Life Uncommon, Music Monday

Don’t worry mother, it’ll be alright
And don’t worry sister, say your prayers and sleep right
It’ll be fine lover of mine
It’ll be just fine

Lend your voices only to sounds of freedom
No longer lend your strength to that which you wish to be free from

Fill your lives with love and bravery

And you shall lead a live uncommon

I’ve heard you anguish
I’ve heard your hearts cry out
We are tired, we are weary, but we aren’t worn out
set down your chains, until only faith remains
Set down your chains

And lend your voices only to sounds of freedom
No longer lend your strength to that
which you wish to be free from
Fill your lives with love and bravery
And we shall lead a life uncommon

There are plenty of people who pray for peace
But if praying were enough it would have come to be
Let your words enslave no one and the heavens will hush themselves

To hear out voices ring out clear
with sounds of freedom
sounds of freedom

Come on you unbelievers, move out of the way
there is a new army coming and we are armed with faith
To live, we must give
To live

 

Lend our voices only to sounds of freedom
No longer lend out strength to that which we wish to be free from
Fill your lives with love and bravery
And we shall lead a life uncommon

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?