PhotoPad, founded by Diane Najm, is one of our sensational Urban Campfire sponsors. Diane opens her heart here and shares a story of radical change – we love the way she nurtures our community, offers her expertise to help wherever she can, and inspires everyone she meets!

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There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

 

As I reflect on my life, I can see that radical change starts in the most unlikely of places. It was through terrible darkness that I found my light. When I was in college, my brother died under unexpected and horrific circumstances, turning my happy Greek-American family into darkness.  I was fortunate to have the community’s support and many mentors  that led me in the direction of working with abused children. It was this work that helped me heal and as a result, empowered me  to radically shift my life and become an entrepreneur.  As an entrepreneur, you inevitably fail and in the darkest moment you navigate the maze to where the light shines and leads you to the mentor that will take you out of the darkness! As Danielle LaPorte says:

“darkness always finds the light” 

Moving forward isn’t about getting out of the darkness – it’s about getting into the light. Radical change is about building the light you need.  I am grateful to the mentors in my life that helped me to be the leader, entrepreneur, and community builder so I can pave the way for other women to shine too! Urban Campfire is the light and place where stories will be shared and lessons learned. I look forward to meeting the women at Urban Campfire and help them share their photo story with PhotoPad and build their community.

diane