“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”- Rob Siltanen

Lesson of the Week

Everyone is worth celebrating. A friend of mine, Hannah, has been lucky enough to travel across Europe multiple times in college, and one thing it taught her was how important the people you meet are, and how meeting amazing people can help you grow along your journey. Often times we forget about the millions of experiences and perspectives surrounding our own, and even listening to just one can change a whole world view. One of Hannah’s close friends grew up in a Korean household that focused on external beauty as the ultimate goal, and she often struggled to be happy with her body image. It took a long time to find confidence from within herself, but she did, and is now a proud sorority sister studying to become a doctor. Hearing about her journey has made Hannah and I appreciate having a childhood where being yourself was celebrated, because not everyone gets to start from that point. But no matter where you start from, never forget that everyone is special, and everyone has something worth celebrating, especially you.

Positive News of the Week 

  • Dementia rates in the US are falling, with a new study finding a 24% decrease in dementia in Americans of 65 years and older
  • Taiwan could be one of the first Asian countries to legalize gay marriage early next year, following a bill introduced by Hsiao Bi-khim, and supported by the new president
  • At 18 years old, Nadya Okamoto was honored by L’Oréal Paris as a Woman of Worth for her nonprofit that helps bring menstrual products to homeless women all over the world
  • Billy Nolin, a 5 year old boy from Florida got to meet two deputies when he dialed 911 asking the police to join them for Thanksgiving dinner

Challenges of the Week

  • Internal ∅ This week, eat two more healthy lunches than you normally would
  • External ∅ This week, give a physical card or note to someone you care about