How I’m Celebrating My 26th Annual RiDay ft. the Lead With Grace Scholarship Fund

TOmorrow IS MY 26th BIRTHDAY!

TURN UP!

 
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i lied. no turning up until i turn in my accounting final. well, on second thought, probably not then either. i have finals all the way up until 10pm on the 19th. yes i said 10pm. bschool professors get really creative with deadlines. but i’m exactly where I want to be so i definitely can’t complain.

anyway…

🎈HAPPY ALMOST 1st BIRTHDAY TO THIS SITE 🎈

Listen. I am a huge brat about my birthday - i always have been. but this year is something different. i’m celebrating the closing of this 25th year, which has been filled with compounded blessings. and let’s not forget - this site turns a year old tomorrow! this platform is quite literally my baby. my baby turns a year old! here is a flashback to my first post, published on my 25th birthday as a gift to myself because i promised i would start my year off in love, light & much needed positivity.

MY 24TH YEAR shook me to the core, and THIS SITE HAS truly BEEN THE CALM AFTER THE STORM. personally, this space SAVED MY LIFE. it GAVE ME HOPE. it SHOWED ME WHO I AM AND WHO I’M NOT. it reconnected me to my community. spiritually, I was able to WORK THROUGH SOME SERIOUS BAGGAGE ON THESE PAGES. these pages gave me room to breathe and grieve and heal some more. and now i realize i want to spend my life creating space for others to do the same. so THIS BLOG WAS THE PERFECT GATEWAY INTO BUSINESS SCHOOL: IT HELPED ME REALIZE THAT I WANT TO continue working within the wonderful world of digital media storytelling.

HAPPY 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO THIS SPACE - COME CELEBRATE IT WITH ME. ⤵️

 
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TO CONTINUE IN MY birthday-launch precedent, I’VE DECIDED TO LAUNCH THE GOFUNDME FOR THE LEAD WITH GRACE SCHOLARSHIP TODAY TOO. THIS SCHOLARSHIP WILL GO TOWARDS AN ARAB AND/OR MUSLIM WOMAN IN HER SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL, and it will be in the amount of $5,000 towards her college education. this is over double the amount i originally thought i would raise, but i’m speaking this into existence right now. it takes a village, and i believe in the strength of my village.

donate today.

THE OFFICIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT WILL BE HELD THIS SUNDAY.

READ BELOW & WATCH MY VIDEO FOR MORE INFORMATION.

THE LEAD WITH GRACE SCHOLARSHIP FUND

on october 21st, 2018, i will be hosting a fundraiser/surprise bday bash (yes I said surprise. let me live. ✋🏼) at brome modern eatery in detroit. the event is open to the public and will run from 3-7pm. stop by anytime in that window, and get you some burgers, shakes, salads, tater tots, juice, or all of the above; there is something for everyone, veggie & vegan options, halal meat, health conscious folks, and those looking for the ultimate cheat day!! 30% of everything you spend goes towards the lead with grace scholarship. come one, come all, and bring an appetite!

 
 

HAPPY 26TH RIDAY TO ME!

WHY i’m SPENDING MY BIRTHDAY FUNDRAISING:

because every year i spend on this earth will be spent in the service of others - baba taught me that.

please come out and celebrate with me! my birthdays have always been super special to me because my dad always found a way to make me feel like a princess. while my father’s body is no longer with me, his heart and passion and zeal are with me more than ever. which brings me to the fund. the lead with grace scholarship fund is my family’s way of continuing in my father’s commitment to making education more equitable for the youth in dearborn. i can think of no better way to spend my special day than with my father’s spirit, working to raise money for a cause. i feel like my father has passed me this baton, and i want to hit the ground running with it this year. as i mentioned above, for this year’s award, i chose to fundraise $5,000 towards a scholarship for an arab/muslim woman in her senior year of high school. more details on the scholarship application itself will go live in november.


but here is how you can help now:

  • come out to the event & bring the whole crew! everyone is welcome, whether they know me or not.

  • bring an appetite. brome food & drink is all phenomenal, and 30% of what you spend goes towards our fund (because brome knows that it takes a village ❤️)

  • donate via our gofundme page. i will also be posted up on sunday accepting donations thru venmo, gofundme or good old fashioned checks. please make checks payable to “the lead with grace scholarship fund” (yes, my bday will be mostly work & some play!)

  • keep a lookout for pre-orders for my vibewear apparel and laptop stickers. 25% of merch proceeds go towards the fund.

  • spread the word. share this post, my promotional video, my event invitations, etc.

thank you for being a part of this special day and this greater movement. whether you are near or far, whether we’ve met or not, just know i’m eternally grateful for your engagement (and for making it to the bottom of this post!). so much love to you.

only love,

ri