Brand marketing strategist, epic morning person & enthusiastic about books, baking & sending birthday cards.
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A yoga stretch to unwind their spine, especially if they sit at a desk all day.
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Part of the message I was trying to express in my show was, ok, these are our things that we grew up with that are precious to us, and you can't take them.
I just didn't ever see, you know, my face and myself reflected in anybody.
This is the book I'm named after, Gitanjali. It's two names, Gita which means song or prayer, and Anjali which means offering ... so Gitanjali means song offering or prayer offering, and then I however many decades later became a DJ.
If anything I want you to take away from this talk is moments in your future and your present and even in your past that you can forgive when you felt lost, you felt uncertain, you felt like, "I should know what I'm doing but I don't"—that's ok. That is human. That is normal and that is right where you're supposed to be.
I believe—like I really really do believe—that each one of us have something inside, all of us. And the world will miss out if we don't do something about it. Because someone out there needs to see what we need to create.
But the beautiful thing—I think, for this—is that the magic has happened once I stop listening to everybody else and what everything is telling me that I need to do, that I should do, and I start listening to the muse.
It is finding a way—how does your muse speak to you? And try to put yourself more in those situations.
A lot of it comes from somewhere that I have no idea what that is. And we can call it the muse, we can call it inspiration, we can call it our inner voice. But seriously, I feel like there's something else.
I just started filming girls that were friends of friends, and I recorded this audio. I was like, I'm just going to test this microphone. And so I tricked myself with little things like that, like I'm just going to do this little thing. And then things happen.
I remember writing this, "Dear universe: Thank you for sending me so many ideas. Now please send me the time and energy to make them happen."
And we can actually be part of the events that are actually changing and reshaping our concept of what it means to belong.
The only reason why it’s not going to happen, is because you’re here. And you’re going to do something about it.
We only do this to people when they're aliens. That is, when they're different. Right? . . . But once you're different, once you're "the other," these rules are really easy to apply.
Stephen W Manning What justice has to do with belonging
Death is a hard thing to deal with, especially in our society where people seem to be so sheltered from it. No one really wants to look at it.
I had to end this idea that I had about myself, unlearn habits and those stories I told myself. It had to happen this way, just like everything else in life.
I think of this juxtaposition. On the left there’s weird. And on the right there’s wonder. And wonderful. And on the left, there’s also wrong . . . But what if it's not wrong? Is it our opportunity in the creative industry to show that something that seems weird, something that doesn’t fit in our normal purview of what we think is normal . . . But what if we have the opportunity to show that what’s different can actually be beautiful? And we can be in awe of that and it can be wonderful? And you can see that. You can see someone in that way. And you can feel seen in that moment.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s the creative community’s opportunity—maybe even responsibility—to create wonder in this world, that badly needs it right now. Maybe it’s the creative community’s responsibility to see, create and scale wonder.
We thought let’s turn growth on its head a little bit. It doesn’t have to mean mass sameness. Our values should be reflected in this growth.
To us, it was like, well if we’re going to start this company, we want to start something that’s going to make the world just a little bit better than when we found it. And those people who come into contact with us, we want them to leave with a little bit more than when they met us. Otherwise it’s not worth doing.