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Tapping into the Power of Community to Find a New Apartment

May 23rd 2013, 11:46, by Swapsity

Read Part 1

Swapping Adventures Part 2 by Emmanuel Lopez

Emmanuel Lopez Motivatorman Swapsity swapper
CanadaHave you ever felt hopeless in difficult times, like a financial crisis or an unexpected life change? I’ve been through so many of these challenges that I’ve amassed an abundance of solutions for staying positive, and I use them to help others in similar situations through my Movies that Motivate blog. Films have inspired me in the darkest of times and I know my movie tips can do the same for others. My vision is to publish a series of empowering self-help books and build a team of business experts who want to help make a huge difference in the lives of others.

First though, I need to find a new apartment in Toronto by June 1st. Although this is short notice, Swapsity founder, Marta Nowinska, inspired me to express my needs and experience the power of the community. Her support of my vision to motivate others reminds me of the movie, Eat Pray Love, based on the true story of Elizabeth Gilbert.

In the film, Elizabeth (Julia Roberts) befriends a single mother in Bali who needs a new home. Elizabeth has the idea to tap into the network of friends she made during her soul-searching journey through Italy, India and Bali, as well as from her home in the United States. Through the power of community she raises enough money to help the single mother and her young daughter build a place they could call home. When they hear the good news, they both jump and dance for joy! Can you imagine their happiness?

Elizabeth’s idea of tapping into her community to help someone in need inspired me and filled me hope. I’m also facing an immediate life transition that could be solved through a community of good-hearted people! So, I need a new apartment fast and I’m happy to do part cash/part barter to find one. I am an award-winning illustrator and a social media consultant, so I have a lot of value to offer! Here are the details…

1 bedroom apartment that is furnished, quiet, clean and bright by June 1st, 2013
• Located in downtown Toronto near a green space and TTC
• Non-smoker
• Caring landlord and a warm neighborhood
• Length of stay in apartment to be discussed

(Part cash/part barter)
Social media consulting
Blog development/writing consulting
Business bios written
Motivational advice and resources
Inspirational art prints (signed by me) as gifts
Caricature illustrations for personal or corporate gifts

Click on each category for more details and send me a message if you can help!

And see my video greeting…



In the spirit of people helping people, I hope you’ll spread the word: I’m ready to help change the world! I just need a new home by June 1st so I can get started. Please share this blog post on your Facebook, Twitter or other social media channels and you’ll instantly become a part of this community building experience.


Thank you in advance for all your help!

Read Part 1: How Swapping Can Help You in Difficult Times

Emmanuel Lopez a.k.a. Motivatorman is a social media consultant, speaker and an award-winning illustrator and movie blogger. He helps people identify and communicate their greatness! The New York Times and The Washington Post have featured Emmanuel's blog called, Movies That Motivate. Emmanuel has also owned a successful illustration business, written a column for Zoomer Magazine and provided motivational talks for: TD Canada Trust, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Ministry of Finance, Lululemon Athletica, Schulich School of Business and The Art Institute of Boston. You can connect with Emmanuel on Swapsity.


m wrote on May 23rd 2013, 18:55

well? any news?

Motivatorman wrote on May 24th 2013, 10:16

Yes there's news already! Within hours on the first day this blog post went online I got an apartment lead via Facebook! Wow the social media community is amazing and fast!

Twaina wrote on May 27th 2013, 13:07

Maybe it's time to tell a new story…

John wrote on May 27th 2013, 14:53

Congrats Emmanuel! I went to a talk you gave recently at Metro Hall, it was energizing. You have the personality and outlook to make good things happen to you!

Motivatorman wrote on May 28th 2013, 19:00

Hello everyone, it's been 5 days since this article went out and I wanted to thank everyone for the warm support and leads they sent me! So far there have been 4 leads. Still looking though. So thanks again to everyone especially those who shared this blog post on their Facebook walls and with their friends!

Motivatorman wrote on Jun 1st 2013, 10:57

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Just letting everyone know that I have an extra week to stay in my current apartment (until June 9th). So any leads are still welcome! Thanks!

Motivatorman wrote on Jun 4th 2013, 10:17

For anyone seeking living space for June, I have several leads I received I can pass on. Please contact me directly for more info.

Motivatorman wrote on Jun 9th 2013, 10:24

UPDATE: I am happy to say I found a beautiful new home and just moved in on June 8th! I will be writing a follow up post with details soon. Thank you all for your help and heartfelt support!

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