I am a fundraising professional who strives to learn and try new things to improve communications and fundraising strategies. I am very easily inspired and passionate about a lot of things, love generating ideas and getting involved. The importance of volunteering was ingrained in me at an early age so I currently volunteer with YNPN-TC and Minnesota International NGO Network, Minnesota Rising, LOTT, and Green Card Voices. I especially have a passion for learning opportunities, love to write, am a forever student, and a believer in equity and human rights for all.
What guided you to V?
What did you hope to achieve?
I reached out to Vanessa at a moment where I felt like my whole world had been turned upside down and I didn’t know what to do. A couple weeks earlier I had begun the process of ending relationships with my boyfriend of four years and best friend of almost six because they were both incredibly unhealthy relationships and both broke my trust with some huge lies. I then came to the realization that I wasn’t the person I wanted to be or knew I could be and wanted some guidance in how to get back to that. As Vanessa said in my discovery call with her, I needed to take back my power!
Describe your overall experience going through the Wake-Up Package.
It is so hard to describe what the experience was like. Vanessa helped me with a lot of things, like helping me tie up loose ends with relationships I was ending, working through some problems I was facing in the workplace, and talking through other sticky relationships. She taught me to be strong and take a stand for myself and encouraged me to start paying attention to how everything is connected. Both of these have had a huge impact on my life
Reflecting back to where you started before working with V, what are some of the most significant changes or shifts that have happened as a result?
Were there any insights that you discovered along the way?
It’s been about 6 or 7 months since I finished working with Vanessa formally, but the work continued beyond when we finished meeting. Vanessa is great at planting seeds and then letting people go see what happens with them. My life doesn’t look at all the same as it did when I started working with her, which is an amazing thing! The biggest thing I learned from my time with Vanessa is that I have everything I need already inside of me- I never need to look outside of myself for love, support, wisdom. I don’t need to, but I of course can! This has made all the difference and I do feel like I’ve truly taken back and realized my power.