Once upon a time, there lived a little blonde genie that lived in a shoe. HA! I'm just kidding! My story of inventing Pursuing Compatibility starts with life experiences from childhood to adulthood. I struggled with mental health issues at a young age, which affected my academic performance from ADHD issues where teachers told my mother directly to her face, "Your daughter will probably not graduate high school or go to college." Ugh! Imagine the psychological repercussions from hearing that. Despite facing these setbacks, fueled by determination to succeed with some help along the way, I eventually graduated high school, earned a scholarship to Ursuline College, and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design.
Encouraged by my mother, I was active in the performing arts from an early age. I grew up to love the creative and artistic world from musical theater to dramatic arts, but the most important life lesson I took from these experiences was a great appreciation for diversity and inclusion. During a part of my teenage years, a portion of those activities included participating in a primarily black theater in which the director embraced me as a minority and treated me as one of her granddaughters. She showed me the value of being able to see and understand others perspectives. From childhood to young adulthood, you can see the entertainment, artistic, technology, mental health and diversity, and creative inclusion influence on Pursuing Compatibility's inspiring message.
Like most millennials, graduating college in 2008 was brutal and devastating because of the recession. It motivated me to say, "Screw it! I'm going on a new adventure to go abroad and expand my horizons!" So this led to my journey to go live, work, teach and culturally engage for nine years. While living overseas, I independently studied cross-cultural communication, conflict resolution and became actively involved in public speaking clubs. This journey abroad massively influences Pursuing Compatibility's education aspect, having global, open-hearted compassion and even economy.
My dating and love history are full of successes, failures, naive choices, and even the occasional lesson that whipped me into shape. Living and teaching in South Korea, I fell for a great South Korean man, which eventually led to the heartbreaking reality of discovering we had grown apart after being together for eight years. Starting over is hard! Arrgh! As everyone can see, this is a massive influence on Pursuing Compatibility's inspiring message to strengthen dating and relationships.
Directly after facing difficult heartbreak, multiple devastating economic setbacks, finding secure employment, health issues and even facing invisible discrimination, I decided to make a fiercely creative company to prove to the public that I have a lot to offer society and will not be dismissed. Taking everything I have learned to direct humanity to a whole new level of knowledge and perspectives.
In summary, Pursuing Compatibility is a social enterprise and a uniquely innovative company primarily focused on assessing society's issues and thinking of innovative, creative solutions to make it better. We are currently helping the loneliness statistics, reducing the divorce rate, easing heartbreak, and evaluating other society's issues. Ultimately, this will also help make America better than #19 on the World Happiness Index with a creative twist!
Whether we want to admit it or not, all of us are in this life together, and we need to start doing better. Why stay stuck when we can realize our full potential? I'm not giving up on our happiness. How about YOU?"
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