20161213

Creative Leadership Project

Oh the things you find while trying to freeing up space in your Google Drive because your cheap and don't wanna pay for more... This is a really fun assignment I did as part of the INVST Community Studies Program. This was for "INVS 3932: COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP INTERNSHIP Fall 2007" taught by David Meens. I recently found my notes for the presentation most everything still resonates with me almost a decade later.

Here's the assignment prompt:
Creative Project and Presentation (10%)
This assignment should be fun to do, while simultaneously stretching yourself creatively. It is intended to build upon your Personal Profile, requiring that you reflect upon the question, “Who am I as a leader?” and then to communicate your thoughts to your classmates through a “shrine” assemblage. Photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, found material installation, journalings and poetry are some of the media you might consider incorporating—some examples will be presented on the first day of class. You will have 10-15 minutes to present your project during your allotted time in class.

From what I recall, I started with a blank model and then taped on each piece as I talked about it.

Orally Presented 2007.09.30
Rough Notes for Presentation:

Me and Mini-Me!


(Mine's a bit different because I am working on having less things (especially nicknacks))

I'd like you to meet Mini-Me! (aka Kaleena) She needs some clothes and accessories!  With these accessories I'm going to explain a bit about who I am as a leader.

Pants
- male role sometimes (engineer, auto mechanic, tools)
- Joan of Arc, patron saint, led army into battle in a traditionally male role

Skirt
- I like my feminine side
- necessary to have both sides

High Heels
- Know how to go out and have a good time
- Have a balance in life
- I feel the most me when I am singing and dancing

Tennis Shoes
- Am willing to work very hard
- Take me to many different places
- Relate to more people and more situations

Star Trek Communicator
- looking towards a better future

Glue
- the glue that holds groups together
- Susie, Lauren, Kristina
- Keep the peace among friends and family

Heart
- all we need is love
- not afraid to try new things
- guided by my heart

Brain
- spreadsheet!
- Helps me to see the whole picture, but still having attention to detail
- engineering, linear, in boxes
- it's purple because I still have the ability to think outside the box
- not afraid to ask questions

Mouth
- I speak the truth when necessary, even when it is hard
- I try to choose my words carefully

Ears
-listen to others needs
-empathy

Eyes
- notice when people are in need
- look out for other people's feeling, especially of loneliness
- notice special talents in others (see their potential)
- Denise's Bob describe my eyes like warriors, but still feminine
- I think a good leaders should be someone that strives to promote others rather than themselves

Rose-Colored Sunglasses (because I don't wear glasses)
- see the good in everyone
- view the world positively

Boeing Internship
- "There will always be people telling us what we can't do.  Which leaves us endless opportunities to prove them wrong."



Final Product


20160103

Almost 30

Just finished watching Master of None. It's really excellent and available on netflix. Thanks for the recommendation Matt! The last episode was pretty moving for me as the main character is recognizing that his possibilities in life are invigorating and limitless but requires making touch choices so all possibilities don't "wrinkle and go black."
“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a famous poet and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, and another fig was Europe and Africa and South America, and another fig was Constantin and Socrates and Attila and a pack of other lovers with queer names and offbeat professions, and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these figs were many more figs I couldn't quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.” 
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
Click on image to see the rest of this gorgeous comic
I suppose I need to add The Bell Jar to my reading list now too.

Here's a poor quality video from the episode. I really like the photo-mosaic during the monologue. Throwing it in at the end because I'm guessing the link wont stay active long:

20151110

36-Hour Clean Water Fast

While in Bolivia, my chapter of Engineers without Borders worked with a local NGO, Engineers in Action. Their tagline "Clean Water Shouldn't Be a Luxury" really resonated with me as I hiked through the mountains to find sources of clean water for the rural Bolivians we were serving. When their executive director asked us to participate in a 36-hr fast as part of their fall fundraiser I signed up and started this morning (ending at our monthly Engineers Without Border monthly meeting tomorrow evening).

Measuring Flow Rate of a New Spring

Could you please sponsor my fast? engineersinaction.networkforgood.com/

Dollar amounts are in odd amounts to match the 36-hour fast. Feel free to use the blank box to donate any amount. (Note: half the money will go directly to Engineers in Action and half will go to my local chapter in the form of a reduced price invoice for future trips)



Thank you so much for considering.

Kaleena

P.S. Bonus pictures! Because I remember my coworkers sharing pictures of their kids as incentive to buy girl scout cookies being especially effective... Here are some cute Bolivian kiddos!

The first schoolgirls to warm up to us
Someone who loves me very much went to Belgium and got me this shirt
P.P.S. Full report/blog post to follow

20150320

Pretty Much the Best Greeting Card EVAR

My BFF mailed me the bestest card ever for my birthday. Back story? Matt and I went on weekend ski trip about a decade ago. At some point I took a tumble, got back up, and finished the run. I didn't realize that I ripped a GIANT hole in my bibbers that nicely revealed my white long underwear underneath. It's tough being me sometimes but someone's gotta do it.




card by this awesome dude:

20141125

Ferguson

My heart is aching. I wish I were more informed. I wish I were taking action. I wish I lived in a world free of racial discrimination. Here's a tiny sampling of what has touched me today:

(in no particular order and names left off)














The pain of my communities is real. Change needs to happen.

All for now. I'm physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted.

20140227

Impossible is nothing

"Impossible is nothing." is said. "Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."