Fun Fact: Back at Rahway High I was in a mentoring program called Heroes and Cool Kids where we’d mentor the kids at Rahway Middle School.

I actually felt honored to do it, because for one it was like we were all hand selected discreetly in gym one day, and they just gave us these t-shirts with the program name on it and didn’t really say much about it so I knew it was special. We used to go to these day long workshops workshops where we’d study and role play with kids from other high schools. They’d taught us how to talk to younger kids about bullying and various other issues kids face in school. Then, we’d walk down to the middle school and spend time with the kids, encouraging them and doing different activities to raise awareness about the issues.

It made me feel really good to do this. In a way, it was like giving back to our community, where the kids did actually look up to us.  I feel like I wanted to put this out there to the universe that I’m wanting to get back into this kind of work again, because the youth now a days need mentorship. More than mentorship even, they need support, guidance, and real life influence that doesn’t come from social media, internet and television. If there’s one thing I know, they need some type of release where they can express themselves more freely and without fear. They’re hiding so much pain.

I love kids, there’s something innocent and pure about them. I’d like to see more children outside playing again, playing sports, interacting with each other, rooting for each other, believing in themselves and actually being kids, before the world takes their creativity and tells them everything they can’t do. I’d like to give the youth more encouragement to dream and not be afraid to be different and to let their lights shine.

It’s honestly crazy. I never thought about how being a part of an organization like Heroes and Cool Kids would shape me in this way and actually play a role in my life years later. It’s like a repressed interest that has slowly made its way back. Well on that note, for my readers if anyone knows of any organizations in the Greater Richmond, VA area that are looking for any guest speakers, an inner city school that needs a speaker, or if anyone is looking to collaborate with me in starting an organization for mentorship of youth/teens feel free to head over to my contact page and drop me a message and let’s do it!

The children are our future y’all.💋

P.S. Learn more about Heroes and Cool Kids here!

Blogmas Day 4: Keep Up the Momentum.

Blogmas Day 4: Keep Up the Momentum.

Okay, so my attempt at Blogmas didn’t quite go as planned being that I only did day one so far, and it really wasn’t even Christmas related, and that’s okay I make my own rules! I digress but, I’m going to get back on it. It’s actually harder than I thought to blog every day because some days I just don’t feel inspired. Either I’m tired from my day, got sidetracked or I just don’t feel that bloggy. 

But even though we are tired, it’s said that we shouldn’t spend all day working for someone else and then come home and not work on our own dreams and aspirations. Hmm, that’s true. Of course, the pressure of life’s demands can get overwhelming at times, and it seems like there’s just not enough time to fit in what we want to do after spending so much time doing everything we have to do. Yea, everything we planned to do sounds great in our minds, but once we get around to it, our bodies are telling us something different. Lay down, get to it later. I mean, more than once a week I get up for work and I’m just like no, and I get off from work and I’m just like no, then I get home from work and I’m just like no! I don’t wanna!

We’re working towards our dream job, one that when we get it won’t actually feel like work. On the other hand, we’ve all had jobs that we don’t particularly like or what we’re doing has nothing to do with our degrees. It doesn’t make sense to us, but sometimes we gotta do what we gotta do. We take that job serving nights in college so we can work and go to school, we work that internship before serving for no pay so we can get that experience, we take that entry- level opportunity after school just to get our feet wet. These sacrifices enable us to save a little room to grow later.

There comes a time where we should consider the things that we aren’t satisfied with in life and find ways to change it. It’s hard because we have to learn how to use the things that we are unsatisfied with, to enable us to chase our dreams. Make the sacrifice and push yourself then keep up the momentum! Make a schedule and stick to it, set attainable goals, but don’t sell yourself short. Working on our own goals should make putting up with the things that enable us to work on our dreams worth it in the end. Because it will be worth it in the end!

I’m back on for Blogmas y’all!