So many women have changed this world for the better, and it’s with a grand celebration that we commemorate International Women’s Day this March 8th!
These women are warriors who have fought a long, hard battle to be able to speak up for themselves and others and to position themselves as experts and equals in this world. The Equality Rights Movement allowed somany doors to open for women, and we’re so thankful they did!
It’s so important to be reminded of what women in history have accomplished and how, because of them and more, it enables all of us more in this world! The way I see it, an equal world, means an enabled world.
Below are three women who have empowered others, left their mark in this world, and who have made a significant impact on the lives of others.
Women Help Show the World Compassion and Make a Difference
When women were granted the ability and permission to be equal in the world, many women took this opportunity to show incredible compassion and kindness to other people!
One very honorable mention that has demonstratedinsurmountable kindness for this world is the woman commonly called a saint – Mother Teresa. At the very early age of 12 years old, she committed her life to serve the Lord through her services in helping the poor, sick, especially children, outcast, abandoned, refugees, formerly prostituted, diseased, lepers, people with AIDS, the elderly and so many more!
She ran soup kitchens and programs where she taught children from off the street and helped the community in any way she could! All of these services were at no charge!
In servicing others, she spread the beautiful Word of God and furthered His kingdom as her life’s purpose.
She did ALL of this without discriminating against a single person! She trusted God fiercely and in His plan for her life, despite the many struggles she encountered while caring for the sick and needy.
Because of compassion, outcasts, and different people were given a chance to be included and loved!
When we think of royalty, we often think of crowns and high stature. The late Princess Diana certainly fit this profile; she, however, defined the word royalty in a completely different manner.
Aside from being one of the first royals to break protocol as well as speak her mind passionately, unlike other royals, she helped many people that others would turn a blind eye to or treat differently in more than 100different causes.
Princess Diana used her power and high position to help several sick and hungry people, including children. She banned landmines to prevent deaths and injury to innocent people, and she raised awareness about mental health.
More than that, though, she was an incredible advocate for those who suffered things that no one else talked about or that people treated differently.
For example, she stood up for those who had leprosy and HIV/AIDS when no one else would! She would make a stand by sitting on their beds against other people’s comments and warnings – she even shook leper’s hands and touched their sores. She went to battle for those who couldn’t fight for themselves, personally visiting many patients and treating them like REAL people when others wouldn’t.
Her boldness changed so many things! She was a benevolent icon and one that the world will never forget!
Furthermore, equality for women changed so much in history, including movements that changed the world!
The African Americans suffered so much discrimination years ago, and when Rosa Parks took a stand for them and herself, she changed the world!
Rosa was an African American civil rights activist who didn’t typically break the rules, until one day when she did…
She sparked the life-changing movement, The Montgomery Bus Boycott, which in turn led to approved racial segregation laws. This all started in 1955 when, on a city bus, Rosa was commanded to move from her seat and let a white passenger sit there instead, as was the law back then. She stood her ground and resisted the command and didn’t budge – which even led to her arrest.
She broke the law for hercommunity, and her bravery got E.D. Nixon’s attention, a longtime civil rights leader, who posted her bail. The next day, Rosa, along with Martin Luther King Jr and E.D. Nixon, purposely sat in white people’s seats on a bus – in the front! This action encouraged the African American community to follow suit in taking a stand against the white population.
Knowing that the bus system relied heavily on black passengers for their business, Martin Luther King Jr. asked every African American to stop taking the bus and any other means of transportation. This happened at the same time as the trial for Rosa, and many African American commuters refused public transportation in protest to her trial.
Rosa’s actions caused the Bus Boycott, which lasted 381 days, despite many atrocious actions and events that resulted from it. In June 1956, all the efforts, sweat, blood, and tears resulted in victory when the district court approved racial segregation laws!
While a lot of the African American community unfortunately suffered and even were killed for this movement, the Montgomery Bus Boycott movement launched as one of the most prominent and most prevalent mass movements that African Americans ever faced in history! All because of the brave Rosa Parks, who decided to take a stand and change history!
When equality for women became legal, women were able to show the world that disabilities were, in fact, ABILITIES.
Another woman who impacted history significantly is the former First Lady of California, Maria Shriver. She believed in supporting people who lived with intellectual disABILITIES and advocating for women with Alzheimer’s.
Advocating for so many different people who lived with such disABILITIES, she continued her mother’s work by becoming a co-founder of the International Board of Special Olympics. She changed how the world saw those with disABILITIES!
The Special Olympics allows people with different disABILITIES to receive training, participate in sports, and activities that were part of the Olympic competitions.
In addition to this, Maria has hired a lot of people who have intellectual disABILITIES with her First Lady privileges, allowing disabled people to be able to do their part in the world and make a difference as well!
She also supports people who live with intellectual disABILITIES by raising millions for them with her bike ride program, Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle.
Maria also has a passion for helping women who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. She founded The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement – a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness regarding women’s considerable risk for Alzheimer’s, and she educates the world on lifestyle changes that were necessary to really protect the health of the brain.
She continues to raise awareness by holding campaigns and events every year in which she raises millions of dollars, which are donated to research for women’s Alzheimers. She wants the world to really understand the horrible disease, how to prevent it, possibly cure it, and how to support those who live with it.
Maria’s passion is to give special people the ability to feel truly special and included – both physical and intellectual – and in doing so, she changed so much for those who suffer or live with disABILITIES.
In my new anthology, Dust to Salvation, and my children’s book, Anthony’s Way, I AM ME!, I share more about my own story and experience with a child with special needs and how it has impacted my life.
So many different women have changed the world and impacted it significantly! It is truly amazing how much of an effect women have had on this world and continue to do so.
Consider Greta Thunberg, whose passion for saving the planet led to her bravely speaking out assertively with confidence about what is killing the Earth and what to do about it – all at the early age of 17.
Another important modern woman to consider who is continues to change the world is Oprah Winfrey. She has helped many people with selfless gifts and gave them hope with the actions she did in her heart-warming show. People admire and feel uplifted by Oprah.
She changed America by courageously and vulnerably sharing her story of being molested as a child, which then encouraged and prompted other women to do the same – which helped free them emotionally. She was there for others in a way like no other talk show host ever has!
And that’s just a handful of incredible women who have made history and continue to make a difference in the world!
You see, God has chosen to work with many different women in this world, and in doing so, the world has been shown hope, love, inclusion, and so much more!
God created us all equally and unique in our own way. He has shown the world that women have a lotto offer to be the change that needed to happen in the world! He allowed them to be the change the world never expected!
The change isn’t over – women have more to give to the world in ways that we haven’t even considered yet!
Share in the comments below: Who is ONE woman you admire because of how they changed the world and why?
The Christmas season is here, and it’s a special time of year – time of year many look forward to!
It’s a time to gather with family and friends to celebrate the Christmas season while feasting on scrumptious foods, drinks and giving and receiving gifts!
While this can be a joyous occasion, this season can be especially hard on a lot of different people. Some people struggle if they have lost loved ones, are sick and can’t make the festivities, are going through relationship or marital difficulties or changes, don’t get along with their family, and many other reasons involving heartache. The heartache that is felt deeply around an otherwise joyous occasion as a reminder of what they had.
Whatever the reason, this happy occasion can cause some hearts to hurt more than they do regularly because the reminder of joy and gathering is very imminent during the Christmas season.
The Christmas season is a reason to spread joy and kindness to one another. Below are 5 essential traditions to add to your holiday season to help everyone feel the gift of kindness that surrounds us all this holiday season!
Give Back to Others with Kindness
The Christmas season is all about giving and sharing love, so it seems only fitting that giving and sharing love to others would be a paramount tradition to add to your holiday season!
Helping to spread the joy to others during the Christmas season doesn’t need to be elaborate, expensive, or complicated! Set up a Christmas advent calendar where you spend 31 days before Christmas by giving back to others with kindness! Some ideas can include:
Sponsoring a Family in Need
There are many less fortunate families out there who are not financially able to celebrate Christmas, let alone enjoy everyday life, and who face dangers of poverty and sickness.
Choosing to sponsor a family in need is an incredibly kind way of letting someone know that you are there for them and are committed to helping them! Imagine the change you can be in their lives by gifting them the opportunity to be helped and loved by a stranger!
Volunteering at a Soup Kitchen
Another way to give back in kindness to others during the Christmas season is to volunteer at a soup kitchen. This way, you’re able to help prep, cook and serve a healthy, hot cooked Christmas meal to those in need, and also be a friendly face to wish them a “Merry Christmas”!
Many suffering people in shelters don’t have the luxury of eating a home-cooked meal with their loved ones or even themselves, so this is where those of us whocan give back, should!
When your children are old enough, suggest this idea to them as well, to help them learn more about those who need help and how to help!
Paying off Someone’s Layaway or Debt
Give the gift of giving by paying off someone’s layaway account they may have in a retail store, or another kind of debt that they may be in! This act can make someone incredibly happy and can help relieve a lot of stress for them! Do it for a loved one, or better yet – someone you don’t know!
If you have the financial opportunity to purchase a gift for a loved one or a stranger, consider this option as well, because sometimes, not needing to pay off debt is a more thoughtful gift than a physical present!
Gifting a Child or Senior from the Angel Tree
Another loving way to give back in kindness during the Christmas season is to participate in the Angel Tree for children or seniors.
This act of giving back is done by removing one or more Angel gift tags from a Christmas tree that provides the “Angel Tree” program and purchasing gifts for the selected child or senior that match their gender and need category written in the tag.
This act of kindness can really help the following:
A child who is struggling without their parent (or parents) during this time of year
An underprivileged child
A child or family that is hurting or struggling
Someone who is lonely and heartbroken
There are innumerous and creative ways to give back to others with kindness this Christmas season, and you can find out and participate in many more with our Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar, just click on ‘Download’ to save the image AND join us on our Facebook Page to join in on the fun!
This tradition goes back many years and is still a favorite among many people! Caroling isn’t about giving monetary value or help to someone, but instead about spreading joy and the meaning of Christmas through beautiful, joyful song that becomes pleasantly contagious upon hearing it!
There’s something so magical about hearing people sing Christmas carols and feeling that true spirit of Christmas well up in our hearts in a shared celebration!
Gather some friends, family, church members, youth groups, and anyone else who wants to join and go out caroling some night in your city or at a local senior’s home, etc. Watch people’s faces light up as you joyously sing Christmas songs – who knows; they may even join you!
Participate in the Seven Fishes Feast
There’s another fascinating tradition you can add to your Christmas list to do, and that’s to participate in La Viglia dei Natale. Enjoy eating seven different kinds of fish dishes with your family, while commemorating the birth of Jesus – the meaning for Christmas.
What an incredible way to share the love with others in celebration of Christmas!
Set up a Cookie Exchange
Gathering with loved ones while eating delicious food is par for the course when it comes to celebrating Christmas, so why not consider adding a tradition of a cookie exchange? Tell a bunch of people that you’re hosting a cookie exchange in your home and tell them they need to bring a dozen cookies or baking of their choice (handmade is always best!), and everyone swaps their baking goodies with each other.
Exchanging cookies is a fun way to get new recipes, share your delectable recipes, socialize and share in the Christmas season!
Christmas Meals and Gift Giving with Family
Another tradition to add to your Christmas “To Do” list is to spend time with your children and family – intentionally.
Make an effort to bake Christmas cookies, put up the Christmas tree together without fussing and complaining, and to cook a Christmas Day breakfast, lunch, or supper (or all three!). Last but not least, enjoy the moment of giving gifts to your children or loved ones and watch as their faces light up with excitement and joy!
This tradition doesn’t mean you need to spend a lot on anyone, but rather, give them intentional gifts – gifts you know they will love – not what you want them to love! Tell your children the focus should be on the gathering and giving the most and less on the gift receiving. Teach your children through this friendly gathering the true meaning of Christmas. This tradition will help your children get into the true Christmas spirit!
Choose and Spread Joy with Kindness this Christmas
There are so many traditions around Christmas time, so it’s essential to choose the ones that will spread joy and the meaning of Christmas to other people!
While sharing and giving love at Christmas time is valuable and thoughtful in sharing the joy and the true spirit of Christmas, consider doing things that give back to others in kindness all year round as well!
The spirit of Christmas will linger in your heart, soul, and mind whenever you give back to others in kindness and with intention, so make sure to follow your Christmas tradition list and go out and have a safe, enjoyable and joyful Christmas season!
Share in the comments below: What is ONE tradition you can do this Christmas that will lend kindness to others?
Life is busy – for all of us! Life can get so busy that we forget to smell the roses – literally and figuratively. While being active can be a good thing, being too busy is not.
When was the last time you intentionally took the time to take in the gifts that life has to offer and felt gratitude? Most of us don’t take the time we need to enjoy and appreciate life because of how crazy our schedules are, but we should!
Gratitude is an essential key ingredient to living a healthy, happy life. Below are five benefits of practicing gratitude:
Improved Mental/Emotional Health
The mind is a powerful thing and can change your life significantly! Daily groaning about what we don’t have, or wish we could change speedily results in developing depression and anxiety. When you practice daily gratitude, you lower your risk of prolonged depression and anxiety, or at best, it will be less severe.
Think about it – when you feed your mind unhealthy thoughts, it will create an unhealthy mind! But, what if you were to turn it around and replace the negative thoughts with positive thoughts? The same would happen – your mind will receive positive thoughts and will create a positive, healthy mind!
The Power Lies in You
YOU have the power to switch that mindset to be more positive than negative significantly! When you start to be thankful for what you have, you will begin to appreciate the good things in life, and you will derail your focus off the bad things in life. When you think positively, your mind follows suit, and your mind and body will work beautifully together to help you live your best life – so practicing gratitude is essential!
Remind yourself that a mind is a powerful thing, and it reacts to what we feed it!
Improved Physical Health
While feeding your brain with positive thoughts to aid it being healthier makes sense, practicing daily gratitude to improve our physical health isn’t a benefit most of us would consider. However, being aware of what you’re grateful for is exceptionally healthy for your physical well being as well!
In a 2015 Psychology Today article, Amy Morin wrote, “Grateful people experience fewer aches and pains, and they report feeling healthier than other people, according to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences.”
Here are different physical health side effects you can experience when you practice gratitude:
Improved Immune System
Practicing daily gratitude increases our immune systems; therefore, our bodies get sick less. When we think healthier, we become healthier!
Higher Pain Tolerance
When we add more positive thoughts to our brains, this often results in what’s called “analgesic effects,” which is something in our brains that mimic the relief we get from taking pain medication. When we experience this effect by practicing gratitude, we learn to be less sensitive to pain.
Improved, Natural Sleep
When your physical body is taken care of by practicing gratitude, you increase your chances of getting a great night’s sleep (which typically, most of us don’t understand!), which also carries a host of other health benefits!
Improved Empathy and Care for Others
When we wallow in our self-pity and focus on the things we suffer with or don’t have, we leave no time or room to focus on others and how they are feeling! When we take the time to practice showing thankfulness daily, we become aware of the beauty that life has to offer, and in doing so, we allow our head more room to care for other people.
Also, when we practice gratitude, we give ourselves the option to feel less revenge and aggression towards people who may have hurt us or are hurting us. Our focus becomes on what we’re thankful for, not what we want or think we need.
Improved Self-Esteem and Likeability
Focusing on what we are grateful for every day is a significant boost to our self-esteem! When we are aware of what we’re thankful for and appreciate what we have, we love ourselves more and aspire to be better than we have been! When you realize what you’re grateful for, even if it’s just about who you are, you give yourself grace and love in areas you never did before – and it shows to other people!
When your self-esteem increases, your likeability meter does so as well! People want to be that which they see, so if you show them something positive and healthy, they will want to be around you more! Now, I’m not saying that popularity and being accepted is the goal here. But it should be about loving and accepting yourself for you, first, but think of the people you can positively impact how you go through life – humble, confident and likable!
Increased Life Span
When we practice gratitude daily, intentionally, we reap all the benefits mentioned in this article, and more! In turn, all of these healthy, positive, life-changing benefits allow us to live our best life – LONGER! That’s right, practicing gratitude will enable you to live longer!
The less physically and emotionally sick we are, the better chance we have to survive this life a lot more! That’s quite an incredible, “life-changing” (pun intended) benefit! Knowing this benefit it helps us to see just how impactful and critical being grateful daily is!
Practice Gratitude Daily to Live and Love Your Best Life
We truly genuinely take practicing gratitude for granted in our busy lives, but when we are aware of the tremendous benefits being thankful has to offer, we can’t deny how crucial it is to include in our daily lives!
Do you want your chance at your best life? Less stress and depression, less self-hatred and alienation, and less pain? Of course, you do – we ALL do! Practicing gratitude daily can change all of that for you and can quite literally change your life for the better! Take time to smell the roses of life, intentionally!
Take the time each day to sit down and reflect on what you are grateful for, and write it down. Writing it down will have a bonus effect because it will be imprinted in your brain, allowing you to remember that which you’re grateful for often! Change your life by changing your mindset!
Share in the comments below: What is ONE reason why you want to practice daily gratitude?
PS – We’re participating in a #30daysofgratitude challenge for the month of November. Come join the fun by visiting our Facebook Page for daily gratitude prompts. Feel free to invite your friends too!
Halloween is a fun time of year where kids enjoy dressing up and go out to get candy! It’s a great time of year where kids can get creative with their costumes, spend some time with their friends giggling about their costumes or when they scare each other, and when they get to enjoy the delicious candy they receive! Children love to trick or treat!
While we, as parents or guardians, can share in our kids’ joys during Halloween, we also need to consider practicing safety when going out this time of year. There are many things to consider, most of which we may not even think about if someone didn’t tell us. Below are 5 ways we can stay safe during Halloween.
When creating outfits for your children or looking for ones to buy, there are some essential things to consider:
Wear Flame-retardant Costumes
Halloween is the time of year where people light up pumpkins and candles as scary decor, and these, in turn, can pose a serious risk to a costume! To prevent any costumes from catching fire, look for flame-retardant clothing materials. Make sure to skip any outfits that are donned in glitter, because some glitter is considered a fire hazard!
According to CPSC, the material must pass what’s known as “CFR 1610”, which is considered the Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles.
While wearing masks can be a lot of fun on Halloween night, they are also considered very dangerous because they block the person’s view – which can hurt the pedestrian or someone driving. Your child should wear costumes that don’t have masks so that they can see where they’re going to avoid accidents.
There are many costumes out there that don’t require masks, so opt for those! If you do decide to allow your child to wear a mask, make sure you practice extra vigilance for them by holding their hands and looking more carefully where you and your kids are going while on the streets and sidewalks. If your child is by themselves, make sure they know how to be safe while wearing a mask.
Avoid Long Costumes
There are many costumes out there that include capes, trains, and dangling, long sleeves, and these types of costumes should really be avoided. If you decide to have your child wear these types of outfits, you’ll need to keep a closer eye on them because your kid can trip on their costume, or worse – could also catch fire on pumpkins and candles! Simple outfits are a better, safer option! If you do decide on longer costumes, practice extra vigilance in this case as well!
October tends to be a cold time of the year, and Halloween is not always an exception – so, have your child dress warmly! Layer up the costumes and have your kids wear mittens, hats, scarves if they need to. Staying warm will not only decrease the risk of your kid catching a cold but will also allow them and yourself to enjoy the fun night festivities a lot more!
While costume safety is imperative on Halloween night, so is road safety! Please keep the following in mind when enjoying the night out.
Keep in mind that Halloween is a busy night of the year, where children and adults are running all over the place full of excitement; and that there are more cars on the road. With this in mind, make sure your child wears a light reflector sticker so that vehicles and other people can see him or her, to avoid any serious accidents! Light reflectors help with safer visibility.
Practice street smarts by looking both ways when crossing the streets with your child, walk on the sidewalk – don’t run, and always assume that the road will be busier than you expect. Make sure your child understands these same rules if they are out on their own. Practicing safe street smarts not only protects your child but also ensures the safety of others who are walking or driving on the road.
Halloween is a time of year where holding your children’s hands is especially important! It’s such a busy time of night where kids are running to and fro from house to house – making it easier for a child to get lost! As a parent or guardian, you must make sure the children you’re with are with you at ALL times! Walk together in large groups, hold hands where needed, have a game plan to meet up at a place where you started, and don’t leave your children or group alone ever!
If your child is going out with friends that night for Halloween, make sure he or she and their friends know that staying together is safe and imperative for Halloween safety! Give your child a cell phone to call you if they need to, too! Make sure that before they go out, they have a safe game plan, and that they are committed to following it! If you feel that your child is not responsible enough to go out with friends yet, go with your gut and give them another year before they can go out – it’s genuinely better safe than sorry!
It’s amazing how much candy, chips, food, and drinks your child can come home with on Halloween night! As parents, we need to be very cautious about what they ingest because a lot of things could trigger their food allergies, could pose a choking hazard, or even include poison by some dangerous people that think it’s funny! Go through their candy before they do and take out what’s dangerous for them. Read wrappers and toss out any that include ingredients that can affect your child’s allergies, such as nuts, dairy, gluten, etc.
If your child is older, teach them what to look for, what to avoid, and why.
Also, while enjoying the treats from Halloween, parents need to be aware of how much their children can over-indulge. Make sure you have a set rule of how many treats your child can have per day and that night so that they don’t hurt their little tummies and make themselves sick.
These Tips Include Adults Too
While these tips are focused on children who go out on Halloween, some of us adults enjoy the thrill of dressing up as well, so please keep these tips in mind for yourself as well!
Have Fun this Halloween and Stay Safe
Halloween can be such a fun time of year, and it’s a fantastic time of year for children to get creative and have a ton of fun!
Practice Halloween Safety when going out, and enjoy the ghoulish festivities with a peace of mind that you have done everything you could to keep your child safe. Your child will also thank you! Trick or treat!
Share in the comments below: What is ONE safety lesson you learned from these 5 tips that you never considered before?
Have you heard the phrase “Christmas in July”? While not everyone is thinking about
Christmas in Summer, it’s never too
late to talk about Christmas, which is five months away! It’s essential to be wise about your spending in the Christmas season as well as it’s essential for
others when we give back to the
community. In this article, we will talk about both.
Below are 4 tips to implement today to be
forward-thinking about December and Christmas:
Plan Ahead of Time for the Season
Planning ahead for the Christmas season will
make things go much more smoothly
than if you were to wing it – so make an effort to plan ahead! This way, if something doesn’t go according to plan,
you have ample time and room to fix it!
Look Back on Last Year’s Spending
It’s hard to know how much to spend and what
to pay for in the Christmas season if you don’t look back on your budget
records from last year! So, if you had a plan last year and you’re budgeting
for that this year, keep at it, but
if you did not have any plans set out, take a look back and see what you spent and how much. Having a goal is key! This way, you will have a better
chance of spending wisely!
Start Saving for Christmas
Contrary to what we might believe, it’s wise
to start budgeting for Christmas every
month! So, always put 50 dollars, 100 dollars, or whatever you planned for your
Start putting your Christmas savings into your
budget today, and start saving for
Christmas early because before you
know it, Christmas will be right here!
Start Looking Out for Sales Now
I know it sounds crazy, but purchase your loved ones gifts now when you can! If you’re out shopping, and you stumble on a good deal on an item from a loved one’s wish list, if you can (considering the previous step), go ahead and buy it so that when December rolls around, not only do you get to check off their name early, but you can take pride in the fact that you were a smart shopper because you found something on sale.
Now that we know what to do to start
implementing a plan to prepare for the Christmas season financially let’s talk
about the most important thing to do at Christmas – giving back to the community!
Christmas can be such a lovely time of year!
It’s always nice when we can get together with friends and family to celebrate
the season of goodwill when we can have a really lovely time mingling while
eating lots of delicious foods, and making loads of beautiful memories! Truly a special season!
However, for some people, Christmas is not a good time of year but rather a harrowing reminder of what they don’t have like others may. Some people are on their own or going through a tough time during Christmas, and it is essential to show that Christmas is a great time to give back so that others less fortunate than us can enjoy Christmas where possible!
Giving back to the community is a very kind way for people to give back to the needy, and in doing so, helping them remember that they are notforgotten on Christmas day.
Below are 5 ways on how you can give back to the community during the Christmas season (or year-round):
Donate to Your Local Food or Gift Drive/Bank
There are many families and children who are in need during Christmas, and there are a lot of organizations that help them out. You may notice every year during the Christmas season that a lot of the supermarkets or food banks have someone who organizes gift and food drives where others can donate extra provisions for those in need. There is a local food drive or gift bank in every area, so once you find yours, you can buy a toy or a gift for a child and then donate what you purchased to your towns food or gift drive.
All donations will then go to the charities
that are organizing the drive, and they will send the gifts and food to people and children who are in need, ensuring they can experience some of the joys of the Christmas season.
Buy a Meal, Gift or Shelter for the Homeless
Other people who are in need and suffer during
the Christmas season are those who are homeless. Consider gifting a homeless
person a meal, gift, gift card, or even
Every small gift goes a long way! For five dollars you can get a homeless person a healthy,
nutritious, warm meal on Christmas
Day! You can also pay around 30 dollars to reserve a place so that a homeless shelter charity will provide
accommodation for them, allowing someone homeless to experience the warmth and security that shelter offers for a night!
Donate a Coat
This way of giving back to the community may
seem like a tiny thing to do, but donating a warm winter coat becomes such a luxury and gift for those who don’t
have the means to own one. Being out and about in the cold, not having a
shelter or somewhere to go is terribly
cold and uncomfortable, not to mention life-threatening,
so gifting a warm coat to someone who needs it, will make such a massive difference!
Visit the Nursing Home with Your Kids
While there are many poor and less financially
fortunate people and families who need our help during the Christmas season, we
need to also think of and consider the elderly!
A lot of older people who are in a nursing
home, or don’t have a family to
spend Christmas with, are being visited by a lot of people in their area, and
they would love to enjoy your
company as well! Search for local nursing homes in your area and take your kids
with to surprise the lonely with a visit!
The elderly thrive off the kid’s
energy and compassion, and they absolutely
love spending time with kids! Keep this in mind of what to do in your community
during the Christmas season because it is such a lovely thing to do and a way
to have your children share in giving
Some people love to donate blood during the
Christmas season to help others out who are sick
and in need of blood to survive. Blood is needed all year round massively,
so let’s all consider giving blood if we can. Not everyone is physically able
to give blood, in which case you can give back to the community via the other
ways we talked about previously. The gift of blood can save a life and it’s
such a small price to pay and is very
easy to do.
Others to Enjoy the Christmas Season by Helping Out
Simple things like saying, “Merry Christmas!” to people
on the street or any little thing you can do in order to bring a smile to someone’s face around Christmas
is beautiful! Giving back – that’s priceless, and it’s the gift that keeps on giving because it’s contagious!
Spread some compassion this Christmas
season and spend wisely!
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Christmas, my favorite time of the year.It is at this time that I choose to reflect on the reasons we are on this earth.To me, we are here to love, serve and to give back to others.What better time than this.It is at this time I try my best to serve a family in need in some way, whether it is to run a fundraiser, to sponsor their Christmas.
We are helping one of our Cleaning For A Reason clients to have a Christmas.It is so rewarding to give of myself, to spend time and be there for my community, family, and friends.
For those of you that know me personally, know that food is also my thing. As well as cooking for friends and family is what truly makes me happy.It is my greatest gift.I love the traditions of this time,especially, Christmas Eve, which is known isLa Viglia dei Natale, Festa dei Sette Pesci, feast of the seven fishes.
Growing up with American-Italian parents, I became deeply rooted in food and all the tradition that goes with it. From a very young age, I can remember helping and learning from my Grandmom Mary, my father’s mother.In fact, here real name was Angela Maria, which I never knew until she went to be with Our Lord, but I digress, that is a story for another time.
My Grandmom never used a recipe, it was always a little of this and a little of that. It all was in the feel, smell and sometimes taste of whatever we were making.I love to think back on a time when FAMILY was most important, sitting around the table on a Sunday with all the family, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, great Aunts and great Uncles, listening to old family stories, the men playing cards, the woman cooking a feast.
To this day, I think back on this time and always SMILE.
But back to my most favorite holiday. Feast of the Seven Fishes.This is more special to me that Christmas Day, with the presents under the tree. My Grandmom, Mom, and Aunts would tirelessly be prepping for perhaps the biggest feast of the year!
This most treasured feast has been passed down the generations. First with my Grandmom Mary, then my Mom and Dad, and then to me.I wonder which of my four children will take this over when the time comes for me to hand over the reign of this night.
The excitement and love begin days before with the list making and prepping of the 7 various fish dishes.Look out when you walk into my house on Christmas Eve at 4:00.The stage is set, maybe a little chaos too. My kitchen becomes an obstacle course, with those arriving pitching in and helping to put out all the courses of food. The stove is stacked with pots of boiling water, clams and mussels sitting aside waiting to be cooked, shrimp, lobster bisque, clams casino, deviled clams, calamari, crab cakes or salmon cakes.So much food that every year I say I am cutting back.I usually have gravy (sauce to some) and meatballs, pizza and all types of antipasto dishes for the fish haters.I have vegan dishes for those who eat neither.
After hours of feasting, we start the desert with a birthday cake. We sing to Baby Jesus and my Mother, whose birthday is December 29.She will be 85 this year and are grateful that she will once again be at the table.In the past, we would go to midnight Mass, today we usually go to service before everyone arrives.
To say I love Festa dei Sette Pesci, feast of the seven fishes is true, but perhaps I cherish it more because of its history within my family, from my Grandmom Mary, to my Parents and then passed down to me. A special evening filled with food, family, friends and much love. My door is always open, feel free to stop by!
I’d love to hear about your traditions, drop a note or e-mail and share, share, share.Remember what this day is about!May God Bless you all, Buon Natale, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza and a Happy New Year!!
This holiday season, I would like to pause and reflect on what I am personally thankful for. As a business owner, life moves pretty fast. It is easy to focus my energy on the next “to do” on my list instead of taking the time to remember why I do it in the first place.
Like most people, I work hard to support my family, who mean everything to me. However, I am so fortunate to also be able to help my community as a business owner.
It is such a blessing to be able to participate in Cleaning For a Reason. It gives me the opportunity to clean for men, women, and children that are battling cancer in our local community. This level of charity would not have been possible without the success of running my own business. So for that, I’m truly thankful. In my opinion, making a difference in people’s lives is why we exist on this earth. Lucky for me, I get to do that each day at Maid For You.
I am also lucky enough to have the best team in the industry by my side. The Maid For You team is some of the most genuine and hard-working people that I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. I’m so thankful each day to have them by my side. They look forward to brightening the days of others every day and continually work to represent our company in the most positive light possible. I’m so incredibly proud of them and blessed to work with them each day.
When all is said and done, my family is the foundation for what I do. My beautiful daughters, Gianna and Olivia, and my amazing sons Anthony and Mario surprise me every day and remind me what is really important in this life. Without them, I could never have made it this far and with them, it only motivates me to keep going.
So, yes, this post was sappy; but it is important to take time out of our hectic lives and remind ourselves what truly matters. My family, employees, and our community are my reasons for getting up in the morning. What are you thankful for this season? Feel free to send me an email telling me your story or share it with the Maid For You team on Facebook!