I WROTE THIS A YEAR AGO

Dearest Jenni,

You did this once and it was really cool, so I am sitting writing you a letter at an airport in Toronto.

In the next year I hope you,

  • Commit to 100% raw, organic food.
  • Stop making trash.
  • Get engaged 100 times
  • Go Camping
  • Do something crazy!
  • Learn more about communicating your mission to the world
  • Do inspiring work that pays the bills and make the world better.
  • Write letter to help animals!
  • Host a French party (maybe this one takes a little longer haha)
  • Make Paper!
  • drop something off a building
  • Try stand up comedy!
  • Perform Spoken Word Poetry

You were very effective last year and I can’t wait to see what you accomplish! You are amazing. I love you.

Peace,

Jenni (2012)

STAGE STAR: an interactive video installation

This is what I do at school…

STAGE STAR is an interactive video projection installation designed specifically for the musical concert setting. By translating audio input and control from crowd
movement into video and light projection, STAGE STAR creates a concert experience that is both immersive and unique. It was my final project for IAT 443: Interactive Video.

I am so proud of my team for pulling this all together!

SPECIAL THANKS TO
Wintercoast (facebook.com/Wintercoast)
and The Railway Club in Vancouver, BC

Positivism: How Love, Happiness and Compassion Change the World

This past weekend I hosted a workshop at the Canadian Conference on Student Leadership in Calgary, Alberta. The workshop was called “Positivism: How Love, Happiness and Compassion Change the World” and the description in the program was as follows:

How did one girl go from being suicidal and depressed to traveling the world for free, meeting celebrities and living a life of unconditional love? From Vancouver to Hawaii to California, presenter Jenni Rempel has been connected with big names like Maroon 5 and Jason Mraz. By making choices about how we act and think, we have the power to change the world we live in. This workshop will looking at empowering videos, personal stories and other examples of a loving world. We will also try out techniques for communicating with, loving, and inspiring others (and ourselves).

“What is going to save the human race? Please. Thank you. Why? Because if we all started treating the people and things that we interact with every day with respect and compassion, the effects would ripple through every aspect of our lives, transforming society.” – SuperForest.org

Click here to view the Positivitism Slides! Below are the videos we watched during the workshop…

We ended by reenacting a quick version of this meditation:

If I would have had time I would have played this as well because it is beautiful:

Links!

A few things I could have done better: prefacing the Laughter Yoga exercises with the “fake it till you make it” explanation for health benefits; stating WHY I have certain opinions, being extra careful to state that everything is only MY opinion, define terms (ie: acknowledgement, unconditional love) in slides, acknowledge doubt.

The reviews were very positive… all parts of the workshop came up in feedback as valuable so I’m not sure if i’ll change the program of the workshop at all.

I feel inspired to make changes in the way I live my life.

I appreciate those around me.

Everything in life is an opportunity!

I want to call/e-mail my family and friends and change the way I think of my “enemies”

Awespirational!

It made me feel great!

I feel the need to find unconditional love for people i’ve shunned in my life.

There is always something positive in every situation.

I feel inspired, which is impressive.

This was the best session at the conference!

Positivistsm is awesome and can change the world.

I feel grateful and reaffirmed in my own positivity.

I feel great and worthy.

So much positive energy was going around the room, you were a great speaker!

I feel happy i’m happy!

I feel like smiling a big, huge smile!

I feel like a million bucks.

We have the ability to instantaneously love a stranger next to us. We all just want to be loved.

Reaffirmed my faith in humanity.

Giving space is powerful.

I feel touched.

I spend more time with the glass half empty, I need to change it to half full.

I feel happier, like I could change my life through love.

I want to spread kindness to people.

The lessons you taught and your attitude make me want to do what you do!

I learned how to appreciate the moments of life more.

You have an incredible perspective on life that is contagious, thank you.

I feel really inspired to live my life to the fullest and change my outlook.

I can affect change.

This session reminded me what it means to be human and the essence of humankind… How far off track we have gone and how important it is to get back on track.

I feel that there is hope for everyone and the potential for them to be good.

I feel inspired to banish negativity from my life and make it more positive. I feel uplifted to make change and share what i’ve learned with others.

I kind of realized that I am not always as kind as I could be and I don’t always appreciate what I have and i’d like to change that.

I feel really calm and beloved and excited that there are people like you in our generation.

The average score was 9.3 out of 10. (I think in the future I will add a “what would make you rate this session 10/10” part to my evaluation).

What is Positography?

So I have this facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thec4c
And I recently made a website: http://www.thec4c.com/
Basically, I want to keep doing freelance photography/film/design and use it to make the world better, so half the profits go to charity. Also all services are by donation, you are provided for!

Positography is a new service I am developing at the moment. It was inspired by an overwhelming burst of joy-inspired creativity two weeks ago, the day I learned that Jason Mraz was coming to perform in Whistler (major day-maker for me).
First some background info… Basically, the reason I love doing photography is because I believe that everyone is beautiful, for beauty is a state of mind. I love looking for the sprinkles of inspiration and loveliness and finding them in everyone I meet. Pink has this awesome song out right now called “Fucking Perfect” and the chorus really speaks to me and what I believe in… “pretty pretty please, don’t you ever ever think, that you’re less than, less than perfect” … there is major awakening happening with people around the world realizing how amazing they are right now and I want to be a part of that.
Positography combines endorphin releasing techniques like laughter yoga, physicality, sillyness, and affirmations with photography. I think that if people feel amazing and know how excellent they are that comes through in photos. So the idea is basically to bring out the best you, and capture that, to share it with the world : )

Interested? Let me know if you have any other questions, I’m still developing it and defining it : )

It’s b(log)een a while

WOW. So I’ve been doing too much living and not enough blogging it appears lately haha. There is so much I want to write about and I am creating not enough time to do it.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

– Ferris Bueller

These are some thing I have written over the past few exciting weeks, with the Vancouver Riot, adventures, ponders… what a ride!

Forewarning: This post is going to be delightfully detailed and horribly long.

Just as I was boarding the skytrain in Surrey just over an hour ago I was contemplating how ironic I create my life to be at times. I was thinking about the implications of this and decided that “I am ironic”. After all, if I create that to be my reality, then (as my reality and perception are the only experiences I have) then that will be my life. After this thought I was running to get to the library to return an interesting book on Emotional Clearing. i got there JUST IN TIME and was able to sign out a book I was really excited about called Sacred Commerce. At the library there was a protest about the Canadian Postal Workers strike which was somewhat ironic considering I am dealing with some labour issues at my own job. Then I started to notice the results of the Vancouver Riot. Wood panels cover the storefronts, covered in messages from thousands of people. Word of condemnation of rioters, random song lyrics, but overall and in the highest multitude there were messages of love. I think it’s a little sad that it takes a riot for Vancouver to write beautiful words all over, but I am grateful for this aftermath nonetheless. I walk through the city dazed and confused. After running to the library and being overwhelmed with my own sensory experience I bumped into a girl I used to work with. She was off to live what I think are her dreams, dancing and choreographing for big names in the city. And I was just wandering, happy. I made my way to Gorilla Foods, my favorite (raw) eatery in vancity. I think you’re great said the song playing on the radio. Then I thought about how if music be the food of life, Gorilla Foods is a very healthy place to be : )

Then I went down to Capers and got some healthy food and bumped into some more friends on the way. Dazed and confused… but smiling all the way : )

 

 

Links from Saturday’s Workshop

THANK YOU again to everyone who attended!

SUPERFOREST

The Blog of Jason Mraz

This is the youtube playlist from the workshop:

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=FF95BDB92703B63F

And the bonus video I forgot… KWAN SEUM BOSAL:

This was too much fun! LOVE!

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!

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*