Paying It Forward Over A Cup Of Coffee

    While running the YOU ARE ENOUGH campaign I continue to be touched by the stories that people are sharing about how they understand the need to help others feel into their ENOUGHNESS. This morning while getting coffee at a Starbucks near the campaign billboard in Redondo Beach a young barista explained how he took his breaks by the billboard in order to heal and feel support while he struggles with depression and isolation. He had no idea I was the one who started the billboard campaign. I was so touched as he shared his story. When it was time to get my coffee he told me to make sure that my name was correct. He had a sweet smile and hope in his eyes. His act today was about kindness, empathy, and support. What a gift I received in more ways than one. This is what this campaign is all about. It is a pay it forward movement that is helping people heal with hope and a belief that they can help others. The next billboard is slated to be launched in San Jose on November 28th on Bascom and Curtner! We are in the process of raising funds, hope, and support all at the same time. Feel free to join us! You can check out the GoFundMe campaign here...

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Connecting With A Purpose

While hitting the streets of the South Bay in Los Angeles to meet people who are a part of the YOU ARE ENOUGH campaign, I am meeting the most amazing people who are showing me how they lead with purpose to make a social impact.  I have been delivering campaign yard signs and am hearing more and more how we need to come together as a society in order to help us all feel that we are ok, we matter, and that we are enough just the way we are.  Connection is so key right now as we face the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.   While many are facing isolation, depression is becoming more prevalent in people’s lives.  Therefore, when people connect with one another around a cause that they believe in, they are helping themselves and others feel a sense of self and unity. One individual I had the honor to meet was Vish Chatterji, an author, business coach, and motivational speaker who is also on running for re-election to the Bay Beach Cities Health District.   We talked about so many of us are affected early in life by statements about us not being good enough and how being told this one time can bruise our ego and sense of self and haunt us throughout our lives and careers.   In his book, “The Business Casual Yogi, Take Charge of Your Body, Mind & Career, Chatterji helps us learn how to integrate a systematic method to cultivate self-improvement – in work, in relationships, and in life.  More and more people are focusing on how to live and work with purpose and it is folks like Chatterji and those I am meeting on the YOU ARE ENOUGH campaign trail that are doing what they can to pave the way to help us all feel a sense of self.  ...

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Building A Culture of Connection, Culture, and Belonging

No matter who we are, how we live, or what we believe, we all share a deep, instinctual need and capacity for human connection and belonging. It’s at the core of our shared humanity — and baked into our DNA. As human beings, we yearn to be in relationship: to feel seen, valued, and understood; to inhabit places where we live together, work together and look out for each other; to be part of a community of shared values and aspirations that is bigger than ourselves. And yet, we are living in a culture that all too often reinforces just the opposite. A culture that stokes distrust and amplifies divisions. That fuels hyper-individualism and alienates us from ourselves and each other. A culture that creates a distorted sense of belonging for some of us by telling others they don’t belong. As we navigate the “twin pandemics” of COVID-19 and racial injustice, we face a fundamental challenge that lies at the heart of all others: a crisis of human connection. All around us, we see more and more Americans living in isolation, loneliness, anxiety, and fear. And all too often, our culture reinforces a zero-sum game that seeks to benefit by pulling us further apart — with an “us vs them” mentality that’s eroding our faith in each other, our institutions, and the future we seek for our children. The sheer speed and scale of these challenges can seem overwhelming, but beneath them lies a simple and inescapable truth: we cannot solve our nation’s most complex and urgent challenges unless we see, hear and understand each other first. If we want to build it back better, we must draw upon one of the greatest and oldest technologies we have as a species: human connection. Our ability to connect, empathize, build relationships, and collaborate may be our greatest gift. When we start to see ourselves in others and recognize that our own humanity is a reflection of our shared humanity, we begin to shift from a culture of turning on one another to turning toward one...

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YOU ARE ENOUGH Billboard Campaign

YOU ARE ENOUGH Billboard Campaign

The YOU ARE ENOUGH billboard campaign is something I came up with one morning while I was dealing with depression and anxiety. I thought to myself how no one should have to go through the darkness and loneliness that I was feeling. I wanted to find a way to give folks who were dealing with depression and anxiety a way to feel seen and loved. So why not put a billboard up in my neighborhood with the words YOU ARE ENOUGH on it?! With depression being the number one disability in our country and with mental illness being something that is still taboo to a lot of people, I wanted to find a way to start a campaign that would bring us all together around feeling enough in our lives. We live in a scarcity society where we are bombarded by at least 30,000 messages a day coming at us telling us that we need to do more, be more, buy more, have more to be enough. Many of us are on a hamster wheel trying to do what we think we need to do to be enough and many of us are feeling depressed and anxious because we do not feel that we are enough compared to others. Over the year while working on the campaign I interviewed friends and strangers and asked them to share their thoughts on what being enough means to them. I started a podcast, bought wristbands that simply say, YOU ARE ENOUGH on them and have been handing them out like hotcakes. Then when we were hit by Covid-19 I knew it was time to get a billboard up. People were losing a sense of hope and many felt lost and lacking a sense of purpose. We needed to come together. The first billboard went up in Redondo Beach, CA on July 1. I raised funds for the billboard on GoFundMe and am in the process of raising funds for the second billboard that will go up in my community here in the South Bay of Los Angeles. It has not been easy to raise funds during the pandemic and I understand why. However, those who donate understand that they are helping so many people and that we are making a social impact. The goal is to raise billboards throughout the United States that proudly display the words YOU ARE ENOUGH on them in an effort to help individuals feel into these words for themselves and share them with others.  This campaign is about empathy, paying it forward, and building a community and a support system.  When you think about it, we are all mirrors for one another, and all struggle with feeling enough.    So if...

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Ubuntublox Housing – We Are One

During my career, I have been drawn to heretics such as Harvey Lacey, a retired welder from Wylie TX who wanted to help people in developing nations build their own homes out of plastic trash. Flashback to the Ubuntublox housing concept in 2012, a concept that could be a reality if we could get companies to stand behind building sustainable housing that would in turn help clean up our planet and give people jobs. We could use these homes now in a big way for developing nations and even our own country. The clip attached shows how Harvey’s Ubuntublox house could withstand a 7.0-8.0 magnitude earthquake. He built his first house in Haiti, a place where people are more scared of their homes than earthquakes. We need more believers like Harvey and individuals who fight for the well-being of those who are less fortunate. The one-pound building blocks are made from plastic trash and tied together by welder’s string. They dance together as one during the earthquake...

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