A Penny for Your Thoughts

My Mom always gave whole heartedly, to those close to her, and to those she had never met. She was an amazingly generous individual and this is one of the reasons I am so proud of her.

One time as we were leaving the grocery store, a man was asking for money outside. My Mom opened her wallet, she didn’t have any change so she gave him five dollars and wished him a good day. As we climbed into the car, she told me, “I don’t always have cash, but when I do I try to give something, if I see someone who needs help.”

This is just one example of a time my Mom’s generous spirit helped to enrich the lives of those around her. From now on, when asked for a donation, I will try my best to give, and include my Moms name so she can continue to be apart of helping others.

Thinking Out Loud

“If you really want to dream, be fully awake”
– Paul Coelho
The Alchemist 

My mom always told us to follow our dreams, to work hard, and to do our best. The later two can make your dreams come true. Show the world what you can do, prove to those who have doubted you, and know that the possibilities are limitless. As we struggle forward and make our way in the world, it teaches us to appreciate our successes and to learn from our failures. Check out a video my brother produced with a few of his friends covering Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran – I’m sure this is going to be the beginning of something great!

Ted Talks – Jorge Soto: The Future of Early Cancer Detection

Jorge Soto, along with a team of scientists and technologists have come up with a non-invasive way to test for cancer. The test harnesses real time technology such as smart phones and 3-D printers. It requires only one millilitre of blood. So far, the test has successfully identified pancreatic, lung, and breast cancer and costs 50 times less than current available methods. Currently Soto and his team are working with the German Cancer Research Centre to conduct a trial on 200 women for breast cancer. Watch the inspiring talk here:

Made With Code

Who doesn’t love talk show host Ellen DeGeneres? I mean come on, this woman is amazing no matter how you spin it. Ellen is funny, kind, generous, successful, fashionable, and she has great friends! As if all that isn’t enough, Ellen has an amazing way of making people feel good and her smile is contagious. She brings attention to the smallest and cutest youtube stars, laughs with Hollywood celebrities, and promotes awareness of large scale issues like bullying, equality, and cancer. On her show, Ellen is always giving back to those in need, reminding us that everyone is important, and helping to make the world a better, happier place. In a recent episode, Ellen calls down an unsuspecting 18 year old freshman at Columbia University who studies biochemical engineering by day, and works in a cancer research lab by night to find a cure for breast cancer. Watch the full video here:

See You Again

Our lives are not set in stone, they are shifting beneath us, forcing us to adapt because at any point, the ground beneath us might suddenly be swept away. It’s what makes life so exciting, but also a little scary. The obstacles we have to overcome force us to change and grow into the people we are meant to be. And at the end of the day, it’s important to remember that no matter what life throws at you, you are never alone.