Bringing People Together With Three Words

    The YOU ARE ENOUGH campaign continues to bring communities and people together with these three simple words.  One of the best decisions I made for the campaign was to offer yard signs.   While the billboards are big and powerful, the yard signs are a way for people to donate to the campaign and to also show others that they care about others.   With more than 500 signs throughout the South Bay of Los Angeles, we are seeing these mini billboards give people hope and a feeling of community.   This was one of the main reasons I started the campaign and I am going to continue to find ways to bring people together as we all seek our ENOUGHNESS. If you are interested in donating to the cause or ordering merchandise, you can do so at the GoFundMe page or the Facebook campaign page.   The goal of this campaign will always be to get billboards up throughout our country.   But what I have seen and continue to see is how people more than ever want to feel that they are a part of a positive movement that will help heal themselves as well as others.   The time to unify is now and the YOU ARE ENOUGH campaign is just one way we can do so as a...

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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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