Philanthropy Friday: Leaving a Trail of Gratitude and Perspective

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.

Wordless Wednesday (5.21.14): LL Bean Trout Pond by Jennifer Iacovelli Barbour

I’ve had a crazy couple of weeks finalizing my divorce and moving. The logistics involved are mind-boggling, but I’m happy to say I’m almost on the other side. When the post I had (somewhat) planned for today didn’t work out, I wondered what I would do to fill this space for the week.

Then, I saw a post a friend shared on Facebook. It was a post from Momastery that spoke to me so deeply, I felt I could have written it myself.

I shared the post and had some friends immediately share it from my Facebook feed.

It’s a post worth sharing here because it’s all about gratitude and perspective. Two things that I have been focused on intensely over the past six months in particular.

Read: Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt (via Momastery)

While you are at it, take a look at this post from my good friend Chris Carter at The Mom Cafe. Why?

“Because each time I am presented an opportunity to leave a trail, I am convinced that the power of my words and the very breath from which I speak have a remarkable impact.”

These words from Chris also spoke deeply to me this week.

Read: Leave A Trail Behind You… (via The Mom Cafe)

Giving is so much more than money and time. It’s about actions and convictions. It’s about modeling the behavior we want others to have (particularly our kids), no matter what your situation. Read these posts and let me know your thoughts. I hope they touch you as much as they touched me.

What words have been speaking to you lately?

Philanthropy Friday: Join Me in the #MiracleMarathon

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.

This post was made possible through the support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. All opinions are my own.

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I’m thrilled to share that I am serving as a lead blogger for this fall’s Miracle Marathon, specifically in support of EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Bangor, Maine.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raise funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America. When a donation is given, it stays in the community, so you know you are helping kids in your own backyard. I love this about the Miracle Network.

The Miracle Marathon is a 27-day virtual fundraising campaign in which participants run/walk (or achieve forward motion of any kind!) one mile per day at their leisure. The first 26 days are completed at your own pace—wherever and whenever you want. On Day 27, the final 1.2 miles will be started as a group at 2:27 pm EST.

Get it? It’s a marathon, plus a mile, for the kids! And it’s perfect for those of us who like the idea of completing a marathon but would rather not complete all those grueling miles at once. (Who’s with me?)

Please join me and register to support EMHS Foundation Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. You can join my team, Maine Miracles, if you’d like, or you can support another Children’s Miracle Network Hospital closer to you. Don’t forget to tell your friends too!

And if you register as a Miracle Maker (you’ll receive fun swag!), you can use my special code MiracleJennifer to get a 10% discount off registration.

Of course, you can also donate to my Maine Miracles team as well. As part of my Giving Pledge I have started with a donation of $50.

Will you join me in supporting the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals?

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Philanthropy Friday: Geeking out on global development

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer.

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Not long ago, I ventured off to Washington DC to spend the day with PSI to learn about their vast programs that span the globe. PSI’s mission is to make it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services.

While I did manage to write a post after my long and insightful day, I was asked to go into more detail about my trip and share some of the things I learned and/or was surprised about throughout the day.

Today, I’m sending you over to the PSI Impact blog where I wrote about the 5 surprises from my trip to PSI’s headquarters. It involves geeking out on global development, “Sarah”, and condoms. Lots and lots of condoms.

As you’ll learn, I was familiar with PSI prior to my trip, but I found out quickly that my knowledge of PSI barely scratched the surface of the work they do worldwide.

Oh, and the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Partnerships shared my post yesterday. And now I’m also geeking out about the fact that the State Department tweeted my words.

Read: GEEKING OUT ON GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT Five surprises from a day with PSI

If you are as impressed by PSI’s work as I am, visit this link to get a free handcrafted bracelet. Woven by women artisans in Guatemala, the bracelet allows you to show support of PSI’s work helping women live happy, healthy lives.

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