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2012: An Awesome Year

Before I say anything else, I want to greet the world:

A Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!!!

2012 An Awesome Year

Self Assessment

2012 is here, so much faster than what I would consider comfortable, at least where the 12-25 Life Blog is concerned. In terms of targets and expectations, I would say the first  few months of the blog’s existence were mostly a fumble.  I thought I started out strong, but then I got caught up with a lot of the technical side of blogging, especially SEO and the ‘prettifying’.  I wanted a better logo and roll out more helpful material.

The more I learned the more I realized how little I really know. And then there was the writing that I had to get done in between the all the other things that my life demanded from me, like my job, and making time for my family and friends, getting retooled for the next phase of my life. To say that I got too little sleep since I started this blog is a gross understatement. I’m tired and frustrated about the pace of things but I am still in remarkably good spirits. I am overwhelmed but deep down inside I know I am headed in the general direction of my dreams. I know this because given a choice, I’d still do all over again.

One thing I learned about myself, is how much I enjoy writing, especially when I’m so invested in the topic. I realized that even if I have reached a nearly non-existent audience, I would still write. I find myself wishing I had more time to research my topics and more time to clean up my work. More time to work with video and still images. I really love doing this.  Nothing can match the feeling when you know you’ve nailed it, and the piece you’ve just written is complete.

I know my semi-zombie state is taking away from the quality of my work. So I really want to start unloading some parts of my life that don’t quite give me the same sense of purpose.  I need to let go of all the baggage that are on the whole weighing me down.  So that should be my first order of business.

My commitment to myself and the public is that the 12-25 Life Blogs will be a blog worthy of the over a million readers, providing content that will uplift lives. This is what I have always intended 12-25 Life to be. This is the 12-25 Life’s mission.  At 3 am, with very little prospect for sleep left, I vow it be my life’s purpose.

If there are people out there who might have a similar advocacy, I would like to propose that we explore the possibility of partnering to achieve this mission. I know this can best be achieved as a collaboration. This year I will actively build the team that will make the dream  real. Find me or I’ll find you either way, it’s time to come together.

Here is my prophesy for the year:

2012 will be a year of disruption and meaningful change. 2012 will be a catalyst year for a profoundly radical global revolution. There will be a desperate struggle between the forces bent on maintaining the status quo of cut throat commercialism and a new world order that embraces a common good, sustainability and peace. It is best to decide which side you’re on. The nobler and more powerful of which will prevail and a new era of prosperity will begin.

I send out my prayers and blessing to the world:

May this year bring hope and health and plenty to everyone without exception!  May God bless us all, even the atheists who reject this.  May love bind us and lead us to the place we all long to be. Amen.

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JR’s Wish

Meet 2011 TED Prize Winner: JR

JR, the 2011 Ted Prize Winner, is a semi-anonymous street artists who uses his art to express his advocacy in some of the most troubled places on earth. JR keeps his full name and parts of his face under wraps, quite understandably, because his method of expression is designed to provoke a stinging awareness and change. JR is a photographer but not just.  He goes around the world and challenges the status quo by pasting pictures on walls and roofs and trains and on any surface that will hold  his photographs.

The most remarkable thing about JR’s work is that despite the simplicity of his methods the impact it leaves on the people involved is profound and  deeply unnerving. His black and white prints pasted on hillside houses create a collage of eyes staring, watching, silently bearing witness to the violence and injustice that has just transpired.  Whole faces are formed and transformed as the smiles pasted on the hillside align with the eyes pasted on a moving train travelling atop that same hill.  It is so hard to view his work without somehow being intrigued and taunted by its quiet powerful message.

JR was awarded the TED Prize for his inspiring collaborative work all across the globe, creating ripples of change among the lives he touches. JR will receive from TED US$100,000 and “One wish to change the world.” This is JR’s wish:

“I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world…INSIDE OUT.”

JR’s Inside Out Project is a fun way to participate in peaceful global movement of personal advocacy. By pasting up portraits of the things we care about, we too can stand up and speak out with the rest of the world in a silent reverberating gesture of unity that is both diversely global and intimately personal.  Speaking through pictures, we break down the barrier of language. I would like to invite everyone who cares about anything to get involved and participate; and to even just try  to make a difference in their own little part of the world.

Watch JR’s inspiring video (below) as he launches his newest project on TED.  You can participate in fulfilling JR’s wish. Upload your own photograph depicting what you care about and JR will send you a poster that you can paste on your wall so you can turn the world …INSIDE OUT.

You can upload your photos here.

Here are some of JR’s Projects:


Wall with JR's PicturePicture VIllage

For more details on the Inside Out Project go to or visit their site at

The TED Prize is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more important, “One Wish to Change the World.” Designed to leverage the TED community’s exceptional array of talent and resources, the Prize leads to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact.