Hope Around the World with Michael and Carolyn
We love to share encouraging stories from around the world. Especially with everything going on in the world, it can be hard to find positivity and encouragement. This week Michael and Carolyn are sharing their favorite Hope Around the World stories!
Carolyn’s story comes from her hometown of Tulsa, where a 4 year old girl saw a homeless woman and wanted to help. Chef Violet, as she came to be called, held a bake sale and donated $600 to the regional food bank! Check out the story here.
Michael’s story is close to his heart as it happened during his last IRONMAN race! Chris Nikic became the first athlete with down syndrome to cross the finish line of an IRONMAN race. Upon returning home, he gave his mom his medal since she could not attend. Watch the story here.
Elle Shroyer: Operations Manager of Loveworks Leadership
With a background in global missions and educational program management, Elle is passionate about exploring other cultures and discovering new ways to think about things. More than anything, Elle enjoys meeting new people. She loves to listen and ask questions to inquire about hopes and dreams, and work with people to establish the steps to achieve their goals. Elle is happily married with three young children who love Raising Little Leaders and working in the Loveworks Garden.
Elle considers herself a more natural doer even though she used to have really big dreams. Her little ones keep her on her toes and give her a creative outlet!
Growing Up Around Country Music
Elle grew up in a unique environment. She went to a full immersion school and quickly learned to speak Spanish. Elle’s stepdad opened the world of country music to her as he had many connections in the music industry. Elle’s love of writing and singing combined with the country music influence caused her to dream big and be a country music star.
From Dreaming to Doing
In college, Elle went through some tough heartbreaks when she lost her dad. Elle stopped writing because she had just lost her inspiration to do so. However, she learned during this time that she really wanted to pour into other people. She pivoted and changed from that dreamer to a doer! She began to get really involved with her church and started working with more people.
It can be hard to stop doing and take time to dream. Map out time and space to journal and write down your dreams. Dreaming is refreshing and can help you get back to doing!
Helping Others with Their Dreams
Elle had the unique opportunity to help her daughter with her dreams. After watching a lesson of our At Home Leadership Program, Elle’s daughter wanted to do something for the homeless people in the Norman area. After reaching out to Food and Shelter, a monthly donation event was created. Elle has enjoyed being able to help her daughter’s dream come true, and she loves to be inspired by all her daughter’s dreams.
Middle School Advice
Don’t change who you are for anyone else. It can be hard as a doer not to care what others think, but try not to worry about it! You are wonderful just the way you are.
- Don’t stop talking about what you love.
- Make time to dream.
- Take time to pause and rest to refresh yourself.