I’m sure it needs no introduction, but the
Humans of New York blog
kicks some serious booty. It reminds us of our fragile humanity, how everyone has a story, and how when it all comes down to it – we fundamentally want to help one another.
It’s the happiest place on the internet.
And what’s more than that – it’s a blog that has seriously changed lives.
Take, for instance, the current saga centered around a young man named Vidal. I won’t get into all the incredible details, (
you can find them here
– and I urge you to do so!) but Vidal is a young man that Brandon (the founder of Humans of New York) met on a street in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Brandon asked him who the most influential person has been in his life, and he mentioned his school principal, Mrs. Lopez. To make a very long and incredible story short, Humans of New York was able to raise
over a million dollars
for Mrs. Lopez’s school, send Vidal on scholarship to college, and inspire a nation. In fact, Vidal & Mrs. Lopez recently had the opportunity to visit the White House and meet President Obama! And to think that all this powerful change was initiated by a principal that dedicated her life to creating scholars; that the catalyst for this greatness was an intelligent young man, honoring the individual who taught him that he mattered.
I dare you to look through these posts and not cry tears of joy.
It’s a very New York City mindset to think that you can do it alone.
We all float around this city in our own little bubbles, eyes glued to our cell phones, trash and slushy snow biting at our feet. It’s easy to feel like you are alone in this winter dystopia, especially when the subway is crowded, rent is due, and you have
no clue what you want to do with your life
But if you manage to look up for a second, to recognize the warm bodies around you, and to acknowledge the supportive people who stand by you no matter what – your whole life can change.
Have you ever felt the real world give you a major SLAP IN THE FACE?
Owwww. Well… that hurt.
You know what I’m talking about – we’ve all had moments where our expectations about life were just blown out of the water, everything we thought to be true crumbled in a million little pieces and scattered off into the wind, never to be seen again…
For me, that moment came after college. It was the moment that I realized your career takes up a freakin’ LARGE AMOUNT OF YOUR LIFE.
In college – going to class, hanging with friends, studying for tests, going out to parties – these were all the activities that comprised a normal day. Life was busy, but everything was exciting and new.
I figured that when I graduated and started work, it would feel the same way, but instead of class it would be my place of employment. Not all that different, right?
So very wrong.
Staying in one building with the same people for 8…10… or 12 (sometimes longer!) hours a day turned out to be
like class. There are no mid-day naps. There’s rarely a change of pace. All of the sudden, you go home and realize that you only really have 4 hours or so until you
start it all again
. And even when you DO get home, it’s hard to keep all that work stuff from flooding your brain. There’s no off switch! Sometimes, you even DREAM about work in your sleep! Weekends go by too fast. There are no semesters to count the time. If you are unhappy in your career, this realization can feel like being hit over the head with a ton of bricks.
I learned EARLY on that if you spend the majority of your life at work, you better devote that time to a career that makes you happy.
Take a look at these 9 steps to finding happiness within your career, and start making those hours count!
Last year I went to Walt Disney World and wore my visor and bright, white tennis shoes with pride.
During high school, every Spirit Week we had a dress up day where everyone wore their tackiest outfit. I would go ALLLL out – pig tails, mismatching clothes, crazy makeup, fanny pack and high-waisted pants. I would nervously sit in the car with my mother before school started, watching the kids go in and out of the building…and not a SINGLE ONE would be dressed for the occasion. My eyes would well up in tears…how could I possibly go to class looking like this if no one else dressed up too?! Did everyone forget it was Tacky Day over the weekend?! I was distraught. Inevitably someone would dress up and I wouldn’t feel as bad.
Sometimes it’s tough to be tacky.
But that’s not the type of tacky I’m talking about right now. Tacky stands for much more than outdated hairstyles and gaudy jewelry. After reading this post, you’ll be proud to call yourself tacky too.
Tacky stands for
You can breathe a sigh of relief…it’s now cool to be tacky!
When you are tacky, you validate others. You give the people around you a voice, a way to express themselves and be heard. Give everyone you meet the time, attention, care & kindness they deserve…and that includes you too! Be tacky and you can create miracles.
I feel like a little kid on my birthday…May’s Monthly Mantra & Challenge was an experience I’ve just been bursting to share.
Never heard of a Monthly Mantra before? Check out
to learn the ins and outs.
May’s Monthly Mantra was “I give you my heart & soul, so that Universal compassion might heal us both”, but the Challenge was the real kicker: “Set a giving goal for the Month of May. Keep track of every time you give and share your results at the end of the month.” So here goes nothing…
It’s that time again – we have a new Monthly Mantra!
Before we delve into the inspirational goodness in store for us this May, let’s recap April.
If you are new to the Monthly Mantra Challenge, it’s not too late to find out more about the
power of using a Monthly Mantra
and to learn about our Mantra from April.
April’s Monthly Mantra Recap:
How did April’s Monthly Mantra lift your spirits? I used the mantra quite a bit this past month. It really helped me loosen up and brush off
the small stuff. I came in contact with some people that I believed were judging me and I used a combination of April’s Monthly Mantra, as well as the exercises that I’ve developed to
guard myself from other’s negative thinking
- and it worked wonders! It really taught me to love and embrace my quirks, and to find the sweetness and understanding in the quirks of others. And after 30 days of practice – we have all developed a brand new habit! Whoo!
So now let’s focus on May. Our Monthly Mantra for May is going to be two-fold: it will include a mantra AND a Challenge! The Mantra is…
Are you “Giving Constipated?” Here’s some “Giving Activia”…
Giving is powerful stuff. So much so, that I challenge you to try to name an influential moment in your life that
associated with the concept of giving in some way, shape or form. Come up empty? I sure do – giving goes right to the core. Giving is relatively simple, yet leaves such a lasting impact. When my sister was little, she used to tear her food into smaller pieces so she would have “more” and then she would give half to me. She loved to share everything –Barbies, candy, stickers – you name it. It was just so simple to her. It amazes me how children can wholeheartedly embrace the simple logic of giving, yet it takes years of strength and energy to remind ourselves of this lesson as we get older.
Are you sitting back right now and thinking, “Brittanyyyyy…I know I
be in a giving mindset, but how? What’s the point?” Hey, I don’t blame you. Sometimes it’s just plain hard to give to others. Or maybe you’ve been out of the habit of giving for so long, that you’ve forgotten how to give and how simple it can actually be. Here are some surefire ways to get your giving gears in motion.