A couple weeks ago on April 5th, I had the honor to give a workshop about The Stanley Project at the ITASA West Coast Conference at UCLA. It was such an inspiring experience. Truly blessed to be able to share my story to the beautiful peoples that attended the workshop.
This was actually the first time I have ever given a workshop about The Stanley Project. It was extremely nerve-wrecking preparing for it. I did not want to disappoint the people that were coming, and I really wanted to paint a clear picture of the intent of The Stanley Project. I watched a bunch of TED talks and brain-stormed numerous ideas with friends to see how I could simplify what I wanted to say. I had so much to share, unfortunately I could only share so much in an hour.
The workshop’s theme was Remembering how to Love. I wanted to inspire and motivate each and everyone of the attendees to find their intent of love. Understand the importance of love in all aspects of their lives, and to be able to re-embrace it. The workshop essentially was given in the format of my life story, from the origins of how everything started, to how I came to be. This was also the first time I talked about Sammy (My eldest brother) in the public to so many people. Sammy really inspired and triggered my initial urge to help people whenever I can, and ultimately Stanley transformed that urge into an uplifting movement. It wasn’t easy talking about Sammy and Stanley again especially in the public. I am sure people have noticed that I got a bit emotional during the workshop when I started talking about my memories with Sammy and Stanley…
At the end of the workshop we all did a group activity defining what LOVE means to us personally, and several people volunteered to express their feelings to the people they love infront of the camera. I really appreciate everyone’s participation during the workshop, it means a lot to me. It felt amazing exchanging thoughts with everyone, and sharing the positive energy in the room. It was also very touching to see my friends’ presence. You were all there since the beginning and are still there for me, I really appreciate everything you all have done so far.
The Stanley Project isn’t just about Stanley, it’s about everyone of you. The idea that everyone is capable of so much love, and that love transcends everything. Once we realize that, and we start expressing it and sharing it with the beautiful peoples around us: the world will be a much better place. Thank you for coming everyone, and thank you for inspiring me.
If you missed out on the workshop a recap video will be up soon!
cancer can’t, love can.
Deepest gratitude to ITASA for brining me out, to Vanna, Ginny, Nick and the rest of the ITASA staff!
To all the new friends that I made during the workshop and throughout the day, thank you for coming and for being such awesome peoples. Winnie, Judy, Stanley, Coco…and many more that I cannot recall off the top of my head!
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like me to give the workshop somewhere!
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And if you would like to know more about Sammy click here