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Set Your Intents By Finding Your Passion

As you can see, we are already hard at work at making 2014 the Year of Intent. Mallika wrote a blog post about what makes a good intent and how to write it, but how do you find out what your soul desires?

In our experience setting intents from a place of passion greatly increases your odds to stay motivated to manifest your intent. Do you know what your passion is? For some people it’s simple but for a lot of us that question can be kind of complicated. Maybe we know what area interests us – like writing or fitness or helping people, but we aren’t sure how to refine that into one coherent intent. Or maybe you’re still searching for that thing that makes you happy to get up in the morning.

If the latter is the case try asking yourself a few simple questions: In your free time what are you most often doing? Try describing your perfect day to yourself. What are your hobbies? What sort of things make you feel relaxed and at peace? It could be that your great passion is something you’ve never tried before, but exploring the things in your life that make you happy right now are the key to finding your path. If your perfect day includes a lot of being outside then maybe you’re passionate about nature and the environment. Were you doing something like a hike? Then maybe you should consider an intent to hike a challenging trail or to increase your stamina to hike further than you have before. Did your perfect day involve curling up somewhere and catching up on all the reading you’ve been meaning to do? Set an intent to finish the stack of novels by your bed. Or be adventurous enough to try writing one of your own. Maybe your perfect day would be spent with some mystery person that makes you feel special. Set an intent to date more or be more social! Intents can be about anything and can help you reach any goal for yourself. Follow the good feels and you’ll know when you’ve hit the right spot.

Found your area? Great. How do you refine that to a specific intent? It can be overwhelming when you think of all the things you want to accomplish and narrowing it down may seem like an insurmountable task. Take a moment to think. When setting your intent, be brave. Your inner self already knows what it wants, you just have to listen. Don’t be quick to talk yourself out of an intent or a certain goal by saying you can’t get there before you even begin. (On the flipside, don’t create a situation for yourself that really is impossible because you will only be met with the frustration of failing your own expectations. And that sucks.) Be ambitious, but realistic. And remember, we’re here to support you.

If you need a little motivation to remember how awesome you are and your true potential, check out this video. It was created as a response to Nash Grier’s “What Guys Look For in Girls” video, but without the context it’s an inspiring set of words for anyone.

What’s your passion? Tell us in the comments below! 

photo by: AlicePopkorn

The Spiritual Journey of Crowd-funding

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 4.59.02 PMEveryday I wake up and count my blessings. I’m grateful to have a roof over my head, food in the fridge, and most importantly, I am breathing. This month there was additional energy swirling around me and Go Inspire Go (GIG).

As many of you know, Go Inspire Go embarked on our 50/50 crowd funding journey 36 days ago. We’re on a quest to uncover 50 everyday heroes in 50 states. We are about 85% of the way to our $25,000 goal with just 4 days to go!

Over a year ago, my board members Marcia and Connie planted the seed about crowd-funding and waited for me to say ‘GO’. We chose Indiegogo for our 50/50 campaign.

With more than 40+ volunteers on this campaign, I confidently assumed, “we got this.” Connie, our campaign cheerleader organized and managed us with spreadsheets galore. We were ready!

IMG_8242Pre-planning meetings included: generating buzz with social media, examining case studies, e-mail outreach to schools, artists nonprofit organizations, design elements which included a handful of technical/design friends who helped with the title animation and logo for our video. And of course, many iterations of our campaign video. This took more than 100 hours to produce.

No one could predict what happened after we launched… One of our volunteer’s grandmother passed away. She rushed to Los Angeles to plan the funeral. Another volunteer spontaneously collapsed in the bathroom, slamming her face into a metal shelf as she became unconscious and another volunteer had two surgeries followed by her apartment flooding.

What was going on?!

You know that saying, all things come in 3’s. Not true. I got a call from my cousin in Michigan, who told me her mom passed way from lung cancer. Coincidentally, I got another a call from a close childhood friend, who told me her mom (whom I consider family) was battling the late stage of lung cancer too. Whaaat? I. Need. Time. To. Process…
I had a campaign to run, videos to shoot and blogs push out. Throw into the mix six classes to teach and grading.

You know the saying, “challenges are here to teach you something?” Even though I always try to look for the silver lining, I’ve spent all month wondering what this was supposed to teach me. Just a glimmer, please?

IMG_3474Today, I got it.

For me, the GIG campaign goal was to raise awareness, consciousness and inspire action. It ended up being much more – this has been a spiritual journey. If you look at my gratitude journal, you’ll see that a constant theme or mantra is “I feel supported.”

This platform allowed my team and me to create and organize a movement and to encourage everyone I care for to use their power, in any way, to help make their community a better place. As long as I have the support of my team and viewers like you I can continue supporting the community heroes we feature. I’ve been working tirelessly with a team of 60-80 volunteers for the past 4 years on pieces of the puzzle: production of videos and blogs, design elements, and searching for ways to make this a sustainable long lasting, impactful vessel that serves people like you.

But this is why we do what we do:

 People like Michael Fullam, a 50/50 donor who recently reached out to tell me that GIG has helped him feel hopeful in a time of hopelessness – this on the heels of his mother’s recent death.

 People like Ron Holt, a GIG hero, who is on a crusade to inspire equality around the world through his unique research about the biology of sexuality and his message of authenticity. People have reached out to Ron telling him they’re glad to have come across the video and hear his message because it saved their lives. Another viewer came out to Ron and for the first time came to terms and accepted with an authentic self.

A viewer wrote to Ron:

My name is (removed) I am a young gay male (17), I have not been at any of your conferences, but I did see your video on youtube, and would like to personally thank you! I wish someone like you came and told me that being gay is okay alot sooner then I found out. I told my mother I was gay at 15 and I have been living alone since then working full time all because I was gay something so small can really change the way people view you! So thank you very much for helping and educating other on this problem of gay hate I really do appreciate it!

And people like YOU, who email, comment and share our content.

This is just the tip of the impact we’ve created. I could have never imaged when I started this little idea in 2009. Our videos and blogs show the world that YOU can make a difference both big and small. We just want you to GO … get inspired … and GO do it!

 There’s nothing more gratifying than being able to give someone the gift of awareness of their own power and ability to give back. Simply put JOY. 

Every minute we have in the day is a opportunity for us to share our gift of joy.

It seemed that every time a barrier was presented to us, there was an invisible ladder, a rope, a helping hand. Just like miracles, we don’t always see them, but I know we feel them – if we are present (and focus on our breath).

Miracles during this 50/50 journey:

1. We are more than 85% away from our goal. We have 4 days left. Please donate and share like crazy!

2. More people have joined our campaign, we started with about 10 and now we have 40+ volunteers

3. Wize Commerce will donate $5,000 to our campaign and are developing a Corporate Challenge from local companies to donate and inspire volunteerism amongst their team

4. Pollination Project will give our first hero featured a $1,000 seed grant

5. Despite all that has happened to our team, we are still breathing

For those of you who have donated, reached out to your network to share our message and all the social media followers that have liked us, we wish there was a ‘LOVE’ button for you all.

And to my amazing team, THANK YOU for all the hard work and love and for pushing me to be a better person and leader!

P.S. Want to learn more about our journey leading up to this 50/50 campaign? Check out our special 50/50 blog posts!

Autism & The Robin Hood Lego Campaign



Autism & The Robin Hood Lego Campaign

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a persons lifetime. It is part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls. Autism impairs a persons ability to communicate and relate to others. It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such a obsessively arranging objects or following specific routines. Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe. All of these disorders are characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills and social abilities, and also repetitive behaviors.
( http://www.worldautismawarenessday.org )
In 2004 at the age of 6, my son was diagnosed with high-functioning Autism. With the assistance of myself, teachers, para-educators, and speech therapy, he has been able to progress academically in school. 
However, he continues to struggle socially. 
It’s heartbreaking to watch your child, year after year, struggle to make friends, never invited to birthday parties, and be taunted because he is different.
Like many people with Autism, he enjoys activities that he can control, make repetitive, and organize. He was once singularly obsessed with the constant manipulation of objects like modeling clay, or the organization of baseball cards.
While these activities were a source of comfort to him, I saw no evidence that they benefited him socially. My desire is to find ways to teach him and help him to make friends.
Only in recent months have I noticed how much more at ease my son is when he is playing with Legos. It’s also one of the few activities he and his younger sister will play together. The simple act of watching my two children play together peacefully, is such a rare occurrence, its like the sun on my heart.
Since hes been playing more frequently with Legos, Ive noticed he is able to simply play, and talk to his sister. He also no longer engages in the mild-self mutilation habit of chewing of his index fingers as a subconscious reaction to stress.
In my ongoing research into Autism, I wondered if Lego play would benefit other children with Autism. The shape, color, texture, etc., of many toys are designed based on their attraction and benefit to the children who play with them.
I recently discovered the concept of Lego Therapy that had been developed by Dr. Daniel LeGoff 15 years ago. http://www.thecnnh.org/LEGO.html
Since my Autism research began in 2004, I had not once come across the mention of Lego Therapy until now. It was offered in a structured environment led by trained individuals. Currently, there are no structured Lego Therapy groups offered in the state of Washington where we live. The Lego play that my son engages in, is casual and has been beneficial to his social development.
Treatments and therapies for Autism have a higher success rate when started as early as possible. I wondered how much my son could have been helped had I introduced Lego Therapy to him earlier in his life.
In convincing the LEGO company to create Robin Hood themed legos, I believe this will cast a brighter media spotlight on the issue of Autism Awareness. The Robin Hood Lego Campaign is not for profit or merely about the introduction of a new toy in relation to the 2010 film Robin Hood. The primary goal of the campaign is awareness of Autism, and Lego Therapy. It is my hope that all who take the time to read about the campaign will not only be more aware of the prevalence of Autism internationally, but also consider the ideas of Lego Therapy, and simple Lego play and their possible benefits to children on the Autism Spectrum.
Please take a moment to sign the online petition. http://www.petitiononline.com/RHLC4688/petition.html
All signatures and shows of support are greatly appreciated.
Rose Wade
The Robin Hood Lego Campaign
Until lambs become lions. 



Girls Unite

 Modern philanthropy has seen some bold moves of late.  Thank you, Mr. Buffett.  Blessing to Bill and Melinda Gates.  But, remember the first billion-dollar bombshell?  Over a decade ago, Ted Turner got fired up about the United States owing over a billion dollars to the United Nations.  So, he wrote a check to cover our country’s debt and started what is surely one of the most effective models of individual, business, NGO and government partnership – The United Nations Foundation (UNF). 

Today, June 1, marks another historic moment with the launch of a new global UNF campaign: Girl Up.  Girl Up rallies American girls to step up and become the next generation of impact philanthropist and empowerment activists. At their own online community http://www.GirlUp.org, girls in this country will get inspired by and educated about the stories of some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.  Easy, engaging tools motivate them to give a “High Five” to girls around the globe.  It doesn’t take much – donating $5, telling 5 friends, learning 5 facts – to make a big impact.  A movement of High Fives across American will provide girls who share their dreams with basic needs like access to school supplies, clean water, life-saving health services, safety from violence and more.   

Do I want my daughter to know that she has the power to touch the lives of the 600 million adolescent girls living in developing countries for the better?  You bet I do. That’s exactly what this is all about:  girls standing up for themselves.  The next Ted Turner may live in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia or Evanston, IL.  Think what they will accomplish together, when they join forces.   

Please watch & share. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NknKIl96l84 

Learn more, join us at GirlUp.org.


Security is a Made Up Concept With No Root in Reality

With the non-stop news about how unstable the world is, this is a great time to look at how security is marketed to the public.

Security doesn’t exist.  I hate to be the one to break it to you, but it simply is a made up concept.  If you don’t believe me talk to people who used to live in New Orleans or Galveston. 

If they don’t convince you talk to the white collar executives who have lost their careers over the last 10 years through mergers and acquisitions and outsourcing.  If you need more evidence then have a chat with anyone holding investments in the stock market today.

I knew a Buddhist teacher once who told a story about visiting Tibet.  He was trying to explain the concept of insurance to Tibetans and it wasn’t possible.  They don’t have words in their vocabulary for it and they see the world as ever-changing in surprising ways.  They laughed at the idea of paying money to try to prevent unsuspecting events from occurring.

Insurance is a made up product in the West to make us feel like we can prepare for surprises.  If you’ve ever tried to get paid on an insurance claim, especially health insurance, you know how the security you thought you were paying for may not have been there when you needed it.  It’s still worth having certain kinds of insurance, but realize that it can only help to a limited degree.

Although unpaid medical bills have been the leading cause of bankruptcies in America for years, many of those filers had health insurance that they thought would totally cover them, but it didn’t.  This is one of many examples of how we fool ourselves into pretending that security exists.

You’re seeing how security is marketed to us in the presidential election.  Politicians are infamous for campaigning on how they’ll fix our problems and protect us from harm only to go back on the promises once they’re elected. 

In fairness, many of them probably have good intentions and are twarted by the political processes, but none the less, they market security and don’t deliver.  It’s not their fault, it’s simply not possible to control the future.

It’s helpful to notice how you act and react to the idea of being secure.  Our DNA has us wired to seek it out though it’s elusive.  Knowing that you’re human and this wiring for security is your make up, what can you do to not be swayed by marketing and promotions that play on that fear of the unknown?

Maybe just being aware that insecurity is a constant in life is enough to help you to be a smarter consumer when you’re being sold a product, service, idea or belief rooted in making you feel more secure.  Then you can choose to not worry about the things that are naturally out of your control.