Selflessness Revisited

So I had a really interesting day recently. I went to Creative Collisions. 9 of the biggest youth charities in the UK hosted a big ol’ conference. Lots of workshops and talks and panel discussions etc. which were great. No matter how useful (or not useful) the conference is for co-working and cross charity partnerships is one thing I gained from that day was a renewed sense that the world hasn’t completely gone to shit.

The people who attended the conference were fantastic. The young people in attendance were intelligent, active citizens who are working hard to deal with the hand that life (and previous generations) has dealt us. The youth workers, teachers, support workers who attended genuinely care about the future generations.

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In a time where racism is rampant, Islamophobia is intertwined in society, women still get treated like shit, politicians are liars, crooks, sex offenders and the internet is it’s usual double edged sword, it’s really important to remind yourself that there are still people out there fighting the good fight. Educating people. Spreading love, kindness and doing things for others who may not be able to do it themselves. Selflessness still exists. Sometimes you have to really search for signs of selflessness but it’s out there.

If you can’t find even the slightest trace of selflessness in the world, what are you waiting for? Get out there. Be the selfless one. We can all talk about how the world is going to shit and how horrible people are and how kindness doesn’t exist any more. But unless we get up off our arses and do something about it, we’re part of the problem.

Be kind, love, get shit done.

If you’re struggling to think of ways to do something selfless or to take action in any way, check out these videos by my beautiful friends Carl and Uzma who are putting together 60 second social actions. They’re amazing, hilarious and ridiculously kind. Make sure to subscribe to their channel and spread a little love.

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Progress, Updates and Next Steps.

So it’s been a while again. This job hunting thing is taking up a fair bit of time.

But anyway, this is another short update on the blog, the YouTube channel and social.

The blog is still going to be getting updated and soon it’s going to be more regularly and more consistently! Same with the YouTube channel. I’m in the middle of editing episode 2 of the Invisible Illness Human Library. You should have a look at episode 1 if you haven’t done so already. Things are changing quite a bit though. Every month we’re going to be posting about a specific topic. Those topics aren’t ready to be revealed yet but there’s some really cool stuff coming!

Regarding YouTube, a wonderful wonderful update is that I’m not alone any more! A friend of mine Lily, pictured below, is going to be creating a video for us. If you guys watch and love her stuff she might even agree to make more for us! Lily is a cracking film maker and she’s an alright person too, I guess.

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Welcome to the crew, Lily! 

Regarding social media, Twitter and Facebook will be going up in June-ish. You’ll be able to follow us and like us soon so keep your eyes peeled for an announcement! This is all really exciting and I can’t wait to share the new and improved Success In Selflessness with you all!

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Invisible Illness Human Library Episode 1 – Kate

The time has finally come! I’ve finally uploaded episode one of the Invisible Illness Human Library. This first episode is about my best friend and the illnesses that she suffers with. Please have a watch and let us know what you think. Tell us what you’ve learned, what you’d like to know more about and what you’d like us to do for the next few! Episode 2 is currently being edited so expect that in the next week or two! 🙂 So please, watch, like, comment, subscribe and most importantly, SHARE. This whole project is all about raising awareness of invisible illnesses and helping people understand what they are!

If you’d like to find out more about any of the illnesses that Kate talked about in the video or you’d like to support her amazing project, please check out the links below.

https://www.projectparentgb.com/http://www.meresearch.org.uk/what-is-me/https://www.ehlers-danlos.org/http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/anxiety-and-panic-attacks/#.WN6zv_nyskkhttp://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/depression/#.WN6z7_nyskk

A Short Update!

First things first, a really important update. Work on the Invisible Illness Human Library has officially got underway! I’ve started meeting with people who are interested in getting involved and have contacted my first potential venue. It’s not a massive start but it’s a start. It’s super exciting to be dipping my toes back into running events!

I’m currently also trying to recruit a little team to work with me on this project. First and foremost, the people with the stories!

For anyone who wants to be one of our “books” the main things we’re exploring about your stories are:
– Diagnosis
– Symptoms
– Highs and lows
– Organisations that have supported you
– Tips for people to support others with an invisible illness.

We’re looking for each person’s story to last between 5 and 10 minutes.

We’ll be doing a physical event (the human library bit) but I would also love to record your stories and upload them so that we can show that it’s okay to talk about invisible illnesses.

 

Next up, a little life update. It’s been a really tough couple of weeks recently. I’ve found myself feeling physically and mentally exhausted. Luckily, I’ve had lots of people very kindly making sure that I don’t lock myself away and wallow in my own mad mind! I also received the nicest, most thoughtful gift of all time. I was taken to see Eliza and the Bear which was absolutely amazing and then I was given an incredible, heartfelt card and this beautiful wooden Success in Selflessness guitar pick. It’s really hard to stress how important it is to have amazing friends around you. Try your best not to shut yourself away, even if you’re feeling extremely anxious or your depression is hitting hard. Even send a text to say hi to someone. It will help. I promise. 20161128_231753.jpg

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3 Things I Appreciated This Past Week

Every day is not good, but there is something good in every day.

In turbulent times like these it’s really important that we learn to appreciate the people and the things in our lives that we’ve really appreciated. It’s often the little things that we overlook easily. I find it really useful to seek out these little things to make ourselves remain positive and to prevent us from becoming cynical and angry at the world.

While it may feel like hate has taken over the world, love still exists and it’s still a powerful thing. The quote above is a powerful one for me and I try to find that something good in every day. Here are some of the good things that I have experienced this week.

1. Reconnecting with an old friend and with music

Years ago, I met a girl at school and we chatted rarely and sang together once in the music room at school. We pretty much never hung out and never really spoke much but we recently reconnected after 8 long years and being thousands of miles apart. I knew very little about her when we were in school but the person she’s become is wonderful. Kind, fun, accepting, really flippin smart and also very talented. We got together and chatted, listened to music like the old days (like where you’d buy a few new CD’s and bring them round and listen to them together) and also sang together. This is the product of our re-connection! Mara, thank you for being you!

2. The kindness of strangers

So as you know, I’ve recently started making videos for this blog as well. If you don’t, check out the channel, watch some videos, subscribe (shameless plug, I know, video below). What I really appreciated though, was someone who was established as a YouTuber and someone who’s videos I watch every week, took the time out to watch some of my videos and give me feedback. She’s undoubtedly really busy and she still helped me out! She was in the last blog post and she remains one of the loveliest people online. So, thanks, Ana Marta!

3. My job

Tonight is my first night home for 3 days. I spent two days in St Helens and one day in Leicester. Leicester is the day I want to talk about though. I got to see where one of my young people had got to after knowing her for three years. She’d organised an event for 500 students to encourage them to get into STEM. She was confident, calm and assertive throughout the day. It was so wonderful to see what she’s achieved and how successful her project has become. I’m proud to do what I do and I’m so proud of her for supporting other young people who have been told they’re not good enough to get into STEM. They can and will and they’re going to pioneer innovative new ways to make the world a better place. 🙂

A Little Bit Of Inspiration

Every once in a while I need a little bit of inspiration. There’s a lot out there. There are loads of different places, people and things that provide me with inspiration. Here are a few that I’ve noticed recently which I want to highlight.

1. Prince Ea – I JUST SUED THE SCHOOL SYSTEM!!!

First on my list is Prince Ea suing the school system.

If you’ve been following my blog for a few years, you’ll know that I have my issues with schools. Teachers are under paid and over worked and they are so restricted by grades and statistics that they are completely unable to teach students creatively. Prince has summed up almost all of my frustrations in one video and he does it so eloquently. If you’re not subscribed to his YouTube channel, I’d highly recommend doing it! He’s an incredible spoken word artist.

2. The Native People protecting land from the Dakota Access Pipeline

The Sioux are trying their hardest to protect their land in a peaceful way.Their land was stolen when the British went over, their people were slaughtered and the treaties put in place after that have been violated.

Despite the peaceful protests, the police have been extremely aggressive and have been treating the Sioux people like criminals. The national guard have been sent out in full force with rubber bullets and essentially, tanks. The government are doing very little to protect the Sioux people and the environment. But the Sioux people, especially the young people, are inspiring me. I’m watching them stand up for their rights and unite so many people behind a cause. I’d also like to highlight this post HERE. Please read that post once you’re done here!

3. Ana Marta and Marie Jacqueminfrom New Age Creators – Brain Stuff/ Let’s Talk About My Mental Health

Okay, this one is a little different. The tone is light and really fun but it does talk about a real issue. Anxiety and depression! I’m sure you all saw this coming but I thought I couldn’t not include one mental health related video right?

Ana Marta’s voice is super soothing and the way she speaks about and records this video is super creative.

Marie’s one is raw and real and I know how difficult it is to be raw and real. I can barely talk about it to myself outloud let alone outdoors with people around who may hear me. I also love that Marie talks about how important it is to get help and also how open she is about her taking tablets. It’s not a bad thing to be on medication!

If you’re not already following New Age Creators, again, please make sure  you do! They’re an amazing collective from all over the place!

These are some of the little things that have inspired me to keep campaigning and keep writing and encouraging people to take on the issues that matter most to them. I’m sincerely hoping these give you a little inspiration as well and can help get you doing something that you really care about.

Seen any other really cool, inspiring stuff recently? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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