www.GoInspireGo.com I knew I wanted to help people. What I didn’t realize was how much this project would help me understand people and humanity while connecting with them. As I embark on this new journey of my career– or should I say, my life’s work?! — I have met so many amazing people from; the subjects of my stories to volunteers to those of you reading this right now. I saw a shift in myself and have witnessed the amazing changes in others joining me on this journey of service and inspiration.
Take Sarah Mirza, the amazingly talented producer who collaborated with me on this video shoot, Sarah says after getting laid off of her TV gig, like the millions of other jobless Americans, it was hard to be inspired to even get out of bed in the morning, much less, garnering the strength to send out resumes. When I invited her to join me on producing this video, she was stoked! After the shoot, she texted and then called me to tell me, with caps lock and smiley icon 😉 “THANK YOU,” for the opportunity to collaborate with you on this story. I couldn’t sleep the last few nights, in anticipation of meeting Jorge and doing this shoot.”
This experience was cathartic — Sarah’s perspective changed. And it was obvious, she was inspired. You could hear it in her voice. She told me that it was one of the most rewarding experiences and that this was one of the most moving stories she has ever covered in her career. Sarah also said she then, took “laycation.” (What I like to call laid-off vacation or lay-off me time) Then she and came back inspired to get out of bed and look for jobs. Well, she recently called me and told me she got a Network TV producing job! Woo hoo… congrats Sarah!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Speaking about service, I connected with Arianna Huffington, during the last Craigslist Bootcamp workshop in Berkeley, California. She was the guest speaker – and I was volunteering for the event — I was fortunate enough to listen to Arianna speak about the spirit of service, and I was moved by her stories of volunteerism and goodwill. I emailed her. She then invited me to blog for her based on my website, which uses Social Networking to Inspire Social Change: www.GoInspireGo.com. And voila… here I am, sharing inspiring stories with you. So I want you to stop for a second, take a deep breaths (or a couple) and be aware of the present moment. Be grateful. Then, I want you to think about what you can do to improve someone else’s life. It doesn’t have to start off big. If you read my last blog about 5-year-old Phoebe’s mission, you’ll see that it really doesn’t have to be a something big — it can start off small. And like Phoebe, you may be surprised of the outcome. (If you didn’t read it from my last blog. Please do.)
If you can’t think of what you can do, then please make a small donation to www.AnAngelInQueens.org – someone saw Munoz’s good deed and helped him file for papers to start a non-profit. Still he has to use his own money to feed people in his community. You can also make a donation to www.GoInspireGo.com. For now, Be good to each other… and think what can you do?!
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GO INSPIRE GO’S Goals:
The Mission: To set up a global platform for people to see and share inspirational stories. (There’s a link at the end of every story where people could go to help the person/people featured in the video)
The Vision: My hope is that everybody will be inspired to use their resources and talents to see what they can do to better someone’s life or better their community.
I launched this website in March of 2009, with the thought that if I could just help one or two people through my expertise and skill set, then my mission would be accomplished. I didn’t expect such a huge show of support around the world. I surely wasn’t ready for the influx of e-mails, messages, comments and calls to come in: Viewers continue to connect with us from around the world (including: North and South America, Asia, Europe and Africa) to tell us they’re doing to better someone else’s life or improve their community.
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