AwareNow: Issuu 17: The United Edition

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Out on the ocean I take a deep breath and I open my eyes…

Sea lions are jumping, with pups and grownups alike playing and frolicking in the water.

The variety of birds have a new mission each and every day.

The garibaldi fish swim by me in the crystal clear waters.

From high in the sky to deep down below, everyone says hello and greets me with a warmth and understanding, as if I’m one of them. I’m accepted into the vast water world.

The ocean has taught me many things, and amongst them, she has taught me to feel F.I.T.


She teaches me to feel fearless.


She reminds me of my insignificance.


She reminds me to take the time, and then to treasure that time.

Do you have a place in your life that teaches and reminds you to feel F.I.T.?

It might be in a forest, or by a beach, or whilst sitting in your garden having a cup of tea.

What space compels you to stop and take a breath every time you are there?

I am so grateful for the ocean, as that is my place. Living on the water I wake up every morning to the constant reminder to feel F.I.T. I am so grateful, especially this month celebrating World Oceans Day, and I promise to remain part of the water world and continue to learn from it everyday.

I truly hope everyone can find somewhere as magical and mesmerising as the ocean is for me. ∎


Storyteller, Philanthropist & Official Ambassador for Human Trafficking Awareness ELIZABETH BLAKE-THOMAS is a British award-winning storyteller and philanthropist based in Los Angeles, having recently directed her latest feature film during the COVID-19 pandemic. Will You Be My Quarantine? is a romcom starring Full House/Fuller House star Jodie Sweetin and is set to release in 2021. Elizabeth’s recent film Evie Rose, starring Oscar-nominated actress Terry Moore, is premiering on Christmas Eve 2020. Elizabeth is the founder and resident director of entertainment company Mother & Daughter Entertainment, whose motto is “Making Content That Matters”, putting focus on each project starting a conversation amongst viewers. Through MDE, Elizabeth established the MD Foundation Initiative, a campaign to mentor and employ undiscovered filmmakers through fellow philanthropic pledges.