Will You Relax?

I have just come home from two weeks of working on the road. I am not ashamed to admit that I am exhausted. In fact, I am actually dictating this blog using my voice recognition software which to tell you that I should probably be asleep.

The thing is that I cannot expect my writers here at TheWRITEaddiction To meet their deadlines if I do not do the same. So here we go…

The National Institutes for Historically-Underserved Students


I have the pleasure of serving as a delegate to The National Institutes for Historically-Underserved Students which just met at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

The purpose of the National Institutes is to research and identify common barriers to educational equity and success for all historically-underserved students, to develop and disseminate research-based solutions to those barriers, and to recruit, retain, and graduate more of those students who are currently being overlooked or failed by American higher education. I love contributing to this mission because I believe we ALL have a responsibility to hold up our end of the social contract we make with our children to provide them with the very best basic education we can and equip them to succeed in life.

Afternoon session on strategies for determining campus readiness to address the needs of historically-underserved students.

Experts representing over 14 states contributed to this timely work with one of the highlights being the active participation of WVU-P students in the exercise to make certain the student voice was strong and clear in the process.

This meeting came the week after I spent time with one of my favorite clients getting her ready to debut her new podcast for parents and educators of early learners.


After several years of careful planning and testing of materials and strategies, Marta Collier Educational Systems and Services, LLC is gearing up to fill part of the gap in training and curriculum resources that exists for educators and parents who work with early learners. It’s exciting to think that finally there is a resource that everyone can click and subscribe get help to get their student school ready.

While all of that was going on I managed to visit historical sites in three states, try German Pizza (corned beef and sauerkraut toppings), participate in a masterclass with an Emmy and Tony Award winning artist and get a hug from one of the men responsible for the music of The Wiz Original Broadway show.

(Top) Henderson Hall
(Bottom) Meeting Lillias White and Timothy Graphenreed

Oh and one of my new nephews decided it was time to get born as well. 😆 👶🏽

That’s just a partial accounting of two-weeks of my life. Being back on the road again for work is wonderful and it also reminds me of how important it is to pace myself. Not only did I jump time zones four times in two weeks, but I also traversed three different climates and experiences the changeover to daylight’s saving time.

Landing in Little Rock

On arriving home I knew I had client accounts to jump back to and I certainly did rise to the occasion. I also knew I had to pass on two social events that I had been looking forward to. This move to full time consulting was largely motivated by a need for me to better balance my life. That means making relaxation a priority just as much as work. When work requires that I put in extra I must still make time to rest even if it means giving up a fun activity.

To keep my spirits up about staying in, I pulled out a simple old family recipe and make some tea cakes to go along with dinner. I regret nothing. 🤤

Aunt Betty Ann’s Tea Cakes 😊

For those of you who travel often for work, what do you do to keep yourself balanced and well?

Marta C. Youngblood is a writer, education and social entrepreneur based in Little Rock, Arkansas. For more information on her current projects visit https://about.me/MCyoungblood.

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