On May 19th, 2016 the Peace of Mind Storytellers event brought together leaders in the mental wellness space to share their stories and the work they are doing to help create peace of mind in the world. The event featured a full day of compelling storytellers, live performances, food, cocktail party, opportunities to meet the speakers, and a lively atmosphere. The day was hosted at Rhode Island College, with all storytelling in Sapinsley Hall and breakout sessions at ALEX AND ANI Hall.
Last February, Jed Foundation flew me out to Brooklyn, NY to take part in an evening of storytelling with Clinton Foundation & The Moth at Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness. The trip consisted of two days of workshops with The Moth staff to help craft the story and deliver it in a very “Moth-like” fashion. It was an amazing experience full of learning, love and tears as 12 of us grew closer through storytelling in the midst of a very cold few days in New York.
In congruence with May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, Jed Foundation has begun to release the videos over the course of this month. The video above highlights the speakers involved in this amazing program followed by a playlist of all the speakers. If you have the time, I highly recommend watching through them all as the stories are absolutely amazing and highlight those affected by mental health issues working through them to achieve life changing results. It is inspirational, heart-wrenching, loving and absolutely worth your time.
If you only have a few minutes, I’ve included my portion of the evening below. I shared a story of how my grandfather’s passing led to the creation of Yerman in the face of life-altering depression. Many of you are already familiar with the story of how my character was founded, but this talk delves into the story a bit deeper than I’ve shared elsewhere.
September sure was a busy month!
For three days, Sept. 25-27, I was in full festival mode painting live at Life is Beautiful after two weeks of prepping the Art Motel with a 10 foot by 10 foot Yerman. If you missed coverage of those murals, I’ve included a few pictures below. In a nutshell, I was painting a Guerrilla Kage live at the main stage in 100+ degree weather for three days while already being exhausted. Then three days later on the 30th, I gave a talk for Creative Mornings detailing the journey of Yerman and now the video is available above! I hope you enjoy it.
I felt super fortunate to be doing this and a lot of people I had met at the festival happened to still be in town and came to the talk! It was an amazing night of hugs, hearing others stories, learning how Yerman had affected those who had been following his journey and of course pizza and coloring pages featuring the little guy. I’ll never forget this night, it was surreal and I felt so much love and positivity from those that attended. Thank you again to Creative Mornings for having me; I look forward to doing this again!
If you would like to see my next public speaking event, I will be traveling to Rhode Island on May 19th to speak at the Peace Love Peace of Mind Conference. More info can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-peace-of-mind-storytelling-event-tickets-17426725806
Bye for now.