The Joy Project

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Kid President

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less travelled, AND IT HURT, MAN!”

On of my favorite shows, The Office,  is ending this season after nine years on the air. I saw an interview with one of the main actors, Rainn Wilson, and he talked about how sad he was to be ending this chapter in his life, but how excited to he was to try new things, and be known for something different. It really made me think twice about how bummed I had been to leave a job that really defined me. I’m so scared to put myself back out there; what if people don’t like the new version of me? What if I fail? What if it’s boring?  But I can’t imagine how scary it would be if everyone in the whole world knew me as that character on TV, and then to go try to do something new. Thank goodness I’m not Phoebe on Friends or Dr. McDreamy on Grey’s Anatomy, or Alf on that show Alf. I get the luxury to redefine myself, however I want (as long as I can still pay my mortgage).

Anyhoo, Rainn Wilson, the guy from The Office, decided to take this opportunity to start a new project called, a website dedicated to thinking about life’s Big Questions, and also bring more Joy to the world. It’s right up my alley. One of my favorite parts of Soul Pancake is a series of videos called Kid President, that are inspiring and funny. I love this! Rainn could have been sad that his tv show and way of life was ending, but instead he’s trying something new, putting himself out there, bringing joy to the universe.

Here is one of my favorite videos by Kid President, called A Pep Talk. I dedicate it to you:


It is yet another reminder that we were made to be Awesome. Let’s get out there! I know what it feels like to get stuck, to waste days, to wonder where January went, or the last year. If we keep waiting till we’re thinner, or richer, or we get that job or that boyfriend, or it’s easier or we’re not sick or our lives calm down, we’re wasting our days. “The world needs you to stop being boring.”

So go do something Awesome today!

PS: Watch the other Kid President videos. They are the BEST!


If You Are Sad…Spread The Light




Better Daughter

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but lately I’ve been having a pity party for myself.

Life is hard, I wish I were better, if only it were different, why do I always get the weird skin diseases, etcetera.

And then a friend turned me on to this really great writer who blogs professionally.  And she blogs about her two beautiful children, and their cute dogs, and her loving husband who works beside her on the blog, and they are artistic and fashionable and creative and she has a cute pixie haircut.  And instead of being excited to have stumbled upon this great source of writing inspiration, it only made me feel frumpy, and single, and uninspired.  For crying out loud, I don’t even have a dog.

I put the cute blogger on my goal poster for 2012 because I wanted to be more like her and her perfect life. And I stopped reading her blog because it only added fuel to my pity party.

Today, after severals weeks away, I went back to the cute blogger to catch up. And I was blown away.

Sadly, in just the few short weeks since the last time I read the blog, her marriage was over, her husband moved out. Her children asking where daddy was, her cute pixie hair messy from stress.  You could feel the pain radiating from the computer screen.  Just. utterly. shaken.

As much as I hate to admit it, it really made me see my life with fresh eyes.  And more than any other exercise or prayer or jog that I have taken in the past few months to try to shake me out of my funk, her sadness made me happy.

Not because I was glad she is sad.  I’m actually quite sad that she’s sad.

But because it made me realize that no one is perfect. And that your world can flip upside down in an instant. And that my life is pretty darn good, even when it’s bad.  And there is no sense wasting time coveting other people’s lives or wishing for something different.  I should be spending my time appreciating what I have now.  And maybe also go adopt a dog already.

Growing up my dad used to say “you can wish in one hand, and poop in the other, and see which fills up faster.”  I think that was his way of saying that it’s a waste of time sitting around wishing, when you could be out enjoying life.  He’s not the most tactful man, but he is right.

So enjoy your yourself, be grateful, and hug the ones you have.  Don’t wait for the universe to make things really bad before you appreciate what gifts you’ve been given.

My cute sad blogger just posted this song by Rilo Kiley.  It’s helping her through the dark times.  Listen to it and send her some positive thoughts.

Your Hair’s Oily. Why Thank You.

Did you hear the NPR story about how salons are donating hair which is then made into giant sausages used to help soak up the oil spill? Totally gross and weird but kinda neat, right?

Well, the lovely Karen of Star Salon is participating. So we chopped off some of my hair this week and are sending it out to be made into a giant ol’ hair sausage boom.

This whole oil spill thing is sad and makes me feel queasy inside. It felt kinda nice to feel there was a little something I could do about it.

Plus I always love a good sausage story.

Life Is What You Make It

I really loved the story on NPR about Warren Buffett’s son Peter and his new book, Life is What You Make it.

Warren has publically stated that he his giving away his billions of dollars to charity and his family, including Peter, won’t inherit any of the money. And his children are happy about it! How stable and well-adjusted do you have to be to happy about not inheriting billions of dollars?! We need more people like the Buffett family in the world.

You should listen here and be inspired.

Harvest Sacramento

I recently learned about this amazing non-profit in California called Harvest Sacramento.  Check out their website and get inspired!
They use volunteers to harvest underutilized fruits and vegetables from back yards and small orchards and donate it to local food banks.

The food doesn’t rot on the ground, people are fed, communities come together!

Their main goals are to:
  • Work and gather with new people
  • Celebrate the bounty of harvests through community meals and potlucks
  • Provide the opportunity for those in need to support themselves and gather some of their own food
  • Teach residents how to grow, cook and preserve their own food

If all the extra tomatoes and zucchini that litter my friends’ and families’ countertops in late summer are any indication, this is something that lots of cities could implement.

How cool would it be if the hungry folks in Denver had plenty of fresh veggies to eat? Who’s with me?

Haiti Fundraiser

Yele Haiti has a beautiful t-shirt now available for purchase.  100% of the proceeds go to victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Definitely a reason to be joyful.

10 Ways You Can Donate to Help Haitian Earthquake Victims

Thousands are feared dead in Haiti after the massive earthquake that rumbled through Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, but now aid groups are struggling to assist the living. The country, which is the most impoverished nation in the Western Hemisphere, already had a large humanitarian presence, but many workers from the United Nations are missing or feared dead. The country has no electricity or phone service, and hospitals and aid centers have been reduced to rubble.

1. Already viral on Facebook and social networking sites, the Red Cross is getting the word out about its text-message donation system. Text “HAITI” to the number 90999 to donate $10, which will be added to your next cellphone bill. You can also donate online through the Red Cross website.

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