Hi, I'm Amy. Welcome to my blog.
About five years ago, I graduated from college and moved back to my hometown, Shreveport, LA. The "plan" was to stay here long enough to go to graduate school then move away.
I was accepted into the program, realized it wasn't a good fit, and left shortly after. In my head, leaving grad school should have been a tragedy. This had been a major goal for me since high school. But, I was sick of being afraid of screwing up and waiting for my life to happen.
Instead of following the script of how my life should look, I could let it be exactly what it was. I had a chance to try something new and dream a little.
I thought about moving away from Shreveport while I figured out my next step. But, the logistics were too complicated and didn't fit my situation well. My questions would follow me everywhere and uprooting yourself brings on a whole new set of problems. If I was going to be happy, I had to learn how to work with what I had from where I was.
My first attempt to thrive in my city was by starting a few communities I wished existed. I co-founded a group called SBC Visionaries with a good friend of mine Halley Rachal. We decided to create an organization for interesting, creative young adults who want to make a difference in Shreveport-Bossier City.
Starting SBC Visionaries has been a wonderful experience in a lot of ways. But, the process has never been easy. Ideas are only ever perfect in your head. But, a lot of the frustration goes away when you're doing something about issues you care about.
What I've Learned:
Changing course in your mid-twenties without a backup plan wasn't ideal. But, most of us end up facing obstacles we don't anticipate.
As Millennials, the society we've grown up in has been full of terrible problems we can't fix. We've seen terrorist attacks like 9/11, school shootings, and unending wars. The Recession personally affected us too. We watched our close family members lose jobs and friends drop out of school for financial reasons. A lot of us graduated from college unable to find professional level work while trying to pay off student loans.
The world we live in today needs us to grow in consciousness, joy, and courage. There is too much suffering around us to wait for someone else to come up with all of the solutions.
There are two major postures to thriving where you are: cultivating a rich, inner life and taking meaningful action for ourselves and our communities. Most people have gotten used to just letting their lives happen to them. But, in a world full of uncertainty, we are facing more situations everyday requiring us to become resilient people.
A Vision for Thrive Anywhere Project:
Thrive Anywhere Project is an invitation to grow where you are before leaving...especially when you're stuck there or would prefer to stay. Maybe you're living somewhere because you want to be close to family or found an incredible job but there isn't much else worth getting excited about. You might live in a big city with lots of interesting people and things to do but crave more authentic connections and tranquility.
No matter where you live, we would all better off if more people put energy into thriving in their current communities. The Internet has made it easier than ever to fill in the gaps of our cities, learn, connect with like-minded people, and share our creative work. But, our digital lives are no substitute for in-person connection.
How we thrive where we are is usually pretty simple, but that doesn't make it easy. We can choose to grow in self-compassion, generosity, overcome obstacles, and get out of our comfort zones consistently. These kinds of changes require a new set of skills, habits, daily practices, and are easier with support from like minded people.
I hope this blog will be a place to help you make your city your dream city, see possibility where others see nothing, and live a big, interesting life where you are.
Thanks for reading.
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