Tuesday, April 28, 2015

See What You Missed on ITLT Radio #4!

Hey, Team ITLT!! Let me immediately apologize for not posting a lot lately. We've had a packed couple months and just came off two super successful charity events! I am definitely behind in updating the blog but promise to soon! Hopefully you're following us on facebook and instagram (@itsthelittlethingsdotme) so see all the latest and greatest ITLT happenings. 

Due to this semester's finals schedule, we may have unfortunately lost our ITLT radio spot on KVCM. However, we had a blast and will continue to share recordings from the shows! Let's jump right into radio show numero quatro! To listen, click the PLAY button below. Find all the links and photos of things discussed in this episode underneath the mini SoundCloud player below.

Comment below or tweet us at @TeamITLT if you have any questions or comments that we can respond to about the show!

Feature Segments

Special Guests: Jolynn Braswell from BadassBandsBlog & Matthew Stolarz from The Active Set.

The featured project/event: Hygiene CARE Kits

The featured interview/organization: Carla Guerrero, Advocacy and Media Organizer, Downtown Women's Center (featured in a previous ITLT post here)

Wear What You Care:

Coffee tumbler and necklace from MADE by DWC resale/retail boutique


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Help Survivors of the 7.8 Nepal Earthquake

it's the little things (ITLT) was born out of the idea that I could do something with my hands and creativity that would make a difference, despite little time or money. As each new person partakes, our little efforts grow. Art is my therapy and - as silly as it may sound - it really has a healing effect on both the creating and receiving end. I always search for projects that can benefit our community, locally or globally.

Sometimes though, that's not always possible.

News of the 7.8 Nepal earthquake broke my heart. Since Saturday, the death toll has risen to 3,218 and they expect to find possibly thousands more buried beneath the destruction. Survivors are shell shocked and sleeping in the streets in the cold. Hopefully most are able to find rescue relief, and at this point the most any of us can do is donate to relief efforts. 

Google launched a Person Finder tool to locate friends and loved ones in Nepal. I have one friend living in Nepal, but he and his wife are safe living in a city several hours from the epicenter. Saturday morning I woke up to Facebook notifying me that he 'marked himself' as safe. Technology is wild. I can only hope that all of you and yours are safe from this tragic natural disaster.

If you are able to donate, here are a list of several active assistance teams. For several organizations, you can designate how or where you want your funds utilized; and always feel free to consult CharityNavigator.org for their funding breakdown.

As soon as there is a Creative Act of Kindness that we can do to help, I will let you know. If you have any ideas, you know where to find me.

Strength and love always,


Friday, April 24, 2015

The Power of Kind Words: The Rice Experiment

When I dropped off the Court Kits last week at Haven Hills, domestic violence women's shelter, I had the good fortune to share a few special words with their interim Executive Director, Ivy. She had never actually seen the kits that we donate, and I was happy to share our work and creativity. She was amazed at the care that went into creating these kits and commented on our frequent use of stickers with phrases of positive encouragement. Some messages were bold and strong: "YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL," I wrote with sticker letters on the inside of mine. Some messages were positive and encouraging reminders: "You got this," "We got you." Some messages were hidden inside folders with similar colors: "You are smart. You are loved."

Ivy told me about an incredible experiment conducted on the power of words and forwarded me this email so I could share it with all of ‪#‎TeamITLT‬:

"They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes a single word can make the difference between life and death. I recently read some fascinating news about the Malatian tribes of the Solomon Islands that proved this very point. The Solomon Islands is a small country due east of Papua New Guinea and northeast of Australia. Last month we learned about the power of fire, but the tribes of this small island nation have a ritual that displays the power of water and words in an equally dramatic way.

The ancestry of the tribes of the Solomon Islands is ancient and goes back thousands of years, similar to those of the Amazon. Because of this, they live a life that preserves many of their original customs. One of the traditions carried over from their ancient ancestors is the practice of cursing. No, it's not about swearing or putting a hex on someone. When the tribe is clearing an area in the jungle and approaches a tree that's far too big to cut down, they curse it. Everyone in the community hurls insults at the tree, speaks ill of it and calls it terrible names. This goes on for weeks. Anytime a tribe member passes by the tree, he or she makes sure to say something nasty to it. After about 30 days of this ceaseless onslaught of negativity, the tree rots from within and falls to the ground of its own accord.

This tribal custom clearly shows the power our words have for good or ill. The very words we choose and where we direct them can literally mean the difference between life and death for any living thing, including ourselves. It's been proven for years that talking to plants makes them grow much better. Why is this? Why do our words have such power over the health and well-being of living things? The answer lies in the water contained within all living creatures.

Your body is 70%-80 water. Trees and plants are full of water that they draw up through their root systems. All living things need and store water within their bodies to a very large degree. Life isn't possible without it. When we speak words, we generate sound. Sound waves travel three times faster when they come into contact with water. That's why the songs of whales can be heard miles from their location. Water accelerates and amplifies the energetic power of sound.

When we say negative things about ourselves or allow someone else to say them to us, massive amounts of negative energy are reverberating in a ripple effect through the water in every cell of our body. Our cells absorb this negative energy and begin to lose their life force. Over time, they become damaged and we get sick. The Malatian tribe's cursing ritual is similar to an experiment Japanese scientist, Masaru Emoto, conducted with jars of rice. Emoto placed two cups of ordinary cooked rice in two separate jars. He cooked the rice beforehand because the water content was crucial to the purpose of the experiment. He left the jars on a shelf in a third grade classroom and asked the children to bless the rice in one jar and yell at the other every morning before classes. In three weeks, the rice in the jar that received the unkind words had collapsed into a black, gelatinous mass. The rice in the other jar was as white and fluffy as the day it was made. This experiment went on for a full year. Long after the rice that was treated kindly should have molded and decomposed, it was still perfectly white. Dramatic photos of this can be found online.

This is the power our words have over our health and it's because the intention and emotion behind them is carried at warp speed to and through our cells; all because of water. It's also a lesson to become aware of the negativity we generate both externally in what we say about ourselves, as well as internally through our "self-talk" inside our heads. It's important to be mindful of how we let what others say about us affect how we feel about ourselves. Choosing to exit a verbally negative situation is one of the healthiest and most healing things we can do. Remember that healthy cells are ones that are treated kindly and that conversation begins with your choice of words.

Blessings to you,

Dr. Habib Sadeghi
The Old Soul Doctor
Be Hive of Healing Integrative Medical Center

Monday, April 13, 2015

Listen to the ITLT Radio Show #3 Here!

Hey #TeamITLT! We took an unexpected break, but now we're trying to get back into the swing of (little) things.  Thank you for your patience and THANK YOU for all the love in the meantime. The website had nearly 300 views while we were inactive. In the last month (since our last post), we still had an amazing turn out from around the rest of the world! 

I still can't believe that... 

Okay, just to play catch up for a bit, this post contains the 3rd podcast for ITLT radio. You can always listen live on the TuneIn app or website by following KVCM on Wednesday at 5pm. There was some trouble live streaming the last couple shows, so your best bet might be to listen directly off the host school's website. (Click the PLAY button to listen.)

Tweet us at @TeamITLT if you have any questions or comments that we can respond to before or during the show!

Feature Segments

Special Guests: Jolynn Braswell from BadassBandsBlog & Bertrand Vellky and Alec Leiva from The Crazy Brave. The boys said they would host a KKGAS drive at an upcoming rock show!

The featured projects: Since the theme was International Women's Month, we are sharing a previous project, Cell Phones for Survivors from DoSomething.org.

Also, we talked about a petition to benefit the koala's from our previous IFAW Koala Mittens & Joey Pouches project. You can download the petition here and mail it in.

The featured event: Lonely Socks Drive, inspired by KKGAS

Here's Bert (who joined us on air this episode) 
pictured with his socks at our drive in November!

The featured interview/organization: Adina Lichtman, Founder, Knock Knock Give a Sock
Favorite take away from the interview: "Warm the world!"

Wear What You Care:
Sweatshirt from Sevenly
also mentioned in previous ITLT posts here and here