Since 2007, I have gone on a personal journey of social justice activism. You can read about it in more detail on Art House America's blog HERE. Through these experiences, I've come to realize the power of the individual to make a tangible impact in the world. When people decide to allow themselves to be affected, the world changes. When we use our voices to inform, inspire, and equip others, big problems become smaller. The daunting becomes actionable. The sweeping generalities become personal.
There are needs all over the world, both foreign and domestic. We can't wait until we have perfect plans to meet them; we just need to start. We have to be willing to get it wrong before we get it right. This generation has the opportunity to affect change on a global scale like never before. The question is, will we? Will we learn to look beyond ourselves? Will we allow ourselves to be caught up in a "dare to be great" situation? Will we use our lives - our talents, our influence - to make an impact beyond ourselves? Will we tell good stories with our lives?
I hope we do. Because I know we can.
Change is possible. The world is waiting for those who believe it and decide to show up.
I have had the privilege to advocate on behalf of all the following companies and organizations:
Hanson's Take the Walk Campaign - volunteer event coordinator & leader
Blood:Water Mission - volunteer
Village of Hope Uganda - volunteer
Got Your Back Movement - summer intern 2011
Philanthropy: Fashion + Compassion - sales associate
The Mocha Club - billing associate 1+ year