My 4th of July

Several thoughts come to my mind when I think of the 4th. It is America’s Independence Day. Americans typically celebrate it with friends, family, and fireworks. It is most American’s favorite holiday. For me, it is a reminder of the last day that I saw my little brother, Jorge. As all of my friends, enjoyContinue reading “My 4th of July”

Volunteerism, Recognition, Swag

The first time that I remember volunteering and making a real impact was in college. I decided to lead an effort to create a safe space for kids to have Halloween, so I met the director at the local Boys & Girls Club, and we worked together to have Trick-or-Treating at their center. I wentContinue reading “Volunteerism, Recognition, Swag”

Running vs Training

Yes, there is a difference. I have been a runner most of my adult life. I have been an endurance runner for about eighteen years. I have run in thirty-eight marathons, and I have intentionally trained for about a third of them. Running…oh the joy of running. I have built relationships, have explored new areas,Continue reading “Running vs Training”

My Escape Day

I recently made a post on Facebook that ended up being a MUCH bigger personal challenge than I had expected. I decided to share racial related podcasts every day for five days. I typically listen to a lot of podcasts so this seemed like a simple enough project. Day One was a Brene Brown podcast.Continue reading “My Escape Day”

Accountability & Consistency

I titled my blog Monday Morning with Mona to hold myself accountable. If I say I am going “publish” the blog post on Monday mornings, I needed a way to make myself do it week after week – even on week’s that I didn’t have much to say. I usually write early in the week,Continue reading “Accountability & Consistency”

Corona Virus Made Me Old

Actually, it didn’t make me old or even older. I started to age the day I was born. It is part of the cycle of life. Now, let me preface this by saying that I am not making light of this terrible pandemic. People are sick. People are dying. People are dying alone. People areContinue reading “Corona Virus Made Me Old”


Do they really matter??? Do you ever wonder about the quality of the questions you are asking yourself and where those questions are leading you? My tendency is not a Questioner. I am an Obligor.* However, I have begun to realize that as I ask myself better questions, I get better results. I don’t meanContinue reading “Questions”

Birthdays & Happiness

Do they really go together? I just had a birthday. We are also in the middle of a pandemic. As selfish as it was for me to expect to have a “good” birthday, I still wanted to bring in this next year of LIFE with gratitude and happiness. As much as I know how blessedContinue reading “Birthdays & Happiness”