sense”, especially with my job. Hmmmm…

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” ~ John Lennon, Musician (1940 – 1980)

The Teacher That Made all the Difference

One thing I really love to do, is to celebrate the folks who made a difference in my life, especially the teachers that I had growing up.

In this video clip from a recent event, I talk about the importance of engagement. Not like, I’m going to get married soon, engagement, but the kind where you capture someone’s attention and keep their interest in whatever project or activity is on hand. In my case, my teacher’s “the project” was trying to get me & keep me interested in school and focus on my strengths instead of my weaknesses. It was no easy task, but my teacher persevered and ultimately I was able to reap the rewards of the efforts she inspired me to put forth with my schooling. Thanks Ms. Thielberg!

With my kids in school now, it’s not hard to see how a teacher can make it or break it, especially for those children who are not into school, don’t enjoy academics, or struggle with some aspect of learning. So if your kids have great teachers, don’t take it for granted!  In this season of gratitude, show your appreciation and let them know that they are making a difference!

Join My Build it Again LEGO Brick Project

I love LEGO (so much so, that I even tried to build a lifesize sasquatch in my basement. I still have the foot…). And I want to share that love of LEGO with kids who can’t afford their own brick kit. So, I need your help! Build It Again Bricks is my latest project, helping give your old LEGOs a new lease on life.

It’s easy:
1. Ship me your bricks.
2. My team and I will clean, sort, package and recycle your bricks for kids who otherwise wouldn’t have any.
3. Get some great perks!

We’re partnering with Mercy Road Church and some local schools, too! LEGO is a great way to help kids gain much needed life skills, like creativity, patience, resilience, social skills and team work. Help me spread the LEGO love! Visit for more info!