Meet our A Little Intern:
Brave Risk Taker, Confident Pioneer, Liver of a Beauty-Full life… and A Little Intern!
I am twenty-three years old, but my life has already been filled with so many extraordinary lessons. Lessons of love, lessons of picking myself up after failure, lessons of courage, lessons of forgiveness, lessons of confidence.
But one of the greatest lessons that I have learned is that of listening to myself and following my true passions. And that is journey that led me to A Little Bundle…
I began college as a Political Science major with aspirations of becoming the next elected official. I thought that I would go on to write policy upon policy, and change the world along the way. What I didn’t think to do was give myself room to explore new ideas and new ways to grow.
The summer after my sophomore year, I had to complete an internship with a non-profit for a graduation requirement. I had babysat my way through college up until that point, so choosing a non-profit in Houston that worked with children seemed like a natural and easy fit. I began that summer with the expectation that I was going to do what I had to do in order to get my internship credit. What I didn’t expect, though, was that I was going to discover my true passions.
I have always loved to create new things, to be innovative, and to put a fun, colorful spin on old ideas. My summer in Houston gave me the opportunity to design programs for children at Texas Children’s Hospital. With the kids, I did art projects, trust-building exercises, and played LOTS & LOTS of games! To be able to put a smile on a child’s face every day, and to see the tangible results of what I was working on, brought a happiness and serenity to me that I had never felt before.
I loved every single moment of my experience that summer! So much so, I extended my internship because I wasn’t ready to leave come August!
Two months after finishing my internship in Houston, I was offered a political internship at The White House in Washington, DC. Although I had already considered that I wanted to change my career path to non-profits and philanthropy, I knew that I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work at The White House. So in the spring of my junior year, I set off for the nation’s capital.
The White House was a really interesting place. It was fast-paced, everyone was politically engaged, and there was so much energy! I enjoyed the work that I was doing, but I felt like something was missing. I wasn’t surrounded by the passion or excitement that I had experienced working with the children in Houston.
I remember standing in my office in The White House one afternoon, looking at all of the pictures of the children I had met the summer before that I had hung on all four walls, and thinking, “What am I doing here?? This is not where I want to be.”
Everyone told me that I was crazy for not wanting to be at The White House, but I did the brave thing and decided to listen to my heart and begin to pursue things that I was truly interested in.
I went back to school the following fall and changed my major from Government to a self-designed course of study called “Human Rights of the Child.” Since leaving Washington, I have tried so many new things, from meditation to calligraphy to learning to speak Persian! I have taken courses not just in fields that I think will help me land a job after college, but also in Theater, Culinary Arts, and Astronomy! I now realize that there is no one way to change the world, nor one way to be me!
If I do the things that I love with excitement and joy, I will create things that will benefit the world!
So when the opportunity to be A Little Intern with A Little Bundle came up, and after meeting Annie and the A Little Bundle team, I knew that this was something that I could be passionate about! I love being exploring products for your baby’s development, learn the stories of our A Little Mamas, and share in a creative, innovative culture!
There is a sign in our office that says “Be Brave.” To me, it symbolizes the courage it takes to follow your heart, the confidence it takes to choose your true passions, and the optimism to live your life with beauty!
What I have learned is that now I won’t do anything unless my heart is 110% into it.
I will follow my passions, try new things, and be BRAVE!
This post is dedicated to all of you Brave Little Mamas out there!
-Written by Amanda Vining in A Little Bundle Headquarters with lots of love and brave guts