Together we can change the world.
This past weekend I was in Toronto as an Ambassador for the ShesConnected conference on Friday & Saturday. On Sunday I got to attend a behind the scenes excursion with Canadian Family Magazine as part of the Blissdom Canada conference I also had tickets for.
My time with Canadian Family Magazine was incredible and I will have exciting news to share from my experience early in 2013. Although I can not share too many details at this point I do want to share something that happened just as my time there was ending.
There was a PR lady sitting in listening to the whole discussion who came up to me before I left. Some things I said really resonated with her and she asked if she could give me a book. Of course I took the book, not thinking too much of it. I stuffed it in my bag and started walking back to my hotel enjoying the beautiful sunny day in downtown Toronto.
The next day I was rushing to the Toronto Airport. I was running late and wouldn’t you believe that when I got to the luggage drop off my suitcases were overweight. I quickly grabbed an extra bag I had, threw open my suitcase and started to repack (with many spectators eyes upon me).
When I finally got on the plane and got settled, I realized that I had grabbed the book that was given to me. Empowered YOUth: A Father and Son’s Journey to Conscious Living. The people around me were already settled in with their ear buds and my in-flight television was not working.
I decided to skim the pages of the book in hand.
It did not take long before I was completely drawn in.
I felt like the theme of the book matched my passion. In the world’s eyes, I have not had an easy life. A crazy start to my life, a childhood unlike many others, yet instead of dwelling on what has not gone “right” in my life, I strive to encourage and empower others.
It took me years to get to the place I am today. I had to learn to love myself first.
Empowered YOUth: A Father and Son’s Journey to Conscious Living is about a father and son, and although their story is completely different from mine, I loved their reason for writing the book. Their Seven-Day YOU Challenge is exactly what I encourage everyone I meet to do. I get shivers just thinking about how these typed words are the the same words that come from my heart…the words I have shared with so many people in the past few years, the words I have learned to embrace myself.
Jeffrey and Michael have an interesting challenge for parents, and kids.
This book is the heartfelt story of how they rose up from a tumultuous, emotional past to come together in a loving, respectful relationship as father and son, coach and student.They each share their personal story, along with tips to help others empower themselves.
Throughout the book, Michael also shares about being bullied and how this impacted his own elementary and high school experiences. Today, Michael works with youth helping them to understand what he believes to be the cause of this behavior: low self-esteem and inability to love, respect, and value oneself. Jeffrey and Michael believe that empowering kids to feel better about themselves will help to combat bullying.
Having this book given to me was no coincidence.
What may seem like just another book to many people, was in fact my affirmation that I need to continue doing what I am doing. I not only need to keep encouraging others, I also need to start sharing my story. I’m not exactly sure how things will play out from here, but I know things will happen.
While I mull over all the exciting ideas bouncing around in my head, I encourage YOU all to take the Seven Day YOU challenge.
Will you do it?
Do you want to find happiness and success?
Do you want to LOVE yourself?
Do you want to put an end to bullying?
I hope you will come back to this post throughout the seven days and let me know how it is going…I want to cheer you on!
We can change the world, it starts with you and me!