Sunday, May 27, 2012

Becoming Extraordinary

The all day TEDxConcordiaUPortland event, Becoming Extraordinary on Saturday, March 31st was...well, extraordinary. 

For those not familiar, TED is a nonprofit devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading".  A conference which began in 1984 brought together three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design.  On, they post the best talks from the conferences available for free.  TEDx was later created, a program of local, self-organized events to share a TED-like experience.

Thankfully I was early in the coffee line which stretched across the building and sampled my first vegan VooDoo Doughnut - delicious.  The sold-out event with over 600 people buzzed with excitement and anticipation.  There were so many amazing presenters filling my head with so many possibilities and so much needed inspiration.

One of my favorites was Colleen Wainwright who raised $50,000 in 50 days leading up to her 50th birthday for the LA nonprofit WriteGirl.  A must see, especially if you have an extraordinary idea to give back but doubt your ability - a truly humorous inspiration.

An all teen band performance by Sassfest from Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls reminded me how much easier dreams seemed possible before entering the nine to five adult world. [fast forward to 7:29 minutes to zoom directly to their performance]


The Circus Project took me back to 2010 when my brilliant bubbly friend and I did the flying trapeze.  One can do anything at any age as long as you push thru the fear and allow yourself to be open.  If I could climb a shaky rope ladder to a teeny tiny platform 23 feet in the air and then jump, I can do anything.

Goodnight Billygoat inspired me to create a video for my 24hr lawyer friend's bridal shower gift.  I secretly recorded mini-messages directly to the bride-to-be from all the guests, even from those not in attendance.  I even took it one step further and created my own mini-cartoon at the beginning of the video.  Now, I'm not expecting any awards, but it was so much fun and came straight from the heart.  See the quickie cartoon snippet below.

We are all ordinary individuals capable of extraordinary things.

Keep dreaming.  Live out loud.

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