Survival Kit 101

Please watch this video. It will change your life forever. I promise you. You will never look at a bad day the same ever again.

Realize every dark cloud is a smoke screen
meant to blind us from the truth
and the truth is whether we seem them or not
the sun and the moon are still there
and always there is always light.

I can never listen to a Shane Koyczan poem without crying. He extends his arm of words and touches my soul, he stirs me up, he makes me whole. I don’t have much more to add to this. Life is not perfect. We have bad days, we fall down, we fall short, we mess up. We get scared, we feel weak, we disappoint someone, we don’t make it and we hurt. 

I have bad days. Emphasis on the plural. I don’t always wake up feeling awesome. I don’t feel like I give enough, like I live enough. I hurt… and I bleed. And you and me, we bleed the same. I’ve also learned to transform my pain, to grow from it, to create from it. So I try. I try everyday to be better. To give the best of myself. Because that’s what makes me truly happy. 

If you are having a good day, be considerate.
A simple smile could be the first-aid kit
that someone has been looking for.
If you believe with absolute honesty that
you are doing everything you can – do more

I’m a true believer of the power of a simple smile. Someone once changed my life just by smiling at me. I have helped many of my friends just by being there for them, looking them in the eye with a smile and reminding them that everything happens for a reason – that it WILL be okay.

Love and hate are beasts

and the one that grows

is the one you feed.

Every day we wake up with a choice. We set ourselves up within the first few minutes of waking up. Do I want to feel grateful today? Do I want to be cranky? Close, reserved? Open, giving? A Yes Man or a I Don’t Know Guy. Every single day of our lives we wake up…and we make that choice of who we want to be.

Everyone knows pain.

We are not meant to carry it forever

If you decided one day to wake up and feel sad, burdened, small, frightened, fragile, hopeless, poor or defeated. It’s just today. It’s okay. None of that is really true. None of that is really you.

PS – If you’d like to hear more poems like this from Spoken Word poets, please check my Awesome Poetry page.

Dance for a Cause!

In the largest lip-dub of Africa, 500 women dance to ‘Price Tag’ by Jessie J ft. B.o.B.
Every single one of these strong and resourceful women has started a business of her own. Their dream is to show you and Jessie J how this has impacted their lives!

For more info go to http://www.microbanker.com

Directed by: Ivan Mikulic
Camera: Berta Banacloche
Choreography: Mexim Janzen

The small business loans you can provide online allow women in Uganda to work for a better future and escape the poverty trap of generations!

Do you have the Courage to Create your Life?

But if my life is for rent and I don’t learn to buy
Well I deserve nothing more than I get
Cos’ nothing I have is truly mine

When it comes to your life. When it comes to the important decisions that you make on a daily basis…are you a doer or a thinker? Are you a participant or an observer? Are you being active or reactive?

Who is making the BIG decisions in your life?
Who is shaping your life?

Are you following your heart, your dreams and your goals?

Or are you giving in to fear?

Giving into other people’s expectations of you?

Can you truly say that you’re in total control of your life right now?

If the answer is No, then you’re wrong.

Because no matter what you think, the reality is that you are always in control of your life.

You are the captain.
You are the pilot.
You are the boss!

If you’re not living a fulfilling life it’s no one else’s fault but your own.

You’re choosing to sacrifice things, you’re choosing to compromise for others. It’s your decision.

It’s no secret that we love to pass fault around as if it were free candy.

But how does it help us to blame others? Sure, the Ego feels better. But how does that help? We’re just feeding it. It loves excuses. Does it make us happier?

It’s time to STOP making excuses & Take Control.

How? Here are 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Admit that you are holding yourself back.

Admit that you’re afraid. Admit that you’re to blame. Admit to yourself that you are powerful beyond measure and that the ability to completely transform your life lies in your hands and your hands only.

Step 2: Commit to taking a step forward towards the path that you would like to be on.

It could be a baby step but it has to be an action, a change, something that you can feel.
You have to feel that change happening in your life.
You can write it down. It could be starting to exercise from tomorrow for example, hell why not today. It could be to change your eating habits, to be more honest, to volunteer some more, to wake up earlier, to be braver, to do a random act of kindness today. Whatever it is, set a goal for yourself. A real goal that you can accomplish within a certain amount of time.
For example: My goal is to reach PRIME Health. Right now, that means to lose 20 lbs in 90 days. To exercise more. To wake up earlier and be more active.
My other goal is to blog more often, write a poem or a song a day, to always, always, always spread love and kindness to every human being I encounter. Those are just a few.
In order to achieve this, I’ve enrolled in a program. So you see? That’s me being proactive with my life.

Step 3: Don’t give up when the going gets tough.

Because it will… It always does. If there’s one thing we can depend on life to do is to give us a hard time. But it does that because it loves us so much. How else can we grow?

How many of you have tried something new and quit halfway through?

The reality is: You’re just not going to get there if you give up. No matter what happens, no matter how hard it gets, no matter how many mistakes you make, it’s not over until you call it. It’s only over when you stop trying. And we seem to do that too easily nowadays.

So my advice? Don’t get comfortable. Trust me, I know how easy it is. How good it feels. But you’re honestly missing out! There’s so much out there waiting to come to you… you just have to let it in.

Do you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears? – Unknown

Here’s some visual motivation to help you.

Anything you can dream of, anything you’ve ever wanted in life or out of life could be yours. You can make all your dreams come true. You just have to believe it…

I believe it. I’ve made plenty of my own dreams come true. And I know for a fact that you can too!