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A Gift of Hope to Graduates | Heart of Haiti

This time of year, I am filled with hope and optimism as I watch people graduate from high school and college. This is when I actually really like my Facebook timeline. I love seeing my friends and family sharing pictures of their loved sharing their pride and excitement with their graduates. This year, my daughter participated in a recognition ceremony for her class and it filled me with pride to see her honored for her accomplishments this school year.

Graduation is a milestone that requires many sacrifices. For many in Haiti, those sacrifices reach limits we cannot imagine here in the States. Primary education in America is relatively free, but it is not in Haiti. Here we have recognitions for pre-school, kindergarten, eighth grade and so on. In Haiti, 30% of the children attending primary school will not make it to third grade and 60% will abandon school before the sixth grade.

It costs $131 annually to send a child to school in Haiti and Macy’s Heart of Haiti line makes it possible for Haitian parents to create a sustainable income to support their families and send their kids to school. Now, I know $131 may not sound like a lot to us, but when you live in one of the poorest countries in the world, it is a lot of money. Education tends to be the only way many children have out of their poverty stricken circumstances.

This beautiful pillow is made by women living in the remote region of Fond des Blancs in a cooperative called Haiti projects. Through the work of Haiti projects, the women of the village are able to bring their handcrafted home decor to a global market. I am thrilled about it and my daughter loved this pillow when I presented it to her.

The design reminds her to shine her light and be a light in the world. The orange color reminds her to be happy and have an optimistic outlook on life. Not only is this a gift that gives hope for her, it is a gift that gives hope to another child to pursue their education. Share the gift of hope with the graduates in your life by visiting the Heart of Haiti line.

What the Heck Are You Reading? | Episode 3

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Each of these books rocks my world for a different reason. I share in my latest video not only what I am reading, but why I like them!

  • Everybody Writes by Anne Handley http://amzn.to/1Qi89qJ
  • You Grow Girl by Gayla Trail http://amzn.to/1LUeJ5z
  • How the World Sees You by Sally Hogshead http://amzn.to/1JffdnO

What the Heck Are You Reading | Episode 2

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I love books and I read a LOT of them. The past few years, I have enjoyed listening to fiction audiobooks. There is nothing like a really good narrator reading a story and making you feel like you are there.

Today, I share three books that have had an impact in my life. I hope you check them out and enjoy.

Caffeine for the Creative Mind by Stefan Mumaw and Wendy Lee Oldfield
How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success by Frank Bettger
The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna

Origami: It’s What I’m Into

Origami

I love paper.

I love it a lot.

I mean, it is almost an obsession.

I figure I can’t keep collecting pretty paper when I really don’t have anywhere to put it. So, I decided to get back into doing something I used to love doing years ago. Origami. I admit, I have crushed a few paper cranes that did not turn out quite the way I wanted them to, but I find the whole process of paper-folding pretty relaxing when I come home from work. It’s a nice way to ease into the evening before spending quality time with may family.

In this video, I share with you a few things I have been folding. It’s what I’m into.