My story woke me up and led me to create the work that needs to be done.
After eight months of questioning, reflecting, and healing from my own experiences with cultural norms that didn’t support who I am, I decided to walk away from my 9-5 job and work towards a dream: a purposeful education, wherein all players involved in creating these spaces get to express their creative genius.
When we unlock the creative genius in people, we get to positively change the world.
When we embrace ourselves as whole and complete as we are, we get to bring this peace and passion to the table wherever we are and impact the world in a positive way.
When we take a look at the beliefs about ourselves and the world that aren’t working for us in the present moment, we get to change them and create new ones that support the life we want to carve.
As educators, teachers, social workers, administrators, we bring ourselves into the education space in every moment. Our power is immense to impact so many lives.
For the next three months, I will be visiting schools across the U.S. that are promoting mindfulness and social entrepreneurship.
Why Mindfulness? Mindfulness can lead to self-compassion and empathy for others (American Psychological Association, 2012). A child who cares is someone who learns how to help other people. They feel they can make a difference, have ideas of what actions to take to make a difference, and feels motivated to do them. (The New Heroes, PBS).
Why Social Entrepreneurship? Social Entrepreneurs act as the change agents for society, seizing opportunities to improve systems, invent and disseminate new approaches and advance sustainable solutions that create social value”(The New Heroes, PBS).
Following this journey, an interdisciplinary team of passionate people will ride along to these schools across the U.S. to document students’ voices on their experiences in these education spaces (Follow me here and Twitter to hear more about this)!
I believe in the power of storytelling–in moving, touching and inspiring the world with stories. I also believe that the world shifts when we shift ourselves.
I’m on a mission to see these spaces that already exist and are being created as I write.
I’m on a mission to share these experiences with you, and to inspire a continued dream: a purposeful education, wherein young people, educators, and all players involved in creating these spaces get to honor themselves and express their creative genius.