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Blog Info T is for Toni
Teacher. Entrepreneur. Hula hooper + edtech dork. Wannabe Nairobi Luo. (Omera!) Carl Sagan's biggest fan & lipstick advocate. Veggie with a refined cookie palate. Whole bunch of contradiction wrapped up in a red hoodie.
Apr 23, 2014

Outtakes. Getting us to sit still for a pic is hard! #cofounders #eneza

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Apr 20, 2014

#easter above the trees. #kitengela #kenya (at Kitengela Hot Glass)

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Apr 18, 2014 RIP Marquez

I first read 100 Years of Solitude when I was 15 and was dumbfounded by such magical prose. I have read many Gabriel Garcia Marquez books and reread 100 Years so many times since then. His stories do exactly what amazing fiction is supposed to do — teach you about struggle and subservience. About love and anger and the seemingly contradictory nature of our actions. About family and strength and curiosity. About desire and death.

At moments in my life, I compare myself to a Aureliano or a Rebeca or a Fermina or even the pleading, lost lover in “Eyes of a Blue Dog.” And I think to myself, hot damn. He is such a f*cking good writer. You find yourself in his characters.

The world lost a great one. But luckily, his words live on. Read them!

"It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment."

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Apr 16, 2014

After 24+ hours of travel this time around, I made it to #london. 9 hour flight left!! (πŸ”©decaf. 😁) #jetlag #nomad #heathrow (at Terminal 5 London Heathrow Airport (LHR))

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Apr 15, 2014
Apr 13, 2014

Missing #Nairobi right about now. On my way in 48 hours… 🌍 Photo credits to @susaneve

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Apr 11, 2014

There’s a National Sibling Day?! Ok. Mine are the best y’all. #siblingday

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Apr 9, 2014

My oldest nephew Ty is so grown up! This was my favorite of our #selfie #binge #samematuritylevel 😏

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Apr 5, 2014

We did it!! Time to eat 5 pancakes. #hollywoodhalf (at Ricardo Montalban Theatre)

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Apr 5, 2014

Third-wheeling the Hollywood half marathon in less than 12 hours! So excited to run on behalf of my late niece, Naya. #nervous #nayaspapayas (at Hollywood Blvd)

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Apr 5, 2014

Picking up my race bib for tomorrow’s half marathon at this old haunt! #la (at The Hollywood Palladium)

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Apr 4, 2014

My lunch break today. Right now is pretty good to me. #avilabeach #slo (at Avila Beach)

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Mar 14, 2014

#toronto is pretty. (at Nathan Phillips Square)

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Mar 9, 2014

#selfie with Mama Eunice. What a great weekend in Muhuru Bay. #WISERGrad #akethora

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Mar 4, 2014 On Resistance

I watched this video clip the other day on what alcohol does to the brain. Interesting stuff. Basically, it clears it out. Makes your neurotransmitters only send off limited messages. Filters the extra chaotic stuff in your brain. This is why you feel so clear, so focused, and often, so invincible. But, it’s only temporary. How do we create this filtering in our every day life?

I have come to think of resistance as what we are always battling within our minds. That dragon we need to slay. If we then are the knight, what are we fighting for?

In the workplace or home, resistance is often caused by chaos — whirling thoughts, emotions, and misunderstandings between people. And at the very same time, monotony. Too much of the same thing is boring and causes us to lose focus and thereby, move back to chaos.

What I found from years of teaching is that there are two things kids love:

1. Systems

2. Constant newness

Seemingly contradictory, right? But I think this gets to the very heart of anti-resistance. At the very heart of what is Flow. Clarity and creativity are at the heart of it. Having organization creates a foundation that enables creativity. And creativity must also be sought. Something new every day.

What we’re fighting for is the ability to think, move and act without resistance. To gain Flow and get in deep with people, with ideas, and with what really matters.

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