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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.

Read the full article on HuffPost Lifestyle UK

Geeking out on global development and @PSIimpact

I recently had the honor of visiting a scorching hot Washington, DC, to spend the day at PSI’s headquarters. Though it’s hard to leave Maine in the summer, I was elated to win their contest, which invited global citizens to enter for the opportunity to explore the “leading-edge thinking for doing international development differently” with PSI experts.

My day was jam-packed with meetings and presentations with several members of PSI’s staff. I also had the opportunity to visit the USAID office for a presentation on PSI’s family planning programs in Madagascar. I have to admit, it was fun to geek out on global development for the day.

I was familiar with PSI, but I found out quickly that my knowledge of PSI barely scratched the surface of the work they do worldwide.

Here are 5 highlights, which were also somewhat surprising to me, during my visit:

Read the full post on the PSI Impact blog

Taboo Busting and Raising a Maxi-Pad Princess

When asked the proverbial cocktail-party question: “What do you do?” I have no qualms to launch right into it with gusto.” I work for SHE, a social enterprise that develops innovative products to drive social and economic change. Right now through our SHE28 initiative, we are making menstrual pads out of banana stem fibers in Rwanda.” On queue, I get that wide-eyed look that reads as “Really?” but I continue to plow through and keep explaining SHE’s work like a farmer in his field with a thunderstorm on the horizon. And then, as if magic, we are openly and comfortably discussing menstrual pads and why girls and women around the world lack access to affordable pads keeping them from participating in school and work to their full potential. And, most often than not, I get “Wow! I had no idea. That’s fascinating!”

Read the full post from cece camacho on Medium

Become a sponsored athlete and earn money for a cause with @CharityMiles

Charity Miles is a free iPhone/Android social good fitness app that allows you to become a sponsored athlete and earn money for a cause. All you have to do is download the app, choose a charity to support, press “start” and then go on your run, walk or bike ride as usual.

The app tracks your distance and money earned. Bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile. When you are done exercising, you accept your sponsorship, spread the word via social media and Charity Miles sends you a note confirming your “good work.”

Great excuse / inspiration to get out and get moving, right?

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