We have all heard this term before. The snippy little guy or girl that walks around thinking he/she knows everything. I have to admit, I am just over 5'3 and I have the Little Woman Syndrome. But in a different way.
In life and in business, we are always taught that it is "who we know" that matters, and not "what we know". We are taught that we must continuously be networking and associating ourselves with people who are in a position higher than us, and can help "take us to the next level". To all of you out there that still have this sad mentality, let me break it down for you, because times have changed. Now don't get me wrong here, building relationships in life and in business is one of the key factors of success. But REAL true relationships are what matters.
Old-timers, let me introduce you to the new generation of entrepreneurs, activists, and leaders. The little men and women who have big ideas and dreams of making a difference. We don't know the right people, we don't have the notebook of people who can hand us opportunities, and we tend to focus on networking with like minded individuals. Let me give you a couple examples of how digital media has changed the game.
1. Youtube. Justin Bieber. Period. ( I am not going to discuss him any further, but you get my point)
2. Twitter. The Single Woman , Mandy Hale . Blogger turned hit author Mandy Hale is affectionately known around the world as “The Single Woman.” Invited by Oprah to cover her “Lifeclass: the Tour” events in St. Louis and New York City as part of OWN’s “VIP Press Corps” in 2012, and featured at the Women of Faith conference in Hartford, Connecticut, Mandy has also been named a “Twitter Powerhouse” by the Huffington Post, a “Woman of Influence” by the Nashville Business Journal, and a “Single in the City” by Nashville Lifestyles magazine. She has also been a featured in Forbes magazine, the Huffington Post, and on Glamour.com. With followers from all over the world, Mandy has made a name for herself as the voice of empowerment and sassiness for single women across the globe.
Both the Biebs and Mandy Hale were the little man and little woman. But they built a following. A true grass roots following based on their authenticity and TRUE talents. Biebs had never met with a huge record execs when Usher discovered him. He sang a song, put it on Youtube, and people listened. Mandy is a true inspiration. Because all she did was begin speaking from her heart about what she experiences day to day as a single woman. Needless to say, there are many single women in the world who became inspired by her encouraging words, and the following was created and continues to grow.
10-15 years ago, one would have to get a record deal or a publishing deal to even get close to putting out an album or publishing a book, or be invited to hang with Oprah. But not anymore y'all. Oprah is calling Mandy. Usher is calling The Biebs. Its a total flip flop world these days. Hell, I'm sometimes shocked at the people who call me or ring my doorbell on a Saturday morning asking what in the world is going on with Katie Hill.
A movement starts from the bottom up. Movements occur in numbers by a group of individuals who share the same passions and interests. These interests are not driven by money, they are driven by the desire to make a positive change or impact others lives in a positive way. One person may lead that movement, but they can't do it alone. The internet has made it so much easier to build these movements. I have to say I have recieved at least 5-10 emails or messages in the past week regarding Katie Hill. We are all the same type of individuals. They are sometimes shocked that I respond so quickly and I want to meet for lunch or dinner and talk. I am most likely more excited to meet them, then they are to meet me. I want to know what drives them, what motivates them about this area, and it really makes my heart smile to see that I am not the only crazy one out here going against the grain and the norm. They are my neighbors and they are experiencing the same things I am. I am connected to them almost like brothers and sisters and I want to protect them, and in some way feel obligated to at this point.
As little people, we we will ALWAYS face bigger problems than the bigger, cool, privileged kids. I have been very complimentary to the North Precinct the past few months for attending our meetings and listening to my concerns. But in some ways, I feel like I am beating my head on a wall, In my business, I have to listen to what problems my clients have, come up with solutions, and then execute. That is exactly what has to get better with Katie Hill and crime suppression. We really need help, and the more people I can get on board expressing our concerns, the more serious we will be taken. Right now, I feel a bit discouraged and I've got to put more focus on it.
I am not afraid to speak my mind and I have nothing to lose, and only to gain. If you don't like what I have to say or how I say it, plug your ears. I have learned in life, if I take a few risks and I continue doing the right thing, God will always provide because He knows my heart. He built me the way I am. Every now and again, I deserve to get my hand slapped, but I will get the job done. I am doing His work and sometimes that takes a little risk and making my own way vs. getting tied up in the political jargon that comes along with this. I think about Jesus dying on the cross and what he stood for. He suffered selflessly for me. The least I can do for my community is fight for what is right and what we deserve and be the voice for those who have not yet spoken or don't know what to say. LITTLE PEOPLE UNITE. :-)
Lynclair - the little woman
…. with big dreams ;-)
One year ago today, I discovered this place. (See the blog post I wrote ) I rushed down yesterday afternoon to capture the sunset, especially before all of the leaves grow in. One thing from Katie Hill and this special part of Nashville is that the sunsets and the views change dramatically simply by the folliage and wonderful seasons we enjoy here in Middle Tennessee.
2 weeks ago, Julia Landstreet, Director of the Civic Design Center sent me an email. The email contained a link to a Bidgestone Re-Fuel The Cause Contest. Julia just thought of me and my community when she read the description of the contest and was nice enough to forward on to me and suggested I enter.
The Details of the contest :
Green spaces are good for the earth and good for people, offering a wealth
of benefits such as stress reduction, peace, a place for recreational activity
and enjoyment. Bridgestone Americas understands the health and
environmental benefits of green spaces, such as community gardens, walking
trails, playgrounds, etc. To help consumers embrace sustainability and become
Everyday Performers of green acts, Bridgestone is hosting the Fuel the Cause
Contest, which will create a green space in one U.S. community
compliments of a $25,000 gift from Bridgestone.
so I rushed home and started typing. I only had 500 words to say what I needed to about Lock One Park. I described the historical significance of the area and how I found it to be extremely sad that no one pays attention to it. I also explained as Katie Hill and our community grows, we really need some sort of green space for children to play and give familes an opportunity to enjoy green space. So 5 days later, I get an email stating that I make the TOP 12 in the country and in the running to win the $25,000 prize for Lock 1 Park! I about fell in the floor. What an honor and what an opportunity to transform this park, build recognition by partnering with such great company - Bridgestone, and preserve a Nashville forgotten historical landmark.
With that being said, pending a few documents being signed by Metro Parks (they have worked their butts off trying to get this paperwork in order... I cannot say THANK YOU enough to the people over at Parks & Rec) we will be in the running to win the e $25,000 for L1P! This is a public vote that will run from April 30th- Apri 31st. I will need EACH AND EVERYONE of you to help me with this. I need everyone and their momma, cousins, sisters, whoever, to go and vote for us online! I will send a link out as soon as it becomes avaialble from Bridgestone. Again, I am SO THANKFUL AND BLESSED that Bridgestone is doing this contest to give back to the community and I am even more thankful their contest people picked me and see the same vision I have for my community.
My heart is full of joy. I discovered this park 1 year ago today, and look how far we have come.
Spent Saturday morning at the Bordeaux neighborhood meeting. I was encouraged by Ms. Ruby Baker and what all she has done for her community. She is such an energizing and inspirational woman and has done so many positive things to strengthen the Bordeaux area. I see so much potential in that area. But one other thing concerned me at this meeting. And that is something that has concerned me in every meeting I attend regarding community activism and engagement, and that is the age of people involved In our communities. Why are there never any young people at any of these meetings I attend? I think it is amazing that the older generation has taken these challenges on and helping our community grow, but my generation. HAS got to get involved. One generation cannot carry the ball, it has to he passed down with a vision. I encourage all young people to jump in and look for your local community meetings and get involved.
Mr. Vernon Winfrey and Mr. John Heidelberg of WVOL here on Katie Hill. Mr. Heidelberg is credited for discovering Oprah Winfrey by giving her a job at WVOL reading the news/weather. What an honor to spend an evening discussing community relations with these 2 fine citizens. Also, did you know Mr. Winfrey served as a Metro Nashville councilman for nearly 20 years? He is a super, humble, great man, and I hope to host him and his daughter, Oprah, one of my greatest inspirations and role models, here on Katie Hill one day. It's amazing that one month ago I stated in our last meeting that I would love to have Oprah here since her career started on Katie Hill, and no one even knows it. With the help of the great Ludye Wallace , better known as "Ludye on Duty" ... Oprah coming back to her roots in Nashville .. Is not a far fetched idea. Stay tuned y'all. Signing off. So thankful and energized. Xo
This is My Fern Avenue View. I usually post all of the beautiful views and homes on Fern Avenue. As well as the progress we have made. But let me take one step back for a moment. This has got to stop. I actually enjoy trash pick up on Sundays when the weather is nice. I can put my headphones on, and go to town. But I get extremely frustrated with people's lack of respect for mother Earth, and my community. In most situations, I can find a solution to the problem. This one has me stumped. Why would anyone purposely throw trash on the ground? It really makes no sense. It is mainly fast food rubbish, cigarette butts, and losing lottery tickets. So is this a demographics issue, education issue? How do you properly address this? The only reason I spend Sundays picking up trash is because I hate looking at it and it makes me sad. But I need suggestions here. This is just unnecessary. Please protect the world we live in and don't litter. It's a simple concept that is easily over looked and forgotten in certain parts of our metropolitan areas.
I'd like to give a special thank you to Whitney Walter, my neighbor who connected me with Getahn Ward, Business writer for the Tennessean. I would also like to thank Getahn for writing a very good description on what we have going on here on Katie Hill and the process to come in 2014 !