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Mikelle Learned – entrepreneur, author, homeowner, speaker, community builder

by Mary Mazzoni on July 22, 2012

Mikelle Learned’s first book is called “Shining Beautiful“.

The title aptly describes her vibrant, sassy spirit and her impact in the world.

Mikelle wrote her book, and lives her life, as part of a loving network of friends and family . She’s at the center of  a “brilliant community in action.”

How did she grow this network of relationships?

How has she achieved personal goals that elude others twice her age – while enriching the lives of everyone around her?

Lucky for us, Mikelle is willing to share her secrets!

Let’s listen to Mikelle and her mom

Mikelle’s website includes a series of videos and posts by Mikelle and her mother, Katherine Carol.

Click here to learn, among other things:

  • how life changed for Mikelle and her mom after high school graduation
  • Mikelle’s strategies for finding awesome roommates and making new friends
  • who she gathered for a GAP session- to brainstorm ways to reach her 5 Big Goals
  • how life was different for Mikelle just a few months later

Brilliance of community in action

The path Mikelle and her mom have traveled has not been a straight line. There have been bumps and dark places along the way.  And there have been true surprises when they’ve been willing to reach out, and risk mutual, genuine relationships.

The journey continues. Mikelle impacts the lives of many people, just as they impact her life. In surprising and wonderful ways.

Browse TheShiningBeautifulSeries website and stay tuned for updates! Also, check out the first volume of what will be a series of books co-authored by Mikelle, her family and friends. You’ll see how six lives were changed forever through the brilliance of community in action!

Interested in Mikelle’s business?

FashionAble by Mikelle offers an eclectic line of sassy, funky, and elegant jewelry designs for reasonable prices. Here’s a small video sample. You can shop here.

The best way to find out what’s new is to follow Mikelle on her new Facebook page to check out the featured product of the day.

Mikelle travels the country giving presentations about community building – so there’s no telling where she’ll be posting from next!

You, too!

Sometimes, when people hear about Mikelle – they feel a bit overwhelmed. Parents sometimes say – “my child and I could never do that”.

Mikelle and her family and friends are extraordinary.

But here’s the thing – so is your child. So are you and your family and the people you may not even have met yet who can be part of your network.

As Mikelle and Katherine say in their welcome video – there are people who want to be part of your child’s life. Isn’t it great Mikelle and her mom are willing to teach us ways to invite those people in?

Your turn

What questions and ideas pop up as you browse Mikelle’s website? Let’s get a conversation started!

Want to introduce others to Mikelle? Share this post! Thanks!

PS – Visit our Success Stories page to meet other fabulous young adults who are loving life after IEPs.

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Adriana July 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

So proud of Mikelle and her achievements. Even when times were tough it was Mikelle’s and Katherine’s positive outlooks that carried them through so many storms. There’s something to be said about that. You go girls!


Mary Mazzoni July 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Couldn’t agree more, Adriana!


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