Butterflies is what he gave me and continues to give me since we called ourselves official.
There’s not one who’s ever made me feel the way he does.
I finally felt like I found true love.
But then what we have gets hit with a blow.
Getting myself together, while working to pick up the pieces.
I see that this man really needs me.
But not only does he need me, I need him.
It’s something about the way he speaks that taps into my spirit realm.
I’ve never felt this love for a man.
We both tried walking away from eachother.
Even when we are apart we are still connected.
I know it doesn’t make sense to me either.
How can someone love me just as much as I love them?
All I’ve ever experienced is verbal abuse and disloyalty.
How can something so special be challenged?
Thinking back I remember this page in my bible.
It speaks of a rainbow at the end of the storm.
Sometimes there is turbulence before the calm.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
I was always different. I realized I didn’t fit in with the many different crowds growing up because I was different. I’ve always been about my education and career, always wanting and searching for more out of life. I sacrificed a lot, more than anything I’ve sacrificed a lot of time and continue to do so. I’m still different, I know I don’t fit in.
Not fitting in used to bother me, but now I understand the reason. Now I understand my purpose. Working in my purpose requires me to be alone a lot of times and it requires me to be discipline.
While working on your purpose, you will have distractions. Life will throw many of these your way. You have to be willing to work through it. You have to push even harder when the going gets tough. You have to push through when people talk about you, lie on you, and when they do all they can to tear down your spirit. Remember this means they see you, they hear you and you are relevant. If you weren’t they wouldn’t try so hard to destroy you.
Walking in your purpose requires you to be different. It’s ok to not fit in. God has something special for you, so keep sacrificing, keep working, and keep walking.
This year I have been very intentional about focusing on taking care of myself. I constantly give so much of my time to other things, that I had to sit down and realize I have to make time to pour back into myself. Without me doing things for me, I will not be able to give of myself the same way in those other areas of my life.
Things that help to fill me back up consists of praying, writing, and taking time to unplug from the world, including social media. This year has felt really different from any other. This year we have been faced with seeing a virus take over the world, police brutality and two legends make their exit to heavenly paradise. Some of us have lost family members from the coronavirus. It’s been rough. I hope that you are taking care of yourself. I hope that somewhere in between all the chaos you are finding a place of peace.
I am at peace these days. Is peace an easy place to always reside in? No. But when you make the effort to intentionally protect your inner space then it becomes a lot easier. Chapter 30 of my life has shown me the resiliency I’m truly made of. It has taught me the essence of protecting my peace. Life is not a fairytale, however when you make time for God, and time for yourself, He will restore your energy and peace.
Rest In Heavenly Paradise,
Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman, the African Americans who we have lost to police brutality and the coronavirus victims
I’ve had to take time to process what’s been happening in the world lately. My views and thoughts are simple. Black Lives Matter. Growing up as a black, African American female, I've experienced various situations where I now understand to have been racial discrimination. When you’re young, you don’t know. Let me take you back to one situation that had an effect on me as a child.
When I was four-years-old, I attended a daycare center. One day at daycare, my teacher hit me in the mouth for no reason at all. I didn’t understand why she did it but when she did, it caused me to bite my tongue, the pain was unbearable and my tongue started to bleed uncontrollably. When my father picked me up all I could do was cry and hold my mouth. He asked me questions on the way home but I was unable to talk. My mom saw me as soon as I walked in the house and she knew something was wrong.
I hugged her when I walked in the door and stuck my tongue out to show her the blood. After she doctored on me some, I tried to talk the best that I could to tell her what happened at daycare. “My teacher hit me in my mouth,” I said. My mom was furious. The daycare was closed, so she was not able to make a special visit to find out why my teacher would do such a thing, she was also not able to schedule me a doctor’s appointment until the next day.
My teacher was a white woman. I know that all white people are not racist but now that I'm older I still can't imagine why my teacher would've hit me in the mouth for no reason, unless that she was possibly racist. The next day my mother called the daycare and spoke with the manager. He begged her not to come to the daycare and promised that my teacher would have consequences. I’m not sure if my teacher had consequences for what she did to me, however in the next month she was fired for something else.
I still have the scars on my tongue from when my teacher hit me in my mouth; because of this, I will never be able to forget it. I learned at a very young age, that I cannot always trust people who are in leadership positions. My teacher was my leader at daycare and I looked up to her. Revisiting these memories aren’t pleasant, however they remind me of why God chose me to later become a High School English Teacher. I am changing the narrative. I know I may not be able to change the world, however I will do my best to change the hearts and minds of my students and other people around me, in a positive way.
I have love for all people. We have to continue teaching the younger generation what’s right because they’re going to be the ones to eventually eradicate systematic racism. The older generations were taught racism and some successfully passed it down to their children. I do believe that there are more younger people and even people in my generation who are now against the ideologies of another race being superior.
Let's all keep pushing for better days and be the leaders who the younger generations can trust. Life is not a fairytale, but when we put our faith in God, he will always take the bad and turn it into fuel for something good.
Although it's an indescribable time in history it is important for you to have a goal for yourself. Hopefully you have already enrolled into a college, enlisted into the military or found a job, however if not, there is still hope. If you weren't the type who would want to attend college for a long drawn out time frame, and you're still seeking to find your place in the world why not consider enrolling into a trade school?
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Computer Programmer, Respiratory Therapist, Aircraft Mechanic, Dental Hygienist, Web Designer, Electrician, Filmmaker, Plumber, Welder
Zoom Party: Send family and friends a Zoom video chat link so they can celebrate your graduation with you in real-time. On the Zoom Chat you can open mailed gifts and talk to them on a live stream. You can go to zoom.com to create an account.
Home Decor: You can decorate or have your family members decorate your yard, porch and inside of your home with balloons, streamers and any other graduation decor of your choice.
Mask Party: Have a Mask On Party (safe party) with a few of your friends at your home.
Parade: Have family and friends to meet up at a location at a certain time to do a drive by parade at your home. They can decorate their car windows with paint that says congratulations graduate and any other notes or messages they want to send to you as they pass by your home, honking their horns and saying congratulations!
We hope you find this post helpful and once again, congrats graduates!
I hope everyone is having a great Mother's Day, below I share some of my mother's advice and popular things she has said to me over the years. Please be advised that some of these things are hilarious lol and some of them are really meant to boost my confidence. Either way, I'm so thankful for my mom. God outdid himself with this woman.
1. Don't worry about what other people are doing.
2. Make sure you anoint your house.
3. Ok so you have to pay your bill next Tuesday, it's only Thursday, Tuesday ain't here yet. Calm down.
4. Well just wait and see what happens before you jump the gun.
5. You and your brother know how to get yourselves into some stuff, I tell you.
6. Don't let no one run over you.
7. You've come too far to turn around now.
8. I didn't raise you to be a quitter.
9. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, I'm not going to have a pity party for you.
10. You and your brother are not about to worry me.
11. It's ok if someone else wins, you can't win all the time.
12. As long as I have, you're gonna always have, so don't worry about money.
13. As long as I owe you, you will never be broke.
14. I love you, I thank God for blessing me with a daughter like you.
Thank you so much for taking time out your day to view the amazing teachers, including myself, that I have highlighted on the site for Teacher Appreciation Week! I hope each of you are staying safe and are enjoying some self-care time.
Here are some fun things about my co-worker and I!
What subject do you teach? I teach High School, English/Language Arts
What do you like most about teaching? I enjoy being able to get young people excited about their future. I like the mentor aspect of teaching more than anything. I like being an ear to listen to those students who are going through things. I like encouraging them that they can and will go further than how their current situation looks, if they continue to stay in school and make good decisions.
What is the most challenging thing about teaching? The most challenging thing is keeping everyone focused during class, I have taught really silly students who might just bust out with a joke in the middle of me teaching lol...but I still love them though.
How do you feel about having to teach remotely from home versus being in the classroom? I feel that online teaching provides a level of focus for some of my students because they're not around their friends to talk in class, while I'm teaching lol. However, I know that some students are more focused in the classroom setting, so teaching online has its advantages and disadvantages.
What advice would you give to an aspiring teacher? Teach because it's something personally, you want to do to help shape the lives of the future business leaders of the world. Know that everyday will not be easy. Know that every student is different and even when you think they're not listening, the seeds that you plant inside them will stay with them forever. When they graduate they will remember the words of wisdom you gave them when they once thought you were tripping, and it will have a positive effect on their decision making process as an adult.
Ms. Beeker is my co-teacher, she teaches with me during one of the 3 classes I teach. She gives me encouragement on those long days and reassures me that tomorrow will be a new day lol. I am appreciative of her and all her amazing teaching experiences that she shares with me. Here's a few quick things about Ms. Beeker.
What subject do you teach? High School/Language Arts
What do you like most about teaching? Flexibility and working with students.
What is the most challenging thing about teaching? There's a great deal to do all the time.
How do you feel about having to teach remotely from home versus being in the classroom? It's been a challenge.
What advice would you give to an aspiring teacher? Go for it!
What subject do you teach? Middle School Science
What do you like most about teaching? I love how each year I’m able to teach scholars a subject I’ve grown to love throughout my 6 years of being a teacher.
What is the most challenging thing about teaching? I taught 5th grade (all subjects first which were Math, Science, Social Studies, & ELA) that was very challenging but I actually loved it. I only had one class and those scholars had grown to be my family as well as their parents! I try to build trust and relationships first with my scholars so that they’re able to open up to me at any given time.
How do you feel about having to teach remotely from home versus being in the classroom? Right now with this pandemic going on, it started off as a bit of a struggle, for not only us teachers but for the scholars and parents as well. But now since I have been doing this for going on two months it is getting better, however it’s not the same as having your scholars in the classroom face to face and being able to touch them, hug them, and have face-to-face conversations. Speaking to them and teaching them over a computer screen or telephone is not the same feeling, I hate to say it. I do miss my scholars and I know every day they state that they miss me, but I know one day we will be back in our classrooms.
What advice would you give to an aspiring teacher? Advice I will give an inspiring teacher will be to don’t give up, it will be a challenge in the beginning but once your first year is over, you will grow to love what you do. We are educators, we are mothers, we are actors, we are here to teach, to lead, & to inspire!
Ms. Smith's Instagram: @dr.smith2022
What subject do you teach? I teach middle grades English/Language Arts
What do you like most about teaching? I like having the potential to help young people enhance their literacy skills. I also enjoy planning and being able to be creative with my lessons.
What is the most challenging thing about teaching? The most challenging thing about teaching is the classroom leadership aspect. When creating norms, procedures, and routines for transitions, group work, independent work, and other things, it can be tough to anticipate what is to come or how a lesson may turn out.
How do you feel about having to teach remotely from home versus being in the classroom? I enjoy being able to teach remotely because it allows me to have more autonomy. I can plan the curriculum that I would like to teach with more freedom. Of course, the content must be based on state standards.
What advice would you give to an aspiring teacher? My advice would be to manage all expectations. Set the bar high, but do not be disappointed if things do not work out the way that you wanted them to. Teaching is all about trial and error. If something does not work well the first time, do the 3 R’s: Reflect on what went wrong and how it can be made better, research new methods of teaching, and re-implement those ideas in a different way.
I'm an East Carolina University alumna. I have experience in journalism, law, radio broadcasting, television production and teaching. My goal is to make a difference in the world through media and motivational speaking.