Turning My Singapore Crisis Into An Opportunity to Uplift & Inspire
When we look at the state of the world right now we can see there are a lot of natural disasters occurring and insane people acting violently. The world needs a lot of love but so do we. The change we wish to see in the world starts with us. Each one of us has the capability to be kind to one another, see through the differences and aim to be compassionate and understanding.
When we choose what we want to wear each day we put ourselves into a certain mode or character. Whether we need to be professional or we're playing it more casual on a weekend, what we choose to wear reflects a certain part of our personality.
With this in mind, I created a few products that are simple but have a strong and direct message. The message is simple - to remind each and everyone of us that we have the power to uplift and inspire. Whether its as simple as a smile to a stranger or buying the persons coffee in front of you in the line at Starbucks... it's these small acts of kindness that make the difference in peoples lives. It gives them hope.
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I want to take a moment here and share a quick story about kindness...
If you are following along my journey, you know that I just left Bali and am in Singapore... Well... I had an interesting traveling hiccup and lesson take place. When I landed in Singapore and made my way through customs, I went to the nearest ATM to get cash out. My card was declined. Strange, I thought. So I went to another ATM, same message. "Uh-oh" is what I'm feeling now and my stomach a little upset. I told myself to try and relax and that it was just the bank shutting off my card because I'm traveling through multiple countries. Trying to relax.... my mind then reminds me that I don't even have any cash from Bali to exchange for the Singapore Dollar.... So now, I'm even more nervous because I have ZERO cash on me and no way to get to the hostel from the airport....
ACT OF KINDNESS NUMBER 1
I jumped in the cab and didn't tell the driver my situation... I was nervous and didn't know what to do and was exhausted. So I took a moment and prayed silently to myself. When we got to the hostel, I told him my situation and he said to run up to the front desk at the hostel and see if someone would lend me money. When I got upstairs, I told the receptionist my situation, she happily lended me the money for my cab.
So I called my bank and long story short they permanently shut off my card and would not turn it back on. Now I was only planning on being here in Singapore for 2 days... Now, I am stuck here for a week until my card comes internationally from the USA!
Trying not to freak out, I told myself it'll all be okay. The hostel has free breakfast so at least I can survive on one meal a day if I needed to. Again I told the receptionist that I couldn't pay until my card comes in - and she was totally fine with it - she just help my passport as collateral.
ACT OF KINDNESS NUMBER 2
Now, its the next morning and I really feel anxious, trying to figure out what to do. I realized I had some money in my PayPal account so then I asked my only friend here in Singapore if I could Paypal her, meet up and she gives me the cash. She said no problem and was happy to help.
On my way to meet her, it started pouring (I had to walk because i didn't even a cent to ride a bus or train) and ran into a local gas station. It poured for about 20 minutes and while waiting my stomach was really growling at me after about an hour at thirty minute walk at this point. So I looked around and found a rice and vegetarian meal that was under $5. I really wanted it. My stomach was craving food. I tried to swipe my cards, knowing the wouldn't work... but tried again anyways. Declined. So I turned and put it back. Still raining harder than ever, I think the man behind the register could tell I was in a situation where I needed some help... After a few minutes, the guy behind the counter smiled and said he would pay for it for me. Goes to show there are kind people in the world.
ACT OF KINDNESS NUMBER 3
After meeting my friend and finally having cash, I immediately went to a local forest / garden and did some sightseeing. Afterwards... I was ready to be home. So I hopped on a bus and soon realized I hadn't gotten any smaller bills or change for the bus. Danmit. Here we go again. I said to the bus driver it was my first day in Singapore and I forget to get smaller change and he kindly said, "Hop in, your first trip is on me." and I was on my way home.
So, it goes to show that there are kind people in the world willing to help out. And when these acts of kindness and grace help you out, its important to pay it forward and give back when you are presented a situation where you can help and make a difference in someones life.
Now how does this all tie into Conscious Attire?
Well, this day made me realize that there are many ways to spread kindness into the world. And I thought why not with what we wear? A simple message that reminds those who see it to be uplifted. To shift our perspective and to remember that everything really is okay - nothing is permanent, no matter how bad the situation may look.
I hope this inspires you to partake in the movement.
I would love to see Conscious Attire grow and spread and I hope you feel the same! :D
So, together, lets spread the message of love and kindness into the world. You never know who may need to most!!
Also, 10% of the proceeds go towards helping the homeless in LA shelters as well as children in other countries who need help with food and clean water.
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