As a child and young adult, I was fascinated with my ancestry. Mostly, my Greek ancestry. My great-grandparents came over on a boat from Greece and settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Luckily, for me, my grandparents were wise and made their way south to Charlotte, not long after getting married. Charlotte was a new city at … Continue reading The impact of our forefathers and epigenetics
At the beginning of the summer, I made plans to take some kiddos to CiCi's Pizza and SkyZone. I had been promising one of the 9-year old boys that if he was good three Sundays in a row at church that I would take him to CiCi's. (What is it with that place? It's just … Continue reading Respond to a child with trauma informed LOVE
The past two months, I've been working on a new business venture. It has COMPLETELY consumed my life. And pretty much the lives of all of 'my people'. Especially my dad. That new business venture? AirBnB. Yep, I jumped on the bandwagon. Bought a house in the cutest little neighborhood a mile from uptown and … Continue reading Impact of stable caring adult: Help a child develop resilience, confidence and problem solving techniques
A few years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Kabul to work with some of the most talented colleagues that I've ever had the honor to work with. We trained government and private sector leaders on stakeholder mapping and helped them develop an advocacy plan to improve the health of the country. I had … Continue reading Start with the basics…physical and emotional safety are paramount
I'm exhausted because well, kids. I took a break from writing because well, kids. My house is a mess because well, kids (and the dog.....oh man, y'all the dog...he pooped on my white shag carpet last night, and then again this morning. YUCK.). And, y'all.....in case you missed it.....I don't have kids (the poopy dog … Continue reading Infusing the Next Generation with the Hope of Christ
Resilience. Writing that word conjures up quite a few emotions for me. I've been told I have lots of resilience. (Pride and Joy) And, I've been told that I need to "be more resilient". (Anger and Sadness) That latter comment wasn't so long ago. When I heard it, it stung and I had to walk away … Continue reading Resilience building keeps us moving forward.
A few weeks ago, I found myself experiencing the life of extreme poverty and the life of extreme affluence in Charlotte... in just a matter of hours. 12 hours to be exact. From 7pm on a Wednesday night to 7am on a Thursday morning. I felt like I was living in two different cities. But … Continue reading Living between two Charlottes.