Hobbies: Reading, writing, public speaking, surfing the Internet, spending time with family and friends, taking pictures, listening to music, going to the movies, travelling, and getting involved in social movements.
Interests: Health, Spirituality, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and Education.
Music: The Beatles, S Club 7, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, James Brown, Queen, Elton John, Tom Jones, Josh Groban, Michael Bublé, Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, Javier, John Mayer, Chris Tomlin, David Archuleta, Charice, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, The All-American Rejects, Maroon 5, Hedley, TLC, Black Eyed Peas, Bruno Mars, and Aaliyah.
TV Shows: Oprah’s Lifeclass, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, Oprah’s Next Chapter, Oprah Presents Master Class, Our America with Lisa Ling, Ask Oprah’s All Stars, Dr. Phil, Mystery Diagnosis, Miracle Detectives, Searching For, Kidnapped by the Kids, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Glee, Popular, Boy Meets World, The Buried Life, The Paper, The OCD Project, Modern Family, Big Brother, Urban Legends, What Would You Do?, Zoom, Arthur, Reading Rainbow, The Magic School Bus, 8 Simple Rules, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Moesha, Wayans Bros, and the Simpsons.
Movies: Avatar, The Day After Tomorrow, V for Vendetta, Higher Learning, American History X, The Great Debaters, Freedom Writers, Crash, The Matthew Shepard Story, The Pursuit of Happyness, Forrest Gump, The Color Purple, Bowling for Columbine, Titanic, Hairspray, Rent, Across the Universe, Sydney White, Precious, Bridge to Terabithia, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Up, Shark Tale, the Spiderman Trilogy, the Matrix Trilogy, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Books: A New Earth, The Road Less Traveled, A Thousand Paths to Comfort, The Book of Awesome, Life of Pi, The Giver, 1984, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Catcher In the Rye, and The Freedom Writers Diary.
Games: i-List Music Party Game, Bop It, Guesstures, Scattergories, Scrabble, Clue, Chess, Bingo!, Jenga, and Twister.
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
– Edith Wharton
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
– Albert Einstein
“First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.”
– Thomas a Kempis
“It is better to be the child of God than king of the whole world.”
– St. Aloysius Gonzaga
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”
– Judy Garland
“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have.”
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson
“Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.”
– Thomas Paine
“Those who do not know their opponents’ arguments do not completely understand their own.”
– David L. Bender and Bruno Leone
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
– Oprah Winfrey
“Courage is the greatest virtue as it is the one from which all the others arise.”
– Maya Angelou
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
– Brian Littrell
“You can’t let success get to your head similarly to how you can’t let failure get to your heart.”
“Life is not about being the best in the world, but being the best for the world.”
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
– Chinese Proverb
“Don’t count the days, make the days count!”
– Anthony Morondo
“It’s a rare person who can take care of hearts while also taking care of business.”
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
“Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.”
– Rev. Jesse Jackson
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
– “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
“Where there is hatred, there is a path to love.”
“Where there is injury, there is a path to pardon.”
“Where there is doubt, there is a path to faith.”
“Where there is despair, there is a path to hope.”
“Where there is darkness, there is a path to light.”
“Where there is sadness, there is a path to joy.”
“No matter how dark things seem to get, there are always possibilities.”
– “A Thousand Paths to Comfort” by David Baird
“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order; we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.”
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”
– John Wooden
“Spend time each day thinking about whether your life is in sync with whatever your inner will wants to achieve. If it is not, start planning a way to make the two roads to merge.”
– Levi Brackman and Sam Jaffe
“Expectation is the root of all heartache.”
– William Shakespeare
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
– Albert Einstein
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere . . . Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
“Not everybody can be famous but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service.”
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
– St. Francis of Assisi
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.”
– Eckhart Tolle
“It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.”
– Ursula K. LeGuin
“Every death is a wake-up call to live more fully, more presently right now.”
– Lisa E. Scott
“When you know better you do better.”
– Dr. Maya Angelou
“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”
– Leo Buscaglia