#SheWhoDaresProject : Amy Hume

Though  Environmental Manager and part time Science Professor by day, Amy Hume still felt like she needed to do more to spread the word about being kind and doing our part to help the environment.  Hume wants everyone to realize that we, even as individual contributors can make an impact on the health of our environment. This idea of educating others inspired Wispy Wilds, a unique store supplying  handmade, up- cycled jewelry and art.amywispywilds

“Wispy Wilds started following a creative burst of upcycling following my wedding this past May. We had used pallets of wood to make the centerpiece bases for our tables. I started throwing paint on them and selling them.wispywilds1 Over the summer, I also started taking my own jewelry pieces apart to create fresh new looks for a little spending cash. Then others began to give me their pre-loved items to work with as well. It just grew from there! While I enjoy the process of designing, it has been tremendously therapeutic to get lost in the quiet of creative space.”

Amy stresses that the environmental advantages of up-cycling is far greater than we may realize. “Aside from minimizing the volume of discarded materials and waste being sent to landfills each year, it also reduces the need for production using new or raw materials. That means a reduction in air pollution, water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and often a conservation of global resources.”wispywilds

Hume credits much of her passion towards the environment to another motivational scientist, Jane Goodall. “She is likely one of the most compassionate and passionate scientists and humans I’ve ever met! My life changed when I met her at a speaking engagement in NE in 2010. I decided after that brief moment that still lives on so vividly in my mind, that I needed to do my part to spread hope, to educate, and to always accept challenges bravely.”

 

amymomThe inspiration of Goodall, and the compassion of  her mother, ultimately led Amy on this journey of educating and inspiring others. “My Mom has a tender and generous heart!  She has taught me that love heals and perseverance always pays off!”   

 

Amy encourages us all to embrace our individual and unique qualities when pursuing our dreams. “Our differences and specific talents balance this wild world. Thank goodness for all of us!”   She also suggests that in the pursuit, we read The Four Agreements, and reminds us that there is no such thing as failure, only moments of wonderful success, and opportunities for growth! 

To keep up with upcoming events from Wispy Wilds, purchase jewelry and art, or to donate your pre-loved jewelry, please follow the links below.

Wispy Wilds Website     Facebook       Instagram

Keep on living and loving, Amy, I’m rooting for you!

 

 

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#SheWhoDaresProject: Jamie Burke

I’ve noticed that I tend to be inspired by women who are courageous, outspoken, underdogs/resilient types…women who stay true to themselves and recreate their own branding.

And branding herself as a “Jane of all Trades” is certainly something that Jamie Burke has done for herself.  When I met Burke more than ten years ago, she was a young, baby- faced songwriter in Nashville, TN.   Since those days, she has not only continued her singer/songwriter career, but also added author, model, and fashion designer to her array of work.

As a young girl, the decision to focus future goals and dreams on the entertainment business was easy for Jamie.  “I was born in Austin but I’ve always said I ‘grew up’ outside of Denver. My dad is a radio legend and we moved there where he took over KYGO. I knew I loved music and wanted to be a singer, but getting to grow up backstage and really seeing hands on what the music business is like, that bug I had just grew. I essentially spent the majority of middle and high school just writing songs and sketching/writing things like gowns, screenplays and portraits etc. It was always pen to paper, but once I graduated high school I decided to move to Nashville to pursue songwriting and attend school for music business.”

Burke looked to the likes of Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, Shania Twain, and Reba McIntire for inspiration as she took her journey towards the stage. jamie1 “I attended a concert where Reba had a costume change during a very quick lighting trick and I remember saying ‘I’M GOING TO DO THIS’.”

However, it’s not only those well known women who instilled confidence and hard work in Jamie. “I also have a woman I call my “Aunt Kelly”, Kelly Moreland, who is just the most incredibly selfless woman who believes in me so much. She is full of humor, graciousness, incredibly talented and brilliant, intuitive,  and the most genuine human I’ve ever met-who somehow inspired me to be better, yet kept me grounded and made me think on a broad scale about life, love, music, feminism/independence, inner strength and so so so much.”

It was in that discovery of inner-strength that Burke found the final nudge of confidence to leave Nashville and start a new chapter in New York City.  “I had been in Nashville for ten years, and I just felt like I hadn’t grown. I was bored and felt complacent. I wanted to grow as an artist as well as a human and woman. I finally decided to move to New York and it has been hands down the best decision I’ve made for my life. For the first time in a long time, I feel like myself as well as a constant sense of relief, gratitude and inspiration.”

Though her plate is full, Jamie tries to take a little time out of each day to do a little work on each project, noting that one jamie2huge adjustment has been learning the importance of sifting through project offerings, allowing herself to focus on those that rank of highest importance to her future goals.

Speaking of those future endeavors, what should we look for next from Jamie Burke?

“I’ll be releasing two albums, one a strictly country album which has unreleased stuff, as well as popular singles.  I’m also putting out an album which admittedly is far more of a pop rock feel, with a strong focus on love songs. I have quite the muse to say the least.  Right now we are going over song selection and narrowing things down. I’m also planning on releasing my third book in the near future.  From there I’d like to go on tour, so we are in pre-talks for that.”
I know we are all wondering, what’s the secret to keeping it all together while doing so much?  She keeps it simple…
“Don’t compromise who you are or what you believe in. Believe in yourself, your talent and your purpose.”
I’m cheering for you, sister!  Keep on dreaming!
To keep up with the latest news, release dates, and inspiration, be sure to follow Jamie on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

#SheWhoDaresProject: Kalee Kallam

If you have treated yourself to a scrumptious brunch at Da Yolk located inside Kitchen 66 Takeover Café  in Tulsa’s Mother Road Market, the name Kalee Kallam might ring a bell with you.  If it doesn’t, it should.  Allow me introduce you to this delightful gal behind the magic of it all.

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Kalee remembers a joy for cooking as far back as her early childhood, to which she credits her Grandma Joyce.  “My fondest memories of her include us making cookies or baking her famous chocolate sheet cake in her kitchen.”    These memories with Grandma set Kalee on a career path very early on in her life, and she was determined to follow through.

“I knew as early as junior high that I wanted to go to school for cooking.  It was something I enjoyed doing and when I discovered there was an opportunity for me to get started in high school, I set my goal on that.”

With the support of great parents and that goal in mind, Kalee completed a two year Culinary Arts program at Northeast Technology, followed by a program at OSUIT with focus on Applied Science in the Culinary Arts.

But never in her wildest dreams did Kalee imagine it would all be happening so fast.

“Little did I know that a few short years out of high school, I would have the opportunity to run my own food business.  I started Mae’d Meal Prep while home on summer break from college.  At the time by boyfriend was competing in body building competitions and trained other body builders.  I started prepping his meals for him.  With his encouragement I offered my meal prep services to a few of the other competitors.  It wasn’t long that I realized the incredible business opportunity I had in front of me.  Once I found a licensed kitchen to work in, Mae’d took off and kept me busy.”maedlog

Kallam’s Mae’d Meal Prep is on online food prep service offering portioned, balanced meals for it’s clients.  “It really is perfect for everyone: busy people wanting to make healthy choices, those looking to improve health, lose weight or increase athletic performance, the list goes on and on.  What is even better about Mae’d Meal Prep, we deliver your meals to you.”

 

You might now  be asking yourselves how this healthy, portioned food service has anything to do with the fill your belly bruch at Da Yolk…I promise, I’m getting there.

When asked about this newest venture, Kalee explained  that she just loves great food.

“I feel extremely blessed with Mae’d; however, I am a foodie.  I love exploring new, fun and not always healthy type recipes.   I had the opportunity to open up a pop up shop in the Kitchen 66 Takeover Café at Mother Road Market.  Instead of bringing my healthy food concept , I created an amazing brunch menu.”dayolk

“Da Yolk offers delightful tastes that are stunningly presented.  Our customers rave about us.  Our menu consists of orange pancake, quail egg guacamole toast, the nest(customer favorite), cereal milkshakes, and much more; but we are constantly trying out new fun items.”

 

 

 

Brunch takes place in the Kitchen 66 Takeover Cafe, with a varied schedule.  Dates and times can be found on the Da Yolk Facebook page.dayolkdishes

What should we expect next from Kalee?  “My ultimate dream is to have my own brick and mortar space.  One day it will happen.” 

Indeed it will!  And, she has some words of wisdom for the rest of us too…

“Dream big, follow those dreams and don’t let anyone stop you along the way!  I can tell you it is scary to put yourself out there for the public.  There is always a chance of rejection but there is also always the chance of achievement and success.”  

I think achievement and success are two great words to describe the road Kalee is paving.

I’m rooting for you, sister…and I’ll be back for brunch soon! 😉

 

To The Girl Who Keeps Getting Excited…

I recently had a friend start up a conversation with me in regards to another friend.  It went something like this:

“<insert name here>  needs to quit getting so excited every time they go on a first date.”

What’s even more appalling than the statement itself is the fact that I  agreed with them.

Why? Because that is the biggest load of junk I have ever heard.   Stop getting excited?  Stop showing hope?  Stop believing in the future that God has in store?

Good grief.  Should she just stop breathing altogether?

The thing of it is, it’s hard for people who aren’t standing at the beginning of that road staring at the sign, the one that points you left to start over, and right to give up all hope.  They haven’t been standing there for hours just contemplating which is the right move, because in reality, it’s all so exhausting.

And this girl, her feet are tired.  Like, so tired, because she’s been walking this road for a long time.   So long that it’s hard not to get excited because maybe, just maybe, this is the last time her feet are going to blister from running down this path.

And when it fails again, and she starts back down that road, she’s ridiculed.

Ugh.  It’s so ugly.   People say things like, “If it’s God’s will, your prince will come.”

I don’t believe that.  I’m not saying I don’t believe in God’s will, but, what I am saying is that God knows the desires of our heart, and He will not withhold from us.

Maybe you are impatient and He has you on a path to help your patience grow.

Maybe your heart is healing from the last time it was mishandled, and He’s waiting until you are truly ready again.

Maybe He has you on task to be the light in someones life, and they need your time more than your future partner.

But hear me loud and clear, your time is coming.

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…”

More than we ask.  That means we don’t quit asking.  Don’t quit getting excited at the possibility of the answers to these requests.

I heard a sermon this weekend that spoke of such requests, and the importance of sowing our seeds.  2 Corinthians says if we sow generously, we also reap generously.

So amazing girl, don’t give up.  Keep planting, keep planting, keep planting.

Just remember, your time of waiting is only a season.   But, also remember, that this season deserves attention too.   Be generous.  Be kind. Be a friend.  Because, my dear, God has planted these qualities, and values in you with purpose.

My favorite scripture is that found in Galatians 6:9…

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap if we do not give up.”

I see your good, sister.  I’m rooting for you.

(Alternate Blog Title, “Letter to Myself”)

…And Especially Your Children

“Let your kindness be known to all people.”  – Philippians 4:5

This passage is where Pastor had us first open our Bibles this morning to begin our “Back to School Prayer” message.   He continued…

“and especially your children.”

 

So, let your kindness be known to all people, but, most importantly, your children.  As a teacher, this spoke to me greatly.  Whether or not you have your own children, we are  surrounded by their little faces, within our circle of family and friends, in outside activities, in our workplaces, we are constantly in contact.   We are always being watched, and we are actively shaping the minds of our future leaders and world changers.

Pastor spoke of that tired story we tend to hear a lot these days within the school system, “well, we can’t do that because they have removed God, or prayer from our schools.”  He quickly shot that down with the reminder that we, as teachers and faculty, cannot have that taken away from us.   We have the power and authority to pray for our students without any consent forms.  And we should be doing it, daily.

He broke this all down into some specific prayers that we can easily pray each day, and I felt compelled to share those with you.

Number one:  Prayer of Protection.   “No harm, no evil, no damage can come near myself or these children.”    This prayer pertains not only to our students while they are at school, but, as they are riding the bus to and from, as they are home with their families, and so on.

Number two: Prayer of Comprehension.  “Thank you that these kids have the mind of Christ, therefore they can comprehend and make wonderful choices.”

Number three: Prayer for Favor.   “God, I pray that my kids will excel in all their studies, that their scores will be higher than all the others.  I pray that they are circled with friends, and that they are highly favored.”

We could pray these three simple prayers as soon as our eyes open in the morning, while we are brushing our teeth, or driving to work, or the moment we walk into our classroom.  And not only over the kids, but over ourselves.

Our students live in a scary world.  We have children who are scared to come to school because they feel unsafe, or unpopular, or uneducated.  Maybe they are lacking the support system of someone constantly encouraging them.  “You are smart, you are capable, you are noticed.”   It can be so simple, and so life changing.

We as teachers, and educators, have to do better.  Be better.  And make sure that prayer is never truly taken away from our kids.   These kiddos we spend our days with are not a coincidence, but are in our lives due to divine purpose.

Today as my church took out the extra time to pray these prayers for all of our kids, and our teachers, my heart and my eyes swelled.   Someone standing behind me approached me afterwards and said, “as I touched you today during prayer, I felt a spark and an energy so intense I almost had to move my hand, you are truly blessed and were made for this.”    Talk about the water works.

Life is hard sometimes, and we let a lot of ugly get in the way.    But, the future of the world is in our hands, with these kids.  Let us never forget to nurture and take care of them, starting with prayer.

 

“God, I Feel Like a Phony”

Do you know the definition of phony?

Not genuine.  Fraudulent.  

That’s where I’m standing right now, front and center in the spotlight.   Trust God, have healthy habits, healthy relationships, recognize, grow, change, embrace.  I speak it to you in every blog.  But, it all feels so fraudulent.  Good intent, but bullsh!t.  (Sorry about that foul word, but, if honesty is what we’re working towards here, sometimes I need a little soap wash in the mouth.)

You know, I have friends and family members come to me quite often for advice.  After we’re done, they always tell me I’m good at it.  I’m so educated.  I have it together.  I get it. “It must be nice,” they wish they could see it that way.  I keep on the sunny side, even in the darkness.  I had a conversation tonight, and when it was over, they said, “Dang, you should be a counselor, maybe think about that for a summer job.”   And when they left, I thought, “God, I feel like a phony.”

Don’t get me wrong,  all of my advice does come from a place of knowledge based upon studies of scripture, self-help books and podcasts, motivational music, and general skills gained from  living life, and the “been there, lived through that” scenarios.  And, in all honesty, helping other people is a way of helping myself.  In saying it that way, it sounds kind of selfish, but, I do it with a good heart, because, I want us all to be happy.  I want a happy world, with fewer of us living in fear, or with anxieties that allow the devil to overtake our spirits.   It’s almost like a “dear diary” to myself, but,  I want you to find it under my pillow and take a peek, because maybe you aren’t brave enough to talk yourself through it yet.

However, what has me catching these feels is the realization that I’m not currently listening to any of it.   For instance, in my last blog I talked about the importance of finding comfort in silence, yet, I’m living so loud.  I’m scared of being quiet and being forgotten.  I constantly say “quit living with the fear of being rejected,” yet that is my biggest fear.  I preach moving on and change, but I am so stuck.  I know it’s a process, but, at what point do I stop and ask myself, “Okay, am I making progress in the process, or am I now just being disobedient to God?”

That’s a tough one to swallow.  If I’m being completely honest, I’ve confused myself with the “voices” I’m allowing to speak lately.   I’ve created a scenario in my head in which  I’ve all but convinced myself that the reason why I am stuck here is because God is telling me to keep pushing it, because it’s worth fighting for.   It’s caused such an internal struggle that somewhere in the midst of it, I’ve allowed an attack on my spirit, and I don’t know who or what is pulling me every which way.

Have ya’ll heard of the whole FOMO thing?  I guess I’m old, and only recently was familiarized with this term.  “FOMO” is the fear of missing out. I’ve found myself there a lot too. What if the choices I’ve made have led me down a road of missed opportunity.  Missed connections.  Missed moments.  What if my life isn’t going to be what it was supposed to because of that choice.  It’s exhausting.   Fear is a liar they say, they sing, I preach.

Fear is the devil, yet, here I am sharing a table for 3…me, fear, and Satan.  It sounds so harsh, but, “raise a glass” they say, lets wallow.

I was conversing with a gal pal today and I said,  “It’s all unnecessary anyway, I don’t know what my deal is.”

Her response?

“Don’t do that.  Don’t invalidate your feelings.  They are true and honest.   It may be irrational, but it’s what you’ve got.  All you need to do is find an outlet for your feelings.  You’re going to have them regardless, you just need to figure out what to do with them.”

That spoke to me.

I do feel like a phony.  But, I also feel like a girl that’s really trying.  Some days more, some days less.   Some days I succeed, and some days I just make it through crawling.  But, I think it’s okay to struggle.

I want us all to be happy, but, sometimes it takes being sad…or lonely…or confused to get there.  We all need outlets.  We all need each other.

All I ever want to be is honest, and today, this is all I’ve got.

Easy Silence

A friend recently gifted me The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers and I have found so much inspiration within the first two chapters.

“I just feel like there isn’t enough silence, you know, and I’m always asking people if they can just give some silence. And we’re in a medium that gives so little of that.”  – Mister Rogers

Of course the medium he is referring to here is television, but, don’t you think it relates to our world today?  Social media. Freedom of Speech. Of politics. Of self.  We’re in this place that tells us we have to be loud to be heard.  To make sure someone is listening to us, and seeing us.  Making sure everyone knows our every thought, every move, every position we take.  In being so loud, we’ve become so fearful of being silent. Silent in every realm, in every relationship.

What if we shut up and everyone just forgets about us?

We have lost complete comfort in silence.  In sitting with a person in the still of the morning, a cup of coffee in hand, enjoying a book or newspaper, yet still feeling together.   Feeling connected just in their presence. Feeling contentment in the silence.  A look, a smile, a touch of a hand has been replaced with words and noise, as we have somehow transported ourselves to a place where quiet is covered by chaos.

We have created this culture in which in the silence all we are able to find is fear.  Fear of what our partner is thinking about.  Worry, anxiety, and made up scenarios in our head have flooded and drowned the comfort in the quiet.  The idea that two who can be quiet together can conquer anything.  To understand that the silence speaks volumes in regards to faith, trust, and understanding of each other.

I am reminded of a Dixie Chicks song, (far from Mister Rogers, but relevant all the same,)

“And anger plays on every station, answers only make more questions, I need something to believe in, breathe in the sanctuary in the easy silence that you make for me, it’s okay when there’s nothing more to say to me.”  – Easy  Silence

If you look up sanctuary, you’ll find the meaning to be “a place of refuge or safety.”  It’s this woman’s cry to her partner that in a loud world full of wreckage, she finds safety and comfort in his silence.  That there is power in quiet, for when there is nothing left to say, we must be able to find comfort in being there, yet saying nothing.  Easy silence, with no uncertainty is where our peace is found.

This concept isn’t in relation to romantic partnerships alone, but every kind we may encounter.  What if we shut it all off?  Shut it all down.  What if we retrained ourselves to be quiet, yet still feel heard?

Maybe changing the world isn’t being loud and angry.  Making signs to make arguments.  Making noise to make statements.  Maybe the only way to truly get to know each other is to lose of the fear of losing ourselves to the silence.  Because really, I think that might be where the answers are found.

“Just think.  Just be quiet and think.  I think it’d make all the difference in the world.” -Mister Rogers