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It Been 20 Years…


This week marks the anniversary of my arrival in the land of Mickey (Orlando) from the land of Country Music (Nashville). It is funny how the time has passed  as I reflect back to that face, that place, that space of January 1994…

In the days to come I will recall, revisit and remember the journey from Nashville or shall I say Antioch, Tennessee to Orlando, Florida.

    

It seems like yesterday when I received the call from my husband (yes I was a “Mrs.” back then. Another post for another time) saying the company (Olive Garden/OG) had accepted the proposal we developed, was ready to move forward and move us to sunny Orlando, Florida.

I was a ball of emotions trying to take in the fact that we were leaving Nashville (a place that had grown to be home in my three years there) and heading southward to Orlando. This was it.

Before we moved the OG brought us down for a visit and to help with the transition. We stayed at the then Adams Mark Hotel which is attached to the Florida Mall. While my husband met with his new bosses, I hung out at the mall and planned for our upcoming moving date and looked at where I would work once we settled in to Orlando.

During our visit we were wined and dined with Presidents and Vice Presidents and other corporate big wigs.

Our time in Orlando was fun and full of relaxation. I arrived in Nashville in relation mode. Over the next month, I was in relocation mode. I had to be ready when the movers arrived.

This move was apart of our dream. All we had to do was be ready to go forward. It was still scary going to a new lands. A co-worker knew I loved by Dr. Maya Angelou so she gave me the book,” I Won’t Take Nothing For My Journey”, the title speaks volumes to where we were going.

On Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr weekend in January 1994 Tim, Snoopy (the dog) and I headed to Augusta, Georgia to see my family and friends and to rest.

After 20 years, I have had some ups and downs, some wins and some loss. I am here and still standing. I can truly say, The Best Is Yet To Come!

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

Yolanda Clay Triplett “YoTrip”
Words and Thoughts Artist~

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Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for November 22, 2012-A Word Of Thanksgiving (Vol.11, Iss.3)


Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving (Photo credit: Calsidyrose)

 

A WORD OF THANKSGIVING

 

Today is the National Day of Thanksgiving here in the United States. All over the country people cooked, cleaned and connected over meals that covered tables and filled empty stomachs. Gathering of family, friends and folks took place  all in the name of Thanksgiving.

I like so many was blessed to be able to travel and join my family for all the fun, food, and fellowship associated with Thanksgiving. I visited with two different family members homes and it was great just to all be together. The food was incredible: Cornish Hens, turkey, ham, dressing, turnip greens, mac n’ cheese, fried and barbaque chicken, chitterlings, string beans, mixed peas, potato salad, corn pudding, apple cobbler, carrot cake, sweet potato pie,  and red velvet cake.

We laugh and love so much, it was a joy. We watched Football games, Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (a classic) and then 25th Anniversary for Micheal Jackson‘s BAD. What a great day for offering a word of Thanksgiving. I have so much to be thankful and grateful for, I just cannot tell it all. 

I would also like to take this time to offer a word of Thanksgiving for all of the people who have supported YoTrip-Words and Thoughts/Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip/Thursday Thinking by YoTrip as I seek to leave my footprints on the world.

Let us all continue in the spirit of Thanksgiving for this day and beyond!

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“FOCUS FORWARD in 2012”

Turning Back Is  NOT An Option!

 

Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
~Words and Thoughts Artist~

 

 

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Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for May 24, 2012 -Strokes Can Kill (Guest Post-Roger Caldwell)


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 Today as  we highlight  Stroke Awareness Month, I yield my blog post to my friend and fellow blogger,   Mr.Roger Caldwell. As a stroke survivor, Roger is very knowledgeable about strokes and how to deal with the after effects of a stroke.  Roger is also the   Orlando Renaissance Writer’s Guild 2012 “Writer of The Year” 

Strokes Can Kill

By Roger Caldwell

As we come to the end of stroke awareness month, there is still a crisis with Brown and Black people around the world with hypertension and high blood pressure. There is limited research, educational studies, medical conferences, and funding directed to ascertain the fundamental core reasons why these two cultures have this problem. Many experts believe our lifestyles, our diet, and our economic status in the world contribute to our lack of healthy choices.

In the African American community, 1 out of 2 or 50% of the people in our culture have   hypertension. There are other chronic diseases in our community such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and a myriad of other complications that make our culture the sickest in America.

Every 45 second in America someone has a stroke. Every 3 minutes someone dies of a stroke. Strokes are the second leading cause of death in America, and the number one cause of long-term disability. The reason that I have studied and read up on strokes is because I am a stroke survivor who was devastated and debilitated by a stroke eight years ago.

I spent three days in ICU and when I became conscious, I realized I was paralyzed, I could barely talk, and I could not walk. I spent 7 weeks in the hospital, and when I left, I was in a wheelchair, and my left side was paralyzed. My story is in my book entitled, “The Inspiring Journey of a Stroke Survivor.”

There is nothing magical or mythical about strokes. When you don’t take your blood pressure on a monthly basis, you put yourself at risk as you get older. I believe the key to improving health disparities in the African-American community starts with proper food, diet, and exercise. To move our community forward, we must began to improve our lifestyle by going to the doctor, stop drinking alcohol, stop smoking, stop using illegal drugs, and lower obesity.

Everyone is at risk for a stroke. It does not matter your ethnicity, or how much money you have in the bank. At anytime or age, you can be devastated by a stroke, which would dramatically alter your family and your life. Know your numbers for lowering your blood pressure. Each time you look in the mirror, stroke and blood pressure awareness starts with you.

Roger Caldwell is sixty and is a contributor to all the African-American, Caribbean newspapers in Orlando, and a blog for Orlando Sentinel. He is the owner of a PR/Marketing company, ON Point Media Group, and the father of 3 children, and 1 grandson. For more information on his book or speaking engagements email at Jet38@bellsoth.net. Thank you Yolanda for allowing me to be a guest on your blog.

This month I will highlight and bring awareness to National Stroke Awareness 
Stroke Awareness Month banner

http://www.stroke.org/site/PageNavigator/HOME

Do you want to be inspired and learn how to live triumphantly? Listen to the Dr. Loretta Faith Harris Radio Show on Wednesday’s from 6:30 pm-7:00 pmEST, join us http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lorettafaithharris

Write your Story. Join the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild. http://www.orwriters.org/ Purchase a copy of the collaborative book an “Anthology

“FOCUS FORWARD in 2012”
Turning Back Is  NOT An Option!
Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
~Words and Thoughts Artist~

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

Copyright © 2012 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts 

Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for May 3, 2012-Stroke Awareness (Vol.5, Iss.1)


May is Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is also a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Although most strokes occur in people aged 65 years or older, strokes can occur at any age. For example, a new CDC study, Trends of Acute Ischemic Stroke Hospitalizations in the U.S.: 1994–2007, found that stroke hospitalizations increased among both males and females aged 5–44 years old, raising concern about this young population.

Photo: A woman reading information on a laptop computer.Knowing the symptoms of stroke and calling 9-1-1 immediately if someone appears to be having a stroke are crucial steps in getting prompt emergency medical care for a stroke. New treatments are available that can reduce the damage caused by a stroke for some victims, but these treatments need to be given soon after the symptoms start. http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Stroke/

Strokes call for the those around a person experiencing signs and symptoms to need fast actions to get them proper care. Getting care could mean the difference of  life threatening affects.  When a stroke strikes it does not take a poll or have any respect of persons. Know the signs and be ready and willing to act in the nick of time.

This month I will highlight and bring awareness to National Stroke Awareness 
Stroke Awareness Month banner

http://www.stroke.org/site/PageNavigator/HOME


Do you want to be inspired and learn how to live triumphantly? Listen to the Dr. Loretta Faith Harris Radio Show on Wednesday’s from 6:30 pm-7:00 pmEST, join us http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lorettafaithharris


Write your Story. Join the Orlando Renaissance Writers Guild. http://www.orwriters.org/ Purchase a copy of the collaborative book an “Anthology


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“FOCUS FORWARD in 2012”
Turning Back Is  NOT An Option!


Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
~Words and Thoughts Artist~

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


Copyright © 2012 YoTrip-Words and Thoughts 

Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for July 28, 2011-Happy OCG Anniversary (Vol.7, Iss.3)


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Happy OC Anniversary

July 28, 1998 found me embarking on a new journey to add to my colorful and varied resume, as I spent the day in orientation in a room full of newbies. On this day thirteen years ago, I became an employee of Orange County Government (OCG) within the Growth Management and Environmental Services Division and the Building Department. I know that was a great deal to write and even more of a mouthful to say. I was so glad when the department became Growth Management and we became Building Division and then The Division of Building Safety.

I was hired as a Permit Analyst with the Building Department. My job back then was to assist people who visited our offices for permitting services. I started  out with four other people who were also Permit Analyst. I also started out with a young lady who worked in the communications Department and is still there today.

Working as a Permit Analyst gave me the foundation and training to understand the very basics of the Permitting services business. I worked as a Permit Analyst for fifteen months, as I had a desire to learn and do more within the department. I was promoted to Project Administrator, and was given the opportunity to expand my wings and grow in the business of helping people for the next two years. My next move was to become the Building Coordinator and for the next seven years I was responsible for directing traffic with Permit Analysts, Interns, and temporary workers. This position helped me become a better follower, leader, listener, coach and trainer.

For the last three and a half years, I have been a Program Development Supervisor for the Division of Building Safety (I know the name changed again!). My current position allows me to continue to work with assisting people who need permitting services. Additionally, I can use my advanced degree in Organizational Management to help advance our work in helping our community grow and prosper. I am so glad to watch the landscape of Orange County change before my eyes with building and construction projects.

I say thanks to all who I have worked with and for over the years.I have learned and lived so much in my endeavor to help people realize their dreams. I am happy to say that after 13 years, 3 major hurricanes, record-breaking highs and lows in the building business, I am looking forward with anticipation and expectancy for what the coming years will bring. Happy OCG Anniversary, time sure does fly!

Tuesday Thoughts by YoTrip for May 17, 2011-Words and Thoughts of Thanks (Vol.2, Iss.3)


Writing journal

 

I am truly humbled and equally honored to have been named by The Orlando Renaissance Writer’s Guild, Inc. as the 2011 “Writer of the Year”. To be recognized for writing and sharing words, thoughts and inspiration with people let’s me know I am making a difference.

Writing is like the air I breathe, I thank God for the gift. Since my childhood, I have had a pen in my hand writing on paper, walls, and any place I could scribble or scribe. Over the years, I have been blessed to write for fun,  for show, and write for work.  I want to thank God for the gift of writing it is a blessing that I do not take lightly or for granted. I thank  my family for their encouragement and also for being a point of reference.

The faithful readers of my blogs are to be thanked for taking time to read my Words and Thoughts, you are the meter of measure that keeps me working for the masses. Special thanks to the members of The Orlando Renaissance Writer’s Guild,Inc.  for being a great resource, a great refuge, and a great frame of reference. Gathering as a group with the members of the Orlando Renaissance Writer’s Guild,Inc. and being a support drives me to reach for higher heights in my writing.

Let me offer to each of you to write your story, your family’s story or any story that impacts you to inspire others. Thank you all for being who you are and helping me celebrate writing, literacy, and those who have a love for the written word. Write on, write on, write on! ~~YoTrip

“Soaring Towards Heaven in 2011″
The Sky is Limitless

Orlando Renaissance Writer’s Guild, Inc.
2011 *”Writer of The Year”*
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Thursday Thinking by YoTrip for March 31, 2011-Bill’s Story Could Be Your Story -The Invisibles continued (Vol.3, Iss.3)


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Bob, Brad, or Bill could be his name but how would you know, you are so consumed with his appearance you never consider he is a human being, just like you.Sure Bill is unkempt, in need of a long hot shower,haircut, and shave, but these are luxuries to somone struggling to survive on the streets.

Bill is posted on the block and within the box made of broken blue lines on the cobbled concrete. While standing inside the box Bill can legally ask for a handout from those passing by his space.

Bill was not always relegated to a box on the block. The downturn in the economy, an injury that seems to linger and a series of losses job, family, house took away life as he knew it.

Bill was a homeowner, a husband, and a hard worker living a good life.  Currently  Bill is homeless,  separated from his family, and humbled by his new existence.  In an instant his status changed and he began a downward spiral to living life on the streets. Bill’s place, his new home, is where he walked many days yet he never imagined this would be his story.

Bill’s story is as common as the winds that swirl and quickly change. There are so many “Bill’s” out there who are trying to figure out how to make it and survive day-to-day. Be aware that in an instant Bill’s story can become your story…

“Soaring Towards Heaven in 2011″
The Sky is Limitless
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Thurdsday Thinking by YoTrip for February 17, 2011-We Are All On Borrowed Time (Vol.2, Iss.3)


On Borrowed Time

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We Are All On Borrowed Time

The moment we make our first appearance in this world our life clock starts winding down. Every moment, second, minute, hour, day, week, month and year is critical, yet so often we take our time here on earth for granted. No one is privy to their end date, it resides in the hands of the Father, and so you are charged with enjoying your time as it comes.

Your born on day is a joyous time for all who are awaiting your arrival. The beginning of your life is full of newness and sets the course for your life’s journey. The hands of time are moving quickly with each breathe you take. The profoundness of time is that all who live are given it as a gift, but each allocation is set and measured uniquely for the individual.
The bridge between your time of birth and your time of death maybe short and eventful or it may be long and low key, it is all borrowed. It is the time spent on the bridge of life, which speaks to the essence of who you are or how the world perceives you. The question of how does your bridge look rarely hits home until a family member, friend, co-worker, or acquaintance time on the bridge of life is abruptly ended.
The untimely death of the young or those who are seemingly well or others can send a shock to your system. The departure from the bridge of life and borrowed time is both a wake-up call and an indicator that life is the prelude to death. As surely as you are born to live, you are destined to live to die.
How are you managing your borrowed time? Are you taking for granted you time on your bridge of life? Have you experienced the calling card of untimely death in your life and decided to live, laugh and love well? Use your borrowed time wisely.
~~YoTrip

Rest in Eternal Peace-A.L.P. (2/5/11)& L.D.(2/16/11)

“Soaring Towards Heaven In 2011″
The Sky Is Limitless..

Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
http://www.yotrip.wordpress.com
http://www.yotrip-wordsandthoughts.blogspot.com

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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”

YoTrip-Words and Thoughts “An Ode to 2010”


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Greetings,
I was waiting in between flights today and this came to me so I thought I would share.
  
An Ode To 2010
  
A year of years was this 2010
I mean it was interesting down to the end
The year started with a boom and a earthqake
The poor people of Haiti it was more than they could take
The rains and waters were not kind in Tennessee
Mud slides and floods beyond what they eyes could see
March brought on Maddness of a different kind
There were days it was so cold in Florida the sun did not shine
A group shouting and rant about how goverment should be
Saw the world a bit different and called themeselves Tea
The champion of golf saw his personal life and game crumble
He was busy with some kitty cats who caused him to stumble
From Cleveland to Miami the King flew the coop
Chasing a ring down in south Florida, which is where he will now hoop
The comeback kid  an man named Vick, with a throwing arm that’s hot
The folks up Philly were afraid to give him a shot
The elections brought some sweeping changes locally and in DC
It will be a real dramedy of sorts to watch and see
The economy is still slow and joblessness is sad
Housing foreclosed this is the worst in 40 years we have had
Healthcare was a area of major debate
For or against, it was worth the wait.
Our troops are still off fighting in senseless combat
Let’s pray for their return from Afganistan and Iraq
The social media arena really got large
Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter operating with no user charge
The country of Chile and their trapped 68 miners
Offer the world a lesson in humilty and to quit our whining
The gulf region was hit hard by BP’s oil spill mess
It was hard watching the wildlife and mankind being put to the test
The snow storms of Chirstmas left many at airports with flights stalled out
The stranded not having happy holidays missing family and friends caused them to pout.
So now we are here at the last day of 2010
Be happy, celebrate as we usher 2011 in!
12/31/10

“A.I.M. To Win In 2010”
Aspire, Inspire, Motivate

Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
http://www.yotrip.wordpress.com
http://www.yotrip-wordsandthoughts.blogspot.com

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

YoTrip-Words and Thoughts for Friday, June 11, 2010-TIME is Ticking (Vol.6, Iss.3)


TIME is ticking away like the hands on a clock. Make sure you experience and enjoy the moments, seconds, minutes, hours, days, and years as if they were your last ones. Cherish those whom you spend time with and the memories you make.” 6/11/10
~~YoTrip

Freedom Friday-You have made it to the weekend, so feel free to enjoy it.

Heaven is smiling as it welcomes in two more angels: Sis. Corenner Evans and Sis. Mary Williams, much prayer to your families, may your souls find sweet rest.

Keep the people of HAITI, CHILE, the GULF REGION, AND TENNESSEE in your thoughts and prayers. Give to http://www.newmissions.org

Please visit my blogs http://www.yotrip.wordpress.com and http://www.yotrip-wordsandthoughts.blogspot.com and enjoy previous posts. I would love to hear your feedback on your favorite posts. Thanks for your support!

“A.I.M. To Win In 2010”
Aspire, Inspire, Motivate

Yolanda Clay Triplett
“YoTrip”
http://www.yotrip.wordpress.com
http://www.yotrip-wordsandthoughts.blogspot.com

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

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