Do you have a dream that you are awaiting to fulfill? Or are you  consistently struggling to achieve a goal? Do you feel like you are making no progress despite all your hard work like you are spinning in a circle?   If you answered yes to these three questions, then this blog is for you! 

The Journey to Success is not easy, believe me!  I have struggled and jumped over so many hurdles to get where I am in life. My learning disability is my strength, not my weakness. There is a stigma that those with special needs are weak and limited to their ability. I want to let you know there are #nolimits to what we can achieve!

Join me on this journey to success! I want to share with you, my personal stories of inspiration and motivation that helped me to overcome the challenges I have faced. Your special needs may be different than mine but you do not have to overcome the challenges alone. We are on this journey together! 

Find Your Magic

Just over a year ago, I was approached by a community media company, to host my own radio show. Originally, I thought this must be a joke but eventually,  I realized this opportunity was real and decided to take the chance and see where it would lead me.  When opportunity knocks, I open the door.  In April 2016 my first episode of Lyrics of Life aired. I had spent months beforehand training and preparing that the nerves did not set in until I went live.

I will be honest, the first five episodes of my show I never listened to it. I was nervous, scared and felt weird listening to the sound of my own voice.  When I finally stopped acting like a child and listened to my own show, within the first five minutes I was like DANG, this is GOOD!   Yes, I was amazed at myself.   I am always striving to do my best at everything and  I wanted to do well with this opportunity. As months passed, I began working hard planning future episodes, seeking new guest, doing more training and research. to start planning and preparing for the future episodes.  My core moral with Special Compass and Lyrics of Life is to help people. That’s all I want to do and I consider myself a creative educator because I am always seeking new and innovative ways to teach a lesson. ( ..That’s right a lesson is coming on)

Sadly, earlier this year differences arose between the media company and myself and I decided it was best to part ways. Honestly, I was heartbroken and disappointed. I did not know what to do next, I had worked so hard for over a year,  that the thought of having everything go up in smoke was disappointing. I did not know where to start picking up the pieces and move forward. 

The emotions I felt when Lyrics of Life came to an end reminded me of a time in grade ten Civics class. I had a teacher that consistently gave me a 2 or 10 on all my assignments. I would ask for feedback and their words pierced my heart as they implied that I need extra help with my writing and suggested I go to summer school. Baffled! Not only at the fact that they suggested I go to summer school but the words made me feel as if I wasn't good enough. I felt the same way with the media company, I felt I wasn't good enough to be in radio. 

Everyone is entitled to their two cents, but that does not mean we need to accept their penny thoughts. Not every teacher will know how to help a student with a learning disability or a special need. Not everyone you work with will be a great connection. Not everyone is going to recognize your magic, and that is okay it is a part of life. In those situations do not let those negative experience diminish your magic. I had to realize despite what others may think of me, I am more than enough and I have everything I need to succeed to excel in school and in life.  

The next year in grade eleven English class, I got A on an essay assignment. I already had all the talent and skill within me to write an awesome assignment.  I just needed to believe in me.  Just because my opportunity on radio ended, does not mean that Lyrics of Life needs to go down with the ship!  I realized that I had spent a year building new skills that I can transfer over into another area, all is not lost.   

If there is no struggle, there is no progress
— Frederick Douglas

There are blessings in rejections. It may not always be clear at first but we need to remain confident in ourselves and believe that we are more than enough.  There are #NoLimits to what we can achieve. We are on this journey together.