There’s a myth that has circulated for far too long. We all think we are too ordinary to make a difference and make a change. This author is an advocate, an Abolitionist and an author but what was her great win this week????
She learned a new recipe.
Let that sink in. She is just like you and I but she’s a voice. She is asking a change for something that matters. Meet Hallie Schaefer.
What is your career?
– Right now, I’m a work-from-home mother of three. I do freelance writing when I get the chance and hope that writing and storytelling will be a career later on. Before this, I was a social worker for several years working with at risk youth.
What is a goal you have that’s worth working for, starting now? What are you passionate about?
– I’m passionate about stories. I think stories are what connects us to each other and makes us feel like we can relate to one another. My goal is to share stories of hope and that they encourage those that I meet along the way.
Can you explain what human trafficking in America means and looks like?
– It’s not the Hollywoodized version that many are used to seeing. It’s not the street fights, Liam Neeson style version. It’s quiet. It’s hidden. It could be someone falling in “love” with the wrong person, a person who forces them to do sexual things for money. It’s minors being abused and used as sex objects. It’s being emotionally, mentally, or physically abused by someone that forces you to do things you don’t want to do.
Tell us about your book.
– “Rise”, while themed around human trafficking, focuses on hope. In the story, the girls face the realities of human trafficking, dealing with the guilt, pain, and shame. They find that God still loves them, no matter how they see themselves. This unconditional love helps them break free of the invisible bonds their traffickers held on them.
What exactly made you passionate about being an advocate and bringing awareness to human trafficking in America?
– I learned about human trafficking in 2008, during my freshman year at college. I had never heard about it before, but after the summer reading requirement of Not For Sale by David Batstone, my passion for it just grew. I wanted others to know about it too. With more awareness, people are empowered to protect themselves from it and know the signs well enough to be able to save someone else from it.
What wins did you have this week?
– I learned a new recipe! Sweet potato flatbread. I’m pretty sure that I’m the world’s worst cook, so this was a huge win. Lol
Can you begin by telling me what made you decide to follow your career path?
– I’ve always loved to write. But when I was figuring out my major, writing wasn’t considered an option because it didn’t seem like a worthwhile thing to study, but more of a hobby. I chose psychology with the goal of one day getting my doctorate. After working in the field for a few years, I realized it was not my passion at all. I still longed to write. And now that is what I am doing, and I’m loving it!
What is there to be said of difficult life experiences and how can we transform them?
– Adversity shows us just how much we are capable of. We can choose to let it crush us, or we can grow from those experiences.
When was the last time you were out of your comfort zone?
– All of the time. Lol I have social anxiety, and when I’m presented suddenly with an unexpected situation that involves strangers, I tend to shut down. I had an interview with a human trafficking organization last week and when I was interviewing the CEO, everything was fine. But once she turned the interview around on me and started asking questions to get to know me and to learn about my book, I physically started shaking! I wasn’t scared, but my body just took over and I had to really fight against my natural flight response.
What is your favorite quote or mantra?
– It’s a bible verse. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” I love that we are not defined by our pasts, but through Christ, we can be who we are supposed to be.
If you had a magic wand and could change one thing in your life, what would it be and why?
– Time. I would slow it down.
What advice would you give someone concerning Who they need to become in order to accomplish their wish/dream/goal?
– You already are that person. If you wait until you “have it all together” before you start your journey to accomplish that dream, you’ll never do it. Start now.
When do you feel like your true self?
– When I’m with my family. They’ve seen me on my best and worst days and still accept me for everything I am and for what I am not.
If you were the bravest version of yourself today, what would you be doing?
– I would be doing public speaking engagements, spreading awareness of human trafficking. And I wouldn’t be shaking while I do it.
What is keeping people from living their best life?
– Fear and self-doubt.
Do you have a nonprofit organization you admire or contribute to?
– There are way too many to name. For this entire year, all proceeds of my book “Rise” will be going to human trafficking organizations dedicated to helping victims. Each month, I will choose a new one, highlighting them on my website.
How can people know more about that nonprofit?
– I will be posting information about each organization each month so that others can learn about them.
How can individuals achieve goals without sacrificing their values?
– By keeping true to themselves and prioritizing.
How do we make our values a reality?
– By making a plan and a commitment to do so.
What are a few of your new year goals?
– Figure out a better work/life balance and to do things I’m afraid to do.
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