Speeches and Platforms, Pt. 2

The entire month of October has been crazy, y’all, let me tell you. For one, I officially began my final course (capstone) for my master’s degree in technology and social entrepreneurship. I’ve got two big things going for it (growing the KeativeTherapy brand and a girl’s group) and now I’ve got to buckle down and do it. Two, I’m planning on joining a new church—one in which I have already been sucked into the Children’s Ministry. And by “sucked into” I mean it called to me. I seriously love kids and want to protect them so yeah, I was going to join the team. Didn’t I say it called to me?

The craziest thing that happened this month though was winning the Popularity prize in the Korean Speech contest. Yes, I won something! Although I did hope to win, I wasn’t completely expecting to actually win. I was grateful for the free classes next term and the opportunity to speak using the language in which I will eventually become fluent. Icing on the cake was the amount of congratulatory words and encouragement given to and from the contestants. Of course, us beginners and intermediates aspired to be like the 1st place winner who was truly fluent.

To celebrate, I used my gift card from Genwa to treat my mom to a (very) late Korean BBQ birthday lunch. I got my mom to eat ojingeochae muchim (spicy dried squid strips)—TWICE. AND SHE TOOK SOME HOME. This is a woman who can barely eat shrimp if it’s not fried and is not a big fan of spicy foods. I should’ve taken pictures of her face when she found out what it was. I think she’s still in shock.

As we now enter into November and the rest of the Autumn season, I’m excited to see what these next months will bring. I’m looking forward to having the site completely finished so I can move onto other things on my to-do list, but one step at a time. I have to trust and enjoy the process.

So remember, always stay legit my peeps. c;

Nyke

 

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Speeches and Platforms

Pray for me y’all. I made the leap. I entered the Korean speech contest hosted by the Korean Cultural Center here in LA. Okay, forget leap—I jumped off the cliff and into the deep end. I’m going to be standing in front of native speakers, fluent speakers, and my classmates talking about my journey with and love for Korean culture.

And in honor of Hangeul Proclamation Day (which is actually on October 9th, by the way).

Now there were two reasons for me to force myself to do this, even though I’m kind of terrified, and they are the same two reason for me taking an actual Korean class instead of learning on my own and through friends. I started taking classes to one, force me to speak instead of always listening/writing, and two, be a part of a community. The first reason is kind of obvious because I’d rather talk to a person who can correct me than try and correct myself. The second reason is because I’m building a foundation, a platform so to speak, to aid others as well as get some help for myself and to show love in LA.

When it comes to platforms, you know, the word we now use for those who have access to presenting themselves or their art/words/businesses/etc., I’ve seen a lot of people abuse their positions. Some get to a position of power and recognition and they like go rogue or something. They were going for the power and recognition under the guise of helping others or wanting to be in community with others and then their real selves came out. I’ve also seen lots of people who have stumbled onto platforms or been given platforms that have aided them in their true purposes.

Like my mother, for example. She’s always been a singer and actress, starring in Gospel stage plays, but put a lot on hold for my brother and I. Now that we’re pretty much adults, she’s actually been blessed to be in commercials! However, instead of bragging about her commercials (this latest one was for GE’s Sol Lamp powered by Amazon’s Alexa), she’s used her funds to help out her communities here in LA and in her hometown in Mississippi. She’s also used her influence on set to not just brighten up people’s days, but also to speak about the Gospel of Christ to individuals who want to hear it. It’s honestly brought people together and shown me that influence (platforms) amplifies what’s really in your heart. So, please, build platforms for community—not destruction. I will do the same.

And remember to, stay legit y’all!

P.S.  Go like my mom’s commercial on YouTube, please! She’s the beautiful black woman with curls. C:

Nyke