Author Archive | Sarah Jean

A Global Perspective: Why We Chose Immersion

Growing up in New Orleans our education system has always come under criticism for it’s less than stellar record of student performance, funding and lack of diversity, innovation and administrative oversight. Enter Hurricane Katrina. Although this mighty storm and its subsequent levee system failures brought floodwaters, destruction and heartache to the city, she also washed […]

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Put Your Oxygen Mask on First :: Making my Mental Health a Priority

“Put your oxygen mask on first.” A simple, and well-meaning piece of advice I received from my mother-in-law during the first few weeks of my motherhood journey. Although I received what felt like an avalanche of opinions on how to approach this new journey, this one in particular has stuck with me far longer than what […]

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Keeping Date Night a Priority {Our Team’s Favorite Date Night Locations In and Around NOLA}

During our B.C. (before children) days, there were plenty of self-imposed absolutes my husband and I imposed on our future selves as parents. “We will always keep our house organized and clutter-free.” “Our children will never sleep in our bed.” “We will never be those people that only talk about their children.” And so on […]

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Mardi Gras :: Now and Then

The sounds of drumlines cadence interspersed with the faint wail of a siren. The smell of diesel fuel combined with wafts of hot dogs and hamburgers on barbecue pits. The sights of twinkling lights from the floats as the flames of the flambeaux catch the sequined costumes of the dance troupes as they prepare for […]

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We are Women. We are Mothers. We are Silence Breakers.

I’m not one for uncomfortable conversations.  Correction: I used to be. Politics. Money. Religion. Sex. Anything that could cause an argument, kick up a dust storm of accusations, force lines to be drawn or shock the seemingly calm waters of social niceties, had me hiding or running for the hills. And then I became a […]

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To The Moms I Swore I Would Never Be

When I was freshly in my early 20s, living the young professional life – you know, hair always fixed, outfit thoroughly thought out the night before, sipping craft cocktails at happy hour while seemingly stressed out about having to wake up early the next day for a morning meeting – I was full of judgment […]

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Taking Off My Referee Hat

Whether you stay-at-home, work-from-home, work part-time, full-time to list out the number of hats a mother wears on any given day could make “War and Peace” look like a short story.  Executive chef, personal driver, stylist, dentist, hair dresser, therapist, teacher, laundress, nurturer, cleaning lady, budget committee – this just covers the hats I wear […]

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