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“Tell me what breaks your heart, and I’ll tell you who you’re meant to serve.”

I heard author/activist Glennon Doyle say this on a podcast a while ago, and it absolutely moved me.

So much breaks my heart, so much that it can feel overwhelming. There is horrible pain and suffering in the world, in our nation. When I heard Glennon say this, I thought about what I was doing in my life. I was helping when I could, volunteering time or money to different organizations. But I still felt a yearning. I wanted to find who I was truly meant to serve, but I didn’t know how or where to start because my heart was pulling me in so many directions.

As I read more about the Michigan League for Public Policy and the work that is done here, I felt that familiar heartache and it became obvious. If I wanted to help more, a great place to do that was right in my state. Fellow Michigan residents are suffering every day. These are our families, our friends and our neighbors.

I felt that yearning to help and the voice inside me said, “Maybe this is the place for you. Maybe this is where you’re meant to serve.”

I’m so thankful that it worked out. I’m thrilled to be the new Communications Assistant at the League. There is a bit of a learning curve, as my work history is dominated by writing positions in corporations. This world of policy and politics is new to me in terms of employment. Although it can be intimidating at times, I’m driven by my desire to serve fellow Michiganders.

I strive to always operate from a place of kindness, empathy and compassion. I’m not always successful, but like all of us, I’m a work in progress. The same goes for our state. It’s a work in progress, and I’m glad that I have the chance to join others who are tirelessly pushing for positive change.

As we continue to be inundated with a nonstop onslaught of heartbreaking and frustrating news from around the world and in our nation, the focus at the League is on our community as we fight for racial equity and economic opportunity for all in Michigan. Here, I’m honored to join the chorus of my coworkers who are crying out against injustice and inequities in our state. We lift up and amplify the voices of those who are hurting and so desperately need to be heard. Those who feel that their policymakers don’t care, those who feel overlooked or just plain invisible.

We’re all in this together. Regardless of what you look like or the choices you’ve made or how much money you have to your name. People are people, and it breaks my heart to see people suffering. So I’m here to serve my family, friends and neighbors. And though our state is a work in progress, I look forward to helping enact even a little bit of change for the better in Michigan.


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