The Joy and Benefits of Volunteering

The Joy and Benefits of Volunteering

Sometimes it feels as though one more item on my to-do-list will for sure make me go crazy. We all have families, work and so many other responsibilities to take care of each and every day. Just thinking about stretching even further can be a very overwhelming feeling at times. Yet I believe most of us, even with limited time, have that deep desire to reach out and help people around us. In my experience with volunteering in different...

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My Definition Of Wealth (Even When You’re Broke)

My Definition Of Wealth (Even When You’re Broke)

The sun was shining really pretty thru the panels of my greenhouse yesterday. And as I sat there, my mind started to race and strong feelings came over me. Feelings of deep gratitude and of wealth. This tiny greenhouse of mine is not bigger than 80 square feet and I picked it up used from some people in nearby city. Last Winter I grew some lettuce and green onions in it. As much as I had hoped for a Winter crop again this year, the only thing...

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Celebrating with Light During the Darkest Months

Celebrating with Light During the Darkest Months

As a child my favorite holiday was Christmas. It wasn’t the Christmas gifts and Santa, but truly, it was the fuzzy feeling I got in preparation for the holidays. My sister and I would watch our aunt start with few traditional decorations, long before December and the decorations were really simple. Even during my elementary and middle school years, there was one tradition which I grew to love, and since then, I have tried to keep this custom...

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Just in these past couple of months, I have been in touch with friends and family members, whose lives  have been turned upside down in a very short period of time. Some of them have and are going thru life changing events, while others are going thru some rough patches that hopefully will get better. Either way, these are some hard challenges such as illnesses, death, abuse, dysfunctional relationships and job loss. My heart has been broken...

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Preserving Our Earth

Preserving Our Earth

Growing up in Sweden, I feel there was one think that I learned very well at a very young age in school, and that was how to take care of my environment and nature. I had heard since I was a young child my dad telling us, that after they emigrated to Sweden in the 60’s, the one think he was amazed at, was how clean the streets were. He used to say, if you dropped something you knew that was not right. I remember going to the forest with my...

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