I founded Project Wednesday on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. PW is based on a weekly inspirational email sent out every Wednesday to anyone who subscribes that is looking for a dose of inspiration delivered directly to their inbox each week. The emails are written by myself as well as guest writers, which we refer to as Guest Inspirers. Project Wednesday has an Empowerment Squad made up of 8 individuals throughout the country that work behind the scenes of PW, including social media, music, motivational resources, podcasts, benchmarking, and more.
In March 2015, I signed on as a Professional Speaker with ForCollegeForLife. I met the CEO/Founder of ForCollegeForLife, Casey J. Cornelius, through something I posted with #motivationalemail about a month beforehand. When I asked Casey for his rendition of how we met after he saw my post he said, “I would say that I am always reading. I’m always fascinated with motivation and how people are inspired. And I was immediately drawn to you and PW and wanted to find a way to connect.” His more concise answer would be, “It was fate.” Currently, there are 8 individuals on the team all derived from various backgrounds and experiences who travel the country to colleges and universities with the intention to do great things.
I once read the quote “create the things you wish existed” and it stuck with me. As SA Pros, we serve as role models every single day, on and off the clock. I tell my students to dream big, but dreams are not only meant for sleeping. As individuals, we have the power within us to truly make things happen. A dream, goal, or objective is just the first step. Once they have captured their inspiration, they need to put in the work to create the opportunity, and empower others along the way. In turn, we need to provide the outlets, conversations, and experiences for our students and the people around us to make any of this possible.
In addition to this thought process, I always think back to our SA interviews and the fact that 99% of the time we will be asked in some variation, “How do you plan to balance your professional and personal life?” To some extent, in my opinion, being a Student Affairs Professional is a chosen lifestyle that easily overlaps with our personal lives. Our challenge is to find that balance while remaining congruent with our personal beliefs and values on and off the clock. For me, people are my passion. When I am “off the clock” I do not feel done with my mission to impact lives. We all have 24 hours in a day and each of us get to choose how we spend that time. For me, fixing up a website, typing up an inspirational message, laying out a marketing plan, and networking with people all over the country are all things I want and love to do because of the bigger picture. The bigger picture being potentially helping an individual tell their own story, find their own passion, or open their minds to a new way of thinking.
Professional and personal development are extremely important to me. Running my own project and working with the amazing individuals with their own talents and strengths has done nothing but make me a better #sapro and individual as a whole. Both experiences have taught me so much about myself, other people, and how we all play a vital role in this world. It is my belief that people are powerful and many times we do not even realize the power we have within us to truly make a change, difference, and/or impact.