what we see
is merely a reflection
of who we are
what we see
is merely a reflection
of who we are
for sunshine, sparkles and smiles,
for moments of balance in a life of chaos,
for happy, happy times,
Be not afraid to bare your soul.
Jared Kleinert is the kind of guy you meet and instantly adore.
His warm, goofy smile and kick-ass determination to do good is an inspiration to people everywhere. At only 17-years-old, he is the CEO of a start-up called Synergist, a social network designed to connect passionate entrepreneurs and support them with tools for creating change.
I had the honour of interviewing him live today, and introduce him to you with great pleasure!
Sufey: 5-4-3-2-1… We are live! Jared, can you introduce yourself and tell us what Synergist is all about?
Jared: Hello! I’m a 17-year old social entrepreneur in South Florida. Synergist is a crowd-sourcing site for social entrepreneurs to create, collaborate and share movements and enterprises. It’s really just about bringing people together for social good. It kind of started with the Occupy Wall Street Movement, we’re looking for those kinds of movements. The whole point is to connect people to innovate in a useful way and actually get things done; for people from all different walks of life to come together and make change.
Sufey: Cool! So how do you make this happen?
Jared: People can post an idea in the “Create” section, or if they have an idea they want to test out and need team members (i.e. a web developer), they can find that. Once they make a team, they can move to “Collaborate”, which is a free online workspace for people to build up their idea. Finally, they move to “Share”, which is a crowd-sourcing platform like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo to raise money for their ideas.
Sufey: Awesome. You’re one of the first crowd-sourcing sites to crowd-source your own site, aren’t you?
Jared: Yeah! Yeah, we’re one of the first at the intersection of crowd-sourcing social good, very socially-driven. It’s really exciting: Fast Company called it recursive crowd-sourcing, very meta-idea, lean start-up like, we’ll see if it works!
Sufey: So at 17, what are some of the challenges of doing this?
Jared: Well, something you really don’t like is the fact that I don’t get much sleep. Another challenge is the social life in high school. I tend to look more towards the Under 20 community and UnCollege network more for friends- I can relate more to kids like you and me who are doing things at a very young age.
Sufey: Absolutely. What kind of advice would you give to another entrepreneur that’s just starting out?
Jared: Never give up. Entrepreneurship is just perseverance. It doesn’t matter if you start at a young or old age, you’re going to run into problems; it’s natural. There’s never going to be a perfect day. Just persevere, and good things will happen.
Become friends with as many different people as possible. Everyone can offer you something, so never take anyone for granted. Try not to stereotype, just be a friendly person.
Sufey: I love that! Who inspires you in this world?
Jared: My mentor is David Hassel from 15Five, a company I work for in the Silicon Valley. People like Elon Musk inspire me, he juggles two billion dollar businesses and thinks about game-changing plans like electric cars and space missions, which is pretty cool.
I would say the biggest inspiration is my mother. I see how hard she works on a daily basis trying to raise me and my brother. She’s an extremely bright women, entrepreneurial, but she’s trapped in – a good job, but – a somewhat normal life. I want to scale my efforts and make a name for myself, so she’s really my biggest motivation and biggest supporter. I know it sounds cheesy, but it really starts there.
Synergist launches TOMORROW, April 27th, so check ‘em out here and send some love to society’s youngest entrepreneurs.
Kudos and good luck, Jared. The world needs great people like you!
forget the rest
It’s a lazy, hazy, Sunday. So here’s a little somethin’ to spice up your blue skies, sugar.
A crispy, crunchy classic.
In all honesty, I debated posting this easy recipe (after all, you must have seen it before). But I thought, the simplest things can be enjoyed over and over again, can’t they?
Every time it’s so different, everything is. I never stop shivering delight when sun wakes me in the morning- it’s a new day, and I might do the same things, but they’ll be different. I never get tired of a deep, luscious shavasana at the end of a yoga class. I never get tired of hugs or kisses or smiles from strangers. I never get tired of connecting with beautiful people, of reading your comments, of sharing secrets, though some days are busier than others.
And at the end of the day, I hope I never get tired of living, of trying, of burning bright and out and lying soft in the shadows till a new fire alights.
And I hope you don’t either, because life is too short and too precious to be tired just yet. Save that for next century.
A little deep for a post on sweet potatoes, but hey, it’s all with love.
Thanks for being here with me on this journey. I’m happy to be your friend. <3
Preheat oven to 450oF.
Slice sweet potato into thin 1/4″ circles. Drizzle with olive oil, sea salt, cayenne, cinnamon and love. Toss to coat and lay flat on baking sheet.
Bake 10 minutes. Take out of oven & flip slices over. Bake 10 more minutes.
Let cool (if you want the crunch), and enjoy! Mmm. Happy Sunday!
Q: How did the Mama Banana spoil the Baby Banana?
A: She left him out in the sun too long!
Okay, okay. Beyond cheesy- I know.
But this is a fantastic way to use up all those brownin’ bananas AND indulge in comfort-food-like cookies AND it’s super duper simple! Win-win-win.
It’s exam week, and it’s hard to justify making fancy-pants food porn (when I could be partying with my textbooks), so here we go- quick ‘n’ easy cookie bars: mix, bake, cut and go!
Good luck to all the other students out there writing finals! You’ll rock it!
** Note: You only really need 3 ingredients: bananas, oats, and a whole lotta love! Add nuts, seeds & dried fruits as you please.
Pre-heat oven to 350oF.
Toss everything into a big ol’ bowl and mix ‘er up!
Place aluminum foil on baking sheet, grease with coconut oil. Spread batter into an even 1/2″ layer rectangle.
Bake for 12 minutes. Cut into bite-sized squares. Bless with gratitude & enjoy!
is opening your heart fully to the experience,
accepting the joys and the pains of your path,
the willingness to fall and fail and fall again,
and the guts to get back up and do it all over.
Failure is part of the universe’s curriculum.
Hurt is a natural human instinct.
Discontent fuels growth.
And rejection is a sign that you’re meant for better things.
So keep your eyes bright,
your intentions pure,
chase after youthful dreams with all your heart
and never let the world harden you.
Be soft, kind, loving, open, aware.
Change yourself, and the world changes around you.
for the high, high heights we strive to reach,
for soul songs, kindred spirits and serendipitous days,
for those who smile despite their circumstances,
Gratitude is the key to happiness.
I am thankful for who I am; for what I have seen, felt, and loved. It’s easy to lose ourselves amidst the chaos of life. Through Dear Universe posts, I remind myself to take time every day to slow down, appreciate, and enjoy the beauty of each moment.
All my love, joy & happy thoughts to you! <3
For papa’s birthday, we made a pie. A mere sliver of our love for him and mama.
There are no words to describe how grateful I am for my parents, for they have given me everything. It’s my parents who inspire me to do what I love, to work my tushy off, to dream big… and they lead by example.
All I really want to say today is thank you to all the incredible parents out there. Happy, healthy families are the foundation of happy, healthy societies. Raising love is the most important job in the world, and you’re killin’ it out there.
Love, love and love always,
Blend nuts & dates separately in food processor, then blend together with shredded coconut. Sprinkle coconut on bottom of pie pan (to prevent sticking) and pat crust in.
Blend cashews in food processor until smooth. Add zucchinis & bananas. Add cocoa, maca, cinnamon, ginger & sweetener of your choice. Pour overtop crust.
Decorate with maca, chia seeds, coconut, almonds, or whatever you want! Go wild.
Lick the bowl. Freeze overnight or until solid. Smile, share, give thanks & enjoy! <3