Find Your Bliss with Ikigai

The Danish have their "hygge", used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special. Now the Japanese introduce their version of hygge, known as Ikigai pronounced (ee-kee-gah-ee), the concept that means "a reason for being." Ikigai is usually used to indicate the source of value in one's life or the things that make one's life worthwhile. Also, the word is used to refer to mental and spiritual circumstances under which individuals feel that their lives are valuable. It's not linked to one's financial status.

Putting together insights from Japanese history, philosophy, and modern culture, plus stories from renowned sushi chef Jiro Ono, anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, and others, Ken Mogi skillfully shows the way to awaken your ikigai.

Find the book on amazon: Awakening Your Ikigai

New Young Adult Book Available Now: Speed of Life

SPEED OF LIFE by Carol Weston

Sofia lost her mother eight months ago, and her friends were 100% there for her. Now it's a new year and they're ready for Sofia to move on. This book was a delightful read. Told from the perspective of a naive teenage girl who has just lost her mother.. The book is well-written and heart-warming
 The story unfolds as the main character, Sofia,  deals with her father's new relationship and her friends moving on with their lives while she feels stuck in sadness and grief. I would recommend this story to any teenager as a good coming-of-age story with a delightful twist!

SPEED OF LIFE, is the heartbreaking, heartwarming story of a girl who thinks her life is over when really it's just beginning. It's a novel about love, family, grief, and growing up.

"A wonderful book that takes us from loss to laughter." --Richard Peck, author of The Best Man and Newbery Gold Medalist A Year Down Yonder

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Passionate Speech Given at this Year's BET Awards

Jesse Williams accepted the Humanitarian Award during the 2016 BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

BET CEO Debra Lee presented his award “for his continued efforts and steadfast commitment to furthering social change.”

34 year-old Williams, who plays Dr. Jackson Avery on ABC's "Grey’s Anatomy", has been working tirelessly to give a voice to the voiceless in the Black Lives Matter movement. In October 2014, he joined protests in Ferguson, Missouri to protest the shooting of Michael Brown. He was also an actor and executive producer of Stay Woke, a documentary about the movement that premiered in May. He has written extensively on Black Lives Matter and met with President Obama earlier this year to
discuss his humanitarian work.

See his speech below:

After inspiring the crowd, Williams continued his message backstage.

"People are getting more comfortable being political,” Williams told reporters. “We live here, we pay…

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Was I asleep for the last few months? This recent internet craze just passed me by!
Two charming young high school students started the trend of the Running Man Challenge
( #RunningManChallenge) and it was picked up by some college ball players at the University of Maryland.  It's about fizzled out by now, but let's see if we can get it going again!!!

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