Breanna Lynn: “No one can change the world like you can!”

Making a difference means doing something that has an impact positively in the world we share. This could be something as simple as being kind to one another or building an organization that teaches empathy to the world. The way I make a difference is by helping teach concepts such as processing feelings, understanding anxiety, […]

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Making a difference means doing something that has an impact positively in the world we share. This could be something as simple as being kind to one another or building an organization that teaches empathy to the world. The way I make a difference is by helping teach concepts such as processing feelings, understanding anxiety, and practicing empathy to young children so they can grow up with good emotional health.

As part of our series about young people who are making an important social impact, I had the pleasure of interviewing Breanna Lynn.

Breanna Lynn is a mental health therapist by day and a children’s book author by night. Her passion is to create children’s books on mental health topics in an understandable form so that children around the world can grow educationally and emotionally.

Breanna holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in family studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and a master’s degree in forensic psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

As a young child, Breanna has fond memories of her mother and father reading to her and cultivating her love for books. Breanna is passionate about picking up her pen and introducing more books for children by black authors one book at a time!

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Before we dig in, our readers would like to get to know you a bit. Can you tell us about how you grew up?

I am from Fairfield, California a small town that is the midpoint between Sacramento and San Francisco. The most exciting thing in that town is the yearly Candy Festival.

Is there a particular book or organization that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story or explain why it resonated with you so much?

“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein was a book that had a significant impact on me growing up as a child. This story was not only beautifully illustrated but also had a deep message that as a child I could really learn from. As a child my parents instilled the value and importance of reading. This value shaped my love of books and my creativity for children’s books.

You are currently leading an organization that is helping to make a positive social impact. Can you tell us a little about what you and your organization are trying to create in our world today?

My organization Breanna’s Books has a mission to place books in the hands of children that teaches important social- emotional development topics. The importance of good mental health is imperative in today’s society and teaching children is the best place to start! I hope to create a world where we are more empathetic, respectful, and emotionally attuned individuals. My newest book “E is for Empathy” is all about teaching empathy to children in an innovative and engaging way. Often times we expect children to understand and practice empathy without even teaching what it means. My goal is to teach empathy to every child so that they can be better adults and we can create a better world!

Can you tell us the backstory about what originally inspired you to feel passionate about this cause and to do something about it?

I became passionate about children’s mental health because as a clinician I would see adults with problems that develop in childhood. As an author I strive to create books that help instill important social-emotional development skills that will help children better relate to the world around them. I really want to continue to bring my passion to the world through books that teach life lessons that creates a better world.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company or organization?

Since starting Breanna’s Books I was contacted by an adorable fourth grader requesting that I donate my books to a local book bank. He wrote me the most beautiful donation letter that instantly made me donate to his cause. I was so touched by his desire to help those in need and share my book was overall a beautiful experience.

Can you tell us a story about a particular individual who was impacted or helped by your cause?

So far Breanna’s Book has impacted several children who have relieved my books. Recently I had a customer who told me that she was reading ‘ ‘E is for Empathy” to her daughter. She shared that her daughter lit up as she read the book and was able to find examples of herself in the book. She was able to express how this books spoke to the empathetic individual that her daughter is growing into.

How do you define “Making A Difference”? Can you explain what you mean or give an example?

Making a difference means doing something that has an impact positively in the world we share. This could be something as simple as being kind to one another or building an organization that teaches empathy to the world. The way I make a difference is by helping teach concepts such as processing feelings, understanding anxiety, and practicing empathy to young children so they can grow up with good emotional health.

Many young people would not know what steps to take to start to create the change they want to see. But you did. What are some of the steps you took to get your project started? Can you share the top 5 things you need to know to become a changemaker? Please tell us a story or example for each.

The five steps I took to create change started with me having an open heart to those around me. I understand that we live in a busy world but that doesn’t mean things revolve around me. Secondly, I saw a problem I wanted to fix. As a therapist I too often saw adults who struggled later in life because as children their social-emotional development skills were neglected and not nurtured. This issue created tense and unhappy adults, which led me to my passion for creating children’s books. Third, be passionate and relentless on your journey to create your passion. Before I started, I knew nothing about publishing books, however I had a powerful message to share with the world. I read and educated myself on children’s book publishing and have since put out three books. My fourth tip is to do your research. Being a changemaker can at times feel like a lonely process, but it does not have to be. Doing your research will help you find wonderful people who will be happy to help you with your cause! Lastly, enjoy the work you are doing. At times we may get lost in the business side of our project that we forget the joy it not only brings to others, but also to ourselves!

What are the values that drive your work?

The values that drive my work are authenticity, empathy, and creativity. Authenticity first because it allows for me to be who I am and create genuine connections. Empathy because it is the brand that I live by. It’s important that we understand and respect the feelings of others; it is what makes our world a fantastic and connected place. Lastly creativity because we should always be able to represent ourselves in a fun and creative way!

Many people struggle to find what their purpose is and how to stay true to what they believe in. What are some tools or daily practices that have helped you to stay grounded and centred in who you are, your purpose, and focused on achieving your vision?

Practices that help me stay centered and grounded include spending time with friends and loved ones. Taking “me time’’ to myself and just reading on writing for fern has been important in keeping me focused on my bigger goals.

In my work, I aim to challenge us all right now to take back our human story and co-create a vision for a world that works for all. I believe youth should have agency over their own future. Can you please share your vision for a world you want to see? I’d love to have you describe what it looks like and feels like. As you know, the more we can imagine it, the better we can manifest it!

I want to live in a world where mental health matters just as much as physical health. I would like for children to grow up in a place where their social-emotional development skills are nurtured and valued. I want to see a world where mental health is no longer stigmatized and there are resources readily available to help everyone. I want to see a world where every child is taught the meaning of empathy so they can grow up knowing and practicing showing empathy to those around them.

We are powerful co-creators and our minds and intentions create our reality. If you had limitless resources at your disposal, what specific steps would take to bring your vision to fruition?

With limitless resources I would put my books in the hands of every child. The concept of empathy is as important as the concept of love. By getting these types of books in the world we are taking the first major step in teaching children what they will need to be healthy adults. I would also partner with educational corporations and organizations to help revamp their curriculums so that social-emotional development is taught in schools the same way we teach children to read, write, and count.

I see a world driven by the power of love, not fear. Where human beings treat each other with humanity. Where compassion, kindness and generosity of spirit are characteristics we teach in schools and strive to embody in all we do. What changes would you like to see in the educational system? Can you explain or give an example?

Our educational system lacks the training and understanding that social-emotional development skills are necessary to create a more compassionate world. For example, children are expected to be kind to one another but never taught the word or concept of empathy. Empathy is needed for us to co-exist and live more harmoniously but we lack the resources necessary to properly teach it in school. We strive to embody generosity and kindness but, do not take the proper time to teach such important interpersonal skills to children.

If you could tell other young people one thing about why they should consider making a positive impact on our environment or society, like you, what would you tell them?

If you have a mission on your heart to change the world, please go for it. No one can change the world like you can!

Is there a person in the world with whom you would like to have a private breakfast or lunch, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. 🙂

If there was one person I could have a lunch with it could be Michelle Obama. Not only is she my personal role model, but she cares about the positive development of children in the same ways I do. I love the way she gives to the world and hope to do the same in my lifetime.

How can our readers further follow your work online?

You can follow my journey and my work by going to BreannaBooks. com. There you can learn all about my books and the message of empathy that I am sharing with the world. Lastly, simply practice being more empathetic to those around you. when we are more empathetic in this world we simply cannot lose!

This was very meaningful, thank you so much. We wish you only continued success on your great work!

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