Thinking Greatly / by Lauren Stumberg

What ideas do you have to make our neighborhoods better? How can we use our creative capital to amplify our community experiences? How do we turn ideas into action?

To think greatly is to have the gumption and resourcefulness to align actions with aspirations. This is how I operated when I lived and worked abroad in the Marshall Islands and Sicily. Yet when I moved to Atlanta, I let the vastness of the city swallow me up. I didn't know anyone. The confidence and bravery I had quickly deflated.

As I engaged with the Atlanta community through my creative offerings, my sense of self returned. I realized that I was spending a lot of time on things I cared little about, and not enough time on the the things that would lead me towards my greater goals. And so with the encouragement and support of my husband and close friends, I got the courage to create my own destiny - to think greatly.

–Lauren Stumberg