If we were meeting in person, I’d show you one of my favorite pair of shoes: Red Doc Martens. I love these boots. They look awesome, although I admit they aren’t as comfortable as they used to be. They’re also getting ragged and worn–I think I’ve owned this pair for nearly a decade. I know I’ve gone through at least two sets of inserts!

When I was in high school, I wanted a pair of Doc Martens, but couldn’t afford to have a “real” pair. Instead, I bought pairs of knock-off Doc Martens, which are fine and look basically like the real deal, but I knew in my heartest of hearts that they weren’t the same.

There was a point in my life after I’d been teaching awhile when I realized: “Hey, you’ve got enough money to buy the real thing!” And then I started shopping, which is the most fun about getting new clothes or shoes, in my opinion. At first, I was going to buy the traditional pair (black), but then I saw these red ones, and I decided, if I was going to splurge, I was going to splurge on something that stood out. 

This might tell you a little something about me. If I’m going to sacrifice time or money (or both), I’m going to make that sacrifice memorable–to me, at least! Besides being a teacher, I’m a writer, and I spend a lot of time writing, writing, and rewriting before I send something out into the world. Why? Because I want to be sure that what comes out on the page reflects what is in my head, and sometimes it takes several drafts to get to this point. Like my choice of footwear, I want to make a statement that people will notice and remember.

Your Turn!

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