Today I met with Marisol from the Riverdale Hub. The Hub is a community center for workers, artists, environmentalists and residents. It is a A progressive non profit organization that facilitates social enterprise development that enables immigrant women to develop sustainable livelihoods and achieve financial self sufficiency. There are a lot of plans in the works for community opportunities and
I am going to be taking the art curator position as well as helping out with design, photography and marketing.
I can’t even express how excited I am right now! ahhhh This is such a great opportunity for me to focus my efforts into helping with the needs of others.
Lately I’ve been making a lot of changes to focus on a new standard of living.
I’ve ditched my car and a lot of other material possessions. I’m asking myself more questions: about my personal consumption and that of others, my lifestyle & motivations, how I spend my time and about what changes that I can make to positively effect my life and others around me.
It feels wonderful and liberating. I’ve never felt so joyful or confident before.
Before this point things had felt so backwards. I don’t want to be like those whose existence centers around money but nothing of real value. I want to distance myself from this lifestyle and encourage other to do the same. I don’t know why its taken me thing long to realize this is not the kind of future I want to pursue.
I am still at a point where I need to rely on individuals who don’t share these beliefs to be able to be financially self sufficient. I really hope and pray that this is about to change for me. I feel that these attitudes and values kill the soul and poison quality of life.
I want to move forward in placing myself in relationships with those who can teach me what “enough” really looks like. seeking the help of my global family to discern when I’m consuming more then I need, causing someone else to go without.
I need my decadence exposed.
On the other hand if I have unmet needs, I’m part of a larger family that will help provide for me.
It’s through community that we gain perspective and learn to take eachother’s need seriously.
“I may not have everything I want, but today, I have plenty.”
I just found out Hemingway lived a few buildings down the street, when he was living in Toronto. I can see his residence from my front door! Amazing!
Furthermore, Our building was built in the early twenties. That means it’s entirely possible that he had friends who lived here, and possibly even visited our building!
I know its kind of lame but I think that’s pretty fucking cool.
I spent the last two days outside, all day.
I walked around alone and with friends.
Naps, picnics and beers.
Played badminton and lounged on the beach in the afternoon and took time to read in the morning.
I’m dirty and sun tanned and tired.
My skin feels like its glowing from the day.
I smell like dirt, grass and campfire.
I’ve never felt better.
I wish this would never end.