TFH - April 23rd, 2014
Whenever I meet a young person, like Kasha Sequoia, I can’t help but think - What the heck have I been doing with my life!?
Here is a young girl, who at only 15, is letting her passions for writing, filming and for making the world all it can be, lead her to far-off lands in search of like-minded people to help her along her quest for positivity.
Kasha is embarking on her journey to share stories of amazing people doing incredible things…Sound familiar? It should, because that is what Today’s Favourite Human is all about. That’s why Kasha is Today’s Favourite Human.
"I’m going to show stories of people doing all kinds of heroic and innovative things – big or small. The power is in the action. "
Help me in cheering her on to awesomeness. If you’re so inclined, maybe stop by her Indiegogo page and throw a little love, support or even cash into the pot to help make her mission a reality.
If you are in the neighbourhood, girl, stop by. We need to talk!
Kasha, the Sunrise Storyteller is Today’s Favourite Human
TFH - April 21st, 2014
For quite a while now I have been anxious to reintroduce yoga into my life. I took it up about 9 years ago, but let it fall from my routine when I moved away from my regular class and instructor. I remember my very first yoga class, thinking ‘I want to do this for a living! I love this! I want this in my life all the time’, so, of course it was silly to let is slip away.
I was inspired at the beginning of this year to seek out a new yoga class, after seeing a video of Michael Franti taking about his yoga retreat in Bali. No surprise there, as Michael Franti inspires great love and encouragement in most things he does!
Yoga classes are a little like shoes; a great idea, but they have to be a good fit or they aren’t something you’ll be very happy with for long.
It was only just this past week that I finally found my perfect fit!
I found a yoga instructor who has brought such joy and peace into my life in a way I am finding difficult to describe. She radiates energy and shares kindness so freely that it spills into every posture, every pose, every breath. She is literally spreading good vibes to everyone she meets, and if that doesn’t make the world a better place to be, I don’t know what does.
I read a quote just this morning I wanted to share with you all: ” I can’t do much, but I can do that”. It’s meant to make us all think about our gifts, and how we can share them with the world. We don’t all have money. We don’t all have time. We don’t all have fame or power. We do all have something, though. And if we think about what we are good at and find a way to use that talent to help someone else, we can change the world.
I want you to think about that today, please. Think of all the ways - or just one way, you can help someone with your gift of spirit. Can you cook? Can you clean? Can you read to someone who can’t? Can you offer a warm smile to a stranger? Get creative and get busy.
Lori Leigh, my Matsy Yoga instructor, shares her gift with me every time I turn up with mat in hand. That’s pretty special. That’s changed my world. That’s why she is Today’s Favourite Human.
Lori doesn’t have a video I could share, so check out Pancho instead.
TFH - April 20th, 2014
No matter what our beliefs, helping people is always a good thing. Pastor Rick Wood is doing his best to offer sustenance and support to homeless people in his area, but is being told - to stop.
He’s not stopping, because he believes you don’t need a permit to be kind. That’s why Pastor Rick is Today’s Favourite Human.
Wherever you are today and whatever you celebrate, I wish you a happy, healthy day and hope you’ll take the time to try and #maketheworldabetterplacetobe
TFH - April 16th, 2014
John Kitchin had a successful medical practice, a mansion and an unhappy life, until the day he discovered a way to make the world a better place to be.
3 Simple Steps:
1. DO WHAT YOU LOVE
2. BE GOOD TO OTHERS
3. DO YOUR BEST TO NOT BE AN ASSHOLE
That seems like a pretty good start to me!
Keep on rollin’ John. You are Today’s Favourite Human
TFH - April 15th, 2014
This is Hector Picard. In 1992, at the age of 24, Hector lost both his arms in a work related accident. What he found was the strength to overcome all obstacles, to fight back and to keep living.
Hector now dedicates his life to living to the best of his abilities and to inspiring others to reach for their dreams and believe that nothing is impossible. Everything is possible.
You could describe Hector as a bi-lateral amputee. Or you could describe his as a 4X IRONMAN winner, athlete, motivator, or all-round amazing person. I like to describe him as Today’s Favourite Human.
"I want everyone to know that no adversity is too great when you embrace life through hard work and positive thinking, you will overcome anything."
Seriously! With 2 hands, an instruction booklet and a week to finish - I couldn’t do this!
Help Hector work to help others by supporting him at DontStopLiving.org
Hector Picard is Today’s Favourite Human.
TFH - April 13th, 2014
Teaching your children the necessary skills in life to make them self-reliant and productive human beings makes you a very good parent.
Teaching your children to share those skills to help others - that makes you Today’s Favourite Human.
Eddie Ebel is Today’s Favourite Human.
TFH - April 9th, 2014
One Teacher. One World. One Dream. One Tutu.
Four Words: I LOVE BEN HAMMOND
Have I ever told you the story about the time that Jack Johnson (yes, the Jack Johnson) called me a trend setter? I haven’t? Well…ok, just one more time.
So I was at a Jack Johnson concert, as a guest of Marine Conservation Society, and was invited backstage to meet Jack. Jack had seen me dancing during his show, when no one else was. He high-fived me, said thanks and ‘called me a trendsetter’.
I am a firm believer that nothing bad can ever happen when you’re dancing, and you are almost guaranteed that amazing, wonderful, even life-changing things WILL happen!
Just ask Ben Hammond. This two-steppin’ teacher is on a mission to dance his way around the planet.
Why? Because he wants “every child, no matter where they are born, to grow up in a world where they are free to choose their dreams.” Wow.
Ben has a goal to raise HALF A MILLION POUNDS for Unicef during the course of his ten year challenge. You can help him by supporting the cause at planetprancer.com.
For inspiring me and people everywhere to live big, live happy and shake their stuff, Ben Hammond is Today’s Favourite Human.
Just one more thing…TAKE ME WITH YOU!!! No seriously, take me with you.
Ben Hammond is Today’s Favourite Human
TFH - April 8th, 2014
Why is Travis Lewis Today’s Favourite Human?
You tell me…
This is Travis Lewis. Travis is pursuing a degree in Political Science at Brock University - which just so happens to be in my hometown.
Travis is a residence don at Brock; a sort of Godfather of student well-being, on-hand to look out for the needs of his higher education brethren (and sistren). So, when Travis got wind of the garbage issue on campus, he got upwind of the problem. He actually got knee deep in it to show us all what a mess is being made.
Through his duties as ‘lead good guy’ the students in his charge made him aware of a lack of available recycling posts within the residential complex. This was leading to more and more students disposing of recyclable materials in landfill bins.
Cue the rubber gloves.
To investigate the problem, Travis climbed rubber boots first into the waste receptacles to show just how much recyclable material was being thrown away.
Travis isn’t afraid to get down-and-dirty to bring to light just how easy it is to be more considered in our choices and how much of a difference we can make when we put in just a little effort.
Of course, his valiant efforts were applauded by the university who called him to their offices to award him with a green badge of honour! Except, no they didn’t. Instead of being applauded for his work, Travis ended up in hot water with the powers-that-be, because, I guess - garbage made them look bad.
Lewis said he made the video because going through official channels wasn’t working.“I am always going to do what I believe in, I am not going to be a bystander,” he explained. “I am just trying to make an impact here that will follow these students.“It’s not just me that wants this, it’s the residents who say they want it.”
The university called him ‘insubordinate’. I’m calling him Today’s Favourite Human.
Travis Lewis is heading off next year to study abroad. I have a funny feeling he’ll be cleaning things up everywhere he goes. I have a very good feeling that Travis Lewis is going to make the world a better place to be.
TFH - April 7th, 2014
Life is short. Dance like everyone is watching! Be good to each other and make the world a better place to be.