Compassion is a pause button that reminds us of a fundamental truth: we’re all stumbling and nobody has it figured out.

The best part about compassion is that it’s a learned trait—unlike your height or eye color—and the more we practice accepting others the sooner the easier it becomes to accept ourselves.

When this is at the forefront of our minds, we give people a chance to show up and be seen. When in doubt, the answer is compassion.

This month’s global exploration of Compassion is chosen by our Helsinki chapter, illustrated by Sami Viljanto, and presented by Shutterstock.

Our series of random questions that dig a little deeper into the minds of the people holding the mic.

What is your favorite virtue? 

Humility

What is your favorite vice? 

Wrath

What phrase do you find yourself repeating all too often? 

Right now: “Good job!!!” to my 11 week-old daughter.

Biggest pet peeve?  

People not using their turn signal.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 

Do your homework.

Who or what inspires you? 

Right now: people in San Diego who showed up at the Women’s March, Science March and Charlottesville Candlelight Vigil. Seeing people out on the street in what is not known as a super “activist” city was super inspiring.

What defines genius? 

Simple solution to a complex problem.

Most memorable experience from your travels? 

Being in a grocery store in Ruhiira, Uganda and finding mostly packaged foods, sugary drinks and white flour cookies to eat (just like one would in many US food stores).

What’s the one thing you would want people to know about sustainable food systems? 

The simple, genius idea is that the same, “sustainable” food system that is good for eaters, is better for the planet and for all people who work in the food chain.

Favorite place in San Diego? 

Liberty Station - where I live.  It’s walkable urban development surrounded by parks and water - with great food and fitness options.

Genius is a label, a shortcut that signifies the remarkable achievements and abilities of an individual. Thomas Edison famously quipped that genius was one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. But genius also hinges on the voices of the community, the support of the people.

This month’s global exploration of Genius is chosen by our Guadalajarachapter, illustrated by Claudio Limón, and presented by WordPress.com

Our Shutterstock Portrait Studio Is Live!

Did we snap your photo? Thanks to our global sponsor Shutterstock for supporting our event in April and facilitating our Portrait Studio. We were able to shoot over 100 portraits of our attendees and their bright & shining faces. Huge thanks goes out to our photographer, Stacy Keck for making us all look like the pros that we are! Check out the full gallery here!

QUICK FIRE QUERIES: JENNY AMARANENI

Our series of random questions that dig a little deeper into the minds of the people holding the mic.

What is your favorite virtue?
Compassion

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Listening to dirty south rap from the 90’s and 2000’s

What phrase do you find yourself repeating all too often?
When you act the worst, you need love the most. My mom always says this quote. I try to remember it and act accordingly. It’s a process!

Biggest pet peeve?
A big pet peeve of mine is when people say they will do something and they don’t.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
When you find yourself at a crossroads and uncertain about what to do next, be still and ask yourself what is the next best step.

Who or what inspires you?
The blessings in my life continuously inspire me. I am very aware of how blessed I am to live where I live, to have countless freedoms and opportunities as well as supportive friends and family by my side. I realize that billions of people do not have these blessings. If I can find ways to make life easier for them, I’ve successfully shown my gratitude.

How do you stay centered?
I always make time for my relationships with my husband (just got married last week) :), family and friends. Maintaining those relationships is so important to me.

What has been your biggest challenge building your business?
Trusting the process. In our business, we’ve fallen down 100 times and have gotten up 101. After the 50th time, you begin to question if you’re on the right path. In those moments, I get still and ask myself what to do. A small voice tells me to keep moving forward so I do.

How would you define Serendipity?
I came across the definition “pleasant surprise” and that really resonates with me. Beyond that, I like to think of Serendipity as a sign that you’re exactly where you should be.

Favorite place in San Diego?
The end of Law St. in Pacific Beach. It is magical at sunset.

Happy Monday, Morning People! Looking to re-live moments from last Friday’s talk? Head to the November Project’s Creative Mornings gallery to check out some photos from the event. 

Our series of random questions that dig a little deeper into the minds of the people holding the mic.

What is your favorite virtue?

Optimism

What is your favorite vice?

IPA’s

What phrase do you find yourself repeating all too often?

“I think you are crushing life, my friend”

Biggest pet peeve?

Pessimistic people saying anything

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

You don’t need an end game. End games are for people with no imagination.

Who or what inspires you?

The Co-Leaders of November Project tribes all over the world.

What word would you use to describe San Diego?

Untapped

How do you stay grounded?

Calling my mom/wife/brother

What makes a moment memorable for you?

Being able to share it

Favorite place in San Diego?

Balboa park at sunrise


For more information about Brogan and his work, check out the November Project. We’re excited to have Brogan share with us on February 17th at the San Diego Central Library. More event info here.

We tend to measure our lives by days or years, but what we seek in our dreams and cherish in memory are the moments that define us.

Think of moments, not as a page in a book, but that one highlighted sentence in a sea of letters. With a surgeon’s precision, you can point at defining moments that altered the trajectory of your life. The challenge of our times is not to chase after moments, but learning to embrace the one we have right now and do well with it.

The theme was chosen by our Montréal chapter and illustrated by Patrick Seymour.

To our highly creative brains, a sound is never a sound. These vibrations that pervade our lives contain layers of meaning—a range of questions, intentions, and purposes.

Even the absence of sound contains a world of uncertainty and curiosities, sometimes peace.

The theme was chosen by our Dublin chapter, presented globally by Wix, and illustrated by Derry Dillon.

Quickfire Queries :: Emily Belden

Our brand new series of random questions that dig a little deeper into the minds of the people holding the mic.

What is your favorite virtue?

Offering to reach things that are high on the shelves at grocery stores for short people, A.K.A. random acts of humanity.

Favorite guilty pleasure?

Binge watching Teen Mom OG.

What does fantasy mean to you?  

NSFW. Just kidding. But you’ll have to attend Friday’s talk to find out.

Favorite cliche corporate stock photo? (Pensive around the conference table is a personal fave) 

Blurred-out people walking in the winter time, lens focused just on a bright red shopping bag.

What phrase do you find yourself repeating all too often?  

“Can I sub the soda for a milkshake?”

What’s your favorite song?  

50 Cent - In Da Club

What keeps you grounded?

When a roll of dog poop bags falls out of my pocket at a cocktail party.

Who or what inspires you?   

A blank word doc and a giant glass of red wine.

What’s your favorite fantasy/fiction movie series?

Stranger Things.

What is your biggest pet peeve?   

People who move at a glacial pace in their job role…i.e., post office, deli counter, etc.

Who is your favorite author?  

Gillian Flynn, specifically for her book Gone Girl

Favorite place in San Diego?  

Taco Surf PB - best Cali Burrito hands down.


For more information about Emily and her work, check out her website. We’re excited to have Emily share with us on November 18th at the San Diego Central Library. More event info here.

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