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In My Element…Tips From A ‘New’ Edu- Entrepreneur

In My Element…Tips From A ‘New’ Edu- Entrepreneur

I am a “creative.” In my first career, I was an actor, some call us hustlers, I was a part-time job expert and a person who enjoyed working for herself. Some people call that an entrepreneur. After a not so painful departure from the acting world (that’s another story), I walked into the education world. Education is definitely home. But what wasn’t home was working for other organizations that had glass ceilings, politics, bureaucracy, and limitations. I am absolutely NOT talking about the people I worked with who are the mentors I was fortunate enough to have had, or those who showed me leadership, or the leadership training I received. I am talking about systems that held me back from being seen, heard, or using my creativity. 

Photo Credit Donny Faaliliu, LA- After School All Stars Training, October 2018

In recent months, I’ve decided to start my own education company. I have taken a tremendous risk, I have partnered with someone who is truly like-minded, and I have been excitedly able to use my own ideas without needing an approval from a higher up (but not without counsel), what freedom for a creative person like me! I have been working on being acutely aware of when creativity enters my mind, body, and spirit.  As I continue with my new venture, I want to keep my mind clear and my heart open. Being aware of my own gifts in a creative space allows me to stay present and able to capitalize on these extraordinary moments.  Below are four self-taught and a few learned tips that have helped me foster and nurture my creativity:

1. WRITE IT: use a napkin, a pad, a post-it, a composition notebook, voice to text it, text it, make lists, capture it, by any means necessary! (This idea was always within me, but then I listened to Seth Godin’s CD, Linchpin, and found that I wasn’t the only one!)

2. CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO THINK REALLY BIG. Dream. Be fearless. Think of what you CAN do rather than the limitations – and then, go back to #1: WRITE IT! I am a huge TR (Tony Robbins) fan, I listen to his CD’s while on the road, in my car, and find yummy morsels of inspiration all the time.

3. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION. When IT happens, don’t stop. Pull off the road to capture it, pause in the middle of a conversation to write it. Keep working on it if it’s flowing. Stay up late when energized. THERE IS NO CURFEW FOR IDEAS.

4. RECOGNIZE IT. I have been utterly amazed at my capacity, endurance, and awareness. Think of moments in your life where ‘the team worked,’ what did you produce? When you become a receptacle for creativity, you manifest ideas and energy in a way where it becomes magical. To be able to find moments and connect to them intentionally … it is serendipitous.

Because when the product of your efforts looks like this, it’s just really great to feel excited and energized by creativity! TRY IT!

Creekside, MS, Los Banos, CA

Cleveland After-School All-Stars, Cleveland, OH

Creekside MS, Los Banos, CA

 

 

 

 

 

For Breakfast, I had coffee with MTC oil, that is all. 

Author: @juliagabor

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In 2014, Julia was awarded the Women Making a Difference by U.S. Senator of California Lou Correa for her contributions in youth programming in Orange County, CA. In, 2013 Julia received the OSTI award from BOOST for her contribution to out-of-school time individuals by providing innovative approaches to support students, families and communities. Julia currently develops tailored training's and facilitates workshops for educators, non-profit organizations, mentor professionals and students. She works with you to create strategies for educational programs to enhance student success and a productive future. She also will establish effective practices for staff communication and leadership. As the Director of Education at WRiTE BRAiN WOLRD Julia is built, expanded and introduced the WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS curriculum into education communities across the country. WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS inspires creativity while applying project- based literacy and builds 21st Century skills. In only two and a half years WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS is being implemented in 41 states with 45,000 student becoming published authors of their own children’s book. While at the Tiger Woods Foundation (TWF), Julia launched a college internship program for sports management, hospitality, event planning and marketing majors from universities across the country. Julia develops specialized programs ranging from activity based curriculum in a variety of different educational areas to creating a collegiate mentor program. Starting in 2006, Julia managed a national character education program called- Tiger's Action Plan, a free youth development curriculum that focuses on leadership, goal setting, service learning and career exploration. Prior to joining TWF, Julia was a Coordinator for the After School All - Stars in Los Angeles, where she taught a range of middle school enrichment classes- from personal leadership to sports, to performance and visual art classes. Julia has been teaching/leading groups since she was a teenager working alongside her mother, who is an acting teacher and coach in the USA and Europe. Julia has served as a trainer/facilitator in disguised learning and cultural diversity throughout California. In 2009, Julia received the Honored Educator Award from California State Fullerton University for dedication to education in Orange County, CA. Miss Gabor is a graduate of the State University of New York, Fredonia receiving her bachelor's degree in the Fine Arts. She received her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Antioch University in 2012.

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