Saturday, September 23, 2017

JOIN: Celebrating Story Exploratory LIVE and Younique

Every Saturday, join me as I CELEBRATE This Week 
with Ruth Ayres from Discover. Play. Build.

Today I'm celebrating a new adventure. I like new adventures. A lot. There's something in me that likes doing new things. This could be as simple as trying a new drink at Starbucks to as wild as indoor skydiving.

This new adventure is a two-for-one. It all started over the summer when I watched a video on Facebook and another video popped up. This new random video was a woman talking to the camera while she put her makeup on. I was mesmerized. She was funky and cool and I watched the entire thing. It wasn't until the end that I realized she was a Younique presenter and that she was selling makeup. Then later in the summer my friend Erin started posting about Younique and I joined her group. She talks about books and her life and makeup as self care. And she was having fun going live in her Facebook group.

Here's where my fun comes in. I realized I could buy the Younique kit and get all the amazing products. And I could start my own Facebook group where I could share videos with my friends and host parties. So I did it.

The adventurous thing is I don't know much about makeup and I've never been live on Facebook before. So it'll definitely be an adventure! But I think it'll be super fun and I'm always up for something new.
The cool thing is I get to hang out with amazing friends in what I hope will be a warm, fuzzy place of positivity. Do you want to join Story Exploratory LIVE? Send me an email jen [at] teachmentortexts [dot] com or request to join the group and we'll work it out!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

JOIN: Celebrating 826CHI Diversity in Literacy Panel

Every Saturday, join me as I CELEBRATE This Week 
with Ruth Ayres from Discover. Play. Build.

I'm celebrating something super exciting this week! Yesterday I was invited to be part of a literacy panel with 826CHI. Maria, the Director of Programs at 826CHI, invited me to be part of it and I was thrilled and honored to be in such great company. 
Here's Maria introducing our awesome panel. The space at 826CHI was transformed into a fancy setup with rows of seats and special lighting. So cool. 

And here are the wonderful people I was so excited to learn from: Dr. Horace Hall, Maria Rivera, and Dr. Sakeena Everett. They were fantastic and had such great insight to share. It was so evident that they are passionate about the work they are doing and that was the best part.  
Besides the honor of being on the panel with fantastic people...Chad and the kids came with! They got to shop the Secret Agent Supply Co and explore the writing and tutoring space behind the storefront. I wish I had a video of their gasp when Tyler who works in the store opened the secret door! It was awesome. But then they saw the space behind the wall and they were amazed all over again. They stood on the stage, tried to hula hoop, and found lots of fun games to play with. It made me so incredibly happy that they got to see how awesome 826CHI is and that they go to see their mom doing something so special. 

Someday I hope they look back on all the things we do and have great memories that inspire them to do good in their own lives.

If you aren't familiar with 826CHI or their other branches, be sure to check them out! They are my favorite organization and doing much needed work!