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Gifts Made with Passion


Gifts Made with Passion

This season, we rounded up our favorite gifts from our community, making sure they are all made with passion. By buying the “made with passion” gifts, you are supporting someone who is following their passions, small businesses and gifting your loved ones something unique. A win, win, win. 

Passion workshop gift pass - $50

Over the past decade, an abundance of psychology research has shown that experiences bring people more happiness than do possessions. Our three hour evening workshop in San Francisco is the perfect gift for someone close to you who you think needs an experience to explore new possibilities and passions, rethinks his or her career or simply belong to a supportive community. Buy it here.

The Quarter-life Breakthrough - A Millennials career guide - $8.99

The Quarter life breakthrough is one of our favorite books on career and meaningful living, written by our community member and program teacher Smiley Poswolsky. The perfect gift to is inspire career change for your friend or even cousin and help them get unstuck and change the world. Buy it here.  

Slow Factory - NASA inspired silk scarves - starting $150

Our muse Celine Vernon (read her passion story) is the founder and designer of Slow Factory. She creates silk scarves made in Italy and packaged in New York with love. Our pick for this holiday is USA by night, taken from NASA's International Space Station. 52"x52" silk-modal. Use code HAPPY for 25% discount. Check it here.






Ventana Yoga - Locally designed & eco-friendly yoga mats - $89

Our program graduate Sierra Campbell launched a beautiful and elegant line of yoga mats. She works with local designers in San Francisco, and produces them in California, using recycled materials. Check out her new chakra collection here



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Gratitude themed Children's book - $9.99

Our community member Venetia Pristavec made a long time dream come true: she produced two children books to teach them about gratitude. We love the illustration and how we can teach more and more kids about being thankful. 

Every Body Be Grateful: A bedtime story teaching mindfulness and gratitude for the body. Buy here.
Chloe the Cloud: A dancing cloud tries to find her place in the sky when everyone just wants the sun. Buy here

Jessica Wertz Ceramics - Dot Bud Vase - $58

Based in Berkeley, Jessica Wertz discovered her passion for pottery 3 years ago and never looked back. Get to know her in this passion story feature. For your gifting this season, we picked one of her vases, wheel-thrown and hand decorated. A soft matte white dotted surface will surely bring a gentle beauty into the home. Buy it more.





52 Cups of Coffee - A book on navigating life's uncertainties - $9.99

Megan Gebhart launched her book, a collection of inspiring stories through our program earlier this year. A perfect gift for any college student or 20something navigating the the uncertainties of life and career. The book chronicles her yearlong journey to have coffee with 52 strangers and the invaluable lessons learned in the process. Buy it here

Uncommon Stocks - A Silicon Valley Thriller - $4.95

Eliot Peper is an investor turned writer. His first book is in the top ten bestselling tech startup thriller series. Think David Baldacci for tech: sex, murder, and venture capital. Buy it here


Gift yourself! The find your passion program - $350 (Special Price)

Invest in yourself in the new year by applying to our Find Your Passion Flagship program. Perfect for transitions, kickstarting new projects, and getting clarity on your passions in a supportive environment. Apply here.


The 5 Quotes on Fear You Must Read


The 5 Quotes on Fear You Must Read

Guest Blog by Reem Suleiman

Reem Suleiman is a writer, poet, and Arabic calligrapher. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Comparative Literature and a minor in Middle East and North African Studies. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.



Ever wondered why the guy you are dating avoids commitment, retreating just as soon as things get good? Or why you are still stuck in the job you can't stand? Or maybe why you have to verify absolutely every restaurant pick with at least 100 Yelp reviews? The answer to all of these questions is simply …fear.

Personally as a recent college graduate, the fear of the real world haunts me in every corner. Everywhere I go I am bombarded with the fear of having to grow up. At dinner parties, I have become so accustomed to the ubiquitous question (more like backhanded compliment), “Congratulations on graduating! …So what are you going to do with your life?” Or worse yet, the passive aggressive, “Oh! You majored in Comparative literature…interesting. So what kind of job can you get with that?” 

Like the fear of commitment or dramatic change, the fear of leaving my college security blanket has become suffocating. So as an avid reader, I naturally retreat to my sanctuary—the library.

Although my major may not give me a job immediately, I realize my endless hours finding comfort in the turned pages of my favorite novels were not in vain. They have taught me throughout the ages these five important lessons on conquering fear:

5-year-old wisdom: We hide our fears

I said, ‘I do not fear those pants with nobody inside them.’ I said, and said, and said those words. I said them but I lied them.
— Dr. Seuss, The Sneetches and Other Stories

Dr. Seuss is more than the king of rhymes. He knows very well that when in doubt, sometimes we conceal our fear under a false guise of confidence or beneath a lie. I would argue this is not necessarily a bad thing. I live proudly behind the “fake it till you make it” principle because a little extra confidence never hurt anybody.

12-year-old wisdom: We fear the unknown

It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.
— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince

The ultimate literary rite of passage for my generation, Harry Potter reminds us that when moving on to new chapters, we are often afraid simply of the blank pages. At one point, everything was new, including our most treasured memories that we retreat to for security. Embrace the new because it will become old soon enough.

13-year-old wisdom: Be Cautious because some fears are smart

There are two kinds of fears: rational and irrational- or in simpler terms, fears that make sense and fears that don’t.
— Lemony Snicket, author of the Series of Unfortunate Events

I distinctly remember the candy-coated addiction of the Series of Unfortunate Events books as a young adult, undoubtedly the first in line for the latest edition. There was something intoxicatingly thrilling about reading the horrible experiences of characters right around my age. I suppose it is the same reason we all love watching scary movies—the relief of thinking, “at least it’s not me!”. Nonetheless, the stories remind me that sometimes our fears are very much legitimate, rational, and smart… For example, if a mysterious car has been tailing you for the past five miles on your way back from a late-night party, you might not be paranoid. Never ignore a sharp intuition.

17-year-old wisdom: But whatever you do, don't fear love

Tell him yes. Even if you are dying of fear, even if you are sorry later, because whatever you do, you will be sorry all the rest of your life if you say no.
— Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

High school brings back memories of the high voltage intensity of first loves/crushes. From our first kiss to our first heartbreak, the “first” tends to be the most vivid, beloved, and painful. In retrospect, on can never regret love, only the failure to act on it.

21-year-old wisdom: And Most importantly, do not fear failure

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.
— Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Coelho’s The Alchemist has remained my quintessential book on life changes. The fear of failure can be quite daunting, especially when moving on from a really "safe" life chapter and having to start over. During high school, I was definitely a big fish in a small pond. So the transition to a large university was very difficult because I was petrified of being unable to recreate my high school success. That fear proved to be completely unproductive because I spent more time worried of failure than actually attempting to be successful and follow my passions. And it is this same wisdom that I must carry now as I sit comfortably beside my bookshelf, surrounded by my literary friends, peering out over a desk full of applications.

The fear of the unknown is about the opportunity to follow your heart, not the possibility of failure. My heart is calling…and it is about time I take the call.