First Time Going to a Community Council Meeting

Hello Friends,

Last week I went to my very first ever City Council Meeting, I didn’t know what to expect, and forgot to bring anything to take notes on; thankfully I had a Sharpie with me and got some paper from the meeting agenda to take some important names and information down with. I was sure that I was somehow under-dressed before I even got there, but there were all assortments of styles of suits and casual wear, so I no longer felt like I was not dressed right for the occasion.

This particular meeting they had a large panel of guests to talk about all sorts of going ons from education, community, safety, arts, and more. I was wishing while in the midst of the meeting that I would have thought beforehand to bring my camera and tripod so that I could film it; there was so much that I wish I could have recorded for myself. It turns out that this was not the normal type of City Council Meeting and I just happened to have picked the best day to go there and meet some amazing people that I don’t think I could have ever connected with otherwise.

I feel really blessed that the people I met and talked to as briefly as I did about my idea’s for building a non-profit and wanting to learn as much as I could about it, were happily willing to give me their time, business cards, emails, phone numbers, and offer possible avenues of learning and growth that I had not thought of previously. I am planning this week to make those connections with people, set up meetings and move forward in directions completely new to me. I am very nervous about all of this, and only hope and pray for the very best, that I can communicate my ideas clearly and that I can get the help that I need to be able to learn and grow and move forward towards helping others in whatever capacity that I am able to. I want to be able to let the idea’s that I have find life and breadth of their own, and to somehow, in whatever small ways I can help others.

I hope to become ever more and more part of the Cincinnati Community and to be able to make good connections which turn into good friendships, to be part of something bigger, part of growth in the communities that need it most.

I feel that I have been blessed in many ways over my life, even the worst times have helped me to grow and see myself, my life, and those around me in a new light. I’ve been struggling for a long time to find my self confidence, to work towards overcoming all my anxieties, to learn and get my education the Arts and to get my BA in Business, to push myself past the devastation of an abusive marriage and to push myself towards growth and healing and a healthier life with better friends and to let go of the people who have been negative and hurtful to me. I believe that I am finally in a place in my life to be successful; I have more stability than I have in a long while and I have many people who love me and want me to succeed.

I care a great deal for those who need help and though I still struggle daily with my disabilities, I don’t want to feel that they are holding me back any longer. I want to find ways that I can be of service to others, to the community, and to help as many people as I am able to, so that others can learn to thrive and grow and become their best selves.

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I move forward with all these new connections and pathways. I am open to the possibilities that are available to me, and I pray for the strength to be able to keep moving forward and to keep helping those that I am able to help, in any small way that I am able to do so.

Thank you for all your support and prayers and for your friendship!
Love, Hope, and Health be with You;
~Emily Rose

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