7.26.2011

Waking up to wonderful ♥



Can you believe it's almost August? (I can't wait till it actually is.) Where has all the time gone? But I'm excited to say.. the Benefit Concert is in a few weeks!! (Come join!) Months of planning and organizing definitely pays off. I'm also super stoked to see my Cali boys :) As some of you already know, Frank aka Ice1cube and Kevin Lien will be in town for the concert. What did I tell you about our all-star line up?

My trip is also slowly creeping up on me. We've finally gotten most of our trip schedule planned out, just need some minor finalizing. I'm glad it's in September, and that I'll be going with Fiona, Pablo and Paul. It'll be a good time of fellowship (A very much extended one), good eats, and just time to discover new places, cultures and enjoy what the rest of the world has to offer. With that being said, a lot of my friends and family members have been saying I'm so lucky to be able to travel and take time off work just for this.

I recently talked to my dad about my trip, and he mentioned how there's a huge difference between being lucky, and being blessed.. and asked which one I would rather be? Brings me to the fact that I've always envied my cousin who is fairly well off, and has the life that most women would want. However the more I thought about it.. I realized I wouldn't want to be in her shoes. You know how we're always saying so and so's so lucky.. and most of the time it's because they have things we want, or wished we had? If you ever find yourself asking that, look and count the blessings in your life. Because I for one.. would rather be blessed, than lucky. Oh how I love the random conversations I have with my dad. As I grow older.. I learn to appreciate conversations like these even more.

Back to the trip talk. Have you seen my inventory list? Haha yes you can call me crazy, but I call it being organized! Although.. I have a feeling I'll be living in my denim cut-offs, pocket tanks and flip flops most of the time. The heat will be too hot to handle! But.. I think I could all use some sun after the lack of sunshine in Vancouver this Summer. Alright I think I'll end things here. Whistler-bound this weekend. So until next time! Love, T.

P.S What do you guys have planned for the rest of the Summer? Do share! I'd love to know :)

7.14.2011

We are a chosen generation ♥

"We learn to pass by unspeakable things and situations without ever stopping, whether it's a mother hitting her child at a Wal-Mart or a homeless person starving or freezing on the street while we're on our way to American Apparel to get a two-for-one special on t-shirts. We shouldn't just accept destruction and individual devastation as normal everyday occurrences. Only when we start to attune to what's really happening all around us can we start to transform it." - Kelly Cutrone

I first saw this on Lily's blog.. which soon became a good reminder as to why I'm doing the Sharing Hope Benefit Concert. I'm sure at one point or another, everyone has passed by that homeless person on the way to work, the mall, school.. or have seen and know someone being mistreated or helpless in a situation. And yet.. we remain a bystander, leaving them to fend for themselves. I'll admit that I've been guilty of that myself on numerous occasions.

We spend money without much thought at times. On food.. shopping.. travels.. when a small amount such as $5, is the same amount for someone else's meals for the day. A meal that is essential for their survival. And what's even more absurd is that as we continue to see this on a daily basis, we've also grown to easily accept these situations and become immune to it. Turn a blind eye, and move along. It's easier to isn't it?

However, with all that being said.. I truly believe our generation is fully capable of transforming and changing the world around us. We have the power and resources to bring light to these situations, and help serve as an encouragement to others to do so as well. It's about bringing our community together, and our willingness to move forth and act on it.

I'm not saying to go out there and donate every single cent you have to every homeless person, or every good cause. I'm just hoping that you'll at some point, help shed some light on these situations.. and realize that you too, can do your part to help. Even if it's a small part.

With all my heart, I believe if you have faith that you can accomplish something, you're very much capable of doing just that. As for me, I have been truly inspired and touched by the Dalit people in India.. and this concert is my gift to them. If I can play even a small part in creating awareness and help empower these children by giving them the opportunity for an education, it's a blessing to me. Education is the key to their freedom, and essential for breaking the cycle of poverty.

I'm very encouraged by the support of my family and friends with this upcoming benefit concert. Couldn't have done it without them, and I'm eternally grateful that they're ever so willing to be a part of this too. I think if we continue to stay motivated, and encouraged with this cause, or any good cause really; we can keep this growing movement and make it even bigger than what it already is.

So I'm inviting you guys to come join me on August 20th! Change lives, and have your life changed as well. We're richly blessed in so many ways. It's about time we become and share that blessing with others.

Concert info: http://www.bhlc.ca/sharingHope/concert/

I hope to see you there! xo

7.02.2011

A Nostalgic Summer Dream ♥

*Warning, photo heavy post! Summer is officially here. Mr.Sun came out to join us this afternoon, and what better way to embrace it then to enjoy the sun with a photoshoot? Gloria, Alyssa and I decided to spontaneously do one, and I think I'm in love with these pictures! Summer dreamin'. I edited these on my brother's Macbook, and the photos turned out really well. Expect more of these.. because I've jumped on the Apple bandwagon. I know I know, I said it was hard to use et all.. but Photoshop is just so much better on the Mac. These pictures are proof.