Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring: Jardana Peacock

The 2016 Be The Change Interview Series

Week 2 – Featuring: Jardana Peacock, Author, Leadership Consultant and Activist

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About
Jardana PeacockJardana Peacock is a leadership consultant, author and trainer working at the intersection of healing, leadership and social justice. Her research has uncovered that when we center wellness as foundational for how we live and work, change work becomes more effective and sustainable.

She is based in the Southeast and has been featured in the Huffington Post, Feminist Wire and other online publications. She has studied traditional yoga and holistic healing for over fifteen years and worked with hundreds of change makers and organizations around the world. She facilitates an online community and platform to bring together new healing methodologies, change making, creativity and art at Radical Well. Stay connected at http://www.jardanapeacock.com.

How You Can Help
Jardana is all about EMBODYING AND ENACTING HEALING FOR CHANGE.
Join her and her fellow change makers at their virtual meeting space, Radical Well where they explore the intersections of social justice, wellness and leadership.

Resources Mentioned

Article on the Elephant Journal about showing up for racial justice http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/07/how-white-folks-can-show-up-for-racial-justice/

The hashtag stream to Practice Show Up #PracticeShowingup

Businesses with Social Change Models Mentioned in Interview

Thistle Farms
Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative

Until Next Time…Peace!

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Encouraging Women Leaders of Tomorrow

Paulsdale Home of Alice Paul

Don’t be upset….I know Women’s History Month is over, but I just had to share with you all a hidden treasure of a nonprofit I’ve recently discovered in New Jersey.

The organization is called The Alice Paul Institute (API). API celebrates the legacy of women’s rights activist Alice Paul, one of the leading ladies who suffered through women’s right movement to bring us the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

API has several programs in place to educate, develop, and empower a new generation of leaders, and human rights activists. The programs primarily cater to girls between the ages of 9-18 introducing them to strong female role models from history. The historical piece is what sets API apart, as it shows young ladies how far we’ve come in achieving women’s rights yet emphasizes the need for more, positive female role models of today to lead our tomorrow.

One thing we are always told is to understand our history so we can know who we are to know where we’re going. We can reflect on those that paved the way for us to enjoy the freedoms we celebrate, and must not forget to take advantage of today.

In an effort to not discredit the women leaders of today and also honor the sheroes of yesteryears API gives an annual Alice Paul Equality Award  to individuals who have “captured the spirit of Alice”. 

Like many small nonprofits, API needs funding to continue to uplift and encourage, and diversify their efforts. For more about the organization, and to donate to aid the mission of empowering  future leaders check out their website.

Thoughts and Questions On Leadership

I’ve been noticing that the topic of leadership has been trending a lot nowadays. It made me wonder about several things, but before my mind started filling up with a million questions. I wanted to know what a leader is, or rather what is leadership, and what makes a good leader?  Are some people born to be leaders  or do we all, in some capacity have a calling to be a leader. (I think we do.)

I’ve heard that leadership “is the capacity to influence others through inspiration, generated by a passion, motivated by a vision, birthed by a conviction, produced by a purpose.” Of course Wikipedia has a little something to say about it. I believe that we determine leaders on different judging scales. There are many different levels of leadership. Some leaders are placed in a position of authority while others earn their right to be there. In my opinion, a true leader earns their respect and influence.

I believe our first encounter with leadership is within our very own family units. I often hear of Mompreneurs  stay at home moms who are the CEO’s CFO’s etc. of their family brand taking their gifts and talents to another level. I have also heard that men want to feel that they are the king of their own castle after slaving away in corporate America under another man’s leadership.  We are then exposed to people of power as we get socialized in school, peers groups, religious affiliations, etc. So, where do some of us go astray? Why do we decide we’d rather settle in a life that is dictated completely by another’s whims? Why do we find ourselves in positions to do only as we’re told simply to fulfill another person’s vision whether or not it aligns with our values and ways of thinking? 

Also, if we are to simply be followers, who are we choosing to follow and why? What makes a good leader?

Well, being the kind of woman that I am, I usually learn what I like by getting a feel for what I don’t like, that’s just how I operate.  I feel more confident in saying that a good leader is a leader who doesn’t display the traits of a bad leader.

My final thoughts wondered over to why leadership is important. Is it because when times are hard and morale is low people desire someone to tell them what to do? Are we socialized into wanting others to direct our lives?  Personally, I think the world would be a scary place without good leadership, what about you?

My Work From Home Experience

   In my last post I mentioned that I found a work from home opportunity that keeps me productive and on my toes while I’m (technically) unemployed. What I didn’t mention was how legitimate work from home opportunities require investments that many people who claim to want a “side hustle” or home business aren’t willing to dish out.

   Work from home businesses require time, money, industry knowledge, quality product and/or services just like a brick and mortar business does. Even if you sell makeup or offer babysitting services, you have to develop some kind of business plan and strategy.  When I decided to pursue a work from home business I knew I wasn’t going to get rich quick, but I did jump in thinking  ‘how hard could this be?’ with no game plan, no real training, and even the assumption that all my family and friends would ride in the bandwagon. Boy was I wrong. I almost laughed when I read this article on network marketing in which the writer basically asks: Do you wake up one day and say “I’m going to be a doctor!” And you go down and join a company, get a distributor kit for 50 bucks, and you’re a doctor?” As funny as that sounds, I understand how ridiculous my thinking was in regard to my approach to online marketing. What can I say? You live and you learn. Luckily for me, the La Bella Baskets opportunity required no contract or startup kit. It was perfect for a complete newbie in the marketing world to learn by trial and error. Honestly, when I came across the ad for a “Gift Basket Consultant” on Craigslist, (Yes I said Craigslist) I just wanted to supplement my full-time income so that I could have some extra money on the side. As it turns out, I lost my full-time job and have been afforded the opportunity to really learn how to be my own boss.

   Being an entrepreneur, no matter how large or small scale, is not for the faint at heart. I’ve had to “woman up” on numerous occasions while still battling my introvert personality.  I hope anyone interested in work from home opportunities will not approach their business with a lackadaisical mindset. Although I never intended my side hustle to be anything more than that, working my business and growing with my company, I gained skills and confidence that I can take to my next job and future entrepreneurial endeavors.  Even if I don’t accomplish everything I originally set out to do, I’m striving to enjoy the journey and learn from my mistakes.