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Imagine Me...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Seeing myself with little confidence, hope, or the will to live.
I wasn't overweight then.
Didn't have the willpower to speak out for myself.
I wasn't allowed to...think, hope, dream, or vision myself not being the one to go beyond a certain level. I am a female, milk chocolate brown...the little pretty girl living in the projects hoping to someday have her own backyard.
Mother diagnosed with bipolar lies of normalcy to assimilate with other peers playing outside waiting on their mamas to call them inside before the streetlight would come culture.
Knew I was poor when the neighborhood changed. The dialect was broken, and people looked at you with that "who you thank you is" look (dialect intended)

Fast-forward to today:
college-graduate (Masters & Bachelors degrees)
3 children in the process, inducted into honor society in education, married,
home owner- no mortgage anymore-owner, and 15 years of teaching experience, yet administrator qualified (just don't want it now)
5 pounds overweight, but not 30 pounds where I was 1 1/2 years ago.
I imagined me...

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AKAFIT 8/22/2011 10:26AM

    Oh soror, how your words made me catch a glimpse of me. How your words made me realize that there is always "The Good Stuff" to focus on in EVERY situation. I couldn't imagine that being the child of a drug user that I would ever have my own "Imagine Me" story, but I DO!

Thank you for reminding me that no matter the challenge, there are two very important things working in my favor; God and those who have believed in ME throughout my journey.

You, my lovely friend/soror, have Imagined YOU well! emoticon

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BOMBCHELL23 8/22/2011 6:36AM

    Thank you for that uplifting and hopeful blog! Toot that horn and be proud of how you have changed for the better! I want to be like you when I finally grow up! LOL

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LAURIEWY 8/21/2011 11:57AM

    emoticon You've definitely been touched from above. Thanks for sharing, you should be very proud of yourself. And I bet you are a fantastic teacher because of your history and being able to share and inspire your students. Sometimes we think our problems are great, but in the big picture they are insignificant.

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MRSRUBLE 8/21/2011 1:45AM

    You are amazing and God has truly blessed you and he will bless you even more through your children. You have broken the cycle, what a testimony to share. AMEN!!! Girl I am shouting and crying at the same time, when you think of the goodness of Jesus and what he has done for you, just make me want more excuses!!!! emoticon

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JAZZY1999 8/20/2011 11:56PM

    wow what a lot to be proud thanks for sharing.

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MSCANELA 8/20/2011 11:52PM


Thank you for sharing.

You've come a long way! emoticon

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Having mixed feelings about returning to work/school emoticonsince a few colleagues were "forced" into quitting or transferring and I always naturally feel this way because each new school year presents new challenges.

So I keep telling myself that I will stay positive in the face of deception and adversity. No matter how bad situations seem, I WILL not break, I may bend, but I WILL not break!

Can't it be enough to just teach and re-assure parents that their children will be successful? Guess not!

So, am I prepared? We'll see...(to be continued)

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    Same issues at my school! They cut 12 of our faculty this year leaving us with more kids than last year with less people to monitor them. I have morning and afternoon hall duty, and my classes are bigger than ever. I guess I can't complain because in SC, the cutoff for elementary classes is 30, so that's the largest class that I have. (I'm the music teacher so I get them all).

Good for you that you're staying positive. I'm really trying's so hard with all the new changes, less supplies, and all that. We have to do the best that we can, because our students don't deserve to have any less of a quality education because things are tougher. But man, it's tough. We started back with students last Monday.

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MSCANELA 8/20/2011 11:56PM

  Our teaching career is at risk nationwide! Same story here in Florida.

You are correct...we need to stay positive in the face of adversity and deception.

Have a HAPPY, Productive New School year! emoticon

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BOMBCHELL23 8/17/2011 9:07PM

    I was cut from my job in early July as well and have sent out over 80 resumes. I can relate to starting a new school year and looking forward and yet worried about the amount of work that goes into teaching a classroom. Hopefully it'll start as a smooth year.

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LAURIEWY 8/17/2011 4:10PM

    We've faced a lot of cuts ourselves. Two years ago they started the school year out with "we will be cutting 7 of you at the end of the year, we're not sure who yet but will keep you in the loop." It was such a great mural booster. I love teaching, but the politics I hate with a passion. We are starting out the school year with a new principal this is the third one since I started 4 years ago. I'm getting good at swaying in the wind, but they do know also where I draw the line. And when it comes to politics or my kids, my kids win every time. So hang in there and just remember why we went into teaching in the first place.....the kids!

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Saving Sample

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Yesterday while driving to Austin...106 degree weather I might add...I stopped at a Kroger to powder my nose. As I was leaving the store, I decided to appeal to my sweet tooth. I craved a cupcake or piece of cake - either would do, but I couldn't find the right one for my tastebuds in the right size. emoticon

There was a chocolate and vanilla cupcake packaged together. Vanilla fine...chocolate...not fine!
The Italian cream cake didn't look appealing enough for me. The other cakes looked too dry or not my flavor preference.
Yes- I'm picky about desserts in case you hadn't figured that out yet. Food portion sizes was my problem, not sweets...just to get you up to speed.

Anywho...I spotted a tray of cinnamon rolls and M&M cookies with toothpicks inserted---YEAH BOY!!!
So, after tasting the cinnamon roll, I decided that was enough (the family sampling next to me had something to do with that too) emoticon

So after I sampled spicy Califoria sushi rolls- YES immediately after sampling the cinnamon roll. I purchased a small tray of California sushi rolls; I liked it better.

The moral of this story...put your sushi where your mouth is and let the cinnamon roll!!!

Yes, I am corny.

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RAVEN227 8/10/2011 1:48PM

    too funny!!!

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WOOKIE78 8/6/2011 7:55AM

    emoticon that is awesome! I love sushi, I took a sushi making class, if your local grocery store or anything offers there , it's so fun!

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DEANNASCARP 8/4/2011 12:31AM

    funny stuff.

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AKAFIT 8/3/2011 9:59PM

    Girl you are hilarious! I like your style though.

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A Word for August- Proverbs 15:7

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Proverbs 15:7- The lips of the wise disperse knowledge:but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

My translation ~Wise people have knowledge to impart, but those who have a foolish heart do not impart knowledge.

I chose to impart knowledge. If I am not knowledable about a topic, my lips are sealed. ----Isn't that a song?

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BABY_GIRL69 8/1/2011 5:10PM

    I've heard a song my lips are sealed but not the whole phrase. Hey I could be wrong too.

God bless & enjoy everyday!


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    I'm reminded of the saying, "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all".

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AKAFIT 8/1/2011 11:33AM

    Sounds good to me. Let's agree to be the imparters (is that a word?) of knowledge.

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MARCIE1455 7/31/2011 11:59PM

  All I can say is AMEN!!! More people should practice this wisdom!

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JESSESGIRL9 7/31/2011 11:54PM

    I don't know if it's a song but it is very true and inspiring. It really makes me stop and think.

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Family Values

Monday, July 25, 2011

I am blessed to have such a large, friendly (and good-looking) family.
This past weekend was filled with family, fun, and (you guessed it), FOOD!
Saturday's picnic was a BBQ dinner at the park and games to boot...the gala later that evening...roast beef, roasted chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, get the picture!

The point I'm trying to make...I OVERLY indulged! emoticon
So, this morning I powerwalked for 90minutes a total of 5 miles.

Even though I value spending time with my family, I have to value my health so I can be around for them with many family reunions to come.

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AKAFIT 7/26/2011 10:05AM

    That is so true. We can lose sight of the BIG picture some times when we are around our family. However, love that you got right back in the game IMMEDIATELY!

Did I fail to mention that you are ROCK STAR emoticon

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KAYATLANTA2010 7/25/2011 9:24PM

    So glad you enjoyed your family and are still taking care of you!!!

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LAURIEWY 7/25/2011 6:27PM

    Glad you enjoyed your reunion. Sounds like you are already back on track and getting back in the grove. Great job!

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STLOUISWOMAN 7/25/2011 6:03PM

    Sounds like a fun weekend. Congratulations on following it up with the walking to get rid of some of those extra - bet they tasted goooood - calories. Hope you have lots more of opportunities like that one.

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    You Enjoyed....And then followed up by doing the right thing lol
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