Happy Wowday

“Halloween gives you permission to dress up. April Fool’s, a chance to play a prank.

What if there was one day of the year where you had permission to do things that made people say, “wow.”

Acts of generosity or bravery or insight…

What if you focused and practiced and got your nerve up and leaned way over the edge, just one day of the year? If you could get out of your comfort zone for a few hours in a way that benefitted and delighted people you care about, what would that look and feel like?

Today might be your wowday.

Or tomorrow.

Up to you.”

(BY SETH GODIN)

#WithSyria

On the 6th March 2011 in the Syrian town of Daraa, fifteen children
were arrested and tortured for painting anti-authoritarian graffiti.
The protests that followed their detention led to an outbreak of violence
across the country that would see a domestic uprising transform into a
civil war displacing 9.3 million people from their homes.

# WithSyria

TOMS COFFEE

TOMS Founder Black Mycoskie introduces his latest social venture TOMS Roasting Co. and cafe. Following his original one for one mission every one bag of coffee sold will provide one week of clean water or one cup of coffee purchased at his cafes will provide one days worth of clean water.

Starbucks…Schmarbucks…

Get your bag of coffee and provide a weeks worth of clean water here.

PostSecret Out Loud

I discovered PostSecret at a book store in Disney World several years ago and it was love at first sight.

For those that don’t know PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.

They’ve recently launched the new project PostSecret: Out Loud

Lend your voice to the PostSecret: Out Loud project.

“Often, the simple act of speaking something out loud can help us to release a weight that we carry around inside. By lending our voices, we can help inspire others, who may be shouldering a similar burden, to release the secrets that weigh them down.”

PostSecret: Out Loud is an ongoing video art project that features actual secrets spoken by real people. If you would like to take part, you can anonymously record a secret using your computer’s microphone by following the link below. If you’d prefer, you can also record secrets by voicemail or send them as email attachments. 

Selected secrets will be paired with visuals and released through PostSecret.

Thank you for your participation!

Online: http://www.speakpipe.com/postsecretoutloud
Voicemail: 1+(240) 428-4710
Email: postsecretoutloud@yahoo.com

Post your secret here (or use the info directly above)

The All New “We Are All Barbie Girls” Collection

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Artist Colleen Clark was approached by Marie Claire South Africa to draw what a feminist barbie might look like. Inspired by “the idea that feminism is as simple as accepting others and yourself unconditionally,” Colleen came up with a line representing many different types of woman rather than just one.

As you can see above Colleen NAILED IT!

Weekend Links

(because laughter really is the best medicine)

This app helps you get out of awkward situations, Tickle

This online course will teach you How To Change The World

Your life expectancy by location.

Sorry I’m such an A** Hole, sometimes. Say it with balloons!

Weight loss is the new weight gain.

Tug of War used to be an Olympic Sport (bring it back and sign me up!)

Have a goal

End 1st World Problems.

This 1950s video guide teaches you how to live off the land. You know, just in case.

Admit It

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Get your Admit It Tickets Now!

“We usually know exactly what we need to hear, but sometimes it can be hard to accept or acknowledge that. Give yourself, or someone else, permission to face reality.

You’ll get ten paper admission tickets, individually numbered and hand stamped, shipped folded (but not detached).

Collect 100 tickets to trade in for fabulous prizes! That’s a joke, you are your own prize.” 

(via Adam J K. Internet Gift Shop)

The School Of Life

School is so old school. The new school is here.

Enter stage right, The School Of Life ,which is a cultural enterprise offering good ideas for everyday life. They offer a variety of programmes and services concerned with how to live wisely and well.

They have everything from classes, therapy, books, films, events, products, and any other medium available to help assist you in your quest for a more fulfilled life.

Learn more from The School of Life Here

Go without your phone to give clean water

UNICEF Tap Project is working to help the 768 million people around the world without access to clean water. This year you can help by taking a challenge to give up access to something far less vital than water–your cell phone.

For every 10 minutes you don’t touch your phone, Giorgio Armani Fragrances and other generous donors can fund one day of clean water for a child in need.*

Not touching my cellphone = clean water for a child in need! My cell phone is dead to me.

This Money Has Been Used For Good

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Good Money is a project by Good Virus that seeks to encourage people to use their money for good.

In their own words:

“We are stamping ones and fives with “THIS MONEY HAS BEEN USED FOR GOOD”. The idea is to use this money for charitable donations. We want to see if the Good Virus effect plays out with money. We’re thinking that if say we give a few dollars to someone who needs food. Then once the money is in circulation, perhaps the next person who gets the bill will read the message and be inspired to spend it on a good cause too, and so on and so on…”

“You can buy the stamp for $9.50 (our cost), or simply write “THIS MONEY HAS BEEN USED FOR GOOD” in your own letters. It doesn’t really matter. All We ask is that people enter the serial number on the map, so we can map and track the effect.”

(via trendhunter)

 

Music is like medicine, so being that this site is about all things good I figured it’s time to start sharing more music.

So we introduce you to a beautiful soul who goes by the name of Aijia Grammer, with her song ‘Learning To Let Go’.

sidenote: Aijia is also the Elevator Joy Bomber from the video we previously shared on our tumblr, which makes her that much more awesome.

You can find More of Aijia here and here.

Digital Detox Week

“What was your New Year’s resolution? To slim down? To drink less? Save more cash? While musing over the betterment of your person, did you pay any mind to your digital addiction rife with narcissism and voyeurism? Maybe that’s where you should start, instead.” – Adbusters

To all the digitaholics out there, let Adbsuters guide you through a week of digital detox. I know it’s a few days late but it’s never too late for a good ‘ol detox.

Start your digital detox.

Top five regrets of the dying

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

The top 5 regrets of the dying, as recorded by Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives.

Quick Fit – 7 Minute Workout

Quick Fit deems itself the perfect workout app for busy people. Based on the world famous 7 minute workout- as seen in the New York Times- it’s scientifically proven to be highly effective.

Now, as a certified trainer myself, I would recommend this app, BUT I’d modify it a bit. Read THIS to see what I mean.

Download the app or try it online

(via SwissMiss)

Crowdwish

I just met the genie of the internet today, and it goes by the name of Crowdwish, a site aiming to become the web’s ultimate wishlist.

Crowdwish says it is based on 3 simple observations. First, that everyone on earth has hopes, dreams, and ambitions for the future. Secondly, whatever that hope or dream someone else, somewhere is going to want the same thing. Thirdly, the greater number of people who want something the more likely it is to be delivered.

Based on those observations every 24 hours they take the most popular demand and do whatever they can to action it, on behalf of the people who asked for it.

So go and get your wish on.

If Only For A Second

“You know what I miss most? Being carefree.”

That was the sentence that inspired the “If Only For A Second” campaign, in which The Mimi Foundation in collaboration with Leo Burnett France, invited 20 cancer patients to participate in a unique makeover experience with a twist. This film shows the experience.

Take a second and watch, it’s worth it.

We Die.

“Life is too short,” We say, and it is. Too short for office politics, for busywork and pointless paper chases, for jumping through hoops and covering our asses, for trying to please, to not offend, for constantly struggling to achieve some ever receding definition of success. Too short as well for worrying whether we bought the right suit, the right breakfast cereal, the right laptop computer, the right brand of underarm deodorant. Life is too short because we die.”

-Christopher Locke

An obvious but often forgotten reminder that life is too short because at the end of the day we’re all dying. So LIVE the heck out of this life.

TOMS Marketplace

TOMS Marketplace is a platform of products to purchase for good. The marketplace  includes hundreds of products that support causes ranging from education and health to nutrition and clean water.

Each of the partner brands has a meaningful story and shares TOMS’ deep commitment to giving to those in need, spanning a wide range of causes and geographic areas of impact.

And is currently my new favorite store.

Buy stuff. Do Good. Thanks Tom.

This is what happens when you Google Women…

First a little background:

What is Google autocomplete?

As you type, autocomplete predicts and displays queries to choose from. The search queries that you see as part of autocomplete are a reflection of the search activity of all web users and the content of web pages indexed by Google.

In other words it’s like a peak into our thoughts.

And when you Google women shouldn’t or women can’t, autocomplete tells us something pretty interesting (and in this case, wrong) about our questions and searches. Some recent ad’s by UN Women highlight some of these REAL searches.

Go ahead try it for your self, then decide not to be THAT guy.

via Upworthy/Rossalyn

Welcome To Your Governement Shutdown

This Craigslist Ad gave me a good laugh today.

The ad reads:

So my roommates all left because of a job thing and I need to make rent. I really think this place is great and I’ve been living here for a while (incumbency FTW!). I don’t want to leave but the utilities are a real bitch to afford on your own. Some facts about the digs:
It’s about 775,000 square feet. Yeah, it’s big, I know. But don’t let the size alone fool you! It’s cozy too — lots of individual rooms!

Location, location, location. It’s close to everything you could possibly want. The Botanical Gardens (they’re temporarily closed, but don’t let that stop you); the metro, and plenty of bars. The bars are important, because what else are we gonna do?
It’s historic too! It was built in like 1800 something. Don’t ask me the specifics, there’s a plaque somewhere. Let’s just say it’s pretty sweet. There are plenty of cool things inside, like a giant statue of King Kamehameha I. It makes for weird midnight runs to the bathroom, but whatever.
Wanna know more just ask!
About you: Must be LGBT friendly. Must not be a Republican. Don’t be racist. Don’t hate women. Must think poor Americans are people.

Oh, and don’t be an Eagles fan, because, gross.

Via Upworthy

There Is Nothing Wrong With You

“It was Krishnamurti, the great Indian philosopher, who said “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

I submit to you, if you’re willing to take your hand off the throttle of your life, that there is intelligence in anxiety.

This intelligence, so familiar to teenagers, yet misinterpreted by adults, is knowing that things aren’t supposed to be this way.

Work isn’t supposed to suck.  Styrofoam isn’t supposed to last hundreds of years after minutes of use. The Gulf of Mexico isn’t supposed to be drowning in spilled oil. And we aren’t supposed to accept how many species have gone extinct since the sun rose this morning.

If you really let these proclamations hit you, if you stop, it can take your breath away. In fact, it’s supposed to break your heart.

Take care of your inner self, yes, but know this: there’s nothing fucking wrong with you.”

via Adbusters