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Spiritual growth

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Spiritual Sunday

We are protected in God’s plan.

God’s strategy: Luke 6:27-38 ‘But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

‘If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. ‘Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.’

Luke 6:27-38


Choose the policy of reconciliation. It’s up to us to cooperate with grace.

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What is a good school?

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Let me begin by thanking my secret Santa for proving me the leadership opportunity. I am a girl who came from a dark place.  

If you are from Louisville, Kentucky or just moved to Louisville, I encourage you to get involved in the Louisville leadership center. It is a nonprofit that provides resources and the leadership skills training to the C suits. It is an eye-opening experience.  

Through the Louisville Leadership Center, I’ve met passionate leaders. Dr. Marty Pollio, JCPS superintendent is one of them. He is a leader who believes that a good school is a collection of high achieving people, who work to meet the needs of students. 

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After listening to him speak on the notion that we don’t identify school as good or bad. We need different perspectives to look at education. I had the opportunity to tour one of the failing schools in the district and talk with the principal, staff, and students.  This particular school (Olmsted Academy South, Louisville, Kentucky)I visited is a public all girls school equipped with 21st century skills through STEAM-based education. While I was there, I paid close attention to how school staff interact on a regular basis to create a positive culture climate that is suitable to diverse students. And this school does that. I came to conclude that this school will capture my kid’s imagination and nurture. With a great team of leaders and educators, my kids are in good hands. 

We need to care less about whether our children are academically gifted and more about whether sit with the lonely kid at lunch.  

Think differently  

Learn differently  

Teach differently  

Create greatness  

The evidences of all these above I mentions will be kept in a digital backpack that is a collection of evidence of success skill development.  

There are five pillars.  

Prepared & resilient learner

 1. Demonstrate knowledge of content skills and standards

2. Applies content knowledge to real world contexts and in interdisciplinary ways. 

3. Reflects on successes and challenges and makes appropriate adjustments in order to meet academic, personal and professional goals.  

4. Employs organizational and project management skills to achieve academic, personal and professional growth  

5. Sets personal goals for transition readiness, explores post-secondary options and takes actionable steps toward realizing both

Globally & Cultural Competent Citizen   

1. Explores community and global issues from the perspectives of those most impacted and creates actionable solutions  

2. Employs democratic processes to come to decisions and solutions  

3. Compassionate and empathetic toward others  

4. Promotes a sense of belonging for others  

5. Respects different cultures, perspectives and beliefs  

Emerging Innovators 

 1. Employs a sense of curiosity and inquiry; seeks to learn 

2. Asks questions to extend, challenge and clarify the thinking of self and others

3. Applies a design process (e.g. research, ideation, modeling, prototyping and testing) to create new solutions, products, and processes

4. Uses relevant information and feedback to continually improve solutions, products and processes

5. Takes appropriate risks, and makes adjustments based on successes and failures  

Effective Communicator 

1. Uses appropriate conventions and evidence to convey ideas clearly in writing, verbally, digitally and visually  

2. Adapts message to purpose and needs of the audience  

3. Uses discipline specific writing conventions, formats and vocabulary  to communicate ideas

4.  Uses technology effectively and responsibly 

Productive Collaborator 

1.  Works effectively with diverse groups to accomplish a common goal  

2.  Gives and receives meaningful feedback  

3. Assumes personal responsibility for team outcomes 

4. Actively listens to understand others’ ideas and perspectives

The best way to predict the future is to create it.  

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Decide to be unique in a world of typical

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Before I talk with my client about his or her business adventures, I prepare myself to get into a mindset: “decide to be unique in a world of typical.”  

“Search for what truly is unique within yourself, and give that to the world in small portions each day. Decide to be unique in a world of typical.” 

-Matthew Kelly, The Culture Solution 

what makes your business unique? 

Here are some questions that help you analyze your business ideas with measurements. 

-First level

  • The importance of the problems that business idea will solve,
  • Your entrepreneurial skills to start that business idea,
  • Market Dimension and
  • Competition.

-Second level

Second level of uniqueness is what you will sell. How your products or services are different from the products and services of your competitors? Think about possible answers of this question and note all the differences. Additionally, think about how much is important that difference for your customers.

  • Which business to start?
  • What will be the subject of business, or what you will sell?
  • How you will sell the products?

-Third level

Third level of uniqueness of your business idea will be the ways you will sell. How you will sell? What you will offer to your customers? Think about answers on these questions. Many times entrepreneurs forget about this level of uniqueness of the businesses, even this is so important for the whole business. For example, you want to sell in your retail store and also to give possibilities for shipment to home. Furthermore, you can include internet selling or to accept phone orders. Each of these ways of doing sales can make your business unique.

How can I make your business unique choosing unique business idea?

  • Answer all the previously mentioned questions.
  • Note in the notebook all the answers.
  • Rethink again about questions and answers.
  • Choose all elements that you brainstorm with the previous steps to include in your unique business idea.
  • Implement that into the business and make it different and unique.

 

 

 

 

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I am a person who have a dream

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This is a photo of the house that Martin Luther King Jr grew up in. It is a representation of the American working-class back then. Martin Luther King Jr. was a pastor, activist, leader and civil rights icon. He changed our world for the better. 

in particular, MLK taught us about work. 

 

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‘Whatever your life’s work is, do it well.’ 

-Martin Luther King Jr. 

The major problem of life is a learning how to handle the costly interruptions. The door that slams shut, the plan they got sidetracked, the marriage to fail. Or that lovely poem that didn’t get  written because someone knocked on the door. Unemployment is an interruption, in most of our lives. And interruptions are opportunities to pause, to think, to access where we really want to go with our lives.

 How can you be good at what you do? Begin by stripping yourself out of your past job titles. Tell yourself you are a unique person under several headings. You are a person, not a role. 

You are a person who is unusual in this or that. 

You are a  person who knows about  this or that. 

You are a person who has had experiences in...

you are a person who is skilled at doing this or that. 

Remember that you are a person, not a role. 

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Working Moms: Guilt, Exhaustion, and Anxiety

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Sitting by the fireplace with a cup of latte in my hand and reorganizing my notes...

Sometimes, I have to be selfish with my time. Don’t feel guilty about not fixing dinner for my family. I work because I enjoy it. The work I do is interesting and challenging. I have a wonderful boss and a lot of flexibility, the hours are manageable, and the people are great. I like the adult interaction, critical thinking, and feeling like I am part of something. I also work because I think it makes me a better mom. It makes me feel like a more well-rounded person, and keeps me grounded and connected to the outside world. I don't think I'm cut out for staying at home full time.
For those moms who are working, staying at home , and working from home, it’s a constant juggling act, and not a day goes by that I don't question my choice. But, the kids know that all you are doing is fit your family and their well-beings.

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Build something bigger than ourselves

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“ Build something bigger than ourselves. “ 

As I stared at this mural, I asked myself, ‘what have I done to move forward with my career?’ I couldn’t answer. I was stuck. All I have done is that I’ve listened to my internal voice holding me back and making me dwell in the same place. If you are a self-doubter like me, keep reading along. I would like to share some helpful tips for you and me so that we can move forward and build something bigger than ourselves.  

      Acknowledging Problems and basin failures can lead us to a better solutions. But, so often, we go overboard, and beat ourselves up for our failures or let ourselves to do well in the negative. 

1.  Express gratitude.  

  Reflect on what you are grateful for and why at least once a week. It helps us remember  positive events. 

2.  Repeat positive affirmations.  

The more often you hear a message, the more likely you are to believe it. Over time, you will start to internalize them. Choose to do three affirmations that represent your values and goals, such as  The more often you hear a message, the more likely you are to believe it. Over time, you will start to internalize them. Choose to do three affirmations that represent your values and goals, such as ‘I’m getting better everyday.’ 

3.  Challenge negative thoughts. 

Practice interpreting the same event differently.  

4.  Don’t compare yourself.  

If you do that, then self-doubt can quickly creep up. 

5. See a setback as temporary. 

 You are not a failure just because you failed. Don’t make a failure into your identity. Ask yourself:  what is the one thing you can learn from this setback?

6.  Sharpen your skills.  

Practice. Get yourself familiar in any situations. Build your confidence and competence.  

7.  Celebrate the small step and win.  

 It may be small, but it is still a win. And that will push self-doubts aside so that you can keep moving and get more small and bigger wins.  

 

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Don’t worry about imposter syndrome. know your value and worth.  

8. Give yourself credit for your intentions. 

You intended to help people, you want to make a difference. Just know that nobody has figured this all out. We all are in this together. 

9. Do sleep, don’t have doubts. 

 ”There are no experts of tomorrow, only of yesterday.”

- Jack Ma  

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I met a strong woman

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Today is January 2,2019, but I am writing about the moment happened  a few days ago.  

On December 28,2018, I met a strong woman who hit her rock bottom several times and realized that her only way out is to look up and to keep her head up.  

She is strong that she did not give up. She is strong that she found the light in her dark place. And she is strong that she is ready to prove herself to others. 

Why am I talking about her? She has a story to tell in which it changes the way you and I typically think of the happiness and the freedom that we breathe in everyday.  

she is not tied to anyone or anything. Her happiness exists within her own soul and she chooses not to give up that power. 

Dear daughters, 

The worth, dignity, and genius inherent to you is irreplaceable. 

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Dust off

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On a Tuesday morning, I had a meeting with my mentor. After the meeting, I realized that I need to be cognizant of my time as well as other’s time and start wearing my watch.  My watch has been tucked in my purse since August. I thought my watch was broken. 

Let’s rewind. Early that morning, I noticed myself being frustrated, upset, and irritated. Something was wrong with me. So, I prayed to God that God will speak to me or show me a sign. Instruct me so that I would not feel so anxious and that my life will be joyous. 

I went to a local jewelry repair shop to get my watch fixed. The owner said,”young lady! I just had to dust off your watch. It’s fine up and running.” She did not charge me anything.  

It was an affirmative answer. Yes, the power is within me. I just need to dust off and get back up. How do you overcome a stall? What hinders you from moving forward?

• Meditate

• Offer up

• Dust off and trust the magic of beginnings


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Set a goal and make a plan

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Set a goal and make a plan

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Meet Therese(8) and Seromi (6). They are sisters as well as business partners.  They agree to share the profits and losses. Seromi trusts her sister who is really good at decorating and making. And Therese believes that her sister will use her charm to solicit customers and serve well. Just like many of you, they like to play outdoors and watch fun Netflix shows. Especially, Therese love arts and crafts. Therese will be working on decorating a stand. You will see some of her adorable paintings alongside. Seromi has so many BFFs. She has often hard time working on her birthday friends list.  You will see Seromi greeting people and serving them.

Therese and Seromi are building and starting a lemonade stand from scratch and with little as $40, their allowances from grandparents. 

Set Goals 

there are three parts of it; spending(what you want to spend your money on), saving( for the future or unexpected things), and giving (making a donation to charity)  

Therese and Seromi both decide that they want to buy IPods for themselves, which cost about  $200 each, save another $200 for the future and make a $200 donation to a local charity of their choice. So, they need to make  a total of $800 profit. 

 

Make a plan  

 

 

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Since Therese and Seromi agree to work together, they are learning to collaborate along the way. To have a profitable stand, they have decided to set up their stand at Seneca park in Louisville, where they can find thirsty people. 

They had their first meeting at a local Starbucks. The reality is they were much more productive in the car while commuting to school.  

 

 

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They also ask public opinion on social media to nail down on their selection. 

 

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Therese and Seromi go ahead with Seneca park which got the most votes and discuss how to ask permission from business owners for their stand locations. 

This is how their lemonade stand, Cool Lemon Tree is born.  

 

To keep up with the latest on instagram, visit www.instagram.com/cool_lemontree

Facebook page www.facebook.com/coollemontree  

To sign up for the program

www.lemonadeday.org

 

”if I knew earlier...” - Warren Buffett


 

 

 

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When life gives you lemons, squeeze...

Every summer, my daughters always look forward to creating a lemonade stand. This year, 2018, I signed them up for the Lemonade Day Louisville program, which teaches the kids value of hard work, entrepreneurship, and creativity.  

My kids hear me often saying, “we can’t afford that right now.” Yes, sometimes, the kids think that money grows on the tree. If having pricey/ extra items is one of their goals, I tell my daughters that they need to earn and work towards achieving them. And there is a blueprint for that. My daughters and I are very excited to ride these waves together. 

We are going to do it right from scretch.  

 

 

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 (my kids’ very first lemonade stand in front of our house in 2015)

 

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Here we are at the lemonade day Louisville kick-off 2018.

 

 

 

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We can’t hide our excitement. We are super excited to meet other motivated, kid entrepreneurs who are willing toshare their journey with others.  

My daughters are taking one step closer to owning their lemonade stand.  

To keep up with the latest on instagram, go here  www.instagram.com/cool_lemontree

Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/coollemontree  

it is FREE to sign up and ideal for youth organizations, churches, individuals for the fundraising causes. 

To sign up for the Lemonade Day Louisville, visit here 👇🏻

www.lemonadeday.org

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This is my personal story.

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This is my personal story.

 

Most people that I know did not  recognize that I stopped making paintings while I was in art school.

My art work was open to criticism and scrutiny. I spent my college life defending my work and trying to shield myself from a harsh critique ( maybe it was my defensive mechanism ). What if I failed. How could I pick myself up? I was tired, exhausted, and lonely. No one talked about the failures. I couldn’t fully enjoy the creative process of art-making. And I did know if I could get compensated for the time and energy I spent on my work.

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Theses are the photographs of my old artwork and old studio. As I look back, I am reminded that I need to stay close to my roots. They have become a fond memory now that I see the value. They have been forgotten so long. It was a part of me.
I can no longer lose the spark that makes me.

Ignite.

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