Be AWESOME Updates: New Line, Awesome Project, YouTube Collaboration and MORE!

Before anything, I would like to apologize for haven’t posting anything in a while. Things have been really busy here in Kuwait over the past number of weeks. In and between teaching and report cards, and finalizing some big ideas for the worlds fastest growing motivational brand, its been a ride I am sure I will never forget.

So what’s new:

My Life: Besides the 25 report cards I had to finish this week. The grades being entered into the computer. The NBA playoffs (My poor Clippers). Being sick (cold or some sort of flu). The past few weeks have been very challenging for me. I must say, I’ve had times were I looked myself in the computer screen (because that is where I usually am) and asked myself, is it worth it. And directly after these thoughts, I asked myself, why would I even think that. I believe that if you are trying to help others in ANY kind of what it is worth it. It is worth the heart ache. The pain and the suffering. So if you are out there like me, trying to make a difference in anyones life, through friendship, parenting, mentoring, anything! Don’t feel down or upset about it. Don’t let your ego, or hard work get in the way of making someone else’s life more fulfilling. Believe in good faith, and all that good faith will come back to you. Keep grinding everyone!

SignUp!

SignUp!

The NewsLetter: If you haven’t already you please check out our splash page. www.beawesomenow.ca Notice the .CA (yes I am Canadian) if you did not know.ahah Oh. Canada! We are going to release a news letter a week, that will let everyone know what we are doing as an organization, and what they can look forward to as we prep for a crazy and fulfilled summer.

GiveMore

GiveMore

Charities/Organizations: We’ve locked down a number of cool charities and NGO’s that we are really excited about. We are unable to confirm their involvement just yet because of paper work that has to be filed and returned. We currently have 6 that are really interested, and 3 that have confirmed they want to get involved! For a start, that is AWESOME. The tough part about this is, I am still me. My friends know me, my followers (kinda know me), and these individuals, do not know me at all. I understand that it is hard to trust people now a days, and that is what I am trying to build this company with “TRUST”. To those of you who’ve given me the go, and have shown the smallest amount of interest, I am honoured and I thank you for that! Stay in the loop for more on these organizations and what they have to offer. We will be working with some awesome people!

Website: For me this has been the most challenging part of my early stages of building this brand. In the past it was easy (well not easy, but sort of in a way that I needed to get things and the word out there as fast as possible) things were kind of rushed, and not done professionally (in my opinion). This time everything is being done in progress. We are taking the steps to make this company “real”. Not just an online store. Not just a fancy website with cool pictures. We are going to re-vamp the way you look at websites and the value of information you receive.

Our new look is clean, photo heavy, and dependent on motivation and inspiration by you. You will find daily motivation to keep you going. Clean images for reminders of what life really means. People and stories to think about. We are giving you a place to come, relax, take some time out of your day and really find the meaning of life. What we have so far is #AWESOME. I cannot say more, about the guys at www.qnacreatives.com and what they’ve done for me as a new company. All I can say is stay tuned! You are sure to be impressed by our decisions on this website.

awesome10New Line: Lots of exciting news in regards to our new line and what we’ve decided to do with what the world provides to us. We are changing the look and feel of the shirts “entirely”. New logo’s (as you can see), new designs but the same motivation and purpose. We’ve taken a sweat-shop free approach to our-line that includes a number of incentives that we will release through our newsletter. We are excited about this change and we hope you are to. Our fitted tees and sweaters will be more dry, comfy and motivational. We plan to release a number of limited edition products as well.

The Awesome Project: If you haven’t read the news letter, I will give you a little run down, as to what this is all about. This project is about spreading Awesome around the world. We’ve decided that how else can we do this, other than taking a boat load of tees around the world each year and spreading them to everyone we possibly see and contact ourselves with. People on the airplane, restaurants, playgrounds, villages, families, schools, teams, you name it. Our goal is to visit 5 continents in 5 years and give out 200+ tees to a given country, state or province in each continent. Again, stay in the loop for more information on this project and how you can get involved!

Topic - Youtube-676854Youtube collaboration: I can’t give you too much on this until I sign the papers and send the information BUT let’s just say Be Awesome will (inshallah) be working with and up and coming YouTube start on a new Be Awesome Commercial!

 

 

-BeAwesome

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BeAwesome: #321: Stop dreaming and start living

BeAwesome: #321: Stop dreaming and start living

#Live

#Live

Without struggle there is no progress—

I woke up from a dream and looked around. After noticing I was going to be late for work, I quickly washed up, grabbed an apple and headed to the bus. Once I arrived on the bus I started to think. What a nice dream I had.

-What is a dream? A series of thoughts, images and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep.

I was in the park. I was walking with a female friend. With us came a little girl and a little boy. As we walked, I remembered daddy and mommy being called by these two younger children. I remember ice-cream cones falling on the pavement. As we sat near a bench, in a nearby neighbourhood,  the my son yelled “Be Awesome” as he pointed to a young child that we did not know, playing on the playground. The young child was with her mom and older sister. I noticed  a bright sweater with positive words written across the front chest. We smiled, and went on with our day in the park.

While on the bus, an inner smile and joy started to arise. Yes, my dream was over but something stuck with me. Something started to play on my mind. How could I be so happy about a dream? What made me so happy? Something that is not real. Something that is made up. What is stopping me from feeling this way all the time? (This is an important question) This is when I came to a conclusion/and more questions:

Why do we continue to dream (literally) so big and allow ourselves to live an average life? In worst cases, why do we allow others to make these choices for us? How many of you reading this blog have been told what to do with your professional life? Personal life? What to buy? What to eat? And have actually considered all of these things because others said so? Why do we allow others to control different parts of our life. How many times have you said “yes” for the sake of saying yes? How many times have you actually tried to follow your dreams?

#MakesYouHappy

#MakesYouHappy

What do you get from dreaming?

Dreaming is not bad. It is what you do after you dream that is crucial. Do you allow this dream to just be a dream? Do you wake up and try to make this dream reality? Do you write stories and tell everyone about your dreams, but never really try to accomplish them? What do you do? Following a dream or doing something you love can easily decide whether or not your life or lifestyle will be satisfying. In our dreams, everything is perfect (at times). The sweat, tears and hard work that people do in real life does not exist in your dreams. We easily reach our full potential.

“In your dreams, everything is just the way you want it to be”

#TakeALook

#TakeALook

Dreaming is often (“sometimes”) a misconception of what we think and only “want” to happen. How often do we wake up and tell ourselves that we are going to make our dreams come true today (We should be doing this all the time). Do we ever ask ourselves, why not? Why can’t we do what we dream of (Super powers and flying do not count) Why can’t you make that feeling within a dream be real? You can, but it is entirely up to you to make it happen. This happening usually involves hard work.

 Start Living

Allow yourself to be happy every day by following your dreams. When you wake up from something special, give yourself a chance at it in real life. If you fail, so what? Big deal. Everyone must fail before they reach success. Following a dream or pursuing something you love has more value than a normal job or something you dislike. Start today. Stop dreaming and start living the dream.

-BeAwesome

Champagne Birthday

Champagne Birthday

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter- Mark Twain

JustAPup

JustAYoungin

I am not a big birthday person. But today is my 25th birthday. So old right?. I remember when I was small (like above), I use to love having parties and celebrating my birthday with lots of people. I really loved DQ ice cream cakes aswell. I am not really sure what happen to this idea, but I now think about birthdays in a new light. Today I want to thank a number of people for my birthday:

Mom & Dad:

Poppa

Poppa

I know I am miles and miles away but thank you for bringing me into this crazy thing we call a world. I have learned so much from you both. I remember when you use to wake me up to go to Big Moms in the morning for school. I remember being scared of my own dog (rip tanner) because he was ten times bigger than me. I remember piano lessons. And after two weeks ready to call it quits. I remember softball and hardball. Bats swinging and loud cheers from my dad. Black flies and mosquitos flying around my head, asking myself why did I get into this sport. I remember basketball games. Serious talks from my dad about life and being positive. I remember our trip to Disney land with NannaG. A parade. Seeing the other part of the border. And smiling from ear to ear. I remember university. The struggle. The commitment from two strong people to help me get through. Always putting me (and my sister) first. I remember superman (dad). Going through snowstorm after snowstorm. To pick

Momma

Momma

me up from an event at school. Mom and dad I remember everything you’ve done for me. And this day is just as much yours as it is mine. Someday I will repay you for what you’ve done for me. I thank you for being such great parents. And I wish you a happy birthday

Sister:

I remember fighting with you over nothing. We use to do this all the time. I remember yelling at you because you would sing songs that I sing or rap lyrics that I rap (you still do this). I remember wanting to be like you. A great artist. Drawing and painting. Fashion designer. Smart and always liked by her peers. Willing to give anything to make others happy. Super family orientated. A singer (wink). Priorities all lined up and in order. Independent. Able to go through obstacles and conversations by yourself. And finding great solutions to solve problems on your own. I remember growing up together. A better understanding. Arguments. Disagreements. You’ve always been someone I could talk to. A secret always safe

Sis

Sis

in your arms. I know I have a funny way of showing it, but I love you and appreciate everything you’ve ever done for me. You are everything a sister should be, and again I am happy to be your brother. And I wish you a happy birthday

Nanna&Grandad(RIP)

These two individuals have influenced my life more than anyone in the entire world. They are why I am here. I am a product of them. The memories and life lessons learned from these two individuals will forever be with me, and passed down, to the next generation. I remember Nanna kicking me and my cousins out of the house. I remember carrying in wood for Granddad. Cutting the lawn. Selling Christmas reefs. I remember Granddad picking us up from school. Basketball games. Piano. I remember him always being there when I needed him (and not just because Nanna said so) I remember Nanna and her Sandwiches. Peanut butter. Jelly. Turkey. Chicken. I remember not wanting to share. Holidays. Loads of people around the table. Grandad waiting for everyone to leave. I remember him driving. Nanna asking for baking products and other grocery store items. I love my grandparents with all my heart. Losing one of them last year hurt a lot. But understanding his legacy and what he’d want me to do today, for myself and my family. Nanna I love you. And like the individuals above, this is your(s) and Granddad birthday too. I wish you a happy birthday

Happy Birthday from Lebanon Beirut 🙂

-BeAwesome

BeAwesome: #311 Mature: 4 Things You Should Spend Less Time With

BeAwesome: #311 Mature (4 Things You Should Spend Less Time With)

WhatsNext

BeMature

OLDSOUL

Everyone has a kid in them. Something will always excite you. If you do not. Or nothing can excite you. You are missing out. We catch ourselves acting like a kid in different situations all the time. It is normal of course. It is something great about the person.The individual. And different experiences that cause different reactions to things in life we enjoy. You do not have to be an adult to be mature. You do not have to act like an old man or woman either (Even though everyone calls me old man :-)Growing up. I was always considered and “old man”. Or a oldsoul. Mainly because of the decisions I made in the moment or before and up and coming event. Deep thinking. Sometimes when you are growing up, you do not think about occasions or events. You do things because you are asked. You get involved because it looks cool. Or feel pressured. Me. I would really think about the beginning, middle and end of everything. I would think about the benefits of each occasion.I would think about the outcome before it happened. I would often look deep into things. I would often say things beyond my years. Being mature to me was about making the right decisions. And being able to say no, when you were pressured to say yes or do things you had no interest in.

MATURE

Fully developed physically; full-grown. Being mature is about experiencing more and taking everything out of that experience and using it to better yourself as you grow. It is not about drinking coffee and wearing suspenders. (Nothing against suspenders or coffee @TheCoolestCool;-) Or. Wearing a skirt. And high heels. That is not the meaning up growing up. Being mature is recognizing the bigger picture and preparing yourself for what is next in life. Understanding social rules. Understanding what it is you want in life. Again. Seeing the big picture. And having an idea of how to get there. Being mature is about letting go of things that have zero value towards your success. Or better yet. Spending less time with them. Here is a list of things you need to spend less time with:

TureStory

TureStory

Spend less time with:

1. Gossip (No time for it. Leave it for those who are bored)

Not a big fan of gossip. Everyone likes news, but gossips is a poor conversation starter. So and so is dating so and so. Did you hear about this. What do you think they should do. When ever I hear about gossip I laugh. It never bothers me inside that it interest people, but it never interest to the point were I want to participate either. Gossip is a rumour that may or may not be true. Having true facts is another story. Understanding the different between the two is important. Leave gossip for junior high and high school kids. There are so many other things in the world you could talk about. Talk facts. Don’t gossip.

2. Video Games (Not literally, but don’t over do it)

Not a huge fan of video games. I have friends that love to play them. And I do once in a while. Often in the summer. Or on rare occasion at a friend’s place. They are modern technology. The individuals that create video games are extremely talented. And should be recognized for their accomplishments in this trade. But for those who are mature. Don’t over do it. A new game comes out. Sure go and get it. Play it. Enjoy it. Embrace its digital loveliness. But when you start to allow it to interfere with your life. Wife. Kids. School. Job. Significant other. Then we have a problem. Today. Parents. Adults. Everyone is guilty. For spending hours in front of the t.v screen shooting monsters. Or playing sports. And. Hey it is okay to have fun. I am just saying that those who are mature. Understand their limits. And when enough is enough. Enjoy it. Put it away. Repeat.

3. Bad eating habits (Eat what you like, but be responsible)

As we grow older. We need to take responsibility of what we eat. I did not graduate with a health degree. Better yet, I know very little about nutrition. But we all have a sense of what is healthy and what is not. As we grow. We need to start taking care of our bodies a little different. Instead of grabbing the fruit roll ups. Grab the apples or oranges. Instead of taking the fruit loops. Take the Cheerios (I know this is hard). But you need to find a balance in what you eat. And find the things you like. So you do not have to go wandering around the store looking for healthy food you like. Of course. Treat your self once in a while. Grab those fruit loops or lucky charms and go for it. But you have to find a balance between the two. An important yet forgotten part about life is that we are what we eat. We need to take care of our bodies. So our bodies can take care of us.

4. Procrastination (Don’t lie to yourself)

I always tell myself that, “Procrastination is the road to failure”. This is one of the biggest challenges amongst young adults growing up. When you are unsure about life and what you want to do. When you have friends pulling you from different angles. When you are trying to experience new things. And trying to please everyone. We forget about our purpose. Why we are doing what we are doing. We take a 2 hour break instead of a 1 hour break. We talk to a friend about a question. And forget about our homework. Instead of watching one movie we watch 2. Instead of watching what hockey game we watch 3. Understanding how procrastination can hurt our future is important. It is something we should all look up. And try to balance in our work schedules. It is great to take breaks. But when you find that instant thought about something you need to do. Simple do it. Sit down and get it done. There is not better feeling then completing something, you thought would be overly difficult. The benefits are that it is over. You’ve sat down and completed the work. Now you can move on. Don’t lie to yourself. And put things off until tomorrow. Do it now. And get it over with.

BEAWESOME

Those who are AWESOME are mature. We have fun but we understand our boundaries. We do things because we want to. Not because of the outside influence. We love being ourselves. And searching for things we love to do and enjoy. We stay busy. And have a purpose for what we are doing. We try our best to please ourselves and the people around us.

-BeAwesome

Why life is like crossing the street..

BeAwesome: Life is like crossing the street

LookBothWays

LookBothWays

TAKEALOOKFIRST

I’ve talked about it briefly before. But I never broke down the importance of  looking first before involving yourself into a situation or occasion. What is this “first look” you ask. Well it is something we do (should do) before involving ourselves into something new.

Throughout life, things normally do not “just happen”. Of course during the odd time, something will happen that we are unaware of, or have no control over. But for the most part, we are aware of outcomes, and possibilities that may occur on a day-to-day basis. We have an idea of what may or may not happen.

LOOKBOTHWAYS

We have 7 days in a week. 24 hours in a day. And a long year. We as society, are so busy. We get involved and carry out our professions and occupations every day, without realizing the time and months that pass by. Why slow down and look right? Today the average person finds him or herself wrapped into conversations, jobs, events and even experiences without really realizing the time and efforts that is taking place. We never stop to see first. Or just take a look. We try to climb mountains without knowing how high it is. We get into our cars and drive, without understanding the direction we are going. We eat food without realizing the temperature. In society we often forget to “look first”.

Something I’ve learned at very young age from my parents, is that “ you should always look both ways before you cross the street”. Now this may sound like a normal thing to do, but should remember to consistently look, every time we cross. Is their anything coming? Is it okay to step out, and make our way to the next street or sidewalk. What color is the traffic light? We forget to visualize the image of what may or could happen if we do not stop and “look” first. We just walk out in front. That is when we get ourselves into trouble. We forget to create a mental image. We forget to look first.

– Red Light: Stop: If you see the red light—–>Stop and think about what you are about to do. Are your prepared for what is about to happen next, after you cross the street. Are you mentally and physically ready for any type of outcome. Uncertainty. Failure. Disappointment. Love. Happiness. Change. Emotions. Anything can happen once you’ve made it across, it is up to you to figure out how you react to this outcome. Don’t be afraid to stop. Stopping simply means you are big enough to understand the situation and willing to think about it before you go forward.

Green Light: Go: If you see the green light—–> Go don’t look back. Confidently take this direction and move with a head of steam until you reach your destination. Be aware of the changes that may take place during this walk across the street. But again, be brave and confident that this is the right decision.

-Yellow Light: Yield: If you see the yellow light—–> Yield and step back. Be tempted but really think about what it is you are about to do. Is the temptation worth the risk or reward. Are you ready to make this big step. What and how will this affect you and the people around you. Why are you doing this. And what are my options now. And later. Yellow means take your time and think about what you really want to do. Seek advice and take a step back from the idea.

Hope

Hope

REALLIFE

While growing up, and becoming a specific age, you have the freedom to make your own decisions. Sometimes we take this privilege for granted. When we were young, all of these decisions were made and decided for us. IT was easy. What color clothes we would wear to school. What was in our lunch boxes. Today is a little different. Today considers a first look at the situation. Or experience you are getting yourself into.

Be careful how you live, you will be the only Bible some people only read-  William J. Toms

Consider life-like crossing the street. Always look both ways before you get wrapped up into a situation you are unsure of. Unbalanced. Worry. Always be aware of the traffic lights that may cause you to stop, yield or go in a specific direction. First look at YOUR idea of satisfactory and what will make you happy from the outcome you are about to make. Cross carefully. And First look.

-BeAwesome

BeAwesome: #301 Sweet

BeAwesome: #301 Sweet

Change in all things is sweet– Aristole

LotsOfSweet

LotsOfSweet

SWEETTOOTH

I am not a big fan of sweet. Cakes. Chocolate. That type of thing. I like sour and spicy. I love candy. Most of you know that. I guess we have our own preferences(bad habits) right. And this is my breaking point. I need to cut down on candy. Any suggestions? (That is my rant for the day/Starting to substitute apples for candy shah)But recently I was given a large portion of candy by my family. Thanks to a good friend. I was able to receive them safely.Through the air and across the ocean. As I made my self sick from eating everything in the bag. I noticed how. Without knowing. I was not picking different candy to eat first. That is what I usually do. I’m picky. And I save the good ones for last. By touch. And partially by seeing I ate what ever I got my hands on. And then I thought. I am going to eat the entire bag anyways, right? What happen to my favourite? I had about 2 dinosaurs left. (sad face) The moral the story is. It was all sweet. It was Good. It was enjoyable. I forgot about being picky. And enjoyed it. But I would not have had this bag of goodies unless the individuals on the other end were sweet. So I thank each and every one of you It is okay to be picky. It is something we must do in life to get by. But we need to realize when the time is appropriate. I guess that is something we all need to think about (including me, yup) Being sweet is more important.

SWEET

Having the pleasant taste characteristic of sugar or honey. Not salty. Not sour or bitter. Nice. Lovely. Candy. Fresh. When something is sweet we enjoy it. We all need to be a little bit more sweeter. Making someone else’s life a little bit more awesome than what it already is. Really. It is not that hard. We talk about it all the time. But do we put it into action. Taking into consideration another individuals feelings and how they would feel if something was done for them. If we all found this type of sweet tooth. The world would be okay. People would smile more often. Money and greed. Would be around. But less approachable. Less needed. (Yeah I said it) Sometimes we get so lost in how we are being treated. We forget how we are treating other people. Again. Something else to think about.

BEAWESOME

Those who are AWESOME are sweet. Doing the little things to make someone else’s day a bit better. It does not have to be a gift. It does not have to an object. A look. Or touch. Anything with a positive meaning can cause the worst day to turn slightly around into the best day ever. Be careful of your sweet tooth

-BeAwesome

BeAwesome: #298 Calm

BeAwesome: #298 Calm

When adversity strikes, that’s when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on- LLCoolJ

drakeclub

THECALM

Drake. Aubrey Drake Graham. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. First and still known for playing a role on Degrassi, but now mainly for his success on the music charts. Without a doubt, Drake has redefined the art of hip hop and rap. Back in 2009, Drake released “So Far Gone”. One of the many songs that holds memory in my mind, is “The Calm”.  From my knowledge of the song, Drake is describing how distant he feels from his family and friends, since becoming successful. He talks about his love for his city. And how he is going to stay motivated regardless of what others think of him. Drake is a prime explain of how success can cause others to change the way they think of you. “I’m sitting in a chair but in the future it’s a throne”. The Calm is about maintaining a focus no matter what is going on around you. When I hear him talk about the struggles of being successful.  How people will turn against you. How people with “think” you’ve changed. It reminds me to stay calm. When people see you doing something they do not have to passion or desire to do themselves, that is when they turn against you. And try to convince others to do the same as well. The Calm

OnlyWay2Be

OnlyWay2Be

CALM

Not showing or feeling nervousness, anger or other emotions. Quiet. Still. Peaceful. Keeping a calm attitude is important. Others can see and pick up on a reaction. A body movement or a vibe from someone really easily. Take your time. Understand that your actions cannot always make everyone happy. Be kind to yourself. Remind yourself that you are one person. And cannot control others vision of you. Take your time. But work hard and be efficient.

BEAWESOME

Those who are AWESOME are calm. Calm cool and relax. Take a breather.

-BEAWESOME