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Greater things are yet to come (detroit)

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“Greater things are yet to come,

Greater things are still to be done in this city.”

God has made himself very present in the city of Detroit. The city is not abandon. It is not hopeless. It is not worthless, or no use. I think that it is quite the 
opposite actually. I love the city of Detroit and I believe it is making a come 
back. There is a grander plan.

“You’re the light in this darkness,

You’re the hope to the hopeless,

You’re the peace to the restless,

You are.

There is no one like our God.”

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(At the Detroit Institute of Art)

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As my Leadership Advancement Scholar Cohort embarked on a service trip to Detroit,
along with the CMU Leadership Institute, it was incredibly evident that the city 
of Detroit is so filled with hope, faith, change. It is growing every single day.
The revival of the city is occurring rapidly. Watch out people!

#MovetoDetroit

SO, my LAS cohort went to Detroit! YES! Whoooo! You saw the pre-Detroit trip post 
right?! Well anyways, our class along with some professors and the leadership 
director, took a big charter bus down to the D for the weekend, and had the 
absolute best time ever! We served, we toured, we ate, we bonded, we laughed, we
slept, we did so much more! One short weekend jammed packed weekend of awesomeness! In the video above, is a #MovetoDetroit campaign. And guess what?! That company in the video is just one of the cool places we toured! For real though, their 
office space and building is sick! It's also connected to Ford Field, which we got to tour as well. Lowe Campbell Ewald is a very new, innovative, hip, young 
advertising agency. It was really fun to see how it operated! I learned that a 
lot of agencies are starting to follow the trend of #MovetoDetroit, along with
many entrepreneurs, because there is so much chance and opportunity in the city.

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Here is a little tour of the city, from one of my favs, Big Sean of course!

The most eye-opening part of the LAS Detroit trip for me was how many of my fellow
peers had never been to Detroit, or were a little afraid of it. Some people's 
comments just really surprised me. I also really liked seeing the school we 
facilitated leadership development to, Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. It reminded
me of concept in this clip that I watched one day in my sociology class. 
(The Harlem Children's Zone)

One example of leadership during the trip was a small little instance, but when
Dan Gaken gave up his gloves to me, because I forgot mine on the bus. It was a
small little act of kindness, but Dan didn't even blink before he was taking his
gloves off to give them to me. Leadership is about putting others before your self. A good leader will "wash someone else's feet" (bible reference), in the theory of Servant Leadership.It is a common misconception among those who want to exercise a leadership role over others that it's about the glory, power, and positions of honor. Putting your followers first and demonstrating those small little acts of leadership is what it's all about.
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Pre-Service Trip Blog Post

#LASintheD #LASintheD #LASintheD

I AM SO EXCITED! 

My Leader Advancement Cohort is taking a trip to Detroit this weekend, and I am so stoked! For a pre-service assignment, we are asked to respond to the questions below. But AHHH SO EXCITED I CANNOT WAIT!!!!! Here are my responses, and just letting you know one more time, I am so so so pumped!!!

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Greek Conference 2015. Indianapolis, Indiana

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 “We know we were made for,

so much more, than ordinary life,

It’s time for us, to more than just survive,

We were meant to thrive

Joy unspeakable. Faith unshakable. Love unstoppable. Anything is possible.”

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This past weekend, I embarked on a journey to Indianapolis, along with about 100 
other kids from CMU. We left for the weekend with hopes to learn lots, better
 ourselves, and meet fellow greeks from universities all over the country.

It was an awesome weekend to say the least! So lemme just tell you about all the great things I experienced. After about a 5 hour road trip, we arrived at the hotel in Indy early afternoon  Friday. I checked into my hotel room, which I shared with one girl from my greek chapter, and two other girls from other chapters. After we got settled in, we played games and just got to socialize with a ton of random people. It was so much fun to meet everyone! At the end of the weekend, I had made new friends from Purdue, Hillsdale, UCLA, Univ. of Kentucky, Ohio State, Sonoma State and Grand Valley. Gotta love networking! So anyways, the rest of the Friday night was spent in general session, in the big auditorium. There was worship, a game, and then we listened to two speakers. greek12  The speakers were amazing! Besides networking, I would have to say that the speakers were my favorite part of conference. Our first speaker was Mindy Moore. She spoke about her life as a young greek student at University of Illinois. She was constantly searching for fulfillment – through going out, relationships, friendships, sorority life, etc. but wasn’t able to feel completely satisfied. When she became a Christian, she found that huge piece that was missing, and also discovered her life purpose.

Some Take Aways From Mindy:
*How is God inviting you to respond to your view of success and your future?
*Is the world's view of success the same as God's view of Success?
*If God were to ask you to give away your most valued possession, would you be able to? If not, what are the barriers that would hold you back?

Mindy’s lessons really made me think about and reevaluate my definition of success compared to the world’s view of success. I would say that I would rather live a fulfilling and happy life doing something to make an impact, than work a high paying job. This kind of reassured me about my future plans and career choice in college, and just made it all together more evident that I should stop comparing myself to the world’s view.

1st Samel 16:7
1.) Competition and comparison steals our joy.
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2.) We are holding ourselves to an
    unrealistic standard.

3.) Human desire is to get affirmation and pr   aise through others… DO you believe
   that God can fill you up? 

4.) Although I am imperfect, I am accepted
   regardless.

5.) Who are you trying to impress? 

6.) God forgives generously.

On Saturday, we got up early and went to general session again. From there, we were separated into our concentrations, that we selected when we signed up for it. I picked to do the Thrive concentration. (Which tackled how to deal with the constant challenges and temptations in life, and while striving for spiritual growth, transformation, and not just conforming our lives around rules.) I cannot begin to describe how much I learned just in that concentration. I definitely came home with notes on notes on notes.

THRIVE: 

to grow or develop successfully. To flourish or succeed.

In order to thrive, you must be “all in”, in order to be fully satisfied.Even if you do not sharegreek20 the same faith as I do, I think that this concept can be applied to anything in life. In order to thrive in whatever you do, you must be “all in”. No half ass. In school, if you want to receive an “A” in your class, you must be fully invested and completely committed.  If you are playing sports, or president of a club, you have to be “all in” in order to succeed. In order to have a marriage that works, you have to be fully committed. Always striving for success, and trying to grow. As I dug into how to thrive, in my own life and more importantly my walk with God, I found places of my life that I was wishy washy. Yes, I have completely surrendered to him, but no, I had not let him control absolutely all parts of my life. Sometimes I like to think I can do it on my own, or I can make my own choices. But this weekend, my way of thinking shifted. I want to be “all in” and fully committed in my faith, and the way I live. When you thrive in that way, you will be fully and entirely satisfied as the Lord works through you.

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Pictured Above: My awesome concentration small group!)

 After that, we had our longest session of worship and prayer, which was really emotional for many. People stood up and proclaimed their faith and rededicated their lives to God. You could just feel the Holy Spirit presence in the room, it was amazing. It was very powerful.

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And on to the last day of Greek Conference! I sure didn’t want to leave or go back to school. Our consisted of one final general session. Then we met with our campus groups and debriefed the weekend. We were asked what did you learn, will you bring home, etc. I think that every person there had something different they brought home, it was very cool. Image 3 So, basically I had a really great weekend! I learned so much and I met so many great people! Thank you Greek Conference 2015 Indy! Guess what?

*Next year, there will be a Greek Conference in Los Angeles, California! Whoooooooo! Buying my plane ticket now. Who’s with me? I would love to sign up for the Influence Concentration, and I really hope I will be able to attend next year as well.

Martin Luther King Day

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*Look for my friends and I in the Facebook video! (1:27)

Also check out the dream   – Article on CMU Media Page!

“If you could have coffee with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?” When asked that, my list usually consist of Jesus, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, a few celebrities and some relatives I never had the privilege to meet. Nonetheless, Martin Luther King is definitely one of my inspirations/role models and I think that celebrating MLK day every year is very important. It is good to remember and appreciate the things our country and people went through in order to gain the freedoms we have today. Martin Luther fought for equal rights, was a man of great faith, and wasn’t afraid to stand up for what he believed in/take risks. Because we have school off on this holiday, I was able to participate in a few activities on my campus, such as a MLK walk and a free showing of Selma at the movie theatre. It was a really awesome day of remembrance, and with that, I leave you with

“Look at where we have come, and celebrate those accomplishments, but also look at how much more we can improve on. There are many things today that are still corrupt and unfair, and they need to be changed.”

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True Life, I am obsesssseeddddd with Martin Luther King quotes!! Here’s some of my favorites:

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Walk In Their Shoes – Jim Ziolkowski

Can One Person Change the World?

For LDR200, our latest assignment was to pick a person that is a leader in this world, that is at the state or national level. We were asked:

What behaviors or actions make this person a leader? Why are others motivated to follow him/her? What do you admire about their leadership? How has his/her leadership affected other? How has his/her leadership affected you?

As everyone was writing on the Obamas or Oprah, I couldn’t think of anyone I really really felt inspired my outlook on life, at that national level. I guess I was just trying to think of a politician or celebrity, but overlooked the regular people that are still leaders at that level. When I got thinking about that idea instead, I immediately thought of Jim Ziolkowski. I had read his book a year ago, and I honestly can say his book changed my life. His book was such an inspiration to me and although he isn’t famous, he is changing the world globally. I mean I guess you could call him semi famous because he wrote a national best-selling book. But anyways, his story is very cool and I would recommend going out and buying it RIGHT NOW! If you don’t, I’m sure you will after you read the rest of my blog post. So here ya go! I will be answering the the questions from my LDR200 class, along with telling you more random reasons I am obsessed with the book ‘Walk In Their Shoes.’

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I think that Jim Ziolkowski is the definition of a leader. If you ask me, leadership is serving and bettering others, and Jim does just that. Leaders want to change the world. Leaders aren’t afraid to take big risks. Leaders are willing to make sacrifices to get what they want. Leaders dedicate their lives to the causes they are passionate about. He graduated from Michigan State with a finance degree and got a job right away with very well known corporate finance com pay. He didn’t mind his job, but felt that God was calling him to more, so he took a huge risk and quit his nice paying job. He left his comfortable lifestyle and decided to travel the world, and through that he found his life purpose. He wanted to serve others, and improve the poverty stricken world through encouraging education and community service with inner city youths. He decided he wanted to start a non-profit, with the idea that would have the high school kids doing community service and raising money, to fund schools in third world countries that didn’t have education systems, which would eventually come to be called BuildOn

“Walk in Their Shoes is the story of buildOn’s inspirational work with at-risk teens, its indelible influence on communities around the world, and of the man whose vision, faith, and conviction made it all possible. Jim Ziolkowski “believed that one person could indeed change the world, and his story may inspire others to do the same” (Publishers Weekly). 

Starting this Non-profit organization did not come easy to Jim. It was not a walk in the park. In his book, he tells about his incredible struggles to start it up. Many times he just about got up and left the idea behind. But he didn’t. He pushed through. He inspired others with the idea and persistent dedication, and through that he gained much help and many followers. For example, the finance company he had quit earlier on, would become one of the main donations for funding the start up of BuildOn. 

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(Ariana Grande via @buildOn) Follow #buildOn student Lakei takes a #selfie with @arianagrande at tonight’s #BuildersBall 9:38 PM – 12 May 2014

I admire his leadership in many ways. As I said before, I really admire his dedication and compassion. Many times in the start up of his organization, he feared the worst. His fear would often times get the best of him. He gave advice about overcoming fear and wrote about how you will never impact the world if you are too afraid to try. That really hit home for me. I often times struggle with thinking I’m not good enough, smart enough, etc. to achieve certain life dreams. And for that, Jim says:

“Fear is useless; What is needed is trust” 

You have to trust in your abilities. You have to solely depend on God to work through you. Anything is achievable. You can change the world. This part of the book I have a sticky in to this day. Jim says:

“Each of us has the power to take action, to light a fire and be the ignition for others.”    

One of the most inspirational parts to me of Jim Ziolkowski’s story, is that he is from Michigan. He went to Michigan State. He was just a regular guy. But look at what he is doing in the world to make a difference! Wow! I mean, according to Simon&Shuster book review, “Under Jim’s leadership, high school students from the South Bronx to San Francisco have contributed more than 1.2 million hours of direct community service, and over the past twenty years, the organization has also constructed more than 550 schools in the world’s economically poorest countries, from Haiti to Nepal. That is crazy cool! And want to know the most inspirational things of all about Jim? Is that he is one of my best friend’s uncle! He is a regular guy. If he can start a movement like this, I can damn freaking right change the world as well!!

And with that, I will conclude that Jim Ziolkowski is an amazing leader. ‘Walk In Their Shoes’ is a fantastic book. And I want to change the world like that some day. I want to serve others and have that kind of inspiring compassion, faith, dedication and hard work.

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.”

– Dalai Lama 

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
― Dalai Lama

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”
― Dalai Lama

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