Merry Christmas. Also I just wanted to thank you.

Earlier this month I received an email from a gentlemen (that read my blog) titled: “Just wanted to thank you”. I want to steal some of his words and pass it onto everyone that has helped to keep me motivated this year.

So here is my Christmas message to you.

I am a big fan of “praying with your feet” — doing what you can when you can with the realization you may not change the world, but maybe something in your little part of it.

You seem to do this quite well. I thought you deserve a thank you for this.

Wishing you the absolute best; certain you well keep up the good work.

Love Emily

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I’ve met some inspirational (and I use this word carefully) people this year who are doing some amazing work in a wide variety of areas to create a world we all want to live in. Here are just a few of them and I suggest you check out their work.

At the beginning of the year I met the lovely guys, Brendan and Weh, behind a development blog called WhyDev who are absolutely committed to getting ‘development’ right. Soon after moving to Beijing I met some of the crew, Fern and Stephen, from the Australian Broadcasting Centre who are out there dedicated to telling the world what is actually happening in China. In July I came across the guys at Operation Smile who help transform the lives of kids with cleft lips and palates.  In October I was involved in the Australia China Youth Dialogue founded by Henry Makeham who has poured blood sweat and tears into improving the relationship between Australian and Chinese youth. Last month I met up again with the team from Greennovate, who for the past four years have been researching, training, documenting sustainable business practices in China. The founder Mihela Hladin is nothing short of an amazing women. Finally my friend Monica, who I started Lane Change with has inspired a new of way of thinking and most importantly is great at keeping me honest.

That’s it from me for a month or so. I’m going to hang out with friends and family, swim in the ocean, ice-skate on lakes, go to weddings, crack champagne and generally take advantage of how lucky I am.

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3 Responses to Merry Christmas. Also I just wanted to thank you.
  1. Brendan Rigby

    It was a wonderful pleasure to meet you too Emily, and it was a shame that I was leaving just as you arrived. Thank you for your support of whydev.org, and we look forward to your continuing insights and contributions. Happy holidays!

  2. Weh Yeoh

    It’s always lovely to meet people who are trying to have a positive impact on the world around us. You manage that, by leaving your mark on the people immediately around you first, and then through other avenues as well. It’s been a pleasure and thanks so much for the shout out! 

  3. Sal Richardson

    In todays highly dependent world, individuals & nations can no longer resolve many of their problems by themselves. We need one another. We must therefore develop a sense of universal responsibility, to protect & nurture the global family, to support its weaker members & to preserve & tend to the environment in which we all live – The Dalai Lama 
    Keep doing all that you do Em as I am certain that you are inspiring MANY! Lots of love Xxx

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