The Compassionate New Yorker: jeffstaple

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Photo via stoked.org.

On Saturday February 4, 2017, I happened to interrupt my morning routine in an effort to catch up on some Instagram stories. While perusing through my stories, I happened to come across the feed of jeffstaple. As I made time to scroll through Jeff’s stories, I witnessed something that not only caught my attention, but very quickly caught my heart.

At around 1 am that Saturday morning, Jeff happened to observe someone waiting in the frigid cold temperature at a bus stop in his neighborhood in New York City. Thanks to his compassion, empathy, and mindfulness, Jeff decided to help out his fellow companion by calling them a ride to take them wherever they may have needed to go.

Photo via jeffstaple.

Photo via jeffstaple.

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Photo via jeffstaple.

I find this story to be super inspiring as well as a great act of random kindness (please check out kindness.org). As a native New Yorker (I now reside in New Jersey), I often understand why we get bashed for our fast-paced, care-free lifestyle. We see so much happening in our day to day environment that it’s easy to feel as though in order to survive and not be taken advantage of, we must close our eyes and cover our ears to the realities and overstimulating demands of our environment. As a result, we often become numb to the need for compassion and taking care of others.

The reason why I decided to share this story is because I personally believe that we need to see more stories like this in our headlines. Amidst the over saturation of negativity which will often find a way to dominate our timelines and social media feeds, we need to expose ourselves to stories which help to promote positivity and inspire our communities. Regardless of whatever region of the world we may currently live in, we can all make a small choice and take a small action which can help to make a HUGE difference in the life of someone else. Let’s ask ourselves, what will our world look like when compassion becomes contagious? How can we spread a positive social contagion?

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Photo via Jordan Cuellar.

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(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Cultural Curator, and Educator. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies and organizations such as Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers centered around love. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.

#QLF Presents: Lift The Fork

Episode 1 – Calista Superfoods

As I was cleaning out my LinkedIn inbox earlier today, I came across a gentleman by the name of Wize Grazette aka Wize Soul. Wize happens to be the Host and Founder of The Encore Radio Show. While checking out his site, I came across a very interesting video series entitled, “Lift The Fork.” Upon further research, “Lift The Fork” focuses on seeking out and promoting healthy food options within our community. I personally think this is an awesome initiative!

As a call to action, Irv “Zeus” Hyppolite of the Quantum Leap Fitness Podcast teamed up with Kristin Coral, Actress and co-host of the Red Light Special R&B Podcast and Julius Stukes a.k.a. Funny Julius for the launch of the #QLF Lift The Fork Series.

So far, the series has birthed 7 episodes. All of these episodes take place at various eateries throughout New York City and the videos can be found below. From what I’ve seen in the videos, I’m personally looking forward to checking out Healthy Nibbles in Brooklyn as well as Seasoned Vegan uptown in Harlem.

For all of you foodies out there, I hope that you can find something to add to your list the next time you’re looking for a pleasant change of pace and taste. As for us over here at A Lovers Ambition, we’re definitely looking forward to the next season of “Lift The Fork.”

Until then…enjoy!

Episode 2 – RIPE Juice Bar & Grill

Episode 3: Healthy Nibbles

Episode 4: Energy Fuel

Episode 5: Freshark Juice Bar & Grill

Episode 6: Seasoned Vegan

Episode 7: Dig Inn

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(Uh • Kway • Us) Aquaus Kelley is a forward-thinking Brand Strategist, Educator, and Music Publisher. As the Founder of A Lovers Ambition Lifestyle Group, he specializes in identifying talent and creating opportunities for brand development, exposure, and growth. Aquaus has worked with companies and organizations such as Cornerstone Agency, City Year Miami, Universal Music Group, and W Hotels. He is extremely passionate about helping companies adapt to culture and building value between brands and their consumers centered around love. His ultimate mission is to use his influence to project positivity across the globe and invest in the collective future of society through the arts, education, entertainment, and leadership.

Ian Grey // 5.21.13 // Lit Lounge // NYC

Soundz of The City Pt. 2

The Re-evolution of Ian Grey

Ian Grey makes his live performance debut in NYC

Witness the Re-evolution of the burgeoning Singer/Songwriter as he sets his eyes on taking his career to new heights

#SoundzOfTheCity Showcase // 5.21.13 // Lit Lounge // NYC

$10 w/RSVP (RichezzTOUCHRSVP@gmail.com)

Doors Open @8p

Open Bar @9p

Hosted by:

@HerNameisVanity + @NateRichezzVIII

Music by:

DJ E-Stylez (@djestyleznyc)

Performances by:

Elliott Monroe (@ElliottMonroe)

DotTheOne (@dottheone)

Ian Grey (@Iangreyone)

Dante (@CrownDante)

Mike Check (@check1212)

Zoo Beeze (@ZooBeezeNews)

Domo Briggs (@Dom_O_Briggs)

Paul Rivers Bailey (@riversbailey)

The Kick Back Feat. Bridget Kelly (5/18/13)

Ron Faison + Rodney Rikai present “The Kick Back” Feat. Bridget Kelly w/Music by Chuck Barrett

Saturday | 5.18.13 | 9p | Sterling Sound Studios | NYC

Show face + Shake hands + Have Fun!!!

Learn How To Manage Chaos In The Office From a NYC Bike Messenger

NYC Bike Messenger turned Fitness Guru, Kym Perfetto chats it up with Journalist Justin R. Silverman of Fast Company on managing chaos through remaining cool, calm & collective.

How do you manage your own “chaos?”

Feel free to share!!!