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

“And he wouldn’t let me go…”

“He looked in my eyes with such intensity and such love, and it was an incredible experience. And we just sat there together, sort of drunk on each-other. He embraced me like a long-lost friend and it was just beautiful… And he wouldn’t let me go.”

– said the man of the gorilla

That’s the most romantic thing i’ve heard today haha!

– via SuperForest

My Hug Bucket

The vlogbrothers recently did a video about “Hug Buckets”. Basically,  A “Bucket List” is a list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket (die) and a “Hug Bucket” is a list of people you want to hug before you kick the bucket. Hugs are great. I used to be really bad at giving hugs but I think through practice I am improving. Here are some lists i’ve made. Feel free to share yours!

My Hug Bucket:

Jackson Nash (of SuperForest.org)

Tricia Huffman (of iambeing.blogspot.com)

Jason Mraz

Someone who really needs a hug

Someone who has never been hugged

John and/or Hank Green (vlogbrothers)

Frank Warren (of PostSecret)

Hugs in the Bucket: Awesome hug(er)s!

William Beckett (from The Academy Is…)

Michael from the Vancouver Hug Squad

Edna Hoskins from Kerrisdale Senior Centre

The flirtatious old geezer, also from Kerrisdale Senior Centre

My high school yearbook advisor, when I was having a meltdown

My friend Zay

Friend, Nathan Kelly

The Theatrix Les Mis cast – The Runaway Hug! : P

“Jeffery” the awesome singer who was working at Disneyland when I went

Brendon Urie + Jon Walker from Panic! at the Disco (that was a really good night)

The cast of Theatix’s CATS 2006 (the time I hugged EVERYONE before the show)

All the kids that hugged me when I was pirate Captain Hook at the PNE

The drunken guy who called me “Captain Morgan” when I was pirate Captain Hook at the PNE x D

My Mommy (every night before bedtime : )

General Hugs: Who could say no to a loving squeeze from these folks…

Someone you have a crush on

A friend you have not seen in a long time

Family Members

Best Friends

A hug that comes when you’re having a bad day

A complete stranger

Hugs from Mascots

Group Hug!

*e-hug*