Multi-Focused Waves

From Around the World

I'm the type of person who always works from the shadows, so this won't be about some grand gesture that impacts many people at once. In a story, I'd be the one who reminds the main character of their worth and bravery and heart. I'd be the one who ends up making the main character believe in themselves, and see themselves the way I've always seen them, so they can find the strength to achieve what they've always dreamt of.
So here's a few things I've done over the years, that I know had an impact:
- Helping a few dozens of trans guys get a surgery they needed (through money donations). They've then all said that they'd pay it forward when they could.
- Helping people with anxiety or depression by listening and understanding what they're going through, and providing support.
- Being open to talk about my mental health, to make the topic less taboo and make people realise they're not alone.
- Aligning my lifestyle with my values by becoming vegan, and then trying to teach people what I know now.
- Working on my anger issues, and changing my way of thinking and seeing the world, so that I'd be able to react in a more positive way and create a safer and more positive space around me.
- Working on myself in general (through meditation and also training my brain to see the good in every situation). Trying to be more present (mentally), and overall just trying to make every encounter a better one. Trying to become a kinder person every day, so that I affect people in a more positive way.
A reminder for everyone: No act of kindness is ever wasted, and no act is ever too small. Kindness really is the most beautiful gift anyone can ever receive. It moves mountains and can turn someone's day/week/LIFE around in a heartbeat. Kindness is contagious and is the key to everything.
Montréal, Canada
LGBTQ+ | Kindness | Mental Health
I'm the type of person who always works from the shadows, so this won't be about some grand gesture that impacts many people at once. In a story, I'd be the one who reminds the main character of their worth and bravery and heart. I'd be the one who ends up making the main character believe in themselves, and see themselves the way I've always seen them, so they can find the strength to achieve what they've always dreamt of.
So here's a few things I've done over the years, that I know had an impact:
- Helping a few dozens of trans guys get a surgery they needed (through money donations). They've then all said that they'd pay it forward when they could.
- Helping people with anxiety or depression by listening and understanding what they're going through, and providing support.
- Being open to talk about my mental health, to make the topic less taboo and make people realise they're not alone.
- Aligning my lifestyle with my values by becoming vegan, and then trying to teach people what I know now.
- Working on my anger issues, and changing my way of thinking and seeing the world, so that I'd be able to react in a more positive way and create a safer and more positive space around me.
- Working on myself in general (through meditation and also training my brain to see the good in every situation). Trying to be more present (mentally), and overall just trying to make every encounter a better one. Trying to become a kinder person every day, so that I affect people in a more positive way.
A reminder for everyone: No act of kindness is ever wasted, and no act is ever too small. Kindness really is the most beautiful gift anyone can ever receive. It moves mountains and can turn someone's day/week/LIFE around in a heartbeat. Kindness is contagious and is the key to everything.
Montréal, Canada
LGBTQ+ | Kindness | Mental Health
I swear by using my reusable water bottle and I rarely use plastic ones anymore. It's one of the biggest changes in my life I've seen so far and I take it with me everywhere I go these days. And honestly, aside from it having much less plastic waste, it's even handier during hot days because your drink will stay cool for so long compared to all the plastic bottles. Since last year, I've really started working on eating less meat. It's not always easy in a big meat-eating family, but small steps are still steps in the right direction. I've really come to enjoy a lot of plant based products like milks or yoghurts and was very surprised that I wasn't only feeling better in my conscience but also in my body in general. It's definitely something I'll keep up and eventually I want to become vegetarian and perhaps even fully vegan. Because we're really at war against plastic, I've also become more conscience about the products I buy. For example, I only buy vegan products myself and look at whether the packaging is recycled or not. Even when my family asks me what I want, I'll simply tell them that and I even got them to look at vegan products themselves. Who really needs to be rubbing whichever animal everywhere anyway? Recently, thanks to a friend, I've also come to the conclusion to buy shampoos or shower stuff in bars whenever possible. Even if the packaging of my stuff is recycled plastic, I'll cut it out wherever I can. Aside from the obvious things to look out for Mother Nature, I really try to make someone's day better every day. Whether it's by helping someone lift something or just simply saying good morning/good afternoon to the bus drivers (as I take the bus almost everywhere to not waste any diesel), small things can make someone's day better, even if those things seem like they're really nothing at all. And even though it's very hard, because we're all just human after all, I really try to leave all judgment aside. We don't know what's going on inside of someone's head and makes them react a certain way but we all have our problems... So who are we to judge others for certain things? What I've also tried to do since the countdown to the rebirth of Start The Wave, is to fit in a little meditation wherever I can. The Smiling Mind app has been really helpful and its quick stress relief programs are ideal for a busy student like me. That way I can plan that in as my study breaks during longer periods of studying for exams or things like that. And last but not least, I try to get my family and friends more on board with all this. It's not always as simple as it seems because habits are hard to break but it's ultimately for the better. I already got them to use reusable bottles and to buy more vegan products so far. I tend to tell them that just because some things are small, doesn't mean they don't have a big impact.
Opgrimbie | Belgium
Veganism | Zero Waste | Kindness
I have been a vegetarian the last nearly four months. I switched to veganism January 1st. I am trying to reduce my plastic waste by reducing the amount of single-use products I consume. I am trying to educate myself on brands and will choose cruelty free brands wherever possible. I am researching package free options around me. I've started making self care a priority and am establishing a regular meditation practice to accompany my diet and exercise.
Georgia, USA
Veganism | Zero Waste | Meditation
From Team Earp It Forward:
We launched #EarpYourCommunity as part of Earp It Forward and Earpers responded like we knew they would. We've seen events across the US and a few outside the states. We put together a slide show video with highlights of photos people have shared with us from different events. The video can be directly accessed through this link:
https://youtu.be/sxqj7h592XU
USA
Multi-focused
First of all, a big congratulations for getting this movement off the ground and into its very NGO! Such a big step and I'm excited to see what's ahead. I love the prompt that was posted on Instagram and here are a few ways of how I'm trying to bring positive change to our world: I've been working at wildlife nonprofit for nearly six years dealing with conservation advocacy and fundraising. It's been a rewarding experience and knowing that I'm making a better world for wildlife is humbling. Outside of work, I'm a Team Leader with New York Cares and run a project with a community organization playing soccer with kids. Since the founding of #EarpYourCommunity, I've been coordinating park cleanups in Queens and a number of amazing Earpers have joined me. It's how I've met a number of friends which I'm so thankful for. A few years ago, I was inspired by my Dad to donate blood (he's been a regular blood donor for decades and has a black card for it!) and am now a regular blood donor as well. Outside of those things, I try to practice kindness, empathy, and strong listening skills in my day to day. One quote I try to live by is "It's better to light one candle than to curse the darkness."
location not disclosed
Environment | Kindness | Animal Welfare
It's probably the usual things, I've become a vegan and have disposable single use plastic from my life and that of my family and friends. But the most important thing I have learned and i am learning right now is on my bagpacking tour through Asia. I have learned so much about myself and learned new things, observed other perspectives and got to know really great people. So it happened that I and a few people started a spontaneous cleanup on a few beaches in India, we are still friends and are still in contact. But that is exactly what shows that you are not alone no matter what you do, even if you sometimes believe it.
Seehausen, Germany
Environment | Kindness
You can't stop people from ruining their health when it comes to smoking if they are not open to the idea of giving it up. What you can do in this case is to try and reason with them to at least damage the health of our planet with the remaining of their cigarettes. I am encouraging everyone I know to make an effort and look for trash cans whenever they finish smoking. I am smoking myself and I can see the power of example is times infinity more efficient than anything.They see me doing it and so their curiosity is piqued - "Why didn't you just throw it? It is easier that way" - and in that moment I am explaining how this small act can change a lot, one step at a time. The easiest way isn't always the best or the right one.
Bucharest, Romania
Environment
After the 2016 election I decided I needed to get involved in the political process in my county. I'm an openly queer woman living in a rural, conservative county where Trump supporters are the majority. I was elected a Precinct Committee Person (D) in 2018, and I'm a Congressional District Delegate for my county in the state Democratic Party. I also created an LGBTQ Democratic Caucus in my county which I'm the chair of. These are unpaid positions that I do when I'm not working. I have a full-time job as a Software Engineer. As a Precinct Comittee Person, my main job is to help people get registered to vote and educate people on the political process so they can make informed decisions. I also try to get young people, queer people and people of color involved because representation really does matter in politics. When I first started going to the county Democratic meetings I was usually the youngest person there, and I'm 43! Now we have a Young Democrats Caucus. I've had to overcome some difficult personal obstacles to get where I am. I've had social anxiety for as long as I can remember. Anxiety would just eat up all my energy and then I'd get depressed. So, before I could do anything I started going to therapy. I got on medication for anxiety and I started mediating and hiking to keep it in check. I'll be on the ballot again this year and working to get out the vote in my county. I really hope more people get involved in the political process, not only as voters in elections, but as representatives and board members year round. If people don't like the way politics operate in the country, they have to get involved in the process. Even if it's just showing up to meetings and listening at first.
Seehausen, Germany
LGBTQ+ | Activism | Meditation
For me, I feel like bringing positive change to the world has been an ever evolving process. Through trial and error, failures and successes. From the outside, one could say that my job alone is a process by which I give something back to my community. I work in social work and to be honest, it hasn't been the life fulfilling prophecy I thought it would be. I thought that by giving back to others I, in turn, would find happiness and all of the answers I was seeking in terms of my anxiety and depression. I would be exposed to all the best therapies/recovery processes for people who suffer with depression and anxiety and I would be able to implement them while also helping others. Over worked and under paid for the insane work loads people in social work put up with I found that this was not a solution. I found that I became angry, upset and depressed due to the stories I would hear. I started to built up a resentment for the human species because I saw first hand the pain that we can cause each other. I realized, for myself, that this was not the correct path for me and that I needed to find a peace within myself in order to help others. Harboring other people's rage, trauma and personal issues that were not mine to harbor was destroying me from the inside out. I set off on a path to find a sense of personal happiness, I accepted a position within the same agency that wasn't so emotionally demanding. I found the motivation to pick back up with inline skating and the exercise has been really helping my anxiety, depression as well as chronic hip/lower back pain I experience. I recently have been trying to get into meditation with Dom's guidance but I'll admit, it hasn't been easy and I find that my mind races with obsessive thoughts or anxieties, but I am trying. I just want to let people know that because I am doing this, because I am helping myself, I think I'm contributing back more than I was as an individual human being.I am still new to a lot of this but I want people to know that taking time for yourself does matter. I may not be on the first line of social work anymore but I think that self reflection was needed for me to be a better contributor to our planet earth. Hope someone finds this helpful if they are feeling in the same place that I was. Wanting to give back but so burnt out on the stress that involved being up in the front line. Any little bit helps, keep working on you because it will turn over a leaf in your contribution to society. Sending love to everyone.
Mühldorf, Germany
Kindness | Mental Health
Start the wave has a special place in my heart, it inspired me to find my true self and gave me the courage to search for it & learn to understand. I truly think that kindness will heal the world, I've always thought it's one of the most important things. Because of STW I've finally had the courage to change my workplace and look out for myself. I'm working in a hospital as a nurse. All the STW videos kinda helped me see more clearly. Big fan of the moon cup. I'm literally in love with my waterbottle, totally reduced my waste. Doing local river clean ups. Trying to avoid as much plastic as possible by simple things, like using a bamboo toothbrush or using vegan cosmetics without animal testing. I'm vegetarian since 1,5 years and plan to go vegan when 2020 arrives. I was lucky enough to meet Dom in person, she talked about meditation and yoga at a panel, told us stories about her journey in India. It was magical to hear it. I've tried meditation a few times but it never really worked before, now I'm doing it every day. It gives me something I can't explain right now. Thank you for always encouraging us and believing. You make this world a better place. You started the wave. This changes lifes, STW definitely changed mine. I will be forever grateful. THANK YOU.
Mühldorf, Germany
Kindness | Mindfulness | Environment | Veganism
I have spend 5 years volunteering as a GirlGuiding Leader, inspiring hundreds of young females ages between 5 and 15 to be who they want to be, create a safe space for them to grow and develop into amazing young women. I run two sessions a week with an average of 20 girls attending each session. I also spend weekends often helping run events for young GirlGuiding members across the UK. Over the last 5 years, I have given thousands of hours to GirlGuiding and made an impact on hundreds of lives. As well as this I also like to get involved with as many charities as possible, I have fundraised for local children's hospitals by skydiving, partaking in multiple 5K runs - one even dressed as Santa, spending days painting the hospice, volunteering to do bar work at large events, spending evenings in the rain bucket collecting outside of festivals. Over the last few years I have raised over £1,000 for these hospitals. I have also supported the homeless in my local area, I abseiled 150ft down a Cathedral, I fundraised to make 20 homeless care packages including necessities, which I handed out in my local area last winter. Along side this I also designed and sold a challenge badge for Guide and Scout unit with all funds going to a local Homeless Charity. I've raised just over £1,000 for the homeless as well. When the weather is good, I often enjoy litter picking at my local beaches, I live on a peninsular and I am surrounded by beaches which are less than 20 minutes away, I've filled many bag full of rubbish, stopping them from going back into the ocean. My Saturday morning are also often filled with Dog Walking as I volunteer with the local dog shelter when I can, we take the dogs to our local park and socialise with them for a couple of hours. I think this is one of my favourite ways I give back as I love the excitement on the dogs face. I also run an online Etsy Store called EarpBands and currently have a Start The Wave Collection with all the profits going to Saving Grace NC. This has only been running since January 1st 2020 but in 3 days Eapers Raised over £500. I also made sure that all of my packaging for my store is now biodegradable or recyclable. I use paper tape, water soluble glue and cardboard boxes to send my orders out. My final way of making change is I made the change to vegan on January 1st. This was a huge dietary change but I want this to be a permanent change. I use reusable metal water bottles, a metal straw and try to limit my plastic use. Writing it all down, makes me think where I actually have the time to work along side all this. But I do, I work a full time job My life is crazy, but I would not change it for the world. We all have the power to Start The Wave, it's just how we choose to use it.
Birkenhead, Merseyside, England
Kindness | Animal Welfare | Environment | Veganism
In September 2017, I decided I wanted to go vegetarian! It has been the best decision I made in my life and I will never regret it! I am now trying to go as vegan as possible and hopefully go fully vegan in the foreseeable future! I also make videos on issues and topics that are important to me (inspired by Start The Wave) such as kindness, the impacts of social media, sustainability etc! You have inspired me greatly to act as a more compassionate person and I thank you for that, and I hope that I can give back 🦋💛
Leeds, United Kingdom
Veganism | Kindness | Sustainability
As a student council’s Vice President, I can organise different activities. And this year, I would thank STW for how much you’ve changed me so I have organise a different version of fighting Jolene, we made mailbox and put it on our counter and students can send letters anonymously if they’re feeling stressed and we’ll answer them with the help of professional counsellors. We are also going to organise a beach cleaning day!! So thank you!
Hong Kong
Mindfullness | Environment | Kindness
I have always been someone who enjoys helping others & over the last couple of years have been more involved in volunteering, including volunteer work in Thailand with rescued elephants (going again in February), volunteer work in Cambodia in a local community &, closer to home, litter picking, beach clean ups & dog walking for the sick & elderly. I would love to do more but unfortunately I have to work full time. Personally, I've seen a change in my habits & way of thinking. I've reduced the amount of plastic I use & this year I have decided to considerably reduce the amount of meat I eat. I'm sharing things via social media to try & make people more aware of things they can do to help & I have had some success. "From little acorns mighty oaks grow" I would like to say that Start The Wave/Dominique you are a true inspiration for young & old (like myself!). Together we can make this world a better place.
Riverview, USA
Environment | Veganism | Kindness
Well I've always been a positive person but I started my journey to a full positive change at the end of 2017. I became vegan and started helping in my community by giving back more and helping/feeding the homeless. I also spread positivity throughout everywhere I go. I've always said that "you never know what someone is going through" someone could be having the worst day of their life and a simple compliment or a small positive chat can lighten and change someone whole day around. I remind myself to always give care and love to everyone and to beautiful mother earth but I feel like I could do more in 2020, I am not sure how or where to begin. I just know I want better for this world and the people in it and I want to help make that change. First I just gotta stop doubting myself about my ability to make a real difference in this world.
Riverview, USA
Veganism | Kindness
I am so happy and grateful I watched Wynonna Earp last year that introduced me to Dominique and her beautiful Start the Wave. So my waves are so very much inspired by her.
Here we go:
~Eat healthy (try to make it vegan as much as possible)
~Work out everyday
~Meditate everyday
~Make donations
~Use less plastic
~Be kind to myself
~Be kind to people
~Be kind to Mama Earth
~Use moon cup & convince my sisters to use it
~Try to be the best version of myself
Oman, South Al Batina
Veganism | Meditation | Zero Waste | Kindness
I have a degree in philosophy and used to work as a high school teacher in charge of social studies and history lessons. A personal experience shook me to my core, and at the time, Wynonna Earp appeared and so did the community of Earpers. Inspired by them and by Start the Wave, I felt the need to give more practice to my teachings and inspired the change through dialogue, education and activismo in my students. This lead me to a master in the Prevention of Gender Violence and in the search of more information about feminism. That's how I met a group of people that wanted to help our community by opening a safe space to be themselves and where respect and affective responsibility were the key to improve our community. We created "Aquelarre Diverso" (something like, Diverse Coven) to capture the diversity in our group and the inspiration that witches and women through history have brought to fight for equality, human rights and acceptance of each other. You can visit to us in:
www.facebook.com/aquelarrediverso/
Instagram: @aquelarrediverso
Bogotá, Colombia
Equality | Diversity
I started 2020 by cancelling my Amazon account, a personal protest against their wasteful behaviour and also to keep better check of my own carbon footprint. I live on an island and the carbon cost of delivery is just too high when it's perfectly easy to find what I need locally. Last year, with DPC's urging and education, I became vegan. This decision, though not easy because of habit, has become so important to me for my health, for the environment, and especially for the animals, who above everything else, deserve lives far better than society seems willing to allow. Last year, I donated my car to the Kidney Foundation of Canada and became a member of a local car share cooperative in a direct effort to lower my carbon footprint. Meditation and yoga have been part of my life for several years but this year I've taken on significantly more coursework on mindfulness. I hope in the next year to take part in a 10-day Vipassana retreat to widen that practice. I'm so thankful to DPC and STW for bringing us together in this beautifully kind and compassionate community. Keep making waves! Xx
Victoria, British Columbia
Environment | Veganism | Kindness | Meditation