Author Archive | kblake

TEDxCherryCreek – How do you want to Be?

 

This past Friday, November 30th, I had the amazing opportunity to be one of the speakers for TEDxCherryCreekWomen. The experience gave me the chance to share a bit of my own Chapter BE story, while also sharing some of the stories from The Being of a Nation road trip. In-between speaker sessions, we had an opportunity to meet some of the attendees and engage them in our work. For me this meant providing … CONTINUE READING

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The Next Chapter

The Being of a Nation road trip was an incredible experience for me, but it was one that I was starting to hold too preciously. In the late spring/early summer of this past year, I came to see that I was becoming overly worried about what to do with the stories, to the point that it was creating inaction. One day, while on a long walk, it hit me that these stories that I collected … CONTINUE READING

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Be Forty

Tomorrow is my birthday.
I am turning forty.
For some reason the number looks better to me written out as the word “forty,” versus “40.” A little subtler. A little softer.
I wish I could write that it has all been easy breezy, but I’ve had a few “moments” over the last few months in anticipation of the day.

I have very distinct memories of when both of my parents turned forty, and there were … CONTINUE READING

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We Need Love More Than One Day A Year

I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day for a multitude of reasons, not in the least that it commercializes and commodifies something that is innately human and free. And while I can appreciate the sentiment of designating a day to appreciating love, I have to question why we allow only ONE day out of the year to focus on something that we all need, desire, deserve – every day of the year. What would … CONTINUE READING

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2018 BE Intentions – #2018BEIntentions

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I know that some might be long over 2017 and ready to kiss it goodbye, as it was a challenging year across our country and globe, and for many people – personally difficult. Yet, it is actually our challenges that help us grow the most – and I feel that way about 2017. The hardships that we are facing as a nation are what are enacting change and movement. They are what … CONTINUE READING

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Be the News that You Want to See in the World

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While I was on the road for the The Being of a Nation road trip, I found that I was reading the news and checking my various feeds much less then I usually do. I knew enough to be aware of what was going on in the country, but I was not obsessive about checking/reading/watching/scrolling (which I have a tendency to do!). It was fascinating to feel like I knew what was … CONTINUE READING

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“The Being of a Nation” A Month Later…

It has been a month since I finished The Being of a Nation road trip and returned to Denver after three months of traversing the continental United States while getting the chance to talk to 375 strangers about how they want to be in the world. I took a few weeks to just be – catching up with people, sleep, and bad TV – and am now onto Phase II of this work…going through all … CONTINUE READING

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Be of the People, by the People, for the People

Yesterday, Washington, DC was a rough day for #TheBeingofaNation road trip. I am not sure if it was the day, the temperature, the locations I picked, or the time of day that I chose, but I got more “no” responses than I got “yes” ones. I learned early on in the project to let go of the number of people I am able to talk to and focus on quality over quantity. Yet, when you … CONTINUE READING

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Challenging Times Call for BE Positive

I am almost 2/3 through The Being of a Nation road trip, and while it will take some time to go through all of the interviews at the end of the trip and do an overall analysis of them, so far there is one thing has clearly stood out for me: There are a lot of good people in this country, who want good for our country.

It dawned on me this past weekend that … CONTINUE READING

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Be Love

Many people have asked me why I decided to do The Being of a Nation, and while there are many answers to that question, the main one is that I wanted to get out from behind my computer and connect with other Americans. I want to see with my own eyes who Americans are, feel with my own heart what they are feeling, and hear with my own ears how they choose to answer … CONTINUE READING

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