Day 2470: “Teenage Heart” by Lady Antebellum

Remember when the night turned up

And sun went down

If just for a moment

We were falling at the speed of sound

Yeah, the moon played a part

Two shadows in the dark

Beating with a teenage heart

Beating with a teenage heart

– Lady Antebellum, “Teenage Heart”

 

It’s 12 : 05 PM on day 2470 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read 1 Samuel 2: 6-7, have breakfast, and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – GregThis, Stan Faryna, David Boutin and Anonymous together added added $135 to my fundraising total which brings it to $285  (thanks to them all )  only $12 215 more to raise in 363 days to help 50 kids with clubfoot ( we can do this i know it).

 

Recently  I heard “Teenage Heart” by Lady Antebellum and now I think I’m obsessed with it it’s literally been on repeat for days. Listen to  “Teenage Heart” by Lady Antebellum below:

Day 2469: Humanity and Our Eventual Return to Love

All of us are made in love and eventually we return to love – that’s what I realized

 

It’s 1 : 07 PM on day 2469 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Matthew 6:21 have breakfast, and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – Priyachechi donated $25 yesterday and Anonymous donated $25 today (thanks to them both) which brings the total raised to $150 only $12 350 more to raise in 364 days to help 50 kids with clubfoot (it won’t be easy but we can do this i know it).

 

Recently I realized that all of us are made in love and eventually, no matter how distracted we get along the way, we return to love I think there comes a time in everybody life where we sort of realize money, power and fame are all nice to have but meaningless unless you use them to live in love and in service of others because in the end love is the only thing we can both leave behind and take with us.

Day 2468: 50 New Feet – a fundraising campaign for MiracleFeet #50NewFeet

“Help one another; there’s no time like the present and no present like the time.”— James Durst

 

It’s 12 : 47 PM on day 2468 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast, read Acts 3: 6  and donate  to and promote my 50 New Feet Campaign benefiting MiracleFeet – my parents allowed me to donate $50 on their  behalf and B and Gaynor donated $50 (thanks guys) my goal is to raise $12 500 in a year to provide treatment for 50 kids with clubfoot

This morning I started 50 New Feet– a fundraising campaign benefiting MiracleFeet, an international non-profit organization increasing access to free treatment for clubfoot in developing countries using the Ponseti Method, a non-surgical treatment that involves a series of plaster casts that are changed weekly followed by the wearing of a feet brace for a few years to prevent relapse – because I believe that all children deserve the opportunity to live to their fullest potential without the hindrance of clubfoot. My goal is to raise $12 500 in 12 months (which is enough money to pay for 50 clubfoot treatments).For more information about 50 New Feet or to make a donation please visit www.crowdrise.com/50newfeet  and use #50NewFeet  when tweeting about this campaign.

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$250  Donation to MiracleFeet = A new life for a child born with clubfoot. Could we get 50 people to donate 50 clubfoot treatments. Alternatively, 250 of could donate $50 each.

Did you know:  A 100 million dollar investment in clubfoot treatment will equal 2.5 BILLION dollars in additional earnings per year.

Help transform lives by treating clubfoot.

This campaign will end on June 17, 2018
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Day 2467: “June 16 Youth Day Drawing Tribute (Time-Lapse)“ by Michael Cost

“Our youth are the crucial stakeholders as we address our challenges and work towards building our future with a shared vision.”  – Catherine Constantinides

 

It’s 9 : 58 AM on day 2466 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast, read Proverbs 3:9 and learn a new word – Definitions for expostulate
to reason earnestly with someone against something that person intends to do or has done; remonstrate: His father expostulated with him about the evils of gambling.

 

Today is Youth Day here in South Africa – a day that honours the youth of 1976 who fought against the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in local schools – and in honour of that I’m sharing a video made by Michael Cost to pay tribute to all the young people who fought and died for many in South Africa. Watch “June 16 Youth Day Drawing Tribute (Time-Lapse)“ by Michael Cost below:

Day 2466: When you share your struggle

When you share your struggle you also share your strength, courage and hope – that’s what I want the world to know.

 

It’s 10 : 34 AM on day 2466 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast, read Malachi 3: 10 and learn a new word – Intrepid adj. 1. Resolutely courageous; fearless. Persistent in the pursuit of something. “A team of intrepid explorers.”

Yesterday I made a video and I’m  choosing not to edit out the parts where I stuttered, forgot my words and moved awkwardly because I realize that when I  share my struggle I also share my strength, courage and hope  (there’s perfection in imperfection you just have to get your ego out of the way to see that with clarity).

 

Day 2465: “The Stars” by Lady Antebellum

Life is a beautiful messed up mystery
Yeah, it’s true, it can make you laugh, it can cut you deep
Sometimes you gonna feel like a million bucks, sometimes a burned out cigarette
But whatever comes your way, no matter what, don’t you ever forget
The stars ain’t got nothing on you
Your heart burns much brighter than the moon
If you ever lost and broken inside
Just remember the way you helping me shine
The stars ain’t got nothing on you

Lady Antebellum, “The Stars”

 

It’s 9 : 30 AM on day 2465 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast,  read  1 Peter 4: 14 and learn a new word – Moue : a little grimace : pout

 

A few days ago I heard “The Stars” by Lady Antebellum the lyrics were so beautiful and relatable I couldn’t help falling in love with the song. Listen to  “The Stars” by Lady Antebellum below:

Day 2464: Best Recipes from the Tasty Channel

“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” -Harriet van Horne

It’s 10 : 00 AM on day 2464 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast,  read Psalm 77: 11 and learn a new word – Definitions for slumberous 1. sleepy; heavy with drowsiness, as the eyelids. 2. causing or inducing sleep. 3. pertaining to, characterized by, or suggestive of slumber.

Recently I’ve become somewhat obsessed with the Tasty channel on YouTube admittedly I can’t cook (duh who would trust me in front of a stove) but still I like learning how things are made. Watch some videos from Tasty below:

Day 2463: Act Don’t React

Act from a place of love, compassion, kindness and generosity – that’s my message to the world.

 

It’s 12 : 56 PM on day 2463 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast,  read Isaiah 46:9 and learn a new word – Definitions for prelapsarian 1.
characteristic of or pertaining to any innocent or carefree period: a prelapsarian youth.
2. Theology. occurring before the Fall: the prelapsarian innocence of Eden.
3. supralapsarian.

 

Today I realized that in life to react is a very dangerous thing because often our reactions to that which has happen to us or that which has been done to us come from a place of hurt, fear or frustration so this morning I just woke up and decided that no matter how I am treated I’m going to act and feel from a place of love, compassion, kindness and generosity.

Day 2462: THANK YOU to the Heroes of the Garden Route

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell

It’s 12 : 23 PM on day 2462 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast,  read  1 Chronicles 16:12, go to church, and learn a new word – Definitions for aegis 1.protection; support: under the imperial aegis. 2. sponsorship; auspices: a debate under the aegis of the League of Women Voters. Classical Mythology. the shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena, bearing at its center the head of the Gorgon.

Recently parts of South Africa have been ravaged by fire and while it has been devastating I’m heartened to see South Africa coming together to support those in need. Thank you to the firefighters who are risking their lives to rescue people and to everyone else helping out in different ways.

Day 2461: 6 Things You Need To Know Before Entering the World of Difference-Making

Making a difference is simpler than you think but more difficult than you might imagine– that’s what I know

 

It’s 12 : 35 PM on day 2461 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, have breakfast,  read  John 15: 3 and learn a new word – Definitions for hireling 1.
a person who works only for pay, especially in a menial or boring job, with little or no concern for the value of the work. 2. serving for pay only .3. venal; mercenary.

 

This morning I was thinking about what I wish I’d known before I fell into philanthropy and I wrote a few things down hoping it would help someone. Take a look:

 6 Things You Need To Know Before Entering the World of Difference-Making

 

  1. Communication is key – people don’t care what you want to do or how you want to do it they care why you want to do it so before you start any project know why you’re doing it so you can communicate that well to others.
  2. You won’t always get to do things the way you envisioned (and that’s okay as long as you get it done) – sometimes you will plan something out in your head and for whatever reason things won’t unfold as you planned and when that happens you have to be flexible, think on your feet and get things done regardless (an imperfect, well-intended action is worth more than a thousand good ideas not executed).
  3. It’s not personal move on – sometimes you’ll pitch your idea to people and they’ll either want nothing to do with it or ignore you completely which will hurt the first few times but you have to keep moving knowing every no is a step closer to a yes .
  4. You will have detractors and naysayers – when you attempt the audacious some will say you can’t and others will say you shouldn’t ignore them and listen to the voice inside you that knows you can and remember why you’re doing it.
  5. You can’t do it by yourself – invite people to help you achieve your goal encourage them, believe in them and make them believe in their own potential to become change-makers….in short, build a team of leaders who are capable of articulating your vision to their circles of influence.
  6. Appreciation is EVERYTHING – nobody in the world is obligated to help you so when they choose to you should fall all over yourself trying to express your gratitude in as many ways as humanly possible.