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T.A.T: Thank A Teacher – I Appreciate You, Mrs. Anita Hill!

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As the kiddos are getting anxious, nervous and prepared to go back to school; my mind went back to the days in which I felt all of those emotions going back. Now that I think about it, I was really scared. It was like each new grade was even scarier than the last one. I didn’t really know what to expect, all I knew was that I wanted it to rush by so I could graduate and be DONE with it.

As I write this, I realize that that was a sad way to feel and because I felt that way; I really didn’t enjoy school like most kids do today and what I mean by that is – I didn’t take out time to really get to know me and what I liked, I never went to any of the dances. It’s not like I didn’t want too but who would I mingle with and plus (I wasn’t invited)…..NOPE, this girl was the tree hugger – well, not actually because that would make me look a little weird (but in my Brick a.k.a Atticus Shaffer from ‘The Middle’s’ voice, I say silently….“HUG TREESSSSSS”) you’d have to be an avid watcher of the show to get that one but I mean, to me back then I might as well had hugged trees as they seemed to be my only friend (tears..)

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Any who’s – enough of my socially awkward “school life” in which had a beginning, a middle and an END! However, there were a couple of teachers and a special counselor who made going to school for me feel like a totally popular girl. So in Lieu of the “Back to School” season, I thought I’d give a couple of shout-outs to those heroes for making this girl feel like an SHE-RO!

Okay, so elementary school was a LONGGGGGGGGGGG maybe B.C. (Before Christ) time for me (just kidding) but it was some moons ago – I just know that I had some really nice ones. Can’t think of their names at the moment but they were cool —– Fast forward to High School….

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And yes, I know I skipped Middle School but if I can be honest – it was such a blur, I really don’t remember it. Ever had some days or even some years that felt like that? All I know is I passed and that’s that. So enter 9th grade and I decided I wanted to take DRAMA! I had been told I was quiet all my life and this girl wanted to burst open, so I thought the drama class would help me do that and I was soooooo…. RIGHT!

school-9th-grade-21I loved IT!! Now, 9th grade I spent most of the year working my way out of my shyness and people looking at me but I had the best 9th-grade drama teacher (Mr. Nolan). He was so dramatic as he made every acting scene he did awe-dropping amazing. I always wondered why he never tried out for any movies. But onward to 10th grade and I was determined to get cast into a play and I did, thanks to Mr. McDowell who always pushed me to bring out my very best in class and on stage. He cast me as the lead in our end of the year drama showcase of “Annie”, I played Ms. Hannigan! That class also was the catalyst in me writing my very first mid-term short story in which I wrote and acted out in class – I got an A+!!

I guess you can say the drama bug bit me because I continued there in 11th as well as 12th grade and was in several plays, even got picked to go to a state drama tournament in which I placed 4th place overall; not enough to win – but I’ll always remember that theatre-masks-decorative-decal-3318experience. While in some plays I had speaking parts; others I played an extra but it was cool being a part of something so much bigger than you I honestly felt like I could truly be ME without being judged or criticized, I wasn’t the weird kid anymore because I was around classmates and other people who liked the same things. I grew up in a family where me liking musicals and plays and jazz music was “not normal” being around those drama geeks made me feel like I was accepted; like I had another family, one that understood me. My mom always supported me no matter what I did; she loved me just the same, even though I was a little different…lol.

However, back on track so I can stay in tune with my title – Mrs. Anita Hill was my high school counselor. I remember going into her office and not having a clue about what I wanted to do in life. She was offering me so many classes but none of them sounded good, finally, she said “How about computers, I think you’ll do good there” What??? Computers??? As if I wasn’t a geek already, she was now pouring cement all over me!! Uhhhhh, No! I told her, please give me something else.

That’s when she looked at me and said, “Roshonda, the world is going to be changing and in the future, you’re going to have to know how to use computers and type, even at the McDonald’s – soon, everything is going to be run by computers” BAH-HUMBUG! Really Mrs. Hill? I told her okay as she stated that I needed to get a certain amount of credits that semester. Before I left out of her office she said these words to me “Give the class a try, If you don’t like it – You can come back and I’ll change it to something else” – Needless to say, she never saw me again….

I loved the computer class – I had fiddled around with computers before but this class taught me how to actually type, create things and so forth. I loved it so much; I continued to take it throughout high school. Mrs. Anita was right, as I grew older the world had indeed changed – you can’t go anywhere now without using a computer or doing some sort of typing…..It’s how people correspond now and if you don’t know how to do it, you’re at a total loss. Because of Mrs. Anita’s push, I have had several high paying jobs all related to me typing and using a computer in which has been life changing with having a blog and being able to do write-ups, business letters, resumes, flyers, newsletters, programs, brochures, business cards and etc. for others – in which is a business that I’ll be venturing into the beginning of next year entitled:

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Typing has also helped me to write my first book – In which will be coming your way in September 2018 (fingers crossed) – Here’s a sneak peak of the new cover:

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That computer class has opened up soooo many doors for me and for that I’m so thankful to God and Mrs. Anita Hill for putting the bug on me. I’ll always be grateful to her because saying YES to that one elective/class has been a game changer in my career.

THANK YOU, MRS. ANITA HILL!!

If you have a teacher, counselor or someone whom has been instrumental in your life and has changed it for the better – reach out and thank them today if you can.

 

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What did you want to be when you grew up? Do you have any School stories? Was there a teacher or counselor that made a difference in your life? (Share below)

 

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Video: Wednesday Word – BLAME IT ON ME!! IT’S MY FAULT…

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BLAME IT ON ME – Chrisette Michele 

Sometimes you can work it out
Sometimes you can’t
Sometimes you’re forced to watch everything fall apart, it’s out of your hands.
Sometimes leaving is easy
Sometimes it ain’t
Sometimes it hurts to know the loving you had was slowly fading away

You can say whatever you like
As long as we just say goodbye

Blame it on me
Say it’s my fault
Say that I left you outside in the cold with a broken heart
I really don’t care
I ain’t crying no more
Say I’m a liar a cheater
Say anything that you want
As long as it’s over

Those song lyrics provided by the multi-talented, singer, songwriter, poet and Grammy award winner Chrisette Michele in 2009 was my jam! I can’t tell you how many times I listened to it over and over and over again. I’m a word person, so lyrics are everything to me and when they have meaning? Oh Yes, now that’s a good song. As a matter of fact, that whole ‘Epiphany” album gave me confidence and power as a woman, to be okay with certain decisions I had made in regards to relationships. Those lyrics were also powerful when I went thru a couple of not-so-good relationships that ended in the blame, being shifted to ME!

Now don’t get me wrong, no one’s perfect but sometimes when things end badly and when your name is attached to it, it doesn’t feel good AT ALL! Sometimes you have to kick your own self under the bus orrrr, take one for the team as the old saying goes, which is not easy when our name is attached.

But, if that means getting out of that relationship (whether personal, social or work related) will guarantee me a “peace” of mind to be away from toxicity? Then bring on the BLAME! In this video, I talk about a previous relationship I was in that brought on the Blame Game, how it made me feel and the attitude I had moving forward from it.

*I have some music playing but please excuse any extra noise you may hear, it was raining that day and didn’t know how bad that noise affected the sound =(

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EnSpired: Movie, The Miracle Season Teaches Us To “LIVE LIKE LINE”

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This past weekend I had the privilege of watching a movie entitled “The Miracle Season” this movie was inspired and about Caroline “Line” Found, a 17yr old West High School Trojans Volleyball player from Iowa, City. Line was the teams “setter” a.k.a captain. Caroline was the teams most valuable, popular, loved and an inspirational player who lead her volleyball mates to win two state championships in a row.

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Caroline “Line” Found

Line was a senior, who loved to have a good time and spread positivity no matter where she went or whom she met. She was one of those types of friends that everyone needs in their circle – that one that could bring “sunshine” to any rainy or cloudy day. The movie “The Miracle Season” details the true story of Line’s life and how her volleyball team conquered or you might say “weathered” the storm of going into the second season without their beloved star player.

The charismatic Line, whom unfortunately would not get the opportunity to start that season with them. Caroline passed away in a moped accident on her way to the hospital to visit her mother, Ellyn Found who was battling cancer. Caroline never made it to the hospital. As word spread the following day of Found’s passing – her teammates were distraught and wanted to give up on moving forward without Line.

With the help and perseverance of their coach Kathy Bresnahan, played by actress Helen Hunt in the movie. The girls do their best to push through their storm and not just “WIN FOR LINE” but “LIVE LIKE LINE” – in a way that only she would have done.  It’s a feel-good movie for the whole family to watch. It teaches us to not take ONE DAY for granted but LIVE every day as if it was our last!

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Surrounded by family as well as friends A “Live Like Line” bench was placed in Iowa City in remembrance of Caroline “Line” Found 

I have to say, you will need about 3 boxes of tissues for this one but it’ll be well worth it. Check out the video trailer below…

 

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