I was humbled when Melissa Kimble of My Creative Connection–an amazing blog that highlights women of color and their professional and personal stories of success– asked if she could write a piece on me. The opportunity could not of come at a better time as I was in a period of self-reflection and transition as I spread my wings to leave my classroom nest and into the wild job hunt jungle. I touched upon issues such as work-life balance, priority-setting and getting back to the basics of community building.
Check out an excerpt from my interview below:
What inspires you to create?
What many people do not realize is that doing good work is dirty. We need people who are willing to get down and dirty to be the change we all wish to see. Too many people attend the fundraising events and/or see the picture recap and believe that it is all fun. Or people see teachers smiling with their students at recess and believe that teaching and working in schools is all fun. No! The day-to-day, often mundane work we do is what actually produces those results. So what inspires me is when I get to see that hard work pay off. When I see pictures of a teacher and her class, I think of how that teacher has built those relationships through day-to-day classroom interactions because I have been there. When I am with the First Book-DC board reviewing book grant applications and we get to grant out the thousands of dollars we’ve raised or when I’m leading a Power Session with Capital Cause, those are moments that inspire me to get down and dirty again. To get in the weeds again and keep working because no matter how tedious the task, no matter how frustrating it can be to send all those emails, planning those lessons, or lead another conference call, at the end of the day it pays off. And knowing that you’re working towards making a lasting difference is what makes it all worth it.
Curious to read more? Hop on over to My Creative Connection for the rest of the story.