simple giving lab

When More is Not Enough #RaisingGivers

In the book, Amy talks about the simple concept of generous living. To quote from the book,

“To purge the attitude of youth entitlement, we need to teach our kids to serve others. But, to teach our kids to serve others, we must first look at our attitude toward serving. If our families are to understand self-worth isn’t tied to the world’s standards (Luke 16:14c), we need to implement changes in our own lives, and quickly.”

I don’t want to reveal too much about the book because it’s a quick read that you can enjoy for yourself. It’s set up in a way that each chapter stands alone if you want to skip around. There are several resources in the book and great practical suggestions for applying the theme of each chapter in your home, your community, and the world. Amy’s writing is inspiring and funny, as she shares her honest experiences in her quest to serve others with her family.


Making Miracles for Kids During the #MiracleMarathon

So why should you support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals? Besides the fact that the #MiracleMarathon is way more fun and convenient than running an actual marathon (holy training!), the funds that are raised during these 27 days will go a long way.

After talking with Kelly at EMHS in Bangor, I learned that while the network of hospitals is national, at 170 hospitals strong, the money stays in local communities. Many of us may recognize the hot air balloon logo – I’ve put my name on one at Rite Aid after a quick donation at the register – but not many realize that the money helps fund a good amount of equipment and other items necessary for the hospitals.

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Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt (via @Momastery)

Today I shall keep my perspectacles super-glued to my face and feel insanely GRATEFUL instead of LACKING and I will look at my home and my people and my body and say: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. THIS IS ALL MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH, ALL OF IT. Now. Let us turn our focus onward and outward.  There is WORK TO BE DONE and JOY TO BE HAD.

I love this post so very much!

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#IceBucketChallenge Raises Money for @WaterAid Too!

In recent weeks, we’ve seen more and more people taking the Challenge for WaterAid in a number of creative ways. We’ve also noticed an increase in donations from people citing the wasted water as a reason to donate to WaterAid in lieu of taking the Challenge.

Check out the impact the #IceBucketChallenge has had on WaterAid and view some videos of some of the more creative and sustainable approaches to the challenge on WaterAid’s blog

One Comment = One Vaccine During #Blogust

I couldn’t let August leave us without noting the campaign from Shot@Life called #Blogust. Every day during the month of August, the Shot@Life blog has shared a personal story about Happy and Healthy Firsts. For every comment or share of the Blogust posts, Walgreens will help provide a life-saving vaccine for children around the world who need them most.

It’s that easy. Read. Comment. Share. Save lives.

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Join the #MiracleMarathon to Support @CMNHospitals this September!

The Miracle Marathon is a 27-day virtual fundraising campaign in which participants run/walk (or achieve forward motion of any kind!) one mile per day at their leisure. The first 26 days are completed at your own pace—wherever and whenever you want. On Day 27, the final 1.2 miles will be started as a group at 2:27 pm EST.

Get it? It’s a marathon, plus a mile, for the kids! And it’s perfect for those of us who like the idea of completing a marathon but would rather not complete all those grueling miles at once. (Who’s with me?)

Read more about the #MiracleMarathon and how you can join my team, Maine Miracles, create your own, or just support the campaign and the kids who benefit from it

The case for making an improved wellbeing a global priority (via @HuffPoLifestyle)

What then should be the world’s development goals for the coming years? Making wellbeing our global priority would surely underpin, rather than undermine, existing sustainable development aims. It would also provide a consistent means to track how successful countries are in delivering improvements in people’s quality of life. The reason that existing goals like universal education, gender equality, maternal health and sustainability matter so much is because they are all fundamental to human wellbeing.

Wellbeing isn’t some luxury for the privileged few, it’s the thing all of us want most for ourselves and the people we care about - whether in a field in Angola or an office in London. It should be at the heart of every discussion of local, national or global priorities.

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