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Showing posts from February, 2015

Spotlight on: City of Sleeping Bags

City of Sleeping Bags is a project dedicated to distributing sleeping bags to members of the homeless community who are forced to spend their nights on the street. Founded by Josephine and Jane Mathias and Katherine Heng, all currently university students, the organization has set a fundraising goal of $5,000 to purchase 100 portable all-season sleeping bags and other cold weather necessities for Toronto’s homeless.
I recently spoke with Josephine to learn more about this incredible initiative.


per·se·ver·ance, pərsəˈvirəns/
noun steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

The man featured  in this video is the epitome of perseverance. It can be easy to take our blessings for granted until they are taken away, or we witness someone faced with different challenges from our own, pushing limits beyond our imagination. This video resonated with me for many reasons. I love cycling and I know first hand how hard it can be to push through the pain - legs and heart exploding, demanding more oxygen or simply a break.

What would this man say about that? 

Next time I am battling the hills, I will remember him, not only overcoming obvious obstacles, but excelling beyond anything that many hobbyist cyclists have, or ever will achieve.
So next time you're inclined to complain or stop yourself because you believe you can't do something, think again. Anything is possible. It is up to you.

Human after all

We're often quick to judge people - consciously or subconsciously - based on what they may look like, where they're from, the work they do, where they live and many other factors that only scratch the surface (if at all) of who they truly are.

This video features a Muslim man at a busy intersection in Toronto soliciting hugs from strangers who trust he isn't a terrorist….a prejudice that many Muslims face today. As I watched this video I cried and smiled at the same time. It reminded me that there is much good in the world and that having faith in that will allow us to overcome.

Despite race, politics and religion we are all the same...human after all.