Have you ever had a moment come along during your life when you were completely and utterly broken? A moment that wrecks you to the very core of your being, and reduces you to nothing but a pile of smoldering ashes? Something that doesn't just gently tug at your heart strings, but rips them from the shell of human dust you were created from?
I think I'm going to do this in a "small" way... maybe at the $1 store! I'm sure it will be appreciated just the same!
I am grateful and honored once again that this blog has been nominated for another award. I would like to thank one of my friends in this blogging community One Bridge of Hope (http://onebridgeofhope.wordpress.com/), a mother and daughter team whose belief is that we all have the power to be ourselves.
One of the rules upon acceptance of this award is to nominate 15 – amazing, awesome, brilliant, beautiful, caring, compassionate, delightful, energizing, (you get the point) blogs!
The nominees are:
1. A Crafty Traveler http://acraftytraveler.com/
2. Jazzy Beat Chick http://jazzybeatchick.com/
3. Deny Designs http://blog2.denydesigns.com/
4. Meraki Inspiration Blog http://merakiinspirationblog.wordpress.com/
5. She is not a poet http://sheisnotapoet.com/
6. Jeff Moore-My Everyday Power http://everydaypowerblog.com/
7. The Year of Living Non-Judgmentally http://annkoplow.wordpress.com/
8. Picz Load http://piczload.com/
9. Namaste Every Day http://namasteeveryday.wordpress.com/
10. 219,000 Minutes of Emptiness http://moe219.wordpress.com/
12. A Lot on your Plate http://alotonyourplate.wordpress.com/
13. Careann’s Musings http://careann.wordpress.com/
14. Enjoy My Adventure http://enjoymyadventure.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/back-with-a-miracle/
15. Claire Atkinson http://clairejatkinson.wordpress.com/
If you would like to know about The Versatile Blogger Award, here is the link: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/
So, here are seven things about myself: (If you laugh at some, that’s okay-laughter is good for the soul!)
1. I like long walks and hate rude people.
2. If I could marry ice cream, it would be Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia.
3. I don’t eat animals.
4. My dogs are my best friends.
5. Love to help anyone I can.
6. Creating art using recycled materials makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.
7. My parents are the best people I know.
****Bonus: I am grateful and honored to be a part of this wonderful blogging community. Everyone is talented and I love that there is an abundance of diversity here. Such a blessing! *****
I would like to thank One Bridge of Hope once again for this kind and gracious nomination!
Please take some time to check out the blogs that I have listed above.
Peace, love, blessings,
Today I want to send a special thank you to all the Veterans past and present who have served and are serving our country for our freedoms. May you have a day where you are served and appreciated. Here is a link to a site where there are many events, specials, offers, etc. for Veterans and their families. http://www.veteransdayfreebies.com/
Peace, love and blessings to you all!
I saw this phrase on a marquee when I was taking my doggies for their daily ride. Simple words, with a powerful message. The day was kind of gloomy for me and when I saw this, my pout quickly changed to a smile. Then I thought, If I smiled, how many other people who saw this smiled too. Imagine if that person turned to the person in the car next to them and smiled, and that person in that car smiled at the person in the next car, and so on and so on. Pretty soon, you would have the whole world smiling. How awesome would that be?
There are many people in the world who are struggling with life and it just takes a little compassion to let them know that they are WORTH SEEING.
Most of us have our daily routine and things are pretty good. Family, job, house, a car, food on the table. But then there are those who have maybe one of these, and some none at all. Everyone in the world is important and worthy of love and acknowledgment.
Ever since I saw this little phrase: SMILE-YOU ARE WORTH SEEING, was a reminder to me not only to smile more because I am worth seeing, but to smile at EVERYONE I see, because we are all beautiful and are worth SEEING.
So, if you see someone on the street that you normally may not SEE, why not change that today and SMILE at them, you don’t know how a little thing like a SMILE can change someone’s day.
Sending a smile from me to you!
Have a beautiful day!
1. Oh, hell yes, from the Bloggess.
2. On Starting Over Again, from Lisa Congdon.
3. How Depression Serves Us on Elephant Journal.
4. I need to find a dance studio, stat: Watch this 2-year-old and her mom break it down to Beyonce on Hello Giggles.
5. You are not broken or in need of fixing, a beautiful poem on Many Voices, a Sounds True blog.
Daily Choices Help Counter Climate Change
Until recently, we’ve been asked to chose between the economy and the environment. Now we’re realizing that the two are closely linked, and that our continued prosperity depends on how well we take care of the natural systems that sustain life–clean air, water, food and an overall healthy environment.
Although the worst impacts of climate change are still decades away, experts say it’s already a costly problem. In 2012, U.S. taxpayers spent nearly $100 billion–approximately $1,100 apiece–to cover crop losses, flooding, wildfires and other climate-related disasters, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. That’s more than America spent last year on education and transportation.
Given the lack of action on climate change by Congress, more Americans are looking to leverage their purchasing power to make a difference. Yet, as consumers trying to “shop their values” know, it’s often difficult to distinguish the “green” from the “greenwashed”. Natural Awakenings has rounded up some tips that can help.
Dismiss Meaningless Labels
Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D, who leads the Consumer Safety Group for Consumer Reports and its Greener Choices and Eco-labels online initiatives, says companies take far too many liberties in product labeling. The dearth of standards and consistency across the marketplace has rendered terms like “fresh,” and “free range” meaningless. Also, there’s more wrong than right about the “natural” label put on everything from soymilk to frozen dinners, she says.
While critics of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s USDA Organic label say its regulations are not tough enough, Rangan says at least we know what we’re getting. The same is not true of many claims decorating consumer goods, Rangan advises. Plus, producers get away without identifying myriad other controversial practices, she says, including genetically engineered ingredients.
To help consumers protect themselves, the Consumer Union and other nonprofit public advocates have made their evaluations easily accessible via cell phones and iPads. The Web-based Good Guide’s evaluations of more than 145,000 food, toys, personal care and household products are at shoppers’ fingertips via an app that scans product bar codes on the spot.
A number of easy-to-use online tools help us understand the far-flung impacts of a purchase, including on humans and habitats. The Good Guide, for instance, employs chemists, toxicologists, nutritionists, sociologists and environmental life cycle specialists to evaluate a product’s repercussions on health, environment and society.
Sandra Postel, who leads the Global Water Policy Project, has teamed up with the National Geographic Society to devise a personal water footprint calculator. It helps people understand the wider environmental impacts of their lifestyle and purchasing choices, and provides options for reducing their footprints and supporting water replenishment efforts.
“It takes a per capita average of 2,000 gallons of water each day to keep our U.S. lifestyle afloat,” twice the world average, calculates Postel. The typical hamburger takes 630 gallons of water to produce, for example, while a pair of jeans consumes 2,600 gallons, most of it to grow the necessary cotton.
Water is just one of numerous resources overused in the United States, according to author and journalist Danielle Nierenberg, co-founder of Food Tank. ”We overbuy food. It goes bad and ends up in landfills,” where it lets off methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, as it decomposes.
“We also over-order at restaurants,” observes Nierenberg, whose think tank focuses on the interrelated issues of hunger, obesity and environmental degradation. Overall, the U.S. annually accounts for 34 million tons of food waste. ”Part of the problem is we’ve lost home culinary skills,” says Nierenberg, who says we need to rethink how and how much we eat.” ”We don’t really understand what portions are,” she adds.
Share Instead of Buy
Collaboration characterizes the broader trend in careful consuming that relies on cell phone apps. Sometimes known as the “sharing economy” or “collaborative consumption”, initiatives can range from car and bike shares to neighborly lending of lawn mowers and other tools and sharing homegrown produce. One of the more innovative food-sharing options is Halfsies, in which diners at participating restaurants pay full price for a meal, but receive half of a full portion, effectively donating the cost of the other half to fight hunger.
Whatever the product, experts say, the new sharing business model is part of a fundamental shift in how people think about consuming, with the potential to help us reduce our personal carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable future.
Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., who specializes in health, science and environmental issues. Learn more at ChristineMacDonald.info.
An inspiring and heart filled story that I wanted to share with you. Proof again that we do live in a world of kindness.
It doesn’t help that college costs are out of control. Tuition and fees are more than $22,000 a year at the historically black university.
Through crowd-funding and a $25,000 donation from JCPenney, Ward headed to D.C. this fall to start pursuing his degree in physics.
There are more than 1.7 million homeless youth in the United States. Many are exposed to violence, addiction and a broad spectrum of social ills that most children never have to cope with. The result is that few finish high school, and even fewer finish college.
Ward had to deal with a chaotic uprooting brought about by his mother’s alcoholism, all while helping his younger siblings stay engaged and safe in LA’s epicenter of homelessness, where drug use and violence are common.
“Being homeless isn’t something to be embarrassed about, because it’s not in your hands. It’s just a circumstance, there’s always a way out as long as you’re willing to push through it,” Ward said on The Ellen Degeneres Show.
Ward knows that there aren’t many people who are able to push past struggles like his, but he has some advice: Don’t try and do it all alone.
“As long as you’re able to step out your comfort zone and take the initiative and ask someone else for help, there’s always someone who is willing to help you,” Ward said.
This is a piece I just finished. All painting and words done by hand. The peace signs are made out of magazines. The edges are quotes from John Lennon which I know are hard to see.
I have included them below:
“It matters not who you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you LOVE.”
“Imagine all the people living in peace.”
“Love is the answer, and you know that for sure.”
“Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.”
“Give peace a chance.”
I felt an urge to share this with you. As you go through your day, share some peace and love with someone you may never have met. We all have trials and situations that may lead us into an unhappy state. So, take a moment to share a smile or anything that you feel may brighten someone’s day!
Peace, love, happiness,