Author Archives: Kelsie Lou

About Kelsie Lou

Therapeutic Foster Parent, Teacher, and Runner who believes that life is what you make it. Envision, Empower, and Educate.

Fit & Fabulous

Summer is officially here!  I am excited to near the completion of my capstone project for a certificate in Diversity Literacy from U of L.  This means no more project deadlines, and I can focus on 2018-19 lesson planning. The … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Visit Daytona Beach

My Memorial Day weekend trip to Florida was almost a bust due to the Alberto storm.  I normally visit the beaches along the Gulf Coast such as Treasure Island, St. Pete, Clearwater, and Siesta Key.  The Gulf Coast had rain … Continue reading

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Black Excellence

On May 12, 2018, I was awarded my 2nd Master’s Degree in Education for Teacher Leadership from the University of Louisville.  Upon completion of a capstone project during the summer, I will earn a certificate in Diversity Literacy.  This degree … Continue reading

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Busy is Good

I’ll just go in chronological order to catch up with what’s been going on with Miss Smoot. After Christmas Break, we missed a week of school due to snow days.  I took advantage of a mild weekend to visit my … Continue reading

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Good Vibes

School: The last two months of 2017 were super busy for me.  I earned an A+ and an A in my two Fall courses at the University of Louisville, with an overall GPA of 3.9.  I am only 3 classes … Continue reading

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Iron Horse Half Marathon Review

Iron Horse Half Marathon Recap Location: Midway, Kentucky Date: October 15, 2017 I heard about the Iron Horse Half Marathon in Midway, KY a couple of years ago from a Daily Mile friend named Tiffany. It was no coincidence that … Continue reading

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TRI Something New

Cycling is something I have always wanted to do in addition to running for a few reasons: 1.       I have been inspired by triathletes while volunteering for Ironman Races in Louisville and Panama City Beach. 2.       Attending Spin Class at … Continue reading

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Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas Review

Great Stirrup Cay (GSC) is a privately owned island by Norwegian Cruise Lines in the Bahamas. As much as I wanted to visit a beach in Cuba, there were too many historic and cultural elements to experience there.  Besides, the … Continue reading

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Havana, Cuba Day 2

For our second and final day in Havana, Cuba via a four day cruise aboard the Norwegian Sky out of Miami, I booked a private tour using I LOVE CUBA TOURS.  My person of contact was Yosel Vazquez, and his … Continue reading

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Havana, Cuba Day 1

I was up at 5 a.m. like other eager passengers to see a slow, cruising view of Havana, Cuba.  Some people were very emotional as this was their first time seeing their families and native land in a long time.  … Continue reading

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