We Day! And a song!

Today I was part of the Vancouver We Day Crowd Pumping Team! Wow! I felt happy, sad, moved, inspired, uncomfortable, energized, tired, confused, clear, hungry, full, disappointed, overwhelmed, amazed… and more! What a day! I spent 11.5 hours at the arena (arriving at 6AM today) and still went to improv practice after! Bam!

I have been writing SO MANY songs lately (like 5-7 a week!) and I have decided I need to start sharing some of them and putting the music down so I don’t forget the vision I have in mind when I write. I really wanna be in a band but I don’t have time at the moment so I have to plunk my own guitar haha.

I have more thoughts I want to share later but for now I was inspired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Demi Lovato’s messages (at We Day Today) to write this song:

For My Children – Lyrics

VERSE ONE

When I think about what I need

I got clean water and a place to sleep

I’ve friends and community

but there’s something missing

separation that I see people hating and being mean

I want respect for everybody

PRE-CHORUS

That’s the world I want to live in

A world that I want for my children

CHORUS

When you’re scared, turn to love

When you’re alone, remember love

We can change the world with love

Before you judge, remember love

Show somebody that you care

Speak up for those who are not there

Treat each-other with respect

and believe in what comes next:

it’s love, it’s love, love

VERSE TWO

It is easy just to blame

Other people for our pain

If they’d only change their ways

“The world would be much better”

We all have a role to play

You contribute everyday

We have to work together

PRE-CHORUS

That’s the world I want to live in

A world that I want for my children

CHORUS

When you’re scared, turn to love

When you’re alone, remember love

We can change the world with love

Before you judge, remember love

Show somebody that you care

Speak up for those who are not there

Treat each-other with respect

and believe in what comes next:

it’s love, it’s love, love

BRIDGE

Structures are in place that make it hard to see beyond the struggle

Hating only add more hate. I think that love’s the only way to move beyond… and make the world incredible.

CHORUS

When you’re scared, turn to love

When you’re alone, remember love

We can change the world with love

Before you judge, remember love

Show somebody that you care

Speak up for those who are not there

Treat each-other with respect

and believe in what comes next:

it’s love, it’s love, love

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

There are many reasons I love having short hair. Saving water is a big one. I can shower in under a minute! And it is so fast to style! And it doesn’t get in my face! And I can make it cool colors and change it as often as I please. And I think when I spike it up there is something really sexy and badass about it. It’s good to be back! : )
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Fun for a Change

Recently I was part of a competition called Fun for a Change which I blogged about before.

Fun for A Change is a social innovation challenge that encourages youth to come up with fun ways to create positive change. It’s about getting people to “do the right thing” and change behavior by using fun and game-like motivations. It’s about learning and applying game mechanics without necessarily creating a game.  It’s about thinking outside the box and rethinking how we can change the world.

I am so proud of my team – we came in third place and here was our project: SMASHTRASH 

You can also View our Presentation PDF here

Team RE(design)CYCLE < 3

 

 

 

 

 

Why Change Is So Hard

I’m doing this awesome Students in Free Enterprise challenge called “Fun for a Change” which is somewhat of a design contest that is educating me about Social Entrepreneurship and helping me to find more direction with my own freelance social enterprise. Love this video, the channel has some other good ones too.

Meeting Craig Kielburger

On Thursday I had the distinct pleasure of attending a business event where I got to meet Craig Kielburger, the founder of Free the Children.

I have met some people that are really obsessed with Craig and despite how amazing he is, I am blessed to have stayed out of the “fangirl” zone. However, I was captivated by his interpersonal skills. Each time I have encountered him (mainly at We Day) I am captivated by his ability to connect with people and inspire them. Things like a smile, eye contact, a firm handshake (with elbow touching?), and using someone’s name really go a long way.

Hearing him speak really brought up many emotions for me. I was go grateful to have a reminder to BE THE CHANGE. Whenever I am motivated by someone I feel this funny feeling inside. I noticed it especially when watching inspirational videos. It is like someone has tied a string around my heart and is connecting it with the hearts of others. I kid you not, this is a very physical, embodied experience. I was almost in tears. I think that’s why I love film so much, you have the power to really affect people.

The event I attended was centered around Haiti and it was really interesting to reflect back on what happened a year ago. Had I forgotten? Do we ever really forget?

I’ll end with this. What motivates you? And what are you doing to make the world better? Think about that. Everyday.

PS: I wore my vegan Doc Martins. Yeah.

My First Leadership Workshop!

Today I was honoured to give my first workshop at the SFU Leadership Summit.My topic was “How to change the world and yourself in the process”. I basically talked about my personal journey with positivity, SuperForest, and how I created my manifesto. It was really a full circle moment. I am so grateful for the people that I personally invited who attended, and the unexpected group from my high school that sat in the front row, and the people I was suprised to see, and the people I didn’t even know who came out!
In making the presentation I had a much needed opportunity to reflect on myself and my perspective. Due to an interesting transition into 2011 with some events that really taught me a lot about myself I had almost forgotten little bits of me. I am glad to have evolved and found those little pieces that have been lost for the past few weeks.
I can’t really word this in the best way yet but I was thinking…When it feels like part of you is totally dependant on someone else, it is interesting that when they leave, some parts of you were really just you all along.

This reaffirmed my idea that there is only oner person in the world, really. Yourself (so me haha). Everyone else is just your perception of them. So when people change you, they don’t really… you change you. You have all the tools you need to be whatever you want.
I really enjoyed presenting and I got a lot of positive feedback after the presentation. I feel like I want to do it again. I’ve already started thinking of things I could make more awesome about it.
I feel like there is a message here. A message of love, and making the world a better place. I feel like I want to keep telling this story. To anyone who will listen.

I am excited to see where this takes me.

KWAN SEUM BOSAL! NAMASTE!

Lend a hand!

Love your shoreline, love your community

Join the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

September 18 – 26, 2010

Sign up for a shoreline cleanup and join Canadians from coast to coast who are helping to keep Canada’s shorelines healhy!

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The Epiphany of Epiphanies

Currently I am reading John Green and David Levithan’s collab book “Will Grayson, Will Grayson”. It is fantastic and hilarious. Go read it. At one point that characters are discussing epiphanies. This got me thinking…

My own personal epiphany came in the form of the movie ” Titanic”. Ask me about the story sometime, it’s quite entertaining (in my humble opinion hehe). Anyways, I have also been thinking a lot about being the person I want to be. There’s a really good quote that I can’t quite remember… basically you shouldn’t be worried about what people say about you or how they think of you. You should think of the person you want to be and do your best to embody that. I think I want to be the type of person that shows people their epiphany. I could be an epiphany fairy or something… going around with my magic wand… or foghorn… yes definitely foghorn, blaring epiphanies into people’s ears. Then they’ll all realize how important it is to make a difference, to live consciously, to try.

Your individual beliefs will never change the truth, but truth has the power to change your individual beliefs, if you let it.

– Bryce Bushman

I know that we all make a difference everyday but sometimes I have to remind myself that people all have their own limitations. It’s hard when I see someone eating their disposable lunch made with the products of animal torture wearing their sweatshop clothing. Part of me wants their sandwich to get run-over by their gas guzzling SUV but then that wouldn’t have any lasting impact. It wouldn’t make them have their epiphany. Some of the most loving and amazing people I know contribute to world problems. I contribute to world problems. I think the point is that we all have to do enough good to out weigh the bad. And maybe if we put enough love and kindness back into the world people will start having epiphanies. At least, I hope so… (and not the Sweeney Todd kind either).