Why Me

I lived in fear.  Fear is a powerful force. Fear coupled with a society that, consciously or unconsciously, imposes its standards on you, without regard for your individuality, can be debilitating to the psyche.  For so many years I suppressed my dreams and desires. I feared rejection and failure. This fear made me work hardContinue reading “Why Me”

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray to God my soul to take. Amen. I never understood the essence of one of the most valued childhood prayers until my mistakes gave me a clearer perspective. “Mr.” had meContinue reading “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep”

Social Distancing With an 11-year-old

One of Gabby’s teachers called to check in on us last week! In the midst of our conversation, I had to take a moment to applaud her for having the desire to be in a classroom full of middle schoolers all-day. I mean, for years, I have wondered how teachers are able to keep kidsContinue reading “Social Distancing With an 11-year-old”

IT HAS BEEN A MINUTE! I MISSED YOU GUYS!

Hi everyone! It has been such a busy time for me. I am really excited about everything going on in my life right now. Today I want to share two exciting things with you. FIRST THING: I have launched a podcast! Vibin’ With Tonza is a podcast about LIFE, LOVE & EMPOWERMENT! I am greatlyContinue reading “IT HAS BEEN A MINUTE! I MISSED YOU GUYS!”

BECAUSE I SAID SO: Trying to Create Healthy and Happy Children

“Because I said so” doesn’t work in my house, and I am okay with that (sometimes anyway). There is also a 90% chance that I am going to get an unsolicited opinion from one of my brood every day. And, honestly, sometimes I daydream of parenting Cookie Lyons style, by telling them to “shut up” as IContinue reading “BECAUSE I SAID SO: Trying to Create Healthy and Happy Children”