Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Random Act of Kindness 65: Trekking The National Parks


Above is a picture of my friend Charlie Binkele with his mom, Terry, and his dad, John. Charlie is a very talented artist. You can check out his awesome art on Tumbler, or buy his art on IN PRNT.

Charlie let me know that his family created a game called "Trekking the National Parks," and they created a Kickstarter page. (Update 8/20: So happy it met it's fundraising goals!)

Since I always believe in supporting my friend's dreams, I made sure to donate to his family's venture. 

If you are interested in buying his awesome game, check out their online store at: http://www.trektheparks.com/store/ 

"Trekking the National Parks is a spirited family board game that lets players visit America's National Parks in a fun and competitive way. Players compete for points by visiting Parks, claiming Park Cards and collecting Cairn stones as they travel across the country experiencing the uniqueness of each of these magnificent landscapes." -Trekking the National Park

Check out their video on Vimeo







Saturday, June 21, 2014

Random Act of Kindness 64: Home Away From Home



I love having house guests so whenever I hear people are going to be in my general area, I always ask if they want to stay at my house. 

It's my small way to let them know that they are important to me. It's also because I love seeing old friends and reconnecting. Recently had the opportunity to host my friends Jared and his wife, Stacey, and looking forward to seeing one of my best friends, Rico, in August. 

One of my favorite ways to show kindness is opening my house to my friends and giving them a home away from home.  

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Random Act of Kindness 63: Love Letters


My boyfriend's cousin, Lauren, bought me an awesome present for Christmas last year. She got me really cute personalized stationary with a tiny hedgehog in the corner. I loved it so much that I went on a crazy "personalized stationary" spending spree on TinyPrints.com

After buying and receiving a ridiculous amount of personalized stationary from Tiny Prints, I didn't know what to do with it all. 

The more I thought about the stationary, the more I thought about how special I felt when I would get handwritten letters as a kid. 

I began sending personalized notes to my friends and family whenever they did something kind for me, supported me in my charity events, or just because I thought of them. It also motivated me to send handwritten letters to my niece and nephew, who I adore more than life, because I thought it would be nice for them to have little reminders that I think of them and that I love them. 

Handwritten letters may seem silly in the digital age but there is something wonderful about getting a love letter just reminding you that you are loved and appreciated. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Random Act of Kindness 62: Picnic


One of the things that I love the most is setting up events for my prenatal yoga students after they have their babies. I think it's really important for new moms to stay social and feel connected to others. I love having little get together events so they can chat about being new moms, ask each other for advice, and prevent postpartum depression. 

I have to admit that in addition to all that, I love seeing all the healthy, beautiful new babies. I have an amazing job. I love being a prenatal yoga teacher. 

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Random Act of Kindness 61: My Favorite YouTube Channels


I am always thinking about what it means to "support" someone. I am sure my obsession is some deep seated hope that other people will make more of an effort to support the ones they love. I have this idea that if our interpersonal connections with our friends and family were stronger, our connections to our communities would be stronger, making our nation stronger and opening our hearts to everyone else in the world. (Idealist... I know)

Everyone has their passions and I think it's important to support what they love.

Three people, who I care about, all have something in common... YouTube. 

My brother, James Hsu, is a talented internet marketer and public speaker. He has a YouTube page called "The Adventures of Hsuperman." There he celebrates the accomplishments of various companies around the Las Vegas, NV, area, supports Las Vegas based charities, presents movie reviews for over 52 movies a year, and gives motivational speeches.




My friend, Robyn Navarro, is a talented Bay Area photographer with a special eye for beauty, light and fun. Her photography celebrates freedom, movement, and beautiful moments in life. 



Alexandria Vaun, a childhood friend, is a fashionista and has a YouTube channel where you can discover new make-up, shoes, jewelry, clothes and find out where you can get a new look. 



Whenever I have a chance, I try to watch their videos, "like" the video, "subscribe" to their page, and leave comments,  not only because I enjoy their videos but because I feel like it gives me insight on who they are, and also shows them that I care. 

If you love someone with a YouTube page, consider watching the videos and leaving comments for them. It's a random act of kindness that will warm their hearts. You can also share the channel in the comments below. Tell us why you love the channel and why they are important to you. 

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Random Act of Kindness 60: Taking Care of Others


Being sick is a horrible feeling. The coughing, sneezing, and fever, is a painful reminder that health is important. 

Getting out of bed feels like a arduous journey. Taking a shower is exhausting and sometimes leaves you sitting in the shower stall wondering when you will have the energy to get back up. 

So over two weeks I tried to do my best to take care of my boyfriend when he caught a horrible chest cold. 

Funny enough, I caught the same cold the next week and he ended up having to take care of me for two weeks. 

I guess the good thing about taking care of your boyfriend, when he's sick, is that he will take care of you when you get sick. 

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Random Act of Kindness 59: Uber- What Goes Around Comes Around


My boyfriend and I took Uber to pick up our car at an auto repair shop. We were running late and weren't sure if we were going to make it to the shop in time to get our car. 

When we were rounding the corner, a few blocks away from the shop, when we saw a puppy running down the street with a leash. 

My boyfriend and I asked our Uber driver to pull over and let me out so I could catch the dog. Our driver pulled over reluctantly and let me out. I could tell he was a little worried leaving me in a random neighborhood. 

I watched as the driver slowly drove past the pup before accelerating, to get my boyfriend to the auto shop before they closed.

With some blind faith, I knelt down, whistled, and said "Here boy!" The puppy looked at me and bounded toward me with playful happiness. He flung himself into my chest and started kissing my arms. I grabbed the end of his leash and noticed he chewed through it. 

I called the phone number on the tag when a man approached and said, "I know who owns that dog." He walked me over to a nearby store where a woman had just came out. She was ecstatic when she saw me with her puppy. She thanked me for catching him. 

"It's not a big deal. I did it because I hope someone would help my dog if she ever got lost," I said. 

Just as I was starting to walk down the street, my Uber driver pulled up and said he would take me to the auto shop so I wouldn't have to walk. I climbed in and he took me two blocks to the shop. I asked him if I could pay him for the short ride and he said "no". He said he was happy to help me because he liked that I wanted to help the dog.

What goes around comes around. I asked my boyfriend to write a nice review of our driver and give him a five star rating because I think it takes a special soul to take the extra time to make sure a girl arrived to her destination safe and sound... free of charge. 

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