The Standards of LOVE (#STOLO) are my guiding principles for life.
I've always known that I'd be a servant leader. I didn't know how, but I've known that somehow I was intended to help people in any way I could. I've also never been worried about scale, so one person matters just as much as 1 million to me.
The Standards of LOVE are like a checklist of how I care for myself and others. They counter balance each other in every way and challenge me to see myself as an important part of other people's lives. I use these standards to help me set boundaries to navigate life. They breathe and change as I do at various milestones.
Even the name suggests counter-balance, right? Standards are implied or normalized socio-cultural boundaries, but is healthy love supposed to have boundaries? I have my own answer to this based on what makes me feel loved, cared for, and safe.
We are spiritual beings caught in a tangible world.
My core values were planted by my mom (aka Yaya), Dr. Inge Ford. I was never taught to disconnect myself from my divinity. My Yaya's consistent lessons in science, spirituality, divinity, human health, and universal law have allowed me to master the fundamentals of surviving in the natural world.
I understand the Universe is a living organism and I'm a microscopic, but important, part of it. As such, I maintain my deep roots through daily practice of my values. My ability to improve in new growth mirrors my strength in my values.
It's important that I drink my own Koolaid. I only teach what I know and support others to do the same. I never feel the need to speak for other people because I'm intentional about creating safe, healthy, and fair platforms for them to speak for themselves.
SHARING IS CARING
My life animal is a bee. I get up and out to explore the world around me. My curiosity allows me to pollinate information that is essential to my ecosystem.
I've got a lot of energy. A LOT. I use it to systematically observe, collect, and disseminate information using both intuition and precise calculation anywhere.
In my early 20s I learned I had a natural ability to categorize large amounts of information very quickly. I'm also a global kid who was raised in a multi-lingual home with positive influences from many cultures different than mine. My skills were strengthened in the professional world as I began my career in technical communications in the telecommunications industry. These three things: literacy, diversity of perspective, and science are the tools I use for daily success.
I began a 20+ year obsession with data science in an effort to better understand myself relative to the world around me. This curiosity energizes me! For every answer I find there are 10 more questions, and I set out to find folks who can articulate their perspectives. Sharing the stories of how I find myself on someone's doorstep is always serendipitous. The path is an integrated one balanced between cultural nuance, empirical data, and creative methods to inspire query.