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.
sunday #reflection #quote #humanity #love #peace #understanding #racism #equality #politics #education #pandemic #voice #story #value #choices #honor #celebrate #attitudeofgratitude #speakupbuttercup #leadbyexample #myownstory #keeponkeepingon

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.

#sunday #reflection #quote #seneca #future #uncertainty #pandemic #covid_19 #shelterinplace #restrictions #live #life #liberty #pursuitofhappiness #choices #mindfulness #wisemind #contentment #doitanyway #myownstory #keeponkeepingon

Sunday Quote, 5/18/2020

Sunday Reflection Quote (Yes, on a Monday almost Tuesday; what day is it anyway?)…The last few weeks have been a challenge for a variety of reasons cuz life, human, and unanticipated triggers. I’m reminded holding it all in and shoving it deep down inside doesn’t work. It isn’t reasonable. It isn’t healthy. It isn’t sustainable. I’m immensely grateful for the unwavering support and unconditional love from my man, Memphis. He gets it and gets me; nudging me to get it out and reset. There’s no shame in being emotional or vulnerable. I’m realizing I’m stronger for it. Here’s to knowing where I’m headed and refocusing!
sunday #reflection #quote #emotional #speakup #getitout #triggers #reset #refocus #strongertogether #love #justus #goals #priorities #gratitude #vulnerable #myownstory #keeponkeepingon @mns_accountant

Just Bag It

LaLa Palooza

Paper or plastic?  After developing my grocery list for the week, scanning ads for best prices, clipping coupons, and strolling down multiple aisles of the store, really, I don’t care.  Just bag my damn groceries!

Why is it that I must deal with this environmental question while standing in the checkout line?  My days are filled with endless decisions.  The last thing I need when I’m exhausted and eager to get home is a question of controversy and at the market no less.  Not long ago shopping meant one choice and one choice only—paper.  Nice, sturdy bags that held their shape and could endure use after use.  In fact, some stores offered a five-cent credit for each bag you brought to reuse, which the budget minded appreciated.

Then, the little white plastic bag was invented from the environmentally conscious heart.  Along with plastic bags came metal stands to hang them…

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Because of My Mom

Because of my mom, 
I am of-
Thread a needle
Sew a button
Iron the collar
Homemade clothes
Patched knees.

Because of my mom,
I am of-
Coloring books
Paint by number
Latch hook
Bracelet beading.

Because of my mom,
I am of-
Coupon clipping 
Balance the checkbook
“To the penny”
Pay the bills
Dividends.

Because of my mom,
I am of-
No More Tears 
Lip Smackers
Wash your face 
Moisturize
“Don’t forget your neck.”

Because of my mom,
I am of-
The Little Red Caboose
“I think I can, I think I can” 
Marvin K. Mooney
Highlights Magazine
Scholastic Book Orders.

Because of my mom,
I am of...
Speed
Clue
Luck vs. Skill
“Don’t need to cheat mother”
Competition.

Because of my mom, 
I am of-
Fruit leather and freezer jam
Flour the baking pan
Lick the bowl
Chuka with fish cake
Sukiyaki and Senbei.

Because of my mom, 
I am of-
Sack lunch
Chocolate milk Fridays
Parking lot picnics
“Eat your vegetables”
Pancake Sundays.

Because of my mom, 
I am of-
“That’s not a weed”
Repot a plant 
“Don’t over water”
Fresh cut flowers.

Because of my mom,
I am of-
Goofy faces
Tongue out
Silly giggles
Nose bops
Worried brow.

Because of my mom,
I am of-
Make a list
Take a picture
“What’s the plan?”
Bionic hip
Second first steps
“You can do it.”

Because of my mom,
I am of-
Determination
Quiet strength
Love in action
An unwavering tree.

~Daniela Thompson, 5/10/2020

Sunday Quote, 4/26/2020

Sunday Reflection Quote…We’re in the muck and it’s a polarizing hot, hot mess. Fear has been promoted to gatekeeper. Empowered with gusto to keep the in in and the out out. At the onset, some were treading water. Now, pulled beneath the surface clawing and scratching to get back up. Others effortlessly skipping across the surface. Now, stopped in tracks scrambling to determine the next move. We all have our challenges, shortcomings, and triggers. We all have our goals, hopes, and dreams. We all have a unique journey. We all are human. I’m reminded my country is founded on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I’m reminded to rebuke the path of passivity and victim mentality. Here’s to repeatedly resetting to maintain my path of health, wellness, and happiness. I decide!
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Sunday Quote, 4/19/2020

Sunday Reflection Quote…And just like that, we’ve been thrust into the simple life. For me, it was 3pm on Friday, March 13th, when it was announced school would be closed until April 14th. My kids just left me 15 minutes prior. I wasn’t able to give a “proper” goodbye. Even though my chin was up, I numbly walked back to the empty classroom in disbelief. The closure was eventually extended until May 1st. Then, for the remainder of the school year. My heart broke for my students, families, and colleagues not once, but thrice. This was punctuated on March 15th when all wineries, restaurants, and life as we knew it closed. We literally went to Lodi on the 14th to hit the regulars and explore some new. A typical Just Us/Our Time Is the Best Time jaunt. Just like that, everything changed. Just like that, cancelled bubbled to the top as the new “C-word.” This includes S.F. Giant games, seeing my parents for Spring Break, a long planned trip to Graceland, and a cruise to Mexico. Just like that, everything continues to change. In the last month my emotions have mirrored grief. That’s what this is. What we, as a collective, have been doing in our own unique way. Last week, I was reminded I have a choice. I can have a pity party, or choose an attitude of gratitude and take it day by day. I intentionally chose the later and it had made a world of difference. I choose to give a nod to emotions; they are valid. I choose to accept what is, as it is. I choose to acknowledge I am enough; doing enough. I choose to lean in. I choose to let go. Here’s to the simple, intentional life! There is richness and value to behold. The destination may be undetermined, but I choose to hold hope we will all see this through. ❤️ #sunday #reflection #quote #simplelife #intentional #simplicity #accept #mindset #perspective #hope #grief #goodenough #letgo #contentment #coronavirus #stayhome #staysafe #staystrong #myownstory #keeponkeepingon