Natalie Lange & Melody Duarte
Name: Natalie Lange & Melody Duarte
Co-Founders: Change Is Ours, Inc. Non Profit Organization
Where you can find them: Instagram: @changeisours_
Melody Duarte and Natalie Lange are the founders of Change is Ours, a non profit organization based in South Florida. It unites like-minded individuals to create change through community workshops, internship programs, volunteer opportunities, and fundraising events. They remain active in the community, curating some of the most powerful and life changing events.
They are fueled by a passion to promote positive change, and lead with love even while balancing their own individual endeavors and day jobs. Natalie is a Visual Artist, Photographer, Videographer, Artist Manager, Digital Account Executive at Zimmerman Advertising while Melody is the founder of Daily Green Thumb, and a Project Manager at Kensington Properties. They lead creative workshops, they visit schools, the start campaigns, they are doing the work that will ultimately push this generation forward.
How much effect, if any, has your gender had on your path to success, specifically in your field?
N: In society gender has much to do with progression AND regression. My personal success, I believe, is 1/3 due to gender and 2/3 due to resilience, strong will, and solution based thoughts.
M: Gender unfortunately has given me a lot of privilege and success. While sometimes it can be challenging to gain respect, it is very easy for me to be considered as an applicant because I am "pretty" (whatever that means)
What does success look like to you?
N: Success looks like an abundance of love and feels like complete gratitude. Success sounds like conversations around you that lead you to great ideas and creative endeavors. Success tastes like kind words and smells like the warm coffee fueling your passion.
M: Success is a full heart, balanced relationships, and a life of giving back. We are here on this earth first to love, then to complete our specific path and purpose.
Any opinions or advice, on balancing relationships or having a family VS. the perception of the public of women choosing success or love?
N: I believe as a woman, it's incredibly important to REALLY find yourself in both areas, success and love. Finding your success will help you find half of who you are. Finding love through relationships will help you find the other half of yourself.
M: My advice to success or love is always chose love first. Your relationships are ultimately what bring you true success. When you neglect your relationships, your monetary success means nothing.
How do you remain committed to yourself and your goals? What does it look like?
N: I remain committed to my goals with the constant reminder from those around me. Sometimes it's easy to stray from your desired path and purpose when too many outside voices interrupt your harmony. But it's those you choose to keep close that will place you back on your path. A question to ask yourself is who are you surrounded by?
M: I remain committed to myself by accepting all of my downfalls, flaws, emotions, endurance, and personal triggers. By remaining self aware in my day to day I am able to cater to my individual needs that ultimately allow me to keep going for others.
What is your "why" ?
N: My why is love. I mostly think and lead with my heart. My purpose is to love, listen and lead. Love leads to listening, listening leads to understanding, and understanding helps us be better leaders for our peers. If we can lead one person with love, then it becomes a ripple effect.
M: My why is hope. I want people around the world to feel the hope that if they are not happy today, tomorrow can hold a different reality. We are all uniquely capable to do something amazing in this world, to be loved, and to love in return.
How much of your success Do you attribute to your "tribe" Or Circle? What does yours look Like?
N: My tribe looks like nothing I've ever experienced. My tribe consists of wise listeners. We lead one another onto better paths and into different states of consciousness. We're all constantly growing and learning together, so my success is 50% attributed to my tribe, and 50% is attributed to putting perception into play.
M:My tribe is full of commitment to growth. We are all ready and willing to face things together and to help each other face things that are weighing us down individually.
How did the idea for change is ours come about? Was there a specific event that showed you this is what our society needed?
N: The idea of Change Is Ours came about in a very deep revelation I had about the world around me and learning what my contribution would be. Truthfully, there was an abundance of love inside of me that I had no outlet for specifically and through the organization I was able to lead with the love I received.
M: The idea for change is ours really came from a multitude of things. From my personal point of view I have always had a passion to reform education. I want to educate the community so they can make better decisions in their day to day lives.
What kinds of challenges do you face?
N: My biggest challenges are learning to lead differently, and creating an overall image that embodies who we are, what we stand for and how a simple concept can change our view of the world.
M: My biggest challenges are engaging and inspiring a team to take ownership for their work.
What are you guys most passionate about and how do you incorporate that into changeisours?
N: My passion is bringing strangers together as a collective consciousness to change others' views of the world, and acknowledging how much power we all really have, TOGETHER.
M: I am most passionate about educating the community. This is incorporated into every single event, community workshop, leadership workshop, everything I do and stand for.