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    Groovalutionary: Jessica Matthews

    Groovalutionary: Jessica Matthews

    Self-made Nigerian-American inventor, CEO, and in our eye, groovalutionary, Jessica Mathews is an inspiration to many. At the young age of 19 she invented the Soccket, a soccer ball that can be used as a power generator and founded the company Uncharted Power at 22 while attending Harvard College and then, Harvard Business School.

    We think she is a groovalutionary because she is passionate about bettering the planet and channeled her energy simply and fully into something that not only enabled her success, but opened the door for new technology. The ability to charter energy from something as simple as kicking a soccer ball is an incredible step towards technological advancement in renewable energy to parts of the world that have little or no infrastructure.

    Her company Uncharted Power delivers a message of togetherness and unity. They employ and support people from all backgrounds. They are vested in educating the global community. They share their research and provide opportunities via internships and workshops.

    This is what groovalutionaries do. They pursue their dreams and immerse themselves in creativity. Jessica Mathews is a role model for many. She has already achieved so much and transcended many societal norms based on her race, age, and gender. She is not just a scientist but a great creative!

    This is an incredibly important detail as we deem Jessica Mathews a groovalutionary. She’s full aware that she doesn’t fit into one box and there is no apology.

    Her list of awards include Fortune’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs, Forbes 30 under 30 list, Inc Magazine 30 under 30, and Scientist of the Year. Mathews even had the opportunity to meet Barack Obama representing small companies when Obama signed the America Invents Act.

    We call her a groovalutionary because her business creates electricity, and her passion lights up the world!

     

    Love this thought but perhaps for another piece:

    Options on how you choose live your life are endless. Most importantly, those choices are up to you. In fact it should be encouraged to try things that are out of the ordinary because that’s how you can achieve the best version of yourself. Not allowing labels and situations define you and persisting is how to become successful on your own terms.

    Written by: Becky Faulconer

    Deconstructing Dreams

    Deconstructing Dreams

    Dreaming is a fascinating phenomenon we experience once sleeping. Essentially, a dream is a series of sensations our minds create through complex imagery. It’s ultimately our subconscious communicating to us. Paying attention to unusual dreams may uncover unspoken events or emotions impacting you.

    Be receptive while exploring your dreams. Remaining open-minded will only bring you closer to understanding yourself. This is because dreams can reveal much about our greatest fears and desires.

    Let’s unpack some common themes.

    If you’ve dreamt of a forgotten figure
    ...
    You may be seeking closure. We’ve come to develop important relationships in our lives whether with a friendly mentor, a lover, or close friend. Connections make life worthwhile. We all hope for resolutions but may not always get them. Your dream may be encouraging you to reconnect with someone. Perhaps it’s a message to seek peace for yourself in the event forgiveness will unlikely be granted.

    If you’ve dreamt of the ocean ...
    You may be seeking balance. Water is the source of life and represents ranging emotions like violent waves crashing on the shore to be reduced to fizzing bubbles. Just as the moon’s waxing and waning controls the sea’s currents, our flowing emotions control us as well. True balance is based upon welcoming the counterparts that make us whole. Your dream may be a suggestion to practice patience and align with nature’s cycles.

    If you’ve dreamt of flying ...
    You may be seeking control. The energy of flight is light yet powerful. It’s transformative. Whether it’s a sign to take a vacation or expand your horizons, your dream is awakening you to follow your path! Soar with confidence and dive head first in whatever direction you choose.

    Our emotions are ours to navigate whether or not we are awake. Dreams are a projection of our reality and important clues in discovering ourselves. Start documenting your dreams and unearth the treasures of your subconscious.

    Written By: Candy Mendoza

    Meditation: A Guide to Calm and Focus

    Meditation: A Guide to Calm and Focus

    The demands of everyday life can drain us as our minds are constantly juggling the many matters that are important to us. Overthinking can cause unwanted stress and exhaustion. Meditation is an excellent way to calm the mind, return to our center, and force the extraneous to naturally fall from view.

     

    Let's reap the rewards of mediation as recent findings from JAMA International Medicine reveal a reduction in pain, depression, and anxiety among participants who meditated. Take the first step to improving your wellbeing and mental health today!

    Start small. With meditation, progress occurs over time. Your first session should be short. Renowned yoga instructor, Lauren Eckstrom has a one-minute routine where she stands comfortably in front of a lit candle, breathes in through her nose and out her mouth while gazing at the candle. This is meditation and you can do it anywhere! Just find a space where you’re most comfortable to begin.

    Focus on your breathing as it’ll be your guide. Breath deeply and pay attention. What do you feel? Be present, scan your body. Imagine air lifting your body as you inhale and your body being brought back when you exhale. When your mind drifts to unwashed laundry or that unanswered email, direct all attention back to your breathing. Everything will bring you closer to your center.

    As you gather the confidence to continue meditating, increase your time spent doing so slowly. Do a few guided meditations. There are many teachers with simple techniques that you may incorporate into your very own. The length of time you meditate is unimportant. What matters is that you develop a PRACTICE. One minute is 60 seconds! Every bit counts.

    Don’t become frustrated if you feel your first session is not a success. It’s impossible to do incorrectly. Meditation is a practice that evolves over time and has many benefits! The Los Angeles Times reported a 120% increase of productivity in workers at a Detroit chemical plant. You’ll sure be witness to this advantage as well the moment you begin!

    Written by: Candy Mendoza

    Travel Essentials for The Wanderluster

    Travel Essentials for The Wanderluster

    The desire to explore the world can be an inexplicable urge for some. The promise of new horizons has a magnetic pull whether you’re dreaming of the beauty of a faraway waterfall or just a view from a neighboring mountain top. So if you’ve got the itch, be sure to travel with these essentials!

    Camera
    Document your journey with spontaneous snapshots of every place you visit. When you’re living in the moment time can fly, but recording your travels can make your adventure last forever! Frame those exquisite sceneries and enjoy them in your home or office. They will serve as wonderful reminders of where you’ve been and where you're off to next! Go digital or take polaroids: all memory making is good.

    Sunscreen
    Serve some looks with a floppy hat or sunglasses to better protect your skin! Freckles are adorable and tans are in fashion but you’ll still want to protect your skin from the sun with SPF 100. Burnt and peeling skin are no fun, not to mention painful. Remember to reapply as instructed on the bottles label. Purchase products that are organic and cruelty free.

    Playlist
    If you're in need of a companion then music is the perfect choice. Make that four hour road trip into a fun one with karaoke jams! Create a playlist inspired by the new music you come across. Homesick or feeling down? Different songs are just the cure to raise your spirits and bring some peace.

    Journal
    Scrapbooks are something I treasure and you will too. Every ticket stub, flower or momento helps to memorialize an event. Store tokens and ephenanies to ponder once returning home. Include photos as well! Have fun reminiscing with others, page after page.

    With so many desirable destinations, and so little time, include these valuable items to make your trip a memorable one. Stay safe and have fun!

    Written by: Candy Mendoza

    Overcoming Fear: Inhale Positivity and Exhale Negativity

    Overcoming Fear: Inhale Positivity and Exhale Negativity

    Have you heard it said that FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real? Fear is an unpleasant emotion we’ve all experienced, whether it results from encountering a curious critter or participating in a new activity, it’s a seemingly disproportionate reaction that everyone experiences at one point or another. There’s no shame in being frightened, but allowing fear to control your life is a negative outcome. So, let's embark on the challenge of defeating fears and self sabotaging behaviors! Deep breaths, we’ll get through this together.

    First, identify your fear. What scares you and why? No fear is irrational and it should be honored and evaluated. Very often, upon closer inspection, we can discover the roots to a problem and provide a solution for it. Remember, everyone has a weakness and you are not alone. Look forward to the relief of no longer being afraid by addressing the situation. Fear isn't a permanent state but a feeling that in time usually passes. You’ll feel stronger once you’ve overcome it.

    Accept that you are in control. The more power you give your fear, the more powerless you become. Recognize your strengths. Do an inventory of all the challenges you DO conquer in a day. Put yourself in the driver’s seat. Project positive energy and remain calm as you review the fearful scenario. What scares you doesn’t mean to. Remember that you are in charge!

    Lastly, be brave and face your fear. Develop the courage to take it straight on. It’s not uncommon to be afraid of the unfamiliar or of what we don't understand. Confrontation may be intimidating but offers the most hope in defeating an illusion that’s prevented you from moving forward. Be bold! It is said that the most daring actions are the most rewarding.

    Life is too short not to take some risks. Be kind to yourself and remember that life isn't as cruel as we perceive it to be. Practice resilience and you will persevere!

    Written by: Candy Mendoza