Archive for August, 2011

August 24, 2011

A Longer School Day

I just got home from the gym about 15 minutes ago. Now, I’m preparing to cook dinner and clean my apartment. In addition, I have to finish my schedule for my students and review IEPs. I get exhausted just writing about it. I need to get all this done before 10pm so that I can squeeze in 6-7 hours of asleep. Yet, Chicago Public Schools wants to increase the day by 90 minutes. I can only imagine how this new school day will affect the rest of my life, can you?

I exercise for my emotional and physical health. I also like to have a home-cooked meal and a clean apartment. I don’t even have to explain what I do outside of work. Working till 4/4:30pm is going to take a lot of adjusting and it will be very stressful especially at the beginning.

Take the time to share how a longer school day will affect your life.

August 9, 2011

My Dear Friend Lily

This past weekend was a very emotional one for me. Not only did I attend a funeral this past weekend, but I also visited a friend of mine, Lily who is fighting breast cancer. I saw her at a BBQ Sunday in the south side of Chicago. We hadn’t seen each other for a year or so. On Sunday I texted Lily on the way to the BBQ just to let her know I would definitely be there. She texted me in return to warn me that she didn’t look like herself. Not for one split second did I wonder about her appearance. I was more concerned about her progress and simply couldn’t wait to give her a hug and catch up on girl talk. I arrived early and anxiously waited for her arrival. I kept picturing the same 23 year-old girl I met five years ago at Orozco Academy. My image of Lily will always be the confident, Kourtney Kardashian look-alike in heels and manicured nails. I will forever picture the same good friend that was at mother’s funeral and constantly called to make sure my family and I were alright. She has always been a caring and supportive friend.

I want Lily to know that no matter the circumstance or situation, I always see her as the same girl I met five years ago. She’s still beautiful.

August 6, 2011

Good friends

This post is dedicated to my good friend Elwanda. She recently lost someone very special. I attended the service today for her loved one.  I saw her sitting and listening as friends said good-bye. That’s Elwanda, a tower of strength. She was there for me when my mother passed away. Always called to check up on me or to listen to me.  I will always be grateful to her. It was very important to me to support her today.  Having friends that will be with you in the good and bad times is essential to maintaining a balanced life.

August 2, 2011

The choice is yours

It’s been a while since I last posted an entry. I’ve been busy with other areas in my life and I’m preparing to return to work this Wednesday after a nice six-week summer vacation. Still working on finding balance in my life. Recently, things have not worked out as I planned and guess what? I’m okay. I understand that it is my choice to become upset and stay that way or acknowledge my feelings and move on. In doing so I have so much more energy to find the opportunities in the most difficult of times. Knowing that I have a choice in whether I react or not is empowering. Next time you find yourself in a difficult situation, remember that you have the power in choosing your experience. The choice is yours.