City Supports Boy’s Hot Dog Stand!

A couple of years ago, 13-year-old Jaequan Faulkner started a hot dog stand selling hot dogs, chips, and soda to the locals. Most everyone loved it, but one person didn’t – and they reported him to the city for lack of a food vendor permit.

But instead of shutting him down, Minneapolis Health Director Dan Huff took a more positive route and helped Jaequan qualify as a real business! The health department paid his permit fee, equipped him with a thermometer and a hand-washing station, and trained him in food safety regulations. They even set up a GoFundMe fundraiser to buy him a mobile hot dog stand.

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Jaequan originally started the business to help him work through depression and raise funds to buy clothes. It’s so nice to see that city officials have a heart and are working with him to make his small business a success!

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Biodegradable Water Bottles!

In recent years we’ve been learning about the negative effects that waste plastic has on our oceans and on marine life. A regular plastic water bottle takes an average of 450 years to decompose, and in the meantime it chokes wildlife and clogs up delicate ecosystems.

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One startup has a special water bottle in development – one that completely biodegrades in 3 weeks. This bottle, developed by 27-year-old James Longcroft and his company “Choose Water”, is made completely of paper, with a steel cap. All of the materials used in the bottles break down into non-toxic substances that don’t harm the environment or hurt wildlife.

Even better, the company has pledged to donate profits to Water for Africa, a charity that helps rural communities get clean water.

Choose Water had an Indiegogo campaign earlier this year that met 144% of the funding goals, so hopefully we should be seeing these cool new bottles on store shelves soon!

It’s so inspiring to see people working to clean up our oceans and protect our beautiful planet!

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Bird Clean-up Crew!

A theme park in France has trained birds to provide a helpful public service – picking up trash!

Puy du Fou, a popular historical theme park in western France, keeps their park clean with the help of a crew of six birds. The birds are Rooks, a member of the Corvid family, which includes crows, ravens, and magpies. These birds are known for their incredible intelligence and learning ability.

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The rooks help keep the park clean by picking up cigarette butts and other trash, then putting them in a bin in exchange for food treats. The park’s owners hope these avian litter-cleaners will inspire us humans to take better care of our environment as well!

A Dutch company called Crowded Cities is hoping to use these super smart birds to clean on a larger scale. They’re testing a new device, called a “Crow Bar”, that rewards wild birds for bringing in cigarette butts. It should be interesting to see where they’re able to go with this cool idea!

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Isn’t nature awesome? 🙂

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Teacher Spotlight – Abraham Hicks

One of my favorite teachers in the area of positivity and good living is Abraham Hicks. Esther Hicks is a medium who appears to be able to mentally channel “Abraham”, a group of non-physical entities, and pass on their teachings. Now, that’s a big claim – to be able to talk to inter-dimensional beings – and it’s natural to be skeptical! But what I’ve found is that, regardless of where they come from, the lessons taught by Esther/Abraham are genuinely good and useful.

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Abraham teaches that your thoughts and emotions help determine what happens in your life, good or bad. You have the choice to dwell on negative and unwanted thoughts, or to keep your focus on positive, hopeful ones. By keeping your thoughts and emotions positive, you send out energy that attracts positive things to you.

Whether or not you believe in the Law of Attraction, which is what this philosophy is generally known as, it’s clear that this way of thinking can lead to a much better life. Dwelling on sadness, fear, shame, and other negative emotions can only keep you down. No one has a good life when they’re huddled in a corner feeling miserable. By focusing on the good, you put yourself in a better state of mind and body and are more likely to move forward and succeed.

If I have a criticism of Abraham, it’s that they talk in a very verbose, meandering kind of way that’s sometimes hard to understand at first. It took me a few talks to click with the style of speaking and really get what they’re saying. But once you get used to the speaking style, there’s a ton of great information there.

I encourage everyone to check out some of Abraham’s teachings! I’ve found the advice to be very useful. There are lots of talks on YouTube, and plenty of books as well, if you prefer reading.

I hope everyone has a fantastic day! 🙂

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Video Ideas?

Ok, I’m crowdsourcing some ideas today! 😀

YouTube doesn’t like my videos because they’re “repetitive”, so I have to change how I make them. I think they’re mainly referring to the video part, where I usually find a pretty, calming video clip to loop throughout the affirmations. I thought it was a good visual to go along with the affirmations, but apparently YT thinks this is “unwanted spam”.

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Yeah. So……

I thought about stringing together a bunch of clips related to the affirmation subject (for example, the dating affirmations would have clips of happy people dating and having fun), but I’m not sure YT would like that either.

So I’m opening the floor for ideas!

I could just record myself reading the affirmations, but that would be kind of boring, I think? Just me sitting there slowly talking?

Should I do something like record a first person view of me walking in the park, or in nature?

Maybe I could film myself painting or drawing?

I want to find something that viewers find helpful and pleasing, but that YouTube doesn’t smack me for!

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