So, it’s January 2nd, 2021 (what!?). That mean’s it’s time to ask myself if I’m living my 2020 goals. As I explained about a year ago in my 2021 goal post, the point of setting goals a year out is to help you visual where you actually want to in the future, as opposed to setting, open-ended goals.

Selfie in Joshua Tree

❌ Do you weigh 175lbs? Nope. Sure don’t.

✔️ Are you 2/3rds of the way through grad school? Yep!

✔️ Do you not live in Berkeley anymore? I live in Davis, CA now!

✔️Do you work somewhere else other than UC Berkeley…


This paper was originally written as a reflection on my August 2020 philosophy paper in my Introduction to Organization and Leadership class at USF. I hope to springboard off of this reflection and continue to update my philosophy as move through my graduate program and beyond.

When I first started thinking about leadership and my journey as I began my Introduction to Organizational Leadership class at the University of San Francisco in August 2020, I literally painted two pictures for my first leadership philosophy paper. One picture was of a baked five-tiered cake, and the other of a mixing bowl…


For my Introduction to Organizational Leadership (O&L 614)
class at the University of San Francisco fall 2020.

Assignment: Leadership Philosophy

What are the qualities of a leader? Of the many great leaders that I have encountered in person, in books, and elsewhere one of the many qualities that these individuals possess that I’ve found to be common is around empathy. While there are many other qualities I think leaders should possess (critical thinking, confidence, awareness, listening, general knowledge), empathy comes to the forefront of my mind. …


I’ve been avoiding writing this because it’s going to catapult me into a new work of social media and digital content that I’ve not been personal sure I’m ready for. If you know me in person and hear me talk about my passion for higher education, digital marketing, and social media, you also know that I can’t have these conversations without a race-conscious, multicultural, and inclusive lens either. …


“When it comes to grandpas, we had the best sort of grandpa. The kind of grandpa that not only loved his western movies but was also the star in one. To us, he was our own John Wayne, a true hero. He taught us how to drive four-wheelers and golf carts. He would stay up late playing cards well past of the point of aggravation just because Andi wanted to win a hand or two. He picked up trash collected cans and forever had a vendetta against those dang mesquite trees. But he was the protector of his family and…


I didn’t dabble in watercolor in high school or college. I couldn’t tell you a single famous watercolorist nor can I think of any particularly inspiring watercolor painting I’ve been recently drawn to. But here we are — learning how to paint with watercolors. I’ve discovered the simultaneous discipline it takes to creates momentary chaos of mixing colors and water — and I love it.

While I don’t know how exactly watercolor became the answer to many of my impending projects, I can at least trace my steps backwards to understand the purpose of this medium in my life.

I…


Today is #BlackOutTuesday. The United States has been rioting for the past week. Last Monday, #GeorgeFloyd was murdered by a police officer with his knee crushing his throat. In March, Breonna Taylor was also murdered by police in her home in the middle of the night during a “no-knock” raid, and in February, Ahmaud Arbery, was murdered while on a jog. These are just three names on an endless list, but the three that are on everyone’s minds; these are the murders that have incited America’s riots this May and June.

Admittedly, in the past, when I’ve read about these…


Where do I even begin?

2020 has been quite the year for the world, and that’s no exaggeration. With the threat of COVID-19 either looming above most of us or infecting the rest of us, this year was not what I had even remotely planned for. How can you plan for wearing a mask every day as your new normal? A new normal where you’re not allowed to: Go into work? Go to the gym? Fly on an airplane? See people you love? You can’t. And so many of my goals depended on so many of these things. While I…


About a year ago, I had started asking the family to record all the magnificent stories Baba had to tell. I wanted to know everything about her and her life from her. I wanted to have this incredible podcast, where the entire family interviewed our ringleader so that we could all cherish her stories after she left us. And while this was a good idea in theory, in practice it was really hard and I started to realize some things...

What I primarily realized was that I wasn’t sure we’d ever be able to capture her essence, even if we…


Wow, I can’t believe it’s already February. I posted about my 2021 goals in January, with the intention to continually revisit my list each month and adjust as need. Why I am doing this publically, accountability.

Anyways, here are my adjusted goals 1, 2 and 3 based on my first few months and more importantly, I’m addressing my hows/tactics my in-depth in this version. I will get to goals 4–10 as I have time.

What will January 2021 look like?

  1. Goal: I will weigh 150 lbs.
    Why: I want to be as healthy as I can be as my hip and foot become weaker; I want…

Teddi Tostanoski

Bringing race-conscious & DEI thought into social media strategy at UC Davis while studying Organization & Leadership but entries span my whole life.

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