Leadershape 2014

What is Leadershape?

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A few months ago I signed up for a program called “Leadershape.” Everything I had ever heard about this program was “I can’t explain it, but it changes your life.” That isn’t very descriptive… Going into this ‘life changing program’ I didn’t know what to expect. I assumed it would be an awesome experience but I under estimated the impact the program would have on me. Being the skeptic that I am, I was hesitant to dive right into the program. I found myself sitting back and watching. That was my biggest regret of the week. This week I surrounded myself with some of the most kind hearted and impactful people I have ever experienced. Leadershape opened my eyes to myself. It showed me that I have the ability to stand up for what I believe in, stick to my core values and do something amazing in the world.

My sophomore year of college was extremely difficult. It put me in a bad place. This school year forced me to second guess myself. I felt lost. I felt dumb. It drained me of the enthusiasm for life I once had. This week rejuvenated me. I feel enabled, confident and that I have a million options again.

Leadershape is something I wouldn’t trade for the world. Everyone should experience this program. It is amazing how much of a change I felt and saw not just in myself but the entire group.

Now I plan on being an active citizen to conquering my dreams. In my perfect world children would never spend anytime waiting in the foster care/adoption system. Every person/couple seeking to create a family would choose to adopt instead of having a biological child. A family is a family, whether it’s biological or not.

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

Well that’s a wrap

My freshman year of college is over, now what? Well 5 more years of schooling to hopefully be placed into a high paying job at some bleached hospital. I can’t wait. Until then I’m just along for the ride. What did I learn this year? Besides the differences between phonemes and morphemes, well let’s recap…

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Make wishes because they’re free and always come true if you challenge yourself to make it happen.

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If you’re an animal person, make sure you find time to be around them. They’ll lower your stress faster than a massage will.

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College is a new world. If you think Ann Arbor, MI is weird just wait until you’re on a campus.

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Go to football games whether you’re a fan or not.

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Do dumb things and laugh at yourself.

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Don’t get 8 hours of sleep, take naps.

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Wear cheetah print and be fierce.

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Don’t forget about your best friends at other colleges.

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Continue to make memories with your high school friends.

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Be a diva.

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Visit new schools.

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Love on your family.

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Support your friends.

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Actually have fun.

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Make a new family.

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A little duck face never hurt anyone.

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Support charities.

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Decide on how to pick your LAS mentee.

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Get involved.

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See your college friends in real life.

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Hug the life out of people.

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Be tired. Be challenged. Be connected.

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Meet others who are just as fabulous as yourself.

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Try new things.

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Be an unstoppable trio.

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Explore.

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Laptop cameras are the best study break.

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Own ridiculous things.

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Chase boys–only while in a shark suit.

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Meet some of the coolest people on Earth.

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My first year of college is something I couldn’t have done at home. I’ve grown and developed way more than I ever thought possible. I can’t wait to see what will happen in the next few years.

The Best Blessings are Maroon and Gold

Sunday April 7, 2013 I dealt with the two year anniversary of my mother’s death. In honor of her and a warning to my fellow Facebook users as to why I was on hiatus I posted:

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Hello Facebook friends,
Today is hard. It’s been the hardest day yet and I’m not sure why. Two years ago I lost my mom. I lost the woman who listened to me talk about my future. I lost the woman who told me to stand up for what I believe in. I lost my childhood hero. I lost the woman that gave me my stunning bone structure and knobby knees. Thank you mom for teaching me how to be a lady. You’re the reason I’m creative. You’re the person who put passion in my heart. You showed me how to love, how to respect and how to be stubborn. If I had a question, you had an answer. If I had a cold, you had the cure. Thank you for building me up to be half of who I am today. I know I’m going above and beyond what you ever pictured. Bare with me today. I’m happy, I’m sad, I’m mean, I’m having a mental break down and I’m just a mess wrapped up in a blanket burrito today.

What did I receive? I received the amazing amount of love ever. Not only did a group of friends bring me a basket full of goodies and things to make me smile (sadly not pictured below), I had some of the best people around me all day. Someone was always by my side. I can’t thank these people enough.

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What did I learn? I’m blessed to know the LAS cohort and the people I’m friends with. I learned opening up heals the heart. God, the great being, the Earth’s energy or whatever you as a reader believe in has blessed me. All the tragedies that have been piling up have finally evened out. It took me only 18 years to meet people that are here to change my life for the better. I’m luckier than most.

Thank you great being in the sky.

Love,
Little being on the ground