HAITI: 10 Ways To Give

Today was supposed to be a day of celebration. It was the day that I was to celebrate the launch of this blog, the passion project I spent months creating as a gift to the world to help others find happiness, peace, and ohm.

Instead, I write this with a heavy heart after days of crying and assisting in raising money for various organizations involved in the effort to help the people of Haiti survive the terrible earthquake that happened a few days ago.

You see, I was among the people who could not find family members. My father, sisters and cousins to name a few live in the heart of Port-au-Prince and the days of not knowing if they survived were gut-wrenching. Late last night, I became one of the lucky ones. Miraculously they survived.

I cannot begin to tell the joy and gratitude I felt when I heard my father’s voice. I don’t think any words can fully encapsulate my feelings. Even though he and a few of my family members are sleeping on the streets and in his words “We are sleeping in a cemetery because there are so many dead bodies around us,” I know there are so many more who aren’t as lucky. I still have family members missing but through it all we must go on to support the people of Haiti.

I considered delaying the launch of the site because frankly I felt tired and worn out. However, I know that my weariness does not compare to what the people of Haiti are going through, what the aid workers who are working round the clock and witnessing the devastation are going through. So I use my voice for the millions that are crying and those that are working tirelessly to help them because I know now more than ever every voice is needed.

So instead of lamenting or feeling helpless or sorry I challenge you to give beyond what you thought you could and come up with creative ways to support those in need. Remember, the biggest gift you have to give is yourself so what’s listed below are only a few ideas.

“Do not stand on a high pedestal and take 5 cents in your hand and say, ‘Here, my poor man’, but be grateful that the poor man is there, so by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself. It is not the receiver that is blessed, but it is the giver.” ~Swami Vivekananda

10 Creative Ways You Can Help the People of Haiti

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How to (Simply) Make Your New Year Rock

Each new year brings with it new opportunities to recreate ourselves.

If you’re reading this it means that you were given a brand new canvas to paint on as boldly and brightly as you’d like.

If you’re staring at your canvas (i.e. your year ahead) not knowing exactly what to paint or what colors to choose you’re in luck.

The truth is making a few simple changes to your life a little at a time will yield BIG results by this year’s end.

So, if you’re ready to make this year rock, here are 8 simple yet powerful tools to have a rockin’ year!

1. Get a Vision.

“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.” ~President Barack Obama

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15 Steps To Find Your Passion

“Got passion?”

I’m talking about the kind of passion that knows no time and lasts all night long. It then wakes you feeling refreshed even though you’ve only had a few hours of sleep and it’s ready to go again. And no, I’m not talking the sweaty kind.

I’m talking about the kind of passion that stems from inspiration and knowing that what you’re doing is part of your greater life purpose.

“Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.” Angela Monet

The Wake Up Call

I remember feeling extremely lost in college. I was an economics and psychology major. Don’t ask me why I chose that combo, but at the time it sounded good.

Although I found my classes interesting when it got down to doing the actual assignments I wanted to be anywhere but at my desk figuring out statistics equations. At the time, I decided to bear it because I thought it was the right thing to do. I didn’t want to disappoint the people who loved and believed in me.

However, the lesson I came to learn was that in life when you choose to “bear it” because of not disappointing others it doesn’t work out too well.

By sophomore year I was miserable and getting less than stellar grades, which threatened my scholarship. When I finally landed in the hospital that was my wake up call.

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