If you want your group to want to include more diversity, make sure it is healthy enough to attract the right person to want to apply, to want to volunteer, or to want to move into your area.
I have been the first black person or first female for several boards, committees, awards, positions, and sometimes friends for others. Depending on the situation, it was rewarding, challenging, and at times lonely.
Fred Rogers said it best " There's a world of difference between insisting on someone's doing something and establishing an atmosphere in which that person can grow into wanting to do it."
When you have a group of like-minded individuals, understand that you could be limiting your potential for growth. Want new ideas, but make sure you are at a decision table of people who value and handle differences in opinion.
I AM NOT PERFECT -- I have and will mess up again. People who appreciate what I can do take time to speak life into me. They make an effort to help me continue to move forward because they see what I have done and what I am capable of doing. Those who do not really care will be upset because I did not do what THEY thought I should have done. To do the right thing at the right time always is what I hope to be able to do.
Until I am perfect, understand this
I can not make everyone happy. You will be upset because I am good at me. You will be upset because I do me. You will be upset because I do not live my life for you. Or you could choose to celebrate. You will be happy because I am good at me. You will be happy because I do me. You will be happy because I do not live my life just for you.
My movement and growth are a part of my life, and I am proud of what I have accomplished and excited where God is taking me next. It is your choice on how you choose to view me. My decision on how I react to your opinion.
Look around at the people you are with most of the time. Are you surrounding yourself with people that want to see you succeed? What kind of energy are these people around you feeding you?
If you want to change, think about what and who you're allowing in your life. Ask yourself questions about the people that you surround yourself with daily. Do they care about my growth or are they just telling me about themselves? Are they going to push me or hold me back ? Are they agreeing with you all the time and never giving honest feedback? Do they shoot down anything and everything you do or say without any suggestions?
Surround yourself with people who make you hungry for life. The ones that know you're starving and will give you that food and energy that you need to take you to your next level of success.
Ones that show you that it's possible.
It starts with you making a decision to change.
Image shows 5 types of people you should surround yourself with
New year means better you. It starts by being intentional with your movements.
How many times do you start and quit. Keep bad habits in 2019. COMMENT below a bad habit that won't make it to your 2020.
To be honest, when I saw this video I thought if you can't block like this, I don't need you on my team?. This girl has to be on a football team; did you see her base, playing square for that power and control?. That is how badly you should want your new year to be right for you. Look in the mirror square up on yourself and take that power and control back by dropping bad habits.
Video credit: Nflmemes
In 2013, When I first came up with creating a hyperlocal website focused on the communities that my local school district served, I thought for sure it would be welcome with open arms from everyone.
I endured racism, sexism, ageism, and probably a few other isms that I don't know the definition of. I thought to myself what's wrong, I came with quality content and a team of skilled people.
2019 my website and social media pages are still going strong with engagements over 75,000.
Not all were opposed to what I was doing. But the ones that you would think would understand that we are trying to change the perception of a community did try to end my journey.
Build your team with the strongest members you can find. I came with marketing, brought on a proven photographer, and an award-winning journalist. My team has expanded and has given the best of their time, resources, and skill set.
My site for my community showcases new businesses, stories that larger papers would not cover, and things that mean something to the locals. We become the trusted resource and also of an easy way to reach target markets.
Proud of the team I built and the difference it made for the Ambridge Area. Looking forward to releasing our new partnership and also my new podcast. Stay tuned. #myenergy