Peace Love and TIWTDBID
#30- Kiss in the Rain. I always thought that this would be romantic, and it was! This picture was soo much fun taking, and it was wonderful and beautiful.
#24- Waitress. When I was in high school, I thought waitressing looked like fun, and wanted to try it. Eight waitressing jobs later, I'm still at it! It's the perfect job for me, and I'm actually wanting to write an article (maybe a book) about it!
#39- Gauge my Ears. I didn't want anything big, but I did want it done, so in China on my 22nd Birthday I went with some friends and got it done!
Yay! I absolutely LOOOVE posting these pictures! They make me so excited, and so happy, looking back on the life goals I've accomplished. Take a look at my 'Things I Want to do Before I Die (TIWTDBID)' Page to see the rest!
Peace Love and TIWTDBID
Thank you for coming back for my second installment of World Changing Wednesdays! The goal of WCW is to unite us; for us to take one day out of our week to stop thinking of ourselves, and to try to figure out how we can make this world a better place. It is so easy for us to say, "I want to help." or "I want to change the world." But then we lose ambition, forget, or just don't know what we can do! So that is why I have started this. Every week, or every other week, I will tell you some small, and some bigger things you can do to change the world. I will sometimes even have stories for you about people that I know who have created change in their and people's lives around them! So get ready to have your world rocked, and to start a revolution! If you haven't read the first Installment, please read it here.
In order to completely change this world, and people's lives around you, you need to be willing, and open.
That's it! By making use of these two simple little things, you have completely unlimited potential! Confused? Let me explain why each of these is so important.
1. You need to be willing. This is SUPER important! If you don't WANT to help people around you, then you never WILL! If you don't really really want to help people, you will never look for opportunities, and you will never really make an effort! So first of all, really make sure that your heart is in the right place, and that you really have the desire to do good. THAT is when the magic starts to happen.
2. You need to be open. You don't necessarily need to go looking for opportunities, but you can't just sit around and wait for them to find you either! You need to keep your eyes, ears, heart, and subconscious mind open for any available opportunity. If you are not open, you won't recognize when an opportunity has presented itself to you! Then you will get frustrated (like I once did), and say, "There just isn't anything I can do!" But that sooo isn't true. There are SO many opportunities out there! And I promise you, you don't have to be constantly searching, driving yourself crazy, and always thinking about it. As long as you have opened yourself up, and let the universe know that you are open and willing, you WILL find something. That day at thezoo, I was not looking for opportunities. Not at all! But since I am open and willing, when I was presented with an opportunity to help someone, I recognized it, and was ready for it! A lot of us are so pre-occupied with our own lives, our own dramas, and our own struggles, that it completely blocks our vision to others. You will find that when you stop worrying about yourself so much, and start thinking of others, that that is when your eyes and heart will truly be opened to the needs and struggles of those around you. And this is when you will find opportunities.
And that is all there is to it. The first step you need to take. Now I'm not saying that it's easy! Because it's not! Most of us don't naturally walk around with a sense of open-ness, or a sense of purpose and direction. And it's not natural for us to stop thinking of ourselves and start thinking of others It takes practice! So for the next two weeks, I want you to practice. Practice being open and willing. Practice looking at the world through your heart, and through the eyes of those around you. It's a little weird at first, but once you get the hang of it, it is actually awesome! And that is when you will truly have unlimited potential!
Here are some easy places to start practicing:
*Work- Chances are, you already have a good relationship with your co-workers and
customers. So if you're a little more shy, this is a great place to start!
*Restaurants- Me and my love were just talking last night about how whenever we go out
to eat, we always end up becoming friends with our server. This is an excellent opportunity
to find out about his/her life, and a great opportunity to bless them by leaving a generous
tip, and an encouraging note! I personally think that this is a great way to help someone
*Your neighborhood- Getting to know your neighbors and their struggles, is a great way to
practice looking for opportunities.
*Your own home- I can not express enough how important it is to look for opportunities to
help your husband/wife/sister/father. Family is so so important, and if we can't help out our
family, then who can we help?
*School- Another great place to look for opportunities! You see these people every day!
Start going to these places with a sense of purpose, and a sense of open-ness, ready-ness, and willingness. I'm sure you will be surprised at what you find.
I will not be posting a World Changing Wednesday Post next Wednesday, because I want to give you two weeks to practice. It does take time, so don't be frustrated! In two Wednesdays, I would LOOOVE to hear from you about how this is going for you! Can't wait to hear from you! Good Luck!
I know that sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start; how to go about changing the world, and touching people's lives. So today I am going to tell you the most basic, yet probably most important thing you can do to start creating miracles all around you. If you do this, there is no stopping your potential. Are you ready? Here is the first step!
Peace Love and World Changing
Two years ago today, the love of my life asked me to be his girlfriend, and I was SO happy that we were finally going to be together (we had known each other for three years)! Still to this day, two years later, I still can't believe that he chose me, and I can't believe how incredibly lucky I am!
Nick, you are the love of my life. You are everything that I am not. In every area of my life that I lack, you make up for it; you literally complete me. You are tall and strong so I can fit perfectly in your arms and feel safe, you are completely scatterbrained and spontaneous to keep me from being too uptight and organized, yet you are down to earth enough to get me excited about and plan for a steady future, instead of running to a different country every weekend, and you are so wonderfully calm, so you can keep me and my emotions in check when I am about to freak out! You are the only thing on this earth that can make me feel better when I feel like everything is out of control and collapsing. You are my rock, without you I would fall apart, and be so very lost. Before you, I was happy; but that's only because I never knew the happiness I have now was even possible! You blow my mind every single day, and every single day I fall more in love with you than the day before! I never even knew that was possible! I never knew I could feel this way about another human being! You give my life purpose, you give me hope and excitement for the future, you encourage and motivate me more than I deserve, and believe in me more than I even believe in myself! After knowing you for 5 years, and being with you for 2, I still get butterflies when you smile at me, and I still feel like I'm floating like a little red balloon every time you kiss me. You add excitement, laughter, hope, and so much joy to my existence. You are everything to me, and I can't imagine, and don't want to imagine, a life or a future without you in it, because you are my life, and you are my future. No matter what happens to me, if I have you, I will be happy, and even if I don't accomplish everything I wanted to in my life, if I make you as happy as you make me, I will know that I'm successful , and I will be happy. You are so wonderful, so caring, so kind, and so completely beautiful, that sometimes I wonder what I did to deserve you. I am so happy and thankful for these two years, but it's only just the beginning. I am eternally in love with you, and forever grateful for finding you, my soul mate. Happy Anniversary Babe.
Peace Love and Love
These pictures are from the first time I worked at a Chinese orphanage, back in 2008. It was when I came more to terms with my desire to adopt a baby from a Chinese orphanage! It is soo sad seeing all these babies that have been cast aside, and I just realized how much I wanted to help them! Now it is a very prominent item on my "Things I Want to Do Before I Die" List.
Peace Love and Sharing Love
Right now I am sitting here trying to decide how to start this post. Should I start by telling you all the things I've done since I've been here? Or about all the food I've eaten, the people I've met, or the different places I've stayed at? Hmmm, I think no. I'll save all that fun stuff for later. I think I'm going to let you guys have (yet another) peek into my soul. I have only been gone for 12 days, and already this trip has changed everything. Take a peek into what I wrote in my journal after only 4 days of being here. "I could not have imagined that coming back here would be this hard. I knew it would be emotional for sure, and it has been-but what I didn't think about, was how difficult it would be to be back in this place, knowing it is no longer my home. I walk the streets, ride the buses, eat the food, and speak the language, but all of that feels completely different when you don't live here. When this was my home, I had an apartment. I went to school, went to work, went to band practice. I hung out with friends, had daily chores and duties to attend to. Now I feel like a tourist. Most of my friends have moved away; moved on to other cities, other countries, other lives. This city is full of 8 million people, but to me, it feels like a ghost town. Nothing here has changed, but everything has changed. It feels like the same place, but it no longer feels like home. To me, this realization is both a blessing, and completely heartbreaking. For three years, I have been pining for this place. So much so, that I have missed a lot that has been right in front of me while in America. I now realize, that this chapter in my life, is closed. And it has been closed for some time, but I have just been unable, or unwilling to accept that. I realize now that this trip was not just for fun, and to see Xi'an again, but to help me get closure. Closure that until right now, I didn't even know I needed! Yes, I miss this place greatly, but I realize now that I need to let it go. Acknowledge that it was an incredible 2 years that I am eternally grateful for, and then let it go. I will always have the memories, and the love, but I need to move on. I don't know what the future holds, but I don't want to live in the past either. I need to just worry about enjoying the present. I no longer live in China, and I don't know if or when I will again, but I now know that I can't spend my life worrying about that, or living in the past. I have a wonderful family, amazing boyfriend that I can't live life without, great friends, and a life in America. So that is what I will be focusing on now. It is sad that it took me three years to figure this all out, but I will forever be grateful to this trip, for helping me come to this realization. I will forever treasure this city, and the time I had here, but I am now ready to move on."
Peace Love and Epiphonies
Six years ago when I first started telling people that I was moving to China, I got all kinds of mixed reactions, but the most prominent one, was that of worry. People told me that I was crazy to move to such a dangerous place; I was only 20 years old, I didn't speak the language, and I had never been there before! But I knew what I wanted to do, and told people just that. So fears, doubts, and doubters aside, I went. And as you all know, I fell head over heels in love with the country, and would name it as one of the best decisions of my life.
This post is about fear, and not letting it control your life. We have such a short time on this earth, that if we don't do certain things just because of fear, then we WILL miss out on so much!
The reason I wanted to talk about fear today, is because apparently, I picked a very bad time to visit China! All the panic about North Korea has been surfacing lately, and I have a 17 hour layover in South Korea, and am going to try to venture outside of the airport to explore! And just this morning, my Uncle was telling me about the new outbreak of Bird Flu in China! It has JUST surfaced about a week ago, and has killed a couple of people already.
So with all of this ringing in my head, and people telling me they can't believe I'm going to go there, I have two options; 1. Go. 2. Stay home. And I think all of you know that I am choosing option number 1. You might think I'm crazy, you probably do! But that dosen't bother me. What WOULD bother me, is sitting in Ohio the rest of my life, never going anywhere, never doing anything, because I am so completely paralyzed by fear. Yes, of course I am a bit anxious about the bird flu. Yes, I am a little worried about exploring South Korea by myself (especially not knowing the language), and yes, I usually get a little nervous about flying, but I am NOT going to let my worries and fears stop me from doing what I want to do!!! And you shouldn't either!
I am not saying that when you push through your fears, and live out your dreams, that scary stuff won't happen to you. IT WILL! For example; When I moved to China, I got stranded in Beijing! My flight from Chicago got delayed, so I missed my connecting flight from Beijing to Xi'an (the city I was moving to), and couldn't get a flight out of Beijing until the next day! I did not know the language, had never even BEEN to China before, and I had to somehow find a hotel, transport myself, and all my belongings I was moving with, to that hotel, and then make it back to the airport in the morning to catch my flight. I was TERRIFIED. But somehow, and to this day I don't even know how, but somehow, I managed to do all of that. Was I completely scared out of my mind? Yes, I was! But when situations like that happen, it shows you exactly what kind of a person you are, and thanks to that scary situation, and plenty of others, I know how strong of a person I am, and I love it!
During my time in China I also survived an earthquake, had a man try to force his way into
my apartment, and was living there when the Swine Flu outbreak hit China. All of these things, and more, I survived. They were terrifying, and several times I thought I was going to die, but I survived. That is what I'm trying to say here. Fear is a part of life. Scary, life-threatening situations, are a part of life! Whether you go backpacking across Europe, or stay sitting in your house doing nothing, bad things can happen! So why not go out and enjoy life?!!
Now, after saying all that, I do not want you to use this as an excuse to go out and be stupid! You HAVE to use common sense! You HAVE to be smart and be careful! Know your limits! Do research before you go and do something! This world IS a VERY scary and dangerous place! So do NOT go out into it thinking that you are invincible and nothing can happen to you! It CAN and it WILL! You just have to be prepared as much as you are able to!
It may seem like I just go out and do whatever I want to, not worrying about what could happen, but that's not true! I try to be as prepared, and safe, as possible! I always do research before going anywhere, so I know kind of what to expect. It also helps to know some self defense, or even just common sense, quick thinking, and the willingness to stand up for yourself (when a man tried to break into my apartment, he followed me up to my apartment, and when I went inside and tried to close the door, he stuck his foot in the door and then tried to push it open. I let go of the door, letting it open, shoved him as hard as I could, and when he stumbled backwards, closed and locked the door). Sometimes you just need to have faith in yourself (and carrying a pair of brass knuckles [like I started doing after that], helps too!:P)
If I had listened to my fears, and the fears of others(!), I would have NEVER gone to China! I would have just stayed in Ohio my whole life, feeling bored and restless! I never would have discovered my passion for the Chinese language, and for the country of China! I would have never got to work in an orphanage, visit The Great Wall of China, modeled, rode a horse up the side of a mountain, or seen the Olympic torch being passed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics! I definitely wouldn't have traveled to 15 different countries! And lastly, if I would have let fear run my life, I would never had experienced the freedom, joy, love, friendship, and LIFE that most people can only dream about!!!
I want all of that to inspire you. What I want you to do right now, is get out a piece of paper, and write down this ONE question.
1. What do I want to do SO BAD, but haven't, because of fear?
Now answer it. Sit and think. If fear were not an option, what would you want to do? Write down your answers.
Next, I want you to take a good look at your answer.
Now GO DO IT!!!
*Please let me know what your answers are! I would looove to see them! Leave them in a comment below!
Peace Love and Courage
The winds of change are coming around, I can feel it. I can sense it, just as you can sense a storm is coming; the eerie stillness, the look of the sky, and the warm sticky feel of the air. All these things have been happening, and now, the wind is coming. The at first calm, and almost unnoticeable breeze, that slowly circles its way around you, and then, before you even know what's happening, becomes the chilling wind that howls and whirls, announcing that the storm has begun! The storm has begun, and there's nothing you can do but quickly take shelter! And you know, that once the storm has passed, things will never be the same...
I can tell, that this chapter of my life, of me living in Ohio, is about to close (for now at least, I'm sure I'll be back sometime, but if and when that happens, it will be a brand new chapter!). I've known for some time that this was coming, much like when you know that the winds are about to start. And now, the wind has started!
I've been wanting to leave Ohio for a while now. When I moved back from China 3 years ago, I ADORED Ohio! I was so happy to be back; I got to be with my family, and I had SUCH an amazing time! The first year of being back, I was in bliss, and ever since then, life has slowly got too comfortable, too predictable, and too boring. Now don't get me wrong, I still love Ohio, and I still manage to have fun, but this is the longest I've been in one place since I graduated high school eight years ago! A couple months ago, I just knew that something had to change. Now, ever since getting back from the cruise (about a month ago), that feeling has manifested itself more than ever before! In this last month, so many things have been telling me that it is time:
One of the things I have slowly realized, is that Ohio people (for the most part) are not kind. They are not the kind of people I need to surround myself with; to help me grow, help me become a better person, and share in my journey with! I have been realizing how toxic and poisonous an environment most of the people are around here! In the different countries and states I have been to, total strangers have treated me with more kindness and respect than some people I know around here!
Me and the boyfriend have been thinking for a couple months, that we want to move to California the beginning of 2014. We both feel that we are meant for something more, and that we need to get out of Ohio (he's wanted to leave Ohio his whole life and has never got to)! For me, this feeling is getting stronger and stronger with each passing day.
I'm not meant for the cold, chilling winter days of Ohio, the cold shoulders of angry, bitter Ohioans, and the ugly barren Ohio winter landscape. I was meant for more. My body longs for more. And that's what I am going to get.
For now, I am just going to keep meditating, listening to my instincts, and listen to what my being is telling me.
I am very excited to see where the winds of change take me...
*Thank you so much for reading, especially when I write such personal stuff like this. Thank you for being there for me and rooting me on, and remember that I am here for you, rooting you on in your journey! Please like this and share, thank you so much darlings!*
Peace Love and Change
In the beginning of 2013, we all figured out what we wanted to accomplish this year, and wrote down those goals. We're a month into the new year already, so I wanted to just take a couple minutes to look at our goals. See how our goals are coming along, what we are on track for, and what we need to work on! Get out the piece of paper your goals are on, and take a look at it.
Here are my goals for 2013:
Now go through each goal individually, and write down how you're doing on each one.
Here are mine:
*Make $13,000(and all my other financial goals)
Work has been really slow lately, and my hours have been getting cut, so I now need to sit down and figure out my finances.
*Do Yoga 3 times a week
Doing pretty good! I went to a class (it was AWESOME), have been using the Yoga Dvd my sister got me for Christmas, and if I don't do any of those, I'll usually do a couple poses before bed. I feel so flexible, and hopefully by the end of this year I'll be able to cross off #17 on my TIWTDBID List; be able to do a split!
*Drink 5 cups of water a day
Doing this! It was kinda hard at the beginning, but it's getting easier! And I feel great doing this!
*Eat 1 tbs of coconut oil a day
I've been really good at doing this!
*Eat healthier, homemade food
This is one I definitely need to work on.
*Stay just as happy with my boyfriend as we are now
Not done yet. Still trying.
*10,000 pageviews in one month
The month of January I had 5,000 views. So I need to double this number by the end of the year!
*Find a place to sell my crafts
Still working on it.
*Get my band started up again
Were having our first band practice of the year when I get back from the cruise!
*Study Chinese 3 times a week
Need to do this!
*Give $456 to Compassion
Right on track. I give $38 every month, so by the end of the year I will have $456.
*Buy jewelry from Eden
*Go on a cruise to the Bahamas
*Go to China or India
Still working on this!
*Go to Abbey Road on the River in Kentucky
So far on schedule.
*See my brother's band play two times
I've seen his band play once already, only one more time! I'll most likely go during the summer.
After you've done all that, if you've added or changed any of your goals, now is the time to write those in! I changed my former goal of 'save $500 for California' to 'save $1,000 for California', and I've added 'Do a split' to my Learning/Development Goals. So I have added those on the piece of paper that holds my 2013 Goals (That is hanging up in my room [this is actually very helpful for reminding yourself what goals you want to accomplish, and what you need to do daily to accomplish those]).
I am not going to be doing a Goals Update every month, because that is not necessary, but If you want to do it, feel free! I'll be doing another update after a couple months, and after we write down all our goals and how we're doing on them, then we'll take time to figure out what we need to keep doing, and what we need to change to stay on track for our goals!
Peace Love and Goals
(Me in a village in Vanuatu)
Who dosen't want to change the world? As the Beatles beautifully put it, "You say you want a revolution well, you know we all want to change the world...You say you got a real solution well, you know we'd all love to see the plan..."
It's not just enough to just WANT to change the world, you have to have a PLAN! Most people say that they want to change the world, and then they just sit there and don't do anything about it, because it is such a daunting task! So you HAVE to have a PLAN! Here is my plan, and I'm going to share it with all of you! I have here 12 very practical,(some)easy, holistic ways that YOU can make a difference in this world!
-Help change the life of a child in need.
Compassion International is an organization who's goal is to "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
With Compassion, you get to sponsor a child. When you sponsor a child, you can exchange letters and photos. You can even choose to visit the child you sponsor. You can change a child's life from one of hardship and loneliness to one of hope and meaning.
When you sponsor a child, you can give a boy or girl in need:
*Improved Health Care
*Food and shelter
Sponsoring a child through Compassion allows you to witness a miracle firsthand, following your child's growth as as he or she is nurtured to health, and educated.
The cost to sponsor a child is just $38 per month!
How YOU can help:
Sponsor a child! It's only $38 a month; which is just over a dollar a day! Everybody can afford a dollar a day! I've been sponsoring my child for seven years now, and I have loved every minute of it! His name is Mathias and he's from Tanzania. I started sponsoring him when he was 11, and during that time we have written numerous letters to each other, I've received his report cards from school (that he was able to attend because of my sponsorship), and pictures of him! My $38 a month has sent him to school to get a good education, got him healthcare that he needs (he lives in an hiv positive area), bought him food, and bought him shoes and clothing! This is an amazing, very simple and cheap way to help change the life of a child! Check out the website, look at the pictures of the children that need sponsoring, and decide for yourself.
-Help end sex trafficking and exploitation.
Eden Ministries is an organization who's mission is to "restore freedom for the captives of Asia's red light districts through holistic programs- transforming body, mind and spirit. Using their international jewelry business as a platform, they provide career and skill
training- empowering women for a new life and future. They continually innovate
prevention and outreach programs- transforming entire communities. Eden is a voice to the oppressed, a light to the darkness."
So basically, they take in women who want to get out of prostitution, who wouldn't have anywhere else to go, and give them a job making jewelry. Eden then sells the jewelry and all the money goes to the women. Jewelry making is pretty much the only way that the women can make almost as much as they did prostituting. That's a big reason why a lot of women don't leave prostitution, because in China, working wage is VERY low, especially compared to what they are used to making in prostitution. When I was in China I got to see this program first-hand. I got to meet the founder of the organization, and go to the apartment where the women were actually making the jewelry. This is an INCREDIBLE organization, and if you want to change the world, this is definitely a good place to start.
How YOU can help:
All you have to do is buy beautiful hand made jewelry! Each piece of Eden Jewelry is handcrafted by the women being restored to life in their shelters. Income from the sale of the jewelry goes directly to pay the women's salaries so you can be assured that your purchase is definitely making a difference. Each piece comes packaged with a story of a life that has been changed by Eden’s intervention. I got to buy several pieces of jewelry when I was at their offices, but I will definitely be buying more jewelry from their website. The jewelry is BEAUTIFUL, hand crafted, and makes a great gift! Visit their website and blog, it will really open your eyes to the world of human trafficking and exploitation.
(Me working at an orphanage in Xi'an, China)
-Adopt a child
I know this one isn't a simple way to change the world, but I think it is one of the most beautiful, selfless, BIGGEST way to change the world! I know that every country has children in orphanages awaiting adoption, but my heart breaks specifically for Chinese orphans, because China has a very special situation with its babies. China has a 'one child' policy that was implemented by the government in 1979, to control China's very large population from getting out of control. So the one child policy, along with China's traditional preference for boys (to carry on the family name and such), results in hundreds of thousands of girls, and babies with 'flaws' (albino, mentally disabled, physically disabled etc.) to be abandoned each year. Most orphanages are so under-funded, and under-staffed, that it is impossible to give the children all the love and care that they need! So when I had the opportunity to volunteer at a Chinese orphanage, I was thrilled! I got to feed the children, play with them, and give them love and attention that babies NEED. It also gave the workers at the orphanage a little break (these amazing women work EVERY single day, barely getting a break).
How YOU can help:
Adopt a child. I know that it is expensive and time consuming, but it is also life-changing, not only for the child whose life you saved, but also for you! #26 on my List of Things I Want to do Before I Die, is to adopt a baby. I hope with all my heart that by the time I am ready to do that, I will have the funds necessary.
Volunteer at an orphanage. Here is a good one, or do your research, and find one for yourself.
-Treat Mother Nature with love, kindness, and respect
This is a GREAT way to make a HUGE impact in this world! And it's not too hard!
How YOU can help:
Read my article on 9 Ways toPreserve Mother Nature.
(Me with a baby at an orphanage in Xi'an China)
-Love others unconditionally
This is a huge one. A very wise speaker by the name of Dean Sherman says, "Every problem in the world is a problem of wrong relationship... not loving...others and ourselves."
If you think about that, it is SO true! Think about every problem in the world. Where does it stem from? Not loving others or ourselves: Wars? Not loving others. Murders/violence? Not loving others. Suicide? Not loving yourself OR others. Overdosing on drugs? Not loving yourself.
How YOU can help:
Look for things you like about people, rather than things you don't like. Treat others with kindness and respect. Treat others how you want to be treated, and remember that we are all just people trying our best to live our lives.
-Love yourself unconditionally
This one can be tricky, but as I was saying above, is very important. If you don't love or respect yourself, you will always be thinking, "how can I help anybody, I'm not good enough."
How YOU can help:
No matter what your flaws, remember, everyone has flaws! Having flaws does not make you a bad person! Don't hate yourself because of these flaws. Learn to love and appreciate them (or if they're unproductive hurtful flaws, try your best to better yourself). Stop being so hard on yourself, learn to love yourself. You deserve it.
-Watch the Documentary Invisible Children
This documentary is a riveting, horrifying, eye-opening look at the exploitation of children in Uganda.
When I watched this documentary 7 years ago, it completely opened my eyes to the terror reigned over Uganda by the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army). They kidnap and use children for soldiers in their army, giving them guns and forcing them to kill and help further the LRA's takeover.
How YOU can help:
Go to their website.
Buy Sustain It Products
Watch the videos.
(A school in Vanuatu)
-Read the book "How to Be Compassionate; A Handbook for Creating Inner Peace and a Happier World." By His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
It changed my life.
(Me on top of a mountain in Fiji)
-Start Practising Yoga and Meditation.
When you practice yoga, it calms your mind, relaxes your thoughts, makes you happier,
and more at peace with yourself and the world. It is my belief, that if everyone were to practice yoga and meditation and be this happy, calm and at peace, we wouldn't have near as many fights, arguments, and bad feelings towards others. And this world would be a MUCH happier place.
How YOU can help:
You don't have to be a meditation master. Just start with a few minutes a day, sitting with your legs crossed, palms up resting on your knees in a dark, quiet room. Close your eyes, relax your body, focus on your breathing; breathing in through your nose, out through your mouth, and whenever your mind starts to wander and think about other things, slowly bring it back to your breathing. Focus on your breathing. You can start off with a couple minutes a day doing this, and work up to longer whenever you can.
Take a yoga class, or get a Yoga DVD. You will feel so much better about yourself, and so much better about the world.
(The village of Takara in Vanuatu)
-Buy "Fair Trade Certified" Goods.
From the Fair Trade Usa Website, "Fair Trade goods are just that. Fair. From far-away
farms to your shopping cart, products that bear our logo come from farmers and workers
who are justly compensated. We help farmers in developing countries build
sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities. We're a nonprofit, but
we don't do charity. Instead, we teach disadvantaged communities how to use the free
market to their advantage. With Fair Trade USA, the money you spend on day-to-day
goods can improve an entire community’s day-to-day lives."
How YOU can Help:
Go to the Fair Trade Usa's Website. Learn about fair trade. See how you can help.
Buy products that you would normally buy (coffee, clothing, tea, fruits, vegetables, spices),
from the website, or from stores that carry the Fair Trade Certified Label.
These are just some examples of how you can find every day items that are fair trade!
-Say Kind Words to People.
Look out for others, help them, say kind words to strangers, friends, and enemies.
(Me wearing a Sari given to me by this woman in Fiji)
I literally cry every time I read it.
*Let this inspire you. Go make your own plan for changing the world, then go change the world! Write your "Changing the World" Plan, leave it in the comments, and I might include it in my next "Changing the World Post"!*
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