I first learned of the Before I Die project when one of my close friends wrote a blog about participating in a workshop inspired by the project. The project was created when Candy Chang, an artist who had lost someone she loved, painted the sentence, “Before I die I want to______” in chalkboard paint on an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighborhood. The next day, the wall was full of personal aspirations and reflections from those that had picked up a piece of chalk to share a piece of themselves in a public space. Continue reading
After watching countless kid videos on YouTube, Journey decided she wanted to start her own series. Naturally, I was on board. I loved the idea of her living her own dream instead of watching other people live theirs. Of course this meant adding producing and editing a weekly video to my list of things to do. Oh…and did I mention that I don’t even know how to edit video? Continue reading
For me, the sadness starts in August. As soon as the kids go back to school, I start to feel cold air on my neck. I know winter is just around the corner. Football season starts. The days get shorter. The wind blows colder. I get depressed. I have the winter blues. Continue reading
As we celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday today, I am reminded of his historic “I Have A Dream” speech. In front of a captivated crowd, Dr. King shared his dream of freedom and equality in an electrifying speech that advanced the civil rights movement and cemented his place in American history.
Now imagine yourself in front of the Lincoln Memorial ready to address a crowd of thousands, or maybe you are at home sitting at your computer. What would you say? What would you write? Do you have a dream? Continue reading
Every weekend my husband and daughter steal away for an afternoon of daddy daughter time. Which sounds like the perfect time to catch a movie, luxuriate in a hot bath or curl up and get lost in a good book. But instead of spending that quiet time doing something that I enjoy, what do I do? Spend the whole time doing laundry, running errands, and tackling my never-ending to do list. Continue reading
I ended the year by asking the question, “What hashtag best represents your 2014 in a nutshell?” My hashtag was #focused. Some of the answers I received were #blessed, #change, #intentional, #protected, #hopeful and #kindnessandlovebeatall. I loved the question and the heartfelt answers so much that I thought it was great question to ask at the beginning of the year as well. That said, what’s your hashtag for 2015? Continue reading
Happy New Year! Although I don’t do resolutions, I have set quite a few lofty goals for the new year and I’m sure I’m not alone. So I’ve put together a list of 20 inspiring quotes to kick off the new year to help us stay motivated when we get frustrated, discouraged, and need an extra push to get over life’s hurdles. Continue reading
The school year is well underway, and teachers have been busy setting goals and expectations for their students in the classroom. But it’s also important to spend some time at home discussing what your children want to achieve this school year and what you expect of them. Continue reading
My daughter Journey had so much fun helping others on her birthday last year that she decided to host another Give BIG Birthday Party! To celebrate her 8th birthday, Journey is asking family, friends and you to celebrate with her virtually by making a donation to Water.org. Water.org is a non-profit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation. Since we recently relocated, Journey and I thought hosting a virtual party would be a creative way to include her friends in her birthday celebration. Then we thought— since the party is virtual, why not invite everyone?
Last year, my daughter agreed to do something really special for her birthday. Rather than have a party that focused solely on her, she hosted a philanthroparty. Wondering what a philanthroparty is? Simply put, it’s a party with a purpose.