life’s purpose

BE the Change You Want to See in the World

entrepreneur and philanthropist

Mea Boykins

International philanthropist and entrepreneur Mea Boykins may have been born with service in her heart. She started early helping others and her passion developed quickly. While still a junior at Spelman College she founded the Student Emergency Assistance Scholarship to provide funds to two friends who faced expulsion when their money and resources ran out. To date, she has awarded five scholarships and launched a speaking career telling people how she did it. Now a 501c3, her foundation also works with disadvantaged youth and displaced individuals around the world. Mea is a positive force on a global scale connecting with others to live her mission to BE the change she wants to see in the world.
Mea credits several things for propelling her into her life of service. First, her small town upbringing in Opelousas, Louisiana, where opportunities were few and education wasn’t valued, exposed her to people living in impoverished circumstances. However, it also exposed her to a broad range of church-going experiences. Mea was curious and attended churches with everyone she knew. Whether they were Jehovah’s Witnesses, Catholic, Mormon or Pentecostal, she tagged along. The result: she became deeply spiritual and opened her heart to other people.
Moving to New Orleans in her teens to live with her father transformed her life. She enrolled in a private Catholic school, where she was the only black student. The emphasis there was on community service and she participated by helping the elderly. She also traveled to Paris for the first time, where she learned French. Her well-established taste for travel and experiencing different cultures deepened during her time at Spelman College. Although a liberal arts college for people of color, Spelman’s students represented 49 states and 15 countries, including the Caribbean Islands. The heritages represented are rich and varied. Mea followed that education with two master’s degrees: one from Kings College in London in Child Psychology and a second in International Studies in San Francisco during which she also studied in Spain and Asia.

“You can never do too much. There is always more.”

When Dr. Nancy asked Mea, “What makes you different? You saw a great need and reached out to solve it. Why don’t more people do that?”, Mea answered, “Because of all the hardships I had to overcome, I realized that my life’s purpose was bigger than me.” When she would face an obstacle, she felt that God put it there for her to overcome, not just for herself, but so she could help others overcome it also. She is empathetic, but warns that you also have to be balanced, stay focused and do the inner work within yourself, so you can be happy and whole and continue to be a vessel and servant to do God’s work. She stays focused on her spiritual path and her purpose in life.

Most People in the World Are Good

Having lived in five countries and developed positive relationships with people from dozens of others, Mea is firm in her belief that people really do want to get along. She says that only a few have hate in their heart, but they get a lot of attention. She also credits the imbalance of wealth as a root for world-wide problems with the top 3% not doing what they should to help equalize it.
In April Mea founded a company: Global Management and Marketing, LLC, providing project management, event planning, sponsorship, proposal writing, marketing, branding, social media management and web development.  Beginning with global clients that she met while traveling, she is already starting to spread her wings in this new business venture. She is also directing  strategic relations for Noirbnb, a travel company for millennials of color that identifies accommodations people can rent and unique venues for fun experiences. She says they are looking for organizations and rentals that fit their target market and travelers to take advantage of what they offer.
Check out Mia’s website and listen to this interview to hear more of her inspiring journey to live her life’s purpose and BE the change she wants to see in the world.

Why Follow Your Intuition to Your Dream Job

Sue Frederick Career Intuitive and AuthorWhat if you followed your true life’s purpose and loved living and working every day? That is what Sue Frederick is working to make come true. Sue arrived at her dream job after the death of her husband when she was 29 years old. Dr. Nancy gained clarity on her purpose after the ending of a 42-year marriage. Both agree that finding your purpose can be an extremely painful reinvention process.
Sue says these life-changing events show us the lessons that we need to learn. If everything goes along smoothly, we get in a rut and can get off the path we are to follow in order to achieve our life’s purpose. Sue says the painful experience of divorce, death, being fired, etc. is a wake-up call. Once the horrible event is over and we embrace the change, we often enter the most fulfilling and productive time in our lives.
Sue’s book, I See Your Dream Job: A Career Intuitive Shows You How to Discover What You Were Put on Earth to Do, combines practical knowledge, spiritual teachings and intuitive recognition so anyone can recognize the most perfect career for them.

Obstacles to Achieving Your Dream Job

Dr. Nancy says that fear is the biggest deal breaker of all. For women to find their power, they must overcome their fear. Sue tells how when she used to teach Outward Bound in the 70s, she brought people to things that made them physically fearful, like rappelling down a 500 foot cliff.She says that fear has its own energy. If you let that fear-energy stop you, you are in trouble, but if you use it to propel you forward, you can thrive.
The “victim mentality” is another obstacle. Sue said that she could blame the doctors for not diagnosing her husband’s illness, but she chose to use it to learn and pursue her path of reinvention toward meaningful work. Dr. Nancy talks about the empowerment tools in her e-book, “Claim Your Power.” She explores how people get stuck when they wallow in the “poor me” attitude. Both women agree that when someone breaks your heart, it’s time to ask yourself: Who am I really? Why am I here? What is my future? We too often do not ask those life-changing questions until we are hurting.
Finally, responding to the experience with ego-induced superficial responses to the event will also hold us back. Sue says it’s the personality and the ego, like thinking, “My body is not pretty enough or I’m not smart enough,” that beat us up and make us feel even more pain. She says, “Once we get in touch with that inner voice and our higher self, we re-discover the divinely perfect soul that came here to go through these challenges to evolve and help others evolve. …That will get you out of bed in the morning and get you in the right direction.”
Check out more on Sue’s website.

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