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  • The Power of the Ask: When It Hurts and When It Doesn’t
    The knees quiver. The heart quickly beats. The hands palpitate. All of those symptoms can arise when you're about to ask. Whether it's approaching that beautiful girl for a first date, petitioning your boss for a raise or, in this case, requesting funds on behalf of thousands of teachers, asking takes courage. It's exactl...

  • Mar


    25
    Yes You Have Privilege! Now What?
    “I acknowledge my white privilege,” said Sarah Chadwick, a Florida Parkland student. Sarah and her Parkland peers were meeting with the Peace Warriors, a Chicago based student group that teaches students how to resolve conflicts peacefully. The Peace Warriors have been working on eradicating gun violence in their Chicago community ...

  • We Don’t Value Our Teachers: Here’s Why
    “Teaching is like being stuck in a bad marriage. You’re only in it because of the kids.”   The first time I heard this quote, I chuckled. It was funny (though there’s nothing inherently funny about being trapped in a failing marriage or comparing the profession of education to it).   But still, I laughed. &n...

  • Mar


    08
    I’m Here – The Arts & International Women’s Day
    As we celebrate International Women’s Day, I want to share this experience of how the arts can change your perspective on the way you see yourself and your position in life. As women, we often struggle with seeing ourselves as worthy, as beautiful, as competent and strong. Especially when we are in situations where we constantly see oth...

  • An Open Letter to 18 Year Old Genein Jefferson
      Dear Genein,   You’re 18 and I am now 38. I don’t know if I should be writing you… my younger self. I’ve watched Back To The Future many times and I know what happens when you contact the ‘younger’ you. It never ends well. Nevertheless, I’ll take that risk if only just to share with those out there w...

  • Sep


    02
    Tme Is On Your Side – Or Is It?
    Time is money - well at least it is in Justine Timberlake's world in the movie, 'IN TIME'. In the film, Will Salas (Timberlake) is a poor man who rarely has more than a day's worth of life on his time clock but the wealthy had the resources to live forever. This is their reality, instead of paying in money, they pay in time. When they wor...

  • The Selfie Vs. The Shelfie
    With the advent of the cell phone camera, the selfie has risen to great prominence. But I would challenge you to grace me with a photo revealing another side of you; your bookshelf. We know you look good but instead of showing me what you're wearing, show me what you're reading. Share with me your books and not just your looks. &nbs...

  • JOY: Business Inspiration In a Little Mop
    An Ode to 'Joy' A Movie Review   First of all let’s start with her name – Joy. Someone once told me, “Genein, God doesn’t care about your happiness because that‘s fleeting and built on things and situations. God cares about your joy, because that is what’s sustaining throughout it all.”   Which is why s...
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  • Jun


    18
    How We Paid Off Almost $100,000 Worth of Debt
    "Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty we're free at last!" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It's an honor to share this journey with you on Dr. Martin Luther King's holiday because this journey is all about freedom. Freedom from a limited poverty mindset, freedom from ignorance, and freedom from DEBT. Check out the video to see o...

  • Mr. Lincoln and The Benefits of a Difficult Life
    Walking around Washington DC for seven days, I forced myself to see the city as Lincoln saw it. It was a bit of a challenge as 2017 BMW's raced down Penn Ave. Nevertheless, I tried. It wasn't until I strolled the grounds of Lincoln's Cottage for our teacher's fellowship that I was immediately catapulted into his time. This house museum...