Anne Banks

I am 41 years young. I grew up just two miles outside of Boston, MA, in a large, loving family with eight crazy siblings who I am happy to call my friends.  I currently  live just outside of Concord, NH with my husband of 20 years and two amazing teenage boys, ages 16 and 19.  There are days when I wonder how I am so incredibly blessed to be surrounded by so much family and love. 

My first career path was in the world of fashion merchandising.  I managed a variety of women's clothing stores until I met my husband and had my first son.  It was financially difficult, but I stopped working full time to be home with my children.  During that time, I sold hand crafted items, became a licensed manicurist, day-care provider, and personal trainer (not at the same time).  As the boys entered school, I purchased the health club I was currently working in and ran that for 6 years until the "giant franchise" of fitness moved in less than a quarter mile down the road from my location. As the saying goes..."When one door closes, another one opens."  If my gym had never closed, I would have never found what I believe is my true calling; teaching.

With an enormous amount of debt from the gym, I needed to find a job quickly that was still flexible enough for me to be home for my children.  I immediately applied to school districts.  I was accepted at a small, rural  high school with a low socio-economic status and a reputation for having troubled students.  As soon as I entered, I fell in love.

After 3 years of working as a paraprofessional, I went back to school to earn my degree in special education.  I have been teaching for 3 years now.  I love teaching. I love being a part of a student's day. I love learning from them as much as I love teaching them. However, I despise the politics that go along with teaching and I am often a little too vocal about it but, I am working on that.

I have always loved to write.  When I was young, I would write poetry and make up little stories.  I didn't know it then, but it was a form of therapy.  A way for me to get my feelings out without having to share them out loud with anyone. 

Blogging has done the same thing for me.  I began blogging last year when my oldest son was leaving for college.  It opened a whole new world for me.  Reading other's blogs was comforting and enlightening.  I love reading other's views and sharing my views on world topics, family, and social issues. I hope everyone who stops to read one of posts can take something away with them that makes a difference in their day.

Thank You 2013!

Thank you 2013!You have given me a year of sadness, uncertainty, deceit, and anger; a year of being overworked and exhausted; a year of near misses and close calls. This was a year that to some would be a relief and to others a disaster....more

A Goodbye Letter to 2012

Goodbye 2012! ...more

Last Minute Annie... I've Been Called Worse

I have made a fine art out of procrastination.  From a young age, I have worked hard at putting everything off to another day. Often, when I am up into the wee hours of the morning struggling to meet some deadline, I can hear and see my Dad. Last Minute Annie he would call me as he ran his hand over his balding head that was lowered and shaking with disapproval. I would drive my parents crazy. At 42, I still do; especially on holidays when I am finishing a last minute gift or making and hiding Easter baskets until midnight. ...more

Bring a Dime & Other Motherly Advice I Appreciate -- Now

I am a lucky woman. I have always had a strong relationship with my mother. I have friends who don't have that relationship and I always feel sad for them. I have learned so much from my mother, even when I didn't think I was listening to her. I can't imagine who I would be if she was not such a presence in my life. Now that I am a mom, I hope I can pass some of the same lessons on to my sons. ...more
I like #5 the best. It really does help to just let it all out sometimes.more

Buying a Dream

Every week, my husband buys tickets for the local lottery. Not daily numbers, but the biggies; Powerball and Mega Millions (Copyright © 2009 New Hampshire Lottery Commission® All rights reserved). He has won the occasional $50 -$100 amounts, but all in all, he puts more into the system than he takes out....more

My Screen Door Is Now Locked. Is Yours?

The other morning, I was home alone baking in my kitchen.  It was going to be a hot day and I wanted to start early, so I never bothered to change out of my pajamas and got right to work. I had the storm door open and screen door unlocked.  Being raised in the city, I should know better.  However, after years of living in rural New Hampshire, I have relaxed my crime fears. At least I thought I did....more

The Roller Coaster of Motherhood

Not that it would have made a difference, but I wish when I was contemplating having children that someone would have told me that having a children is a never-ending roller coaster ride of emotions and worry. I was most likely told this, but being a hard headed, Italian/Irish, know everything kind of person, I didn't listen. To my defense, the warnings given were always followed with, "but you will love it!" And of course, I do!...more
Cannot possibly understand 'til you're there. Man, and I was was so judgmental before I became a ...more

When the Glass is No Longer Half Full

I have always been an optimist. A "Glass is half full", "Every cloud has a silver lining" type of girl. I have found humor in a flat tire, a leaky roof in the middle of the night, and a broken refrigerator all in the same week. Really, how can you not?...more

Acceptance

I have begun taking a yoga class that is combined with a book club.  The book is what most people would call a "self-help" book that is about how to live your life Wholeheartedly.  I will be honest, yoga and self-help books have never really been my cup of tea; all that "ohmming", "finding your center", and "hooraying yourself happy" stuff has always made feel very uncomfortable. However, the class is being taught by a very dear friend of mine who has the amazing ability to make me laugh when my muscles feel as if they are going to explode, so I decided to give it a try....more