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Thirsty Thursday: Religious Vocations

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Thirsty Thursday, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 09/17/2015 at 22:00

What is your calling in life?

We all have a purpose, and our greatest sense of purpose must come from a higher power.

In my case, as a †Catholic, I’ve sought †GOD’s will for me.

I’ve always considered two options:

  1. having a spouse in the Sacrament of ♥Marriage♥
  2. or ♥marrying♥ †GOD† in the religious life (I visited with a sister of the religious order from my †Catholic† university a few years ago)

However, I still can be a single lay person who ♥loves♥ and serves †GOD† with all of my ♥heart♥ and soul.

Consider The Nun’s Story, starring Audrey Hepburn and based on a book.

The Nun's Story

The Nun’s Story recently encored, so I had to watch it!

This film featured a woman’s challenges between upholding her vows and satisfying her own wants, such as

  • silent time vs. speaking up
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Audrey Hepburn in the role of a lifetime

  • serving the Church vs. serving the community where she worked (Congo medical care)
The Nun's Story in Congo

Filmed on site in Congo in the 20th Century

We’re all human and have our moments. It’s just part of life here on Earth and a matter of maintaining what’s most important to us.

Throwback Thursday

Taking on different roles

Grad Faculty

My faculty colleagues and I watched our students graduate, including my ✌fellow✌ marathon runner to my left!

When I first taught at the college level

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†Fathers† on either side of this †Sister! The one to my right was my student my very first semester!

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The †Bishop† in this photo is the father of my student above and a ✌fellow✌ PhD candidate, and the †Father† in this photo is a ✌fellow✌ Pinoy!

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Pinoys ‘R Us … The ✌fellow✌ Pinays are mother and daughter, and the daughter was a soloist in our Tosca performance plus is a recording Christian artist now!

I also ♪sang♫ as a nun in the ♫opera!

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I ♪sang♪ ♫soprano♫ in my †Church† ♫choir, but as a †nun† in this ♪opera♪♫chorus, I ♪sang♪ ♫alto♫ with this ✌fellow✌ †Sister!

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The †priest† and †monk† are ✌fellow✌ Pinoys, and the ✌fellow✌ †Sister† is a ✌fellow✌ teacher (of language arts)!

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YES, men rock makeup too! We all must look presentable on stage when the ☼spotlight☼ is on us. #PutYourBESTfaceForward Mine is by M•A•C

My †Mass† Readings This ☼Weekend☼

  • Book of Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
  • Responsorial ♪Psalm♫ 54
  • Letter of St. James 3:16-4:3 ✌
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Fitness Friday: ADIDAS

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Fitness Friday, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Sports Sunday, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Yours Truly on 07/24/2015 at 09:35

All Day I Dream💭 About SOCCER⚽️

SI USA

World Cup Champs! 🏆

After all, how’d I land my muscular legs?

Actually, although folks have pointed out how I could pass as a kicker, I didn’t play fútbol, but I’ve surrounded myself with many fellows who 💕💞💓💗💖💝love💟❤️💛💚💙💜 the game, including

F is for … Flashback Friday

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Don’t use this peak 🌅summer🌻 😅heat💥 as an excuse not to kick around the ball. You may have an indoor field ~ just like the one in the city where I’m pursuing my PhD which is happens to be run by someone from my hometown (how’s that for a small 🌍world?)!

FYI: All Day I Dream About 💡Scholarship🏤

And I’m taking those steps👣 to follow through toward scoring my goal!

Just like in soccer!

Workout Wednesday: National Running Day 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 06/03/2015 at 15:33

Happy National🇺🇸 Running Day!

Thanks to my 👣RunKeeper👟 📳app, I got that 📱message📲 loud and crystal clear!

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All I need are my speed on my 👣feet, pump from my arms💪🏽 & 💞heart💞 + my 🎧jams!

The timing couldn’t have been better because I spoke to my 🌞summer🌼 students about pursuing and preparing for the goals, like our graduations🎓 and my 🏆marathon, just as we would with our 🎤speeches!

Race Bib Quilt

Wayback🏉 Wednesday: Race Bib Quilt from my 🌴RGV/STX🏁 🏆courses!

Today’s Paper📦 👛Bag👜 💼Speech included my 🏁race bib quilt from my full 🌉26.2⛲️ to a few more fun runs and walks!

Now it’s a matter of practicing what I preach! ✌🏽️  3:33 ~ make a wish!!!

*Bonus*: AM Fun Runs

Manic Monday: March Madness Motivation Edition ~ Coach K Wins 5th NCAA Today! 

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Manic Monday, Motivational Monday, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Sports Sunday, Technology, Travel, Uncategorized, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 04/06/2015 at 23:00

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.” ~ Vince Lombardi 🏈

That was a quote from a clue that appeared on today’s episode of Double Jeopardy! 📺

M is for …

March Madness * Motivational * Men’s Basketball * Magnificent Coach = Mike Krzyzewski

Coach K on the sideline

Coach K aims high: one and done, son! ☝️

The commentators for tonight’s close [insert here: 💅nail-biting😁, white-knuckling👊, edge-of-your-seat💺, screaming-when-you’ve-already-lost your-voice😱] NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball🏀 Championship described Coach K as magnificent.

A is for: Ability to Adapt and Adjust

These analysts also attributed this to Coach K.

Coach K: Live Five

Coach K now can count his NCAA championship titles on one full hand 👋

Now, more than ever, I’m confident that I chose the right topic for my doctoral🎓 dissertation📜 research because this amazing man was the one who affirmed it more in the first place and has served as a driving force behind my continued studies!

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Coach K won five by five! 🙌

Aside from Coach K’s coaching leadership on the court and in the locker room for both college and pro ball that I’ve observed and studied*, I’ve admired him for the following reasons in which I can relate:

  • He served our country🇺🇸, through the United States Army (I appreciate all of our veterans)
  • He also is a devout🙏 Catholic💒
Senior

What a way for this senior to wrap up his college ball career! 👊

I must update my dissertation introduction, in which I mentioned that Coach K has led his Duke Blue Devils to four NCAA titles🏆 –> I now can revise it to FIVE!!! 

Also, my 😸Double A-Teammates😻 deserve credit as my good luck🍀 charms toward this championship because during most of the game when the Wisconsin Badgers led, I was working on school💻, and when I tuned in more during crunch and clutch time⏰, they joined me to cheer📢 on the young Devs that included majority freshmen in the starting line-up! 

YES, my Snow Angels go for the Blue Devils!

Lastly, I wish to point out that the very first paper that I wrote for my doctoral coursework compared the coaching styles of Coach K and his West Point coach, Bobby Knight ~ I’m proud that I aced🃏 it back then and proud of this team this whole season and tonight! 🌠

Love

For the love of the team and the love of the game! 💝

*For more reasons why Coach K has the winning leadership recipe that champions both high performance and satisfaction, please read his books📚 and these studies📑 that I cited about him and Coach Knight, a.k.a. The General:

My Concept Map Bibliography (LEAD 9310, Oct. 21, 2008)

  • Carpenter, M. (2001). Quotable general: Words of wisdom, motivation, & success by and about BOBBY KNIGHT, basketball’s unrivaled teacher. Nashville, TN: Towlehouse.
  • Coach K.com. (2008). Coach K – The official web site of Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Retrieved October 20, 2008, from http://www.coachk.com
  • Feinstein, J. (1989). A season on the brink: A year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers. New York: Simon and Schuster.
  • Klein, P. (2006). Management styles: Bob Knight vs. Coach K. Organizations and Markets.
  • Krzyzewski, M. (2000). Leading with the heart. New York: Warner Books.
  • Maresco, P. (2007). Leadership and recruitment: What leaders can learn from Coach Robert Montgomery Knight: A conceptual view. Academic Leadership, 5(1).
  • Mellen, J. (1988). Bob Knight: His own man: The man behind the myth – on and off the court, 1st ed. New York: Donald I. Fine, Inc.
  • Plonsky, C. (2008). The softer side of Bobby Knight. Chronicle of Higher Education, 54(24).
  • Silverthorne, P. (2006). HBS cases: On managing with Bobby Knight and “Coach K.” HBS Working Knowledge.
  • Sulek, R. P. (1990). Hoosier honor: Bob Knight and academic success at Indiana University. New York: Praeger.
Net

Nothing but net! 🏀

Musical Monday: Local Talent-Turned Worldwide

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 03/02/2015 at 23:00

Please support my friends in their ♪music♫ endeavors:

  • Dorothy Anne (fellow †faithful† Filipina ~ we and our sisters attended high school together) is rai$ing fund$ for her debut album! ♥

  • L.L. (which stands for Larnell Lewis ~ my workout buddy) goes by Big Lewis as he releases his rap on a “positive platform!” ✌

Thank †GOD† for their gifts of putting lyric to paper and sharing their talent with the world!!!

Workout Wednesday: Grammy Quad Whammy for my Hammy, etc.

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 02/04/2015 at 11:00

With the Grammys just around the corner …

Here are my ultimate moves to these ♫grooves♪!

2014 playlist

Some of these ♪jams♫ were released before 2014, but they were among my favorites then!

These 2014 ♫tunes♪ (my fave ♪tracks♫ this past year) target specific body parts:

  • Bailando Cardio ~ salsa dance (shake ’em hips)
  • Treasure Tris ~ tricep extensions and dips*
  • Shotgun Rider Gun Show & Shoulders ~ bicep curls and shoulder press*
  • Jealous Bench Press ~ chest press*
  • Rude Pull & Row ~ lateral pull-downs and renegade rows (back)*
  • Hold On, We’re Going Home Hard Core ~ double leg lefts (abs and lower back)**
  • Blank Space Back Side ~ glutes to the max*~*
  • Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Thighs ~ abductor and adductor*~*
  • Thinking Out Loud Legs ~ lunges and squats*~*
  • Not a Bad Thing Cool Down ~ stretches~*~
  • All Of Me Meditation ~ deep breathing

2014 Routines

* Upper Cut for Upper Bod 

** More Score on Your Core

*~* Long & Lovely Legs

~*~ Stretch Sesh

2015 Routine

Study Saturday: Time to Collect

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Study Saturday, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 10/18/2014 at 08:00

It is official: my study has been approved!

Needless to say, when I was notified that I can commence my research, I was overjoyed and grateful to GOD. During every free moment, I have worked on my dissertation, from my concept proposal to my proposal defense to my research proposal ~ it surely has paid off!

Here is more information about my study:

I am surveying Texas student-athletes on their perceptions of how their college coaches’ leadership influences their academic and athletic performance, as well as their athlete satisfaction. Based on my own studies of leadership, this element is essential:

***VISION***

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When I asked my former boss at the first college where I taught what she needed to complete her Ph.D., she pointed out to me:

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***PERSEVERANCE***

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When I asked my former office next door neighbor at that same school what got her through her terminal degree, she told out me:

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***ENDURANCE***

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… which also helped her with her first 5K race, which we randomly ran together!

{Top three inspirational photos and quotes from Dyess AFB Base Gym, where I’ve been exercising lately}

It’s Been Blessed!

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Yours Truly on 12/11/2013 at 17:11

The CHRISTmas Countdown is here, as the New Year draws near, so it’s time to CHEER!

I’m delighted to report that my dissertation committee blessed my Concept Proposal! We had our first conference call altogether yesterday for this information session about my study. Now all I can do from here is move forward, and as graduates of my program have said: ONWARD

My research is about the influence of college coaches‘ leadership on their student-athletes’ satisfaction, athletic and academic performance. Some of my inspirations include winning basketball coaches Coach K, Pat Summitt, and Phil Jackson. Here’s to Team: Dr. D in Mission: Ph.D.

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Here are my freshest fine 9 Dispo Hoop Scoops:

The MFFL’s Rants (since I was stuck at home during the Snow Days, I was able to crank out these babies)

*Friendly Reminder: Please vote for the NBA All-Stars*

11:11 ~ make a wish!!! 

†R.I.P., Nelson Mandela†