Sunday, July 22, 2012

* Birthday Giveaway *

There are two (five) things certain about me.

1. Oprah Winfrey is my hero
2. I'm officially addicted to pinterest. DANG IT!
3. I can make an excellent bowl of cereal like nobody's business

4. Regina makes me want to

Ok just kidding...

but not really

 Regina = floss

5. I am a firm believer that it's better to give than receive

I've always found a greater joy in giving people things I know they'll love. So I do put forth quite an effort to give the right gift to the right person.

With that said, I've decided for my birthday this year I'm going to do a month of giveaways! I've always wanted to do something like this (totally inspired by Oprah's Favorite Things Giveaways) and I thought, instead of waiting till I get to Oprah status .. I should take baby steps while I can :]

I'll start with two favorite items of mine which have profoundly made a difference in my life:

The 20th anniversary collection of Oprah
(Trust me, everyone should watch this. The stories of many different people in many different types of situations deeply affected me in ways I didn't expect. If there's any person who can help give you insight on the world, Oprah is it)

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
(This book quite literally changed my life. It changed my whole perspective on life - both in general and specifically my own. I wouldn't be working at Wong Fu Productions had I not read this book and really started to make active changes in the way I thought and chased after my dreams)

I haven't decided on how to select winners and if I'll ask you guys to submit something of some sort (ie. a brief video on what your dreams are, tweets/emails ....) but now that I've posted this, I can't wait to begin!

Check back soon for details or keep an eye out on my (where I'll most likely post updates)


* The Star Thrower *

It's midnight on a Saturday.. just doing some thinking and for some reason I thought of this story, "The Star Thrower."
Thought I'd share... with all you star throwers out there <3

An old man had a habit of early morning walks on the beach. One day, after a storm, he saw a human figure in the distance moving like a dancer. As he came closer he saw that it was a young woman and she was not dancing but was reaching down to the sand, picking up a starfish and very gently throwing them into the ocean.

"Young lady," he asked, "Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?"

"The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die."

"But young lady, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You cannot possibly make a difference."

The young woman listened politely, paused and then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said, 

"It made a difference to that one."

The old man looked at the young woman inquisitively and thought about what she had done. Inspired, he joined her in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.

 Original story by Loren Eiseley

With all that you do
With all that you are
Take the little steps
To love
Yourself and others
Every day.