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

I AM RADIATING JOY!

Earlier today I was listening to Jason Mraz and pondering and thinking about some days I have had where I RADIATE JOY! There have been days when I have been overwhelmed with happiness. I was thinking, how can I make today one of those days? and then MAGIC HAPPENED!

I handed in my final film project JUST IN TIME! It was so perfect! Then I went to study for my exam using my two hour break. Using the amazing power of crowd sourcing and some super smart and dedicated friends I was able to get my studying done just in time for the exam. The exam was for my animation class and I finished my test early and everything! I felt pretty good about the exam but I needed to take a minute and let go of the tension I had created during the test and refocus on gratitude. It totally worked because just then I got a text message telling me that JASON MRAZ IS PLAYING A FREE CONCERT IN WHISTLER THIS WEEKEND! I was so overcome with joy I literally began jumping up and down. I was filled with so much excitement and passion for life! And how ironic that I was just pondering this feeling and this transformational musician earlier! Magic!

I bumped into some friends, planned a project and then went outside to dance in the parking lot with my amazing friends Colette and Madhav. I felt so free and BEAMING! It was so nice to connect with people and just celebrate music and happiness!

Then I went back inside with Colette to show her THE HUMANIFESTO! A magic little video filled with people and ideas I love! It also happens to connect me and Jason Mraz in a funny way : P

It was nice to talk because my conversation reminded me of a few things…

1. The Power of MAYBE!

I was telling Colette about another day (without shoes) when I vividly remember being SO FILLED WITH JOY AND GRATITUDE THAT IT WAS RADIATING OUT OF ME. I was sitting on the bus, going to the theatre and the main reason I was excited was because there was a small chance the boy I really liked would be there. There was no guarantee, but the power of maybe was enough to elate me and make my day amazing. Maybe I will see Jason Mraz on Friday! Maybe I won’t! But maybe feels nice : D
2. My life is filled with beautiful things and people
I am so lucky to know so many amazing people and have my life touched by them. I am truly in awe.
As I was going towards the bus stop to go home I was thinking about being in exactly the place I am meant to be, at exactly the right time. Just as I was thinking this three young boys came up to me and asked me for a hug! It was so magical! I told them that hugs should last 20 seconds
SIDENOTE: The oxytocin released in a 20-second hug not only increases bonding and builds trust but also positively impacts your cardiovascular system, which improves heart health : )
via http://www.hendricks.com/
and at first I thought they’d be creeped out, but they were happy to have 20 second hugs! Then I got scared maybe they wanted to hug me to steal from me so I kept saying, “please don’t steal from me!” LOL! I think they just wanted to hug me because i’m a beautiful attractive person, and that was really sweet.
Then I got on the bus and wrote an amazing song/poem about LOVE that I am going to record on ukelele now.
Yay!
I am in love with my life.
Today was a reminder for me to do what brings me joy, because when I have joy I can share joy. And though my joy may not resonate for everyone, or show up as elevating for all people, it does for some. And I think that is the difference I am meant to make in the world. When do you feel most fulfilled? When do you change this world?
Do that : )
A little light never hurt nobody, send out your ray of sunshine.
 – Jason Mraz, The Sunshine Song

From June 25th.

From June 25th.

Last Friday was a fun day. In the morning I went out to Langley to practice for a performance with my friend Sheamus. I got to his house alright (not a big fan of Langley busses, I once spent 2 HOURS going in circles because I didn’t feel like being vocal and just asking). Then we set out to meet our other friends to look for RENT costumes at the Burnaby Value Village. On the trip over we were singing songs we love in funny voices. Sheamus was doing Kermit and I was doing the Wicked Witch. SO FUNNY. We should make a video. Anyway, our friend Justin (and our other friend Kaylee) who isn’t in the show came to help us look for stuff. Justin found me these awesome vintage shoes (see above, I am West on the shoe compass). Chloe also found shoes (see south) and I got this cute dress for $15 (with the shoes). I don’t want to be someone who buys a dress to match shoes but here we are ahah.

Then we went to watch Sheamus and some other friends at their singing recital. What a lovely day : )

never get high off paint.

August 4th, 2010

I had the craziest 12 hours but I am especially grateful for my awesome job that made everything better….

So basically my house is being majorly renovated right now. My Mom decided to put primer on my room yesterday. Although it was “dry” by the time I wanted to sleep, it was still very fresh and had major fumes coming off it. “Is it safe to sleep in there?”, I asked. I was told that it would be okay if the window was open… RIGHT. I think after several hours of unintentionally sniffing paint I woke up at 4:30AM feeling really sick. I think I accidentally ended up on a paint trip. I had some really creative ideas but also some CRAZY SCARY dreams. I got up to use the washroom and almost rolled into a bunch of paint. Then I had to climb the mountain of clothes on my bed to get back after I was done. I don’t think I really slept after that but my dreams were very confusing and rather unpleasant. I was really sick in the morning and I considered staying home but today was swimming and using the green screen at movie camp so I didn’t want to miss it. I didn’t have much time to get ready because I spent lots of time being sick so I didn’t really bring a lunch with me.

I rode my bike to SFU (as per usual) and on the way there this bus snuck up behind me and almost drove right over me. I rode up onto the sidewalk and almost hit some people myself! Then I passed a bank and right as I rode by a big alarm started going off and there were lights flashing and people yelling.

Paint High + Scary Dreams + Sickness + Almost hit by a bus + bank robbery… oh my.

As I continued riding I was still feeling sick and considered throwing up in the park. When I got to SFU my ears started making funny noises and I was really scared. I wanted to curl up in the fetal position and be held. I wish someone could have been there to give me a hug but it felt inappropriate asking my co-workers and/or the campers HAHA.

The morning actually went by pretty fast, my job distracted me from feeling afraid and sick which was awesome. I had fun and the kids were very well behaved. In the afternoon we went swimming. One of the kids came up to me and was like, “Jenni, can I splash you?”. I told them no. “Jenni, can I splash Stephan (the other leader)?” YES! Haha! We went in the Sauna near the end and it totally exfoliated a layer of dead skin from my legs making them all smooth and nice. Another memorable moment was when one kid (not from our group) asked me if I was a lifeguard (probably because I was playing with a big group of kids haha!). At the end of the day I ran into a bunch of people I wanted to see. I love when things work out the way I want them too : )

Crazy ass morning salvaged into a lovely adventure. Yay!

Adventure: Art Gallery


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Today I visited the Vancouver Art Gallery for the first time. Well alright, this was the third time i’ve been there in the past seven days… but after a year of going there for various rally’s, meet-ups and congregations this was my first time entering the gallery, funny how that works : P

I went with my friend Tanisha to see the exhibit “Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man”. To be honest I was expecting much more. They had just taken a bunch of pages from his notebook a framed them. I think if DaVinci (a very paranoid and private person to my understanding) could see it he would have a heart attack. I’m glad i went though. We only got to see one other exhibit because all the upper floors were in transition. Afterwards we went to Urban Outfitters to see the book/weird stuff section. There are always so many entertaining things there!

When I got home I really wanted to make goma-ae (Japanese spinach salad with sesame sauce) but I didn’t have the ingredients so I walked to the grocery store. When I got to the checkout I realized I had left my wallet at home. Yay! Luckily my Mom was able to come bale me out. I love Mothers : ) Tell yours that. Now!

I used this recipe from Bento Filler and made a few adaptions.

1/2 pound of raw spinach, cooked.
1 Tbs. white sesame seeds
1/2 Tbs. mirin 1/2 Tbs. Pear Juice
1/2 Tbs. sugar 1/2 Tbs. Coconut Sugar
1 tsp. soy sauce

Bring a pot of water to the boil. Put the spinach leaves in the pot all at once. If you have baby leaves (they are round and small and not crinkled), boil them for 30 seconds and not any longer. If you have fully grown leaves, boil them for about a minute. Immediately drain the pot. Run cold water over the leaves to cool them off fast. Drain. Take the spinach leaves in your hands and squeeze out the water as much as you can.

If you don’t have pre-toasted sesame seeds (irigoma), toast the seeds briefly in a small dry frying pan. Crush in a small mortar and pestle or suribachi. Add the sugar and crush some more. Add the mirin and soy sauce and mix. Mix with the spinach. YUM.

Sunny Sunday

I want to write about today (the day before yesterday) before I forget about today (the day before yesterday). Today I went to Laughter Yoga for the first time in a few weeks. If you don’t know what Laughter Yoga is then a) you are missing out b) you should visit laughteryoga.ca and c) if you wait a while i’ll do a post with a more in depth explanation. Anyway it was such an interesting day. I was reading on the skytrain when this older alternative guy came up to me and asked if he could borrow a pen, promising not to steal it. He said he had an idea and had to put it on paper. I assumed he was writing a poem or a note or something like that. I lent him a black one and some minutes later he returned with my pen and showed me an awesome drawing on a piece of cardboard. I wish I could have snapped a photo but he had to get off and it all happened rather quickly.

The weather was lovely and when I got to Commercial Drive there were so many funky people around. It was like everyone came out of the woodwork. I was happy to be a part of such a broad and eclectic piece of counter-culture. On the way to LY I encountered so much cool found text… for example…

“If the world is gonna end I wanna live my life…”

– random passerby

The laughter session itself was really fun and I enjoyed a really nice smoothie after. Then we heard music and this happened….

Only on the drive : P
After that some helpful friends showed me where to get a non-leaky top for my water bottle (sidenote: for my mom’s bday I got us these pricy kleen kanteen stainless steel waterbottles, however I picked the sport top cap option, not realizing it wasn’t meant to keep fluids inside haha).I accomplished a seven month goal! Woo! Then I had to walk to Hastings to take a bus to rehearsal. There was a bus sitting at the stop with the emergency lights on and a large number of displaced people milling about. Luckily another bus came within a few minutes and most of the people evaporated. I guess “This too shall pass” : )