She begins by quoting the Persian poet Rumi, “live life as if everything is rigged in your favor…”
Welcome to episode 10 of Roll With Peace, In Mind featuring another installment of ‘Are You On The Right Train? Riding On The Urge’ featuring folks who have chosen to follow their hearts, dreams and passions. They did not and do not listen to the nay-sayers or to the ‘it can’t be done-ners’ but step out on Faith and Intention, not allowing fears to derail them.
Today’s spotlight is on the fabulous Sayydah Garrett, Co-Founder and President of the non-profit Pastoralist Child Foundation. She is also an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher for adults and teaches French as well. I am so excited to introduce my long time friend to you, she is a dynamo with a deep well of Wisdom and Insight. She’ razor-whip sharp and funny as all get out. And her journey is quite inspiring, you must hear the amazing way she and her co-founder Samuel Leadismo came together and created Pastoralist Child Foundation!! It’s WILD!
There are laughs throughout that we share due to our long history of sisters in friendship, I crack up when she says her dad’s name…both our fathers were born not only in the same year but in the same month AND have the same last names!! Sayydah is convinced we are related and I don’t doubt it!
When you hear her journey to date, it’s no wonder to learn of the amazing work she is doing. The mission of Pastoralist Child Foundation is to eradicate the harmful practice of female genital mutilation (FGM or female circumcision) and early marriages of young girls to older men in the pastoralist Maasai communities of Kenya, Africa. The children in Maasai communities want to get an education and achieve their dreams – like children everywhere else. Our work starts in Samburu and Maasai Mara and will spread to all pastoralist communities.
Be sure to check out this great organization, click on the links below:
WEBSITE: Pastoralist Child Foundation
Phone: (973) 980-7860
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The music you hear is Mukatiende (or Bukatiende) which means ‘wake up, let’s go’ a song in the Shona music tradition of Zimbabwe. It is played on an instrument with 22 metal keys called an mbira played by yours truly.
And lastly, who am I? I am Jacquie Bird of Jacquie Bird, Spiritual Wellness–I consider myself a ‘Spiritual Guide’ not in the religious sense but kinda like a Life Coach–when we are disconnected from our inner wellbeing and thought processes, it sets off all kinds of Emotional, Spiritual and Mental imbalances. My Life has taught me there is nothing more important than our inner health, our mental health and outlook–in Essence, our WellBeing. I have lived as a Creative, and teacher since the age of 18. Bumps in the road? Um yeah…a LOT! They hurt? Uh huh, made a grown girl cry. But everything is a step in The Journey, to be Experienced and to be Learned from. Today I navigate with much more Grace, Wisdom, Joy, Intention, Mindfulness, Humor and GRATITUDE.
In these podcast episodes, I share what I have learned and am still learning, with YOU.
For me, Spiritual Wellness is of the utmost importance–I am the author of the eBook series Jacquie Bird, Spiritual Wellness
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