Inspiration comes in “waves” for me and for about 5 years I was constantly moving from one amazing wave to the next. While I am originally from Raleigh, I have only just moved back after a whirlwind of living everywhere from NYC to Boston to Southern Florida. It was an incredible journey that led me back home and this homecoming brought with it my amazing husband as well as our English bulldog puppy, Gatsby.
The beginning of my transition back to North Carolina living was a little bumpy to say the least, but then I was lucky enough to join this amazing work family. I have been with Media Two for almost 4 months now and WOW has the time flown by! My waves of inspiration have begun to roll in again, but in different ways. To start things off, I have developed amazing friendships with both our team members as well as our clients (I hate to brag, but we seriously do have the best clients). One of these clients in particular has brought some much needed encouragement to my life with something as simple as a campaign.
The University of North Carolina Greensboro is currently running an Inspire Change campaign and it has done just that for me personally. You have students that care extraordinarily about this world and the people living in it. Before having even completed their degrees, they are using every ounce of knowledge they have acquired and channeling that into making an actual difference. They almost make it look easy! After putting together banner concepts for Anna Will’s story, I was literally blown away at her motivation and all that she has already accomplished. Beginning with a dream of becoming an Interior Designer, she has in-turn transferred that into creating dreams for children in Ghana. How is it possible to read these stories and not become inspired in your own life?
Hitting even closer to home, a lot of the team members here at Media Two are shaving their heads for St. Baldrick’s to raise money for children’s cancer research. It is a remarkable effort overall and for such a worthy cause! There are a couple participants here in particular who have served as an enormous source of inspiration to me through their dedication to this effort – Stacey Alexander and Morgan Siem. As a woman, hair and the identity of being a woman pretty much go hand in hand. The amount of courage that it takes to give up that sense of self is astonishing. To also see that their biggest “gripe” with this process is raising enough money for these children and not once complaining about what they are giving up, that to me is the truest test of selflessness.
If you are you feeling a little less than inspired these days, take a look around. I have a feeling, like me, you won’t have to look too far.