Master’s student from Yale, Actor, Film Director, Oscar winner, Role model & Human redefining beauty for the “gatekeepers of beauty”.
+ “When we empower women, we empower communities, nations and the entire human family” ~ Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General.
For me International Women’s Day is still needed to motivate change, at home and abroad. Women and girls across the world are still subjected to horrific abuse, fear, and oppression.
Women give us life, having the power to create, nurture and transform.
I believe we should all be advocates for women’s advancement everywhere in every way.
We still have A LOT to get done before we can confidently say that women around the world are receiving equal rights and dignity. Women’s rights are Human Rights.
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women” ~ Maya Angelou (pictured)
Acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ at the 86th Academy Awards.
+ This. Love it.
It’s time to participate in opening your mind to the power of risk, vulnerability & possibility.
You decide. This is your moment.
This blog post is dedicated to my friend Trac. She recently said yes to the possibility of her inner truth. Profound.
+ “There’s something about the cosmic perspective, which for some people is enlightening and for other people it’s terrifying. For those who are terrified by it, they’re here on earth and they have a certain self-identity, and then they learn that earth is tiny and we’re in this void of interplanetary space and then there’s a star that we call the Sun and that’s kind of average and there’s a hundred billion other stars in a galaxy. And our galaxy, the Milky Way, is one of 50 or 100 billion other galaxies in the universe. And with every step, every window that modern astrophysics has opened to our mind, the person who wants to feel like they’re the center of everything ends up shrinking. And for some people they might even find it depressing, I assert that if you were depressed after learning and being exposed to the perspective, you started your day with an unjustifiably large ego. You thought more highly of yourself than in fact the circumstances deserved.
So here’s what you do: You say, “I have no ego at all.” Let’s start that way. “I have no ego, no cause to puff myself up.” Now let’s learn about the cosmic perspective. Yeah, we’re on a planet that’s orbiting a star, and a star is an energy source and it’s giving us energy, and we’re feeling this energy, and life is enabled by this energy in this star. And by the way, there’s a hundred billion other stars that have other planets. There might be other life out there, could be like us. It’s probably not like us, but whatever it is, it’d be fascinating to find out who it is. Can we talk to them? Can we not? Are they more advanced? Are they less advanced? By the way, the atoms of our body are traceable to what stars do.
And all you can do is sit back and bask in your relevance to the cosmos.
So those who see the cosmic perspective as a depressing outlook, they really need to reassess how they think about the world. Because when I look up in the universe, I know I’m small, but I’m also big. I’m big because I’m connected to the universe and the universe is connected to me” ~ Neil Degrasse Tyson (astrophysicist)
This passage speaks to one’s ego and its stubborn unwillingness to bask in the greater glory of our existence in something so much bigger then self.
Rather than wallow in our own self importance, our smallness, I encourage us all to focus on living a ‘selffull’ life, not one governed by selfish ways. Honour all things around us, raising your eyes and enlighten your heart and mind to the possibility of so much more.
We are all children of the universe. Impossible is truly possible. You decide.
+ Some days we need to stop, pause and reflect on the impact we have on the lives of people around us.
This is most humbling. It is a privilege for me to work with young people on a daily basis. They continue to provide great inspiration and oxygen for learning and living.
+ “Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only with what you are expecting to give — which is everything” ~ Katharine Hepburn in Me: Stories of My Life
Accept that many people have many ideas of what love is. Your idea is more then likely different from the next person’s. No doubt you have experienced love in many forms. Love exists regardless of the circumstances. Consider defining unconditional love to be that “Love just is”. There is so many ideas on this subject that one can just get lost in all of them. If love just is, then it is without any conditions.
This is my gift to a special friend of over 20 years, who is about to face a great challenge. My love for you is the friend that knows no boundaries. I’m always in your corner spruiking my unconditional love and sharing my positive energy with you and for you.
+ Three lessons for today’s youth:
1. LEARN from yesterday -
Develop a capacity to look back and reflect, enabling you to then look forward. Take kindly the counsel of the years. Honour the wisdom of those that came before you. Learn from their triumphs and their failings. And learn from your mistakes and trials and tribulations from your past.
2. LIVE for today -
Live life today. Human life is relatively short and each person has an obligation to fulfill their inner truth. The greatest loss is what dies inside you while you’re still alive, should you settle for a life of mediocrity. This is your life, and it is made up entirely of your choices. Be bold. Be courageous. Live a life you create for yourself.
3. HOPE for tomorrow-
Aspire to be more. Thinking and doing are two different things. Success never comes to look for you while you wait around thinking about it. You need to get up off the couch and move. Be brave enough to step up to the edge of the unknown, and listen to your heart. Visualize what tomorrow looks like, and harness the power of movement and action that is needed to realize your dreams.
This is your moment. You decide.
+ “Passion is a product of the heart. Passion is what helps you when you have a great dream. Passion breeds conviction and turns mediocrity into excellence! Your passion will motivate others to join you in pursuit of your dream. With passion, you will overcome insurmountable obstacles. You will become unstoppable” ~ Andy Andrews
Passion or being passionate is one of those characteristics that’s needed for a full life. You have within you, everything you need to unleash what burns deep inside. Staying inside our comfort zone is exactly that – comfortable – but you must look fear in the face to truly achieve success.
In my mind, being passionate about every aspect of your life is crucial to delivering great outcomes and your success in any area - your vocation, your friendships, your relationships - is often commensurate to how enthusiastic and committed you are.Friendships also require this level of commitment. Being passionately supportive is the area where most people fail to grow their friendships. Why? Because being supportive implies focusing on someone else for a time and some people don’t like this. I’m not saying you need to forget your needs and devote yourself entirely to others, but if your friend needs support you can choose to be there and help them. And if you do it passionately they will not forget it. Conversely if you don’t do it at all, they’ll eventually forget you.
This is your moment to get your heart racing, live with passion, with purpose and find a way to live a remarkable life. You decide.
"To live with purpose. To say the courageous thing. To celebrate the simple gift. To follow your dreams. This is a happy life" ~ Mayland Henry