Tuesday, March 1, 2011


That's not something you hear people say all too often.
But I do.
I truly do.

I remember riding on the game bus as a cheerleader. Cheerleaders in the front. Basketball players in the back. We did some cheers, got the players all hyped up and then while the coaches went over plays with the boys, the girls looked to me for entertainment. I was the squad storyteller. I have always had a knack for re-telling stories and making them funnier than they actually were OUTSIDE my head. If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know this is a fact. Just search "Barnes & Noble" on my blog and you will get it.

The other talent I seemed to have in high school was advice. Apparently, I gave really good advice. I probably could have saved myself some pain and struggle if I could have given it to myself but it doesn't always work that way, does it? Even boys came to me for advice on relationships. They called me Dear Abby.

I really had a pretty good high school experience. I was a goody two shoes who rarely did anything that got me in trouble. My worst offense was  being late. I am not a timely person and 99% of my groundings were related to the watch on my dad's arm and the one I wore.

When I taught high school before we had children, my art room was the place to hang out to get away from the drama. I spent many hours talking through life with many students. Many of those students STILL keep in touch and I am thrilled to hand out advice still...some of them still ask. I recently received a really nice note from one of those students' dad via facebook. A note about my influence on his daughter (now a new mom) and how thankful he is for me. WOW!

When you mesh my love for teens, my knack for humorous story-telling and my gift for sound advice what is born is my newest project...

...for which I don't have a name...

LOL! That would have been a great place to blow you away with a SUPER COOL TITLE! But, it has to be perfect and I have a habit of changing my mind. So, I am keeping all my ideas under wraps until I am ready.

Yes, it's a book, it's a journal, it's a road map for teen girls...
*and of course it needs someone to LOVE IT AS MUCH AS I DO... seeking representation*

I continue to advise teens to this day...I talk for hours daily via IM and text to teens on the edge. Suicidal, abused, bullied teens who feel they have no where to turn. My heart aches.

So, I saw a need...I am taking the 20+ years of advice as an adult, pairing it with my Master's Degree in Education and adding my heart...ALL of it...and my out-of-the-box tendencies to create something to help this struggling generation.

So, hop on... I'm taking you all on this ride!

FEEL FREE TO give me your input! I am happy to entertain your ideas!

And the last chapter is planned:
~where I will list general HOW TO SURVIVE advice from adults (anonymously)
Leave some advice, you might just end up in a book!

 Peace out, Mamas!


amy goldman koss said...

Great good luck for your nameless new project!

My Semblance of Sanity said...

Thanks AMY!
That means alot!

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

Now I'm going to be totally distracted thinking of ideas to throw at you to stimulate a Title that includes your personal teens, love of teens and experience they'll wanna' hear.

Secondly, I think you should set up a FB page or a separate area on your blog to collect the pieces of advice everyone will start sharing so it doesn't get lost and cluttered in your regular comment section.

[Or did you do that I I read over so fast I miiiised it?]

This sounds fantastic! I'm first up to request to review a copy on my blog! HA HA! SHOT GUN to the rest of y'all!!

:-D Good luck and totally keep up to date and on board chapter by chapter, thought by thought!

Life with Kaishon said...

You sound like such a great person! So glad you joined the Philly Social Media moms! Very nice to meet you! I hope your book does incredibly well! I know you will come up with a brilliant title! I just know it! Love, Becky

My Semblance of Sanity said...

Thanks ladies,
I am sitting in Panera right now with my diet pepsi with lemon (and a bowl of hot soup in my belly) being inspired. Have more written than I thought I would, I am happy.

Don't worry. I will continue to update as the progress continues...

I am a big ole blabber mouth! :)