The Opportunity of
Kam Bahia has an amazing story. From Regina to Toronto back to Regina. Teaching high school students, seeing a need in the community, she founded a non-profit organization. I Am H.E.R. was started to provide young women workshops and programs centred around the three main pillars, Hopeful, Equipped, Resilient.
Sometimes going out of your comfort zone is the only way to learn
Kam tells the story of going to Toronto with no expectations other than to learn about herself. What she found was helping people was a great way to do something meaningful. You could say the trip changed her life. When she arrived back in Regina she knew she had to do something that mattered to her. Enter I Am H.E.R.
When you like at their website you can see the faces on people who have been affected by Kam message.
Double Down on Compassion
And then a pandemic happened. Kam’s brother founded The Lobby Kitchen and Bar and within days of finding out school would be cancelled (meaning school meals would also be cancelled) Kam, her brother and the other partner all doubled down on compassion. They began serving meals to kids who needed them most “Grub Club” was born (though she refers to it as “reverse school bus”).
The “Helpers High”
If you feel down in the dumps, do something nice for someone and monitor your emotions after. 9 times out of 10 you WILL feel better about yourself. Adam Grant in Give and Take talks about 2 hours being the sweet spot for volunteerism weekly. Want to be a happier person? Volunteer a couple hours a week.
It’s not about perfection its about progress
You’ll never arrive at the perfect destination, it’s more about the journey than the destination. What are you progressing on?
Do you ever say “wow that person works on themselves too much!!!”
Start taking care of yourself first. Start a routine of self care. Start celebrating something every week.
Be a person who does what they said they were going to do
When meeting new people or determining people you want to work with, find folks who have integrity. People who do what they say they were going to do.