One of the great things about my husband working in the property management industry is that we literally can live anywhere his company owns a property. If there is a unit available, we can usually live at the property his company owns, and he's just a few steps away from work every day. Other times, we need to look elsewhere for a home or apartment within 30 minutes of the property. Not an easy feat to accomplish when you are currently several hundred miles away from your prospective new home. Several years ago when I was freelancing … [Read more...] about Let Zumper Help You Find Your New Home in Chicago
A pair of wise men from the 1980s once said: "Be excellent to each other." That is the heart of World Kindness Day, celebrated every November 13. The folks at National Today — the internet's #1 authority on holidays — have their finger on the pulse of all the reasons to celebrate throughout the year. And, on World Kindness Day, they're encouraging everyone to adhere to the idea that kindness makes the world a better place. One random act of kindness can grow exponentially and ignite a movement. Be kind, America. It's … [Read more...] about #BEKIND and Celebrate World Kindness Day
How to Donate Something Greater Than Money You don’t need to have money in your wallet to give back to the world. There are many things that we can all donate in order to make a difference to people’s lives. If you’ve been eager to do something charitable but aren’t in a financial position to donate lots of money, these donations could be just as precious if not more valuable. Food Some people are financially struggling to the point that they cannot even buy food. It’s for this reason that food banks exist. Many of us have untouched tins … [Read more...] about Could You Donate Something Greater Than Money?
When you volunteer your time and energy, your support and enthusiasm can often have a ripple effect, in that it inspires others to want to participate in the changes you are making. Volunteers bring passion to any cause and they are often the people who can strengthen relationships between policies and communities and create improvement. Becoming an International Volunteer If you like helping people and you want to gain some traveling experience, becoming an international volunteer could be just the thing for you. As an international … [Read more...] about Volunteering: A Gift That Never Stops Giving
I am honored to have the opportunity to partner with several wonderful bloggers from all over the world to show our support of the #GivingTuesday movement. If you are a blogger and would like to join us, you can join our Facebook group or link up your own Giving Tuesday posts using our linkup below. I have had the pleasure of being involved with Giving Tuesday and their worldwide movement to set aside one day for all of mankind to give back to those less fortunate. Entire cities are joining in and celebrating the start of the holiday … [Read more...] about #GivingTuesday Bloggers – Mighty Individually, Together We Can Change the World
My eldest son, Jonathan, is a sensitive soul, although he does not show it very often. I believe he is in that awkward stage where he is attempting to define the man that he will be in the future. Does he go with the tough, 'I-don't-give-a-crap-about-anything' attitude, or does he go with caring about others and having compassion for those less fortunate than himself? He's shown a mixture of both, but when it comes to the homeless people in Richmond, his heart is on his sleeve. Homelessness is something that occurs in every city in America. … [Read more...] about How You Can Help With the #JonathansHeartProject
Earth Day - one of my most favorite holidays of the year. Why? Simple, because I love anything that has to do with making sure that our beautiful planet is around for millions of years for my grandchildren and their grandchildren to enjoy! There are so many things that you can do - individually, as a family, as a community - to celebrate Earth Day in your own hometown. Below we have listed just a few items to help get you started! 21 Tips for Greening Your Kitchen - How to reduce waste, save energy, and lower your carbon footprint … [Read more...] about Happy Earth Day!