For a successful road trip, it is best to pack light, because the most essential items, such as: curiosity, open mindedness, and willingness to learn, are not found in your suitcase. These tools enable you to stumble upon surprises on your journey that are so exquisite, they transform you, and upon your return home, you feel compelled to share the wealth of your experience with others.
By attending seminars, panel discussions, workshops, and community events during the past month, I have met people who are working to make a difference in the world, by giving their time, their talent, their leadership, and their money. Many are also doing fulfilling work and making money.
At institute B in Vancouver, I attended the screening of “Not Business as Usual”, and the panel discussion that followed, and had a guest blog posted on the Institute B website. Here is the link to my blog: http://www.instituteb.com/the-passionate-fans-of-conscious-capitalism/. You can watch the film on their website as well. This is an organization that is changing capitalism, and creating a culture where business for profit is also purpose driven.
At ‘The Surrey Steps Up Youth Awards’, I met the youth space group, who are fundraising to create a safe, sober, space for teens in the White Rock/ South Surrey. The blog post was published in The Semi-Ahmoo Straight newsmagazine. Here is the link to the blog post – http://annhoy.com/working-to-create-a-safe-sober-space-for-teens-in-their-community-by-ann-hoy/
With stops at the brand new Surrey City Hall, The Clayton Festival for families, The Cloverdale Rodeo, with a 68 year tradition of community pride, and entertainment, and The Louise Hay ‘I Can Do It’ Conference in Vancouver, with keynote speaker Wayne Dyer, it has been an interesting and informative journey.
In addition, I have been following media personalities on Twitter, at @AnnHoyBlog, who use their influence to make the world better. It only takes one person to make a change,and it is more about how the journey changes you than the destination you reach. After 242 blog posts, and 200,000 page views on AnnHoy.com, I am taking a break from sawing to sharpen the saw. As Burton Rascoe said, “A writer is working even when he is staring out the window”. Your observations are translated onto the page when you meet like-minded people, like the alchemy that turns base metals into gold.
Taking time to reflect, has helped me plan how to transform my blog to one that raises business consciousness up, as we spend a large part of our lives at work. More about the blog makeover will follow. Have a great day!
photo: flickr/photo pin creative commons/road trip other photos: Ann Hoy