Passion and Perception 

…..Today was an amazing day to do what I love. I experienced a feeling that I thought I had lost.

Being passionate img_0001 can be a strength and a weakness. When you are passionate about something you tend to pour your all into what you do, you leave it all on the table, you go the extra mile, you pull characteristics out that you had no idea even existed.

But… the downside to being passionate is you expect the same in return and in the same capacity in which you gave all you had.

Not everyone has the same heart as you; not everyone has made it to the space and level of peace that you have.

For a few months, I wouldn’t allow my students to get close to me, because to be honest I was frustrated with their lack of motivation; I didn’t understand what I was doing wrong, if I was doing everything right. I felt a lack of motivation… my students could sense that I was down.

So, I decided to revamp. Do a little soul searching and praying. I found the root of the seed that was planted in myself and in my students. Let’s just say, ” you reap from whatever seed you sow”.

I let them love on me; I opened my heart and my mind to them again.

Today, we smiled. We laughed and most of all they were freely learning. No more restrictions, no limitations.

Published by Andrea Pickens and Associates, LLC

Greetings: My name is Andrea S. Pickens; I have several years of experience in education and youth development all of which include teaching and leading youth in under-resourced and economically disadvantaged communities. I believe that it is critical to the academic and over success of our youth to have proper academic and social-emotional support. This support is often found in schools and after-school programs that intervene by providing tutoring/enrichment services and are equipped with effective teachers and leaders. My belief is that each child can learn, but not all children learn the same; diversity and equity is crucial to youth development. It is my mission as an educator, entrepreneur, and servant-leader to equip and empower others in youth development and education to reach our youth beyond the secondary classroom. Yours in Education, Andrea S. Pickens, M.Ed

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