Charter Our Community – A Day to Give Back

“I am SO blessed” said the homeowner, standing on her front steps watching as the crews organized and divided up to tackle the day’s projects.   On a beautiful weekend day, I had joined the Charter Our Community team, Charter Communications philanthropic initiative,which provides education, resources and financial support to improve homes in the Charter “footprint.” It’s a chance for their employees and other volunteers to make a difference in their communities.   We were all there to help make two neighboring homes safe and healthy. While a good majority of the volunteers were Charter employees, there were off duty police officers and folks from other companies like Scripps, along with representatives from the Rebuilding Together team.   Rebuilding … [Read more...]

Make a Blissful Home on a Budget With Goodwill

Everyone loves a good re-purposing project, right? Right! So let’s talk about making your home blissful on a budget.Sure, you can go down to the local antique store and find those beautifully painted chairs, dressers, picture frames and other crafty items. But have you seen the price tags on those things? It is much more satisfying and frugal to do it yourself. Check out this refurbished side chair project as a great example of bliss on a budget! So where do you begin? Maybe you already have an idea of what you want to do? A new chair for your reading room, something to decorate your new dining room table, maybe you are looking around and seeing bare spots on your wall that needs something appealing? Or maybe you have no idea what you want to do yet and you need some inspiration … [Read more...]

30 Ways to Show Random Acts of Kindness

Did you know that February 10-16 is Random Acts of Kindness Week? I'm pretty excited to share with you what that means. I'm also excited to share with you a bunch of great ideas to show Random Acts of Kindness to others! What is a Random Act of Kindness? It is a spontaneous or planned, selfless act performed by a person or people wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual person or people. We could totally do this, right? I mean, one week isn't a very long time to do something. Imagine the smiles we could bring to the faces of unexpected recipients of kindness. Young and old. Man, woman or child. Let's ALL carry out some Random Acts of Kindness this week! I bet at the end of this week you'll want to continue showing kindness to others. It's addicting! Here's a list of … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Conquer Your Photography Demons

There is nothing worse than fear and doubt getting in the way when you are trying to be creative. They tend to show up at the most inconvenient times and can trigger internal conversations something like this: You are not good enough. What makes you think you can take a great picture? You have no vision. She/he is a much better photographer than you. These thoughts are not unique to any one individual and the list could easily be a mile long with additional negative thoughts. When you need to be creative, make a beautiful picture or get something done, it helps to have a few things in place to help you conquer your demons and do the work: Establish a ritual. Shoot your morning beverage everyday. You don't need a fancy camera or special lighting, just get started and do … [Read more...]