100 Days to me: Episode 1

You might have read about my self help book challenge. If you haven’t check it out here It will explain how this all fits in which Powered Crowd. One thing I was seeing over and over again was to take time for yourself which is why I changed this challenge a bit. I will still be reading the books I had shown, I will still be following their advice word for word but I have changed it to make it a bit more broad.  Keep reading to find out what exactly has changed!

I know that at some point in out lives we all struggle with finding ourselves and being happy. For some of us this period is longer than others and for some like me It has lasted too long.

Have I tried to get out of this pattern that is keeping me from being myself and achieving my true potential? Yes of course but for some reason I keep self sabotaging myself and fall back into the same patterns. Each time I fall back into the pattern I get more unhappy, more obese, less and less myself.

Now I am writing this intro on the June 4th 2018 which will also be the start date of this adventure which I will explain of very shortly. (Don’t look skip ahead I’ll know and I promise it’s worth the wait.) The main thing that propelled me on this adventure is a Facebook video. (Facebook videos and light bulb moments seem to be a reoccurring theme for me but again more on that later.) I was scrolling through Facebook and saw that someone in one of my female entrepreneur groups was doing a live video. I listened to the first minute not intending to listen to the whole thing but I ended up not only watching the whole thing and commenting multiple times on the video but also messaging her afterwards to talk about the options she gave for her coaching business. Something in the video made me instantly think: She would be a good coach.

A couple days later I was on a Skype call with her and I liked her and her style of coaching but then we got to the prices. She was in the US I was in Canada and her prices in my currency came at the lowest of 4,000 for 30 days and the other options where closer to 6-7,000 $. Now she told me that investing in yourself is worth it and her site said that if it really is important to you the money won’t hold you back but I am sorry I did not (and still don’t today three weeks later) have enough money in my bank account for even the cheapest options. I told her exactly that and she deflated a little and recommended I look at her videos or read some self help books.

Now, do I think she is still a good coach? Yes, I think she is. Do I think a coach needs to charge that much money? No, I think it’s completely ridiculous. I would think the majority of people hire coaches if they are struggling and I don’t think that you should only get quality help if you have a lot of money. I am not saying coaches can’t set high prices but she told me she helped young women so I can’t help but think of the financial strain it must put on some people. But I digress, the point is, I literally could not afford her as a coach and after some research decided that most coaches had prices that I couldn’t afford. (which is not saying much because I am a broke student who invested a lot of money in her business)

So I took her advice, although probably not in the way she expected, and went to a local bookstore which I also work at and get a discount at and bought some self help books. Than I devised a plan, I would read these books and follow the advice word for word even if I thought it was stupid and then make up my mind after if it did help. My first thought was to document it on my blog and you might have seen updates on there every now and then but It then evolved to the book you are reading right now.

So what is this adventure I am embarking on June 4th 2018? Well I am going to document 100 days of me focusing on becoming “me” I will let myself do things I love, I will improve my physical health, I will increase my happiness and I won’t be doing it with an expensive coach. No, I will be doing it by following the exact advice from a self help books and documenting my progress throughout the 100 days. My goal is that I will be able to look back and see the progress but also that you, as a reader, can read this book and see the progression and effort it takes to make this big of a change and hopefully if you are struggling you can be encouraged to start your own journey.

Keep up to date for more episodes in this series by subscribing with your email. If you want sneak peaks follow me on my social media!

Until then be part of a Powered Crowd and create some positive change!

Message From Another Walk of Life – Omar Lopez

Hello everyone!,

I am back with another “Message from Another Walk of Life” segment to share!

This time I interviewed Omar Lopez who is assistant principle of Instruction at KIPP Austin Public School.

I personally found this interview so inspiring. I feel like teachers are essential and that a good teacher can completely change your life. Take my sister for example. One amazing music teacher in high school inspired her to become one herself and now she is making positive impact in more children’s lives.

If you haven’t seen the video please go see it! You can click here  or you can see it below

As mentioned in the video if you are in Texas or know someone who is in Texas and can help the school you can reach out to them by going on their website contact page here.

I don’t have much more to say for this post. I think the video pretty much sums it up and shows the power of a good educator or teacher. I also think it is important to mention the amount of work that goes into lesson prep and teaching. Like Omar said a teacher had many hats and drawing from my experience as camp coordinator and my sisters stories I know that someone who is passionate will go above and beyond to make sure the children are happy and learn. There is so many stories and examples of this where for example teachers buy supplies with their own money ( like my grandfather did as a teacher himself, when he used to buy lunches for kids who didn’t have any) and I think after talking to Omar it just reminded me  how much of an impact we can make on those around us each and every day.

So to close this post I will show you the two bonus answers that Omar kindly answered for me.

1) What gives you hope for the future of children who might struggle at school and/or the future of education as a tool for empowerment?

In this country there is a huge gap in our education system. Students in low income communities tend to not have the same opportunities as other students who come from high income families. My mission is to empower our students by giving them the tools to become a productive member in our society so that one day they can come back to their neighborhoods and help us close the opportunity gap.

2) Where there any experiences or events in your life that lead you to wanting to have your current job?

When I went to college, I went with the mentality that I needed to graduate with a degree that will allow me to find a job in which I could make a lot of money. As I joined the Penn State Dance Marathon, in which they raise money to support families that have children who have cancer, I realized that my passion was helping families and children. That’s when I learned about Teach for America and discovered that I could continue helping families after I graduated from College. Now my passion is in education and helping close the achievement gap in this country.

So that’s it for today! Until next time, be part of a Powered Crowd and create some positive change!

Happiness and Following the Exact Advice from a Self Help Book

So, I have found recently that I have been unhappy. Do I have a reason to be unhappy? Nope. I am incredibly blessed with a supportive family, a home, a job etc… Yet I am still unhappy. I have talked about how happiness is not about money and is actually fairly simple to find in day to day life if you have the right mindset. Which means I don’t think I have the right mindset, I have all the things I need to be happy but I am not. I am preventing myself from being happy.

If I have to be honest what I feel like is that there is a wall blocking me from being happy and as much as I bang on it and try to break it down it still won’t fall. Sometimes I get it to crack but then I sabotage myself and the cracks close up and I am back to the start. Let me give you an example, I start eating healthier because a healthier you ties in to a healthier mind and a better life. It goes well for a couple days and then I binge eat and I feel bad about myself, my mental health and self disappointment overcome me and I give up on eating healthy.

So how to break this wall that is closing me off from being happy? Well I watched a video on Youtube from a life coach and I just loved her style. I then got a free consultation call to talk about options and the cheapest one was around 2000 dollars for 30 days and the other options was around 4,000 dollars from 3 months or 6000 from 3 months. While I loved the coach I don’t have that kind of money. While we where ending the call I think she understood that there was no way I could afford even her cheapest option so she advised me to look at her online content and start a journey on my own with the help from online videos and self help books.

So I got to thinking, I want to be happier, and I have to do it on a budget. So what do I do? I will do something that used to make me happy and that I have been stopping myself from doing for no reason I can comprehend and It will hopefully give me some insight on how to be happy.

So what I decided to do was go the bookstore I work at and get a discount at, and buy some self help books. Yep the thing I used to love was reading and the thing I have stopped myself from doing for a while is letting myself read. Talk about self sabotage.

So how does this all tie in to Powered Crowd? Well one of the areas in which I want to create Positive change is in my personal life and again as is in Powered Crowds mission I want to encourage others to create positive change in their personal life as well. So what I will do is read a self help book and follow exactly what they tell me to do. I will document all this on this website and on my Youtube channel.

Is the advice in the self help book actually helpful? Will it help me achieve my goals or cause me anxiety? I guess for those answers all will be revealed with time. You will have to follow me on this journey to find out.

I hope by the end of this I will have learned more about how to help myself in my personal life and I also hope by documenting this journey I can save some time and energy for people who are looking at the best way to improve and “self- help” themselves by doing the hard work for you and giving you the facts and the tips and tricks I learned throughout this journey. I will be able to tell you what works and what doesn’t. In short I hope that by documenting this experiment I can help anyone out there who is struggling with similar things to me like self confidence, weight loss/health, mental health, happiness, how to achieve my goals, letting myself do the things I love etc..

After saying this I also think that discussion is key if we want to have a fuller picture of this following the self care books literally project I am doing. So please comment on the posts with your thoughts and ideas and engage in social media. You can use the #poweredcrowd on twitter and/or tag me @MayaLemaire . You can also tag me on Instagram @PoweredCrowd, comment on my Facebook page @poweredcrowd or comment on my Youtube channel which I have linked above.

So what books am I starting with? ( Note I am no way sponsored or payed to promote or read these books. If this ever changes throughout this experiment I will update this)

Firstly I want to work on my physical health ans self esteem so I will be reading:

  • Healthy is the New Skinny by Katie H.Willcox
  • Link to buy book here if you want to follow along
  • The book has 4 parts and I will be reading 1 part per week

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The second book I will be reading is for all the other aspects I want to work on such as mental health, increasing happiness etc. The books name is:

  • 50 Ways to Yay by Alexis Panos
  • Link to buy book here if you want to follow along.
  • This book has 50 parts and exercises and I will be doing 2 parts or more a week depending on timing.

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So that’s about it! The first post will be tomorrow to show you my initial thoughts and from then on I will most likely do one post a week or more depending again and what’s going on with my schedule that week!

If you want more updates and to be the first to know new information follow me on my social media

Until next time be happy, be,YOUtiful and be part of Powered Crowd for positive change!

Message from Another Walk of Life – Interviewing Atomic Stitch

Do you remember when I posted about the new segment I am starting on here and my Youtube Channel? If not you can check it out here .

I just had my first interview not too long ago and I am so excited to share some extra thoughts about it on here!

Firstly go check out the interview below or keep reading and check it out later.

So in this first ever segment of Message From Another Walk of Life I talked to a young 10 year old boy named Noah.

Noah decided to start a project to fund raise money for one of the charity races he does with his mom this project evolved into Atomic Stitch which makes coffee sleeves and donates the proceeds to charity, more specifically the soup kitchen.

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I learned about this on a sewing group on Facebook which I am part of to find supplies for a product which will be announced very soon! Noah’s mother was looking for some scrap fabric that no one wanted so Noah could make more coffee sleeves and they would be environmentally friendly as well because they would reuse fabric that would otherwise be thrown away.

Noah’s product is very nice. (see picture below) and he has already made over 150$ for charity! I mean when looking at the majority of people I think that is more than most people give to charity in a couple months maybe even in a year for some.

I asked Noah about the process of making these coffee sleeves and it seems he does all the sewing with a little help from his Mom. I think this is a great partnership, Noah seems to have a big part in the direction of Atomic Stitch and the fabrication of the coffee sleeves but the Mom seems to be the driving force of the promotion and everything related to helping sell them. Theres nothing wrong with this of course, in fact I think it’s a great thing! A mother showing her son how to be part of a Powered Crowd for positive change and helping him learn how to grow an initiative what can be better?

Overall it was a great interview. I loved how Noah was with all his achievements in Atomic Stitch is just a regular kid who loves video games as he told me. The only difference is that Noah saw something he found unfair like people not having food and decided to take action on it.

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I think this is a lesson we can all learn from. If we see something we think is wrong or unfair let’s take action and make steps towards changing them. It doesn’t need to be a whole project like Atomic Stitch or Powered Crowd because even small steps in the right directions are successes. Like I always say if we all do something to make the world a better place the world would be a completely different place!

That’s it for today. If you want to go check out Atomic Stitch here is their Facebook page where you can look and order their coffee sleeves. https://www.facebook.com/stitchatomic/

Until next time think of Noah’s example and start making some steps big or small to make some positive change in issues that are close to you or that you care about.

Finding your purpose

I have spent countless hours and days fretting over what I wanted to do with my life, what was my purpose? How could I find a job or pursuit that makes me feel happy and accomplished.

The problem was the more I thought about this question the less things were clear and the more anxious I got. So I put it aside and went to work on what I knew I could do. For example, I knew I could do this blog, I knew I could work slowly but surely on building Powered Crowd so that’s what I focused on.

I think when you are struggling with feeling fulfilled and finding what you are meant to do the best thing to do is as I said focus on what you are able to achieve and work on today. The rest will come.

Now I fast forward to about a week ago. I woke up feeling very low, I was sad and I didn’t know why, I didn’t know where to go next and so as most people my age in North America I went online to look through social media.

As I was scrolling through Facebook I came upon one of those sponsored videos which I usually avoid.

But that morning I decided to watch it. Here is the video if you want to check it out.

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As I watched the video I felt my emotions rise and I was also teary eyed, is this because the video was amazing? Not really, I mean it’s a good video but I have seen similar ones on countless occasions. I think I just watched it at the right time and as continued watching I had that aha moment. This is what I want to do I thought.

Now what was this big revelation? It was in fact pretty simple. I want to make people happy. 6 words that made the metaphorical clouds part on my sucky morning and my countless hours of struggling to find out what I wanted to do part.

I now had this goal for my business for life, for everyday. Happiness can be small like finding a nickel on the ground or big like helping someone who is struggling through something hard but I think we all deserve to be happy and I want to help bring a bit of joy into people’s life whenever I can. To me that is fulfilling.

Where will I go from now that I have found my current purpose? I will continue growing this Powered Crowd so we can all spread that positive change and happiness and I will make a larger effort to brighten someones day everyday.

Some of the things I mentioned might seem self evident to you or it might have thought you something. I think this whole experience for me has thought me that there are some things you can’t force and just have to be patient about.

I know that I and many people I know try to force things to happen, we can all be impatient but some of the most beautiful and rewarding things just take patience and perseverance. You can’t force a flower to grow all you can do is water it everyday and wait to see beautiful things happen.

On that note go and spread some happiness that could very well grow into something amazing and be part of a Powered Crowd for Positive change!

Guest Post – The Art of Saying No

Hello everyone,

Today I have a guest post! I am all about showing different perspectives. So here is a it more about the guest blogger:

Deeksha Tripathi is a blogger from India. She is a teacher, mom of a toddler and owner of wonderfulwomen.in where she writes motivational posts and inspirational stories of real women who have made a difference to the world.

I always like knowing more about the story behind certain ideas and opinions so I asked Deeksha if she could let me know why this subject was important to her. Here is what she said:

I firmly believe there’s strong need for every woman to learn and in fact master the art of saying No as they are often least concerned with their own care being busy in fulfilling everyone’s wish as if they are a fairy having a magic wand!! So I advocate art of learning No for all beautiful women so that they can manage some time and personal space for themselves.

And with that thought let’s jump into to Deeksha’s post:

LEARN THE ART OF SAYING NO

In today’s world everyone knows the importance of ‘Art of Saying No’. We all have lots of commitments to fulfil in very little time we have. Men have their own challenges in life which they handle according to their own capabilities. As far as women are concerned the challenges in their life are even greater. Women are expected to be ‘Super Women’ literally! They have to take care of everyone around them. They have to excel in all the roles of their life be it a homemaker, a responsible mother, a loving wife, a caring daughter-in-law, or a successful career woman! In such a scenario learning ‘Art of Saying No’ becomes more necessary for all the lovely ladies so that they can have less stress and be more productive! So here are some tips for you to learn Art Of  Saying ‘No’!

Set Your Priorities

In any given day, a woman has to carry out many important tasks like getting kids ready for the school, helping hubby to leave for office timely, giving medicine to the elderly, or going herself for work. After all this if someone asks you for your help you should first see whether you want to spend that precious little time with your kids and hubby or you can really devote it to do something which can be easily done by someone else! If you ask me, I’m surely going to give my little time to my loved ones by gently saying No to others.

Realize the value of your time

Ladies, you have just 24 hours everyday! You have oodles of responsibilities on your shoulders. So, you have to admit the fact that your time is extremely valuable and you can not just ignore it! Better sometimes you simply say “ Dude I can NOT do this right now..May be I do it sometime later..”  In this way you can manage your time efficiently.

Develop Habit of Saying No

Initially, when you start Saying No to people, they may take it lightly and try to persuade you to say Yes for any given thing for example to accompany someone to market. But, when you have other commitments for the day you have to be strong and say No directly. You have to make it a habit to say whenever and wherever you aren’t comfortable.

Don’t feel Sorry

Generally people feel and say sorry whenever they have to say No to someone. This isn’t right. Why say sorry for not being able to do something which is beyond your commitments and time? Simply say “I can not do this because it is beyond my boundaries”.

Don’t try to be ‘Good’

Being gentle and polite is good as long as it doesn’t affect you adversely. If people start taking advantage of it, it’s high time you realize it and take measures to guard your time or money whatever they want to extract from you. You have stop acting good and firmly refuse any request that will only hurt you by wasting your time and money.

I know it’s important to care for others but isn’t self care equally important? If we are not happy, we can not make others happy. If are not able to enjoy ourselves we can not make those around us cheerful and relaxed. So, in short the key to a balanced and happy life is giving priority to ourselves and learning Art of Saying No is it’s top most requirement!

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And that’s it for this great guest post. What did you think of Deeksha’s view on saying no?

Do you think saying no politely is important if you want to create positive change? I know, I agree that when something is harmful or can effect you negatively it is ok to say “No”. But I also know that it has to be done in a kind way. 🙂

So until next time be part of a Powered Crowd for positive change!

Garbage, Pollution, Climate Change, Oh My!

Our world is a precious thing, not only because it is currently the only planet we have that supports human life but because it has been our home for millennia’s. This planet has kept out ancestors and our ancestors ancestors alive. Yet today in the modern world we are taking such bad care of our planet that the planet is literally sick, there is climate change, a rise in natural disasters and a bunch of other things which is a serious concern if we want this planet to life for millennia’s to come.

Image taken here:https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/earth-from-space-15-amazing-things-in-15-years/

On April 22nd is was earth day. A day where we are supposed to thank mother earth and remember that we have a duty to take care of it. For earth day I made sure to do my part for positive change. I went for a walk to pick up some trash, told everyone I knew about it and made a plan to make less waste in the year to come.

The week before earth day I did an experiment. I collected all the garbage I produced in one week to see how much waste I made. The results where really interesting and you can go see my experience here.

The main thing I realized is that the way everyone is producing waste today is not sustainable. There is way too much waste made everyday and many people don’t even realize it. So here are some facts on waste:

So now, I think you can see how we as human beings need to change out habits and how much waste packaging is used.

Here are some easy tips to start lowering your waste:

  • Turn off the lights and air conditioning/heating when you are not at home or using it.

  • Stop using plastic straws. (Use reusable straws, there is even some out of metal!)

  • Use reusable makeup pads. (there are some like this one https://www.amazon.ca/Reusable-makeup-remover-face-cleansing/dp/B072FMN8YM which can be thrown in the washing machine and reused. They are also very cute!)

  • Recycle, Reuse, Reduce

  • Buy in bulk with your own containers

  • use reusable bags and stop using plastic bags

  • Use reusable wrapping paper!

  • And so much more!

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I could add so many things to the list of facts or the list of ways to reduce waste but some main ideas are here. I encourage everyone to go and do some research of your own. Find out what your country is doing to reduce waste, how much waste does your community produce? These are all things that are important to know in order to start making some positive change for out environment.

Do you have any tips on how to reduce waste? Any cool fact to share or cool organizations? Let me know in the comments or on my social media! With the #poweredcrowd

I will also be doing a week without waste very soon! Go and subscribe to my Youtube Channel so you don’t miss it!

Until next time go and lower your waste and be part of a powered crowd for positive change!

High expectations

High expectations can be both a blessing and a curse. Last weekend was my Birthday, I turned 22 and it should have been an amazing day but instead I finished the day with this sad feeling tugging at my chest.

I hated this feeling and it took me a while to pin point it. After a while I figured out what it was that caused this sadness. It’s my goals and my expectations of myself. I put a lot of pressure on myself. I want to create a successful business I want to create successful Youtube channel and excel at social media, I want to write and publish a book, I want to be fit. With all this I also want to be happy in life.

I have all these goals and I want so badly to do well at all of them but I turned 22 and I wasn’t were I wanted to be yet. I felt like I hadn’t succeeded at any of my goals, made any progress. Of course this is nonsense. I accomplished a lot in my 21st year but that didn’t stop that feeling.

The day after my birthday I was in an awful slump. I didn’t know where I was going I felt depressed and I didn’t know what to do.

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So I took things back a step. I wrote down every single thing I accomplished in my 21st year and then I wrote everything I want to accomplish in my 22nd year. Next I wrote what I could do yo accomplish those goals and what was in my control.

Let me elaborate that last point. Making YouTube content each week, staying up to date on content, writing each day, taking care of my health is all in my control. My number of followers or subscribers is not in my control even though it is a big part in being successful in this day and age. T

The way I see it all you can control is yourself. I also believe that if you put enough work into something good things will come. These two thoughts are essential. I know many people have high expectation for themselves and like I started off with this can be good, it can drive you to be successful at your goals but you can let these expectations overwhelm you, you can let these expectations overcome you an paralyze you or render you depressed.

These are some thoughts I have to remind myself and so I thought I would share them in case you needed a reminder as well!

Being an agent of change starts with being in a healthy mindset. So take those big ideas for positive change and organize them in a way that they will do good to others but not at the sacrifice of your own well being. Let’s be a Powered Crowd together and help each other out.

Ottawa Book Battle 2018!

What is Ottawa Book Battle?

Ottawa Book Battle is not to be missed! Ottawa Authors will submit their books to the challenge, 5 books will be ultimately chosen, each by one of our five local judges. On the day of the event, the books will be put to the test and after each round one book will be eliminated. However, you will not be a mere spectator. With the power of technology, it’s your vote that will decide which book will be crowned the victor of Ottawa Book Battle 2018!

Things to know:

  • The event will be held at the Main library’s auditorium, 120 Metcalfe Ottawa, ON K1P 5M2
  • The event is organized by Powered Crowd. All inquiries must be sent to info@poweredcrowd.com with the subject line “Ottawa Book Battle – Question”
  • To buy a ticket go here

    • Please bring the ticket with you to the event! You will not be allowed in without it!
  • For the full event experience, please bring a device that can connect to the internet.
  • There will be an intermission and some snacks available.
  • If you are a fan of the Authors who are chosen, you can bring a copy of their book to be signed in the second half of the event,during the Q&A section.
  • Stay up to date by putting your RSVP on the Facebook event page!


Schedule:

TO BE UPDATED

This page will be updated with new information as it become available! Keep checking in!

The force of positive motivation

Last week a very important event took place. It was seen on a lot of media and the message this event broadcasted was clear. We want change!

The event I am talking about is the “March of our lives” event which took place around the USA and if I am correct in some other countries as well. While I knew this event was being planned I didn’t stay up to date with it’s progress and seeing the pictures now that it happened is pretty incredible. It’s an amazing demonstration of how positive motivation can have a large impact.

Let me go into a bit more details on what I mean. Was the event that happened that motivated this march good? Of course not, it was a terrible shooting that is something those students will never forget but, now that it happened these students are using positive motivation towards creating some change. They are working on a drive not only to try and stop another event like this from happening again but to create a better tomorrow where there is some better gun control.

I love this example of positive motivation. It shows how age is not a factor when trying to create positive change. Anyone can do it with enough drive and motivation, everyone can have an impact if they commit to it.

I was watching an interview with some of these students on the Ellen Degeneres show and they said something that stuck. Ellen asked them “were you always activists?” and they answered something along the lines of “I still don’t think I see myself as an activist, all I knew is that I didn’t want something like this to happen again.”

And that is a key message in positive motivation. It’s not about having that activist image and the publicity it’s about helping others and creating some positive change that’s needed in the world.

So to wrap up this post I will put some image from the “March for our Lives” and I hope this will inspire whoever is reading this to start creating some positive change it can be as small as helping someone pick up something that they dropped or you can start working towards contributing to a movement like the “March for our Lives” movement. Either way, do something everyday that helps others.

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