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The Lovers, the Dreamers, & Me! #GoCubsGo #FlytheW!

23 Oct

Watch out all of you who say I am overly optimistic and that my outlook on life is entirely too hopeful because you know what? Dreams do come true.

I woke up this morning knowing, not just hoping or wishing or feeling but knowing that the Chicago Cubs, my Cubs, the team I fell in love with in 1965 and have cheered for every year since, are going to the World Series in my lifetime.

I am now officially an empowered believer.

Beware all you naysayers because my dream list – that list I am now officially empowered to believe and know will come true – is long and lofty!

Here is just a sampling of my Believer’s List this morning.

Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States not only because the alternative is horrifying but primarily because we truly are stronger together and she will prove that.

Citizens of the world, not just a privileged few, will have the chance to feel the power of serving others – the power that will propel them to new personal heights – so deeply that they will repeat that service over and over and over leaving an indelible mark on hearts across the globe.

Children, all over the world including right here at home, will go to bed well fed with the proper nutrition for their bodies and brains to grow and thrive.

Girls and young women, globally, will have the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe, sanitary environment.

Climate change scientists – the real Earth keepers – will drive the plan to save the planet and the world will listen and follow.

Barack Obama will take his seat on the Supreme Court.

And my hope for you?
You will wake up tomorrow and ask yourself “What if everything went right today?”…and it does.

Now imagine yourself as an empowered dreamer. What is on your list?

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It’s Almost Time: St. Lucia Project Here We Come

1 Feb

It’s so hard to believe that I have been talking about Global Volunteers for almost a year. I remember the day last April when I first spoke with Michele Gran, the co-founder of Global Volunteers about their international projects and their focus on elevating the human condition by providing opportunities for brains to properly develop, one child at a time. That excitement and accompanying desire to be part of this effort that so perfectly fits everything I talk about, stayed with me and now, almost a year later, my husband and I are preparing to go!

(Read my original post about Global Volunteers, their amazing co-founder, and the St. Lucia Project HERE.)

My friend Lois, the brilliant writer and chief mastermind at Midlife at the Oasis, has been helping me spread the word about how others can help me make the biggest impact.  She posted the list of project needs and asked for other bloggers to send The response so far is both gratifying and humbling!

20150201_142156_resizedBoxes are coming in from bloggers across the country – from New York City to San Jose, CA.  Local blogger friends and Cranium Crunches fans brought me bags filled with items on the list. What an amazing community of writers and their families….

Bubs the dog helps check out the donations! Just making sure that no one put in an extra rawhide.

Bubs the dog helps check out the donations! Just making sure that no one put in an extra rawhide.

As I start the process of sorting and packing it all up, I am looking back and remembering exactly why this idea excites me so much.

Reason #1: Finding and serving your purpose is a key part of everyday brain health — it fuels and feeds your brain. This need to serve something I believe in is reflected in the Global Volunteers philosophy of service. It begins with this:
“Wage Peace and Promote Justice”

Perfect. And then there is:

There are six basic elements of Global Volunteers’ philosophy of service. We serve:

  • At the invitation of community partners
  • Under the direction of local leaders
  • On sustainable community-based projects
  • Doing only what we’re asked to do
  • Hand-and-hand with local people
  • While providing financial assistance where appropriate

Again, perfect!

Reason #2: I want to make a difference in the world but I, like many Baby Boomers, don’t have more than a couple weeks. Because Global Volunteers focuses on fitting in with local organizations and serving where needed most, it is possible to make a difference 2 weeks at a time.

Reason #3: I want to live in a world where every child’s brain could develop in an environment that would nurture and support each so all have the opportunity thrive. Here is why, in 1 minute and 24 seconds, I just can’t wait to be part of this effort:

Ten days and counting!

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