Thank You 2013!!!

The ornaments slowly come off the tree, one by one, as they are individually wrapped, each holding its own memory from Christmas’s past.  I wrap them even more carefully as they will be snug in their box for a few years; they will not be hanging on any tree.

2013 has been a year to remember.  A year of growth and adventures.  A year of loss and lessons learned.  A year of  letting go of things and people who only God can take care of.  As we are the architects of our own life, I choose to keep building mine.

When I started this blog, I was barely able to see the light of day, to take the next step, to get out of bed, to smile.   The torment and the harassment over the past few years has only strengthened me and my faith in the Lord.  Instead of retaliating I wrote.  I didn’t share half of what I had been through, but I did share the lessons I had learned from it all and hopefully reaching some of you.  Life isn’t about revenge or getting back.  It’s about giving, loving, and forgiving.  I’m not saying it didn’t hurt, but I didn’t let it break my building down.  The one I so lovingly had begun to rebuild.

God has shown me many small miracles this past year.  I live in the moment and cherish my time that He has given me.  I volunteer, I shine my light and try to light up a sad face when I can.  My students always brighten up my day.  And here I was a little afraid to teach those little 2nd graders.  But God knew it was what I needed.  I have learned so much from that experience.

All of this has brought me to this place; to my new adventure.  All my belongings will be packed away.  I will be going to another country to teach.  As I continue to build my life, I have decided this is the best way to exit my career as a teacher in the public school system.  After 29 years in the classroom, I know I have touched many lives.  I want to take my experience and love for children to another place.  I want to make a difference somewhere else.  I know I will learn and grow from this new adventure.  God has so wonderfully put me on this path.  He has given me the confidence, strength, and courage to build my life even higher.

As much as I have learned this past year, the most important, is my total faith in the Lord.  I don’t fear anything.  I live my life to the fullest and smile on all those who have come and gone in my life.

May you reach out, reach high and go for it.  2014 will be an awesome year!!!

Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.”

Happy New year!!

As always, Keep hiking to the top!!

Kimberly Rae


Oh, the Places You’ll Go!!

“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  You’re on your own.  And you know what you know and YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”~ Dr Suess

Who can go wrong with Dr. Suess!  If you are an educator or a parent of young children you will know that this is Dr. Suess week; it is at our school.  So today –  I picked up this book, that I hadn’t seen in a while, I flipped through the pages and began to smile:)  I remembered it well. Oh… please do tell…

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is one of Dr. Suess’s best.  It really is for the adult world.  I had forgotten about it.  I bought it back in the 90’s after it first came out.  I took it to mean so much more than the words on the page. I was surprised at so much of the inferential meaning; a great piece of writing for sure.    But I gave it away to a young man who was battling cancer.  As I read it to him, he started to smile.  I let him keep it so he could read it over and over.  Sadly, he was gone in just a few short days.    His mother wanted me to have the book.  I told her to keep it and when she was ready, she should read it.

It’s about life.  “I’m sorry to say so, but, sadly, it’s true, that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.”

Life isn’t always smooth sailing and when it’s not we have choices to make.  We can hang out waiting and waiting. Waiting for the phone to ring, or waiting for that diamond ring, or waiting to be crowned king, but you have to do something!

Escape that mental attitude, and take a ride and change your mood.  Once more you’ll be riding high, and you can say, I’m just that guy.  And even when your sails blow down, And you know they will because, well, you were letdown.  So pick yourself up and smile again, because your life is waiting, there are no stand-ins:)

Okay, so I have a little Dr. Suess in me.  But, the message is clear.  If you are in that waiting stage you are not moving forward.  You are kind of stuck.  This is when you need to pick up this book and smile away as you read each page, it just might make your day:)    Oh, the places you’ll go, with God at your side, always looking up, oh… what a ride!  So think long and hard on what you want to do, because your life is a gift and it’s up to you!


“So… be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray, or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!  Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting.  So… get on your way!!”

As always, keep hiking to the top!!

Kimberly Rae


“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson


I believe this speaks to everything I have blogged about.  Wherever you are at in your life be strong and let God give you the courage to find your peace:)

Have a fabulous week!


Keep hiking to the top,


Kimbelry Rae