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

#takethevow #iamsilent

Dear World!

Just letting you know I am doing a vow of silence tomorrow to raise awareness for all of the children and slaves who are silenced every day by poverty, disease and exploitation. I won’t stand by while children are subjected to exploitation, poverty and the denial of their basic rights. Every day, millions of children are silenced by these abuses. But we can take a stand for children everywhere.
I have decided I will use my voice in work meetings (as it is my duty to) but not outside of that time so if I do not respond to you tomorrow, this is why. I will also not be text messaging, e-mailing, tweeting or updating Facebook (gasp!).

If you want more information about what I am doing please visit: http://www.freethechildren.com/vowofsilence/
I will also be collecting donations for Free the Children tomorrow so if you have any spare change and want to give someone else the gift of education I would be happy to collect it from you (but no pressure).

My WE DAY 2011

Last week I got to be a part of We Day 2011 and I couldn’t be more blessed. Last year was my first We Day (a huge event at Rogers Arena where they get 18,000 students pumped about making social change) and I was a crowd pumper. This year I got to help coordinate the CP team and wear a headset which was pretty wicked. All those years of theatre really paid off haha. It was interesting because I wasn’t really watching the show, but I was there, with all of these inspiring amazing people. And I still got to dance and wear my tight and bright attire : D

My highlights included this speech by Noah Kaplan called “be the spark” was one of the most beautiful things I have heard in a long time.

He stands on the edge of eternity peering cautiously into the future….

…Grab a hand and hold it…. and we can sit in wonder together….

– Noah Kaplan

It is an amazing thing, to create a dream for yourself and then see it realized. I totally wanted the opportunity I created for myself this year and I look forward to the future as well : )

GRATEFUL FOR LIFE!

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.