Thankful Tuesday:

Growing up I had a Sunday school teacher/Children’s choir director that was stricter than strick. Most of us kids found her strictness to be mean and we always knew when she spoke she meant business. As I got older, I began to appreciate and understand her strictness. Oftentimes throughout my life, I have found myself reminiscing on the discipline she implemented. Her structure kept us grounded, her strictness required our best, and her unwavering gained our respect. Lately, more times than not I have wondered how did she remain confident that we (children) would grasp the concept of her love.

As I’ve reflected on my approach with children, I have realized I embody a similar level of strictness. Sometimes I wonder if I’m too harsh on the children I serve; especially since my chosen population of interest is “at-risk.” However, it’s moments like yesterday that remind me to keep being me (and remain confident) because those I am supposed to reach I will.

Every morning at summer camp, we have Harambee. The Swahili term means “let’s pull together.” Each morning, during this time we Greet each other in a very “hype” way, listen to our Read aloud guest, sing cheers and chants, recognize positive behaviors and listen to announcements.

Yesterday, one of my students that I am always redirecting and helping with his temper/anger issues requested to make a recognition.

Kid: I have a recognition

Whole Site: Recognize

Kid: I said I have a recognition

Whole Site: Recognize

Kid: I would like to recognize Ms. Kotrish for being a great teacher.

I could’ve cried but I’m not much of an external crier; especially in public.

Being the authoritarian person that I am at the site it’s nice to know the kids get it or at least one. It’s all love and expectation from Ms. Kotrish!  I truly feel and believe no kid should grow up and look back at all the adults that passed through his or her life and wonder how come there wasn’t one to grab my hand and believe in me.

Regardless if I am spending an hour with a kid and expect to never see him or her again or spending six short weeks at a summer camp, I always seek to plant a seed because we are all somebody and we all have a purpose.

 

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Motivational Monday: The Test

Today’s message is, Do what it takes to pass the test. Whatever that “do” may entail – Do it! For me, it means refocusing and remaining focus. I encourage you to pause, reflect, and decide will you do what it takes to pass the test?

Transparent Tuesday: Birth

Recently, a book titled Daddy: Reflections of Father Daughter Relationships was released.  The author is Dr. K E Garland.

And…..

I am one of the contributors.

The project is and was special to me. As I wrote the initial draft the words flowed effortlessly but my body unconsciously locked up on me. The realization and release did not come until I finished typing the last word (the umbilical cord had been cut).

I had given birth to freedom. She’s a year old now and growing rapidly. She’s as beautiful as can be and I am enjoying trying to capture all the moments we share together.

Daddy: Reflections of Father Daughter Relationships by Dr. K E Garland can be purchased at http://www.kegarland.com.

 

 

 

Motivational Monday: T-shirt Messages

Happy Monday folks. Can you believe we are already in the 2nd week of July in the year 2018? Where has the time gone this year? What’s one thing that you said you would be better at this year that with reflection you can attest mission accomplished, the mission is in the route of being accomplished, or the mission will be accomplished?

My mission was, still is, and will continue to be exuding positivity wherever I go. With that said, you’ll typically find me wearing a shirt with a message or hear me giving someone an encouraging message.  I’d like to share with you a message from one of my shirts I love rocking around my house. It’s a bit lengthy but worth the read.

You

Walk with purpose, power, and pride.

Let confidence and courage take over your stride.

Shoulders back and back straight.

Don’t ever look down, look over the hate.

Strive for progress rather than perfection,

Know you’re headed in your needed direction

Take that leap of faith without rhyme or reason.

You’re fearless, not flawless.

It’s the time to fly season.

So spread your wings and learn how to soar.

Just open a window when there’s a closed door.

In your future endeavors and in all that you do,

Your life starts with one person and that person is

You.

Sky Rae, 17

My favorite line is “Just open a window when there’s a closed door.”

Today, I want to encourage you there is always a way you just have to want whatever “it” is bad enough.

My “it” is to consistently have positivity in the world. My “it” is to – in the words of my mentor – “hold the mirror” up for every child I come in contact with so they can see their amazing qualities and begin to live them out.

Share your “it.” Share a favorite inspirational gem.

Thankful Tuesday: Grateful

Lately, I’ve been in a space of constant reflection, retrospection, and introspection. How did I get here? What’s going on around me? What are my thoughts? What are my actions? What are my feelings? Who am I attracting; whether old or new and why? Many of my answers left me thankful. Today I present to you 30 reasons why I’m grateful.

  1. I am thankful that I am only responsible for myself at this juncture in life. It allows me to work long hours doing what I love — impact lives of children and families. It also allows me to turn down a job that I feel is attempting to low ball simply because it’s my field of work – social work.
  2. I am thankful that I am able to plan and travel at free will.
  3. I am thankful for my work ethic.
  4. I am thankful for my passion and that I get to live it out.
  5. I am thankful for knowing how I want to impact my communities and my society as a whole.
  6. I am thankful for each child that I meet. Each one makes me a better person.
  7. I am thankful that I recognize the need to value and love myself and actually do.
  8. I am thankful for recognizing settlement is not an option.
  9. I am thankful I have had an opportunity to be a speaker.
  10. I am thankful that I know autonomy in the workplace is needed.
  11. I am thankful for my analytical skills.
  12. I am thankful that I don’t forget to laugh; so much that I crack up at my corny jokes. Just ask anyone who knows me.
  13. I am thankful that I fell in love with myself; especially my smile. It’s beautiful if I must say so myself.
  14. I am thankful that I hold myself accountable daily to be better than yesterday.
  15. I am thankful to be here and suicide isn’t attached to my name.
  16. I am thankful for genuine people in my circle.
  17. I am thankful for being able to read.
  18. I am thankful that I know how to listen and care enough to listen.
  19. I am thankful for mindfulness.
  20. I am thankful for affirmations.
  21. I am thankful for music. Life wouldn’t be the same.
  22. I am thankful for my church community.
  23. I am thankful for friendships.
  24. I am thankful for my forward-thinking mindset.
  25. I am thankful for my health.
  26. I am thankful for my future.
  27. I am thankful for the kids I know I’ll have someday.
  28. I am thankful for the rainbows, stormy and sunny days
  29. I am thankful for having all five senses.
  30. I am thankful for faith.

Being Honest

Moellership Service in Action

We never end up doing the things that we expect to.

From July 16th – 20th I will be a part of a team running a summer art camp entitled Footsoldiers: Change Makers Then & Now. This camp focuses on the Footsoldiers of the Civil Rights Movement; those individuals who sacrificed their reputation, energy, finances, and lives for the Movement, but aren’t widely known. When the students get to the camp, they’ll choose a “Case File” on an individual who was involved in the Civil Rights Movement in Tallahassee. This file will have a couple of artifacts from the individual, a short bio, and some guided research questions. As they gather information, they’ll start to think about what kind of art they want to make to respond to this information (paintings, videos, sculptures, collages, mosaics, etc.). And then, they make that art.

Sounds cool, right? Yes, that’s what…

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