"I lost my position in a non-profit, struggling to figure out how to take care of my grandparents who raised me. I looked into myself and took the leap and started Learn More, Live More – an intergenerational learning center."
– Charlotte, Founder of Learn More, Live More
What do you do when the world serves you lemon?
Most would say make lemonade.
But for Charlotte, it means more than that. Finding a silver lining also means digging deep into her passions and calling for life. After losing her position at a non-profit, she drew on inspiration from her life, being brought up by her grandparents; and started Learn More, Live More to help tackle the issue of 'Graying America' by promoting lifelong and inter-generational learning through unique classes and social activities. We would say, she took the lemon and planted a tree – by empowering people to learn, she has made a lemon-churning machine.
Today, we hear from Charlotte first hands how she started her journey as an entrepreneur and why Learn More, Live More continues to offer unique and empowering classes.
Hi Charlotte, can you introduce yourself?
What was the story when you first decided to start your own business and how were you motivated?
Where does your inspiration come from? What made you want to pursue your passion?
My inspiration comes from wanting to improve the world around me. Yes, there are many offerings because I want to offer as much as possible for all our students. We haven't found a good way to offer this on Verlocal yet, but we also offer an "Anything You Want To Learn" category to expand your horizons on any topic you would like us to research and coach you through with a customized learning strategy and plan. The concept is that there should be no limits to what you want to learn.
How would you describe the link between your classes/products and the community around you?
How long have you been living in Chicago? What would you recommend to someone who just moved to this city?
I've lived in Chicago all my life and I've got to say, it is an amazing place to volunteer. Chicago is a wonderful nonprofit-filled city. Volunteering not only helps you meet people and make connections, but with all the things you could volunteer for, you can contribute to something that you care about. Plus, it's free and can be a way to learn something new too.
Tell us about your favorite moment since you and your instructors started teaching classes.
What is your favorite class/piece of work & story behind it?
My favorite class right now is Kerry's Reclaim Your Joy Book Workshop that is based on a book named just that. Kerry not only gives her input and insights as a licensed and professional therapist and also life coach, but she also gives you exercises to apply in your life. It is both personalized and general, and we share only what we want to. The class I attended in September was so lively and caring. Each person participated with their whole heart, filled with good intentions, and also offered tips and tricks they've been using in their lives to manage their stress. I learned a lot about myself during that experience and also about the science behind stress.
Any recommendations to someone who might want to start their own business?
Make sure you have clear goals and ideas both short-term and long-term, but don't be afraid to make changes to those ideas and goals when you need to. Do an intense amount of research at any step of creating your business. Also, save like nobody's business for your business because it will cost more than you think. Even if it doesn't, at least you have an extra safety net!
There is no limit of learning, no matter where you are, who you are, or what you want to learn! Learn more about Charlotte's experiences and stories with us.