Cheers to November! We are kicking the month off featuring this amazing #wingwoman, Cindy Karikari! Cindy is the founder of Educated Path, where she is on a mission to work 1:1 with students and help match them with the perfect school and program. In our interview, Cindy shares how important it is to stay in the present moment and not to rush the journey we're on, how her faith has guided her into realizing her purpose, and how she would change the education system to be more empowering and to help the majority discover their own genius in a more authentic way. Continue reading to learn all about Cindy!
1. What makes you happy?
Not thinking when I’m eating LOL, but really knowing and feeling loved makes me happy. Knowing that no matter the ups and downs, through all the mistakes, I am truly and undoubtfully loved. This love allows me to live as freely and authentically as I can.
2. What advice would you give your younger self?
You have time. I would actually give that advice to myself today too. Since I was about 17 or 18 years old, I’ve had this awareness with time and feeling that I don’t have enough time to complete everything I want to achieve. As a result, I always find myself rushing the journey I’m in and missing the opportunity to fully enjoy the experience. So, if I could give 17 or 18-year-old Cindy some advice, it would be you have time girl. 3. If you could magically solve one problem in the world, what would that be?
I’d change education to not be standardized, and instead molded to individual learning needs and skills. Education should be agile and responsive to the times. If I could help make education more flexible and more receptive to change, I would do it in a heartbeat. Everyone is intelligent in their own ways and education needs to realize that and make the appropriate changes. Can you imagine if we lived in a world where 80% of our population saw themselves geniuses in their own right? Think of the possibilities.
4. How did you find your purpose?
I am a woman of faith, and God has been showing me parts of my purpose since I was 5 or maybe 4 years old. I knew I was going to be a leader of some sort, but I didn’t know how and didn’t know when. I knew that no matter how I got there, God was with me, and this helped me when things often didn’t go exactly as planned. While education has always been difficult for me, I found ways to meet my learning needs and since then, I’ve been driven to help share these techniques with others. My purpose has always been around leading and helping people through the education system, and now I know supporting people in their educational journey is a key part of this work.
5. What is your biggest pain point in building relationships?
I think being 100% vulnerable has been a big pain point for me. I tend to worry a lot about how people might view me or if they are judging me incorrectly. Therefore, I am unable to be 100% open with new people but it’s something I continue to work on.
6. What have you learned from past friendships that didn't work out?
I have learned that most friendships have seasons. Some people come into your life during a time of great need and once that need is fulfilled that person might leave. Before I became aware of this, I held onto friendships even when it was painful. Now I know some people are here to stay and some people are here for a time.
7. Who are your SHEros (AKA female heroes)?
This was a hard one to answer. I really wanted to sound smart and say people like Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. But the truth is my SHEros are the women in my life I see working at their goals and living the lives I hope to live. Bunmi, Charlene, Lynn, Karen, Deb, and Darlene are all women that inspire me, with their fire and courage to be leaders in spaces they created for themselves. These real women are my SHEros.
8. What podcasts/books are you listening/reading right now?
I’m listening to Midnight sun by Stephenie Meyer, Limitless by Jim Kwik and reading Culture of Honor by Danny Silk. Also, my husband and I are finishing up a one-year devotional that took us through the full New and Old Testament of the Bible.
9. Where can we find you?
You can find me on Twitter: Educatedpath, IG: Educatedpath, and on my website at www.educatedpath.com.