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Intent Former Editor Chelsea Roff Gets “Best Shift Ever”

Chelsea Roff
Photo Credit: Chelsea Roff’s Facebook page

Good things happen to good people – that’s karmic belief. This week Intent’s former blog editor Chelsea Roff was the subject of Break.com’s “Prank it Forward” series where they surprise deserving individuals with life changing gifts.

For those that don’t know, Chelsea left Intent last year to pursue creating her own non-profit organization that shows the vital importance of yoga in eating disorder recovery. Chelsea herself suffered from extreme anorexia – at one point dropping to 58 pounds and caused her to have a stroke two weeks before her 16th birthday. She spent 18 months recovering under the custody of a Dallas hospital. When she was released her therapists suggested that yoga might be good for her – and it turned out to be a life changing experience.

To give back to the community that gave so much to her Chelsea started an IndieGoGo campaign last July that raised over $51,000 in four days. For those four days Chelsea camped out above the “You Are Beautiful” mural in Santa Monica, refusing to leave until she reached her goal. Now that money is going to fund research based studies in yoga studios and treatment centers around the country. To help get the funds to hire a full-time staff for the organization Chelsea has also been moonlighting as a waitress. Did we mention she’s only 24? Chelsea Roff is the definition of using your own talents and abilities – and the power of intent – to save the world. To reward her for all of her selfless good work, her friends and co-workers teamed up with Break.com to provide Chelsea with the best shift ever.

It starts off with a kind stranger leaving a ridiculously huge tip – that Chelsea insists on sharing with the rest of the wait staff. Then a free trip for two to Hawaii, followed up by Chelsea’s dream job where she’ll be able to use the work she’s been doing with Eat. Breathe. Thrive. in conjunction with a funded medical center. To top it off Chelsea was surprised with a brand new car and a visit from her very first yoga teacher that showed her so much about strength and being proud of your body and the space you inhabit.

We are so proud of Chelsea, who will always be a member of the Intent family, and all of the things she’s done. It’s such a wonderful thing to see her get the rewards she deserves for doing such amazing, wonderful work. Congratulations to Chelsea! You deserve it, girl. And we can only hope that Chelsea’s journey also inspires all of you to show the potential of setting an intent and following through with it. We really have the power to make meaningful change in people’s lives!

Learn how you can help Eat. Breathe. Thrive. or find one of Chelsea’s programs in a city near you here.

3 Things to Restore Your Faith in Humanity After the “Breaking Bad” Finale

You Deserve All Good Things... it's true!Unless you’ve been living under the proverbial rock you know that last night was the series finale of AMC’s mega-Emmy-winning meth lab hit “Breaking Bad.” Most likely you fit into one of two groups – the millions who have waited with baited breath in hopes that Walter White (Bryan Cranston) would redeem himself or the fewer of us who had to scroll past all the moaning in our Facebook and Twitter feeds that he never did.

Either way, the finale has been rough on all of us. But just because Walter never saw the light doesn’t mean that we should give up hope. Check out these awesome do-gooders and humanitarians that will help you remember there’s still people out there fighting the good fight, and why we should join them.

  • Though he plays a “hapless meth addict” on Breaking Bad, actor Aaron Paul (Jesse) used his notoriety and the show’s popularity to raise $1.8 million for his wife’s anti-bullying charity The Kind Campaign. Paul helped raise awareness for the charity by flying out two lucky winners to Los Angeles for last night’s finale, where they hung out with the entire cast and had a “cooking” session with Aaron himself. You can read more about it here and take it as proof that good can come out on top.
  • After years of trying different trades, a farmer’s son travels to Cambodia to see their rice farms and realizes his destiny in life. He finds peace in himself working his family’s farm, and that acceptance moves him to tears. Watch this touching video as he explains the transformation and how working the land is contributing to the larger circle of existence.

  • What would the world be like if we were all just a little bit kinder? That’s the question posed at the beginning of this video montage of random acts of kindness in 2012. It’s a few minutes long, but everything is there – from strangers buying other people’s groceries to people lending a hand during natural disasters. It’s sure to warm your heart over from all those devastated Walter feelings.

Even if you aren’t a fan of “Breaking Bad” we hope these videos help lift your mood today! If you have any videos or stories of people being good to each other share them in the comments below! 

How A Pumpkin Spice Latte is Changing the World

Screen shot 2013-09-29 at 10.32.32 PMOn the day she died Alyssa O’Neill asked her parents to take her to Starbucks to get a pumpkin spice latte. A few hours later the teenage girl died unexpectedly from an epileptic seizure. Two days after her funeral Alyssa’s parents went to Starbucks and ordered a pumpkin spice latte for everyone in the store – asking that the employees put Alyssa’s initials AJO on every cup.

The gesture has sparked a “pay it forward” global phenomenon. The local news, and then the internet, got word of what Alyssa’s parents had done and why. Soon after people began buying more pumpkin spice lattes for strangers, paying overdue invoices, and countless other good deeds tagged with #AJO.  Even NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino has tweeted his support of #AJO. Alyssa’s good will moniker has trended on Twitter and even made it’s way overseas. You can see how widespread the campaign has gotten on the AJO Facebook page.

Watch the video below of a touching tribute to Alyssa her high school did during their “AJO Night.”

Alyssa had been living with her epilepsy diagnosis for over a year when she died. She had plans to be a nurse when she grew up to help those afflicted with the same disease. While Alyssa’s death is a tragic loss, she is still inspiring others to help each other and make the world a better place.

Have you AJO’d anyone? Spread Alyssa’s positive message and your thoughts in the comments below! 

Good Deeds Day Launches in the U.S.

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.”
― Kahlil Gibran

Sunday, March 10, 2013 will be a day of celebrating good deeds. Good deeds done for us and the good deeds we do for others. Large or small, kindnesses of all kinds are welcome.

Good Deeds Day began in 2007 out of the vision of American-Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison. Arison is a leader who pours her wisdom and experience into everything she touches. Her many successful ventures demonstrate the viability of growing and maintaining a thriving business without sacrificing values.

In 2012 Arison was named by Forbes as one of the World’s Most Powerful Women. She’s using her power to “think good, speak good, and do good.”

Good Deeds Day has expanded exponentially since 2007, beginning with 2,000 participants and jumping to over 250,000 participants in 2012. Over 3,600 projects were organized for Good Deeds Day 2012, with 50 countries participating. Participants came up with meaningful, touching ways to take part depending on their time, skills, and circumstances.

Good Deeds Day 2013 takes place on March 10, 2013, and it’s an invitation to give of ourselves and to support our own humankind, which we are all a part of. When we act in love, kindness, and for the good of others and our earth, we are directly impacting our own inner happiness and peace.

In the words of the 14th Dalai Lama:

When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.

What goodness do you have to share? What unique talent or gift do you have? Can you offer a smile to everyone you meet? Can you speak kind words to five people? Can you donate your time?

Perhaps you’re thinking, What difference will I make?

I’ve often had the same thoughts. The world is so huge, and I am just one person. How could what I do or say possibly matter?

I started to reevaluate and shift this perspective some time ago because of the difference I began to notice in my internal and external worlds. When I gave good energy, a smile, or extended my hand or heart daily, I felt better. I was making a difference in my own life and in the lives of those I connected with.

I felt strongly that there was something to this concept, but it was only when I read Arison’s book, Activate Your Goodness, that I realized the true power we individually have to make a collective difference. Her vision is so broad and clear that it’s like I was traveling the path of doing good, not knowing where it would go, and someone came along and gave me a map.

Activate Your Goodness is that map. It’s an inspiring, practical, and enjoyable read. You will be amazed at the sheer number of ways you can do good in your life that you never realized before.

Through the book I learned about Goodnet, a site that connects people with initiatives. It puts doing good within your reach (literally as far as your keyboard). It lets you choose to connect with an initiative or cause you love. Something that matters to you and that’s suited for your circumstances. It’s full of inspiration and examples of how people worldwide are making a big difference in small ways.

Learning about Shari Arison’s work, intention, and unique philosophy made me want to learn a little more about her and her vision. She graciously answers my questions here:

What do you envision for Good Deeds Day 2013?

Good Deeds Day 2013 is the beginning of an even bigger force of Good in the years to come. We already see how the circles have grown. From year one, seven years ago, when I started the initiative, 7,000 people in Israel came out to do a good deed.

Growing every year, more than 370,000 people, in Israel came out to do a good deed and thousands more in 50 countries worldwide. In Britain, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, Russia, Chile, Moldavia and more. Good Deeds Day is based on partnerships, and each year more and more people go out on this day to give of themselves and do good deeds for the benefit of others, more partnerships are created with businesses, organizations, and communities who engage in doing good projects, and more people join my social platform Goodnet.org to share opportunities to do good. Each year the circles of good grow more in the world, as Good Deeds Day becomes a national and international tradition of giving.

This year, 2013, we see more and more individuals, organizations from countries around the world wanting to join in because of its simple idea which crosses all borders young and old, all cultures and neighbors, all wanting to do good. So as you can see 2013 is just the beginning.

I love how you say, in regards to protests, that you encourage people to talk about what they are “for” instead of what they are “against.” Can you expand on this concept a little and why it’s so important?

What we focus on expands; we need to start focusing on Good. Thinking Good, Speaking Good and Doing Good. Our future is collective; therefore, it is important to understand what we want as individuals and as a collective like health, happiness, peace, prosperity and find the solutions that will bring us to the collective future that we all hope and pray for.

What are the kindest words or actions you’ve ever received?

People who have written or approached me and told me that I made a difference in their lives and that difference has encouraged them to pass it forward.

I believe that each individual has a role to play and together we can make a huge difference, so when I see or hear that I touched someone in such a profound way that they join in creating a better world, that touches my heart more than almost anything.

Here’s how to participate in Good Deeds Day:

  • Choose your good deed from a good deeds list or create your own here.
  • If you’re an organization or company, you can launch a Good Deeds Day project here and a Good Deeds Day representative will get in touch with you to help arrange it.

The book release of Activate Your Goodness will coincide with Good Deeds Day 2013, on Sunday, March 10. It’s a book that will restore your faith in humanity, reveal your potential, and remind you that the time for kindness is now.

We are all in this world together. Choose to “think good, speak good, and do good” in your life however you can and whenever you can. Choose every day to light up your life and the lives of others. Be the wave of kindness that sends ripples in every direction.

Give without expecting to receive. It will likely be the most fulfilling thing you’ll ever do.

photo credit: Shari Arison

The Incredible Smugness Of Those Who Do Nothing

Over 100 years ago, Theodore Roosevelt gave his famous "Man In The Arena" speech in Paris. He was identifying a trait of mankind that has existed essentially forever where those who don’t do critique and complain about those who do. TR, of course, was proclaiming this long before the avalanche of new media made the media mushroom cloud that explodes on someone who is trying to do well so much larger and so much overwhelming.

These days, the criticism of those who do try by those who don’t even try is mind-boggling loud. It can be loudest when the issue is of a celebrity or someone who is well known trying to do something to make the world a better place. Almost as the person opens his voice, the cries of those who do nothing begin to roar.

I find the incredible smugness of those who do nothing to be, frankly, disgusting. Time and time again I have seen it, on the work of our clients. I, however, salute those who try even if their attempts are imperfect, even if they fail, because they try and we should salute them. As John F Kennedy said, paraphrasing Luke, "To those whom much is given, much is expected.

In the United States, there are thousands, tens of thousands of people who have made enormous massive sums of money or achieved an incredible level of fame. Instead of criticizing Leonardo DiCaprio when he uses his celebrity to drive awareness of the environment, why don’t we call out the movie stars of his level that simply take the money and hide out in the Hollywood Hills? Instead of criticizing Bono for his tireless work on behalf of those less fortunate in Africa, why don’t we criticize the other rock stars who have never done anything for everyone?

What has happened to our society when trying to help those are less fortunate is ripe for criticism? Do we really raise our children by saying don’t help others, and make sure you mock those that do?

So I salute anyone who tries. Who stands up and takes the bullets and the cheap shots, the snide remarks and the shakes of the heads. Or better yet as TR said:

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds, who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory or defeat"

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