Did you know that one of the core values of Yoke and Abundance is Diversity and Inclusion? It’s not something I preach through my business, it’s something I plant and try to allow to “BLOOM” through my business. It’s my intention that Yoke and Abundance will be an organization that exemplifies Diversity and Inclusion through its actions, through it’s way of being in the world. Sometimes I get it right and sometimes I don’t, but I put a lot of thought and intentionality into what Yoke and Abundance is becoming and who has a seat at the table on the Yoke and Abundance platform. That’s why Yoke and Abundance is a sponsor of Social Design’s Bloom Inclusion conference that’s taking place October 3rd.
Social Designs founder and Wise Woman Jada Monica Drew and her team chose the word “Bloom” inclusion because “it represents a season of flourishing after the planting season”. The Bloom team believes that “when people come together with a passion for healthy transformation, innovation, and creativity, growth is catalyzed on an individual and organizational level. I’m excited to get to be a Creativity Cultivator at the seminar. What does it mean to be a Creativity Cultivator? It means I’ll be talking to participants, observing, sharing experiences of the conference through social media, and taking copious notes throughout the day.
“Follow your heart. It will all be okay. Pray. You have something to offer. Stop worrying. You are valuable. Pray. Help others. Keep moving forward. Pray”
“Last summer, a friend and I rode motorcycles and camped in Alaska for 10 days. A year before, neither one of us had ever driven a motorcycle. We spent a year preparing for the trip. I loved the fact that almost everything we did, both in planning and on the trip itself was a first for both of us! It was scary and exhilarating at the same time.”
“Please if you’re reading this, and there’s that one thing you can’t stop daydreaming about, that consumes you even when you should be doing your “real job”- know that on the other side of the fear of the unknown is strength and resiliency and self-reliance. You will be OK- and more than OK; self-fulfilled. And guess what? The worst thing that could happen is you fail. So what. Then one night twenty years from now, you’ll be able to sleep peacefully knowing you tried.”
Did you know that one of the core values of Yoke and Abundance is Diversity and Inclusion? It is, which is why I’m a sponsor of Social Design’s “Bloom Inclusion: Innovative Solutions for Inclusion Seminar”. I’ll be capturing the day as a Creative Cultivaor and I hope you’ll follow along. What do you most want to know about diversity and inclusion?
Personally, I’ve curdled on the inside trying to answer the question “and what do you do” at networking events and social functions in the past. I’ve stood there like a deer in headlights thinking, “I’m so much more than what I do, how can I tell you who I am?”
“Never stop wanting more. Always put yourself out there and learn new things. Continue to be an individual and don’t change who you are for anyone. “
It turns out this corduroy jacket can talk, maybe not in words but I’m getting it’s message. I think my dad still has a lot to teach me, but from now on he’s speaking in a different language.
“Be fearless in your pursuit. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from what you want to achieve.”
“Creativity is, to me, this mix of fear and reward, and is a practice that teaches a lot about how to be scared and to create anyways. Engage with the making of an art piece is the commitment to constantly have that conversation.”