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Author Archive | Anne Beal

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Talking to Teens via Netflix’s Cheer

  Teens. Tough to crack. Tough to talk to, and they certainly aren’t wanting to spill their personal lives to parents, teachers, or mentors. If they are fortunate to have real, well-meaning, caring friends, they are luckier than most these days. Even then, they live in a harsh existence of social media fomo, one-upping, sexuality-exploration […]

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A Decade: Hey Queen, You Did SO Much!

Decade: n. dek-eyd: a period of ten years        “It’s not where you start – it’s how you finish.”  Dear Self, You did it. You came to see another decade pass in the world. 2020 is upon you. It went by in a flash it seemed. Although the hard times felt like they […]

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Sparking Joy Sans Black Friday

Here we are, the tail-end of the year. Remember back in January when you “sparked joy” with all the Marie Kondo-ing you did in your house? And your in-laws did too? And so did your kiddos’ teachers? (i.e. the exact people you are thinking of buying MORE gifts for?) THIS was the year of the […]

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The Toddler Mullet: Here We Are

The ol’ Kentucky Waterfall, the Mississippi Mudflap, the North Carolina Neckwarmer, Beaver Paddle, Camero Cut, or my fave, the Tennessee Tophat. Call it what you like, but all of these are names for the prized mullet haircut. The toddler mullet; Here we are. How did we get here? Do we keep it? And if we […]

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Time for the Tough Talk: 9/11

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” – Sandy Dahl (wife of Jason Dahl, Flight 93 pilot) It’s time for the tough talk, America. It’s time our kids LEARN about the tragedies of that day. I am an observer of more […]

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We Don’t Go to Church…

There is no specific, single answer to the question, “Why haven’t we started going to church yet?” We don’t go to church. A whole lotta layers to this onion. And at the end of the day, well, they all kinda seem like excuses. Dear God, it’s me, the inquisitive thinker who wants to come to […]

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The Journey of the Diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder. In 12 years of teaching, I’ve heard this word truly thousands of times over. From strategizing for a student, to special education IEP meetings with parents, to professional development meetings on ideas to help kiddos. However, the last five months have shown a side to ASD I never imagined nor could have […]

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Best Indy Spots to Brunch with Babes

Everyone has a personal dream to dispel on one hobby or topic for a Ted Talk, outside of their professional career, that they are vehemently passionate about. For some, it’s sports, for others it’s DIY projects, and then there are those of us who would give anything to provide the world a daily rundown on […]

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Meghan Markle has a Doula…So like, What Do Doulas DO?

“So you’re a midwife?” I think I’ve been asked this question about 50 times since January.  Ecstatic, I’ve been shouting from the rooftops that I am now a trained doula finishing the last box-checks to certification.  All the while, I’m telling people that I am absolutely NOT a midwife.  Inherently, I get a plethora of […]

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A Welcome Back Hug in the Season of Change: Career-Shift Postpartum

                The U-Haul was packed, my second-trimester belly was popping, and the season of change was waiting on the other side of the drive back to Indy after spending three wanderlust years living and thriving in Vegas. We were newlyweds making the “responsible” decision to come back home, […]

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