Archive | January, 2012

(RECOMMENDATION) (PLEA) (COMMAND) Save Kyle’s Life and Join the Bone Marrow Registry! Especially if you are half Asian, half Caucasian. It’s free, it’s painless and it takes two minutes!

11 Jan

How to Donate

You don’t even have to donate blood or bone marrow if you’re not a match. You just have to swab your cheek to get in the bone marrow registry. That’s it.  Have a free kit mailed to you by clicking here: Be the Match. 

And if you match someone that needs help, you can make a simple donation that can save their life! You could save Kyle’s life.

Look at this face!

How’s that for a great way to kick off 2012?

Life Saver: What’d you do today Jane?

Jane: Oh did the dishes, watched Zoolander. What did you do?

Life Saver: Oh, saved this adorable little kid’s life. You know, same old. Anyway, it was great catching up! See ya around!

Kyle’s Story

My dad saw Kyle and his family on the news in Northern California and it just broke our hearts.

Kyle is 4 years old and has aplastic anemia and he urgently needs a donor. He is half Chinese and half Caucasian and they really need half Asian, half Caucasian donors NOW.

I’m half Asian and half Caucasian so obviously that spoke to me. All I needed to do was go to Be the Match and have a test kit mailed to me for FREE.  I just did it. It took 2 minutes.

Did I mention Kyle is completely adorable?

What a muffin. (And that’s his adorable little sister.)

Please, please, please this family needs your help. I cannot imagine if it was someone in my family. Hopefully, you’ll never have to. But if you ever did, you’d want everyone possible in the registry.

It is easy to do, it is FREE and you can save Kyle or someone else’s life.

When I feel passionately about something, I will not shut up about it. Let’s save this kid’s life. Especially you, Half Asians! Get a test kit mailed to you today. Or you won’t stop hearing from me. And I can be incredibly annoying.

Important Links

Get a test kit mailed to you here: Be the Match

Learn about Kyle here: http://www.kyleneedsyou.org/

Watch their news story here:Kyle’s Story

Follow Kyle on twitter here and retweet his story here: https://twitter.com/#!/KyleNeedsYou

Like Kyle on Facebook and share his story here: http://www.facebook.com/KyleNeedsYou

Donate to help Kyle’s family cover his medical costs here: Donate to Kyle’s Family

If you live in Northern California you can go to a drive here:

Upcoming Marrow Drive for Kyle Crawford

Friday, January 13, 2012
Skyline High School
12250 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, January 14, 2012
Haight Ashbury Free Clinics
558 Clayton Street, San Francisco
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Now join the registry and spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, tell your date from Match.com, whatever. Just help. Thanks!

(Motivation) Why you SHOULD make New Years Resolutions!

3 Jan

I resolve to kiss the mayor of NYC! (P.S. How did I miss this?)

I am amazed by how many people say you shouldn’t make New Years Resolutions. I’ve been hearing it everywhere.

What?

That’s like saying,

Why make goals? You’ll just fail!

Why floss? You’ll just get gum disease!

Why start that project? You’ll just fall on your face! And I’ll just laugh!

But you don’t hear people say those things. I guess for some people, there is something about making goals on New Year’s that is just stupid. That’s fine. Then make them on January 2. Make them today. Make them on December 31st or July 16th for all I care.

Call them something else, like a goal. Call them Bob. Call them Jane. Whatever you have to do to trick your brain into not immediately associating a New Years Resolution with failure, do that. Just don’t give up dammit!

I watched “The Pursuit of Happyness” recently and it is a really inspiring movie.  My favorite part is when Will Smith plays basketball with his son. His son says he wants to be a basketball player and Will Smith tells him not to make dreams like that. And his son agrees with him.

Then Will says,

Will: Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right?

Will Jr.: All right.

Will: You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.

It’s some of the best advice I’ve ever heard.

Don’t let someone tell you you can’t because they couldn’t.

Don’t let someone tell you not to make New Years Resolutions, goals, Bobs or Janes because they always fail at theirs.

I love New Years Resolutions. Have I failed at some years and years in a row? Yes. Have I also gotten better at some of those things after years of trying? Yes.

The best advice I’ve ever read on overcoming bad habits is in this article called “The Motivational One-Two Punch for Overcoming Bad Habits,” from Psychology Today. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-science-success/201003/the-motivational-one-two-punch-overcoming-bad-habits

The author talks about making an if-then plan. I took it as whatever bad habit you are trying to kick, you think of when or what situation you are most likely to do it and you do the good habit instead.

I do this if-then thing on all my bad habits that I’m trying to kick. You  know when you are in a situation where you normally do x when you want to do y. And everytime is an opportunity to stop doing x and start doing y.

So I say make some New Years Resolutions. And don’t let anyone tell you not to because they fail at theirs.

Go 2012.