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TOOL: Week of December 10, 2018 — WHAT IF?

In 2008, (was it 2009?) GOGI Girl Teri came up to me with a spark in her eye and a question. “Coach Taylor,” she said, “What if I am not my past?” This simple question sparked conversation among the women living in the module at the Los Angeles County Jail called GOGI Campus. Each of the 24 women housed in this small, segregated unit within the 3,000 capacity jail wondered if they would ever be…

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TOOL: Week of December 3, 2018 — FOR-GIVE

According to the US Bureau of Transportation Statistics a total of 631,939,829 passengers boarded domestic flights in the United States during a one year period.  As passengers take their seats, they are instructed how to fasten their seat belts, to protect them should their be turbulence mid flight. Passengers are also instructed in the fine art of FOR – GIVE, although they are not informed they are being taught a GOGI tool. You see, when…

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TOOL: Week of November 26, 2018 — LET GO

The GOGI Tool LET GO gives anyone the power to move beyond the past, and even helps them move gracefully away from heated situations in the present. Surprisingly, LET GO even works for the emotions attached to future expectations. How can one GOGI tool be such a handy helper for past, present, and future? For the answer, let’s look at the KEY WORDS for this tool. The key words for LET GO are: HAND/SQUASH/TOSS. HAND/SQUASH/TOSS…

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Reality is ………….. whatever you make it.

I’ve been told I’m crazy, naive and delusional. I’ve been told my expectations are unrealistic and my view of things is that of a dreamer. “Tamara, you don’t live in reality.” Maybe these things are true. Or maybe I choose to live in an alternate reality … a future reality that doesn’t exist yet; but that I can see as possible, attainable. Maybe I see reality as more of a mindset. This is definitely one of the definitions…

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TOOL: Week of November 12, 2018 — POSITIVE ACTIONS

POSITIVE ACTIONS was added to the GOGI Toolbox during the two year period when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department permitted the first ever GOGI Campus. In this 24 bed jail housing module, which was also as the former housing unit for movie actor Robert Downey Jr. and Paris Hilton (not housed there at the same time, obviously), the GOGI Campus was home to a total of 350 women who came into and left out…

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Tool: Week of November 5, 2018 — POSITIVE WORDS

Image Credit: Art is a gift to GOGI from GOGI student KEITH ERICKSON On a recent site visit to Salinas Valley State Prison in California a GOGI student stated that his favorite tool was POSITIVE WORDS. He told us a story about his youth. He was subjected to a lot of negative comments. He was told he was stupid, no good, a problem, unwanted. He was told he was destined for prison and that he…

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Tool: Week of October 22, 2018 — POSITIVE THOUGHTS

Part of THE THREE P’s, POSITIVE THOUGHTS belongs to the Section of Tools called TOOLS OF CHOICE. In this Section of Tools, POSITIVE THOUGHTS, POSITIVE WORDS and POSITIVE ACTIONS enables the GOGI student to create possibilities where some people say there are none. While the three tools in this section are linked, it is through POSITIVE THOUGHTS that the creation of your life becomes very interesting. POSITIVE THOUGHTS creates space in your mind for possibilities…

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Fly Free With GOGI

Greetings my GOGI Peeps! Streetwise GOGI Tamara here to run my jibs. The human spirit was not created to be enslaved or imprisoned. The human spirit was created to fight and survive; to rise above when pressed from all sides. The human spirit was created to fly free. The state may be able to imprison someone physically. But it cannot imprison the human spirit. It cannot imprison someone mentally. Only WE can imprison ourselves mentally. Many…

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TOOL: Week of October 15, 2018 — FIVE SECOND LIGHTSWITCH

Your key is to FLIP THE SWITCH and claim your right to be in command of your mind’s and your body’s activities. It can be YOUR choice to make a weak or a strong decision when you put to use your FIVE SECOND LIGHTSWITCH.

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Am I Strong Enough?

My GOGI Peeps, how are you today? Streetwise GOGI Tamara here to drop a little reality on you. This past Saturday, I attended a women’s empowerment event, as a GOGI/TG4L! Rep, and was asked to speak about GOGI. The subject matter at this event focused on abuse of all kinds within our prisons, communities and families.  I met some amazingly strong and resilient women. The subject matter hit very close to home for me, as…

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