• Jennifer Lyon

reflecting on 2017 and moving forward with good stuff.

Updated: Jun 28, 2018

thanks, jacquie

I wanna take the time to reflect on my past year, mainly why I needed to start the Diamond Project and other stuff like that. ya, ya, it's almost July, I know. A lil late but hey.

In the beginning of last year I was a manager of a newly expanded social profit. I was able to set the tone for interactions, which gave me freedom to develop my own management style. I was always professional and clear with my expectations but I also saw this as a chance to lift up my staff and volunteers. I was so motivated to teach these young people how to advocate for themselves and how to form positive and supportive relationships.

2017 was my year, indeed. I did it. YAAASSS! I uplifted many young people in my role.

I owned it. I checked my position of power as a manager and used it for good. All those awesome people gave me so much good in return. I feel fortunate to have met and worked with all of them.

2017 was also the year of going that extra mile - 'the side hustle shuffle' as my friend would put it. I did tremendous amounts of volunteering for newspapers and magazines in the region as a writer and photographer. I was chasing my passion. I did it all. Driving to shoots, speaking to people, writing content. I also did friend shoots, and really any kind of shoot I could get my hands on.

I thought about how much I LOVE the challenge. The light, the gear, the people, its all good...

...so, where do I go from here?

I enjoy befriending new people. I am great with a camera. Why not try and uplift more of them in some way, while doing what I love?

So, I began what I'm now calling the Diamond Project. As a manager, I challenged the notion that women are often catty and jealous to one another in the workplace. Instead, I uplifted them. This is an amazing sentiment - that we are better off uplifting, teaching and helping each other rather than tearing each other down.

As a photographer I'm keeping this momentum going! My mission is to seek out, befriend and uplift other awesome women and photograph them.

We've all got amazing skills and talents, and we can help each other with whatever awesomeness we've got. All we need is a place to start. My start was as a manager of a small office with a big heart.

I encourage you to do the same.

Let's go, hurry up now. On we go, together.



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