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Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]

 
Arianna Huffington Arianna Huffington political powerhouse. media mogul. author.

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Seth Godin Seth Godin author. speaker. linchpin.

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Krishna Kaur Krishna Kaur yogi. philanthropist. dynamic teacher.

Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]

 
Norman Lear Norman Lear producer. philanthropist. tv legend.

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Leilani Münter Leilani Münter race car driver. activist. carbon free girl.

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Zainab Salbi Zainab Salbi author. ceo. humanitarian.

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Sean Stephenson Sean Stephenson speaker. psychotherapist. life embracer.

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Shannon Bindler Shannon Bindler Strategist. Writer. Life Coach.

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Mathieu Bitton Mathieu Bitton Designer. Art Director. Passionate Creator.

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Jorge Perez Jorge Perez Agent. Producer. Photography Enthusiast.

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Anna Krajec Anna Krajec educator. youth leadership developer. playshopper.

Anna Krajec is the visionary behind IWE and the Green Valentines Festivals, which raise awareness about sustainable living and creating a bright future for our children. [www.ImagineWisdomEducation-IWE.org]

My big commitment in life is children. I’ll do anything for them. One of the things I do is help parents consider their decision before they have a child, to look at how they’re going to raise their child and what kind of education they’ll give them. Being conscious about issues like education can completely transform the world.

Though I’ve always loved kids and have worked with them since I was a teenager, I didn’t become a teacher because I didn’t believe in our educational system. Then, when I was in my 30s, my whole life changed. I started asking myself What’s really important? and What’s meaningful to me? Through those questions, I found a way to become a teacher, by going through the one-year training and becoming a Montessori teacher.

What’s bursting out of me now is designing a new model of education, a model people can duplicate all over the world. One aspect of that model is bringing in leaders from the community to meet with the children, to share their passion and vision with the children and create with them.

The path I’m on now was deeply affected by losing my son two and a half years ago when he was almost four years old. He had an inoperable brain tumor. It’s alright. I’m alright. He’s an angel now, guiding my life, so I’m very grateful. He’s taken me to places I never thought I could go, so it’s been more of a joyful journey than a sad one.

When my son was ill, it took about eight months for him to transition and up until the very end I expected a miracle. We had hundreds of people around the world praying for him and I kept believing he was going to heal. Near the end, I had to surrender. When I got to that place, I felt like either life wasn’t worth living or I was giving up my little boy for the highest good, for something bigger. At that time, with my entire being, I had a feeling I was saying, “Here I am. Show me what I must do so I can see the higher purpose, so I’m completely in service to the highest good, whatever that may be.” Now, being in service feels like it spreads the gift I received from my son.

Every day when I wake up, I ask, “Okay, what am I to do today? What’s the next step? And what’s the next step?” That’s my life.

– Anna Krajec

lifebyme.com would like to congratulate Anna on a successful Third Annual Green Valentines Festival. The Festival’s mission is to nurture a global, caring community. You certainly inspire us, Anna! www.GreenValentines.net

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