In Memory of a Friend…

This is a repost of a Daily Inspiration I posted in January of 2017.  I  repost it on or around St. Patricks day every year, the anniversary of my best friend’s death.


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Twenty-nine years ago, on March 17, 1992, St. Patricks day, my best friend, Roberta Ann Pfeiffer, her fiancee Robert and their 2 dogs were killed by a drunk driver.

This post is in memory of them.

BE CAREFUL TODAY!

THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK

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 The original article-

(with some changes)

Remember…

you are only limited by your attitude.

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Roberta Ann Pfeiffer, or Bobbie for short…

…was my childhood friend. She was a huge part of my life as a child and anyone who knows me can tell you this. She was my best friend.  We were inseparable.

I’m sure her family got sick of me. I was ALWAYS over at their house…ALWAYS! But so was everyone else in the neighborhood. Their house was that house, you know the one, the one house where all the kids congregate.  Anyway… as I said, Bobbie and I were inseparable…I even went on trips and vacations with them. I loved it. They were so kind to me, so loving and accepting.

Bobbie had a physical disability, though you’d never know it by the way she lived her life. The best way to describe her disability is to say she was born without a femur in her left leg, putting her knee where her hip was supposed to be. This required the use of an artificial leg. But, this didn’t slow her down in the slightest.

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She learned how to ride a bike, and we rode all over town, me with two good legs and her one! She loved to go swimming at the local public pool, even though it required her to take off her leg. People did stare, of course. But it didn’t bother her. If it did, she didn’t let on. Once in a while, she’d make a sassy comment to someone, but in a fun, lighthearted way.

Well, when we were in high school, her family moved about 6 hours away.  It was awful! We kept in touch, for awhile, but slowly we lost contact. Then, on March 17, 1992, St. Patrick”s Day, I got a phone call from Bobbie’s Grandmother. Bobbie, along with her Fiance and their 2 dogs were hit head on by a drunk driver and killed instantly. I was devastated. The world had lost a wonderful soul, but she had left her mark.

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She had taught me and everyone around her some valuable lessons. I learned so much from Bobbie, about life, about myself, about confidence and attitude. I learned to be open minded and patient, accepting and kind. She embodied all of the quotes I have included above. She focused on what she could do, not what she couldn’t do. It didn’t occur to her to let her disability slow her down.

I remember her often, as my life has continued on. I remember her when I struggle, or I’m frustrated. I remember her when I’m around disabled people. She taught me not to treat them differently. They’re just people, like you and me. They may have a physical disability, that can be seen by everyone, but we all have disabilities…our’s just aren’t as obvious to other people.

Having her as a friend changed my life, my attitude, my views about people and my outlook on life. I may have only been a child and teen, but she formed so much of the person I am today. I am so grateful she was part of my life. I can honestly say she was my hero and inspiration. She was truly a gift from God.

In closing

In memory of my friend, I’d like to introduce you to Nico, a boy with 1 leg. Watch this short 2:11 video, as Nico grows and does incredible things. May he, and Bobbie, inspire you to focus on what you can do, not what you can’t do. ENJOY!

Who You are…

Today’s post is a quick, but phenomenal,  and inspirational video from Jon Jorgenson and The Anima Series. This video came out a few years ago, but the message is timeless and powerful. I won’t ruin it with a lot of superfluous words. I’m hoping that by keeping it short, you’ll take the time to watch this important video.

On their Facebook Page, you’ll find a video telling how their story got started from a video…THIS video…gone viral! 

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Okay ladies. This one is for you. This is the Anima Series video for Women, and the original Anima Video. You owe it to yourself to give yourself the next 3:36. It’s worth it..YOU are worth it!

Until next time,

Namaste my friends !

In Memory of a Friend…

This is a repost of a Daily Inspiration I posted in January of 2017.  I  repost it on or around St. Patricks day every year, the anniversary of my best friend’s death.

Twenty-seven years ago, on March 17, 1992, St. Patricks day, my best friend, Roberta Ann Pfeiffer, her fiancee Robert and their 2 dogs were killed by a drunk driver.

This post is in memory of them.

BE CAREFUL THIS WEEKEND!

THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK

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 The original article-

(with some changes)

Remember…

you are only limited by your attitude.

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Roberta Ann Pfeiffer, or Bobbie for short…

…was my childhood friend. She was a huge part of my life as a child and anyone who knows me can tell you this. She was my best friend.  We were inseparable.

I’m sure her family got sick of me. I was ALWAYS over at their house…ALWAYS! But so was everyone else in the neighborhood. Their house was that house, you know the one, the one house where all the kids congregate.  Anyway… as I said, Bobbie and I were inseparable…I even went on trips and vacations with them. I loved it. They were so kind to me, so loving and accepting.

Bobbie had a physical disability, though you’d never know it by the way she lived her life. The best way to describe her disability is to say she was born without a femur in her left leg, putting her knee where her hip was supposed to be. This required the use of an artificial leg. But, this didn’t slow her down in the slightest.

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She learned how to ride a bike, and we rode all over town, me with two good legs and her one! She loved to go swimming at the local public pool, even though it required her to take off her leg. People did stare, of course. But it didn’t bother her. If it did, she didn’t let on. Once in a while, she’d make a sassy comment to someone, but in a fun, lighthearted way.

Well, when we were in high school, her family moved about 6 hours away.  It was awful! We kept in touch, for awhile, but slowly we lost contact. Then, on March 17, 1992, St. Patrick”s Day, I got a phone call from Bobbie’s Grandmother. Bobbie, along with her Fiance and their 2 dogs were hit head on by a drunk driver and killed instantly. I was devastated. The world had lost a wonderful soul, but she had left her mark.

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She had taught me and everyone around her some valuable lessons. I learned so much from Bobbie, about life, about myself, about confidence and attitude. I learned to be open minded and patient, accepting and kind. She embodied all of the quotes I have included above. She focused on what she could do, not what she couldn’t do. It didn’t occur to her to let her disability slow her down.

I remember her often, as my life has continued on. I remember her when I struggle, or I’m frustrated. I remember her when I’m around disabled people. She taught me not to treat them differently. They’re just people, like you and me. They may have a physical disability, that can be seen by everyone, but we all have disabilities…our’s just aren’t as obvious to other people.

Having her as a friend changed my life, my attitude, my views about people and my outlook on life. I may have only been a child and teen, but she formed so much of the person I am today. I am so grateful she was part of my life. I can honestly say she was my hero and inspiration. She was truly a gift from God.

In closing

In memory of my friend, I’d like to introduce you to Nico, a boy with 1 leg. Watch this short 2:11 video, as Nico grows and does incredible things. May he, and Bobbie, inspire you to focus on what you can do, not what you can’t do. ENJOY!

The Motivation Movement: Elite Mindset

I’ve hit another milestone on my little blog… I’ve posted 1337 articles on The Purple Almond! Now, some of you may be wondering about the significance of this number and why would WordPress send a badge with this number. Well, below you’ll find a repost of my original article on this topic, when I reached 1337 followers. READ ON! This article explains what 1337 means and why it’s significant. The article and one of the videos have been updated a bit, but the heart of the original article has remained. I hope you enjoy and are motivated by what you read.

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HERE IS THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

Many times I wake up on Feel Good Friday morning and wonder how to motivate all of my lovely readers. But, something always springs to mind  or presents itself, as it did this morning.

Upon waking, I checked my blog, as I often do, and found a very pleasant surprise, the 1337 badge was in my notifications! I have reached 1337 followers! 🎉🙏🎊🍾😊 Thank you so much everyone! I am so blessed to have such amazing followers and to be doing what I love. 💕 Thanks again. You guys are awesome 😉! 😘🤗

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Now, if you’re a new blogger as I was when I started, you may not be aware of the significance of this particular badge. You may think, “Well, that’s a very random number. Why would WordPress give someone that badge?”  Well, if you’re familiar with computers and the world of the internet, you’ll know that this isn’t just any random number, but has meaning behind it.

I became aware of the significance behind this number because of a fellow blogger. Someone posted their 1337 badge on Instagram a few months ago, and wondered what it meant. It’s original usage was in the field of  computer hacking, then branched into computer gaming.

Here is it’s meaning, according to Urbandictionary.com:

1337 means Elite. The point of 1337 is to replace all the letters with symbols, and is quite fun to play with. 1337 was first created by some people wanted to talk in a forum without any outsiders barging in.

Here is a bit more explanation from wikipedia:

Leet (or “1337“), also known as eleet or leetspeak, is an alternative alphabet for many languages that is used primarily on the Internet. It uses some characters to replace others in ways that play on the similarity of their glyphs via reflection or other resemblance. For example, leet spellings of the word leet include 1337 and l33t; eleet may be spelled 31337 or 3l33t.

The term leet is derived from the word elite. The leet alphabet is a specialized form of symbolic writing. … The term leet is also used as an adjective to describe formidable prowess or accomplishment, especially in the fields of online gaming and in its original usage – computer hacking.

So, leetspeak uses numbers in place of letters: 1=L, 3=E, 7=T to spell the word LEET, which in turn means ELITE.

Now, it’s funny, but I don’t feel elite, I take this as a symbol that I’m no longer a new blogger, (or n00b in leetspeak). I’m not sure if this is really a big deal or not, (probably not!) but I thought it was a pretty cool badge. I wanted to share it with all of you and use it as a jumping off point for today’s Feel Good Friday.  (This will be short, since I’ve already written quite a bit. )

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What does it take to become elite? I set out to find advice from those considered elite, the best in their fields, founders of businesses, authors, CEO’s and the like. What do they say it takes to be the best, to become ELITE at what you do.

I  found a video called THE ELITE MINDSET: THE BEST 43 RULES FOR SUCCESS on youtube.  This video contains 43 tips from just those type of people, considered best in the business, giving their advice as to what it takes to succeed.  This video is on the long side – 39 minutes. You don’t have to watch the whole thing, but watch some of it, bits and pieces. It’s quite inspiring! (I recommend skipping to 19:38 as I feel the second half of the video is the best) Here are the first 10 of these gems of wisdom.

  1. Keep grinding…Dana White – president of the UFC
  2. Make a choice…Will Smith –  Actor
  3. Dare to ask the universe for what you want…Jim Carrey – Actor
  4. Take full responsibility for your life… Les Brown – Motivational Speaker
  5. Don’t be afraid to fail … Arnold Schwarzenegger – Mr. Olympia/Politician/Actor
  6. Have the desire … Tom Ford – Fashion Designer/Director
  7. Live in the now … Ray Lewis – Football Player/Speaker
  8. Listen first … Robert De Niro – Actor
  9. It is down to you. Your destiny is in your hands…Alan Sugar – Former CEO – Amstrad
  10. Learn from your losses…Mike Tyson – Former Boxing World Champion

One of the best pieces of advice I heard in this video: do something you’d love to do, even if you didn’t make money. Loving what you do is key to success. Being successful takes lots of time and effort. If you don’t love what you do, then you won’t be able to do what it takes to succeed. So pick something you love. That’s what this blog is for me. I don’t get paid a dime for doing this blog, I do it because I absolutely love doing it. Teaching people about nutrition and inspiring my wonderful, beautiful, phenomenal followers is reward enough for me. Eventually, after I graduate, it will be turned into a business, but for now, you guys are my reward.

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Be yourself. Another key piece of advice in this video. That advice has come into play on my blog, and another reason I love writing so much. This is my tiny little piece of the universe where I can completely be myself and show the world who I am.

Continue forward….keep plugging along…NEVER STOP…This was another theme  and crucial advice in this video. This was something I decided when I first started this blog. No matter how many people followed me, I’d continue being myself, teaching about nutrition and inspiring people. I knew, the people who needed to find me…would.

Finally, getting back up after you’ve fallen…fail your way to success…is a key to success. If you never stop, if you keep getting back up, if you STAND, you can never fail.

To illustrate this point,

I have a song for you

by Rascal Flatts called

STAND:

If you have an idea you’ve been sitting on, waiting for the “right” time, I hope I’ve inspired you.  Dream the dream…create the vision…work the plan…Don’t wait for the right time, because the right time is NOW!

God bless everyone. Have a wonderful week.

Let us stop for a moment to pray and meditate.

In Memory of a Friend…

Since today is Halloween, many of you may be planning on going to a party. I’m here to remind you to have a plan for getting home, if you drink any alcohol.

THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK!


This is a repost of a Daily Inspiration I posted in January of 2017.  I try to repost it on or around St. Patricks day every year, the anniversary of my best friend’s death.

Twenty-six years ago, on March 17, 1992, St. Patricks day, my best friend, Roberta Ann Pfeiffer, her fiance Robert and their 2 dogs were killed by a drunk driver.

This post is in memory of them.

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 The original article-

(with some changes)

Remember…

you are only limited by your attitude.

attitude.png

Roberta Ann Pfeiffer, or Bobbie for short…

…was my childhood friend. She was a huge part of my life as a child and anyone who knows me can tell you this. She was my best friend.  We were inseparable.

I’m sure her family got sick of me. I was ALWAYS over at their house…ALWAYS! But so was everyone else in the neighborhood. Their house was that house, you know the one, the one house where all the kids congregate.  Anyway… as I said, Bobbie and I were inseparable…I even went on trips and vacations with them. I loved it. They were so kind to me, so loving and accepting.

Bobbie had a physical disability, though you’d never know it by the way she lived her life. The best way to describe her disability is to say she was born without a femur in her left leg, putting her knee where her hip was supposed to be. This required the use of an artificial leg. But, this didn’t slow her down in the slightest.

world.png

She learned how to ride a bike, and we rode all over town, me with two good legs and her one! She loved to go swimming at the local public pool, even though it required her to take off her leg. People did stare, of course. But it didn’t bother her. If it did, she didn’t let on. Once in a while, she’d make a sassy comment to someone, but in a fun, lighthearted way.

Well, when we were in high school, her family moved about 6 hours away.  It was awful! We kept in touch, for awhile, but slowly we lost contact. Then, on March 17, 1992, St. Patrick”s Day, I got a phone call from Bobbie’s Grandmother. Bobbie, along with her Fiance and their 2 dogs were hit head on by a drunk driver and killed instantly. I was devastated. The world had lost a wonderful soul, but she had left her mark.

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She had taught me and everyone around her some valuable lessons. I learned so much from Bobbie, about life, about myself, about confidence and attitude. I learned to be open minded and patient, accepting and kind. She embodied all of the quotes I have included above. She focused on what she could do, not what she couldn’t do. It didn’t occur to her to let her disability slow her down.

I remember her often, as my life has continued on. I remember her when I struggle, or I’m frustrated. I remember her when I’m around disabled people. She taught me not to treat them differently. They’re just people, like you and me. They may have a physical disability, that can be seen by everyone, but we all have disabilities…our’s just aren’t as obvious to other people.

Having her as a friend changed my life, my attitude, my views about people and my outlook on life. I may have only been a child and teen, but she formed so much of the person I am today. I am so grateful she was part of my life. I can honestly say she was my hero and inspiration. She was truly a gift from God.

In closing

In memory of my friend, I’d like to introduce you to Nico, a boy with 1 leg. Watch this short 2:11 video, as Nico grows and does incredible things. May he, and Bobbie, inspire you to focus on what you can do, not what you can’t do. ENJOY!

This will take your breath away… Mandy Harvey’s Golden Buzzer Moment

I literally just watched this on Facebook, and knew I had to share it. This is so inspiring and motivational. Below is Mandy Harvey on America’s Got Talent. Mandy lost her hearing when she was 18 years old. She tells the story of the day she realized she couldn’t hear at all any more, and how she decided not to give up on her musical dream.

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“I want to do more with my life than just give up.” ~ Mandy Harvey

Watch this video below, for an amazing story of determination and a refusal to fail. Sometimes God just leads us to the perfect thing we need. I was just feeling bad about my weight loss this week for my Fit by 50 challenge, wondering if this is all worth it. I had a rough weekend and gained a few pounds. You see, in order for me to lose 1 pound from last Thursday, I actually have to lose 4 pounds!!  I was berating myself for starting this whole thing in the hole! Did I fail before I even really got things going? THEN, I saw this video. It literally took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes. It inspired me to just keep on plugging away. After all, I still have 49 weeks to make this up! Like Mandy, I want to do more with my life than just give up.

If you needed some inspiration or motivation today,

THIS IS IT!

So, here’s Mandy

with her story

and

her original song …

“Try”.

LOVE THIS!

The Power of Forgiveness

We’ve all had someone who has harmed us or wronged us in someway. We all have someone we should forgive, and can’t manage to make it happen. Sometimes, that person we need to forgive is ourselves. (That’s often the most difficult one.)

Forgiveness is taught across all religious and spiritual practices. In Christianity, Jesus instructs us to forgive unconditionally. In Judaism, if one person wrongs another and sincerely apologizes, the wronged person is duty bound to forgive. In Islam, forgiveness is very important and followers pray to Allah, asking for forgiveness all hours of the day.  Buddha taught the importance of a peaceful mind and forgiveness plays an important roll in that peace. (1)

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However, forgiveness isn’t just looked at by the religious and spiritual among us. Science has begun to look at how forgiving, or not forgiving affects us physically and emotionally. Researchers have looked  at the benefits of forgiving, as well as the consequences of not forgiving. Here’s what they found.

Throughout history, those that were able to forgive, were able to thrive and produce more offspring. In order to survive, without the strength and speed of other animals, humans had to work together. Those who were accepting of others, and willing to work together, were more apt to survive. (2)

Science has found that forgiveness has a genetic component. It is also taught and passed through example and interaction with others. (2)

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Negative effects of non-forgiveness (holding onto resentment or anger) (2)

  1. Heart rate increases
  2. Muscle tension increases
  3. Blood pressure increases.
  4. Less in control
  5. High amounts of stress
  6. Higher levels of pain
  7. Higher levels of cortisol (stress hormone)

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How does forgiveness help? (2)

Forgiveness alleviates all of the negative consequences of resentment or anger and allows us to heal. People who forgive see the following benefits:

  1. Lower resting blood pressure
  2. Easier to cope with chronic pain
  3. Lower incidence of depression
  4. Improved immune system
  5. Improved nervous system
  6. Lower rate of heart disease

Overall, when we forgive others, we are just plain healthier people, physically, mentally and emotionally. We are happier, more productive members of society, with healthier relationships.

A MOTHER FORGIVES…

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I leave you with a  beautiful and touching story about the power of forgiveness. Mary Johnson’s only son, Laramiun Byrd , was shot to death at a party in 1993, at the age of 20. Laramiun was killed by a 16 year old boy by the name of Oshea Israel. After serving 17 years of a 25 1/2 year sentence, Oshea is now out of prison, and lives next door to Mary. This is their story.

One thing to remember when it comes to forgiving someone.

You are doing it for yourself, not the other person.

Until next time, namaste my friends.

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Source:

  1.  http://spreadlove27.blogspot.com/2015/11/forgiveness-in-different-religions.html
  2. SOURCE VIDEO: https://youtu.be/FyC-Zma75Aw
  3. https://www.prisonfellowship.org/2015/07/a-mothers-forgiveness/

Touching Lives…The Birthday Party Project

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What they do:

“Bringing joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays.” Once a month, this amazing organization teams up with homeless and transitional living facilities to throw birthday parties for the children with birthdays that month. The other children and the family  members also attend the festivities to help celebrate.

How it all started:

The Birthday Party Project was started in 2012 by Paige Chenault, former event planner.  When she was pregnant with her daughter, she picked up a magazine with a photo of a sad looking little homeless boy. As she sat dreaming of throwing birthday parties for her own daughter, she wondered if this little boy would ever feel special, celebrated.

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So, she decided to put her talents to work and throw birthday parties for homeless children and in January, 2012, the celebrations began. It started with just one party a month, and has grown to more than 20 per month, in multiple cities across the country.

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The short video below will give you a better idea as to how

The Birthday Party Project works:

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Mission Statement:

“Our mission is to bring JOY to homeless children through the MAGIC of birthdays.

We believe that JOY changes lives, and a JOYful community can change the world.

With the help of our birthday enthusiasts (that’s you!) we host monthly birthday parties at homeless and transitional living facilities across the country. We celebrate all children (ages 1-22) that have a birthday that month, and we invite all children and family members staying at the agency to join us for the party.

Our one hour celebration is a chance for kids to dream big! Our parties are so much more than a celebration – they are a loud exclamation point that kids matter!”

How to contact The Birthday Party Project:

How you can help:

  • How to get involved: HERE
  • Donate: HERE
  • Amazon wishlist: HERE

Social Media

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I just love this idea. These children have such a difficult time with life. At such a young age, they are already dealing with being homeless, wondering when the next meal will come or where they will sleep. It’s wonderful that at least once a year, they are made to feel special, feel celebrated, feel JOYFUL.

Until next time…Namaste my friends.

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Touching Lives…The Confetti Foundation

When I first started my blog, I did a daily inspiration post each evening. On occasion, part of that series included highlighting non-profit organizations making an impact around the world an touching the lives of those in need.  If you’re interested in reading some of my past “non-profit” posts, you can find them HERE and HERE. My page dedicated to  non-profit posts is a bit out dated, but it’ll get you started, should you be interested.

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Anyway, I haven’t done a non-profit article for a long time, so, since it’s my birthday this week (YEA!), I decided this was a perfect opportunity to kick off a new series called:

Touching Lives

This will be my new “non-profit” series, where I highlight different non-profit organizations from around the world. Each article will:

  • Highlight one non-profit
  • Give a short history of the founding
  • What the non-profit does
  • The mission statement
  • How you can help/volunteer/donate
  • Social media links

This month, I went in search of non-profits who help children in need celebrate their birthdays. I wasn’t disappointed! I found two that I wanted to highlight. I’ll highlight one today, and the other on Thursday. So, on with the show!


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What they do:

The Confetti Foundation puts together “birthday boxes”, which contain everything needed for parents to celebrate a birthday with their child, who is hospitalized during their birthday. Volunteers and employees at the foundation work with children’s hospitals around the country, sending the boxes where needed. The foundation also has “birthday fairies” and “birthday heroes” all around the country, that come to different hospitals to help throw the parties.

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How it all started:

The idea for The Confetti Foundation was sparked in 2010, when the best friend of the founder, Stephanie Frazier Grimm,  had a baby who was born 8 weeks premature. Stephanie watched as her best friend spent hours and hours every day in the neonatal intensive care unit. When one of the babies in the unit went home, there was excitement at the opportunity for that baby to finally have a birthday celebration. This got Stephanie thinking about what kids do when they have to celebrate birthdays in the hospital.

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After doing some research and asking questions, Stephanie discovered that the kids rarely had celebrations or parties of any kind. This sparked the idea for The Confetti Foundation, which was officially launched on January 1, 2014.

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The short video below will give you a better idea as to how

The Confetti Foundation works:

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Mission Statement:

“THE MISSION OF THE CONFETTI FOUNDATION IS TO SUPPLY BIRTHDAY PARTIES TO CHILDREN WHO 
HAVE TO SPEND THEIR BIRTHDAY IN THE HOSPITAL.

 
The foundation was started with the hope that families will be able to shift their focus from their child’s sickness for just 30 minutes and celebrate. Although the party is not a cure, it will be a welcome distraction and a good reminder that every child deserves to be celebrated.

The Confetti Foundation is recognized by the state of Rhode Island as a tax deductible charitable organization, and is an approved 501(c)(3) non profit organization by the federal government.

Through the partnership of Children’s Hospitals in the United States, The Confetti Foundation hopes to be accepted into all Children’s Hospitals with the help of volunteers, aka birthday fairies and heroes”

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How to contact The Confetti Foundation:

How you can help:

  • Their “give” page: HERE
  • Online donations: HERE
  • Info on becoming a party fairy/hero: HERE
  • Amazon wish list: HERE

Social Media

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Isn’t it amazing how something as simple as a birthday party can bring so much joy into the life of a child? In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever that we make everyday a special day for our children.

Until next time…Namaste my friends.

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How to Follow Negative News Without Getting Depressed

After a major life changing event 20+ years ago, I developed the personal life philosophy that “Everything happens for a reason”.  Integral to this philosophy is this: hidden within that reason is a life lesson to be learned.

Since accepting this philosophy into my life, I try to apply it to the challenges that inevitably creep into my life. I’m not always successful as this is sometimes easier said than done. That said,  simply saying “Everything happens for a reason. What is the reason for this challenge?” is therapeutic.

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Now, something you need to understand is that FINDING the reason isn’t the helpful aspect of this philosophy. To be honest, in many instances, you may never know the real reason. That isn’t saying the reason doesn’t exist, it’s just difficult to find sometimes. THE SEARCH FOR THE REASON is the therapy, ALWAYS. As the above quote states, happiness, after all, is the journey, it isn’t and never has been a destination. The lesson,  the search, the journey,  the experience, IS the reason and the lesson.

Until I read the following article this morning, it never occurred to me to apply these things to occurrences outside my personal life experience, like world events and reading the news. We all know the news, especially lately, is negative. Reading the news is definitely a depressing experience. I’ve tried avoiding the news, but I am always drawn back. I’m curious by nature and like to be informed. But, it is always depressing. In fact, looking for happy, “feel-good” news, is what led me to the article below. This article discusses one man’s “light bulb moment”, when he realized how he could read the  news, without getting depressed.

Take a look:


Spoiler alert: it is possible for spiritually-minded individuals to follow current events without feeling discouraged or depressed.

Source: How to Follow Negative News Without Getting Depressed