Conscious Magazine and Savouring Simplicity

I’m hiding out a bit from this blog while I wait for the blog redesign to be finished, and while we get settled into the new digs.

But it doesn’t mean I haven’t been writing! I shared my thoughts on creating a community, the simple way, with Elizabeth at Savouring Simplicity. It was also time to discuss moving beyond hashtag activism and instead look to our youth with the amazing people at Conscious Magazine.


Creating Community with Elizabeth Bradley



Moving beyond Hashtag Activism with Conscious Magazine



What have you been up to? We have just a few more days before we can call the new place in Virginia officially ours and I’m getting a bit impatient! What plans do you have for the weekend? We’re going to explore a bit … whatever you do, have a great one!



Why I Volunteer for Habitat For Humanity

I’ve written about Habitat for Humanity before, but I wanted to jump in for quick post today to tell you just a bit about why I volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

You can learn all about this organization on their website but if I look back at all of the volunteering I have done, Habitat is one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences, hands down.

Whether you volunteer in a ReStore (SUCH a great concept) on the build site, you are immediately flooded with a feeling of having really done something great. If I had to choose, it would definitely be the build site, because where else can you ladies hang shingles, use a nail gun, or even lay tile for a day, and then return to your normal life, having done something … concrete … to help another individual and their family? Habitat believes strongly in offering a hand UP and not a hand OUT. I’m proof positive that the Habitat system works, and if you find yourself with an available day in the near future, challenge yourself to give that time to a deserving family.

Thank you to those who supported me in my Womens Build 2014 with Habitat for Humanity Orlando. With your support, I was able to stake my place on the team, and help Sharell Leo get closer to her dream of having those keys.

Habitat for Humanity Orlando

We were both featured on a news segment that I wanted to share with you. Note: there is a slight “oops” as my oldest is 19 and not 21!

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What is so special about THIS build is that her house was constructed, from the ground up, by an entire team of WOMEN from all over Orlando. They raised the walls, laid the roof, hung the drywall, painted the dang thing AND sodded the yard. The lot the home was built on was a beautiful donation from a family who determined to give back … by donating property. They were present at the key ceremony and tears were shed as the matriarch of that family handed the keys to the new owner of the property.

I was honored to have been asked to speak at the ceremony as well and it was so amazing to see the hope and light in Sharell’s eyes. She is one fantastic woman and her family will be an amazing addition to that community, as they lay down roots and really make a house a home.

One last push to encourage you to make a difference in someone else’s life. You don’t have to know what you’re doing (they will teach you!) and you don’t have to commit long-term! Most local Habitat for Humanity offices allow for just one day of participation, but I won’t be held responsible if you get hooked and go more than once!

Where is your favorite place to volunteer or to give to?

UN World Press Freedom Day

Yesterday was World Press Freedom Day, as celebrated by the UN. I wanted to share my piece with you that I wrote for Ripple Effect Images, celebrating the amazing work of Lynn Johnson.

Lynn Johnson Ripple Effect Imagse

I’d love it if you’d head over there to read the piece and watch the video.

The freedom of expression is celebrated every year on May 3rd, and here at Ripple, we are excited to also celebrate that freedom of expression when it comes to protecting and promoting women’s rights.  This year’s theme includes the specific topic of the sustainability and integrity of journalism.

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”  Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Click here to read the rest …