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Giving Back For Christmas

19 Dec

holiday-givingI am so over the tradition of buying random “stuff” for the ones we love. I am tripping over enough toys as is. How much do we really need? I am so not into keeping up with the latest gadget, I’ve caught onto the whole what’s new will be old in 5 minutes so why bother. I am never going to be caught standing in line for the latest Apple products, I have a life! That being said, I am changing the meaning of Christmas to be a time for giving back.
Starting this year, my family has decided we are only filling stockings with little, thoughtful trinkets for one another and not buying anymore large gifts. We will each get a Christmas fund (doesn’t have to be a huge amount of money) to distribute to anyone, or any charity we feel is deserving. Aside from mom and dad, my family consists of a 7-year-old and 2-year old so the choices as to who to give to will be interesting.
We can individually choose to give to the local food bank, adopt a family, give gifts (blankets, socks, gloves) to homeless people, bake for the homeless, or simply buy someone a coffee. No small act of kindness goes unnoticed. Plus, both parties involved will get the gift of love this Christmas. So why not join us in paying it forward and being the change we wish to see in the world.
Happy Holidays!

Hope for Haiti

22 Jan

The recent devastation in Haiti, due to the massive earthquake, is unimaginable. With so much destruction and death, it is hard to see the positives…but there are positives and lessons to be learned. Sometimes it takes catastrophic events to occur for us all to get a wake-up call in life.

First and foremost, we all need to be grateful for what we have and where we are in life RIGHT NOW! So often people say, “When I have…, I will be happy,” or “When I look like…, I will be happy.” We all need to be grateful now, as now is the only time and space that exists and our attitude towards the now will affect all aspects in our lives. When thinking about what you are lacking in life, put yourself in the shoes of a Haitian and that with give you a new perspective.

Haitians are devastated by the condition of their homes, schools, hospitals and everything that it takes to have a thriving community. I feel for all the Haitians that are going through such a traumatic event and hope to help in any way possible…starting with donating money. Many Haitians are not only dead, or alive but many have injuries, needing help asap! The Doctors who have been there since day one are so amazing. These Doctors show a super-human kind of compassion that teaches us all to give more of ourselves to those in need. And by witnessing the way the world responds to the most helpless people is a true reflection of where we are as a society; I hope we value all human lives.

To help, watch Hope for Haiti Telethon tonight where Brad Pitt, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks and Will Smith are joining George Clooney (in Los Angeles), Wyclef Jean (in New York) and CNN’s Anderson Cooper (reporting from Haiti) for the event. It will be quite amazing to see how we all band together to help out those most in need, the Haitians.

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