When I started playing Akoha, it was mostly because it was fun to play missions and see my karma points collect. Almost six months later I’ve begun to notice a change in the rest of my life. I used to think mean things about the people around me. Come on, we all do it! You know, the “ugh, what’s with that haircut?” or the “those colours don’t work together”. I think we all have those petty, small minded thoughts. In the last few weeks though, I’ve noticed that I’m starting to become more positive. Every once in a while there is a “that person looks like they’d be fun to have coffee with” and a joy in people’s idiosyncrasies (strange laughs, hooked noses, penchant for wearing clashing patterns).
What I really notice though, is that I say Thank You an awful lot more. Often times its just in my head, but more and more I’m willing to stop people (whom I don’t know) and say Thank You. These things make me smile and brighten my day, and hopefully by passing that on I can make someone else’s day better.
So thank you Akoha, for being the catalyst.
Sometime last year my friend Badur came across a story on BlogTO about Kakayo, a local chocolatier who makes organic handmade truffles – including some vegan gems! We always have trouble finding nice vegan chocolate for Jason, so I decided that for Valentine’s Day I’d pick him up some. I called Kakayo about two weeks ago and placed an order, just so that I’d be guaranteed some for today. Badur & I drove to the east side of town today to pick them up. They look gorgeous. There are four vegan truffles – almond ganache, banana split, chai masala, and ginger pecan. I grabbed 6 of each, so 24 in total and they came in a pretty (and reusable) wooden box. For the vegans out there, not all of the selection are vegan but, they do ship across North America.
Badur & I each grabbed a chocolate. He tried a chai masala one and loved it. I tried the lavender and loved it. Jason’s like the ones he’s eaten so far (just look at him! so cute). I’m thankful every day that I managed to steal him away from the States (even if its only until our road tripping adventures in May).
I also figured that since I was at Kakayo, I should pick up some truffles to give to my classmate Naz (who is the only vegan at school). I picked her up two of the truffles and they came in a cute little white cardboard box. And in giving away awesome chocolate and supporting a local business, I also played my 31st Akoha mission. Crazy talk!
I mailed out the final package for my Akoha starter deck & free handmade gift give away. It was also my 30th Akoha mission and my tenth “make a handmade gift” mission played. I made this little gem while in class on Monday & Tuesday. I got a little distracted by school last semester and stopped playing, but I am definitely back on the ball!
I’d received a message from a friend at Akoha recently letting me know that as a valued member of the community (read, someone who plays missions) I’d be receiving an Inspired Minds Deck in the mail. It contains missions inspired by TED, which focuses on ideas worth spreading. I can definitely see the connection there! I’ve been stoked all week about getting mail and just before I left the house today for a group meeting I got mine in the mail!
To participate in the great Internet sport of unboxing (or at least be a little tongue in cheek), here are the contents of my package. Thanks Akoha!
I have seven Akoha starter decks that Austin (their founder) gave me back in November at a conference. I got a little distracted by end of term school projects, exams, and holidays, but now I want to release these into the hands of the interested & positive world. I know that you can now purchase a pack at a low cost from Akoha and I don’t meant to detract from what they are trying to do by offering these for free. Really, I’ll be playing it forward myself as I’ll get a chance to play the “make someone something handmade” mission. I can’t promise that you’d get sweaters or afghans, but I do have a shelf of FOs – hats, scarves, etc. that need a home!
So here’s the deal. If you would like a free deck & a hand made gift, leave me a comment letting me know: why you think Akoha is innovative, or why you want to play, or why the world needs to play it forward. In order to leave a comment, you’ll have to register – but that’s a measure to reduce spam so don’t hate me. Each person who leaves a comment will get a deck and something I’ve knit in the mail. Alternatively, you can’t e-mail me – info@ my domain.
Updates: 7/7 gone! Excellent!!