This photo from 4 years ago turned up in my Facebook timeline this morning.
Learning to play ukulele, playing and singing with other people, has been a challenging and rewarding self-directed learning project for me. And there have been seasons – when I first started I was excitedly practicing every day and meeting with my mostly homeschool mom friends weekly with our matching blue dolphin ukes. We went to Uke Festivals and workshops. I was so excited I wrote a song and created a photo series I call Dr. Uke says…to show what songs I was working on and how I was feeling. The group was evolving, I started working on the books, and mom’s illness progressed. The season and my learning journey shifted.
Here is a very simple framework I use to help me live according to my values and goals. It helps me to make choices that ensure I am living MY definition of a fulfilling and successful life and learning in ways that are best for me. I think it can do the same for you.
It helps me to make choices that ensure I am living MY definition of a fulfilling and successful life and learning in ways that are best for me. I think it can do the same for you.
I think it can do the same for you.
Choose to create a life you love: a 3-step framework.
GirlEmpireCon founders, Alex Ellison and Ashley Jennings, care about empowering young women and building community in their hometown of Reno. What were they hoping to accomplish with their one day conference?
From their website:
“It’s time young people take ownership of their education, formal and informal. We want every girl to leave Girl Empire with the tools, confidence and connections to take charge and make her own rules,” Ellison said.
“The job market is changing all the time. It’s time that we prepare our girls to succeed in any field, instead of setting them up to fail in a field that might not exist in five years,” Jennings said.
Jennings and Ellison found sponsors, collaborators, and speakers to put together an exciting day of learning.
There were so many nuggets and lessons to take to heart. Here are a few captured on twitter:
I also learned lots about what I shouldn’t do while holding a microphone, balancing notecards and trying to signal the person taking care of the slides, thank you Laurel. This wasn’t the first in my life that my Italian heritage and tendency to talk with my hands has gotten me in trouble.
I learned what a profound gift it is when people give you their attention, engage, and show you that they are listening to and taking your heartfelt message to heart.