Saturday, September 9, 2017

Football Lessons: Work Hard... Win Big

This will take less than five minutes today
because I've been paying attention...

and I realized that you have too

as you explained football to me
(using a spiritual connotation)

to illustrate the difference in your stance

when you are

defending
vs.
receiving

Then I watched you in the game

your stance
your mannerisms

and I get it a little more now
as I see the results of the established pattern

work hard
rest well
eat clean
play smart
win big

again and again...

Micah Gardner
North Torrance Varsity Football
c/o 2020

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Your Neighbor Has a First Name

So interesting how these words can hit so close to home

five minute friday

the word...
neighbor

randomly selected

the week...
my next door neighbor

(of over 30 years)

dies

And it appears...

the power in the word is not so random after all

because

gratitude
grace

consistently lends itself to providing

lessons
moments
opportunities

to

see things differently
mature
grow

and I am experiencing one of

those moments
this week

because my neighbor of over 30 years died
and I cannot even remember her first name

(and I try to justify my ignorance)

because

I met her when I was only 8 years old
(so I've always called her by her last)

but the truth of the matter is that
I have not always been the best neighbor

because how do you live NEXT DOOR to someone for 30 years
and NOT even know their first name?

And I am seeing it more each day

fake news
real hatred

indifference

flooded

hearts
minds
homes

words and actions that shred each other apart
rescue and relief efforts that unite and build up

and it is clear that we are all busy

but I wish we could all just stop for a moment and learn each other's first names

I am Tondra... and you are?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Lord, Be My Guide

I scrolled through photos from

this date
last year

and smiled

new job
new schools
new outlook

as...

"You made all things new"

(and it was just what I needed)

So although I do not know
what the future holds

I realize that I don't need to...

I know you

and You always seem to know just what I need

so my simple prayer remains...
Lord, be my guide

five minute friday

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Five Things I Learned... (from our Glow-in-the-Dark Party)


1. The Angler Fish uses her glow to attract a mate. 

What he doesn't realize?

Her glow actually POISONS the water,
and once he latches on,
he will remain there the duration of his life...

as a parasite!


2. Light dispels darkness
and illuminates the path so that we can see and not stumble. 
So we should shine bright in a dark world!

Notice the photos below?
3. It appears that the darker the environment,
the less light is actually needed to make an impact.

Same shirt...different lighting!

4. The ingredient in tonic water
that makes it glow (quinine) is the SAME THING
that also gives it it's bitter taste

Translation...
your glow may be slightly distasteful to some people

5. Let your light shine!
You don't have to say a lot to inspire...
simply be who you are and let your light shine

but BEWARE

Fireflies use their light (flash patterns) to communicate
but SOME species use "aggressive mimicry" to

attract
lure
devour

another species
(with the intent to annihilate them)

*Bonus Lesson
Not every "flashy thing" is good for you!

Early Care and Education (Glow-in-the-Dark)

We turned off the lights

for this month's Tea with Tondra
(while learning about the Science of Luminescence)

because it appears that everyone seems to love things that glow!!

Glow-in-the-Dark Puffy Paint and Play Dough

Did you know...

neon food coloring
Vitamin B tablets
and

tonic water

all glow under a black light?
Black light Lemonade
Glow sticks
highlighters
glow-in-the-dark props

are all fun,
but you really only need 3 things...

a dark room
a black light
a glowing smile

So let it glow!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Quick Hello to Inspire You

It's summer and managing...

kids
work
life

(while remaining)

intentional
connected
grateful

is my life's purpose

so before heading out again today
I wanted to first stop by and say "hello"

because it takes less than
five minutes

to

encourage
provoke
inspire

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Ten Weeks to Better Business... Children's Edition



Know a child starting their own business this summer?
Follow the 10 lessons from my children's 2014 business experience to achieve success...




If this is something the children expect to continue throughout the summer

-suggest that they select something they have a passion for
-determine if their business will provide:

a service or
a product


Focus on how the business product/service will be

presented
packaged
represented




Start with...

Who?
What?
When?
Where?
Why?


Knowing and understanding these are at
the foundation for building a strong business


Informing others about the product or service
is an important step for business success

How will people know the business




Selling a product?
Get out there and sell!


Offering a service?
Start doing the work!

Understand the law of supply and demand, master these five
basic lessons, and prepare to take the business to the next level!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Blessing of Opened Doors... and Closed Ones

It wasn't that long ago...

five minute friday

I complained

of lack
of privacy

every time I turned around
a door opening

(with a small child behind it)

in the bathtub
on the toilet
in bed resting

"Mommy"...

it didn't matter where I was

closed doors being pushed open

by

small
chubby
fingers

was the norm

(even when all I wanted was)

a moment of silence
five minutes
alone
And now...

I sit in silence
for hours
alone

house quiet
teenagers sleeping

secluded
barricaded

inside their rooms with
closed doors


and I can see how times have changed
and I smile,

truly grateful for

the journey
the experience
the blessing

of opened doors...

(and even closed ones)


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Early Care and Education (Mud)

I get excited about this every year...


Official International Mud Day 2011 Logo



 2017
because

celebrating mud
on the same day
across the world

ultimately connects us all back 

to the Earth
to childhood
to one another

How will you celebrate?

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Build Something That Will Stand

The word for this week is perfect!

five minute friday

So...

yesterday
work
staff development day

and I knew it was going to be an amazing day
when our group facilitator started with my

1979 hit

then after we settled down
a closer look at our core values

(through an activity)

The task?
Build the tallest structure using drinking straws

The challenge?
Must be steady enough to stand alone

The outcome?
My group completed and won the challenge!

See that piece of blue painter's tape? 
(Shhh... we were the only group to use ours)


Then...

when reporting back to the larger group
our facilitator asked us the key to our success

(and a lot was said, but I will not bore you with those details here)

bottom line

because
we
had

discussed
supported
worked together

we built something that could stand

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Slow Down Summer

Another summer has arrived and the kids are so excited!

counting the days
planning the days
anticipating the days

ahead

And as I sit and quietly listen to their plans

the

hard
cold
reality

slaps me in the face...

my children have less than 5 summers left as children

and

I remember
where they are

because

I've been
where they are

so while...

life moves faster
time moves faster

my hope for Summer 2017

is that they really learn to just

slow down and
enjoy it all

click to read...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

What a Dad Teaches His Son

A dad teaches his son to be a man...



Stay out of trouble... 


Work hard...
  

Trust God...

and

live
life
like


a Champ!
Happy Father's Day Winston!