I have been given the honor and privilege of raising five children. I am the joint guardian with my mother of two nieces, two nephews, and my younger cousin. Rayona is the oldest sibling at 14, with my cousin Josephine the second oldest at 12, Sienna is my other niece and she is 11, and Wesley and Xavier are my nephews at 9 and 7 years old. Although challenging, it has been extremely rewarding to be a part of their lives, and I am grateful. I’m pursuing community-based research on traditional ecological knowledge to create a model from which indigenous peoples can develop restoration and management strategies. This research will address some of the long-term needs of the environment and the people on Indian reservations in the United States.
For me, education is a lifelong endeavor, and it's deeply tied to my growth as an individual as well to success in my career. Learning is something I've become exceedingly skilled at and is at the core of my personal happiness. So, it's really the primary goal for most of the things I do, including my career goals.
Right now, I'm learning constantly, and in many areas that may seem disparate upon first glance, but reveal their interconnected nature under closer examination. Everything from social freedom and human physiology to ancient history and biohacking is on my learning platter. These different subjects tie into a business that I've started called Culture Specific Clarity LLC, which requires me to be a 'jack of all trades'. It's a coaching business where I help people find clarity by showing them certain principles (like awareness) in their own lives and then by integrating culture-specified practices that allow clients to experience long-term success, not just short-term results.
I'm also deeply passionate about community-based research around how indigenous knowledge systems can empower the people and their communities. I plan to do this by studying indigenous knowledge and scientific knowledge in a community-based way that provides direct benefits to the community I'm working with. This idea fits perfectly into another goal of mine: long-term consulting with tribes and tribal colleges on indigenous, GIS, and ecological issues.
Each of these singular goals is only a layer in a much larger tapestry. A work of art that I won't be finished with until the day I take my last breath.