Real life is messy and hard and never turns out like you imagined. Usually it is better. I have learned to work hard and pray harder. Sometimes things are simply out of your control and you must let time take its course. Nothing worth having comes easy, ever. I am picky. I am stubborn, and I often don not know what I want. But, that is ok. Life is about trial and error. We pick ourselves up when we feel defeated and we learn from our mistakes.
I try to remain positive and do my best to inspire others. I inspire others by how I express my thoughts through my actions.
I see the good in everyone. People may call me naïve but this is something I learned from my mother. Giving your time to others is the most valuable thing you can do. The smallest act of good can make a huge difference, sometimes with little or no effort.
I would like to think I offer a fresh, new perspective. I am very confident and passionate in my beliefs. Just take a moment to sit down and chat with me, you will learn rather fast I am an open book full of lots of experiences. Don’t take my age for granted. For a twenty-three year old right out of college, I might teach you a thing or two.
I have had to overcome many obstacles in my life. I have without a doubt, continued my life gracefully, not taking anything for granted. I embrace each and every new challenge, knowing that I may not succeed my desired outcome, but by attempting I will gain something possibly more valuable.
I was blessed with a natural ability to connect to anyone I encounter. At an early age, I developed tact for people. I am not afraid to speak my opinions to an auditorium full of people. This has gotten me in trouble a time or two.
Building relationships is the key to be successful in any profession, but especially in Philanthropy and Development. This five foot nothing southern-belle loves to chat, especially over a cup of freshly brewed coffee. I will tell you all about my passions and adventures, probably more than you would care to listen. I love a good story, even better a great conversation. I want to know all I can know about you. Yes, YOU.
By building successful relationships with my colleagues, family, and friends, I want to foster a culture of philanthropy in my own life. By creating a culture of philanthropy, this means creating a place where everyone feels a sense of belonging. For such a simple word it has a huge concept. A sense of belonging is a human need, just like the need for food and shelter. Feeling that you belong is most important in seeing value in life and in coping with intensely painful emotions. Research indicates that a sense of belonging increases meaningfulness of life. Meaning is found in various ways–sometimes through family, religion and the sense of self.
To build a sense of belonging requires active effort and practice. So where do I belong and how does it make sense to me?
I have a firm commitment to my faith, my family, and friends. I attempt to create relationships with my loved ones where they feel inspired, loved, and devotedly supported in what is important to them. I uphold a level of honestly and respect for their opinions, yet I will sensibly share my insights.
By creating a sense of philanthropy in my personal life, I am optimistic I will continue to prosper professionally, ultimately continuing to create positive social change around me.
Look within, listen from within, and trust your voice. Envision your world. I envision a world that encourages respects and equality to everyone. Where we are equal, and our efforts are much admired. We are all uniquely beautiful in our own way. I envision a world where our differences are embraced. We are not slated for our gender, our race, or any disabilities we may have. I can see a world where we embrace each other. Where we can set aside our differences and see each other for our human essence. These are possibilities that stretch beyond our passports. These are possibilities that can be achieved.
Live life in a way you would want to be remembered for. Are you adding values to others’ lives? If not, maybe this is your first act of service.
I must have courage to be imperfect, have compassion to be kind to others, create connections as a result to authenticity, and to fully embrace vulnerability.
Vulnerability is love, gratitude, and happiness. Philanthropy is empathy in action.
So how can I better show empathy in my own life? Empathy is not easy for anyone because understanding how others are feeling means looking at more than just facial expressions. Sometimes empathy can just be saying the right word at the right time to show you understand how someone might be feeling. A good way to learn how to show empathy is to practice.
What will YOU do to show empathy in YOUR life?