We live in a world where self-expectations and social pressures are demanding for everyone.  In 2013, I survived a life-altering stroke that left me severely limited on my left side.  My rebirth as a disabled person has been a gift.  Though difficult, I am certain this is the path I needed to walk, straight to who I was meant to be all along. 

With this WAKE-UP CALL, my new journey is to offer young adults introspective mindfulness tools that inspire self-love, awareness, self-respect and empowerment within THEMSELVES first.  I relate to those negative voices in our head that hinder self-perception, resiliency and a positive outlook through turbulent times we all inevitably experience in life.  By sharing my darkness, we can create light together.

 

As they look in the mirror, 

I long for them to hear this:

I AM: ME.

I AM: THE GIFT.

 

 

WAKE-UP promo w/ testimonials
4 minutes
OPTIONAL:
OPTIONAL Testimonials
(students & teachers) 
1.56 minutes
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Know of programs/organizations that might benefit from The WAKE-UP CALL? 
"RALLY FOR REFERRALS"
(Please print & scan form to me if possible)
dlheath@donnette.me
415-225-0934 
I'm honored and give thanks!!

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About Donnette...

I've always been a self-starter.  Jotting down new ideas, my desk filled with post-it notes!  My imagination and creativity is sparked by the many things that inspire and motivate me in new ways.  

People call me a dreamer.  Well, I think that is pretty accurate...

 

I believe in the power of our dreams and that they illustrate the ability to take us to our highest being.  To reflect how we are different from each other in extraordinary ways, to be that which makes us beautiful on the inside, not the outside.  My goal is to live as though Heaven is here on earth and everyday is an opportunity to touch others I come into contact with.  To help others reach for that being we are truly meant to be and fulfill our destiny.  Dreams give me depth, clarity and inspiration to just be me.  That is the meaning of my life.  

 

I challenge you:  Why would we see things so vividly in our mind if we didn't have the power to make it come true?  To me, that's what is impossible.  To NOT believe in following dreams or NOT to DREAM BIG?  What?!  That makes no sense to me.

 

So, call me a dreamer?  Yes, please do!

 

In January 2013, I survived a hemorrhagic stroke that has left me disabled on my left side, but not in my SPIRIT!  That life-altering experience only fuels my dreams and propels me to NEVER GIVE UP!  Life IS too short.  I have never been more confident than I am right now.  Why?  Because I am who I am, exactly as you see me, not trying to be something I am not.  Life is precious, and I was blessed with a second chance.  

WATCH OUT WORLD!

"Dancing isn't about how high you can kick your leg or the fancy "tricks." It's about

how high your soul soars as you enter the stage and the lights come up.  

Yeah, that feeling..."

 

"DONNETTE BRINGS AN INSPIRING MESSAGE TO DANCERS/YOUNG ADULTS AT A CRITICAL TIME WHEN SOCIAL PRESSURES CAN BE EXTREME.  HER MESSAGE OF HOPE, SELF-CARE AND SELF-LOVE ARE SO IMPORTANT TODAY AND ANY OPPORTUNITY THAT WE CAN FIND TO EMPOWER AND SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS IS VITAL."  KELLY MCCANN, NAPA VALLEY COLLEGE DANCE PROGRAM

The WAKE-UP CALL Testimonials...

(Directors)

 More to come...

" TODAY WAS ONE OF THOSE MOMENTS IN TIME TEACHERS ONLY DREAM ABOUT.  FIFTY NINTH GRADERS TOTALLY ENGAGED IN ADVANCED LEARNING AND REFLECTION FOR 90 MINUTES.  YOU CHANGED SOME LIVES TODAY."

LAUREN REIBSTEIN, SEQUIOA HS DANCE

“Donnette’s presentation was moving… It brought students encouragement, awareness, and practical tools to help students feel equipped to deal with life’s challenges… truly inspirational!"             Rose Henry, Maria Carillo HS

" Today was one of those moments in time teachers only dream about.  50 ninth graders totally engaged in advanced learning and reflection for 90 minutes.  Recommend highly for all our dancers.  Thanks, Donnette.  You changed some lives today."
Lauren Reibstein, Sequoia HS Dance Instructor
 

"...I was very touched by Donnette's workshop especially because of what I am going through right now. It made me think about the overall impact of my thoughts to myself and made me set a goal of judging myself a little bit less. Thank you very much for this it was much appreciated by everyone and something that more teens and people in general need to hear :)..."

"...I thought that Donnette's workshop was really powerful. I think she talked about things that everyone could relate so everyone felt like their feelings were valid. It also brought us all together without us having to talk it was a completely emotional
connection..."

The WAKE-UP CALL Testimonials...

(Students)

"...Donnette was amazing; she struck me as a morally and physically strong person, being able to overcome challenges not only imposed on her by those around her, but also caused by her own body...

 

 Another thing about her workshop that day was her metaphor of ''rising'', which I won't forget. She somehow managed to be relatable to us, as teenagers of a new generation, despite her unmatchable experience of having a stroke, by still being able to relate as a dancer and artist not fully appreciated for her worth and talent as a member of a company, and was poignantly honest about what the artistic atmosphere could be like.

 

She reached ME in relatability, and I was able to empathize with her as someone whose experiences in many different dance environments shaped who I ultimately became, and made me a stronger person..."

"...it was very inspirational and I felt like she got to us on a more personal level, which many people aren't able to do. Her story was really eye opening and it made me think multiple times about problems that I have had in my life and it gave me the constant reminder that "everything will be okay, rise".

 

After her workshop I feel like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. She's an inspiration to many.

"...I have always been the type to squelch my problems internally, much like others I know. Often thinking that our problems are internal and would not want to burden others with them. But  Donnette showed me that it’s okay to ask for help and it’s okay to be hurting and have a good cry once in a while.  It was especially helpful as my peers and I are entering adulthood, and a poignant part of life, we really do need some guidance. Her anecdote about her bullying experience and stroke really allowed me to see that the strongest of people go through the greatest obstacles and hardships. That showed me that no matter what comes your way, there will be some way to get back up stronger and healthier than ever." Her workshop has allowed me to become more self aware with my hardships and to keep in mind that I need to reach out, and I won’t be a burden, and people really do want to help!!"

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