Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Firstly, thank you ladies who commented on my last post. I didn't write it because I wanted people to tell me how great they think I am, simply writing how I feel.

Second, I don't know how I really feel about giving up the blog. I think that so much of what my readers said rings true. I didn't start this blog to run contests and beg for followers. You either read me because you want to....or you don't. Not really my issue, you know?

I have to remember that along with a healing place, I also began writing here to reflect. To give voice to who I am, want to become and am glad I no longer am. I'm not just Raye, the weird sarcastic lady who can't break her caffeine habit (I am convinced that Diet Coke is crack in a can, just sayin'!). I'm a momma, a teacher, a wife, a spiritualist, a survivor, a dreamer, a believer, a go-getter, I throw tantrums (yes even at age 35), I'm not afraid to "show my ghetto" even though I am so not from one.

I need to remind myself that I DON'T CARE if someone doesn't want to read my blabber about my new venture with Thirty-One or talk about my books, my own kids or how annoyed I am with whomever is on my crap-list of the moment. 

This blog is for me. This blog is to share MY life....and quite honestly, my life is not simply about teaching. It never was...but I focused my attention on the blog about that aspect of me, which was working for me. Now it isn't. Yay for people who spend every waking second creating for their classrooms. Burn out is gonna come knockin--I don't care who you are. It will happen if you never slow down.

I guess I have. I want to write about more than teaching. I want to share my success with my new Thirty-One business and brag a bit when I finally publish my next book under my publishing house (in case you lost track amongst my rambling--yes I really do own two businesses AND teach). I want to just bitch if I want to sometimes (although there are other places for that!).

In short, I just want to be. And if you want to hang on for the ride, I'm glad to have ya. If not, don't let the door hit ya as they say.

The Caffeinated Teacher


  1. I have been reading your blog for a few years now. I think I started when you were teaching 5th grade. I hope that whether you continue or not (I enjoy reading and hope you continue) that you at least let us know the final outcome of your national boards in November. If I don't find out it would be like your favorite show ending with no warning and no time to wrap up any of the storylines. I would miss the series finale. I really enjoy your insight. I especially like hearing from teachers in Michigan. I grew up in Michigan and now live in Georgia but I love to hear about my home state.

    1. If you've been reading me since I had 5th grade, you've been with me almost from the beginning! :) I started the blog the May before that year....four 1/2 years ago now! Wow. :)

      I think I will likely keep posting here...and I will DEFINITELY update on my National Board status even if my other posts aren't as frequent in between :)