The “Princess Machine”

The ad for GoldieBlox went live early this week (11/17/13) and in just a few days has gone viral with over 7 million views. It came across my radar thanks to Facebook and my wife, Stephanie, who’s a teacher. Let’s just say, this is the type of girl toy ad I’ve been waiting for and just in time for the holiday season! I look forward to supporting the company. For more info, visit: http://www.goldieblox.com

Credit: GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg, & Beastie Boys

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Join the #BerkeleyOakland #DesireMap #BookClub!!

Join the #BerkeleyOakland #DesireMap #BookClub!!

Wanna have goals with soul? Do you want to kick off your New Year feeling good?

I’ll be hosting a book club starting on January 7, 2014 as part of Danielle LaPorte’s World’s Biggest Book Club. We’ll be focusing on Danielle’s book, The Desire Map, and discussing core desired feelings, goal setting and gratitude as a practice. It’s going to be juicy. Contact me for more info!

Jillybeads 4 Justice Joins The Compassion Revolution

In case you missed this earlier in the week, Go Girls! Camps and Jillybeads 4 Justice have partnered! Check it out…

Go Girls! Camp

Allison & Tesla Face OffWe know that to start a true Compassion Revolution we are going to need lots of  support from like-minded organizations who share our commitment to helping girls find and strengthen their inner voices.

That’s why we are so excited to have Jillybeads 4 Justice joining our fundraising campaign.

Do you know about Jillybeads 4 Justice? This East Bay company is run by the amazing and talented Jillian R. Roth, who makes beautiful beaded earrings and other handmade jewelry with a mission: For each piece of jewelry purchased, customers can select an organization from the current list of “Featured Organizations” and a $10 donation will be made to further that organization’s mission.

As of today, Go Girls! Camps will be one of those organizations. 

And that’s not all!

Today, Jillian released a new piece — and made our the center of a Call to Action, helping spread the word about our…

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CALL 2 ACTION | Black IS Beautiful…Meets Compassion

Black IS Beautiful... Earrings

Black IS Beautiful… Earrings

A Phenomenal Woman

I’m a woman Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me.

 ~ Maya Angelou

This is how I hope you feel every time you wear these Jillybeads 4 Justice (J4J) chandelier earrings—Black IS Beautiful. Feeling phenomenal, regardless of your shape, size, or color, is the first step towards having confidence and compassion for yourself. This is why I’m so excited to introduce a new partnership with Go Girls! Camps as a J4J “Featured Organization.”

Here’s the challenge:

We are out of balance. In America, we know how to compete and fight and win.  On the other hand, we are less comfortable accessing tools we need to collaborate, communicate, and play. As a result of this imbalance, we are experiencing unbearable levels of disconnection, disengagement and distrust in our schools, workplaces, civic institutions, and neighborhoods.

We lack skills to bridge our differences, listen to one another, share opinions in respectful ways, empathize, and work together to solve problems.  All of our communities are suffering from a serious compassion deficit.

And this compassion deficit is taking its toll on our girls especially.

Go Girls! Camp

Go Girls! Camp

The solution:

Go Girls! Camps‘ bold and brave belief: Girls are the superheroes who will lead the world in a compassion revolution.  

Although I’d like to believe that I too am a superhero, the reality is that my superpower is making connections with amazing people and then sharing with my network what my fellow superhero sisters are making happen.

As I mentioned in my last post (A New Day: Guided by My Desired Feelings…), you can expect the J4J mission to come to life in everything we do. What follows is my call to Advocate & Educate, all while Accessorizing:

  • Advocacy:  I recently made a donation to Glitter & Razz Productions, a great organization raising money to bring incredible life-changing Go Girls! Camps to girls in vulnerable communities. You can find out more about the campaign here. There, you can also make a donation today!  Your donation comes with some super cool reward gifts at all levels from $10-$10,000 — so, decide where you feel comfortable helping out, it all helps. Here’s something else you can do: Please help me spread the word by sharing the link on your Facebook page.  Do you know anyone else who would think this work I’m doing is awesome?  If so, please forward this blog post along.
  • Education: Today’s education comes in the form of a paradigm shift. Instead of a compassion deficit, I want to encourage a compassion revolution. So consider: What can you do for yourself and others to make this shift in your life? 
  • Accessorizing: With your J4J purchase, you can select an organization from the current list of “Featured Organizations” (Go Girls! Camps is one of them) and a $10 donation will be made to further that organization’s mission. It’s truly a win-win, you get a lovely piece of jewelry while supporting not just one, but two East Bay companies working to make the world a better place.

~ In solidarity ~

CALL 2 ACTION: Jillybeads 4 Justice has joined the Compassion Revolution with the Go Girls! Camp fundraising campaign. For 3 Ways You Can Help Right Now, click here!

Thanks so much and let me know if you have any questions!

A New Day: Guided by My Desired Feelings…

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 Our emotions need to be as educated as our intellect.

It is important to know how to feel, how to respond,

and how to let life in so that in can touch you.

~ Jim Rohn

And, I’m back!

I never really left. I simply took an emotional and intellectual break to dig deeper into what I truly desire in life as it relates to being a citizen of the world, a small business owner, a working professional graduate student, wife, daughter, sister, and friend.

Since the start of 2013, I have been educating my emotions by focusing on my desired feelings. In particular, I have found myself exploring the hopes and dreams of my soul in The Desire Map. What is that you ask?

Everything we do is driven by the desire to feel a certain way.

…We need to make our feelings the heart of the matter.

@DanielleLaPorte

Based on this idea, The Desire Map is a multimedia guide to what you want the most. In addition to this self-guided exploration, I took a course entitled, “The Business of Being an Artist,” as well as attended a 2-day workshop on Right-Brain Business Planning. The 8 months of contemplating such pursuits was a priceless opportunity to reflect, learn, and grow that resulting in me completing the Jillybeads 4 Justice business plan along with a visual one for inspiration.

Say what…you launched your business without a complete business plan?!

Yes, I did and I’m proud of the fact that I’m no longer part of the 70% of businesses that start without one. From the beginning, this venture has been a leap of faith (see Why I Started a Business) as I use my true and gained gifts to inspire and implement my passions in a tangible way. What’s clear to me now that was more vague then was that if I continued giving my gifts to someone else’s vision of “changing the world” and “making a difference” that I would remain stuck and feeling like a passive citizen. Those that know me would agree that staying in one place or being inactive are not traits that would be used to describe me. And so, I choose to follow my vision and desire feelings as I continue on this journey.

As a result of this personal and professional inquiry, here’s what you can come to expect:

  • Advocacy: I will show support for the causes I believe to be social justice issue and recommend simple while timely ways you too can show your support.
  • Education: I believe when providing a recommendation, it’s also your responsibility to inform. Though cognizant of my bias I choose to use them as my lens in seeing the world.
  • Accessorizing: A new piece bi-weekly (on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month) that will include the bead’s story, my inspiration for the piece, or highlight my creative practices.

Simply put, I am excited to be on this journey and to share it will you. Tomorrow’s the day of something new—I’ll be sharing the first new piece, so stayed tuned…

CALL 2 ACTION: Inspired to consider your desired feelings?! You should as…

Desire is the engine of creation.
Feelings are your road signs.
Desire mapping is how to get where you want to go.

For more information, go here.