Classes are starting back up again and that means thousands of underfunded schools and teachers are in need again.
This weekend, for any donation you make to projects on DonorsChoose.org, a crowdfunding platform for teachers that was featured as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies this year, none other than Bill and Melinda Gates could help your donation go further.
Friday through Sunday, for all projects that raise 50% of their goal, the Gates Foundation will contribute the other half. So, say a $500 project raises $250 in donations—the Gates Foundation will give the other $250 (it will spend up to $1 million dollars). Essentially, it’s a 50%-off clearance sale on doing good.
Wake up early. Drink coffee. Work hard. Be ambitious. Keep your priorities straight, your mind right and your head up. Do well, live well and dress really well. Do what you love, love what you do. It is time to start living.
My family has always been private about our time spent together. It was our way of keeping one thing that was ours, with a man we shared with an entire world. But now that’s gone, and I feel stripped bare. My last day with him was his birthday, and I will be forever grateful that my brothers and I got to spend that time alone with him, sharing gifts and laughter. He was always warm, even in his darkest moments. While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now know we carry, and so many have offered to help lighten the load. Thank you for that.
To those he touched who are sending kind words, know that one of his favorite things in the world was to make you all laugh. As for those who are sending negativity, know that some small, giggling part of him is sending a flock of pigeons to your house to poop on your car. Right after you’ve had it washed. After all, he loved to laugh too…
Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.
My only statement. My brothers’ are also online. Thank you for all your kindness, and goodbye for awhile guys. xo (via zeldawilliams)
What to do you to find peace and relaxation? Does being stressed affect more aspects of your life than you realize?
I just tried the app CALM not too bad - I know I should disconnect from the digital world to find the quiet part of my mind but need a little guidance getting there. So I downloaded CALM and went through 5 mins it was a challenge but I know I was still and centered for just a bit. Going through the animated images was a distraction from the outside world (which was almost enough).
When you need to escape do you find a quiet corner to read, do you hit up a yoga class or play some classical music? Whatever you do to feel centered and quiet your mind I highly recommend blocking out 5 minuets in the morning or right before bed to find that place of calm.
It’s true it’s the small things that make all the difference.
When life throws you a curveball how do you stay focused?
Mental toughness is something I need to work on. It’s so easy when life gets a little tricky to fall back on our old habits.
Example - hard day at work & bad news at home. What do you do? Do you go straight to the comfort food? Do you want to curl up and call it a day? Some people are lucky and loose their appetite (ok that’s not healthy either) and some propel have to hit the gym and “work out” the anger.
So, what if you are not one of those people? Can you refocus bad not let a bad day throw you off your game? Or maybe you can make sure to correct the bad habit and just take a few moments to clear some space to “reset” by meditating on all the progress you have made.
After a week of focusing on being healthier and happier I have to say it feels good — I can not pin point what exactly it is but in one week of living life being more in the present and making my well being a top priority has done so much. I can not even imagine after 30 days how I will feel.
It’s honestly the little things that can make such a great difference. Getting the proper amount of sleep, drinking water and fitting in 30 mins of exercise daily will make all the difference. Other things I recommend incorporating into your day is finding 5-10 mins to meditate, increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables while decreasing the amount of junk food you would typically have.
If you think you are doing these things — I would suggest a week of journaling old school or digitally to see exactly what your food habits are. Get a real glimpse of what you eat and when you eat. Then finding where you can fit in exercise or just some reflective time into your day because having a routine makes it easier to accomplish all you want to achieve.
So, the next week I’m going to push the power of positive thinking.
Think Healthy, Think Happy
Confession missed my 30 mins of cardio and not only did I “miss it” I really missed it — like I felt like something was missing and it was. So was right back at it today and it felt so good. I think this is the beginning of a healthy habit.
Everything takes time, sleeping, eating and breathing. However, people are more focused on material possessions, money and status. At the end of the day what will truly make you happy enjoying the little everyday pleasures or chasing the dollar to try and have more stuff? I’m going to hope that you stop and think about how and where you spend your time….Enjoying life or chasing things? Put effort into your relationships for those minuets you will cherish for years to come unlike the hours you spend working to obtain the next item on your want list.
Take a moment every morning and reflect on how will you spend your time that day. Put your heart into it! Give a little time to yourself for your mind, body and soul, a little time for loved ones, time to peruse your passion and everything else can fall into place.
Remember 30 mins of exercise a day will do wonders over time.