Graduation season is in full swing.. and our Feya Family is feeling all sorts of nostalgia while reminiscing about those days! While our life paths may have changed quite a bit, we want to share with you how our team has grown and molded into the changemakers we are today. And to all of the 2019 graduates – congrats!! We can’t wait to follow your life journey as you follow your dreams and create new ones as you go.

Jennifer – Director of Growth & Goodness

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

I dreamed about being an actress and living in a pink beach shack in Mailbu. My worst nightmare was to grow up, get married, have kids, live in the suburbs and drive a minivan. But thankfully, I grew up, got married, had a kid and moved to the suburbs. Still working on the minivan. And now I like Florida better than California anyway.

What activities did you participate in? 

Cheerleading, Yearbook, Forensics, Drama (acting and creating it)

In what ways were you involved with your community or giving back?

I was really involved in my church- one of my favorites were being a camp counselor for elementary aged girls- I taught them lots of hilarious songs and gave them the sage wisdom of a 16-year old girl. They thought I was so cool. Poor girls.

I also went on a mission trip to fix up a camp where we had previously stayed. The guys pranked us and painted our toilet seats with white paint. I got them back by putting laxatives in their chocolate chip cookies. I have no idea where the Ex-Lax even came from. Seriously.

I also remember a time when our gym teacher at school told us about a student who had been coming to school hungry because they didn’t have any food at her house. This was unfathomable to me- we lived in a very upper middle class town and I had never gone hungry a day in my life. As soon as I got home that day I raided our pantry and went door-to-door in our neighborhood asking for donations. And I wouldn’t let them give me canned peas or spinach or anything gross. I made them fork over the good stuff like mac & cheese, Doritos and Little Debbies. Nobody was going hungry on my watch.

What is a piece of advice you would give your high school/college self?

Be kind to everyone- you never know what people are battling. Everyone knows something you don’t. Learn from them.

What was the most popular song? (at your high school dance, or in general)

There’s a few songs that I hear that will take me back to high school immediately:

Don’t Speak- No Doubt
Foolish Games- Jewel
Shoop- Salt-n-Pepa
Basket Case- Green Day
The Sweater Song- Weezer
Disarm- Smashing Pumpkins
Glycerine- Bush

 

Sarah – Chief Candle Lady

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a School Psychologist! Or an ancient Egyptologist.

What activities did you participate in? 

I played volleyball, and was in band as well as the Lincoln Youth Symphony

In what ways were you involved with your community or giving back?

I did mission trips every year with my church, and started the environmental impact club at Lincoln High! (I don’t think it lasted very long)

What is a piece of advice you would give your high school/college self?

SLOW DOWN! I was so focused on my ultimate goals I often forgot to have fun and live in the moment, I thought everything had to be perfect and I made a lot of mistakes trying to make it all perfect. Life becomes a lot more clear when you let go of the wheel!

What was the most popular song? (at your high school dance, or in general)

To me, it was anything by Incubus, I decided in high school for a short period I was going to be their band manager, so I made business cards, told a bunch of local bands I was in charge of booking shows at a local bar (which I wasn’t…) and started managing a few bands for about a year!

 

Regen – Event Maestro

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

For a while I wanted to be a clown in the Ringling Brothers Circus. I even looked into going into clown college. But for the rest of my childhood I wanted to be a teacher.

What activities did you participate in? 

In high school, I was in DAFY (Drug and Alcohol Free Youth), Interact, band & colorguard. I also did track, swimming, and golf.

In what ways were you involved with your community or giving back?

I was a Explorer with the Fire Department so I was able to respond to fire calls and help with ground support. It might be why I love fire trucks.

What is a piece of advice you would give your high school/college self?

Not every assignment is worth your sanity. It is important to get your work done but also enjoy life and make memories.

What was the most popular song? (at your high school dance, or in general)

I graduated high school in 2013 and the most popular song was either Happy by Pharrell Williams or We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus.

 

Cali – Director of Digital Fantastiness

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

A Graphic Designer, which is what my degree is in.. and ironically it’s my least favorite task these days!

What activities did you participate in? 

Volleyball, Basketball, Golf, Softball. Played the Flute in band, and played the piano. Also did Dance (Toe Ballet, Jazz, Gymnastics)

In what ways were you involved with your community or giving back?

Our sports teams donated our time around town, and we always helped with the food drive at our local church.

What is a piece of advice you would give your high school/college self?

Not to be so worried about the highest grades. No one remembers your GPA, but they remember the friends, the weekend memories.

What was the most popular song? (at your high school dance, or in general)

“Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith

 

Kenzie – Director of Aesthetic Development

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I went through a phase in high school where I was obsessed with Criminal Minds, so of course I wanted to be in the FBI… that is until I was brought back to reality that it would actually be a lot of paperwork, and is most definitely not actually what I was interested in. In University I studied Hospitality & Tourism for a couple of years before switching to Graphic Design because I had become obsessed with boutique hotels and had a dream of starting my own. I am still passionate about the tourism industry, so that might be something I revisit someday. 

What activities did you participate in? 

Volleyball was my main sport in high school, I played all year round. I also managed the boys’ basketball team, and participated in long jump and pole vault in track. 

In what ways were you involved with your community or giving back?

I volunteered at Center For People In Need while in high school. After I graduated I moved to Thailand for a year and volunteered in a preschool –  I also would help distribute milk and food to families in need and medication to those affected by HIV/AIDS.

What is a piece of advice you would give your high school/college self?

You need to do what is best for you. Have fun and form amazing friendships, but you don’t always have to follow the crowd. 

What was the most popular song? (at your high school dance, or in general)

Some of our lunch time jams (that definitely make me laugh now):

Starships- Nicki Minaj  
We Are Young- Fun
Wild Ones- Flo Rida (my old ringtone when that was a thing)
‘Dance’- Big Sean
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