Change is in the air! Can you feel it?

Happy Fall, y’all! Change is among us. We have officially left Summer behind in the Western Hemisphere and pumpkin lattes are in full effect.

As I mentioned in Lesson 6: There’s Always Something to Learn, I am currently in Chicago learning and integrating at the Culturally Responsive Evaluation & Assessment conference. Woot, woot! I can’t think of a better way to step away from the juggle of life, motherhood, and entrepreneurship than to learn and explore a new topic that I can immediately put to use and aligns my dreams and desires. That’s what I call Intentional Justice™

Curious to know how I took bite-sized + deliberate action to get here?

It began with a feeling and then an idea. I was chatting with my cousin while on summer vacation (when the best ideas come in my opinion) as we shared thoughts on education. In the vicinity was the book Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain, you know some light beach reading and became curious about how the practices of being Culturally Responsive applied to my work of evaluation and assessment. So, what did I do next? I googled a combo of the phrases. And voila, a conference in late September in Chicago!

Excited about the possibility, I dug deeper and even felt the pull to forward it to my supervisor, yet I was on vacation and I knew I wanted to swim in the possibility of making this professional learning opportunity happen. So, I waited…

Fast forward a few weeks later when I was reflecting on my contributions to my data team and the organization as a whole, which resulted in a draft of my 2017-18 Intentions. While goals are great, intentions hold more meaning for action. That said, I strategically shared with my CEO, CAO (Academic Officer), and my supervisor, Director of Curriculum & Instruction that…

I’m confident this is the “place-to-be” to build my knowledge on what’s possible as we consider what building a culturally responsive internal evaluation infrastructure would look like in the coming years. …

I truly hope I am not seen as stepping on anyone toes with this professional development (PD) request. My desired intent is simply to use my love of learning to make the strategic connections I see to positively and responsibly activate our use of the wide-range of data we have at our fingertips by connecting the dots to tell the story of our organization.

While I did not get the immediate “YES!” we all hope for when making such a request, I was affirmed for my proactiveness and thoroughness. And, a seed was planted. Like any seed, it required further nurturing. In action, this looked like following up on the request in check-ins and soon learning that there was not a PD budget for my position.

Continuous follow-up was the key and within a month of my request, I found myself making plans to head to Chicago.

3 Truths I Know to Be True Today

Now that I’m here, amidst the dream I saw for myself this summer, I can see how a shift (or change) in my thinking began with the belief that…

  1. I am a learner. As such, it’s time to move beyond a book and dive deep into a community of learners who can show me what Culturally Responsive Evaluation & Assessment looks like.
  2. I am the driver of my destiny. I knew that I had the agency to identify and request a PD opportunity that would expand my learning and thus, the contribution I can make to my organization.
  3. If not me, then who? For the first time in my professional career, I am seen as an “expert.” While I know the intersection of my data and research experience makes me unique, I also know there’s always more to learn. And so, if not me, then who?

Even as I typed the above beliefs, I am reminded that I hold these beliefs whether I work at this organization or not. That’s to say, this is a dual application moment in which I have the opportunity to apply this to my business as well.

Fierce: My 2017 Word of the Year

In turn, informing my fierce intent to uplevel my biz and hone in on how best to use my strengths to serve. This is to say that you may begin to notice small shifts over the next 3-6 months. I am being intentional about where I put my energy. This choice is based on the fact that I have spent the last 3 years conducting my own form of data collection and research. And so, it’s now time to pause from offering anything new (except what’s already scheduled), and hone in on my behind-the-scenes systems while simultaneously creating my signature offer / program that aligns with the book for which I’m writing so that I can support YOU to live + ignite your dreams to Love Yourself like a Mother! With Intentional Justice™

Intentional Justice™ in Your Life

Now I turn to YOU, what’s one belief you can anchor into and focus on to create a change in your life?

Need some ideas where to start…

Well, there’s no storage of opportunities in our community, country, or global right now to take a stand for what you value and believe in. In fact, #TakeAKnee began as Colin Kaepernick’s non-violent protest that our country still has work to do for it really to be “justice for all.” In an interview he stated,

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

And, yes! I am being intentional about my belief and lived experience that this protest is not about the flag or the National Anthem. You can learn more by reading my recent post, Why I Too Am Boycotting the NFL. Plus, I’ll add two pieces of evidence that warrants mentioning…

Did you know: The U.S. National Anthem still references slaves? 

And this…





So I ask, what bite-sized + deliberate action (the beginning of change) will you make in your life today?

It may feel like a leap (taking vulnerability and courage) now, yet what I know to be true is it will be worth the feels of uncertainty and the possibility of hearing “no.” That said, I leave you will a final Q: what belief will you know to be true when you reflect back a week, a month, or a year from now?

Already know? Tell me in the comments below It’s where the magic happens. And if, you…

 Wanna learn how you can shift your mindset?! 

Claim Your Mama Mindset: 3 Steps to a Personalized Mantra⇓

Our mindset is a powerful daily choice. You get to choose your beliefs. This is the starting line for change.

As such, I invite YOU to join yours truly for my first Skillshare class to Claim Your Mama Mindset: 3 Steps to a Personalized Mantra!Because change begins with our beliefs, in this beginner class, YOU will learn:

  • What is mindset?
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Lovelution: A Journey to Self ♥ is a memoir being written week-by-week as I take bite-sized + deliberate action each Tuesday toward my writing dreams as I reflect on my journey of using love + intention to create the life I dream and deserve.

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