Greetings Educators, Parents, and Anyone that has a desire to motivate,
Last year, I began writing positive messages on the girls bathroom mirror as a way to combat bullying. My thought was if they read positive words, they would think twice about writing something negative on the walls. I posted the next day and the day after that. I noticed that the negative writings on the bathroom walls stopped. I did not know that my co-worker, Mario Sinclair noticed the change too. He spoke to a few scholars about the mirror messages and its impact on video. But wait, there is more. He made a Facebook post about which had me in tears. The story got picked up my Milwaukee’s Neighborhood News Service and CBS 58.
Mirror Messages returns for the 2019-2020 school year. I am looking for Mirror Messengers to spread positivity throughout your home, school, workplace and beyond.
Your commitment: Write a Mirror Message every school day even teacher only days to add some positivity to your school’s culture. Parents, you are more than welcome to use these messages at home. If you’s Like to post your pictures, use the hashtag #mirrormessages and #TheBloomEffectMKE
What do you need: Expo Markers, A Dope Heart, a Mirror and Quotes
No worries, I got 30 quotes to get you started.
“To know how much there is to know is the beginning of learning to live.” – Dorothy West (The Richer, the Poorer)
“Miracles happen all the time. We’re here, aren’t we?” – Marilyn Nelson (Abba Jacob and Miracles)
“Sometimes we need to find our own path instead of following others dreams.” – Zekiah, 12 year old Woodland Pattern Poetry Student
“You can only become accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” – Maya Angelou (African-American author and poet).
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” – Booker T. Washington
“I had to make my own living and my own opportunity. But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” – Madam C.J. Walker
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin.
“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.” – Beyonce Knowles
“Hold on to your dreams of a better life and stay committed to striving to realize it.” – Earl G. Graves, Sr.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama
“Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.” – Susan L. Taylor, journalist
“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.” – Dr. Mae Jemison, 1st African-American female astronaut
“We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” – Jesse Owens, world record-setting Olympic athlete
“A flower doesn’t think of competing to the flower next to it, it just blooms.” – Unknown
“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” – Barack Obama
“Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald
“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. And so when I hear about negative and false attacks, I really don’t invest any energy in them, because I know who I am.” – Michelle Obama
“Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.” – Oprah Winfrey
“I am too positive to be doubtful. Too optimistic to be fearful. And too determined to be defeated. – Unknown
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
“A successful person never loses...They either win or they learn.” – John Calipari
“I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.” – Nikki Giovanni
“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” – Shirley Chisholm
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde
“ You must learn a new way to think. Before you can master a new way to be.” – Marianne Williamson
“ Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X
“ We are uncontained freedom. Crafting new boxes to break. Passionate and purposeful.” – Tiffany Miller Bloom, teacher and poet
“Accept and acknowledge your own brilliance. Stop waiting for others to tell you how great you are! Believe it for yourself and about yourself.” – Iyanla Vanzant
“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” – Confucius
“If you compete with others, you become bitter. If you compete with yourself, you become better.” – Unknown
May you all have a beautiful school year.
Tiffany Miller Bloom ~ The Creative Coach