Calgary here I come!

Calgary tramway 2

This week I was notified that I will be presenting at the Canadian Conference on Student Leadership! I am very excitied to be going to Calgary!

I am also excited to visit THE GRATITUDE CAFE : D

Oh the wonders of the Rockies.

And another opportunity to couch surf!

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I am a Leader Causing Leaders [Part 3]

This post is likely to appear as a vomit of inspiration. How do you sum up a jam packed weekend in a cohesive manner?

Here are some quotes and ideas and thing I picked up at LEADERS CAUSING LEADERS 2011

 

There was this one super inspiring (mostly raw) vegan speaker, Raven Starr (she recommended this free numerology report that changed her life) really made me excited and proud to be vegan.

Another speaker I really loved was Guru Singh. He had some good quotes…

“You are weird!” – GURU SINGH

He led us through many breathing exercises.

“The idea that beauty is something other than you is absurd.” – GURU SINGH

He also talked about words a lot:

Human = Hue + Man (meaning the brain-mind connection)

Woman = Womb (meaning the future) + Man (meaning the brain-mind connection)

Another interesting thins was the 4 Steps to Compassionate Communication: Observations, Feelings, Needs and Requests which I found very similar to Clear Leadership’s Observations, Thoughts, Feelings and Wants.

I noticed many similarities between different presenters and previous leadership workshops I have done. I think all leadership presentations come down to these 3 things:

  1. Communication: How to share and connect with others
  2. Ownership: Some concept of taking responsibility for one’s own actions and experience
  3. Tools: Apologizing, Acknowledgment, Praise, Rewards… ideas of motivating and inspiring others

My F-SCORE Results: Jenni = Passion + Rebellion – Power

Passion

Your primary fascination is PASSION. (Nicely done, you.) Even without realizing it, you’re already instinctively applying this trigger when trying to persuade others. Your secondary trigger is REBELLION, and your dormant trigger (the one you’re least likely to apply in your personality and behavior) is POWER.

– SALLY HOGSHEAD, What’s Your Fascination Score?

The assessment is pretty fast and free. What are you?

IAT 443: Laban Notation Notes

Dance (1)

Laban Notation:

Pressing: Direct, Sustained, Strong

Flicking: Flexible Sudden, Light,

Wringing: Flexible Sustained, Strong

Dabbing: Direct, Sudden, Light

Slashing: Flexible, Sudden, Strong

Gliding: Direct Sustained, Light

thrusting: direct, sudden, strong

floating: flexible, sustained, light

(posx2 – posx1)2 – (posy2 – posx1)2 = motion2

I am a Leader Causing Leaders [Part 2]

An exercise from the Leaders Causing Leaders Program:

CHOOSE A DISTINCTION:

Transparency, Humility, Integrity, Kindness, Dynamic Vision, Community Building, Responsibility, Courage

 

The 3 personas that best describe me are…

Visionary: I am a creative thinker

Energizer: I motivate others

Explorer: I move easily between worlds

The 3 personal obstacles I am learn to overcome are…

Micro Manger/Control Freak

Demanding

Stress

The 3 main personal strengths I bring to the table are…

Integrity: I am what I appear

Kindness: I care about others

Articulate: I can express myself

The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski

laughing heart

The Laughing Heart by Charles Bukowski

your life is your life

don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission. 

be on the watch.

there are ways out. 

there is a light somewhere.

it may not be much light but it beats the darkness.

be on the watch.

the gods will offer you chances.

know them. 

take them. 

you can’t beat death but

you can beat death in life, sometimes.

and the more often you learn to do it, 

the more light there will be. 

your life is your life. 

know it while you have it. 

you are marvelous. 

the gods wait to delight 

in you. 

Parallel Moments

Recently, after We Day 2011 (when I had been up since 4:30AM with little sleep), I had a really full circle moment. I had a late class, ending at 9PM and was super tied and delirious, and generally exhausted.

As I waited for my ride home I laid down at school at looked up at the (really amazing) ceiling and then I started pondering all of the times and various circumstances that had led to me being in this same space in the past. All of these parallel memories… I’ve been inspired, lost, found, hungry, awake… but all in this exact place, observing this exact view. Like coming home.  Beautiful.

 

Vegan High Tea

Recently I had the pleasure of attending Vegan High Tea at Indigo Foods in Vancouver. I got a great deal on Ethical Deal so it was super affordable (thanks to my friend for the great find!) and DELICIOUS! I’ve been eating about 90% raw food since returning from California this summer so it was nice to try some new things like a collard wrap (picture below) and lots of chocolate and coconut desserts : )

My friend and I accidentally purchased two coupons so we tried to find more people to come eat with us. Luckily my new vegan friend Allison was available. We are both studying in the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at SFU and met in one of our classes this semester. I’m so grateful to have met her because 1) She is awesome and creative and I love it  and 2) I wanted to expand my network of vegans and it’s totally manifesting!

It was nice to sit and talk about thing but talk about everything at the same time. Mmmm!

Oh, and the place itself was really cool too! Kinda out of the way for me, but I hear they have an Opera Singer and Belly Dancer on the weekends! Fun!

Q: What inspired you to be a transformational and inspirational leader??

Do you feel alive, she saidA: The short answer to this questions is inequality. The funny answer to this question is Titanic. The long answer is a bit of a story.

When I was younger I was not ignorant. I knew or had heard about many of the problems in the world. Child labour, poverty, war… At the time I was more concerned with fitting in than I was concerned with making the world better. I got older and when I was in grade 12 I saw the movie Titanic for the first time. At the end of the movie I was really moved and affected by the scene where the rich people sit in their boats and watch the poor people die. I realized that this happens everyday. I realized how privileged and lucky I am. I realized that I want everyone to have the same access and opportunities that I do. And ever since that day I have been committed to becoming the change I wish to see in the world. This is why I am vegan, why I only buy ethically and sustainably made clothing, why I volunteer and give half of my freelance profits to charity. In my opinion, it is these personal actions that make me a leader, for they empower me.

Also, check out www.superforest.org : )

Best Spam Ever.

Hello Dear,

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out and endures through every circumstance.

Thank you, inbox, for the nice surprise : )