Doodle 4 Google doodle courtesy of 11-year-old Audrey Zhang

This 11 Year Old Doodler Won a $30,000 Scholarship From Google

“To make the world a better place, I invented a transformative water purifier. It takes in dirty and polluted water from rivers, lakes, and even oceans, then massively transforms the water into clean, safe and sanitary water, when humans and animals drink this water, they will live a healthier life.” – Audrey Zhang

Thanks to Google’s 7th annual Doodle 4 Google Competition, Audrey Zhang, an 11-year-old girl from New York now has money to fund her college.

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Google asked children from grades K-12, to draw an invention that would make the world a better place. Google received over 100,000 submissions and chose 250 state finalists, 50 state winners, and 5 national age group winners.

Google offered Audrey the chance to spend a day with some animators to turn her doodle into a moving animation. The moving image shows can be seen on Google’s Home Page todayAs the animator and director for her project, she took the reigns on describing how she wanted the water to look and added a little imagination by adding ideas. Her inspiration comes from a novel she is currently writing.  

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After she completed the project, Audrey flew back to New York with the $30,000 college scholarship and $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for her school. Google was so inspired by her doodle, they decided to donate $20,000 in her name to a water charity in Bangladesh dedicated to providing clean water for their schools.

Doodle 4 Google is an amazing event that takes place annually. Many students compete year after year showing true perseverance and determination. This year, Audrey’s perseverance granted her a new experience, scholarships, and inspiration to pursue her future goals.

Congratulations to every Doodle 4 Google Winner!

mike king best son surprises dad

An Amazing Son Surprises His Dad With A Promise Made Since 8 Years Old

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry. – William Shakespeare

We all wish we could give back to the people who love us, especially our parents. Well this good son, Mike King, at the age of 8 was promising his old man something awesomely amazing. He knew his old man could only dream of having it. Take a look to see the reaction of the father and the son’s surprise.

Mike King has a “Go Fund me page” to accept donations for the maintenance of the car. The car doesn’t run well right now and he plans on giving these donations to his father.

Here is what Mike King had to say,

“Growing up my dad always dreamed of owning a 57 chevy bel-air. He grew up poor in a family of 7 children. He never thought he would be able to own his dream vehicle but would talk about it all the time. 

When I was 8 years old I promised him that on his 57th birthday I would buy him a 57 bel-air. I never forgot and was able to fulfill my promise.

Here is his reaction.

Explanation on what he was doing. One of our cornhole boards was broken and we were trying to rig it to stay up, while he was occupied I opened my garage to show the vehicle. He was too intent on fixing the board that he didn’t notice the garage opening which took my sister saying “theres something we can fix it with in the garage, there”.

Also when he states thats the one you have been showing me, that is because I had been,I had showed him pictures of the Bel air. (I have had it for over 2 years waiting to give it to him) We would talk about older vehicles so to gauge how much he would enjoy it etc I would show him pictures of it from the listing I found. He would get so excited and talk about owning something like that but that he “knew her never would be able to.”

What exciting things do you have planned for your father this father’s day??

1957 Chevy

Enjoy-Being-Alone

How To Enjoy Being Alone

It’s an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That’s always been a tug of war for me. – Jodie Foster

 

Being alone can be difficult to those who are extroverted and love talking to people and sharing thoughts. Some people really have a difficult time with being alone and will ask someone to accompany them when doing short tasks like picking up groceries, picking up laundry, or grabbing take out. Since we are born we have to be watched, we need love, we need communion, and we continue to grow in social environments like school. It is even politically frowned upon to not have a spouse. It is in our culture and our society that make us feel uncomfortable to be alone. Of course this may be different for the introverts. They yearn the need to be alone with their thoughts, to have the freedom to do as they please.

Have you ever wondered why you are afraid to be alone? Why do we feel lonely when we don’t have company? Further more, why when we don’t have enough downtime alone, do we wish we were by ourselves?

Here are a few things I think can change your attitude about having some successful, happy, fulfilling, downtime:

It’s Healthy & Satisfying To Spend Time With Yourself – Studies show that most people stay in bad relationships because they are afraid to be alone. Being single doesn’t mean you are alone. It means you are open to possibilities of getting to know different people and possibly one day leading into a committed relationship, or not, it depends on what you are into. Spending time alone allows us to self reflect and pay attention to our needs, desires, and thoughts. It is healthy to digest the day and grow from things we experience. 

Enjoy YOU – I think it is important to be your own best friend. Yes, we need others and real best friends but I think it is equally important to enjoy the way you think, the things you love, and really take the time to do what makes YOU happy. I think we can over think loneliness and boredom, making us uncomfortable spending time by ourselves. If you don’t think you’re fun, why should anyone else think you are?

Pick Hobbies To Do Alone – If you love writing, bring a book with you to a public place. Pick up an instrument, attend a concert, roller blade, learn a language, or try something completely new. You’ll be surprised how exciting your own company can be and what new thoughts you will gain. 

Here is a Poem written by Tanya Davis. The video below is a recorded version of this poem that may make you see being alone in a different light. 

HOW TO BE ALONE by Tanya Davis

If you are at first lonely, be patient. If you’ve not been alone much, or if when you were, you weren’t okay with it, then just wait. You’ll find it’s fine to be alone once you’re embracing it.

We could start with the acceptable places, the bathroom, the coffee shop, the library. Where you can stall and read the paper, where you can get your caffeine fix and sit and stay there. Where you can browse the stacks and smell the books. You’re not supposed to talk much anyway so it’s safe there.

There’s also the gym. If you’re shy you could hang out with yourself in mirrors, you could put headphones in (guitar stroke). 

And there’s public transportation, because we all gotta go places. 

And there’s prayer and meditation. No one will think less if you’re hanging with your breath seeking peace and salvation.

Start simple. Things you may have previously (electric guitar plucking) based on your avoid being alone principals. 

The lunch counter. Where you will be surrounded by chow-downers. Employees who only have an hour and their spouses work across town and so they — like you — will be alone.

Resist the urge to hang out with your cell phone. 

When you are comfortable with eat lunch and run, take yourself out for dinner. A restaurant with linen and silverware. You’re no less intriguing a person when you’re eating solo dessert to cleaning the whipped cream from the dish with your finger. In fact some people at full tables will wish they were where you were.

Go to the movies. Where it is dark and soothing. Alone in your seat amidst a fleeting community. 
And then, take yourself out dancing to a club where no one knows you. Stand on the outside of the floor till the lights convince you more and more and the music shows you. Dance like no one’s watching…because, they’re probably not. And, if they are, assume it is with best of human intentions. The way bodies move genuinely to beats is, after all, gorgeous and affecting. Dance until you’re sweating, and beads of perspiration remind you of life’s best things, down your back like a brook of blessings.

Go to the woods alone, and the trees and squirrels will watch for you.
Go to an unfamiliar city, roam the streets, there’re always statues to talk to and benches made for sitting give strangers a shared existence if only for a minute and these moments can be so uplifting and the conversations you get in by sitting alone on benches might’ve never happened had you not been there by yourself

Society is afraid of alonedom, like lonely hearts are wasting away in basements, like people must have problems if, after a while, nobody is dating them. but lonely is a freedom that breaths easy and weightless and lonely is healing if you make it.

You could stand, swathed by groups and mobs or hold hands with your partner, look both further and farther for the endless quest for company. But no one’s in your head and by the time you translate your thoughts, some essence of them may be lost or perhaps it is just kept. 

Perhaps in the interest of loving oneself, perhaps all those sappy slogans from preschool over to high school’s groaning were tokens for holding the lonely at bay. Cuz if you’re happy in your head than solitude is blessed and alone is okay.

It’s okay if no one believes like you. All experience is unique, no one has the same synapses, can’t think like you, for this be releived, keeps things interesting lifes magic things in reach. 

And it doesn’t mean you’re not connected, that communitie’s not present, just take the perspective you get from being one person in one head and feel the effects of it. take silence and respect it. if you have an art that needs a practice, stop neglecting it. if your family doesn’t get you, or religious sect is not meant for you, don’t obsess about it. 

you could be in an instant surrounded if you needed it
If your heart is bleeding make the best of it 
There is heat in freezing, be a testament.

 

Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

A Successful Business Started By A 21 Year Old With A Small Budget

“The most important thing was not that I didn’t know, but that I wasn’t afraid to find out.” – Deanna Yang

Deanna at Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

Deanna at Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

Deanna Yang was a 21 year old with little to no money, no family around, and met a couple of friends who believed in her dreams and helped her get a milk and cookie bar off of the ground. In November 2013 she opened her business, made some mistakes, and still kept going. She is a young lady who let go of stability and a full time job to follow her dreams although she had no idea what was going to happen. It amazes me to see how many creative people there are who hold so much determination and will stop at nothing  to follow their hearts.

 

One thing is for sure, when having a goal and a dream, it is important to get help from others. In order for anything to flourish, it needs more than one person. A house becomes a home with more than one person nurturing it, a business grows and expands with a team of people, it takes more than one person to start and raise a family, and even orange trees need water and sunlight to thrive. This is a world that becomes greater when we have one another. Be true to those who love you. Embrace & appreciate the little things that help us flourish.

Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar

Here is an excerpt from her blog describing her determination and drive.

The very first thing on my Bucket List however, that a lot of you know about, was #1. Open a cookie shop. Whilst I am incredibly proud of Moustache & how far we’ve come in our first year of opening, I still feel like he is far from perfect…he’s currently only 2% of my version of perfection. Although I’m known to be incredibly harsh on myself. Despite being my baby and something I love & am proud of, I also feel like Moustache stole my soul and identity. Perhaps because his identity was the only one I had enough time to develop these past two years.

But I’m a sucker for all that airy-fairy shit. All that, wanting to be a better person, wanting to reach your potential and of course, chasing your dreams. Yep, I lap that stuff up because like I said, as a child, I promised myself that I would be exceptional.

After a year of being in Moustache almost everyday and him consuming my every pore, I am tired. Those niggly questions that all twenty-somethings are asking themselves float to the surface; what the hell am I doing? Why am I doing this? But mostly, who am I?

And now, with the start of 2014, I’m working very hard to knock a lot more of my Bucket List out of the park. This is the reason why I am traveling to America. Because, ladies and gents, I am going to Disneyland.

Yes, I’ve knocked the Cookie Shop one out and now it’s time to fulfill more of those dreams. “youngtrepreneur
business through young eyes: stories from the owner of Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar”

Check out her inspirational talk where she discusses how she worked through fear and little money to start the now successful Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar