On January 25, 2013 Reno had its very first TEDx event at the University of Nevada. The event was funded by the Online Executive MBA program at UNR and was coordinated by my former professor/social media mentor, Dr. Bret Simmons.
I was tasked with running the social media for the event and some follow-up blog posts.
Armed with my laptop, iPhone, a handful of chargers and my bottle of water I arrived on campus before 8am to get started (for those of you that know me, the fact that I was able to get out of the house before 8am is a feat in itself).
The agenda for the day was 18 speakers broken up into 4 sessions based on: Health and Hope, Education, Business and Entrepreneurship and Bold Ideas Worth Spreading.
There were stories of love, loss, perseverance, community and more. A few of the talks were:
A teenage girl who spoke about her journey of raising money and delivering 1,100 LifeStraws to children in Kenya.
The talk that really inspired me the most was from a 13-year-old boy who spoke about his path of “hackschooling” and the importance of making a life rather than making a living.
His goal in life is to be happy and healthy.
His words really hit home because we homeschool our kids. We decided to homeschool because we want to give our kids a different path in life and hopefully something better than they would get in public school.
I’ve had some struggles with homeschooling the kids and in the curriculum that we use but his words reminded me of what I hope to achieve with the girls and their education and gave me some ideas on how I can do better.
I want my children to be happy and healthy when they grow up.
I want them to dream big and to try. Even if they fail, at least they tried.
I will no longer be the dreamkiller.
Instead I’ll be the dream builder.
I will help them. And myself.
It was truly an inspirational event to be a part of and I’m so thankful for the opportunity.