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The Real You April 21, 2010

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If you only knew who you really are, you’d be starstruck…
-Victoria Moran

I watched a feautured video by The Body Image Project on the Afrolicious blog. Perfect timing, as I was working on my next post about Confidence.

I am changing my mind about my body. I used to be extremely critical of my physical self. I knew who I was, I loved myself but the world kept telling me that I was not acceptable and I accepted what the world kept telling me. But, if I need to be free then I must know who I am, love who I am, accept who I am and embrace who I am.

This is where I’m coming from:

This is where I’m going:

Illuminate! April 19, 2010

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Been gone for a bit. Super busy. But I’m back in action. Kicking off the week with this group of young Africans taking a stand on sustainability and environmental well being  in Africa.

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In-deed! April 9, 2010

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Our Elders

I absolutely LOVE elders. They have so much to teach and so much to share. Two of our most valuable sources of wisdom (Common Sense): children and elders, yet they are outrageously devalued and neglected in our society. The time to reconnect is severly past due.

Don’t have a senior in your life? Check out the West Oakland Senior Center or visit your city’s official website for centers in your area.

DIY Philanthropy April 8, 2010

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Everyday example: Angolan women selling the very fish that they caught.  Photo from Every Cutlure

DIY: Do It Yourself; Philanthropy: goodwill to fellowmen; especially : active effort to promote human welfare.

In an earlier post I mention the concept of personalizing progressive change. What does that look like for the ordinary teenager in Oakland, CA or Brooklyn, NY? How does an immigrant taxi driver or a local mechanic activate change? Why would a young professional want to activate change?

It would be safe to assume that most people don’t want to see the world around go down in flames. We all would benefit from a world where violence, oppression, poverty and environmental hazard were obsolete. So why is this change that many of us want to and need to see so daunting, depressing and demobilizing?

Philanthropy has often been seen as a concept accessible only to the financially wealthy. However, time and time again I have witnessed the greatest forms of philanthropy, based on the definition above, performed by those within the communities affected – those “ordinary” people doing extraordinary things.

Key Steps in DIY Philanthropy

1. Personalizing – Looking within your own home and stepping outside of your doorstep to discover where you can make a change.

2. Holism – Seeing the world as holistic.  When evaluating your personal change, one must evaluate their whole life: Do you recycle? How do you speak to your children? How do you treat people? What do you do for entertainment? What sort of foods do you eat? Where do you get your food? We change our lives, we change our world but one step at a time.

3. Sharing – The idea is to serve your journey while serving the journey of others. We all need each other to move forward, so it is imperative to share your journey, whether it is with your children, your neighbor, your friends, your community, etc.

4. Sustainability – A good thing is no good if it cannot be sustained. Be open to evolving good methods in order to sustain it, that is, maintaining the foundation that works but improving/tweaking as the methods that don’t as times change.

Illuminate! April 5, 2010

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Africans in Asia April 1, 2010

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