MITT Leadership Training Program

Hi there! I've never done one of these before so I'm a bit terrified... but in the spirit of putting myself out there and learning how to ask for help, I'm taking a leap of faith! I've created this GoFundMe to raise $1600 towards my ability to attend and participate in MITT's Advanced training  Oct 10-14 in Los Angeles. Tuition is $1195 but since the training is 12 hours a day 4/5 of the days, I'd also like to get an Airbnb nearby to get ample rest. Unfortunately, LA traffic to and from to my parent's home is no joke!

The MITT leadership training curriculum is designed to help participants make powerful breakthroughs necessary to develop the skills and mindset to redesign our lives from the ground up. By diving deeply into past experiences in our personal lives and discovering how they've shaped our worldview, we learn how to overcome our own self-doubt and self-imposed limitations. 

Back in August, I completed MITT Basic and it was thanks to this program that I finally got the courage to admit that I seriously want to improve my relationship with my dad. Those that know me know that I've struggled to get along with my dad for over a decade for various reasons, and there was a long period of time during which we were estranged. As much as I pretended in all those years to not care or be affected, I only learned how much it did impact me to leave those wounds unresolved. Upon completing Basic training, I was able to have my first "real" honest conversation about wanting a relationship and needing to talk about things from the past that hurt both of us with my dad. We're still a long ways away from where I hope we can go, but I finally have hope that it can improve and a willingness to try.

The second biggest thing I learned about myself through MITT Basic was that I struggle to ask for help, often feeling more comfortable doing everything alone even when others try to lend a hand. I made a promise to myself that I would practice asking for support by creating this campaign instead of privately struggling or passing up an opportunity I really want to take advantage of. I want to stop pulling myself out of the game preemptively in small and big ways. I know that by completing the Advanced training, I will emerge an even clearer, stronger, and more inspired leader because everything I have to give as a yoga teacher, entrepreneur, activist, and community leader comes from how much I've worked on and come to love myself.

Aside from making this step forward in my family life, 2018 has been filled lots of big transformations and incredible opportunities to grow. After years of yearning to share yoga, I graduated Woom Center with my 200-hour certification and will begin teaching at Primary, a co-working space with focus on incorporating wellness into their community (mostly techies who work long hours in stressful environments!), at the end of October. I also launched The Cosmos, a community that creates content and experiences for Asian women to flourish and thrive, with my cofounder this year. In just 6 months, Ww've launched 15+ workshops in 4 cities, hosted 2 retreats (going into our 3rd one this weekend 10/5 - 10/7), and piloted a successful book club. It's been so much work on top of my full-time job... but I've never felt more fulfilled and  clear on what I want to spend my time building in my life.

In creating The Cosmos, I learned that it's possible to wake up everyday with a sense of purpose and to love your work so much that it makes you cry. Having now seen how 200+ women walk into our community and how they step out into the world after, I know I'm meant to dedicate my life to empowering women and other marginalized groups to advocate for themselves, to believe their dreams are possible, and to know they're never alone in their journeys.

I want to be able to show up confidently and proudly in the opportunities I've carved for myself as I embark on an entrepreneurial journey I never expected to be on. It's been a little scary at times to shift onto an unconventional route, but with your support, I'm excited to no longer allow doubt, fear of failure, or imposter syndrome get in the way of pursuing my dreams. I know I can face everything that comes my way with the backing of friends and family like you.

Thank you!
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Cassandra Lam 
Brooklyn, NY
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