When I began to write from my gut, my pen seemed to move entirely on its own. 

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Missing my MOMENT

15 years

5475 days of REGRET

525,600 minutes of DOUBT

788,400 minutes of RESENTMENT

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We know that heartache can stem from a broken relationship, job loss or betrayal from a trusted friend. It can also be daunting to enter into a new phase of life where one feels completely isolated.

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Foster mother seemed like a monster to me.  She was the female version of Hulk. A giant that I hoped I could escape from.  I stared at anything that would show my reflection to understand what made me so unacceptable.  Caretaker told me I was not worth hugging because I was too black for anyone to care.  She reminded me that my father would never accept me either as he believed I was a curse for his reputation.

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The day you left is one I will never forget

I waited for 18 years to hear your words

A moment where you could look me in the eyes

 

A time when your words mattered

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About the Book

 

Busy schedules, challenges, and personal responsibilities are aspects of living in our society. In this life we may face difficult setbacks and may choose to either allow ourselves to ignore signs that we need to pause and reflect on our lives, or wait for tomorrow to make last...

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Last month the Bureau of Labor statistics highlighted that employment in the professional services sector had grown by 648,000. The communication industry is expected to grow by 12% within the next ten years. The highest percentage of growth is in the field of marketing, media and promotion. Heightened competition exists for qualified candidates in the communication sector to find innovative ways to brand the online presence of companies...

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Despite the beer bottles, drug dealers standing on the corner, and dried up chicken wings on the ground, we had the luxury of the fire hydrants. My memories of childhood were not all terrible.  In 1996 I was walking with finesse and had discovered my consciousness as a young adult.  On any given day I could smell “Arroz con Pollos” (Rice and Chicken) in the air from the Puerto Rican homes on the block...

 

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There are no words to express what it feels like to be hit with a pot cover, pushed out of a moving vehicle, and smothered with the fist of an adult who appears like Hulk Hogan to a five year old! 

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It would be easy for me to go on a trip and gain 10 pounds from eating whatever pastry, burger or fry I could find in route to a destination. Obviously I would not be walking around with whole foods in my back pack. I was not sure how my excursion to visit my friend was going to be. I hate to have t...

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Book Pre-Launch: Why Tomorrow Can’t Wait
Dr. Allana Da Graca

I began writing my latest self-help book Tomorrow Can’t Wait two years ago.  I remember this vividly as I was at a place of introspection.  I thought of all of the that people would say, “You have completed so much in your life and...

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We have all had moments in our lives when something shakes our core. This can be indicative of hearing negative news, receiving a diagnosis, failing at a particular goal and more. In the moment of a shift in our experience we have a decision to buy into the emotions of either trigger. For example, o...

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                When I taught in the traditional classroom I would save ten minutes of class time for an activity I called “Current Perspectives.” Surprisingly, students would arrive to my classroom twenty minutes early to debate hot topics. These topics ranged from themes about relation...

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Hypothetical Jane who goes to work is asked “How are you doing today?” Hypothetical Jane may respond by saying that she is doing fine. Unfortunately, she goes about her day complaining to herself about how much she cannot stand her job. She begins to look at the clock throughout the day to see h...

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Aujourd’hui, je visite le groupe de conversation française. Le groupe dispose d’une rencontre avec les étudiants. Langue française ce n’est pas facil. J’éprouve un petit problème avec l’accent.

Today I had the pleasure of attending a conversation group for French learning. It was fun...

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Anything is possible, but how many individuals understand the power of this word? Merriam Dictionary defines this as the ability for something to exist. The idea that something has a potential promise is something we can look to when we may fear not reaching certain goals in life. We can look at a s...

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In the Article, “We Are the Ones in the Classrooms—Ask Us!” the Boston Student Advisory council highlights that authenticity is valued in engaging student learners. The idea is to provide a rich environment for learning that builds the hope and promise of our young.  It is always upsetting w...

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Graduating from Middle School and entering into a High School is a major step in an adolescents life. To be a young student in society today can be a challenge for some. The problem with bullying is evident and as a community (teachers, parents, students, and counselors) we have to set a standard to...

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What makes the light bulb click for a student? This past week I asked a group of teens to jot down the challenges that impede their learning. They quickly began to yell out the following words:

  1. Bullying
  2. Gossip
  3. Hormones
  4. Peer Pressure
  5. Cyber Bullying
  6. School Auditions

Some of these terms were no ...

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My research in education has taught me that there are choice patterns that individuals follow that determine the success or failure of reaching a particular milestone in life. Milestones can be viewed as the necessary steps a person must complete in a satisfactory manner to arrive at personal or pro...

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It is always good to remain consistent in the learning process. Today I met with a French tutor to work on my first level of French. It was to communicating without regressing to my English vocabulary. In addition to this, I felt like I was in pre-K all over again! In this moment, I realized how ove...

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For the past three years I have taught the lesson of self-value to audiences of women and teenage girls.  One of the lessons that always keeps the room engaged is my discussion about self-value.  I usually begin to ask everyone to highlight the attributes they love about themselves with an additio...

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This week a student was complaining about the paradox between education and financial challenges.  I explained to this student that one may attend school to gain the skills necessary to carry out a particular function but in the end the student has to decide the course of his/her future. This may b...

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