Category Archives for Lemonade Makers

Carrie Fisher is a total badass

Carrie Fisher is a total badass. Her recent article in Huffington Post has quote after quote the reflects that.

She says, “Well, I am hoping to get the centerfold in Psychology Today. … Now, it seems every show I watch there’s always someone bipolar in it! It’s going through the vernacular like ‘May the force be with you’ did. But I define it, rather than it defining me.” – that is the thing about any illness we have, YOU define it, don’t let it define you.

The actress, who we will all be seeing in December in the next installment of Stars Wars roles out, has been speaking out on mental illness for more than 10 years — something that was almost unheard of in Hollywood at the time she began. She says, “One of the things that baffles me (and there are quite a few) is how there can be so much lingering stigma with regards to mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls. … At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of.” Again, DON’T let any illness define you, be proud of what you can do, despite the illness.

She lives everyday with her illness but still says, “Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.” This is great advice for all of us – STAY AFRAID, DO IT ANYWAY.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/carrie-fisher-mental-health…

Taylor Swift Pay it Forward

Last year some frat boys totally nailed the Taylor Swift song, Shake It Off. Their You Tube went viral and she said she would get them tickets to her tour in 2015.

Sure enough when she reached Kentucky, they received two tickets each to all of the Delta Sigma Phi – Beta Mu boys.

Now here is the good part, no make that great part. Instead of going to the concert with dates, they donated all of the tickets to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Bluegrass. Truly a pay it forward. The kids had never been to a concert before. Truly something that those kids will never forget. You can see how each of those kids as adults will remember how happy and excited they were, and they will pay it forward when they are older.

These boys are Lemonademakers.

See more:  http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Viral-fraternity-video-leads-to-Taylor-Swift-tickets-for-dozens-of-Kentucky-kids-334913121.html

Have a good night

You are a teenager working at a Ice Cream Pallor and you are taking orders for drive through. You get an order but the woman is obviously crying as she orders a shake.

What do you do? When she came up to the window to pay, he gave her the shake and said it was on him. “Have a good night.”

She took the shake and drives off, with the glimmer of a smile.

She came back a week later and talked with the manager about what happened. She had just lost her husband and was going through a really tough time. Then this 16 year old boy does something totally unexpected. He didn’t know her story, he just wanted her to feel better.

She wanted to make sure that they knew the caliber of their employee. She wanted to see if they couldn’t give him some sort or award or recognition. So they made up of poster praising him for his outstanding customer service in going the extra mile.

See more:  http://www.ijreview.com/…/451121-teen-can-hardly-hear-wor…/

Canceled wedding

This is exactly how you turn lemons into lemonade.

The brides parents discover that the groom has cold feet and has canceled the wedding. You have already paid for the reception, and the catering for 120 people. You aren’t going to get that thirty-five thousand dollars back. What would you do?

The bride’s parents went ahead with the reception and invited the Sacramento homeless population to a party. The had salmon, tri-tip beef, gnocchi and all of the fixings to go with it.

It takes a lot of courage to take the high road and turn something painful into something wonderful. They are definitely LemonadeMakers.

See more:  http://www.upworthy.com/these-parents-had-a-selfless-respon…

Sneaky Cards

Have you heard of ‪#‎Sneaky_Cards‬ yet? The game was originally developed by a 16 yr old Australian for a contest in 2009, and the fans helped to redevelop the game and it is now being relaunched.

Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to become a ‪#‎Secret_Agent_of_Joy‬. You are given cards in which they tell you to do various ‪#‎random_acts_of_kindness‬. You might be told to give the card to the first person that makes you smile. They then pass the card onward to the next person that makes them smile.

Each person that you pass a card to, becomes a new player in the game. Who knows who you might meet while out having some fun?

If you register the card, their website has the ability to track the card, so you can watch it travel out of your town and across the world.

You can even create your own sneaky card and they may include them in the game.

There is even a download of a free print edition version, if you don’t want to purchase the official game.

Conscious men

I wanted to share this with all of you because I believe that the world needs more conscious men. Please share with everyone about this seminar. They have some wonderful speakers and it looks to be what a wonderful opportunity for those local or willing to travel to network with other conscious men. We love LemonadeMakers Men!

Learn more: http://bit.ly/1MFxF7r

Hawkwing

In South Dakota the ‪#‎Cheyenne_River_Sioux‬ reservation has the statistics of a third world nation. 90% unemployment rate; average life expectancy of 48 yrs old. Only 30% of the children graduate high school. Some of the schools two years ago had no textbooks.

The ‪#‎Lakota‬ people have the wealth of their culture, but their lives are unraveling because of the extreme poverty. Hawkwing, Rochelle’s nonprofit seeks to keep the wealth of the Lakota culture alive and address the severe poverty. And by keeping the culture alive, we will benefit because as a society many of us have the wealth of material things, but we have forgotten how to live in balance with our Mother Earth. 

Rochelle was named ‪#‎CNN_Top_Ten_Hero‬ for her honoring of the Native American community, helping the people.

Since 1998 she has been running ‪#‎Hawkwing‬, a nonprofit that collects donations for the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. She has collected and delivered $9 million worth of goods and services to the Lakota people in the past 17 years. They have a food pantry, medical and dental clinics, they support a greenhouse and organic gardens, and help every summer in repairing homes.

The women at St. James church in Glastonbury, CT work all year knitting scarves, gloves, and blankets which are donated to Hawkwing.

See more:  http://www.wfsb.com/…/ct-woman-named-among-top-10-cnn-heroes

Hawkwing website:  http://www.hawkwing.org/#!what-we-do/cj7s

We are all one human family

Can you image being 18 yrs old and traveling the world? 20,000 miles into your trip you come across a little 6 yr old girl who is working breaking up rocks to earn money to feed her family. She looks at you and says, “Hello Sister”. What would you do?

‪#‎Maggie_Doyne‬ helped Hima go to school by paying for her tuition, uniform and books. But if you touch the life of one child, what happens next? You see another one and another one.

So what then? Well if you are Maggie, you have your parents send you your life savings of $5,000 (all of your babysitting money) and you buy some land and build Kopila Valley Children’s Home. She has 50 children ages ranging from 8 months to 16 yrs.

Maggie, now 28 yrs old believes that we are all one human family. So she doesn’t just come in and say here is what we are going to do – like she is the expert for what they need. Instead she has formed a community and “we” plan what is needed next.

So she went beyond that Children’s Home to build a school, with the children getting nutritious meals, healthcare and being given a firm foundation for their future. There are now 350 children attending the school. The need is much greater, with over 1,000 applicants each year.

The community also has a Health Clinic and Women’s Center and they are now building a high school. They have a vocational school in planning stages too.

Maggie has been named a ‪#‎Top_10_CNN_Hero‬ – see her story here:

http://edition.cnn.com/…/…/living/cnnheroes-doyne/index.html

Her website Blinknow:  http://www.blinknow.org/our-story

He put himself in danger to save the children

‪#‎James_Vernon‬, age 75, proves that it doesn’t matter how many years have passed, you can remember your ‪#‎Army‬ training and still exercise your ‪#‎super_hero_powers‬.

When a 19 year old burst into the library with two 5″ hunting knives threatening to kill the children, James sprang into action. He blocked the access to the 16 children while they hid and then escaped.

“I tried to talk to him. I tried to settle him down,” Vernon told the Pekin Daily Times. “I didn’t, but I did deflect his attention” from the kids “and calmed him a bit. I asked him if he was from Morton, did he go to high school. I asked what his problem was. He said his life sucks. That’s a quote.”

“I grabbed him and threw… Somehow he wound up on a table” with the knife in his left hand pinned under his body, Vernon said. “I hit him on the (right) collarbone with my closed hand” until Brown dropped that knife. Even though he was cut and bleeding, he was able to keep Brown pinned down until the police and paramedics arrived. He suffered minor injuries and none of the children were hurt.

Had he brought a gun instead, “It would’ve been a different story,” Vernon said. Thank God he was there and put himself in danger to save the children. He is a true ‪#‎LemonadeMaker‬.

See full story:  http://www.foxnews.com/…/illinois-army-vet-75-saves-16-kid…/

A ‪Pizza delivery‬ person helps a man she delivers pizza's to

‪#‎Lee_Haase‬ lives in Ham Lake, Minnesota. He is 76 years old and lives on social security. Due to a storm his former home is not livable. He had no insurance, because he couldn’t afford it. So he moved into a small 12 ft trailer that looks like it is also falling apart. He has no running water, no heat, no bathroom, no stove, no refrigerator. It is unbelievable that he has been living this way for five years and through the cold winters in Minnesota with no heat.

‪#Dominoes_Pizza_delivery‬ person is going all out to help a man she delivers pizza’s to. She didn’t know how bad his situation is until when she delivered him pizza and he was shivering with cold. She went right out and bought him a space heater, which blew his electricity out. 

She realized that winter was coming and with the conditions he is living in knew that something had to happen. She believed her community would step up to make a difference. And she is right!

Bless you Angela for being a true ‪#‎angel‬ on this earth. It is very doubtful that he would have made it through another winter without your stepping in to make a difference. You restored his in faith in humanity and ours. You are a true #LemonadeMakers

See the full story here on the ‪#‎go_fund_me‬ account she set up.

https://www.gofundme.com/fq5k4vrk

100 Million meals

One small act of ‪#‎generosity‬ can transform the lives of Millions. $1 can make a difference. Please share this with those on your pages, so we can get the word out and provide as many meals as possible.

‪#‎Tony_Robbins‬, best selling author, entrepreneur and philanthropist is partnering with Feeding America to issue a challenge to all of us.

He will pay for 50 Million Meals as a matching gift to our donations, so that together we can provide 100 Million meals to the 49 Million Americans who struggle with hunger. According to ‪#‎Feeding_America‬, every $1 you give helps secure and distribute 20 meals.

As the fall weather begins, those who are at or below poverty level really feel the pinch in providing food for their families. Any kitchen gardens that supplemented the food budget are being put into the winter hibernation. The homeless are also impacted as the weather gets colder to have hot meals to help keep their bodies warm.

In addition to supporting Feeding America, Tony also has a foundation that he started in 1991 that has several programs, one of which is the International ‪#‎Basket_Brigade‬ program that provides baskets of food and household items for an estimated 2 Million people annually throughout the world.

Donate Page For Feeding America: https://secure.feedingamerica.org/site/Donation2…

Tony’s Basket Brigade: https://www.anthonyrobbinsfoundation.org/p…/basket-brigades/

Bratz dolls transformed

Several months ago we posted the story about Australian artist Sonja Singh and how she was taking ‪#‎Bratz_dolls‬ (doll faces with too much makeup and skimpy outfits) and removing the painted faces and recreating the dolls to be more lifelike for little girls. Young girls actually love to play with these dolls because they look and dress like they do.

‪#‎Wendy_Tsao‬ was so inspired by the artist that she began collecting the dolls from second hand stores and recreating the faces to be like ‪#‎inspiring‬female role models.

The photo reflects how the doll originally looked and how she recreated the doll to be like ‪#‎Malala‬ Yousafzai, Pakistani activist and youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She has also created a doll for Jane Goodall, author J.K. Rowling, Somali model and activist Waris Dirie, and Roberta Bondar, the first female Canadian astronaut.

Who would be your favorite ‪#‎female_role_model‬ that you would like to see in a doll and why?

See more:  http://www.takepart.com/…/bratz-dolls-transformed-inspiring…

Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist and youngest Nobel Prize laureate. (Photos: Yousafzai: Wikipedia; doll: Wendy Tsao)

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