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Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]
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Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]
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Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]
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Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]
Simon Mainwaring is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]
Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]
Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He's a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]
Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com
What makes me tick is helping people become more aware of themselves, find duty in themselves, and become more responsible with their daily lives and with the world.
This started for me a while back, when I made a shirt for my friend who had lost his daughter. I printed a picture of his daughter on the inside of the shirt just above the heart, so he could keep her image close to him at all times. His and his family’s reactions told me I was doing what I needed to do.
I’m 51 and have been thinking about what I’ve gone through, what I’ve been doing, and the second half of my life. I decided to write what I call my Life’s Mission, Second Act, and really look at what my purpose is. In doing so, I feel like I’ve lifted a weight off my shoulders and I can now go and do what my calling is.
My goal is to inspire people to explore their inner peace and become more aware of the beauty in their lives and in the world around them, to empower people, whether verbally, through the affirmation on a shirt, or with kindness in general.
After that first shirt I made for my friend, I started doing shirts for other friends with different issues. Then their friends called and asked me to do shirts for them. Then their friends called. People would be crying when they called. I’d made things before, but I’d never had people calling and crying over them.
I started to see then why I’d been in the clothing business, which hadn’t always been great for me. But all the things I learned during those 20 years in the clothing business help me with my purpose. I don’t even need to change jobs, just apply a concept to the apparel work I’ve already been doing.
One of the affirmations we print inside the shirts is, “Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy to the body. Words are a powerful tool. I will use them wisely.” I think if we all did that, if people thought first about what they said, we’d have more peace.
– Scott Wilson
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appreciative son. moment cogitator. lesson learner.
Jeff Semigran is a senior at UC Berkeley studying environmental and civil engineering. He is an alumnus of the Teen Insight Seminars and Leadership series. This piece is part of the Insight University and Life By Me week of giving back. www.givingtuesday.org/insight-university
mom. TED-talker. no-bullsh**er.
Sophie Chiche, founder of lifebyme.com, is the single mom of an amazing 16-year-old, Leah, and wicked step-mom of 22-year-old, Sarah. They all live in LA. You can find them boxing, cooking, collaging, hosting brunches, laughing their head off or bickering over who's washing and who's drying the dishes.