Overexposed Souls hosted a small event for the kids of Shemwood Crossing Apartments. Shemwood holds a reputation of being one of Greenville, South Carolina's most overcrowded, crime-stricken, gang-affiliated residencies. Knowing that it's a dark environment for a child to grow up in, it was necessary to take the time to encourage kids from the neighborhood to make positive choices in the present that will lead them into a bright future.
We rode there one afternoon with a few members of my church, Greenville Church Without Walls, who frequent the neighborhood to spread hope. The kids grabbed some food and I began a conversation with them about what Overexposed Souls is and the meaning behind the shirt I was wearing (click here to read the shirt story).
I explained to them how my dream is to become a highly skilled and respected artist/designer and how I'm stepping further into that dream by applying principles from the bible to my life. I displayed some of my artwork (look out for the Barack Obama stone sculpture in the photos below), talked about how I was able to graduate from one of the top art schools in the country and how I've been able to design, model and meet celebrities as an employee with the company that produces Sheen Magazine.
After setting the stage with my own achievements, I was able to drive home the main point behind this particular shirt - We have the ability to achieve all of the dreams that God planted within us...they just take hard work, faith and patience to obtain.
As I spoke, I told the kids to think about their own goals as a banner hung behind me. The banner reads:
"Time waited is time gained. What dream will you work hard and be patient with so you can achieve it in the future?"
The kids were excited to learn that each of them would be gifted a shirt to take home as a reward for attending the session as long as they agreed to sign the banner with their name and dream for the future.