Which one is your favorite paradise?

At present I am thinking about my plans for the future. What do I really want in life? What should I devote my time to? And most pressingly… where should I be this summer?

I could stay here in BC and return to my summer camp leader job from last year. I could apply for a job at a different camp. I could go WOOFing (http://www.wwoof.ca/). I could apply to intern at GIFTS (http://www.giftsfilms.com/). I could be a Community Advisor at SFU Residence for the semester. I could take classes and not go anywhere (well except back to Hawaii for a week at the end of the summer).

I could go to California. I could intern for TOMS Shoes, Invisible Children, Falling Whistles or just go get a place and apply at Cafe Gratitude…

Where do I really want to be? At the end of last semester I was SO SURE I wanted to be in California and that was the place calling my name. But now… And even if I apply to all of these amazing opportunities, I don’t control the results of who selects me as the ideal candidate. But maybe that’s good. Maybe the decision will be made for me.

I saw this article today with amazing photos asking:

Which one is your favorite paradise?

http://abduzeedo.com/random-paradises?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+abduzeedo+(Abduzeedo+Feed)&utm_content=Google+Reader

And it really made me wonder. I think in general warm places appeal to me more. I’m one of those people who is cold very often. Last summer in Hawaii I still wore sweaters, but I wasn’t cold. And that was awesome. So maybe that’s the type of climate I should look to live in. But then, what of my life here? Hmm. Much to ponder.

The Pledge

Dear Friends,

I no longer believe in “live and let live” or “to each his own”.

I want to change your life. I cannot let you continue living the way you have been living. It’s time to shake things up. I want to challenge you to live fuller, healthier, happier and better than ever before. And I want to help you to do so. I want us to help each other to live the best life possible. And I want us to do it in a way that lets everyone live the best life possible. So that we all can be the happiest, healthiest, and most fulfilled citizens of the happiest, healthiest, and most fulfilled planet… hell, UNIVERSE ever.

I want us to start right now.

Smile

Repurpose

Go Vegan

Laugh

Upcycle

Eat Raw Food

Be Kind

Practice Good Manners

Love

Be Grateful

Support Ethical and Ecologically Friendly Initiatives

My pledge is to do everything I can to help you. We can do it, together. It might even be fun.

Sincerely,

Jenni Rempel

September 9th, 2010

SuperForesty Reads: Andy Weir’s “The Egg”

SuperForesty Reads: Andy Weir’s “The Egg”.

You should definetly check out this story.

http://www.galactanet.com/oneoff/theegg_mod.html

I’ve heard the “we are all of one” message before but I didn’t really comprehend what that meant until I read this story. I’ve been thinking about it all day and telling everyone I know to read it. It’s really helped me overcome any feelings of jealousy because we are all the same person and have the same experiences. If someone else gets to do something and not me it is really me doing it. I’ve felt so whole and connected to everything thinking of this idea.

If it was a religion i’d join.

The future

“…I’m not talking about a commune, or even an active rejection of modern life. I’m just talking about a way of life that puts having some fun at the center, a way for people who want to garden, to make music, to play games, or to just have a good conversation, and live cheaply enough that we’re not working all our waking hours to pay the bills on a lifestyle that keeps us in our seats, dreaming of a better life. As I contemplate a return to the US, I realize that I don’t want to return to a life of scheduled exercise, paid for entertainment, and constant worry about the rising monthly costs on a life that I’m barely living. I want to live with friends, have fun, and enjoy this midlife crisis I seem to be having.

In short, I want to make a retirement community for people who want to retire from the rat race, but not from their life’s work. I want to find a way for people to make what they really care about the focus of their life. How would we make a living? I’m not sure. I do know I don’t need that much to thrive and I like to move around during the day. What do you think? Am I just dreaming, or can this be done?”

VIA

I think this is what I want for my life. One day, to live in a community, with a garden at the centre. A place where a guitar is never far away. Fireflies and ladybugs call it home as well. People play with theirs kids, use hula hoops, paint pictures and eat together. Someone is always around for company and the garden is the hub of it all. Bicycles are welcome and smiles come free. We sing, we dance, we make things.

Dear Future Best Friend,

Dear Future Best Friend,

I’ve had many friends in my lifetime but i’ve yet to have one i’d call my very best friend. I know you will have many of the qualities I love so much about my other friends and relationships. I’m going to tell you some of the things about us I am looking forward to.

We will have many things in common that we can share and talk about. We will do things together. When I am excited about something you will listen and when you are excited you will share. We will talk on the phone and hang out in person. We will spend time at each others houses and know each others parents. It won’t be a big deal if I come over unannounced or crash at your place. You will be welcome at mine. When we have sleepovers there will be cuddles, tickle-fights and maybe even the occasional back massage. We’ll get changed in front of each other without it being weird. We will wear each others clothes and not worry about returning them. There will be frequent hugs and unconditional love. If I upset you, you will tell me and accept my apology when I say sorry, because i’ll mean it. We’ll send each other text messages and sometimes stay up talking until we fall asleep. You’ll have your own hobbies and interests that are different from mine. We will support each other, you will come see my shows and will actually watch/listen to/read the books, songs, videos and movies I recommend. You will show me the books/movies/songs/videos you like. You will invite me places and will try to come (when it is possible) to the places I invite you to. If either of us wins a trip there will be no question as to who the other is taking. If we’re ever at a party and things get awkward i’ll come talk to you and that will be okay. We’ll go on adventures and try new things together. We will have time apart because sometimes I need to be alone, and that will be okay. If I need you it won’t matter how late it is or what we have to do tomorrow. You’ll laugh at my jokes and make funny remarks of your own. You will appreciate a good pun. We’ll watch movies together and talk about them after. Sometimes we will have matching articles of clothing. You’ll tell me about your life and listen to the interesting things that happen to me. You’ll make fun of me and i’ll make fun of you and then we’ll laugh at each other and ourselves, together. You’ll be honest with me without worrying about hurting my feelings. We will treat each other the same when we are sober and intoxicated. We will have other friends. They may meet. We will exchange Christmas gifts. We’ll sing and learn dances off the internet and make things together. If you hear people saying mean things about me you’ll stand up for me. We won’t have secrets from each other, but instead with each other. It will be fun.

I realize that either I just haven’t met you yet, or we know each other but we have yet to reach best friend status. Either way, I can’t wait to know you (better) and enjoy your company.

Love,

Jenni

The Venus Project

I first learned about Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project through the popular and controversial internet movie Zeitgeist (i’ve included it at the bottom of this post).I highly advise that everyone see this movie, it will blow your mind. I am not saying that I agree 100% with everything in it but it definitely gets you thinking, which is really important (I think). I recently learned that the venus project is going on a world lecture tour. I am quite excited because it is coming to Vancouver. I am very excited to hear from some great thinkers and meet some like-minded people. You should come : )

Here’s the link to get tickets.

Zeitgeist: Addendum

Goals

Yesterday I had a job interview and they asked me to share a goal I have that I want to complete in the next five years. At the time I didn’t know what to say. I have several goals but they didn’t feel definite. What if I change my mind? What if one of these things is no longer important to me?

I used to be one of those people that had to plan everything out in advance. I remember my first trip to Disneyland when I was going into grade 10. I looked at the list of rides/attractions and tried to plan my whole day out minute by minute. Wow. Since then i’ve really learned to enjoy the adventure that is life and follow the path I am given. It is much less worrisome this way. That said, I still like to have some goals for the future or rather,  things I would like to do.

I want to be a Roadie with Invisible Children.

I want to intern (or sorry they don’t have interns) be an agent for change with TOMS Shoes.

I want to participate in SFU’s Semester In Dialogue Program.

I want to go surfing.

I want to be a grad student.

and I want to do it before 23.

Hellz. Yeah.