There’s Something About Ellen

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Ellen, Ellen, Ellen.

There is something about Ellen DeGeneres that just makes me so very happy. This is a woman who I would literally swim oceans for. I don’t understand why there aren’t more people like her in this world. If you don’t know who this woman is then you SERIOUSLY need to get out from under that rock that you are clearly living under.  Just bring you up to speed with who she is and what she does let me quickly go over everything Ellen.

So firstly she started out as a stand up comedian way back in the 80’s. Then in the 90’s she starred in her own self-titled sitcom from 1994 (the year I was born) right through to ’98.  During the fourth season her sitcom Ellen in 1997, DeGeneres came out publicly as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In my opinion it seems that Ellen DeGeneres really came into her own after she stood in her truth and owned it. Many of my generation (the 90’s babies) will probably recognise her from ‘Finding Nemo’ where she played the amnesic loveable blue fish that goes by the name of Dory. This was where I was first introduced to Ellen and I must say it was love and first .. sound? She was bubbly, energetic and fun, and for me, little miss Dory stole that movie. It appears that Pixar agreed with me, because in the year 2016 a WHOLE movie dedicated to the character of Dory is going to be out in cinemas everywhere and this movie is going to be titled ‘Finding Dory’ and Ellenhas agreed to come back and play that role I am just so excited by that! She was a judge on the hit TV show American Idol, she has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmy’s. She has won thirteen Emmys and numerous other awards for her work and charitable efforts.

OK, so now your up to speed I really want you to understand why it is that Ellen is such an inspiration of mine. to mark her 1500th show the Ellen team put together a little montage of all of her best bits and this video truly embodies everything about Ellen which I just love and adore. So here is a challenge for you, try to see if you can make it to the end of this video without experiencing any kind of positive emotion. Take a look.

As you can see from this video she is such a positive force of energy in this universe. Every day I am going to strive to be a little more like her and find the joy in every thing I do and bring laughter and love everywhere I go, I hope that you do the same.

After seeing how well she is doing and observing how successful her show has become I began to wonder why her show is doing so great and why does everyone, including myself want to tune in and watch her. I do not watch Ellen on the daily, because her show does not broadcast over here but from the many clips that I have seen all over the internet, Ellen has yet to deliver any real ground breaking interviews. So if she isn’t delivering any REAL top quality journalistic style interviews what is making her so popular. Well I will tell you, her success is solely based on her kind nature her giving spirit and that beautiful smile, she makes us  laugh with happiness and cry with joy. Ellen is just being Ellen and THAT is the key to her success and the key to yours and by you being more of yourself. Thank you Ellen for teaching me that.

For more information on Ellen you can visit her website http://www.ellentv.com there you can find more thing Ellen.

World Kindness Day

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Today is World Kindness Day – an annual day launched by ‘Secret Millionaire’ David Jamilly and UK Kindness Movement founder Louise Burfitt-Dons in a bid to make acts of kindness a greater part of everyday life in the UK. (The pair are currently lobbying the United Nations to recognise it as an official national day.)

What kind act have you done or will you do to help others or what has someone done for you?

World Kindness Day is exactly what it sounds like: a day dedicated to kindnesses, big and small.The holiday is the project of The World Kindness Movement, and can trace its start to the birth of the World Kindness Movement in Tokyo, in 1997. The day is observed in several countries around the world, according to Wikipedia, including Australia, Italy, Singapore, Canada, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.This year’s World Kindness Day falls not even a week after Typhoon Hainan devastated the Philippines, leaving more than 1,500 people dead. If you’re looking to keep the kindnesses going, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (http://www.randomactsofkindness.org  ) maintains a list of “kindness ideas,” which includes cleaning up graffiti, donating used books to your local library, and tutoring school children.

Observance is simple: be kind; or, even better, do something kind. Will you celebrate?

I think that this positively the most incredible idea for official national day that there is (aside from Christmas, Valentines and the other obvious). I do think this is only one of several days in a three hundred and sixty-five day year that can be devoted to pure kindness. I believe we owe it to ourselves with all the war memorials and the infinite moments of silence that we have to endure, in my opinion we owe it to ourselves to just be kind to one another and enjoy life. I am not saying it is not important to remember the holocaust and appreciate the lives lost during the wars I understand these are very important but WKD (World Kindness Day) will inspire people young and old and give us an excuse to just be cool with each other in a world where everyone seems to forget that we are all in this together. People seem to be so wrapped up in their own lives I think that having this national day would encourage people to step outside of their shells and look around them and see what they can do to bring a little happiness into someone else’s life. It does not even have to be a huge thing.

Kindness is the act or the state of being kind – ie. marked by goodness and charitable behaviour, mild disposition, pleasantness, tenderness and concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and recognized as a value in many cultures and religions.

 

I remember one time I was have THE WORST day, I am sure you have had them to. You know the ones where things just don’t seem to get any worse, you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, your room is a tip, you wear your scruffiest clothes, the weather is not on your side, you have puddles in your shoes, you have a headache, your phone just keeps going off,  and people (who aren’t really doing anything wrong) just get on your nerves. Well I was having one of this days and I was walking home in the pouring rain and I walked past this guy who was waiting at a bus stop. He was wearing some torn up jeans and a Jack Wills hoodie that was drenched through and  he looked straight into my eyes and smiled at me and said, “How are you?”. Now I know you where probably expecting some deep profound moment, but it was just the idea of a stranger who doesn’t know me and has no idea who I am, smiling at me with genuine kindness and compassion it completely turned my day around and I was, from that moment on, a lot happier. So something as simple and a genuine smile can completely change someones day. Being there to listen to someone, help out the elder with their bags, if you see someone struggling don’t hesitate to lend a helping hand, go see that family member who you have been avoiding, call that friend you have been feuding with and just bury the hatchet. You might as well, what have you REALLY got to lose.. its World Kindness Day.

Now go forth and be kind to one another!

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The Guide To Change … by Iyanla Vanzant

IYANLA1. HAVE A VISION.

You can’t achieve something if you don’t know what it is! Maybe you want to start thinking more positively. The vision will give you something to focus on and writing it down will help you to stay in track

2. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO BE DIFFERENT…

from how you’ve been in the past and what you think is expected of you. Answer the call from within to connect with what is true for YOU!

3. BEGIN WHERE YOU ARE, WITH WHAT YOU HAVE.

When you start a workout a trainer will tell you, “If you can’t touch your toes touch your knees, if you can’t touch your knees go for your hips.” So do what you can. And then…

4. PUSH

When your mind says”No!” you say yes (No, you can’t think positively about that plane train delay? Yes – 2 hours to yourself! – yes, yes you can.)

5. LIGHTEN UP YOUR ENLIGHTENMENT 

Transformation doesn’t have to be deep, dark and mysterious. If you screw up fine – laugh at yourself, learn and move on.

George Briere – Soul Story

This is Mr. Briere’s ‘Soul Story‘ that I came across on Facebook. All of the text below has been written by George himself, completely unedited and unfiltered. I want you to fully understand everything he writes about and this may inspire someone out there to make a change the same way that I have and the same way that he himself has. Please read the whole way through. You may finish this reading this post as a changed person. 947204_593116567389876_536873195_n

“I am SO TIRED of seeing all these SELF HELP books and GUIDES from people that are sad and miserable in reality.

A lot people are out here PREACHING the DREAM , but LIVING A NIGHTMARE.

I am not making a million dollars a month, and I don’t work only 2 hours a day. I think it is lost art of just being transparent online at times. A lot of people are living in a fairyland with over hyped promises.

I just spoke on stage in front of thousands of people sharing my journey. People around the country wanted to know how I started a successful personal development online business.

There is so much disappointment with guides and different online businesses because of all the false expectations that are out there. The world is changing and the online world is an amazing place to create a career that will last a lifetime.

Myself personally, I am huge believer in law of attraction and personal development. If you are not growing you are not moving forward in life. People back in the day like Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Les Brown & Tony Robbins were groundbreaking in the field.

They really helped transform so many lives out there, not because they told people what they wanted to hear. They told people what they NEEDED to hear even if it was hard for them.

I now earn a strong 6 figures a year online working only 4 hours a day. There was a lot that happened to get to this stage. I want to be transparent with you and show you my journey on what it really took for me to get where I am at today. I’ll tell you right now it took hard work, trial and error, personal development and a mentor that really looked out for me. I will explain each of these in detail for you.

But before I do….

I want to share a little of my story with you. I feel its important for you to know where I am coming from so you can understand my journey better.

September 2012 I was broke and didn’t even know how I was going to provide for my family. I had just lost 2 income streams which totally devastated our bank account. Now let me be very clear about something. Although I was broke as a joke, I wasn’t desperate. We just had more month left at the end of the money.

September 2012 was also the same month my wife broke the news to me that she was pregnant with our first child. Talk about a wake up call. I am a confident guy, but at that very moment the type of fear that took over my body was intense.

In life, it’s not what happens to you, it is how you react to it. I had been an employee for many years and back in 2008 when I got laid off and dropped without any warning or reason, I knew I would never put my trust in another corporate company or any JOB ever again.

I was just a number to them vs a person with a soul. They didn’t care about me or my family they only cared about the bottom line.

At the time we were living in a crappy old small house built in 1890 and every spring and when it would rain for more than 2 days the basement would flood, not to mention there was no space for a nursery.

What did I do, that made me more uncomfortable than ever? I made promise to my wife that we would move into a new house with space for a nursery before our baby was born.

I had no idea at the time how was I going to accomplish a feat that was bigger than anything I had ever done before. I was not about to break a promise to my wife and my unborn child.

I knew for a LONG TIME I wanted a successful online business. I wanted freedom and flexibility to do what I wanted, when I wanted and wherever I wanted. I knew there was a lot of junk out there but I guess like God says, “You take a step towards me and I will take step towards you.”

1.) Found a Mentor

Once I opened up my mind and my heart I came across a mentor that would forever change my life.

This guy was just different in so many ways.

He didn’t “put on” any type of persona or look to impress. He was just himself it was just refreshing to me. He was earning as much as professional athletes but he didn’t wear any fancy clothes or drive a bentley or anything.

One thing I noticed a lot was that he treated everyone the same. That was a big thing for me, because I knew other people who were big shots and it was not the same. They made people feel like it was big deal just say hello to them.

This guy has thousands of people all the time craving for his time. He didn’t get successful just wasting time with just anyone. If you were the type of person to prove to him you were really ready for a change, he would invest time into you.

The right mentor will shorten your learning curve more than you can ever imagine. Reading books are cool but you still have to figure out a lot by yourself. I struggled for years trying to find the right business and the right things to do. When my mentor shared with me the proper things to do online, my life changed almost overnight. In September 2012 I earned less than $2000 that month. Within 3 months of coming in contact with my mentor I had my first $3000 profit day.

2.) Hard Work & Truth

I would love to say that no hard work was required to get to the stage I am at in my life right now. But the truth of the matter is, it took hard work. That is a problem with finding the right vehicle online, so many people are given misleading information which develops false expectations. I know people who quit on their dreams because they were sold this dream of just pushing one button and your whole life is going to change.

I will share the reality my mentor shared with me right now. He shared with me that in the beginning of starting your online business, you will have to work harder than you have ever worked before. He told me he could tell me a pipe dream but would rather tell me the truth. Which I really appreciated!

I decided if I was going to work hard , I was going to do something I was passionate about. My biggest passions involved personal development. I almost got burnt out at one point, reading all these books and listening to these audiobooks and not getting the results I thought I deserved. People would always tell me, “George you are wasting your time.” I knew I was destined for greatness though, ever since I was young. I just didn’t have a clear path how I was going to accomplish it before.

I can’t lie I was discouraged and even started to doubt myself after years of failure. I almost started to resent the books and audiotapes. Once again why a mentor was so important to me.

He explained to me that I was attracting everything I had in my life. Every decision I made up until this point has landed me where I was in life whether I liked it or not. He told me that everytime I wanted to blame someone else for my problems to just look in the mirror. He said, “Yes, maybe someone told you the wrong info before that set you back, but George you chose to listen to that information, so therefore it was your problem. When things are going great you don’t mind taking credit for that do you?”

A great mentor will challenge you to be better, but also tell you when you are doing great.

I did exactly what my mentor suggested in business.

1. Find solid products that will hold value for a long time.
2. Learn one advertising method that works over and over again
3. Learn to properly follow up with customers
4. Have a system in place that will enable you to be mobile
5. Make sure that when you go sleep, you feel great about the work you are doing

My mentor assisted me in handling all of them. The end result is that I went ,from a $2000 a month guy, with very little time freedom and stressed out about the future all of the time. To a 5 figure monthly earner with true freedom and a sense of security I have been searching for my entire life.

Let me rewind real quick. In April 2013 my wife and I moved into our new home. We have more than enough room for a nursery. It was truly a dream come true. We moved in couple months before our beautiful baby girl Gianna arrived into this world.

I know how much my mentor changed my life. I feel it in my soul to pay it forward. I know there are so many talented people out there struggling. I know with the right guidance they can reach heights they couldn’t even imagine. I have helped people with no prior experience online leave their jobs in under 6 months. When you have the right blueprint and people around you, success comes much faster than you think.

I invite you to visit my site if you want to find out my detailed blueprint.

http://GeorgeandMerissa.com/

If you want to connect with me personally, I am open to it. I will only talk to people who are serious about making a change. I have literally thousands of people contact me now asking for help. You can either message me on this fan page, or you can contact me at my regular page at http://facebook.com/gogreen4profits

Much Love,

George & Merissa Briere
http://GeorgeandMerissa.com/

P.S. If you are the type of person who truly is ready for a change in your life, we will make arrangements to meet in person soon  ?”

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Long Lost Family

Ever had that one family member you wish you could see again? That one who left and vanished without a trace? I bet you never thought you would see them again, huh? Well it seems that ITV is going to answer all your prayers with their series ‘Long Lost Family’.

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The general layout of the television series is it starts with a tragic story of a person/s who have lost contact with a specific family member.  This person/s has been trying for years to get in touch with their long lost relative and each and every avenue they have searched has led them to a dead end. So now clinging on their very last strands of hope they are forced to call upon the help of a ..TV show desperately believing that a team of people will stumble upon something that they have missed and perhaps find there lost loved one. Eight times out of ten they do find the lost loved one and bring them together in a very emotional moment bursting at the seams with joy and love.

Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell are the face of this series and have hosted all three seasons and they are both planned to return to film series four.

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The Daily Telegraph gave the show a mixed review “the presenters seemed to be trying slightly too hard to squeeze tears out of their interviewees“. They went on to say “I wonder what the producers would do if the two people they brought together, instead of embracing joyfully, launched into a furious rally of accusations and blame. Perhaps I’ll tune in next week to see whether it happens, although that will depend on whether I can stomach more of Pavlov’s Piano, or for that matter Davina McCall’s habit of talking to her interviewees, even the elderly ones, as if she were their proud mother, waving them off at the school gate“. The Daily Telegraph were not the only ones to give it a review The Guardian also had something to say but they had more positive feedback for the show “Within its own parameters, it succeeds quite nicely. Davina’s common touch remains infallible and her co-host Nicky Campbell’s almost pathological lack of charisma is obscured and alleviated by his status as an adopted son himself, makes the whole thing slightly less painful than it might have been“. 

The Independent gave the show a mixed to positive review, they wrote; “It was all very warm and fuzzy and just what you’d expect, apart from the presenters, who struck me as an odd duo. His connection is obvious – adopted at four days old – hers rather less so. Still, she’s really rather good: none of the overgrown-yoof presenting she favours on Big Brother. I can’t imagine this continuing for more than a couple of series – it’s all a little one-trick: once you’ve got the hang of the tracking-down-strangers part, there’s only so much to be astonished about. But, for the meantime, it ain’t bad“. Sam Wollaston of The Guardian praised Long Lost Family calling it “very good” and “so much more interesting than the programme Who Do You Think You Are?“. He went on to say “It’s so moving because it’s real, and it’s about separation and hurt, guilt and regret, growing up, identity, belonging, family, love, life. Now I’m blubbing, like a baby.

Well Sam Wollaston I completely agree with you sir. This show is probably the onlyhappy-cuteness-overload-l TV show to have made me literally cry sitting on my couch. I don’t understand how or why this happened. Whenever the closing credits began to roll I would find myself in a sobbing mess on the floor surrounded by tissues..in a good way. I would truly recommend this to anyone who needs to fell good and just have a good, what I call, a good joy-cry. What it is for me is, this series carries a very important message, in fact it carries several in addition to what Mr. Wollaston said earlier. Persistence, redemption, new beginnings, faith, forgiveness and hope. I absolutely watched every episode that I could get my eyes on.

And it seems that my fellow British have agreed with me.

The series, which has just finished its third run, averaged a live overnight audience of 5.2 million viewers…making it the highest rating series yet.

Since its launch, Long Lost Family has consistently won its prime time weekday 9pm slot. The first series averaged a consolidated audience of 5 millions viewers, series two averaging 5.15 million and series three has leaped to an average audience of 5.9 million so far, [based on consolidated data].
Based on these statistics taken from the ITV website and the Press Centre it appears that many of us in the UK enjoy watching this series. I don’t know whether they all get all teary eyed like me but they enjoy it nonetheless. I loo forward to next series and I hope that you will all be watching along with me. If you have missed any episodes they are all available on the ITV Player website. Here is a link to the page  https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/

How To… Stop Violence

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Rodrigo Canales begins today’s talk by bringing us to a very confusing peace march. After a battle between Mexican law enforcement and the drug cartel La Familia Michoacana turned the city of Apatzingán into a battlefield for two days in 2010, the mayor of the town decided to hold a march for peace.[ted_talkteaser id=1859] Thousands of citizens showed up. And while half of those at the march wore white and held signs calling for peace, the other half proudly displayed signs and t-shirts supporting La Familia.

Canales shares this story to illustrate a point: “Our current understanding of drug violence and what leads to it is, at the very least, incomplete,” he says, speaking in the TED office.

Over the past six years, 60,000 to 100,000 Mexicans have lost their lives to drug violence. It’s a staggering number, and one that tends to get tuned out by those reading…

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My ‘U-CARE Urban Culture Against Racism’ Journey

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‘Europe has always been a continent of migration and cultural diversity, and has drawn both cultural and economical wealth from this. Recently, the ongoing crises in Europe have lead to a rise of extreme right-wing and anti-European populism in many European countries, making worse the situation for immigrants and minorities in terms of racism and discrimination. Old manifestations of intolerance receive new vigour and new forms of racism, coupled with economic, social and political marginalisation of affected groups, deepen their exclusion from active social participation.
In November 2012 the new project “U-CARE – Urban Culture Against Racism in Europe” started, where 11 organisations in 8 countries join forces and pool their knowledge to combine an anti-racist/anti-discrimination peer coaching approach with urban culture and media. Young people with diverse cultural backgrounds (including the national majorities) will be educated in national seminars and an international summer academy 2013 to become U-CARE Junior Coaches. They will empower themselves to spread the message of increasing mutual understanding and combating racism and discrimination.’

‘Being part of urban youth scenes themselves, they have potentials of reaching other young people that are mostly inaccessible for adults from social majority groups. Thus, the U-CARE Peer Coaches will carry the torch of respecting cultural diversity and deconstructing negative stereotypes on to other young people. Together with them, they will do workshops, run campaigns and create public events making the U-CARE message visible, reaching 1000+ young people all over Europe. After this project, the U-CARE Junior Coaches will be ready to run further activities on their own.’ (Taken from the official U-CARE website http://www.u-care.org)

In the summer of 2013 I was selected to attend (along with seven of my peers) an incredible academy that was located in a little place called Heek Nein-Borg, that is right near the border between Germany and The Netherlands. Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 02.12.40I went there to partake in a 2 week academy that was all about battling racism and discrimination. People from all over Europe came and I am proud to say that I now have friends and adopted family in Romania, Italy, Greece, The Netherlands, Hungary, France, USA (not a part of Europe) and Germany. Each of these people that I had the honour to meet and live with for 2 weeks, were artists and masters of their discipline I met incredibly skilled comic artists, beautifully gifted dancers, skilful wordsmiths and inspiring spiritual teachers.

We were asked to build relationships from outside of our own countries and by the second day we all, remarkably, already felt like a family. Which to me was a true testament to the souls that were surrounding me, how quickly we each could connect to the other was mind blowing, the miles and distance between our homes, the different languages we spoke were boundaries that were effortlessly overcome. We were the untied by one common goal so straight away we bonded. We were family

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I have got to tell you this out of pure honesty every other experience in my life has paled in comparison to this. This entire experience was an eye opener into what REAL artistry is, what art means and the unmeasurable power it holds. The whole atmosphere just completely captivated me and held me hostage from day 1 right through to day 14, because this academy was so cut off from the rest of the world it was a very intimate setting and therefore we each got to see the world through the others eyes.

‘This entire experience was an eye opener into what REAL artistry is, what art means and the unmeasurable power it holds over the human soul’

Each and every single day was carefully mapped out so that every hour of every day we were working towards our ultimate goal. Long hours did not stop the creative souls from expressing themselves outside of  ‘academic’ hours. I remember vividly coming home from a VERY long day and walking past the building next to where I was staying and and I thought I could hear music so I went to investigate and to my surprise there I found a jam session taking place and all people were invited to attend if they wanted to. Outside you could over hear some a few people exchanging life stories and harsh lessons they have learned over a quite beer and a cigarette. Magic.

Just in case you don’t understand the pace at which we were working let me break it down for you. So, during some of the academic hours that you guys have just seen on the timetable from the academy (above right) a group of musical artists had come together and developed and concept for a song, written it, sang/rapped it, recorded it, produced it, developed a concept for a music video, shot it and edited it then finally published it within guess how many days? … Just to put it into perspective for you (according to wikipedia.org) it took Ms. Rihanna 5 months to shoot (all in the same location) and edit then publish the video to ‘Pour It Up’… now that you understand how long it takes the ‘pro’s’ to do it you will appreciate the awesomeness of this next sentence. It took the musicians three days to write, record, sing, rap and produce a song AND shoot, edit and publish a music video. HOW AMAZING IS THAT! ..Here is what they produced.

Where I’m From – U-CARE

Love that song. Great job guys!

Now as part of the cluster groups I ended up a part of a ‘super-group’ containing 15 members each with their own ideas and concepts. We eventually created our own Project … named Project Panda. Now this Project is so intense it will need its own page which I will be posting in the near future so stay tuned in.

To conclude this experience, this adventure this journey and discovery of self was an experience that I definitely will not soon forget.  Whilst I was there, there was a man that kept popping up with a camera it wasn’t until later on in the week I was informed he was creating a documentary. I must admit I was thankful that someone was documenting it all and capturing this incredible journey we were on because me being the doofus I am completely forget to bring a camera here is the completed documentary if you watch to the end you will see me at the end.