Loft & Learn Celebrates!!! | National Teacher’s Day!!!

Happy National Teacher’s Day to all the amazing educators out there.

You are more valuable than all of the professions combined because you teach and inspire us all!!

In a family of educators on both my mom and dad’s side as well as teachers and healers from my in law’s side of the family, I say a deep heartfelt thank you, you are truly appreciated!¬†And to my favorite teacher of all time Mrs. J (Choral teacher Hannah Middle School) you opened my eyes to my potential and I will forever be grateful.

In honor of National Teachers Day I especially wanted to share a letter that was written to my Sis Marian “Mern” Stepter recently from one of her past students!! Kudos Mern, I am so proud of you and it must feel so good to know that you have impacted a life in this way!!! You Rock Girl.

Quoted Letter Below:

“This is very out of the blue and I’m not sure if you remember me but you were my first grade teacher almost 20 years ago. When I came into your classroom I was a new student that didn’t speak English, had just immigrated into the country, and kept forgetting to write down her name on papers. You taught me to read my first book ad I still remember getting bags of chips for math problems that we got correct. You taught me countless life lessons and started my education in America off better than I could have ever asked for. I think back a lot on your class, my first American classroom ever, especially today as I’m completing my last class ever at Tulane Law School in New Orleans. I will be taking the bar exam in July and then starting my career as an attorney. I hope you are doing well and if you are ever in Chicago let me know, I would love to get lunch. My parents and I praise you to this day. Thank you Ms. Stepter.”



The 30 Day No-Fail Happiness Challenge | Loft & Learn

The 30 Day No-Fail Happiness Challenge

Happy Motivation Monday everyone. I hope you have all had an amazing holiday season thus far. December is coming to a close and for all of you who have taken the Loft & Learn December Strong Challenge I hope you stuck to your mission (whatever it was) and are in great shape, mentally, spiritually and financially. Thank you for the outpouring of participation. I heard from many of you challenging yourselves, to many fantastic things, big and small. So many goals including: losing weight, reading more, being more confident, taking more risks, quit smoking, spend more quality family time, finding your passion, starting a thank you journal, not caring so much of what others think and cooking more organically to name a few. It was touching to hear so many people joining together in the efforts of becoming stronger, better people.Whatever your mission was the goal was to set it and then achieve it with a positive outlook, dedication and a sense of community supporting you. That is what Loft & Learn is all about. Congrats Loft & Learn Village!

Now that we are in the right frame of mind to close out 2015 strong I have a new Loft & Learn Challenge for ya. I can credit this challenge to one of my favorite sites called As soon as I read this article by Emily Co I knew that I had to pass it on to my Village! So Starting January 1st I challenge all of you to join the 30 Day No-Fail Happiness Challenge!!! Click the link below to read the article from . Also in Tomorrow’s post I will have another absolute fantastic financial family year-long challenge to throw out to the Loft & Learn Village. This Challenge was presented to me by Cheryl our DIY guru (and my beautiful Sis)and it is a really good way for your family to focus as a whole on Saving. Wow, I’m so excited to share this one, Stay tuned!!!


Cheers to Happiness!