Jodi Hills

So this is who I am – a writer that paints, a painter that writes…


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An education.

We have visited most of the Ivy League schools now. Stepping on to each campus, I can feel it. Maybe it’s the knowledge, the learning, but most probably, I think it’s the curiosity in the air – the possibility. It’s not lost on me that the most glorious beam of sun just shone through the window at the moment I was typing “curiosity in the air.” And I guess that’s the real beauty, isn’t it? It is everywhere. And I want to feel it everywhere. Now some might think it shines only for the elite, but if you can see yourself, in the grasp of that morning beam, then aren’t you too, one of the elite. Aren’t we all?

But we must be curious. We must be able to see the possibilities – feel them. I feel it right now, as I’m telling you this. And I want you to feel it. The lightness in your feet. The extra rhythm of your heart. Eyes wide open.

I didn’t attend an Ivy League University, but I feel privileged. I got a good education from the University of Minnesota. I got an “Ivy” league (my mom’s name is Ivy) education from my mother in how to survive anything with grace and dignity. Combining the two, along with the ever curious spirit I was given, we were all given, at birth, I feel more than elite, I feel heart-filled, mind-filled, joyously alive.

Today is filled with possibility. The world is your campus. Wander. Enjoy. Learn. Live!