As a child, I often noticed the good in others. I enjoyed identifying qualities that inspired me to reach for more. Although I was a quiet kid I was very observant. I was often considered different, difficult to read, or hard to understand because of my reserved nature. The qualities that were once viewed as a weakness have actually served me well as an adult.
I now use my ability to recognize the strengths and capabilities of children. When others see them as being different, disconnected, or hard to understand; I see a child with strong desires they’ve yet to keep up with. I see a child with profound potential and strengths they’ve yet to understand.
Once, a parent told me she’d never witnessed a person (with a calm voice) hold the attention of seventeen teenagers (for multiple classes) without having to yell at some point. Lol. Her observation and inspiration to share it with me was the fuel I needed at the time.
Making the decision to start a nonprofit was easy for me. However, the start-up process was a different story. I moved in inspiration. Eventually, the dots connected and continues to connect and grow with the help of my supporters and partners.
I’ve always been someone who has great confidence in my ability to gain employment regardless of the economy. Building a business, however, was a new adventure. It’s an opportunity for me to learn new things. I’ve discovered that I have talents and abilities I didn’t even know I had.
The first year is kind of a blur with building websites from scratch, creating marketing material, working while others are sleeping, juggling meetings while also making time to volunteer, developing partnerships, seeking funding, evening dates with my laptop, and making the organization appear larger than it actually was. If you’ve ever started a new business you know exactly what I mean.
Every week, I gather my laptop, projector, flash drive, and class materials. I pack up my snacks for the kids and load everything in the car. The feeling I get is one I can’t quite describe.
It’s hard to believe that a little shy girl from Oklahoma City, OK., who honestly had no idea what I wanted to do as a teen, became a professional model traveling the world, worked in the spa/wellness industry for some of the world’s top Forbes 5 Star management companies and now I have the pleasure of helping kids follow their dreams, explore their full potential, and align with the best of who they are.
Working with youth is the most rewarding experience of all. Teaching mindset principles, wellness practices, and empowerment while watching them apply it to their life, but in their own way; is the most exhilarating feeling. Being a witness to their personal growth is priceless.
What I’ve learned is that we all have unique gifts to share with the world. When each of us starts from where we are it will eventually have a ripple effect on the planet. Identifying positive aspects in others has led me to discover that we are ALL connected in extraordinary ways.
UPDATE: Office and classroom location is 306 N. Loop 288, STE 108, Denton, TX, 76209. Registration is available at www.truexpansion.org/registration or at www.facebook.com/truexpansionfoundation. Check out my latest blog posts.