Sunday Quote, 09/13/2020

Sunday Reflection Quote…The last few weeks have been no joke. Trying to navigate teaching in the uncharted shark infested waters of distance learning has turned my “just peachy” cart upside down. I have a tendency to be incredibly hard on myself and the self imposed pressure to perform has reared its gnarly head. The perfectionist trap sits there and waits, like a dense fog enveloped in shame. I’m reminded there’s a difference between excellence and perfection. I’m reminded this is all new and I’m not alone. I’m reminded it’s okay to fail. I’m reminded I am still strong. Here’s to forming new habits and striving for excellence!

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Sunday Quote, 8/16/2020

Sunday Reflection Quote… I’m reminded how powerful the mind is. Whether spurred on by anxiety, fear, self-doubt, determination, confidence, or elation emotions run the gamut. I’m also reminded I can be intentional regarding my mindset responding to emotions. I can take space. I can be assertive. I can be intentional. I can ask for help. I can clarify. I can fail. I can try again. I can succeed. I can change. I can learn. I can grow. Operative phrase “I can.” We only have one life. Here’s to being choosy; choosy what I give my power to.
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Sunday Quote, 8/2/220

Sunday Reflection Quote…The last couple weeks have been quite the personal and professional ride. There’s been an undercurrent of push vs. pull and I’ve hunkered down to stand my ground. I’m reminded life is short and I have only one; choose wisely. I’m reminded I can’t be all things to all people; be kind to yourself. I’m reminded there’s value in being assertive, asking questions, and not chasing. Here’s to staying in my lane, staying in the moment, and having an attitude of gratitude. Here’s to knowing expectations for myself or others can be a slippery slope. Here’s to knowing I have the fortitude to see it all through.
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Sunday Quote, 7/19/2020

Sunday Reflection Quote…It’s been a doozy week riding the teary morning lows of distance learning/teaching woes, the highs of shooting an 81, all rounded out by shouting from the treetops we’re engaged glee. I’m reminded life is a continuum unexpectedly twisting and turning. Sometimes it’s a full on pucker white knuckle death grip and other times it’s freely waving hands in the air like you just don’t care. Sometimes it’s broadsided trauma or pain with zero Iight in sight. Sometimes it’s shame or fear paralyzing the next move. But, BUT with hope, determination, and willingness better things DO and CAN fall together. Here’s to falling FORWARD in love, in marriage, in friendship, in family, in teaching, in golf, in health and wellness. Here’s to better things!
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Sunday Quote, 7/12/2020

Sunday Reflection Quote…I often say “stay in your lane,” not for others to mind their business, rather for my own preservation. It’s a mantra to mentally and emotionally remain focused. There’s so much divisiveness; the push-pull factors can be overpowering. With all the negativity and ugliness I can become anxious, downtrodden, or disheartened. I’m reminded I have one life; one path. I’m the one who determines what’s necessary to support my values, goals, and lifestyle. I don’t have to defend my decisions. Here’s to staying in my lane. Here’s to simplicity and contentment; the defining bumpers of my journey.

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By and By

By and by-
it grows 
as it grows.

The seeds-
scatter.

Some-
take root,
stay put.

Others-
tumble on the wind.

By and by-
time tests
the tap root.

Stable?
Anchored?
Or 
Fragile?
Ready to topple?

Perhaps-
cast aside,
ignored.

It grows-
as it grows,
the essence 
takes hold.

Some-
stubbornly rooted.

Others-
shift, 
depending on 
how the wind blows.

Let it be-
let it be
perpetual.

One who transplanted 
sustains.
One who transplanted
remains.

Knowledge
Choices
Discoveries.

By and by.

~Daniela Thompson, 6/17/2020

Sitting Bones

Sitting bones-
seek comfort
relief.

Sitting knowing-
questions 
never
to be answered.

Questions-
repeatedly asked 

anyway.

Salty, salty tears-
stain plump,
pink cheeks.

Streaking, streaking-
the past runs away
in the heat.

Trickling-
to the chin
of the future.

Toward the heart-
carving the story,
eternally etched.

Details-
cemented 
in the scars.

Sitting bones-
sit.

~Daniela Thompson, 6/10/2020

Sunday Quote, 6/14/2020

Sunday Reflection Quote…Since March 13th, the word “flexibility” has been stamped in bold, block letters across my forehead. Whether personal or professional, the changes have rapidly rolled across my path at an hourly, daily, or weekly rate. My anxious belly and early morning overthinking ceiling staring brain have become front runners. There’s an uninvited new normal. I am tired, overwhelmed, and disheartened. Nonetheless, this week I was reminded goals are essential. Even in the midst of turmoil and heartache, my personal path is of value. I don’t have to explain away. I don’t have to back up the back up. I can just be. I can grind and do my thing. It is good enough. Why? Because I am stubborn, yet flexible. Because I carry with me my family legacy of “Don’t tell me, I’m the teller.” There is balance in loose and tight. There is value in go slow to go fast. Here’s to my personal and professional goals. Here’s to my predefined methods; they are good enough. As am I.
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Sunday Quote, 6/7/2020

Sunday Reflection Quote… Now more than ever, we are divided rather than united. Every single facet of life is polarized, debated, and argued. I see the ugliness, hatred, and violence. It is exhausting and disheartening. I’m reminded the power of voice and story helps to understand. I’m reminded I can make a difference in my own space, in my own way. I’m also reminded I have one life and I decide how I choose to live it. Here’s to holding hope for my loved ones. Here’s to holding hope for our country. Here’s to holding hope for the future of humanity.
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Sunday Quote, 5/25/2020

Sunday Reflection Quote (Yes, on a Monday)…Uncertainty has always been there, lurking in the dark corners of the future. Now it’s in the spotlight, magnified front and center, for every eye to inspect. Held in the balance, life and how to live it. Does one freeze and not budge? Does one dip a toe, testing the waters? Does one take the plunge and immerse themselves? I’m reminded I have the power to choose my own path. Here’s to putting uncertainty on the shelf, giving it a nod of acknowledgement, and continuing to live my life. No justification needed.

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