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An Apple for Teacher

Growing up in Bellevue, Nebraska I always considered teachers as the role model, a person of trust and care. And in all my life, I have one teacher that will always be my favorite and stay dear to my heart. Her name is Mrs. Knight. She still to this day asks me to call her Janet, but I could never get myself to call her that lol. I fast forward about 17 years of my life and I am now a Special Education teacher for one of the most over populated growing districts in San Antonio Texas; or should I say most known district. I think about how much has changed since I graduated from high school (which was eight years ago) and what my mentality and expectations were (for myself and what expectations my principal had for the students). Our high school had a graduation rate of 99 percent. Our principal, Mrs. Custard, bent forward and backwards for the students and was in the hallway each and every day. I look at my daily …

Time & Space

One of the most prominent gifts God gives me is time, so I don’t waste it. I believe many people take for granted this gift, and think they have all the time to get right socially, academically, with family, being a good friend, physically… we all have an expiration date. If we take too much time and space away from getting right and making a change. By the time you’re done contemplating on change (if you contemplate at all) you won’t even recognize the space you walk in. This morning I was thinking about all the relationships I have had, and this across the board. Regular people, ex-boyfriends/ ex-girl-friends, associates, by-chance friends, whatever label you want to call these people, they have an expiration date too, or a season they dance in your life. And like a dandelion, they blow away and land on someone else’s season until they find their own home. However, the one associate that stuck out to me the most this morning is my oldest brother. I haven’t seen this man …

02.24.18

I definitely thought the day would never come when I would say the words “I will” and “I  do”. I am a millennial and dating during this generation is hard. I can only imagine what other generations after mine are like. Every piece of our small reception was perfect and special. All I could do was smile. It was intimate, loving, and passionate. Jerome looked so happy. I can only imagine what next year will be like when I have my linesisters, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and all of our family to come out and support us. About an hour or two after the ceremony, Jerome and I were headed back to hang out with my parents and then go get something to eat. I then, began to cry. I thought about how much my parents mean to me and how much they have been my foundation, heart, support-team, and love. At that moment, I never knew that kind of love existed. I was flooded with love all at once; knowing the love of my life would …

Vegan/ Vegetarian Eating

This past weekend, my fiancé and I decided to watch a documentary. Like most situations, we enjoy watching documentaries; they happen to be some of the most factual information you can find in this world. The name of the documentary, is called, “What the health”. I am naturally a healthy eater/ consumer, and from time to time eat vegan meals or vegetarian meals. However, after this documentary, and the statistics that we became educated on, changed my perspective entirely; if you watch it, the documentary may do the same for you! Before watching What the health, my fiancé and I decided to stick to a healthy diet (even though we already had been, but a stricter diet to help him reach the weight he wants). Instead, we have decided to try a week of vegan/ vegetarian eating next week. He also agreed to try the vegan restaurant up the street from our house this weekend (I love him.. lol); which I’ve tried several times way before our new plan. I even questioned the impact of …

Los Angeles

I traveled to Los Angeles for the first time this month. I am not accustomed to “dreaming” about doing something; however, I am accustomed to hard work. I say that to say this: arriving in California was a dream come true. I felt like it was a place where I belonged. I felt free, and happy all at once. However, there are some concerns I have (especially with what I saw, not in particular where I went).   Throughout the city of Los Angeles, you also have little cities. For example, LAX, Inglewood, Santa Monica, Venice, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood. That’s not all of the cities in L.A., just the ones I visited too (in the four days I vacationed).   The main concern that I want to touch base on is, the homelessness I saw while I was there. I have never in my 25 years of living seen so much homelessness. And from my perspective I have visited several places in my life time, and L.A. is at the top.   A few …

Quarter of a Century

(T W E N T Y – F I V E) I was born Thursday, April 9, 1992… I’m leaving the Kobe year and entering into the next phase of my life… 25. I believe this birthday is one I wasn’t ready for; how do you really prepare anyhow? Feeling old and closer to “dirty-thirty”. I do believe I have accomplished more than I could have ever dreamed… Perseverance is the key to any success or achievement that a person can achieve. I hope the world is ready because I am not finished. The key is raising the bar higher each time, why not? You only live once and can’t do anything twice, or grow another arm, leg, live today and do the same day different tomorrow… Every year, this time around my birthday, tragedy or something drastic happens. This year, my uncle passed away yesterday. He was my only uncle. The most fit, and by far the most one-way-street focused. Meaning he dedicated his entire life to the Army, and would have been promoted …

“Not a Word I Use Often”

“Not a Word I Use Often” friend <noun> a person who knows and with whom has a bound of mutual affection… When I reflect on how I view the word “friend”, or how often I use it, its minute. I think over my lifetime, I have understood what it truly means to be a friend to someone, or vice versa. As a child, I believed a friend was someone who you carried the weight for, or always stood-up for someone else. I used to believe the people you grew up with are the “real” friends. Which are the people who always have your back. Who will give you five dollars if you forgot your own. It’s funny how life transitions… As an adult I realized, first, who “seasonal friends and seasonal people” are. Seasonal friends or seasonal people are the kind of people that enter and exist your life for moments. Meaning, they are only in your life to teach you a lesson (some good and some bad); but to understand, that was their only …