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Voices of 2015

If there is one message you want to get out into the world…what would it be? As we embark on this new year, let us remember the big lessons we learned and let them lead us to a brighter and more fulfilling path. We wish you joy, success, and more beautiful changes in 2016! Advertisements

Just Breathe

In our frenzied culture, it is easy to ignore the things that are closest to us. When we become overwhelmed by external demands, our attention falls away from the very things that sustain us. Our intimate relationships, our health, and our breath. Despite our never-ending to-do lists and overpacked schedules, if we simply put our focus on the pieces of our life that support us, we will find the strength to carry on. Ellie is a former Chinese opera star who attended Juilliard. She currently teaches voice lessons in Northern California and helps her students learn to use their breath.  ALL: A Lesson Learned is a candid glimpse into one person’s moment of discovery. Each month we’ll highlight a lesson or two from the conversations we’ve had. We’re excited to share these bits of wisdom from unlikely places.

Deal With It

We’re all searching for meaning in one way or another. The thing nobody tells you is that those feelings of restlessness and uncertainty never go away. We are always charting and re-charting our course. None of us have it all figured out and maybe that’s how it was meant to be. Darren is a former college football player and writer living in Colorado. He enjoys biking in the snow and reading Steinbeck. ALL: A Lesson Learned is a candid glimpse into one person’s moment of discovery. Each month we’ll highlight a lesson or two from the conversations we’ve had. We’re excited to share these bits of wisdom from unlikely places.

Love is Forever

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things in life. It is a time when we reevaluate what is meaningful to us, reminisce on the past, and call on forces greater than ourselves. What if we could bring this same awareness to our everyday lives? What if the possibility of transcending time and space existed for us in the here and now? Kim is a mother and an elementary school teacher. She believes love can last forever. ALL: A Lesson Learned is a candid glimpse into one person’s moment of discovery. Each month we’ll highlight a lesson or two from the conversations we’ve had. We’re excited to share these bits of wisdom from unlikely places.

Just Do You

We are confronted with so many different expectations everyday. Sometimes the best thing we can do is drown out all that noise with the one voice that really counts – our own. Despite what the masses say, despite what our parents say, we are the only ones who know what’s right for us and the more we listen to that voice within, the better we will get at following it. Garret is an Eagle Scout, hip hop lover, and Maryn’s youngest brother. Ever since he was little, he has always done his own thing. ALL: A Lesson Learned is a candid glimpse into one person’s moment of discovery. Each month we’ll highlight a lesson or two from the conversations we’ve had. We’re excited to share these bits of wisdom from unlikely places.

Full Circle

It has been an amazing journey so far. We rekindled a friendship sparked 20 years ago. We revisited people and places from our childhood. We reconnected with a certain joy misplaced over the years. Thank you for making this first chapter so special. 5,000 miles, ten cities, thirty conversations, and we have only just begun…Cheers to more adventures in 2015! 

Make it Matter

Sometimes we are in such a rush to get to our destination, we forget to nurture those parts of ourselves and others that matter most. Instead of thinking in terms of material progress and success, what if we counted those unquantifiable acts of kindness, courage, and forgiveness most? What if we decided to be people of character instead of just avatars of beauty, success, or some other empty category? Yvonne decided to give up  her successful career as an attorney to focus on raising her sons into men of character. You can find her cheering them on in the classroom and on the football field. ALL: A Lesson Learned is a candid glimpse into one person’s moment of discovery. Each month we’ll highlight a lesson or two from the conversations we’ve had. We’re excited to share these bits of wisdom from unlikely places.

Start with One

When we hear the words “American Dream,” we often think of what can be gained. We struggle to keep up with bigger, better, faster, newer, believing that the next thing will satisfy us. In this frenzied search for more, we forget to ask ourselves what it’s all for. In pursuit of this material vision, we lose sight of the ideals – life, liberty, and justice for all – and how we might serve to reclaim them.  Helie is a bestselling author, documentary filmmaker, and co-founder of KAFE. She speaks around the country on her bicultural heritage and human rights for North Korean refugees. ALL: A Lesson Learned is a candid glimpse into one person’s moment of discovery. Each month we’ll highlight a lesson or two from the conversations we’ve had. We’re excited to share these bits of wisdom from unlikely places.