Little $ BIG Impact – The Power of Community

School in KampalaYou may not know this about me, but I’ve long had a dream of being a philanthropist. I used think that I’d need millions of dollars to make an impact, thankful now I know differently.

Over the last several years I’ve supported projects with as little as $1, and guess what…. those $1, $5, $25 donations made an impact and helped projects get funded.

Kampala SchoolI am continuously awed and blessed by the power of our community! We are greater together, and the impact we make can move mountains…AND EXPAND SCHOOLS!!

As many of you know, I’ve been passionate about Africa, African culture and playing a role in increasing the peace and goodness on the continent of Africa.

I started traveling to Africa 5 years ago and have been aching to pay it forward to organizations and projects that are making a direct impact on the lives of Africans in the Motherland.

So I’ve been invited to join 29 other change-makers, entrepreneurs and colleagues in the Misfit Inc. community to raise $500 each between now and the end of August to improve a school for children in Uganda!

The “Send Me to School” program doesn’t just build buildings (although with 190 students in one classroom, they are needed!) Lessons for Life also trains teachers, provides lunches (often the only meal these kids get,) AND provides vocational training and community loans so families can lift themselves out of poverty!

school2I reached out to you, my community, to join me in raising $500.00 to build new classrooms for the Kisimbiri Primary school in Kampala, Uganda.

Within 3 DAYS we reached our goal!!!

Pumped up by your generosity, support and amazing show of spirit, I decided to up our goal to $1000.00!

To donate NOW, visit my campaign page by CLICKING HERE!

If there’s one thing I know to be true, what affects one person affects us all. The more good we do to/for ourselves and the world, the better our world will be 🙂

Give Thanks for joining me on this journey! I’m sooo excited to not only reach, but surpass my fundraising goal with your support!

Blessings in abundance!!

Ready to Unleash Your Creative Self in 2015?

Are you a closet creative with a great idea budding in your mind and pulling at the strings of your heart? Is your inner creativity begging for you to get out of your own way so you can nurture that powerful force living inside of you? Do you struggle knowing that you have yet to launch that creative project despite your best intentions? Are you ready to take action and make 2015 your year? Well then, I have a message for you. It’s time. Join Me for an ENCORE Presentation of my FREE Webinar Ready to let your creative ambitions loose? Sign up here! Because of my own fears and lack of confidence, self love and self esteem, I pigeon holed myself on the ‘business end’ of entertainment to avoid having to take to the stage myself. For YEARS I struggled with major internal conflict, until I couldn’t ignore the whispers of my soul any longer! Over the last 8 years I’ve chosen to get out of my own way and PRIORITIZE these creative dreams and projects that had been stirring in my soul since I was a child. What’s happened as a result is that I feel more empowered and fulfilled in my … Continue reading

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 I’m talkin’ MAJOR resistance here. There was no schedule, I had no idea who the speakers would be, I didn’t know anyone attending. I almost threw in the towel, gave up my ticket, turned my head … Continue reading

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 that I lack in some way that will forever stand in my way of meeting my dreams face to face, in real time. Hmmm
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