NextGen x Stories That Inspire x Pencils of Promise

Adam Braun & IWhat else to do on a Wednesday around 7PM but attend an event hosted by The Holocaust Memorial Center and NEXTGen Detroit  – Adam Braun says alternatively We could have been eating snacks and sitting on the couch … But those who are people of integrity have chosen to delay the couch potato time a bit to attend the First Annual Stories That Inspire event. 

Maybe you’ve heard of Scooter Braun – Adams brother who manages and discovered Justin Beiber – but let me tell you … Adam holds his own.  Inspired by a backpacking trip around third world countries, Adam founded Pencils of Promise.  He took a break from his job at Bain Management & Consulting to feel a sense of purpose in life and travel the globe. Upon interacting with a cute little beggar boy – Adam asked him if you could have anything in the world what would it be?  The boy responded  a pencil.  This struck Adam hard as he realized this boy has never had any formal education, doesn’t have a school to attend and will probably never be exposed to education in the same way he was.  Adam wanted to feel a sense of purpose in this world and found it in the answer of this one kid.

Pencils of Promise, also known as PoP for short, is a non-profit organization that builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world. Pencils of Promise was founded by Adam Braun in October 2008.  PoP is guided by our revolutionary “for-purpose” approach. Blending the head of a for-profit business with the heart of a humanitarian nonprofit, we rigorously measure the return on investment of every donor dollar we spend. Joy and passion are great, but results are what we’re all about.

With over 300+ School in 4 countries – their model has proven to be a success.   If you’d like to learn more info check out the website https://pencilsofpromise.org/about/

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Adam’s mentioned a quote that resonated with me – this is a bit paraphrased but along the lines of  ” its better to listen intently rather than talk immensely ” – I am someone who typically has a lot to say and tend to blabber with details on details in my storytelling.  Some people like to hear all the details, others really prefer not to & cut me off or ask for a shortened version.

I do have a newer friend in my life who is always listening intently and its taught me that you don’t really need to share every detail or story every time you interact with someone. Sometimes living a little mystery can make the conversation more engaging.  But I do have to say when this one friend and I chat its rather fun !!

To demonstrate this Adam shared this video 

 Even I gotta say – this French Bulldog is pretty cute !

The photo on the right is with the Fabulous Host of the Evening Jacob Smith – my homie from the West Maple Elementary School Days – and Hilary “Hildawg” Gorosh !  It is the BEST to catch up with friends & be inspired all at the same time !

New on the Reading is Fundamental List :  Adam Brauns’ ” The Promise of  A Pencil ”

Ta Ta for Now,

LT Shaw

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Do it For Detroit x APRiL 2 Twenty Fifteen

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Good day Ann Arbor!

Get UP and Get Movin – leave your blinds open and let that sunny sunshine graze over your covers and into your eyes in the morning. Prop open the window for a fresh breeze and embrace  the day.

Jump outta bed and walk over to the local market to grab fresh eggs to make omelets. Fresh air and fresh food what could be better ?!

Today I’m rocking Nike Pants and a Detroit Tigers tank. Opening day for the Detroit Tigers here in Detroit Michigan will be Monday April 6 @ comerica park.

#BBOTD #1307daily Now Playing : Exodus on the big screen

Live it up
Lshawtay

Do It For Detroit x January 2015

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On the way 2 Downtown Detroit

Don’t fret!  I haven’t been providing play by plays of my Do It For Detroit 2014 push. I will give you a full fledged back logged low down in the near future – so Stay Tuned !

Purple Bentley & Me

In the mean time Here is a bit of what went down in January 2015 – I’m definitely going to be going to Detroit more than once a month this year – but of course the goal is at least 1 time & anything more is just fabulocity !

The biggest event of the season is the North American International Auto Show aka the NAIAS which takes place at Cobo Hall in Detroit.

My girl Dori & I traveled down to the D for a Sunday Funday to remember.  It was the last day of the week long auto show & boy was it packed ! For the future – definitely better to go in the beginning of the week. This was also the first time I’ve been to the auto show with just one girlfriend.

Dori On a Motor Cycle

Dori On a Motor Cycle

Hot Ride

Hot Ride

For The City

For The City

Not the Official Geo Tag but Detroit

Not the Official Geo Tag but Detroit

Jeep on the Ceiling !

Jeep on the Ceiling !

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Keep Doin’ it For Detroit

Lshawtay

Detroit Police & Us

Detroit Police & Us

Do It For Detroit x September 2014

After the event while hanging out side waiting for valet to bring my car around I got to state up at the MAGNIFICENT HENSE 6 – Story Mural !! Boy o Boy !! It sure is a site to see !!

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The Library Street Collective + Bedrock Real Estate have teamed up to paint the town ! It seems like every week there happens to be a new public art work project that begins. The public art works create a sense of community and beautify the city of Detroit !

After staring at the mural for a while and securing my car in the gated area outside of the M@dison Building – me and some friends walked over to the hot new restaurant Wright & CO !
We honestly walked past the sneaky side entrance of the building off Woodward Ave – once we turned back and went up the 2 story stair case we made it to Wright & Co ! It’s located on the second level of 1500 Woodward Ave … SO COOL. When we entered a group of people in all black with mustaches on and balloons sang to us – turns out this is not a part of the restaurants greeting but a silly group of friends who had just dined in.

The vibe inside Wright & Co takes you to a fantasy land – are you really in DOWNTOWN DETROIT? YEAH WE WERE ! Wright & Co
Literally so excited to dine at Wright & Co – their drinks are also crafted by the same guy from Sugar House – the best speakeasy and drinks in downtown Detroit. Wright & Co is the purveyors of fine food & drink – the menu is not that large but it gets the job done of filling your belly! We ordered a few different items : Fresh Potato Chips , Sriacha Chicken Sewers , Roasted Cashews, Crisp Gulf Shrimp, & Tuna Tartar. I can’t wait to go back and try more menu items.

Keep Doin’ it for Detroit
!!
Lshawtay

Do It For Detroit x September 2014

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Ahh September 2014 – a Detroit night well spent at the very end of the month. I traveled to downtown Detroit for an event at the M@dison Building off Woodward Ave. ROCO Real Estate – a company that was created by a friend of mine David Coleman and his Brother Michael & a third guy Tyler Ross. The event teamed up with State Bags & the Detroit Achievement Academy for a fundraiser.

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State Backpacks – Any bag purchased and another bag is donated & for this event all of the bags purchased donated a bag to the Detroit Achievement Academy. The event ticket bought a backpack but you could also purchase an additional backpack at the event – which in turn donated another bag to a student at the Detroit Achievement Academy.

Detroit Achievement Academy exists to holistically support the education and development of students who have the determination, drive, and skills to shape their own path of high achievement with the ultimate goal of creating civically engaged, joyful citizens who are ready to change the world.

The event was even covered by DBusiness Magazine and Photos of Me can be seen here.

The event was also covered by Hour Detroit Magazine and Photos of me can be seen here.

Do It For Detroit ,
Lshawtay

#YaP2U

You heard it here first LIVE Livin Like Lindsey – !!

A lesson in Cliteracy –

YAP  = YOUNG AND PRETTY

2 U = to you  – this is how you perceive it

YAP2U – what is young and what is pretty is all relative

Promoting a youthful and pretty lyfe

#RealTalk #GoodTalk #DiamondLyfe

Do it for Detroit x August2014

8 months deep in the goal to #doitfordetroit once a month.
I sit here and reflect back on the journeys and adventures that I have endured and experienced.
Each adventure to the D thus far has to discover and uncover art, culture and passion!
While visiting my local Juice Shop in Ann Arbor,  the glass box coffee shop, on a lovely Monday morning in the first week of August … I was enlightened with the knowledge of Anthology Coffee.   Jon informed me of the venue that serves up authentic and raw passion. He warned me to not let the exterior of the building deter me from entering the coffee house.
Dayum was he correct in my hesitation to enter the mysteriously placed Anthology.  Located off Michigan Avenue on 1410 Vermont Street , tucked away in a mural coveted building.  Construction site to your left and small rubble parking lot on your right. I hide my valuables in my chest pocket and made a quick walk for the door… it really wasn’t that sketchy just a little alone in the corner.
Anthology was a cool coffee lab…! Where the bags of beans lined the entrance, the center table hosted the cold and hot brew pour overs and a small box of the founders wife’s famous peach coffee cake. Delightfully greater upon entering,  I was asked what I’d like to have.
The two guys happened to be cold brewing an enormous fresh batch of the El Salvador beans. I waited a bit and drank my first glass while conversing with two local female art curators. Our conservation began at the sight of my Flash Tats ! ♡ obsessed with them ♡
The guys at Anthology offered me a deal of 4 bottles of cold brew in a little to go manner. I was ecstatic to watch the coffee be cold brewed, bottled and labeled before my eyes. A True Detroit made product that was filled with passion!  The local art of brewing and bottling coffee, the mural culture surrounding the place and my passion for discovering the D !! What a day!
Cheers!
Lshawtay

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313 Detroit

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Wahoo Happy Happy Birthday Detroit !!! Today July 24th 2014 Detroit turns 313 !! Whoa! I313 happens to be the area code that is assigned to Detroit! Making this birthday extra special ! Spotted above is a collection of my Detroit pictures …

Movement Festival 2014Detroit Electronic Music Festival that takes place over Memorial Day Weekend in Detroit in Hart Plaza.

Me in a Pistons flat rim hat that is from 1990 the year I was born & when the Detroit Pistons won the National Basketball Association Championship!

A photo of a Maybach from the Detroit Auto Show – one of the largest in the nation

Me sitting in a cool chair outside of 1001 Woodward Ave in Detroit – where there is a fun sitting area, over sized chest and checkers boards and other fun games.

Detroit Players logo from Bon Aparel a clothing line my Detroit Friend Adrianna innovated.

Detroit Institute of Bagels – a yummy customized bagel spot downtown on Michigan Avenue , that I visited after a night out in Detroit.

Detroit is the New Black – featured a few blog posts behind this one, a new T-shirt line that I stumbled across at the art fair.

Detroit VS Everbody hat – this is a photo of me at the airport in the winter of 2014 , fabulous local line of shirts, hoodies, hats, etc.

Ford FieldDetroit Lions home – I interned at Quicken Loans in summer 2011 and we got to tour Ford Field and take pictures on the field … still waiting to go to a game !!

A classic order of Chilli Fries & Hot dog from Lafayette Coney Island, the OG

Detroit & Go Hard murals – I drove past these one night in downtown Detroit after attending an event at the M@dison Bldg – it was for The Empowerment Plan.

Fun Facts about Detroit

> At 987 acres Belle Isle Park is the largest island park in the United States. First opened to the public in 1884, it is Detroit’s first major city park.

> Detroit is the birth place of Techno! Originating in the 1980s, largely as an underground movement, the increasingly popular new music proved electronics can be used to express both funk and soul. Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson, a Detroit trio who were high school friends, are considered the Godfathers of Techno.

> it’s estimated that more than 75% of illegal liquor supplied to the U.S. during prohibition entered the country by way of the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River.In January 1920, the era of Prohibition began in the U.S. The Detroit River, barely one mile across in some places, was a smuggler’s dream. Enterprising smugglers carried cargo beneath boats, rigged mechanical cables across the river and utilized old underground tunnels to transport their illegal bounty. During cold winter months, the river became a highway, as daring smugglers in automobiles made their way across the ice from Canada to the United States.

> First city to have paved concrete road – In 1909, Wayne County built the first mile of concrete highway in the world on Woodward Avenue between Six and Seven Mile roads. The success of this experiment led to other transportation-firsts. In 1919 the nation’s first 4-way three color traffic light was installed on the corner of Woodward and Michigan Avenues in Detroit . In 1930 the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel was completed making it the first traffic tunnel between two nations. By 1942, the world’s first urban freeway opened to the public, the Davison Freeway.

Big Sean hails from Detroit & this is one of my favorite music videos of his “Guap” that showcases downtown Detroit – I only wish I had been there for the filming of the video !!

I don’t really understand and did not realize that “Detroit Rock City” was sung by Kiss until today!

Do It For Detroit Today

Do It For Detroit – one of my most favorite “Isms” per say.

Today I’d like to share an Article from the New York Times that was published on July 11th 2014 ” The Post-Post Apocalyptic Detroit “.

In 2011, I worked at Quicken Loans in Downtown Detroit. The HQ had recently been relocated downtown Detroit in Campus Martius right off Woodward Ave. Did you know Woodward Avenue was platted a road in 1805? or that the location of the first mile (1.6 km) of concrete roadway in the country was WOODWARD AVE ?  Later on in the summer i’ll post about the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Okay Okay — back to the article about Detroit – because what else do you have to really be doing right now !!?

A quote I took from the article to get you intrigued enough to click the link above that discusses the WORK PLACE ENVIRONMENT.  I’d truly prefer to never have to work in a closed off grey cubicle … as for the QUBE thats a whole different story… !

“Above the workers hover decorative, spacecraft-like orbs, in peach and pink and aquamarine, matching the colors of the cabinetry and carpeting. The overall atmosphere resembles “The Wolf of Wall Street” as art-directed by Dr. Seuss. “

This line made me laugh because I worked with the design team to invent this awesome area ! The group now goes by D POP check out the gallery photos from the Qube !

You spend about a third or more of your day in your office, studio, classroom, lab or what not … odds are you sit for most of it too. dPOP is what you’ve been dreaming of !  The team beats down old boring blahhhh offices & bumps them up!  If you didn’t click the link from above … Do It Now.

One of my 2014 Things To Do is DO IT FOR DETROIT ! Meaning I will go to downtown Detroit at least once a month ! Today I chose to share a bit about the D via the New York Times ...

#DetroitHustlesHarder

Yeahhhhhhhh….. !

Lshawtay

Blue Nails, Green Thumb

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My Pot Planter from Ann Arbor Downtown Home & Garden

A have a bit of a green thumb these days, ever since I posted about decorating your desk at the office or at home! I was inspired to bring life into my life in a way other than having a baby. I have always eyed out the plants at Plum Market, and on the eve of my 24th Birthday I thought why not just buy one already. I unknowingly purchased an Aloe Plant – which has so many uses you wouldn’t believe. YES this is where the Aloe comes from to help your sun burns, if you break off a branch of your Aloe plant, you can keep it organic and not buy some weird goo from the drug store.

Meanwhile, I have been keeping this little cactus plant on my desk since the end of April 2013, a resident of my building where I work gave it to me as a gift that he brought from home in Arizona. My desk isn’t the closest one to the window, so I deprived this cactus from proper sunlight for about a full year, it looked weak. My new co-worker has an extraordinary green thumb, and advised me on how to bring it back to life, the first step being put it by the window! DUH – cacti are from the desert where it is hot as balls and filled with sunshine.

I began to feel a need for more plants and more oxygen – I traveled down to the Eastern Market in Detroit with 2 friends and we traveled from Shed to Shed ( IF YOU HAVEN”T BEEN YOU GOTTA GO …. on a SATURDAY!) Walking and walking, kind feels like you are a cow in a heard with all the people down there, we found ourselves “starstruck” by the GIANT SHiNOLA watch hanging from the ceiling, as it matched exactly to the one on my friends wrist. Conveniently this was in front of a plant booth – and I found my perfect little plant that I have NO idea what it is, but that I like its looks – I instantly purchased it for $2.25 ….. pocket change.

I was so excited by something so small, I carried around for the rest of the afternoon in a small paper bag as this little plant including the pot is smaller than my hand.

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Organic Cactus Mix from Ann Arbor Downtown Home & Garden $3.9

I re-visited the Eastern Market two Saturdays later to buy 2 more cute little plants, I will have to post photos of them later when I transfer them into more fabulous pots.

The other day I was noticing my Aloe plant was lookin’ not so haute and I showed it to my green thumb co-worker. He said that it had a big sprout popping out the top, but its tentacles were looking slim and crispy. Therefore, it was time to upgrade its home !! We walked over to the Downtown Home & Garden shop on S. Ashley in Ann Arbor. Here I found a lovely blue pot – that went along with the cacti theme & its just my favorite color. He instructed me to purchase Organic Cactus Mix aka soil bag of stuff to re-pot my plant, because in a bigger home obviously would need more and fresh soil. The bag of soil was $3.99 – pretty cheap and it can assist in all of my 5 plants getting a new home !!

You have to fill the bottom of you pot with rocks, to help with drainage of the water that you pour in once a week for your plant. I conveniently got these from the ground outside. FREE ! wahoo! Apparently, cacti family plants like to have their soil patted down firmly to them. My Aloe plant used to live in the Photo’d cactus plant’s new home. It was easy to upgrade both of their homes. I can’t wait to upgrade my other 3 plants to their new homes once I find a fabulous pot for them.

Added benefits of having plants in your home is that they are eating up all your CO2 and pumping out Oxygen. This is a great thing for yourself !!

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YAY ! My Cactus from my tenant & my Aloe plant from Plum Market

Breathe in the light around you and breathe out the darkness inside of you ❤

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Hey ! Me in front of the stacks of Hay at the Ann Arbor Downtown Home & Garden Space on S.Ashley & Liberty St