It’s the year 2021, I turned 40, and I know these 21 things to be true.

PC: Max Pixel

As summer starts to come to a close, I’ve had time to think about the future. This did not go well, because let’s face it, little is happening in the world right now that…

Guess World Mental Health Day isn’t different for me.

wooden scrabble-like tiles, spell out MENTAL HEALTH

On this World Mental Health Day, I woke up thinking: I hate myself.

No question or uncertainty, I knew this without any doubt. Today, October 10, 2021, I hate myself. Luckily for me this was not a new discovery and did…

And I feel like a whole dollar.

Imagine my surprise when I opened my email and saw I had earned money from writing! The dream! It has become a reality! Years of self-doubt, self-sabotage and self laziness have to lead to this moment of glory.

I’m proud to share with…

Simone Biles’ decision to put her mental health above medals should be a lesson for us all.

Olympic gold medal in box on glass table

When the alerts on my NY Times, BBC, NPR, and Twitter apps all chimed in rapid fire my first thought was: “What (new) political, environmental, or social nightmare is about to take over…

blue sky, white clouds, hills of brown in Mongolia
Mongolian Steppe PC: Elizabeth Schap

It had been hours since the van had stopped and dropped us off to yet another remote part of the Mongolian steppe. Actually, saying another remote part is a bit of a redundancy: all of Mongolia is remote. This is a land that I had never been immersed in, through…

In the most unusual of places

white, pink, blue and green 2021 calendar with black wood background. Black pen on top.

Today is the day I reflect back on the year that was 2020, after living two full months in the New Year — and come upon the other year mark, the start of the end. …

Sometimes to find success you need to forget what other people tell you.

image of a hand throwing a paper airplane into the sky at dusk. Hand and airplane are black, sky is ombre teal to orange
image: Canva

One of my recent articles received my first comment written in another language. It was written in German and I had to use Google translate to ensure my complete guess as to what it said was correct…

Why it’s important to make the effort to get each person’s right.

black square with words in white that say Your Name Here with a white line after.
graphic: Elizabeth Schap

During my teaching career, I have come across many names I did not know how to pronounce. I never guess how to pronounce a name because I will guess wrong. A stumbled attempt is fine with scientific names for plants or animals. A misspoken dinosaur name is not a huge…

This summer wasn’t the one I signed up for…and that’s okay.

I was supposed to be writing this from Australia. What part of the country I can’t say, my travel plan was to touch down at the Sydney airport and make the journey up as I went. Stay a while…

Being a mother isn’t easy in the United States, and it starts in the when the stick turns colors.

Years ago, when my sister gave birth to her first child there were complications. Her second child’s birth was more of the same. Luckily everyone was healthy and fine in the…

Elizabeth M Schap

Traveler, rebel, science nerd, educator, writer. I write what I want — Don’t box me in.

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