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Day 4: I'm here to work.

Let’s talk about work. If you know me, you know I have multiple projects going on. I can’t help it. It’s better for me to spread my energy around. I’ve been told I can be a bit overwhelming and maybe even make others nervous or stressed. Sorry if that’s been you. It’s not my intention. I’m an entrepreneur through and through. If a problem is identified and I think I have a solution, I’m going to share and see if others want to work with me. It’s my nature.

What am I working on right now?

Monday’s I organize my lessons. I am still teaching 1 course at LIM College. I meet with interns after. We are planning an Earth Day event in Harlem and a Fair Trade Day celebration in Brooklyn. Each week we meet and discuss what we are working on and later in the week work on individual projects one on one. Once we’ve worked together for a few weeks, I introduce them to a Leadership Team member to continue their training until they are ready to be paired with an NYC FTC business member. Our hope is to groom them to then get paid by the business member.

Monday night I meet with the Queens Qweens group. We have been discussing opening a store in Queens. Something that has a swap component, fair trade products, services, and workshops. We hope to open this store in May/June.

Tuesday’s I work with a freelancer I’ve worked with for over a year now. We are now working on updating my site. The site will include additional consulting services, a catalog of my activities, and upcoming events.

Wednesday’s are fluid. This week I met with a group in East Africa that wants to run a design competition connecting East African artists with American designers. The opportunity to continue working with them as a consultant was unexpected and unplanned. Now I’m dreaming of a reason to return to East Africa this summer. I’d love to live in Nairobi.

Thursday’s & Friday’s I work with interns. Just 2 or 3 meetings where they set the agenda and we discuss the project they are tackling.

Peppered into these days are grading papers, making sure the NYC Fair Trade Coalition is moving forward, together, with intention.


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