My story... Born Cara Lucia Wise, my parents Elizabeth Wayland and James Wise gave me the name "Cara Lucia" standing for "Friendly Light", my name is the inspiration for this work to share with others the importance of sharing the light we are given with others. To share the idea of imperfection, failure and resiliency. As an educator and a mother I believe we have a responsibility to teach our children, students, peers, colleagues, friends, and family members to have difficult conversations. We must engage in community and know that change does not come to fruition without making mistakes and learning from those mistakes to create positive change in personal and professional life. It is not about perfection, it is about taking risks, being resilient and contributing to what truly matters.
I believe in using personal and professional life experiences as a tool to help guide others through personal and professional development opportunities. Sharing stories creates connection and gives us the opportunity to embrace continuous learning and development of ourselves. Throughout my life I have had opportunities to meet many individuals that impacted my own growth and development such as teachers, mentors, employers, colleagues, and students. Through my engagement in higher education and community service endeavors I have learned the importance of teamwork and sharing knowledge. I want to give back in a way that will benefit others in their own personal growth and development as so many have done for me.
Dr. Cara Lucia is the founder of Friendly Light inspiring personal and professional growth through the art of positivity and reflection.