My birthday wish this year is to gather as much support for one of my favorite organizations, Random Acts. So from now until my birthday, I'm running a Crowdrise fundraiser to collect donations to help fund their mission of conquering the world one random act of kindness at a time. The Annual Melee of Kindness One of Random Acts' biggest events is the Annual Melee of Kindness (AMOK), where friends and supporters spend the day--or even the entire weekend!--spreading kindness in all kinds of … [Read more...] about My Birthday Wish: Day Three – What’s “AMOK”?
When I was first given the opportunity to present at Pecha Kucha last month, I was really excited. As I've mentioned before, I love Random Acts and what they stand for. I wanted more people to know about them. I wanted people to understand what an impact this organization has had on my life. And then the shooting in Orlando happened. And a number of seemingly-innocent traffic stops turned deadly. And of course, it's an election year, so there's plenty of negativity going around there. I … [Read more...] about My Birthday Wish: Day Two
Welcome back to my oft-neglected blog! Seems like writing is becoming less of a passion and more of a hobby lately. And that's okay! I just have to trust that there will be time for me to return to writing for longer stretches of time, sometime in the hopefully-not-too-distant future. But today, I wanted to write about my birthday wish. If you follow me on social media at all, you'll notice that over the past year I've become enamored with the organization Random Acts. Founded by actor … [Read more...] about My Birthday Wish: An Introduction
Random Acts, founded by actor Misha Collins of Supernatural, is a global nonprofit organization which encourages everyone, everywhere, to do random acts of kindness. They have raised enough money to support the construction of orphanages in Haiti, and are currently working on building a school in Nicaragua. Meanwhile, supporters all over the world donate their time, creative talent, and money to local organizations and individuals right in their own backyards. I want to tell you about this … [Read more...] about #GetKind with Random Acts
I have been asking myself for a while now what it is about the term "white privilege" that causes such a visceral, negative reaction in me. This term—and others that are similar—get thrown at people like a slap in the face, in the hopes of getting them to wake up and shake themselves out of their own perspective, for the betterment of the common good. But that's not the effect it has on me. I hear "white privilege" and something in me just shuts down, pushing me out of the conversation entirely. … [Read more...] about What is Privilege?
Wonderful, wonderful article about the true nature of love. It is a choice, and it's a choice made almost daily. http://thoughtcatalog.com/brianna-wiest/2014/02/can-we-choose-who-we-love/ … [Read more...] about Can We Choose Who We Love?