Creative Folks: Becky Simmons

Hello kitty cats! I am here with another Creative Folks post. This time it is my long time friend, Becky. I have known this girl since Middle School and every time we get together it is full of giggles and good times. She has been there for me through tough times in my life and I am forever thankful. She is an amazing teacher and wife and I am so pleased to have her here on the blog today. Welcome Becky!

Below is a photo collage of Becky, her husband and myself at the past 3 years of Murder Mystery Parties. We like to throw parties. :)

becky mystery party collage

What is the first significant thing you did this morning?

I went to the gym. While this may sound pretty vanilla, a healthy and strong body is quite important to me.

image of becky

What inspires you? When are you happiest?

People and their stories inspire me (whether fictional or real). Stories connect us in unimaginable ways, and help us understand the world around us. Discussing these fictional or real stories and people with students and friends is my happiness.

image of becky and her husband in new york

What are you trying to teach yourself right now?

German! I am visiting Europe next summer and desperately want to get around (mostly) by myself. Neue Sprachen sind gut!

image of becky by a bridge

What is your favorite memory and what does it say about you?

One of my favorite memories is playing hide-and-seek as a child at dusk with my friends. There was something so lovely about that night – the fireflies, the cicadas, the laughter, the murmur of our parents. I think even my child-self recognized the simple beauty of the world around me.

image of becky sitting in a field of flowers

Describe one accomplishment you’ve achieved. Describe one challenge that you have faced.

This spring I won the USD 259 Distinguished Classroom Teacher award at the secondary level. Teaching is a hard profession, and it’s always reassuring to know that I’m doing something fruitful with those young minds. My biggest challenge in life is balance. I struggle to find a way to keep my personal life separate from my work life.

image of becky at school getting an award

What is the last thing you did for work?

Speaking of work! J and I just finished grading 120+ quizzes over sentence structures. Next up: vocabulary and ancient Greek drama!

image of becky and her husband in a tree

image of becky and her husband by a tree

And just for fun, what animal would you like to experience being for a day?

A baby elephant! They are so adorable and curious. I would LOVE to be so adorable, wrinkly, grey, and curious for just one day. (Honestly, when has anyone ever described something grey and wrinkly as adorable?!)

image of becky and her husbands hands with wooden rings

Thank you again Becky! You rock!

Keep up with her adventures:

instagram // @hopeisthething

twitter // @wordsofbecky

website // www.farawayfromnormal.tumblr.com

pinterest // www.pinterest.com/hopeisthething

Peace + love, Jaclyn