never.give.up.

This is something I made for my dream wall. It's a constant reminder to myself to keep going even when things get tough and to never, ever, give up.

What an amazing week it’s been! Since I arrived in Chicago this past weekend I have been able to visit 5 schools in 5 days and perform in front of over 2,000 students with my Fingertips Program.  The response from all the students has been so amazing! :)  (If you’re not familiar with the Fingertips Program, it’s basically an inspirational school assembly where I mix music and motivational speaking.  I am giving real world advice to students on how to make their dreams a reality.  We also touch up bullying and how treating each other with respect plays a big role in how far you can get in achieving your own big goals and dreams.)  When someone asks me about the program, that is normally how I explain it.  But somehow I can never get the true essence of the program across to a person until they see the amazing response from students after the fact.  If you are wondering what kind of impact the Fingertips Program makes on students, just take a look at my facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/katiequickmusic).  You can scroll back for pages and pages and read the amazing messages from students….many of which have brought tears to my eyes.  I can’t explain the happiness I feel when I read them!! It just makes my day :) 

I truly love putting on these assemblies for students.  It makes me feel like I am doing something worthwhile again!  After I left teaching I have to admit I struggled a lot.  I would wonder what I was doing to help make the world a better place if I was only chasing after my dream of making music.  I knew that some way I had to get back and work with students again…..but this time not give up on my music.  The Fingertips Program has been the absolute perfect way to combine my biggest passions, music, education, and inspiration.  Not only do I get to bring a positive message to young people, but I end up getting inspired in return. I always leave a school feeling so refreshed and invigorated, ready to take on the world!  My ultimate goal with the program is to BE THE EXAMPLE of someone who was able to use hard work and determination to follow their dream.  And because of the kids I never want to give up!!  I love the fact that I am accessible to students through email, facebook, etc and that the students trust me enough to open up about their goals, dreams, and even their fears.  I can’t tell you how humbled and honored I am when I get an email from a student who has been getting bullied telling me how much the program inspired them…gave them confidence…and didn’t make them feel so alone.  I am truly the most blessed girl in the world.  I want these students to know to know that they make me want to be a better person.  On the days when I feel like giving up (because, yes, I have those days too), I know that I can keep going because of them. 

This weekend I will make my way back to Nashville, daydreaming all the way home about how amazing the week was and about all of the positive feedback I’ve been getting from students.  I will feel so extremely thankful for all of the love I feel after working with them.  I will visualize my goals for the future and keep them there in my mind, planning my next steps on how to make them a reality.  Right now, I am going to make a promise to you…I will not give up on my dream.  I promise to work hard and stay positive and strong and not listen to the negative things people say.  I will believe in myself even when no one else does.  I will listen to my heart and follow where it tells me to go.  I will not be afraid to be different or to stand out or to be an individual.  I will never.give.up. That is my promise to myself, and you.

Can you make that promise to?

Until next time….xoxo

Katie

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