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Daddy I Miss…

Daddy I miss your Amazingness
You never cease to Wow us

Daddy I miss your Boldness
You always stood out in a crowd

Daddy I miss your Candor
You always spoke your mind

Daddy I miss your Determination
You never stopped

Daddy I miss your Empowerment
You told us we could be who we wanted to be

Daddy I miss your Face
Your expressions were priceless

Daddy I miss your Gratitude
You were giving of self

Daddy I miss your Heart
You helped any and everybody

Daddy I miss your Influence
You left your footprints on us

Daddy I miss your Joyfulness
You had a way with bringing it to people

Daddy I miss Koolness
It was like a summer breeze

Daddy I miss your Liveliness
You were always full of life

Daddy I miss your Momentum
You kept everyone up and going

Daddy I miss your no Nonsense
You always told it like it is!

Daddy I miss your Observations
You could read people so well

Daddy I miss your Personality
You were a true original

Daddy I miss your Quickness
You always were on point

Daddy I miss your Reasoning
You always made it plain

Daddy I miss your Selflessness
You gave your heart and soul

Daddy I miss your Tenacity
You were determined…never gave up

Daddy I miss your Understanding
You listened and explained

Daddy I miss your Voice
You always said it best

Daddy I miss your Wisdom
Your wit lives on today

Daddy I miss your Xtraness
You were you unapologetically

Daddy I miss your Youthfulness
You never acted your age until it counted

Daddy I miss your Zaniness
You were always the life of the party

Daddy I miss all of who you were in the flesh of human spirit. I am so glad the memories remain etched in my mind to recall, replay, and rewind

Daddy I miss YOU…



Its The Ninth Month: I Gottagetblogging


The third Saturday in September finds hundreds of Florida bloggers and social media enthusiasts gathering for #FLBlogCon. The dazzing and world renowned campus of  Full Sail University is the back drop and host site for this event.

FLBlogCon, is the #blogchild (yes I just made it up) of founder Bess Auer, whose passion and tenacity for expression are interwoven into the fabric of this conference. Like Bess, this event is full of energy and empowerment for the blogging and social media newbie to the experts in various fields.

The Honorable Teresa Jacobs, Mayor of Orange County extended  greetings and the county’s support for the blogging and social media community. As a 16 year employee of Orange County government, it is good to know the Mayor embraces this medium and sees its relevance in the world today.

The CEO of IZEA, Ted Murphy was the opening keynote speaker. Ted was spirited and energetic in sharing the then, the now and what’s to come in the blogging and social media world.

My first session featured the tag team of Anthony Bencomo (Deli Fresh Threads) and Robin Draper (Authentic Florida) each of them shared ways to build your brand. My takeaways: Uncover your passion, find your niche, and become and an expert.

Sunshine J. Baker served up some great insight in the Bloggers & Brands: Maximize the Relationship session. As a bloggers you have to make the connection by giving good content, setting up your social media, consistently posting,  connecting with groups, attend events, and quick delivery of assignments.

Lunch was provided by Tijuana Flats and they made this foodies tummy happy. From tacos, to chips and salsa with rice and beans to boot the meal was tasty. The staff was friendly and helpful from start to finish!

At the opening session I met a really neat guy who told me the wonderful back story of how had a blog post of his took get a lot of hits from  Under the tile, “From Now On I’m Going To Be A  Dick to Everyone I Meet Online”, Marc Ensign wants the to change the world. After our conversation I believe in Marc and glad we connected. Very humble,  Marc never mentioned he was a panelist in one of the session for FLBlogCon14.

When it was time for taking a breather and relaxing, then I chilled in the Dairy Council of Florida Lounge. From wooden spoons ( one of the coolest tools) to info and cool ice cream treats, massages, professional headshots (love mine the most), coffee and teas, to social media content companies, it was a nice laid back spot.

Blogging as a Business; From Hobbyist to Professional  with Heather Lopez. This session offered  ways to make your blog turn a profit. Takeaways were that they are different methods for monetizing your blog, use sponsored post to tell a brand story, know what you can right off on your business.

Monetize your Blog was the last session I attended. Moderator Ben Reed lead the panel of speakers Crystal Duncan, Matthew Papa, and Brandon Yates as they discussed various ways to monetize your blog. From sponsored content, affiliate links, and various ad networks the panelist shared their experiences on what could work best for all types of blogs.

Eddie Selover was the closing keynote speaker as he shared the Pecha Kucha concept. Pecha Kucha is a presentation style with a format of 20 slides for 20 seconds each totalling 6 minutes and  40 seconds. This format makes the presentation quick and to the point with a flair for creativity.

Selover brought two dynamic presenters that were lively and kept the audience engaged as they shared a. This was a great thought-provoking ending to FLBlogCon14. As I left from the formal conference and transformed to the after party, I had a cupcake from Gigi’s I went over to the Ford display cars and took a few selfies. Looked to the sky and thought…IGottaGetBlogging!

“Fit and Lean in 2014!
Mind, Body, Spirit” 

Yolanda Clay Triplett “YoTrip”
Words and Thoughts Artist~

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The results of a love affair between pen and paper, words” 

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Happy Birthday Miss Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston's 123rd Birthday

In a place called Notasulga, Alabama  on January 7, 1891, Zora Neale was born  the fifth of eight children, to John Hurston, a carpenter and Baptist preacher, and Lucy Potts Hurston, a former schoolteacher. The family moved to the historic Town of Eatonville. Established in 1887, the rural community near Orlando was the nation’s first incorporated black township. It was, as Hurston described it, “a city of five lakes, three croquet courts, three hundred brown skins, three hundred good swimmers, plenty guavas, two schools, and no jailhouse.” http://zoranealehurston.com/about/

Today marks the 123rd birthday celebration of the prolific writer and anthropologist. A true Renaissance Woman, Miss Zora was always adding layers to colorful life. I am glad I was introduced to her as a young girl growing up in LA (lovely Augusta, Georgia) and I am glad to say I live a stone’s  throw away from Eatonville the place she called home for many years.

During the 1930’s and ’40’s Miss Zora was at the height of her  literary career she penned ,Their Eyes Were Watching God, in 1937; Tell My Horse, in 1938; Moses, Man of the Mountain, in 1939.  In 1942, Dust Tracks on a Road, was published and Miss Zora was getting some recognition for her brilliant works of art. Also in 1942,  Hurston  was profiled in Who’s Who in AmericaCurrent Biography and Twentieth Century Authors. In 1948, Miss Zora published another novel, Seraph on the Suwanee.

Miss Zora wrote many thought-provoking articles during the 1950’s that spoke to her outlook and insight on the plight and experience of the American Negro. After she had stroke in 1959, Miss Zora and was forced to live in a welfare home in St. Lucie and sadly died a year later. Unable to be properly laid to rest, Miss Zora was buried in an unmarked grave in the Garden of Heavenly Rest, in Fort Pierce, Florida. In the early ’70’s author Alice Walker gave this great lady, Miss Zora Neale Hurston back her dignity back by properly marking her burial site.

Today we salute your life, your living and your amazing legacy, Happy birthday Miss Zora!

"Fit and Lean in 2014!
Mind, Body, Spirit" 
Yolanda Clay Triplett "YoTrip"
Words and Thoughts Artist~
Join us for The 100 Day SMART GOAL CHALLENGE https://www.facebook.com/groups/346157868811751/
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"Words the joyful noise of my mouth, sweet sounds to my ears. The results of a love affair between pen and paper, words" 
Copyright © 2014 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts


2013 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts In Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Nelson Mandela…The Servant Father of South Africa In His Own Words



The world took a pause as we learned of the death of  Nelson Mandela. We can say a great deal about him but I found it most fitting to let his own words speak volumes to what he has said in his 95 years of living. Take your rightfully earned place of rest…as we honor and salute you Mr.

“One day I will be the first black president of South Africa.” 1952

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” Rivonia trial on 20 April 1964

“Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one-armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end.” Letter to Winnie Mandela, 1 February 1975

Friends, comrades and fellow South Africans, I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all. I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.” Speaking on his release from Robben Island from the balcony of Cape Town city hall on Sunday 11 February 1990

“Since my release, I have become more convinced than ever that the real makers of history are the ordinary men and women of our country; their participation in every decision about the future is the only guarantee of true democracy and freedom.” The Struggle is My Life 1990

“Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” Interview for the documentary Mandela, 1994  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/06/nelson-mandela-life-quotes

“This is a war. It has killed more people than has been the case in all previous wars and in all previous natural disasters. We must not continue to be debating, to be arguing, when people are dying.” — On HIV/Aids.

“Nobody knows when they are going to die. Even though I am an old man I do not dwell on the possibility of death. Death comes when it is ready.” — Three days before it was announced that he had been diagnosed with microscopic prostate cancer in 2001. http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/mandela/2013/12/06/one-hundred-quotes-from-nelson-mandela

Rest on Servant Father of the Nation!


Closing the NaBlogPoMo 2013

Well we have come to the end of this month of November and my exercise in participating in the NaBlogPoMo or BLOGGING and WRITING for The Next 30 Days. I must admit I wrote a lot of days but not everyday. I allowed myself to work from some prompts and other times I do what has even my staple…working from the three P’s (people, places, and possessions).

I want to thank the wonderful people at BlogHer.com for posting and presenting the blogging challenge it helped me with some self-discovery and sharpening my blogger iron. I hoped for daily post but it just did not materialize. This did help me see that inspired post that causes my tribe to pause ad then think is my niche.

As we enter the month of December and closeout 2013. I will use my time to be reflective on the past year and refreshed as we move toward the future in 2014! I believe the best is yet to come!


I live for an opportunity to exercise my blog/writing discipline ( when I force myself to be on a posting schedule) all in the name of promoting the three P’s- People, Places, and Possessions. People who matter, places worth talking about and possessions I am happy to share. When I am in blog/writing mode I am work the three P’s and do my part to impart knowledge and inform the masses.

This November I have decided to join the company of the beautiful boasters of BlogHer.com for their National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). For the next 30 days, I vow to blog, write, and post! Sounds pretty simple right, well we will see if I am up to the challenge. I will channel the inner blog/writing discipline and see what comes out on the other side.

Taking part in the NaBloPoMo,also allows me to expand my reach with others in the blog/writing community. I am so a proponent of support and encouragement. I am looking forward to great blogging and writing in the 30 days to come.

Let the blogging and writing begin…

“You Say 2013, I Say 20NeXt!
Make the Moments Matter”

Yolanda Clay Triplett
~Words and Thoughts Artist~

Join us for The 100 Day SMART GOAL CHALLENGE http://www.facebook.com/events/444796945573132/


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“Words the joyful noise of my
mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.The
results of a love affair between
pen and paper, words”

Copyright © 2013 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts



Imparting Knowledge To The Youth Teach-in 2013

On Wednesday I volunteered my talent and time to the lively and spirited students of Memorial Middle School in the heart of Orlando, Florida for #Teach-In 2013. It is always fun to  spend time with young people who are bright-eyed, eager,  and at that wonderful age of discovery. For the last 10 years I have participated in Teach-In and I learn something new each time I step on a campus.

I was honored to stand in the Memorial Middle gym and greet the 6th,7th and 8th graders for the Career Fair. The students were fun and funny. “What do you do?” ,”How much money do you make?”, “Did you go to college? “,”Can I have some of your candy?” If I answered these questions once , I answered them a few hundred times.

While imparting knowledge to the youth, I tell them that it is important to get an education and that learning is earning! I stress that they can be whatever they see themselves being because it is possible! Many of the young men have dreams of playing professional sports and the young ladies wanted to be nurses and fashion designers. We talked about studying the career to see if it was really for them. Other students wanted to go into law enforcement, the military, become lawyers or doctors. I took the opportunity to talk about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) all critical components for many career paths and students need to understand that early.

The young people are our future and our legacy, I want to make sure I am doing my part to put my footprints of impressions on them every opportunity I get!

NaBloPoMo Prompts

“You Say 2013, I Say 20NeXt!
Make the Moments Matter”
Yolanda Clay Triplett “YoTrip”
Words and Thoughts Artist~
Join us for The 100 Day SMART GOAL CHALLENGE2 http://facebook.com/events/444796945573132/
“Words the joyful noise of my mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.
The results of a love affair between pen and paper, words”
Copyright © 2013 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts

Paper, The True Fabric Of My Life


DAILY PROMPT: Your life without a computer — what does it look like?

I have stacks and stacks of journals. I'll change the names if I ever decide to publish them.  - Carolyn Murphyhttp://izquotes.com/quote/132915


If I had no access to a computer then I would use the old tried and true standard PAPER!  There is nothing better than the feel of a pen placing a kiss on the cheeks of paper with each and every stroke of the pen.

Even  now as I click and click on the keys on this laptop it will never be able to compete with writing “longhand” in the journals, diary, or the scrap paper laying around. I do desire to lay my words and thoughts down on lined sheets or the blank pages of a book. http://www.my-diary.org/

I can recall last year when technology failed me (my internet connection) was down and I was going a bit cra-cra (crazy). I could not connect at an instant with friends and followers. I was unable to quickly share what was doing, feeling, or thinking.

My Mom told me to calm down it was the Lord’s way of getting my attention, by taking my plastic and metal. I did not want to slow down, I wanted the microwave magic of having information at my fingertips…refresh, send, and update.

My tagline speaks volumes to how I feel about PAPER: “Words the joyful noise of my mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.The results of a love affair between pen and paper, words” YoTrip

Computers and technology are a nice convenience to have but can they really compete with pen and paper, I say absolutely not!  When I get in my quite mode and I want to really think and reflect give me PAPER, The True Fabric  Of My Life!


NaBloPoMo November Prompts

“You Say 2013, I Say 20NeXt!
Make the Moments Matter” 

Yolanda Clay Triplett “YoTrip”
Words and Thoughts Artist~

Join us for The 100 Day SMART GOAL CHALLENGE2 http://facebook.com/events/444796945573132/ 

“Words the joyful noise of my mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.The results of a love affair between pen and paper, words” 

Copyright © 2013 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts


HAIRversations with YoTrip

YoTrip ThinkingYes It Is Really Me


Last Friday, I decided to take my crown and glory in another direction. I am now calling myself CurlyYo! I am no longer rockin the long/short hairdo, I am now looking curly new!  A change in my style has caused me to have some HAIRversations in the most unlikely places and spaces.  Yes I said, HAIRversations, it is the talk that women of color (black and sometimes brown) usually find themselves engrossed in after the transition  in their hair style.

The  HAIRversations with YoTrip have been with of all people the white men in my world. Yes they have sized up, walking around me like a merry-go-round. A few of them  walked on by, because they did not recognize me.  Then two of them were bold and bad enough to TOUCH it because they must be from Missouri (the show me state). As soon as the one guy pulled his hand away he quickly offered “I already know, you ain’t suppose to touch a black woman’s hair!”  I was laughing and responded, “How did you know?” He said, I watched Chris Rock  in that movie  


I smiled and then they offered insight on my Curly locks. “Do you slap one of those doo-rags on your head at night and sleep with your head hanging out the bed?” I laughed and said, “No, I sleep however I feel, no special positions for me! You touched it, didn’t you see how soft it feels?”  I know they were shocked with my candid HAIRversations with them, but if you don’t share how can you expect people to be educated. One of the guys said, “Yo, I really like it and I think it looks good on you! That is more hair than I have had in all my life. ” Smiling at these guys, I told them that, “I am glad to have  had this talk with you so, now you know more about a sistas hair.”

Have you ever had to have the HAIRversations? How did it go for you? Was it a teachable moment for all involved? HAIRversations will always take place as long as transitions happen in our HAIR world! shouts out to the best stylist on the planet, Suzette A. Fullerton of  A True You Salon in Ocoee, Florida.

NaBloPoMo November

“You Say 2013, I Say 20NeXt!
Make the Moments Matter”
Yolanda Clay Triplett
~Words and Thoughts Artist~
Join us for The 100 Day SMART GOAL CHALLENGE http://www.facebook.com/events/444796945573132/

Follow me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@yotrip729

Find me on Facebook: facebook.com/yolanda.c.triplett
or visit my page http://www.facebook.com/YoTrip
“Words the joyful noise of my
mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.The
results of a love affair between
pen and paper, words”
Copyright © 2013 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts  

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Wonder Woman Speaks Out!

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If I sat down with my beloved Wonder Woman and conversed I would want to know a few things:

What made her think she could do it all? Wonder Woman was from the Amazon and possesses super-human powers:

Why did she set me up to think I could do it all?

  • Won heroine fighting for justice, love, peace, and sexual equality has also led to Wonder Woman being widely considered a feminist icon

What made her think that jumping into a headband, cape, belt, bathing suit and go-go boots for five minutes could be how you save the world and solve problems?

What would the Wonder Woman of the ’70’s say to the modern-day Wonder Woman?

Does she see Wonder Woman as a game changer?

Wonder Woman thanks for reminding me why you were one of my favorite characters to watch and read about as a child. I am also glad that as an adult I can appreciate this fictional person Wonder Woman,  who changed the game and paved the way for other female sheroes!


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“You Say 2013, I Say 20NeXt!
Make the Moments Matter”
Yolanda Clay Triplett “YoTrip”
Words and Thoughts Artist~
Join us for The 100 Day SMART GOAL CHALLENGE2 http://facebook.com/events/444796945573132/
“Words the joyful noise of my mouth, sweet sounds to my ears.
The results of a love affair between pen and paper, words”
Copyright © 2013 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts

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