I’ve started taking “baby steps” in my journey toward a Zero-Waste Lifestyle; shopping at the local Bulk store, with my reusable containers and bags in hand and using a bamboo toothbrush. These are small steps, but according to Bea Johnson, author of Zero Waste Home, “any change is a step in the right direction….and, all you’ll regret is not having started earlier.”
In this episode of Legacy Crew, listen to Johnson describe how a Zero-Waste Lifestyle is the way to go. Once you adopt this kind of lifestyle, you will see financial, health and mental benefits. Of course, you will experience the satisfaction of making a positive impact on the environment and ultimately, “…you’ll discover a life, that is richer, not with stuff, but with experiences.”
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Episode 9 – Go “Zero Waste” – Discover a life rich with experiences, not stuff Length: 15:37 Sources: Intro/Closing music licensed by SourceAudio LLC; Mood Music Copyright: 123rf Stock Audio/timtaj
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Next Episode: Monday, April 6, 2020
Everyone has a story to tell, right? So, what kinds of stories do you like to tell?
In the past few years, I’ve realized how susceptible I am to getting sucked into stories that neither feed my mind, nor my soul. From series shows on Netflix to media reports of mass shootings, to my next door neighbour’s complaints about his in-laws, there are so many stories that simply drain me of emotional strength.
Still, I am not free from guilt. I too, tell “negative-type” stories. I tell a lot of “fear” stories to my kids – warning them about the dangers all around. I also edit stories – taking out the facts – depending on the audience. Of course, this isn’t necessarily wrong, if I am omitting details that aren’t appropriate for my young children. But when is it wrong to edit out the facts? And when do we say “stop” to all the negativity we let into our personal conversations, our personal thoughts and ultimately, into the creation of our own daily life stories?
This episode’s format is a little different from the others. There is no featured “guest.” But I do have some stories to tell you. So, lean in.
Legacy Crew, The Podcast Episode 8 – Ghost stories and other tales we tell Length: 9:37 Sources: Intro/Closing/Mood music licensed by SourceAudio LLC
The life lessons and tough love that helped Tracy Schmitt become Unstoppable
Tracy has climbed the Himalayan mountains. She has captained a 110-foot-tall ship. She has won a bronze medal in para-skiing. And by the way, she was born a 4-way amputee.
From an early age, Tracy – who has become known as Unstoppable Tracy – knew that if she wanted something, she would have to work a little harder than the next person to get it. To her advantage, she didn’t see that as a hardship. For her, she wasn’t deterred by the process. Instead, all she saw was the goal. And, at the age of 4, her primary goal was to play tag with the neighbourhood kids. At 10, her goal was to learn how to sail. And in her teens, her goal was to ski.
Tracy credits her mother’s tough love, the special mentors who have enriched her life and her “can-do” attitude for the many achievements and successes she has achieved throughout her life. But if you ask me, I think there’s something magical about Tracy. Listen to her story and you decide.
Legacy Crew, The Podcast Episode 7 – Sulking because things aren’t going your way? How’s that going for you? Length: 27:03 Sources: Intro/Closing/Mood music licensed by SourceAudio LLC
Ed Wahl is the kind of person you would want on your team. He’s a dedicated worker and a leader, who emphasizes the whole, rather than his individual self. So, I’m glad he’s on this spaceship, we call earth.
Someone once said, “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”
Ed’s 50+ years as a volunteer (in various roles and now as president of SHA Hockey Club) within the hockey community of Scarborough, Ontario, is a clear and solid statement about the kind of community he wants to live in. But, it’s more than simply hockey. Ultimately, he wants to live in a community that supports kids’ growth, through friendly competition and athletic achievement. He wants to foster teamwork, commitment, perseverance and goals, both on the ice and off.
Listen to how four-year-old Ed not only learned to play hockey – thanks to the support of neighbours, coaches and friends – but also learned the fundamentals of how to build a strong community.
In desperate, unpleasant or unsatisfactory situations, people might be forced to identify their options and then take action.
For example, due to economic reasons, my grandfather left his home in China, in 1930, to start a new life in Jamaica. He was fortunate to have options. And later, for a variety of reasons – social, economic, political – my parents left Jamaica to start a new life in Canada. They, too, had options.
Today, we face environmental disaster, worldwide. Do we have options?
Unfortunately, we don’t. But there is hope! If we reduce carbon emissions by 45% – by 2030 – we can have a bright future. There are some very easy and realistic actions we can take. Are you with me? Let’s get to work.
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Legacy Crew, The Podcast Episode 5 – Huddle Up! Length: 10:16 Sources: Intro/Closing/Mood music licensed by SourceAudio LLC
Our everyday actions and our everyday choices have the potential to create extraordinary legacies. In this episode, you’ll hear from Patrick Lee. To you, he’s just an everyday guy. To me, he is my inspiration.
He is the reason I live in Canada. He is the reason I boil bone broth regularly. He is the reason I write. He is my father.
As a young boy, my dad used to jump from roof top to roof top, “just to increase my bravery.” His characteristically optimistic and romantic nature, had him writing poetry under the stars, as well as making hand grenades from the firecrackers and thunderbolts that were sold in his parents’ shop. And when he was older and tragedy struck, he managed to find the courage to take another leap forward.
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Legacy Crew, The Podcast Episode 4 – A Leap of Faith: Inspiration for this Podcast Length: 11:16 Sources: Intro/Closing/Mood music licensed by SourceAudio LLC
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Next Episode: Monday, June 3, 2019
Episode 3 – From Skid Row to CEO: The power of a possibility mindset
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Description: In 1989, Joe Roberts was homeless, living on the streets of downtown Vancouver and dealing with mental health challenges. He pushed a shopping cart around, collecting cans and bottles to support a drug habit. Three days before Christmas, on a cold and rainy day, Joe made a decision to take one step in a different direction. Listen to Joe describe the courageous now-or-never moment that changed his life forever and continues to inspire and benefit millions of youth across Canada.
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Episode 2 – Amanda Todd’s story continues. In this chapter, compassion prevails.
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Description: Amanda Todd fought a two-year battle against an online predator and her online/school yard bullies. She died by suicide at the age of 15. To remember her daughter and to continue her fight, Carol Todd started the Amanda Todd Legacy Society to promote awareness of bullying, mental health and internet safety. Listen to how Amanda’s story continues and promises to change lives.
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Episode 1 – Want a happy life? It’s as easy as do-re-mi!
Description: 92-year-old Doreen Hutt can no longer play the piano because her knuckles have collapsed. It frustrates her, but it hasn’t stopped her from teaching several group classes every week. She has an unbreakable spirit that keeps her going and has made her an enduring influence on all of her students – past and present.
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Next Episode: Monday, April 8
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I have a baby nephew who recently turned one. He has beautiful, big, brown eyes; Gerber baby lips; luscious rolls of baby fat; and a sweet, sweet disposition. To say that I would do anything for him is an understatement. After all, he’s worth it.
Isn’t it curious that we all started out just like that – perfect babies, full of potential and individual greatness – yet, self-esteem and self-worth are undeniable concerns in our culture and society?
And in spite of the increase in concern for mental health issues, we are often too busy to slow down and figure out what may be at the root of our problems. In our fast-paced world where there’s money to be made and no time to waste, it may seem irrelevant or superfluous to be reflecting on self-esteem and self-worth. But, if the bottom line is what matters, can an unhappy person make the right decisions?
Of course, there are plenty of people with advice, information and options to quell our anxiety. But although there are often flashes of inspiration from the self-help industry and the easily accessible media – TEDx Talks,list articles and YouTube videos – do they ultimately lead to inner peace? Should we also be looking within?
“No one will ever pay you what you are worth.
They will only pay you what they think you are worth.
And you control their thinking.”
~ Casey Brown (TED Talk)
Earlier this year, I was a bit obsessed with Meghan Markle. For some reason, I loved looking at her pictures. There was something about her; something beyond her appearance that I found attractive. Even enviable.
And like many people who paid attention to the details of her engagement to Prince Harry and the controversy regarding her father, I too thought about her “story” – her biracial background, her parents, her former marriage, her acting career – and wondered, “Is she worthy enough to be a “princess?”
Everyone is trying to prove themselves – to their boss; to their parents; to their spouse; to their social media followers. We spend too much of our lives trying to please and trying to impress others. Why do we give other people so much power? Why do we allow others to determine whether we are good enough?
In the end, Meghan Markle didn’t really care what I or anyone else thought. And to her credit, the loud, incessant chatter from the insignificant voices in the media and online didn’t influence her. She was in control of her own thoughts.
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.
It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
~ Albert Einstein
And, I think that’s the reason I was attracted to her. She exuded confidence. I want her confidence. How many times have I let my past experiences, self-pity or habit, control my perspective? Do I see mistakes or learning opportunities? If my child accidentally spills the milk, do I focus on the mistake, or simply wipe it up and move on? That simple, mundane occurrence which happened in our kitchen last Monday morning, was actually the one incident that gave me great insight into how we might have all lost the amazing confidence, unrelenting determination and desire to persist, all of which we had at birth.
Does my focus on the spilled milk, affect how my kids see mistakes – as huge and awful? Or, easy to manage? Without minimizing the importance of responsible behaviour, but consciously encouraging a mindset where mistakes aren’t bad and will happen, children learn to pick themselves up and move on. Ultimately they grow.
A few weeks before his first birthday, my nephew started taking his first steps. He’s not running yet; still just taking his time. He’s trying to steady himself. He falls down a lot. Every time, he gets back up.