We had the good fortune of connecting with Sydnee Floyd and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sydnee, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
The Most difficult decision I have ever had to make is whether or not starting my nonprofit Jumbled Dreams was worth it. To this day, it is so worth it, but being a 13 year old girl and not knowing what the future holds for you is a pretty scary decision to make. Not knowing what will happen when you start this journey is hard, difficult, and something that I was very hesitant about. But my heart kept tugging, my heart kept pushing, and in the end, my life has been so much better because of the decisions I have made by staring my nonprofit. It is humbling to see the work I have put in flourish, grow, and learn. I am forever thankful for the life I have been given because of the hard decision I have made to do something that most teens do not even think about.

What else should we know about what you are doing?
First of all, I am not a professional, I am just a girl who wants to make a difference in her community and allow others to fall in love with helping their community as much as I do. In 2018 when I created jumbled dreams, I had no idea that I would be where I am today. From being in a music video with country music star- Dierks Bentley to being on national television with my story shared in front of the world, is something that I can never ever lose. Helping the homeless is something I am so proud of. Seeing the smiles on their faces is something that I can never get out of my head. A simple toiletry bag can not only put a smile on their face but change their life. Since starting jumbled dreams, I have had the honor and privilege of collecting 90,000 pounds of food, 50,000 toiletries, 15,000 articles of clothing, and over 15,000 dollars for those in need. For those reading this, might say that I am a superhero, but none of this was just my doing, this was all the community, my friends, my family, and everyone who has supported me along the way. It has not been easy though. Constantly I am being judged for being in the spotlight, constantly being called out for things that I did not say or do, and constantly feeling like there is still so much work to do is something that I struggle with, but something that will always cure my soul is to keep working on myself and working with others to make Jumbled Dreams and life the best it can be. Some things take time, and for me I am one of them. What I want the world to know about me and my story is, all of this was because of people like you. I am an imperfect soul, that needs as much help as any other person in this world, however my story is again because of people like you, and knowing that you can make a change too, is something that I want to help with, let me help you.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

What a beautiful place to live, especially since I am a country girl. If my friends from my hometown would come down I would for sure take them to the bluebird café, Broadway- so we can dance the night away, loveless cafe, country music hall of fame, the gultch, and just walking around downtown is so special. Nashville is one of those places where anyone can feel at home in the beauty of the city. Nashville is one of my favorite places, and it just feels like home. I think that many people do not realize how inclusive nashville is to anyone. I would show them broadway and all of the singers trying to make it in the industry, I would show them the art in the gultch because aspiring artist spend weeks working on those, I would show them the history of the city because nashville has a lot of it, and most importantly I would show them the community and the love that everyone has for each other. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to my mom. For those who do not know my story, everything leads back to her, and her teachings. Growing up on a small college campus in a small town, I was always surrounded by college students. My mom consistently showed them that they have giving hearts they just need to find them! She would always take me to their events, and I was immersed into the culture of giving at a very young age. Once my parents divorced, my mom took the high road and continues to show me the good in the world, rather than remind me of the world crashing down around me at 6 years old. Because of this, I noticed my friends not being as fortunate as me, and this is what inspired me further to start donating my clothes, making extra lunches, and working with the local organizations. Because of my mom showing me the need in my community, I was able to see need, the heart, and the hope needed in my community and that is how I am here today is because of her. She pushes me, helps me, and makes me proud to have her as my mom. She is the real MVP, not me.

Website: www.jumbleddreams.org

Instagram: @jumbleddreams, @sydneefloyd_11

Twitter: @jumbled_dreams

Facebook: @jumbleddreams

Youtube: Jumbled Dreams Changing Lives

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Sydnee Floyd

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