The mission of Live Astonished to show teen aged youth from financially challenged families how to live astonished each day through:
- Awareness: To feel a connection to the world by pausing for a moment each day to be aware of the wonders of the world that surround them.
- Gratitude: To feel gratitude for the sense of awe and wonder they experience each time they are aware of the wonders of the world. Thereby instilling a sense of stewardship in taking care of the world in which they live.
- Believing: To build self-worth through believing they too are an important part of the world and can live an astonishing life no matter what their circumstances are.
- Action: To take the appropriate actions that will empower them to enjoy a happy and fulfilling life.
- Sharing: To have such a profound impact on their life that they will want to be Live Astonished Ambassadors and share these principles with others so that they too can have the same experience and live an astonishing life.
Keys to the Success of Live Astonished
- Establish relationships with organizations that already work with teens who are from financially challenged circumstances, such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Foster Care agencies.
- Establish relationships with civic and business leaders.
- Establish relationships with notable individuals in the fields of outdoor adventure, photography, personal development, and renowned artists.
- Implement a fundraising strategy that will generate continual funding for the program.
- Establish a training program and resources for the teens who go through the program to be able to be Live Astonished Ambassadors and effectively share the philosophy of Live Astonished with others.