Archive | December 2011

5 Ways YOU Can Help The Environment Today

“There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.”  ~Brooke Medicine Eagle

Here are 5 ways you can make a difference today:

  1. Turn the lights off in the rooms you are not using
  2. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth
  3. Take a shorter shower
  4. Us reusable plates and utensils
  5. Save paper by printing double-sided, reusing and recycling

It’s easy to make a BIG difference! Take today’s small steps and repeat them tomorrow! Soon this will just become a habit.

Best present wrapping

Santa's Little Elves

Yesterday, I spent 3 hours of my working day at Brown Paper Tickets to wrap presents for families in need of an extra hand for the holidays. There is an organization called Rise n’Shine that helps families in need all year round. “At Rise n’ Shine we provide emotional support, stability and advocacy for children and teens affected by AIDS. This includes those who have been orphaned, children and teens who are infected themselves and those who live with a parent or sibling with HIV/AIDS. We offer support through the Mentor Program, Summer Camp, Peer Support Groups, Children’s AIDS Memorial Grove, and Teen Retreats.”

With Christmas a few days away, they have put together a huge toy drive to make sure the kids have presents to open up on Christmas day. Each child was asked for 4 wants and 4 needs for what they wanted Santa to bring them this year. Then shoppers went out and found the items on the lists to the best of their abilities. We wrapped everything from new board games to jeans, and new warm coats to a big pink plush pillow. What a great day to spend at “work.”

Top 3 songs of today

Something Good Can Work, by Two Door Cinema Club –

One Day, by Matisyahu Featuring Nameless –

We Are Young, by fun –

Spark a Change: Pay it Forward

When I think about how we can change the world, I think about the little things we can do to make that difference. I’m not talking about donating your life savings or taking a year off from work and life to devote yourself to the starving children in Africa. While those would be really amazing ways to create change, those options are not practical for the vast majority of us. What is possible for everyone to do is to focus on their day to day activities. We interact with hundreds of people a day, whether we realize it or not, and it is time to put attention to those interactions. Acknowledge their presence, create a positive interaction and spark that change so the hundreds of people you run into will spread positive impacts to the hundreds of people they meet that day, too.

Here is a video that displays a great example on the impact of paying it forward. Watch it. Then do it.

Follow my blog for easy examples of ways to create change and stories of change makers every week.

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10 Holiday Big Give Ideas

So in one of my recent posts, I wrote about one of my big gives this season was donating 10 inches of my hair to Locks of Love. As you might not have 10 inches of your hair to donate, so here is a list of 10 other ways you can make a difference to someone you might never meet:

  1. It’s great that people are donating to toy drives, but with Hanukkah and Christmas right around the corner, someone has to wrap those presents! Volunteer one or two hours to an organization and get wrapping!
  2. Buy a box of wrapped candy canes and pass them out to people on your bus, people you pass on your street or those sleeping on the street. This won’t cure world hunger, but will certainly brighten someone’s day.
  3. Collect your coats and sweaters you don’t wear and donate them to a local shelter. Your coat could save someone’s life during these cold nights and let’s be honest, you’re not going to wear it any more. Read More…

Giving Challenge and My 10 inches

In the spirit of giving this holiday season I challenge you to find a gift in which you don’t receive anything in return (except maybe a warm fuzzy feeling inside). Think of a way you can volunteer your time at a soup kitchen, wrap presents for homeless kids, donate your old towels to an animal shelter. It can be easy to give BIG to an organization with little effort from you.

After the big cut.

This year one of my big gives was 10 inches of my hair. It may seem like a lot (an believe me, it took me years to build up the courage to do it), but really, it’s just hair and it grows back. Read More…

The Importance of Putting Things into Perspective

How many times have you been frustrated standing in line, rehearsing over and over again in your head what you are going to say to the person at the counter to make them do what you want by the time you get to the front of the line. Or when you’re trying to call to complain about the defected product you only bought a week ago, to only be put on hold, all you can think about is how angry you are and you are going to let them know about it. When really, the reality of it all, that person you’re about to talk to has had NOTHING to do with the problem you’re about to share with them. For them, it is probably just another day at the office for a position they really don’t like because it is people like you that make every day miserable. Read More…