Diversity is a fact. Inclusion is a choice.

Last night, I attended the The TEDxPeachtree salon, where the question was posed:

“What does inclusion mean to you?”

A group of 80 strangers from all parts of Atlanta discussed how we can become more aware of own implicit biases in order to make changes to combat it.

We watched this TEDx talk to spark conversation: What does my headscarf mean to you?

Specifically, we discussed how this applies to refugees in our community.  The salon was held in Clarkston, a city in DeKalb County that is home to a large refugee population, and is an excellent example of a community becoming stronger through diversity.

The salon was created after a powerful speaker at this fall’s TEDxPeachtree conference. Dr. Heval Kelli shared his personal story – a journey from Syrian refugee to Emory cardiologist. If you haven’t seen it, I would highly recommend it:  Invest in refugees; invest in America’s future




The Test

The Test

The test of a man is the fight that he makes,
the grit that he daily shows;
the way that he stands on his feet and takes
fate’s numerous bumps and blows.

A coward can smile when naught to fear
when nothing his progress bars;
but it takes a man to stand and cheer
while the other fellow stars.

It isn’t the victory after all,
but the fight a fellow makes.
The one who is driven against the wall
still stands erect and takes
fate’s numerous blows with his head held high
though bleeding and bruised and pale

For the one worthwhile
is the one who can smile
and isn’t afraid he’ll fail.

Chris Hadfield on competence

“Competence is the most important quality to have if you’re an astronaut – or frankly, anyone, anywhere who is striving to succeed at anything at all.”

more “Things I Love”

I am close to reaching 1500!!

  • Little kids dressed in formal wear
  • The 10,000 hours rule
  • Oprah
  • Traveling with only a carry on bag
  • Heel clicks
  • The rap portion of “Joyful Joyful” from Sister Act
  • YouTube tutorial videos
  • The head nod runners give each other
  • Playing catch phrase with foreigners
  • TLC
  • Closing a cardboard box without using tape
  • Post cards
  • Dopplegangers
  • Trapper Keepers

Full list here.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens