Acts of Kindness-1

Hello everyone,

Here is my first post for my acts of Kindness series. If you want more information on it please check my previous post here.

The other day I went to the Museum of Art for a class I am taking. I was a bit upset as I had to take time out of my very busy week to take an extra 20 minutes bus ride which would make my bus ride home over 1h10 minutes just to fill out 5 questions on a piece of paper. Then on the way there I took the wrong bus and had to make a big detour. I got there shoulders aching from my too heavy backpack and went in none too happy.

Then I walked in and my mood got a little brighter. Memories of my countless trips there from my days in the specialized visual arts program in high school came back to me. And I realized I was being silly to be so unhappy. Determined to turn it around I greeted everyone I saw with a big smile.

It’s amazing what a positive attitude and a smile can do. It changed the whole course of my day and everyone around me seemed to cheer up a bit too.

Which brings me to my acts of kindness. Now they will seem small but part of documenting these acts of kindness is to see that it doesn’t take much effort to be kind and just seeing someone smile and be happy because of you is worth it.

1. Be kind to the guards.

I don’t know about other art museums but In the one in my home town security officers are stationed a bit everywhere in the exposition halls. I feel that it must be boring standing there all day watching people passing you like you don’t exist. I have always been scared to make eye contact or even smile to these the guards scared I would be distracting them,bothering them or that they would think a smile meant I was up to something. That day however I started with a simple small smile. The reaction? The guard was not angry at me or looking at me disapprovingly he just, smiled back.

And that made me happy. I then brought it to the next level and tried just saying hi to a guard,then asking them directions. Every time they would be super helpful and kind and would reward me with a big smile.

By the end of my brief trip to fill out my questionnaire I said goodbye and they all seemed more happy then when I walked in and I was happier too for I had proven to myself that a happy mood is contagious and that making someone smile is not hard,definitely worth it and that it also made me happy to have triggered that smile.

2. Fill out the survey

As I was walking out a smile on my face and a women at a desk asked me if I was done my visit I said yes and she asked me if I could take a minute to fill out a survey.

My first thought was no. I never like filling those things out and I was thaught to be wary of people trying to cell stuff or of those people calling to ask you to answer some questions. But this girl seemed nice and it struck me that it must be a hard job to ask people all day long to fill out a survey with none too kind responses or no thank yous being the main response.

So I hesitantly said yes depending on the questions and it ended up being a great decision. The survey was anonymous and just asked basic questions about satisfaction. It was short and demanded very little effort and through this I got to learn that this girl at the desk had taken a class with the same professor that I was doing the museum assignment with. We talked a bit and I left  having made yet another person happy.

There are the two simple acts of kindness I made on my museum visit. The main thing I learned is that attitude is key. As soon as I looked at the positive side and tried spreading some kindness and happiness the day ended up being a great one. I left 20 times happier than when I came in and I made at least 5 people a bit happier even if it was for a brief moment.

For me that was definitely worth it. Try it out you may find that being kind in even the simple ways mentioned above can change your day completely around.

Until next time


Women History Month

Hello Everyone,

I don’t know if you’ve heard but this months is Women’s History Month. There’s a great trend on twitter with the hashtag #becauseofher. People are tweeting about women who have influenced their lives or the course history.

Gender equality is real problem there is many stereotypes and expectations for both sexes. This causes many problems like self esteem issues,discrimination, unrealistic expectations(I.e the ideal of the perfect women body image) etc…  I won’t go into it too much in this post as I have a more detailed post on this issue planned.

The important thing is that it is important for girls of all ages to have positive role models, to let them know they can achieve whatever they want and they deserve the same respect as everyone else does.

And because of this I will be sharing some of my favorite posts from this hashtag every week through October and hopefully give you  some inspiration.

Here’s are this weeks picks:


Wow, to have done this as a woman in the 1800’s.


In the first Olympic Games that women could compete, Ethel Catherwood won an gold medal in high jump.


We thank Canadian women for demonstrating to the world the true capabilities of women everywhere


“women are physically too fragile to stand the pace of university”?

 *** Go check this last one for a great video of someone discussing the quote above.

What did you think of this weeks picks? Do you have any stories of a women who has changed your life or of a role model you adore? Let me know in the comments and get involved in the #becauseofher on Twitter!

More of my favorites will be posted next week!

Thanks for reading.

Acts of Kindness Introduction

Hello everyone,

I mentioned earlier in my first post that I would be doing posts on acts of kindness.

Here is more about that!

Have you ever had someone open the door for you or let you ahead of them in line. It made you smile right? These are simply acts that can bring happiness or smiles really easily. And not only does it make the person receiving the kindness happy but it also makes the person giving the out kindness happy.

So why is it not done very often by everyone. I mean it seems like a win win situation isn’t it?

My thought is that most people are often too much into personal issues and don’t see those opportunities of kindness pass them by. Everyone is guilty of this at one point or another including me. Sometimes I am on the bus texting a friend and don’t realize that there is someone who is struggling to stand in a moving bus right beside me. If I took the time to take in my surroundings I would have seen the opportunity to be kind and offer her or him my seat.

The other main reason I hear from people for not doing acts of kindness is that they are too time consuming or difficult.

So this is where my acts of kindness initiative comes in. Every week I will be doing 2-4 acts of kindness and reporting them on the blog. This is will show that being kind is beneficial to yourself and others and that it doesn’t always need to take a lot of effort There are so many different possibilities for acts of kindness that vary in length and difficulty that there’s something everyone can do. I will also report on how looking for the opportunity to be kind will hopefully make me be more observant of the people and events around be and in the process make me learn new things.049

Hopefully these Acts of Kindness posts will encourage you dear readers to join in and start spreading some kindness and happiness of your own.

If you do let me know in the comments or use #PoweredCrowd on twitter

To conclude in the words of a famous talk show host “See you soon and be kind to one another”

Welcome and What this blog is all about

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!

I am so happy that you decided to stop by!

Are you wondering why I started this blog? What the blog is about? What is it’s purpose? Well those are a very good questions (You’re all very smart readers I can tell). Let’s jump into it right now!

*** Just so you know this will be a longer post that usual, I really want to give you the full picture of what this blog is all about. If you want to skip the backstory go to paragraph 7. ; )

I have always wanted to help others. The first example of this that I can remember is when I was very young, probably around 10. I read a story in one of those “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books about a child fundraising money to send to people in need in Africa. It inspired me to make posters and try to get some friends involved. I remember having a small clipboard with all kind of notes and plans. Unfortunately it never progressed much more than that. Since then, I did lots of volunteering and other such things but not much beyond that, though that dream to make a difference and create positive change for people suffering in the world was always there.

Last year I was in class at University and someone came in, talking about volunteering experiences abroad to help those in need. I thought to myself, I am in good enough health to go, I have a whole year to fund raise money, I’ve always wanted to do this, so why not now? A year of research, saving money and preparations later I found myself in Cambodia for a most amazing two weeks of volunteering.

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Then a week after my return to Canada, I went to work for the whole summer in an all girls summer camp, where girl empowerment was a topic often talked about. Needless to say all this stirred my inner self that has always wanted to do change.

But then University started up again, I felt like my life consisted of work, homework, class and sleeping. I wanted to do something, not sit all day in class! I had made big plans to start making positive change since last year and now I felt like school was a chore. It was really bringing me down. Every time I thought about class or homework I felt anxious. I guess I felt like I had to put things on hold until I finished my studies and that made me sad. I was conflicted, I know how education is a privilege not everyone has and how lucky I am to be in University, but I also knew that I couldn’t wait to graduate and start learning the way I learn best, by doing, by having discussions, by interacting (more on learning styles in another post). I could tell if I didn’t get out of this funk my grades would suffer, BIG time.

Now let’s back up a bit Months ago I heard of this thing called “One Young World” where young leaders from 196 countries who want to make a positive impact gather somewhere in the world for a four day conference. This year it was in my home town. I thought yes! This is what I want to do, it’s perfect! How do I get the chance to participate? Then I saw that you needed to apply and get accepted based on your impact in your community or in other initiatives. I immediately thought, well I haven’t done enough for that and the idea was sadly pushed aside.

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Now you might be thinking, well goodness Maya you have wrote us this long story, how does all this come together? This is how it all started clicking into place. First someone I knew got the amazing opportunity to be an observer at the conference. Then I had the biggest low about school work and walked out of my class, that day or a day later I tuned into the opening ceremony for the conference online to see if I could see that person I knew on the podcast and, as I was falling asleep, I got the idea for this blog.

As I started developing my idea, it was like a domino effect. I realized, hey, I might not have a brilliant idea today on how to make a big positive change but what I can do is start something today, start doing my best to help others and bit by bit grow a movement. I also realized that I can do school work and all of that stuff I find hard while pursuing something I’ve wanted to do my entire life, something that makes me happy. (seriously is there a better feeling that doing good for someone and seeing them smile?) The best part is, I have already noticed that starting this blog and project is making me appreciate school more, it’s encouraging me to get my school work done so I can have more time to work on this blog and most of all its making me happier because I am FINALLY!!! doing what I have always wanted to do. I’m not delusional I now this is going to be hard work, lots of ups and downs, but the point is I am starting somewhere.

And so can you, this blog will not only cover my journey to making a positive change but hopefully encourage you to join me in doing some good in this world, to spread some kindness and encourage happiness. You can expect some posts on me doing random acts of kindness, guest posts from people dedicated to positive change, my progress in building a platform to help the most people I can, inspiring initiatives from around the world, ways you can help in your community, and more.

I also want to make this as interactive as I can. Have you had someone be kind to you? Have you done a good deed you think other people can be inspired by? Do you have a cause for positive change that you want to share (gender equality, mental health, the right to clean water, etc..)? Let me know in the comments, tweet it with the hashtag #poweredcrowd and look out for more ways to spread kindness initiatives around the world in the Get Involved page, which will be updated often.

Most things start small but can become big. I am a visual person so I see it like this, imagine taking a handful of snow, you form a ball you look around and see nothing but white, you don’t know where to start you want but know you want to get rid of as much of that white expanse of nothingness as possible so you take your tiny ball and start rolling it, you suddenly see a little patch of happy green grass and as you roll the snow ball gets bigger and starts collecting more and more snow, letting more and more of that green grass shine through and before you know it the ball is so big that a friend comes and helps to push it, and then another friend joins in, and another ,and finally, together, the ball is so big that you’ve cleared the whole white expanse of snow and see the grass.

If we all commit to spreading kindness and being part of a powered crowd dedicated to positive change we can and will create this snowball effect and help change the world. We just need to start somewhere to make that ball and push see how much good be can create.

Let’s end this post with one last question.

Are you up to changing the world and be a part of this powered crowd?