Special Post: People helping people – August 19th – World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is a global celebration of people helping people.

United Nations’ World Humanitarian Day website

Visit the United Nations website to find out more information. It’s an inspiring day which, like many other days of observation, acts as a catalyst for change and the coming together of people, globally, not only on the day being observed, but every day of the year.

How will you get involved?

“I was here…”

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Featured Optimist: Mastin Kipp inspires through The Daily Love

Chances are you may have heard of Mastin Kipp’s The Daily Love. You may even be following him on twitter. If you aren’t, you’re missing out! It was at the beginning of this year that I found out about Mastin and The Daily Love and I immediately signed up to get his daily email newsletters. I also started to follow him on twitter. I was drawn into the idea that he creates an inspiring theme, every day, that he shares with others. His goal? To encourage others to manifest their highest potential.


Complete with thoughtful themes, inspiring words, conscious quotes, images and guest bloggers, one of my main attractions to The Daily Love, was that it welcomes readers with the aim to make them happy, so that you share this happiness with others. I’m on the same page and share the same goal.

The same way I enjoy posting quotes on my Facebook page and sharing ideas, articles, and words with others, I enjoy sharing people with others! So, take a look at his website and I am sure you will come upon something that speaks to you and inspires your heart…daily.

– Kendra Kabasele


Special Post – Giving back through sharing…words…

Have you ever thought about the idea that one of the easiest ways to give back to others is one of the most powerful? How, you ask? Through your words!

Sometimes all someone needs is an ear, and other times, it’s their ear they need to lend. Sometimes we end up in situations we feel isolated in. Sometimes we need advice, inspiration or a mere chuckle but either don’t want to disturb anyone, or simply keep to ourselves because it’s what we know and it’s comfortable.

I don’t know how many times I have spoken to a friend, or reached out to someone because they crossed my mind and they have said, “How did you know I needed to that?” I was reminded of the several times I have done that when I was talking to my hairdresser, Jenae, the other day. She was telling me a story about how she reached out to someone in the same way, and it was just on time, for that person.

I’ve had this idea for an interactive blog for a long time (among other ideas) and I have initiated it as a Facebook page. The page is called, “Checking In”.

Hi All! It’s been quiet in here for a while…just wanted to awaken some dialogue and invite you to share your thoughts on a new page I started…would love to hear from you all! Please feel free to “like” it and share it with friends!

“Checking In” Facebook Page

“Checking In” was inspired by the idea that sometimes we just need to take a moment to stop and reflect on things, whether it be on the moment, the day, year or on life! Sometimes “checking in” with yourself inspires others to do the same, and when you share your insights, the inspiration can potentially reach people whose thoughts mirror yours.

“Checking In” is intended to be an interactive platform of thoughts, lessons, insights, and whatever else is on your mind, with respect to the topic(s) being discussed.

Please feel free to invite your friends to be a part of this ongoing dialogue…

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from all of you!


Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe: Sophie’s Voice Foundation

Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe are another beautiful Hollywood power couple. Their beauty is not only skin deep. Their hearts are filled with love, compassion and charity. In 2008 they founded Sophie’s Voice Foundation. The foundation is named after their daughter, who was diagnosed with Spina Bifida when she was born. Their website for the organization can be found here: http://www.sophiesvoicefoundation.org  It contains all of the pertinent statistics, projections and advances involved with the birth defect. It also focuses on what is sometimes unintentionally overlooked, as is the case with numerous illnesses – prevention.

According to Mayo Clinic, “Spina bifida, [meaning “open spine”], is part of a group of birth defects called neural tube defects. The neural tube is the embryonic structure that eventually develops into the baby’s brain and spinal cord and the tissues that enclose them.”

Sophie’s Voice Foundation was put in place, according to the website, in order to “[support] family outreach programs, prenatal education and surgical studies for children and adults with Spina Bifida.” As one of the pioneering efforts to bring awareness and resolution to the problems associated with Spina Bifida, Sophie’s Voice Foundation also intends to create a Center for Spina Bifida for Research and Prevention.

Here’s a spotlight on the foundation, in their own words:

(Source: Sophie’s Voice YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/SophiesVoice)

 “Sophie’s Voice Foundation is dedicated to saving the lives of children, even before they begin.” – Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe