Jenni Meets Jesse: An Interview (and the best birthday ever)

This September I had a really amazing birthday. It was more of a weekend than a day really. On Friday I helped with the Frosh (kinda like University Orientation, fun games for first years to meet people etc) for my program at school and then went to Gorilla Food with my veggie friend Kyla. Then we got scalper tickets to the Ke$ha concert and had a glittery good time (my highlight was the giant inflatable zebra that LMFAO passed around… and the people behind me commenting on how “sleezy” the “get sleezy” tour was haha). On Saturday (my actual birthday) I helped with Frosh again and then got to see some awesome girls I haven’t seen much since High School. Sunday was a day of rest. I hung out downtown and then went for dinner with my Mom at my favorite raw vegan restaurant, Organic Lives.  Then…

On September 12th I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend and fellow Super Forester Jesse Carmichael before his concert in Abbotsford, BC, Canada.


It's huge!

I was first in contact with Jesse when I stayed at Zero One in Hawaii. Jesse is a founding member of Maroon 5, and a gift to the planet.

Jesse Being a Rock Star

It was actually so funny because just as I was finishing dinner with my Mom, Jesse and his Yoga Teacher showed up at the restaurant. It turns out he had e-mailed me inviting me to meet them but I had been out all day and didn’t get the message (maybe it’s time to get an Phone? haha). Magic!

Jesse is really awesome and knew about so many awesome things. After the interview we went for a walk in the parking lot and sat by some trees where he told me about a bunch of awesome things. For example, I learned about this awesome TED Talk on the power of Mushrooms. Fungi is amazing!

I also was inspired to participate in the 9/11 Intention Experiment (people from all around the world focused their intentions on bringing peace to a very specific region of the Middle East and they are going to track the results).


Special Thanks to Trini Nguyen-Don and Diana Luong for filming/driving/being awesome and for making this come together!

So silly! This is the only photo I have of us together... it's pretty awesome : P

AMAZING! SO grateful! What an awesome experience and what amazing people I am blessed to know.

PS: Recently this totally come full circle when my friend Jeka played “This Love” and was able to raise a bunch of money for some leadership opportunities she wants to take advantage of.


19 Lessons in 19 Years?

19 Lessons in 19 Years? A dude named Ryan Freitas wrote a blog post titled “35 lessons in 35 years” that I found through SuperForest, like many other awesome things. After just having my 19th Birthday I feel some personal reflection is necessary.

After just one year out of high school in the “real world” of university and life i’ve learned a few things, but I am by no means an expert. “Anyone who thinks he has the answer hasn’t properly understood the question.”

19 Lessons About Life

  1. Don’t ever leave your shit anywhere. Nuff said.
  2. Don’t think!Just do. …but don’t use this as an excuse to be stupid.
  3. Live in the moment, there is no better place to be : )
  4. Go with the flow. Be cool. Everything will be fine… or better yet, excellent : )
  5. Focus on the solution, not the problem.
  6. Serve the people around you and they in turn will serve you.
  7. Manners never go out of fashion.
  8. TREAT PEOPLE/ANIMALS/PLANTS/THE ENVIRONMENT the way you want to be treated.
  9. You get back what you put out and good vibes are always appreciated.
  10. A little gratitude goes a long way. Think of what a lot of gratitude could do.
  11. Everyone has something special that they are passionate about, I don’t think you can ever ask someone too many questions and you can learn something from everyone.
  12. It is so much better to “Do It Yourself”.
  13. Don’t make rules for the sake of having rules. Make rules to make solutions, not arbitrarily.
  14. Plants are good.

On Drinking

  1. Water is your friend.
  2. Sugar is bad. Consume sparingly.
  3. Know your limit.

On Boys

  1. The world is not your “meat market” (I know, this, coming from the vegan right? haha). There are many good-looking and attractive people in the world. Some of them may become your friends. Treat them like people. Be a normal human being.
  2. Always tell someone where you are going.
  3. It’s nice to be with people but no one should ever be the only one. Don’t leave your life in the hands of one other person. You are a powerful and independent being.

So do those sound about right? What are your life lessons? Lemme know in comments peeps! I love you.

Keep on rockin’ in the free world!