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Dreams vs. Goals

What are your goals in the next 5 Year’s?

⁃ I’d like to visit/serve in Africa

⁃ Establish financial security

⁃ Find a home beyond ‘my mamas house’

⁃ Bump into love again

⁃ Avoid the rat race at all costs

My Affirmations:

Africa remains to be a place I am going to visit. It’s at the top of my list. I’d like to serve/teach in some capacity (relax mother, not for two years). I appreciate and love my curiosity to explore and discover places beyond my comfort zone. Now that’s living on purpose. Man…..to explore the mother land, connect with the people, visit the historical sites, and to do what I do best among the underserved/privileged. Now that would be supercool!

This leads me to my goal to avoid the rat race. It’s never been my thing. It feels like such a slow death. Somehow I’ve slipped back into the race but thankfully I have an untraditional work schedule which allows for a bit of variety throughout the week. This keeps my hope alive! Some would argue that all I do is work. It’s true. It’s simply because I’ve satisfied all of my Bay Area curiosities. I’m good! Next! Lol. Okay, well the traumatic incident also didn’t help much (don’t ask). For me, when work/life balance begins to dwindle and you find yourself lacking any motivation to explore/discover….take that leap and shuffle your deck of life cards. Time is of the essence. Don’t let your days start blending into each other. Take notice! At this point of awareness, a choice needs to be made. And for some, the routine is their place of comfort and comfortable places make them happy. For me, it is not. And this is myTRUTHmyCLARITY.

Given my nomadic ways, man how I would love to find a place where I feel attached, connected, comfortable and content! Naturally, that place should be Rhode Island given my mother is there and family members. Sadly, beyond that I don’t feel like much of a Rhode Islander. Heck, half my family doesn’t. Lol. Hey……Let’s all move back to Africa! Lol. Freaking slavery…. ugh. Anyway….. I wish I felt connected to Rhode Island. I think I’ve just out grown it but truly appreciate the experience I had their as a child for the most part. Quite frankly, I feel lucky because in this world it’s way to easy to fail as a black man. Hell a black gay man! I loved ATLANTA when I went to college there. To have that type of attachment once again to a city would be great. It’s interesting to be seeking a new place of stay and have no clue where I want to go. Hell I mine as well throw a dart at a map. Lol. Man oh man. Life is so interesting. This is something I’d love to figure out in the next 5 Year’s. And if not, it’s all good. It always seems to work out as it should.

With every move my pocket is impacted. Moving is expensive and this past break up sure as hell didn’t help. To be able to maintain my healthy credit score, establish a savings account with well over $50,000. That’s $10,000 a year. I’d like to establish a Roth account. I’d like to be making over $100,000 a year. I’d also like to be paying on my student loans. I’ve even forbearing for over five years. Don’t ask. I’ve been to busy surviving. I mean winning the lottery would also be nice. Lastly, I’d love to make money beyond selling my Labor. Investing, Business, or Real Estate is something I need to begin educating myself on.

To fall in love again. Now this is a hard one but I’ll put it out there. I remember traveling the world (literally) and feeling on top of the world. However, when those ‘top of the world’ moments came I’d look to my left and then to my right and see nobody. This overwhelming feeling of ‘aloneness’ would always hit me so hard. To have it all and no one. Now that’s an aloneness I would wish on everyone. I can’t even imagine having all of the money/wealth I. The world and no one to share it with. I love companionship. I want companionship. To share these precious moments I’m having throughout my journey with someone who appreciates all of me… now that would be amazing. My heart has been severely broken but I won’t let that keep me from loving again. I can’t say I’ll spend every moment searching…for it. It’ll come if/when it comes. I’ll bump into it when it’s time. And if not, I’m getting a damn dog lol. No seriously, in five years I will be that guy who takes his dog everywhere with him and talks to him like he’s a human. Lol. His name will be Dante. Don’t judge! Hell dogs are loyal. Humph!

Dreams are only dreams until they are written down. When you write them down they become goals. Feel free to share your top five! And so it is! Thanks for reading. Sharing my truth is never easy. 🙏🏾😌🙏🏾

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Top 5 Values

It’s interesting how these tend to change as I move through the chapters of my life. Currently, this is where am I……

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This is myTRUTHmyCLARITY. Feel free to share your top 5 Values below! And so it is! 🤓

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Think BIGGER


Dear Self,

I get that your desire is to locate a second job for supplemental income. However, I need for you to think BIGGER. Maybe you’re not able to find the job you seek because it has yet to be created. Use this time to tap into your passion inorder to create a purposeful yet lucrative second income for yourself. Think bigger! Be bolder! And do NOT let money cloud your judgment. If you settle for less than you deserve, you’ll get even less than what you settled for. Hard was never easy and easy will never be hard. Hiya! So exercise your creative juices and believe that this to shall come. And so it freakin is! This is myTRUTHmyCLARITY. 

From,

Self 

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Life Goals (BIG & small)

  • Travel and serve in Africa 
  • Fall in love ❤️ 
  • Become a Teacher 👨‍🏫 
  • Become an Assistant Principal 
  • Start my own school (Principal)
  • Live in New York 
  • Live in Atlanta 
  • INSPIRE youth in underserved communities 
  • Maintain a healthy gym routine 
  • Make friends around the world 
  • Become a Father 
  • Be PRESENT 
  • Continuously operate beyond my comfort zone 
  • Appreciate my family 
  • Make six figures times ten. Networth of over 10 million. I’ll take more more! 
  • Stay true to my passion and purpose 
  • Keep moving 
  • Turn off the television 
  • Keep up with my cycling 
  • Discover relief for my feet 
  • Be my own boss 
  • Start my own business 
  • Write a book 
  • Become a motivation speaker 
  • Train teachers 
  • PHD in something 
  • Be open to love again 
  • Not become a statistic within the black gay community 
  • Leave a legacy behind that rings in the ears of many 
  • No drinking at home alone 
  • Read 12 books a year minimum 
  • Walk, skip, jump to the beat of my own dream and do it unapologetically 
  • Own a fun car: something with a drop top!
  • Moped or motorcycle on the side
  • Establish a savings account that affords me financial freedom. 500,000 plus! Times 10!
  • But my mother a house of her own
  • Create careers for others 
  • Explore and participate in New and different things
  • Attend a motivational conference 
  • Travel to all seven continents 
  • Wake up and say THANK YOU
  • Just keep swimming 
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Simple CHARACTERISTICS of an EFFECTIVE Classroom

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-Promotes collaboration among the students because the teacher recognizes he/she is NOT the only educator in the room. Therefore, students sitting in groups be it homogeneously and/or heterogeneously depending on the needs of the students.

-Celebrating student success helps to create a culture that is conducive to learning. As a result, I would also expect to see authentic student work throughout the classroom exhibiting meaningful feedback.

-An effective classroom is lead by an educator who is willing to do whatever it takes to provide his/her students with the supports needed for them to experience success. BECAUSE failure is not an option.

-Feedback is warranted, appreciated and happening regularly in an effective classroom.

-A community of people sharing a space that are learning and growing with and from one another.

-Creating meaningful relationships with your students so that a culture of love, respect, learning and success is instituted within the four walls of the classroom.

-Ultimately, creating a culture of SMILES. Smiles indicate happiness. Happiness promotes an environment conducive to learning where guards come down and challenges are revealed and now viewed as opportunities for growth.

 

HOWEVER…….myTRUTHmyCLARITY of an effective teacher is that they must have a LOVE and PASSION for the education profession. Educators who HEART teaching possess the drive to MASTER their craft. This cannot be taught……:0)

An effective teacher will ALWAYS create an effective classroom because they are willing to do the work. The secret to success isn’t rocket science…just lots of hard work.

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qualities of great TEACHERS

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Tough love through authentic praise, meaningful consequences and consistency

Energetic presence with much creativity

Attitude of optimism and will do whatever it takes to ensure all students are successful

Caring heart and passionate nature

Hopeful and willing to make the most of the resources that are available

Eager to set all students up for success

Ready and prepared to exercise much flexibility and patience

Serious about safety and creating a classroom conducive to learning

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The ACADEMY in my HEAD

imageGlobal awareness is an essential element that I would like to be a part of my proposed academy. I believe awareness sparks profound curiosity which is a beautiful thing that will afford our scholars the opportunity to explore, inquire, learn and experience the many wonders of the world. As global citizens, we have an obligation to continuously step outside of our comfort zones in order to evolve and expand our thinking. This is when learning truly begins!

Another essential element I would want integrated into my school is a HOLISTIC APPROACH to teaching and learning. Any child that walks through the front door or sneaks thorough the back door, will be embraced whole heartedly. There will be an academic, social, and emotional component all of which will EQUALLY be addressed. Each of these components will be infused into a rigorous and meaningful curriculum. The social and emotional piece will be targeted through advisory sessions, community meetings, mentor programs, counseling services, ECT. Scholars will also be taught how to get aligned with SELF and become more compassionate beings in order to be productive citizens of the world. After school programs and service learning projects will branch off of all these components. Most importantly, a SAFE space will be fostered throughout the academy affording our scholars the opportunity to open up and reveal their truest self so that all of their individual needs will be addressed.

Meeting every scholar exactly where he is at will be an essential component of our academy. I believe in individualizing each scholars educational journey through differentiated instruction and assessments, goal setting, data talks, authentic relationships, and a student centered learning environment. Additionally, scholars will be an active participant in their educational journey. They will be expected to know their current performance levels, where they need to go, and what they need to do in order to exhibit success. More importantly, regular data talks and goal setting with their advisors will ensure they are able to articulate the steps needed to get there. Celebrating each and every success of our scholars will promote a collaborative approach among all the stakeholders of our school community. Additionally, the strong awareness of their abilities will ensure they leave our academy wanting to become productive leaders of the global world.

Please note that I continuously refer to the academy as OUR academy because I plan to foster a professional learning community. I believe that it takes a village, and every member of the team will play an integral part in the success of the academy and in the success of every scholar. Additionally, our students will be referred to as SCHOLARS due to their evolving love of learning. Lastly, our school is referred to as an ACADEMY because we will specialize in producing lifelong learners working to serve the needs of the global world.

I’d like to formally introduce you to the ACADEMY in my HEAD:

***GLOBAL VILLAGE ACADEMY***

As I think, so shall it be!

Consider these thoughts organized…. :0)

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Imagine!

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Imagine!

 

A young boy or girl who comes from a disadvantaged circumstance given the opportunity to step outside of their local community and into the global world.

 

Imagine!

 

ALL students having the opportunity and desire to be change agents of the world.

 

Imagine!

 

Scholars on a purposeful journey serving the needs of others with compassion and love.

 

Simply Imagine!

 

That same young boy or girl returning to their local community, eyes wide open, and eager to celebrate the struggle……….now recognizing the time to struggle was in devine order.

 

Simply Imagine!

 

***Everyone deserves to have access and as I move through my journey the vision and mission of my learning community continues to unfold before my eyes!***

 

Consider these thoughts organized!

 

 

 

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