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#StrokeofGenius – moment where you choose how to live the rest of your life

Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius
Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius
Hi Guys
Do you know that kind of podcast you wish some day you would be part of? It’s the Stroke of a Genius. A real glimpse of a genius that started it and is making an impact on many lives. I am so honoured to be part of this journey and I had the chance to help a little with my story. I am sharing with you here what this project is about and a bio of it creators. They make weekly lives on Instagram its so worth taking a look.

#StrokeofGenius is about that seemingly small, yet incredibly important moment where you choose how to live the rest of your life. When you open up and share this, it gives others the opportunity to experience that moment too. 

In 2017 we set out across America to find the #StrokeofGenius in people who have overcome life-changing, traumatic medical events. We documented the stories of 9 individuals from New York City, Nashville, Austin, Denver, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Seattle. Since the road trip, through online distribution of short clips, a live talk show on Instagram, live events, and speaking engagements, we have built an active online community. We take a unique approach to raising awareness, building community and inspiring hope for those who have lost the sense of life.

Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius
Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius

 

Right now, as we shape the story into a 9 episode, broadcast ready documentary series, we are using our online momentum and strategic partnerships to create an Internet based video platform for people to share their own story to enrich the lives of others.

 

#StrokeofGenius champions the human spirit.  Ultimately, this project is about sharing stories of triumph and empowering people to share their own stories.

 

Kyle Mengelkamp

 

Kyle grew up in Palm Springs, began his career in Los Angeles, and now resides in New York. He has worked with the NY Mets for 5 years producing/editing a show for SNY, made video content for Lacoste in the 2017 Presidents Cup, created video content for City of New York working with elementary and middle school kids, and several startups to produce impactful content that makes a difference. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, in 2009 and started his career in film.

 

In Kyle’s free time, he is the New York chapter Co-Director of the House of Genius where he curates NY’s finest thinkers that have a unique culture, different perspective and ideas to shape this world.

 

Liam Alexander 

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Is a Critically acclaimed internationally exhibited fine artist, and Creative Director with the intention of catalyzing social change through artistic expression.

 

Liam has created community focussed independent creative projects such as:  IThou at the NYU Kimmel Galleries & The Exchange at Rush Arts. His work has been published in magazines like Nylon and Rolling Stone and he has executed film and creative projects for major brands like Wix.com, The City of New York, Samsung, Volvo, and Renaissance Hotels.

 

He serves as the Fine Art Chair of the American Society of Media Photographers, New York Chapter, is graduate of Parsons School of Design, and the Creative Director of The Influencers; a community of over 1000 high-impact influencers from across every industry.

 

For Speaking Engagements

 

Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius
Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius


FINDING your  #STROKEOFGENIUS

Kyle Mengelkamp and Liam Alexander

 

Kyle and Liam are the creators of #StrokeofGenius a documentary series about that seemingly small, yet incredibly important moment where you choose how to live the rest of your life.

 

How do you find your #StrokeofGenius? Well, over the last year Kyle and Liam have been traveling the US, and hosting a weekly Instagram Live show sitting down with people who have not only survived life altering medical events, but are now thriving.  Kyle can relate, he had a stroke at age 11, and Liam having not lived through something like this, brings a unique outside perspective. Together they explore topics of survival, thriving, what it takes to live a triumphant life, the importance of storytelling for our species, and the dramatic impact you can have on the world, just by sharing your story.

 

Kyle Speaking Bio

 

Kyle grew up in Palm Springs, began his career in Los Angeles, and now resides in New York. He has worked with the NY Mets for 5 years producing/editing a show for SNY, made video content for Lacoste in the 2017 Presidents Cup, created video content for City of New York working with elementary and middle school kids, and several startups to produce impactful content that makes a difference. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, in 2009 and started his career in film.

 

In Kyle’s free time, he is the New York chapter Co-City Director of the House of Genius where he curates NY’s finest thinkers that have a unique culture, different perspective and ideas to shape this world. Recently, Kyle was on The Conscious Consultant / Talk Radio NYC Podcast, Story Corp Podcast, speaker at House of Genius, CalTrans in California, and the alumni film association at his old universities all sharing his #StrokeofGenius after 21 years.

 

Liam Speaking Bio

Liam Alexander
Liam Alexander

Is a Critically acclaimed internationally exhibited fine artist and Creative Director, with the intention of catalyzing social change through artistic expression. He has spoken at Wix.com, Projections, B&H, North Shore Art Guild, and throughout the New York area on the topics of creativity, finding your passion, redefining what’s possible in your medium and catalyzing social change through art.  Liam is a contributor to Sharpen, the online Magazine fo ASMP and has also appeared on The Conscious Consultant Rado Show & East Village Radio.

 

Liam has created community focussed independent creative projects such as:  IThou at the NYU Kimmel Galleries & The Exchange at Rush Arts. His work has been published in magazines like Nylon and Rolling Stone and he has executed film and creative projects for major brands like Wix.com, The City of New York, Samsung, Volvo, and Renaissance Hotels.

 

He serves as the Fine Art Chair of the American Society of Media Photographers, New York Chapter, is graduate of Parsons School of Design, and the Creative Director of The Influencers; a community of over 1000 high-impact influencers from across every industry.

 

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Adversity Is There To Overcome – Never Give Up

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As someone that is frequently in front of a camera with a beaming smile, most people would assume that I’m happy 24/7. But, let me tell you, my life is far from perfect. No-one’s is. A smile in a picture can hide everything that is actually going on in your life, and how you portray yourself on Instagram doesn’t reflect the day-to-day. 

You see, being disabled throws up a plethora of challenges. Chronic pain is a daily occurrence and some days are a lot harder than others. However, just because my life isn’t perfect, it doesn’t mean I don’t pretend like it is. The key to being happy is making the most out of life, regardless of the situation that you’re in.

That’s why despite all of the pain, discomfort and difficulty, I always remain optimistic. The beauty of adversity is that you have a unique opportunity to learn and grow. You’ll evolve as you gain new experience.

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When the pain comes

You can obtain an endless supply of happiness from within, you don’t need to rely on external sources and materialistic things. 

We’re always in a position to smile and have fun, and there’s always hope that things can get better. Never, ever let difficult situations consume you, because the light at the end of the tunnel may be just around the corner. Living with chronic pain is far from easy, but my mind is in a healthy place which is why I’m content. 

Of course, we can only do our best. Bad days are inevitable. But, positivity and optimism are a far better option than choosing self-pity and negativity. So, think about how you deal with tough scenarios…

I tend to value and appreciate everything that I do have, rather than worrying about all the things that I don’t have. I source inspiration from all those that encourage and support me. I distract my mind with an amazing idea, rather than dwelling on the negative. I refuse to let disability and chronic pain define who I am. 

deficiency wheelchair model samanta bullock pain chronic disabled When you get stuck in a rut where everything looks bleak, just remember that it could always be worse. Life is a blessing, so I urge you to remain optimistic and do all you can to take pleasure in all the wonderful things that you currently have. Look at the bigger picture and never give up.

If you’re in interested in how I deal with chronic pain, then check out my previous article here.

Much love

Sam

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Personal Styling for Wheelchair Users with Yvonne Phillip – Final Part

Hi lovely ones.

Here is the final part of Personal Styling for Wheelchair Users with Yvonne Phillip. This series was so fun to make and we got very nice feedback with a lot of questions around clothes for wheelchair users that we think we are going to do it once a year. So if you have any questions or suggestions send them through and lets make a more complete video.

In part 5 we went shopping in charity shops to try to find clothes that are wheelchair friendly. I would like to say thanks to my niece Emily for filming everything and for being such a good friend and spending part of her holiday working as a camera girl. Also thank you  to the charity we went to, Cancer Research, Mind and Shelter.charity shop yvonne phillip samanta bullock wheelchair model fashion disabled

One of our messages here is that is possibleto be sustainable and to be fashionable at the same time and to minimise the effect we have in the world using reusable clothes. It will also make an impact on your pocket as well as helping somebody.

‘Sustainable fashion, also called eco fashion, is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of human impact on the environment and social responsibility’. This is the definition of sustainable fashion I found on Wikipedia. So we need to have in mind charity shop yvonne phillip samanta bullock wheelchair model fashion disabledthe impact our actions will have on the system in our world and be responsible for our choices.

Please let me know what you would like to see more on the channel. Have a great week.

Much love Sam x

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We Are All One – An Inclusive Poem by Me

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Hello guy,

Yesterday was the Beyond Representation – Inclusivity & Fashion Panel at Fashions Finest.

It was amazing to be a part of it and share the stage with such well known panellists. I wrote a poem that I recited at end of our talk and I would like to share it with you.

I have been thinking about it for a long time and it was fun but also a challenge to put it on paper.

My idea was to send a strong message in a short and smooth poem.

I really hope you enjoy it. Feel free to share it.

Much Love to you all.

 

 

 

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“We are all one
It’s a forest, it is us
In its magnitude, in it’s beauty, in it’s power
Each leave, each branch, each trunk is unique
How weird would be to have a forest with all the trees with the same size, height…
To kill the magic is to make standard
Why lose this identity?
We are all different,
This is the fun
This is the perfection
Let’s Celebrate our diversity
Let’s be happy and empower ourselves
At end we will comeback to the same place
To be part of the same soil.
Where we are all one
With no difference.”
Samanta Bullock
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