The idea for the You Live 2 Inspire Movement came to me after I had been asking myself the same question time and time again. Why am I here and what is my purpose? The answer may have been obvious, I had been involved in music and visual arts for most of my life and yet I was always looking for something with deeper meaning. I had been living in Bali for a few months practicing meditation and yoga when the answer finally popped into my head seemingly out of nowhere. It came in the form of a phrase “You Live To Inspire”. A little phrase with big meaning, as in that moment I realised that my life’s purpose is not conclusive in just furthering my own development, but moreso in encouraging the people around me to reconnect with their authentic selves and fearlessly pursue their passions, using the way I choose to lead my life as an example. 

Through a series of personally transformative life experiences I've come to believe that whatever it is that you choose to devote your life to, your calling is to live your life in authenticity and alignment with your highest self (with love and integrity towards yourself and others), in a way that inspires others to also strive for and reach their highest potential. A life well lived is one where we encourage and inspire one another to live consciously in service of not only ourselves, but of others, facilitating positive change all around us.

#YouLive2Inspire was born as an embodiment of these concepts. It's a movement and an international community of like minded individuals who believe in expanding their own horizons and while doing so, giving back to the community around them whether it be through volunteer work or transformative workshops, keeping us all connected.

- Deniz Reno

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Filling The Gap Toronto - Women In Under Represented Industries Panel

For all those wondering where I've been in the past few months. I've been working on sculpture for a new feature film, which has taken up most of my time. Because of my commitment to the production, I have held back on releasing new music until I am able to give it 100% of my focus, which will be very Very soon I promise!

Meanwhile I have been honoured to have been asked to be a panelist for the 2018 Filling The Gap Event held at the Ryerson DMZ In Toronto, Canada on March 1st. The focus of the evening was Women in Under Represented Industries and the event raised nearly $10,000 in benefit of Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic (BSCC provides counselling, legal and interpretation services for women survivors of violence). I was in the company of powerful female leaders in the fields of technology, aviation, media and entertainment. We spoke about the #MeToo movement, experiences in our respective fields and took questions from the audience. It was an immensely positive, inspiring and thought provoking event, which I enjoyed very much.  

I encourage you to find out more about the Filling The Gap initiative and to attend their events, which they hold quarter-annually, and to also learn about and donate to the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic . The work they do is very important to many Canadian women.