💙 That moment when you get to chat with Eleanor Roosevelt's granddaughter about her grandmother's role in writing the 1948 United Nations Declaration of Human Rights ... #pinchme
THERE'S LIFE AFTER YOU BIGGEST MISTAKE ... what an inspiring morning with keynote speaker and the caucus of #heartcentered Washingtonians gathered together with the DC edition of High Tech Prayer Breakfast. Starting the day with keynote speaker Marcus Bullock, founder of @flikshop, whose personal journey inspired an app to have every inmate in every prison cell get mail every day, and help them flourish into successful returning citizens! Steps from the capitol, a breakfast with folks who bring spirit to action. Can tech, spirituality and even policy co-exist? Of course it can! Marcus is living proof. I can't wait to feature folks like Marcus and others on #heartcenteredDC. . Many thanks to the organizers of this event and for those present for enriching life in the district. . #heartcenteredmedia #dchtpb
PURE JOY is what I experience each week reading bilingually to a 7 year-old from #ElSalvador at a D.C. public school. My little buddy gives more to me than I to her, and that's how we change the world: one heart, one hour at time. . At a mixer on the Hill last night, I met others who mentor students through @everybodywinsdc , which opened its doors to individuals this year, but many corporations in the program give their employees wiggle room for a power lunch hour with kids. How very, D.C. to call it that, but it's quite the opposite: staff break from corporate agendas to be present with a child. . Oh, my friends, the office where we convened was just steps away from a law firm involved with a someone who's been a bad boy in the news cycle lately, surname starts with an M. How surreal! But this is the side of DC I'm lovin' to share with y'all ... the #heartcentered folks you don't see on mainstream media. Sigh, the rest is drama that comes and goes, but the impact we have on a child even with the simplest act of #kindness lasts forever.
Marianne, I said. Like the beautifully aligned stones of this cathedral, we are building a new America. . How is it that I begin to close my starter year in DC by asking this amazing woman to be a guest on my manifesting podcast? A year ago, I surrendered and trusted the universe when I boarded yet another Greyhound bus to a new life in a city I barely knew. Therein lies the miracle of the every day, the courage of the simple. But never, ever did I foresee this moment. The masons knew about alignment, and we know the joy of precisely aligning spirit with the unseen mortar of our purpose. . A city is a mirror of yourself. She said yes to #heartcenteredDC ... and so have I. ❤
WHAT DOES 'CONSCIOUS' MEAN TO YOU? Participating as a startup founder #newsfoundry nudged me into a developing a one-sentence pitch for #HeartCenteredDC, which includes the words conscious culture (thanks to @stephaniequilao for the #siliconvalley edge!) But many folks I've canvassed don't know how to define the term, and that's good information. So, polling time, when you think of #WashingtonDC do the words conscious come to mind? What does conscious culture suggest to you? No right or wrong here ... go with your gut. . Many thanks again to @phillipadsmith for forging ahead with the foundry, and the sponsors who are supporting local news and media ventures.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING from @carolinakitchendc serving over a 1,000 free meals with help from over 300 volunteers -- 21 years in a row! My new friend is a formerly unhoused Vietnam vet who helps others facing poverty today. She arrived early for the senior sitting. This Carolina girl grew up on a farm, served proudly. Bless her and others who rise up. Of course we had a great big hug for dessert. Very grateful to be at this beautiful restaurant today with a caring community, and for all my friends far and wide. Much love.
COMMITMENT walked from the Schuykill to the Delaware on a chilly Sunday morning for big ass bag of Philly kettle corn when @fezziwigsweetshoppe wasn't even supposed to be open. I'm unstoppable. 😂 . All kidding aside, a passionate commitment is what's needed to be a journalism entrepreneur, and that's we ate up this weekend at the #newsfoundry. . This conference was sponsored in part by the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, whose founder was the late Gerry Lenfest, a Philadelphia philanthropist who made a lot of money, and then spent his life giving it away. This bag of popcorn was also a gift, since I showed up on faith, openness to receive, and curiosity for adventure -- all those lessons learned along the way toward a goal. And certainly a lesson in how to approach my #heartcenteredmedia venture, with generosity of spirit, even if it's a lean startup upstart. . There's more to being a spiritual entrepreneur than just working on a feel-good idea. You gotta walk your talk, operating from grace while staying grounded. . Many thanks to @phillipadsmith and sponsors for making this workshop a reality! I was inspired by so many of my fellow entrepreneurs, and learned so many best practices from coaches.
#heartcenteredmedia off to #newsfoundry for a startup journalism intensive! Last year this time I didn't even know for sure I'd be living in D.C and today I'm a founder. Manifest, baby. It all started as a simple intention. So grateful to those helping me forge this idea into palpable reality ... 💚💛🧡💙
I started reading to her once a week at a local elementary school two weeks ago. The six-year old from El Salvador turns seven two days before I turn 51. Us two Scorpios made each other birthday cards. She drew the heart with butterfly wings on her own. She knows me. . Will you be coming back? she asked, hesitantly on the first day I became her mentor. Yes, I replied. Yay! she gleamed. I am so glad I can talk to you! . That was a pretty damn good birthday gift right there, folks. . I won't be asking you to donate to charity today. But if you feel so inclined, go commit an act of love unabashedly, with joy, within the next 24 hours. Feel free to share. . Feels good to be able to hashtag #fabover50! 😜