Tips, Gifts & Inspiration Friday

Okay, I know it’s Saturday. I did not have time to share yesterday and then I found this today and am so inspired by their commitment to help the homeless that I wanted to share this with you. So here’s a TGIF on Saturday 🙂

I held an event similar to this years ago with a group of youth ministry teens and they were forever changes (as was I) to know what it means to be homeless. I also experienced World Youth Day in Germany, where we sleep outside over half million youth in the cold, huddled together with just a blanket. This weekend, teens from across the world are in Spain for another World Youth Day and will experience the same thing. Appreciate the home, furnishings, food and love you have always…

I pray that this video will touch your heart to be kinder to those on the street and understand how they need not only our prayers, but our help.

Join them for BoxCity and help fight homelessness…Friday, September 16, 2011 if you can.

Check out the video and find out more information, click

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Tips, Gifts & Inspiration Friday

Discovered this organization on Thursday
School & Community Assistance Recycling Composting Education = SCARCE

My office has already brought two vans of donations over there!
A great group of volunteers focused on an amazing mission.

Educate and keep usable books and supplies out of landfills.

How can we make a difference in the world?
Have we thought about what we throw away every day?
Is there someone else that can use what we discard?
Check out this video – What an inspiration for us all!!

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Tips, Gifts & Inspiration Friday

Well as inspiration goes, you can’t be more inspired , relaxed and balanced than with yoga.

I’ve practiced yoga on and off for over 20 years…anyone remember Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness yoga video in the 80’s!!? Well that’s how I was introduced to yoga and I loved it!

Nowadays, I usually just grab some yoga from Comcast OnDemand’s Exercise TV or a routine I put together to help stretch my stress areas of hips and shoulders.  However my baby sister is in town before she leaves for Shanghai, China with her family to teach for two years.  Well Toni is a dedicated yoga-ista, 4-5 times a week before leaving her home in Colorado, and she was looking for yoga in the Frankfort area. So last night, we planned on a 6:00 AM yoga this morning… yeah, I did say 6:00 AM!!

But the 6:00 AM session of gentle yoga was wonderful – you can check out the yoga studio at Yoga for You.

The gentle breathe in and out, relaxing postures and kind fellow stretchers helped to start the day balanced and filled with inspiration.

May your Friday begin a weekend of balance, and if stress finds you, may you breathe in slowing and breathe out and release all the tensions of the day.


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Tips, Gifts & Inspiration Friday

“The world’s favorite season is the spring.

All things seem possible in May.”
– Edwin Way Teale

May 13th, some may say today, “be careful, it’s Friday the 13th”. I don’t subscribe to superstition. I believe we are given choices in life and we decide our destiny. Something good doesn’t happen because we pick up a penny. Something wonderful happens when we open our hearts to the endless possiblities of hope and love in the universe.

We make choices every day; to do the right thing, to speak kind words, to give to others…or not to.

Today is not a superstitous day…it a gorgeous sunny day in the Chicago area! This May 13th is filled with neighbors walking, planting, bike riding; sounds of children playing outside and enjoying the beautiful weather. The cold winter months are so quiet…close up the windows, stay in to stay warm…May is filled with a feeling of “throw open your windows and let the SUN IN!!” We feel a sense of hope, a sense of refreshing our souls and blooming of new memories.

All things are possible in May…just allow yourself to be welcoming to all the possibilities!

If you are feeling overwhelmed or not confident in your abilities, just look at this day. The warmth and light from the sun will give you the strength you need to embrace all the possibilities you CHOOSE to embrace!! 
Be INSPIRED and reach to the sun…be the tallest flower…OPEN and JOYFUL!

“Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.”
– Kahlil Gibran

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Tips, Gifts & Inspiration Friday

Good Friday – what is the gift in the crucifixation of Jesus?
What would you have done if you were at the foot of the cross?
What would you do watching Him suffer and take his last breathe?
But there is GIFT in His death ~ Jesus rose!! He saved us ~ we get to receive his GIFT of LOVE!
Take some time this Good Friday to reflect on the GIFTS that you have received in your life this past year.

The true meaning of Easter:
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