There is always Hope – Intentional Day 57

Banksy – There is always Hope  Screen-Shot-2016-01-08-at-09.17.13

There is always hope!   In all the darkness, the tragedy, the nonsensical tearing apart of our society, the buckets of tears, THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE!

As a mom, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and as a member of this society, The United States of America, I want to ask, #NeverAgain

We must find a way to agree on how to enforce the laws we have on the books, encourage open dialogue on ways in which to curb or stop the availability of large capacity magazines, and high powered weapons of war and the ability to adapt guns so that they become weapons of mass destruction.

I am not asking that we repeal the 2nd Amendment. I’m all for the ability own and posses guns if done legally and responsibly, which most are.  I would like to see the age of being able to purchase any gun raised to 21, with thorough background checks and a waiting period.

I am also all for the right of innocent children to go to school and not be scared of what might happen.  I am also for the right of adults to gather at a concert without the fear of being massacred.

We as a society need to find a way to come together to build each other up, instead of tearing each other down.  We as a society need to stand with the students from #Parkland and others from across the country.  They are our future and they’ve had enough of being scared.  I can only hope and will do my part to stand strong with those students and others that support them, as they pave the way to hopefully a better future.  We need to listen to them, guide them and ensure that they are heard.  I know in my heart and soul that we all can agree #NeverAgain #EnoughisEnough

Most of you know I’m an educator.  I started off as a High School Math teacher in 1999.  I stayed in the classroom until 2013 or so, and left due to the inability to function correctly after I was assaulted by a student.  As I’ve said before, the assault was bad enough, but the response from those in charge, was reprehensible.  For awhile, I had lost hope, hope of ever being able to have a ‘real job’, hope of every being the person I was, hope of ever just being able to get through the day without an anxiety attack.  But, with time, I did get a  ‘real job’. I moved to the Central Coast and flourished emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  Now I’m back in the San Bernardino Mountains and still working in education.





Moving on… Sounds so Final!

Yikes, so here we are, the end of January 2018 and I have found a new path in my journey.  I will be moving on from SLOCOE, but is it really moving on, which to me sounds so final, or is it moving along, which has more of a continuous ring to it?

Since I began working at SLOCOE I have 61752_1411796780359_2996185_nfound myself even more reflective of who I am and who I want to be. I’ve gained so much knowledge both professionally and personally.

Personally, because I’ve had the pure pleasure of truly just being myself with my own needs and wants in a very tiny space. I’ve quit smoking in this time as well, most likely due to the fact that I am at peace internally.  I still have bouts of anxiety, but not as strong or as lasting. Walking along the harbor, just me and my D-dog, lost in the rhythm of the waves, or the steps or my own breathing.  It’s very soothing!

I am looking forward to going back to the mountains full time.  But I will miss the sounds of the ocean at night, particularly the seals barking!

Professionally, oh my, I’ve regained my confidence first and foremost.  Having had the chance to work with such great people, learn with great supervisors who appreciate and recognize your contributions to the organization and educational community, has been incredible. My own understanding of both assessment and accountability for Math Educations has supported my work for Access and Equity for all studemy-lifes-journey-27-728nts.  I truly believe that the collaborative work with the CA Math Community of Practice by CCSESSA, the CAASPP Institutes with SCOE/CDE and being appointed Lecturer for K-8 Math Methods last year at Cal Poly has brought me to this point along with coaching and mentoring by some phenomenal people!

So in this light, I do not see this as Moving On, but actually Moving Along my journey I was meant to take.

Thank you to all of those who have crossed my path along my journey! 

#OneWord2018 – Intentional Day 11

It’s been a few days since I’ve written about my word, intentional.  Look at that, I’m claiming it, I’m owning it, soon I will be one with it… Intentional!

This conversation that has been taking place over the past few months and the #MeToo movement has really been present in mimagesy thoughts.  Seriously how could it not be? It’s all over the place, right?!  And for good reason, the conversation about sexual harassment and sexual assault needs to be discussed as uncomfortable as it is.

As we move forward with this truth that sexual assault takes place, if and when any of us have someone open up and share with us, that they are being or have been assaulted, be INTENTIONAL in being present with that person as they share. If you are in a role of authority, be aware of your responsibilities to assist this person in finding safety first and foremost.  We need to ensure that those that find the bravery to share their experiences are heard, are validated and are not shamed.  It is imperative to be Intentionally Present!!


#OneWord2018 – Intentional: Day 3

If you recall, one of the ways in which I said I was going to be intentional was by intentionally striving to be my best self for myself and for others.

Well let me tell you, after my first day of physical therapy for the cervical and thoracic sprains I received from the auto accident back in November, I just might cross this one off the list!  Yes!! it’s only Day 3 and I’m already considering backing out of one of them468!

DO NOT, and I mean DO NOT believe the therapist when they say you will leave feeling like you had a day at the spa!  *Unless you enjoy the Midevil Torture Spa*

Seriously though, I truly am striving to be the best me I can be for myself and others.  I went to the store after work yesterday and bought healthy foods and snacks, took the dog for a walk this morning and after PT.   I also have been using the Arbonne Shake Powder and other products for a little over 6 weeks now, and love how the products are supporting intentionality thing I’ve got going on!