Peace. Love. Kind
"Every day, we face a negative society," Amy Sue Meyer, the founder of non-profit organization Peace. Love. Kind., said. "It's easy for us to let the society bring us down and change our lives."
Meyer experienced the negativity firsthand, which led her to create Peace.Love.Kind. Growing up with deafness, she "grew up with a lot of insecurities, bullying and being pushed down."
In addition, the death of her father five years ago instigated an identity crisis.
"I realized I didn't know who I actually was," she said. "After taking that time to learn who I was, I decided to share my story and help others come to terms with their own identity."
Several years later, Meyer developed Peace. Love. Kind.
"Through Peace. Love. Kind., I want to provide classes to the community on learning what it takes to live a positive life," she said. "It breaks my heart to see so many people, of all ages, go through such negative moments in life and I finally found a way to inspire them to get back on their feet."
A turning point in Meyer's life was competing in the World's Miss Glamorous Beauty Pageant as Miss Iowa 2012.
"I had a platform for anti-bullying and living positively," she said. "If it wasn't for the pageant, I wouldn't have decided to follow through with this idea. I enjoyed public speaking and I enjoyed sharing my story and the message that bullying is not okay."
A year ago, Meyer moved back to Spencer, from Fort Dodge, in hopes of launching Peace. Love. Kind and starting classes for youth and adults in the community.
"My goal is to reach the soul of each student I have and help them live better by showing gratitude to people they face," she said. "With these classes, they can hopefully take advantages of opportunities to grow into their own identities, share their story with others and show more love to the people in their own lives."
To kick off the launch of Peace. Love. Kind locally, Meyer is hosting an Anti-Bully Rally in both East and West Leach parks on June 22 beginning at 1 p.m.
"I hope this event can help our community see this is a real problem, not just in schools but everywhere," she said.
The idea for the rally came from an It Gets Better rally she attended in Fort Dodge last year. She brought her youngest daughter, Jenascia, and made signs to express their message.
"It was a great day, a positive environment," she said. "It was great to see the community get together and support it."
"Now, it's growing," she continued. "I decided to adopt the idea and pass it on over here. I thought it would be a fun and inspirational moment and I'm really looking forward to this day."