Starting over in Kuwait

A month ago I moved to Kuwait, a place I have never even considered visiting for work. I was not ready for the heat and temperatures.  I consider Kuwait to be the hottest country on earth with degrees above 110 most days #HOTAF. Kuwait is further away than I wanted to be but the job…

Brazil and the AMISA Conference

A couple of months ago I finally got to visit Brazil and it was great. I stayed with friends and presented at my first conference since I started my business Weekes Enterprise, LLC. The AMISA Educators Conference took place in Sao Paolo at the Graded School. The grounds of the school is massive, nicely decorated…

Normalize going to therapy #removethestigma

As a School Counselor I have spent the past 20 plus years talking about the need to normalize therapy with my students and my friends. I do that through my social media accounts by posting about therapy from the various facebook groups I follow. I discuss it with my students and parents. I recommend it…

Widening my audience

This year I was intentional about sharing my passion for positive mental health, boundaries and teaching consent lessons with a wider audience because I wanted to create new opportunities for myself outside of my day job. Although I have loved my job as a Comprehensive High School Counselor I want to focus more on social…

My short lived experience in Dubai

This summer I saw a LinkedIn post from an international educator about how employers usually focus on why you decided to leave a school. It often leads to an assumption that those of us who choose to leave schools before three years are not dependable. It questioned why employers don’t ask why didn’t you stay?…

Black History Museums in Memphis

I spent last weekend in Memphis and I had the pleasure of visiting two amazing museums that document black history and culture: the National Civil Rights Museum and the Slave Haven Museum. I love museums and learning about history even though it can be difficult emotionally. The Slave Haven Museum is a house that was…

Bittersweet Goodbyes

Friday was both my last work day and day in Cote d’Ivoire. And although I was ready to leave, the good byes were still bittersweet. As I reflect on my experience over the past 2 years, I have learned a lot personally and professionally about boundaries, expectations and the need for rest. Living here has…

Mini vacation in San Pedro

For the Eid break I decided to go on a trip to another part of Cote d’Ivoire. As I get ready to leave this country on June 11th, I really wanted to have a positive perspective. You see, living here has not been easy. This year especially the electricity outtages and sometimes water outtages has…