On July 17, 2020, American civil rights leader John Robert Lewis died. This was a man who dedicated his life to fighting racial injustice. For us, it put into perspective the ‘overwhelm’ we are all feeling when it comes to the current universal battle with Covid19. As all battles do, it reveals the best and worst of human nature. We witness amazing acts of selflessness and courage, while also seeing the gross injustice when it comes to wealth, healthcare and race, just to name a few. At the beginning of this pandemic, many of us thought this would be a short-lived blip. Now, we’re all realizing that we could be looking at a year, or even several years. So maybe we need to look to men and women like John Lewis for inspiration. We need to detach from outcome and instead focus on today, celebrating each victory personally, as members of a community, and as citizens of this world. It is clear we have much work to do but we must believe that together with strength, empathy, compassion and love we shall overcome.
Cheers! Jessica and Tracy
On our channel
Adara Hagman and Riya Mehta are two remarkable young women who have launched a website called ‘Futureshot Factory’, which they describe as a “hub for sustainable development goals”. They are passionate about social impact and are determined to be a part of the change they want to see in the world. They describe their goals as “moonshots” because, “if we put a man on the moon we can achieve anything else we want to do”. Their focus is on three issues: global health, climate action, and education.
Adara and Riya collaborate with multinational companies (such as IBM) on projects related to their goals.
Dr. Ebony Butler is a licensed psychologist who has made it her mission to help women of colour in the areas of trauma and diet recovery. Her goal is that they heal and thrive. She also wants to give women of colour the tools to start discussions around trauma. Because not everyone can afford traditional therapy, she created, “My Therapy Cards.”
We absolutely loved speaking with Dr. Ebony. This is just one of many amazing conversations we’ll be having with her, and as you’ll see from today’s discussion, we have much to learn from this extraordinary woman, entrepreneur, and trailblazer!
Meet our new ambassadors
When Adara and Riya reached out to us to let us know they were inspired by our community and wanted to become ambassadors we were so excited! These inspiring young women are dedicated to playing an active role in the change they want to see in the world. We believe there is huge value in a multi-generational female community, bringing their energy and perspectives to help support each other in shared goals. Please take a minute to learn more about these amazing young women.
What’s inspiring us
Hollywood Park is an incredible memoir of a tumultuous life. Mikel Jollett was born into one of the country’s most infamous cults, and subjected to a childhood filled with poverty, addiction, and emotional abuse. Yet, this is also a story of fierce love and family loyalty.
Initially told through the narrow perspective of a child, it then broadens as Jollett begins to understand the world around him. Although his story is filled with heartbreak, it is ultimately an unforgettable portrayal of love at its fiercest and most loyal. And the power we all have to overcome.
Almost Famous was filmed 20 years ago and it’s as wonderful now as it was in 2000. Although it’s about the world of rock n’ roll, it’s not really a “rock film”. Rather, it’s a coming-of-age story about an idealistic kid who gets an opportunity to see the real world, witness it’s cruelties, and through it all is able to find hope. A ‘feel good’ movie that will leave you singing, smiling, and wanting more.
On the blog
In this week’s blog our new ambassadors, Adara Hagman and Riya Mehta, talk about their SDG’s and how it has lead to the creation of their project, “Futureshot Factory.” They have big plans for how they want to change the world and they are using examples from history to fuel their dreams for the future.
These days most of us are reduced to virtual travel. In her latest blog, our ambassador Marilyn Barefoot has managed to figure out how to travel the globe, one shampoo bottle at a time.