Free Morgan

Please Help Us Free Morgan!

She is a young female Orca that was found off the coast of Netherlands in 2010, where she was captured as she swimming alone and very sick. She was brought back to the Dutch Dolphinarium where she was nursed back to health and was supposed to be released soon after.. but then she was sent to Loro Parque in Tenerife!

Now Big Marine Corporations are trying to keep her in captivity, just like the keep other killer whales in captivity. Orcas (or Killer whales) do not do well in captivity, physically or mentally, as the movie Blackfish showed us so clearly:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G93beiYiE74

READ MORE: Behind the Orca smile

There was a large court case in Amsterdam, and the ruling was a disappointment but they see chances the appeal would be successful. In the meantime Morgan is still at Loro Parque.

Please visit http://www.freemorgan.org/ to see what you can do to help the experts free Morgan.

You can find me and my dutch friends Lonneke Engel and Doutzen Kroes as "Morgan's Angels on their "supporters" list.

in September 2018 Morgan has given birth to Ula, despite the fact that getting Morgan pregnant was a violation as breeding apparently was not permitted. You can read more about her pregnancy HERE.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV6jhbreOGg

Please help and do all you can to save the beautiful and precious Morgan and all the other orcas in kept in captivity. A killer whale does not belong in a small confined environment, they need to be free in nature.

READ MORE: How to help Morgan

Love, Anne-Marie van Dijk

First published in 2011, updated with new information in 2019


LOVE AND BE LOVED

Hello guys. Inspired by my life and love I have to share some words with you!

True Love

Everyone wants to love and be loved. I hear it a lot that isn't an easy journey to find TRUE love. Actually it can be really simple, in my opinion. Listen to your heart , to your true self that knows everything... it doesn't look that simple to you?? I will explain:

1. Love yourself first

It is impossible to give and receive love without loving yourself more than anything! Loving YOU first means respecting your opinions, your feelings and your wishes... and that makes it all easier. It comes from the inside out. Your true voice will talk, your heart will feel and you'll respond to your feelings.

 

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2. Finding love

I won't say love is around the corner, because I know we don't find it every time we cross the street. But when you find it, you will know. There is no other way around, there is no doubt! It is just there... it's not a PERFECT feeling... nothing in this World is perfect. But it is just right, just the way it has to be, it's just enough, it's FULFILLING.

I know, I know you must had heard that a million times: " one day you will find it"...

So don't torture yourself on your way to this beautiful path. Just go with the flow. Do never forget, YOU always come first.

 

3. Little tips to follow when you have found love:

  • FOOD tastes much better if made with love! So cook with your heart and for the ones you cherish. Try these 5 recipes for chocolate lovers (1 is my recipe!)
  • Give yourself some little "me time" once a while. Take little breaks only to do your hobbies, or something that makes you happy.
  • Sunbathe. You won't believe how wonderful you'll feel after some sunshine on your skin (don't forget the sun screen)
  • Be around people that make you feel good and share good moments with them!
  • Have a pet if you can... loving the animals is one pure great feeling!
  • Spend time with children! They make you happy, they make you LOVE them.

 

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All those little actions will surround you with love and great feelings!  We know we attract more and more of whatever we're feeling or experiencing. So treat your whole world with love!!

The pictures in this article represent LOVE to me, including my love Fabio Nunes!

 

Love under the water!

Xo Carol

 

First published in 2013, updated in 2019


Making of Model Chocolate part 2

Hello beautiful readers! I share the cacao love with Organice Your Life® contributor Abigail O'Neill, so what's better than getting together for some model chocolate making with friends? As Lonneke already shared her favorite recipe from Abigail's Model Chocolate book, I'm gonna share mine with you all.

READ MORE: The Making of Model Chocolate part. 1

First of all, I wanted to congratulate Australian supermodel Abigail O'Neill with her wonderful work on the amazing book Model Chocolate ! Much more chocolate LOVE to you my dear, thank you very much for the effort of turning your passion into something everyone could benefit from!

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Getting ready to start our "Chocolovers" cooking in the Organice Your Life® kitchen. All ingredients and of course Model Chocolate cook book by Abigail.

I'm crazy for cookies... only the smell of cookies coming from the oven drives me crazy! So I chose the Chocky Bikkies with almond butter and honey. They are made with cacao nibs for a bit of crunchiness... I absolute love IT ! These are the healthiest I've ever made... Ingredients such as coconut, macadamia , vanilla and honey are the heroes of this awesome mixture above...

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And it all together turned into ...

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THIS! Beautiful leafs made with lots of LOVE

The other day at home, my boyfriend Fabio reproduced another great recipe to one of our good friends and everyone was absolute blown away by how easy and tasteful were the Protein Cocoballs!! We've tried out eating them either before and after getting our workout done. It felt good to my body both ways, increased my energy level and helped recovering muscles. They're good as sweet treats after lunch or dinner, as it's made with the best ingredients and superfoods on Earth, so you don't get to feel guilty about eating them. It's pure goodness ;)

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Delicious Protein Cocoballs ready!

So let's get inspired , get your friends and start cooking!! If your are interested in having access to all these amazing choco blast, please go to OYL shop and get yours! E-book and hardcopies are available HERE. Join us and share your love for raw chocolate too! Share your love for chocolate too!

Xo Carol ;)

pictures by Carol, Fabio & Fairest Photo

First published on November 11th 2013, updated in 2019


BREAKING FREE

There's plenty of inspirational reading to be found online, in magazines & self help books to do with becoming the 'best you' you can be. Don't you love that?! Great concept.

Be your best you

Imagine it just for a moment. Close your eyes & visualize yourself living your best life! Your best healthy, gorgeous self!

READ MORE: Beautify with essential oils

I was out enjoying lunch the other day with my family & a simply dressed, radiant woman sat down close by us & we shared a word or two.

What impresses me in another person

What always impresses me most about a person is their smile. Their radiance. Their GLOW. This lovely lady wasn't wearing much make-up - if any, but she was amazing! Healthy, happy & at peace with herself & us as well. She was no supermodel, but bound to brighten up the day of anyone she may have bumped in to! For sure!!... It was raining too... & she had the cutest little puppy. :)

My weekend challenge

Love people. Be kind. Put on something nice in the morning & GLOW all day long. The coolest thing is that being your best you isn't only about you...! Lets break free of our own limitations & be beautiful. Touching the lives of others & inspiring them too. ;))

Love Abigail

Published on April 27th 2012, updated in 2019


Love people & life, Not Stuff

We are ALL in love with stuff — with shopping, with acquiring, with owning, with collecting! I know it is easy to do this. But let’s lust after life instead?

How we live our lives these days

Our obsession with stuff has become unhealthy. When we have a void in our lives, we buy things (we have all done it!) When we have problems, we buy things. And these things are becoming more and more expensive, bigger, shinier … more wasteful ( and NOT Green!)

This obsession with stuff leads to owning a lot, having a lot of clutter … and yet this stuff doesn’t fill our lives with meaning.

We buy things when we’re depressed, we buy things for others to show how much we love them … and in this way, stuff has separated us from actually dealing with our emotions, blocked us from truly connecting with others.

Let’s replace that lust for stuff with a lust for life and here are some ideas and inspirations that help me, but is something I have to remind myself of often... especially when walking past my favorite store! We are all a work in progress, so we need to be gentle with ourselves, but we also have to make good choices, that will help us grow in every way.

Make good choices that will help us grow in every way

  • Rediscover a passion for life. Get outside and feel nature, appreciate the beauty of the world around you. Get active, do some gardening or yardwork, play a sport, go for a walk, take a hike, go for a swim, ride a bike. Feel the life coursing through you. Breathe it in.
  • Give experiences as gifts, not stuff. Instead of shopping for someone come birthdays or Christmas, think of an experience you can give them instead. A date with you, doing something fun, hanging out, cooking, playing, talking, exploring. A fun time at a park or beach. Something other than everyday. An experience is much more meaningful than an object.
  • Connect with others. In real life. If you haven’t hung out with a friend recently, give him a call and go hang out. Go on a date with your partner. Visit your mom or grandparents. And be present while you’re with them — really listen, really be there. Love people, not stuff!
  • Deal with your emotions. If you have a need to buy things, to shop when you are having emotional issues, be more aware of this. Then deal with the underlying emotions, rather than using shopping as a way to forget about them. If you’re depressed, or anxious, or lonely, deal with those. Find solutions, figure out what’s causing them. Good news: experiencing life, getting active, and connecting with others all help you deal with those emotional issues.
  • Disconnect your attachment to stuff.
  • Realize that life, not stuff, is what matters. Objects are just objects — if you lose them, if they get stolen or destroyed … it’s not a big deal. They’re just objects, NOT your life. Your life is the series of moments that is steaming through your consciousness right now, and how you use those moments and what you fill them with is what truly matters, not what you fill your home with. At the end of this short journey, you’ll look back and remember your experiences, the people you loved and who loved you back, the things you did and didn’t do. Not the stuff you had.

So let's all love life & NOT STUFF!

I hope this inspires you to re-think wants VS needs. We all *want* stuff, but do you need it? Internalize this, and hopefully you make the right choice for YOU.

Love xoxo

First published in 2011, Updated in 2018


Bachelorette to Prince Charming

I was voted #1 Eligible Bachelorette of the Netherlands by Jackie magazine in 2012. There is a list of 25 eligible Bachelorettes and they put me on top, haha how life can change within a year ;-) But besides that it is a fun award to get, and it was a fun celebration, it also has a thought that I want to share with you:

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I became single by my own choice about at the end of 2011. My relationship was not feeling right. I know a lot of people stay in a situation too long, trying to work it out. I did that too. But if you realize you are not happy: choose your own happiness! This "award" some people might see as not fun. I actually loved it! It is also telling me I made the right choice! You know what? If you are happy in your own skin (I am the happiest I have been in 5 years!) you will attract the right people. The opposite also counts: if you are not feeling great/are miserable, you will usually attract the same kind of people. And you don't want that right? So work on yourself to be the best YOU and love will come your way! Who you are is what you attract.

My motto is: Never settle for anything less than amazing. And that amazing is when you feel happy in the situation, not what other people think about you or that person. it is your life and sorry to say it again: You only live once!

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I enjoyed being single. It  was the last time in my life ....as I found my Prince Charming last year, and we are going to live happily ever after!

So cheers to couples, but also cheers to all you Singles out there! You are cool and if you don't settle for anything less than amazing, you might find the best of the best like I did with my man Dirk!

Love, Lonneke

More info about the Bachelorette event:

We celebrated in Amsterdam with the premiere of Bachelorette the movie. I also went to the premiere of this movie in New York City!

Interview about being voted Bachelorette of the Netherlands (in Dutch):

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The day after interview: (In Dutch, mind the bags under my eyes I was tired hihi):

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Me and Organice Your Life contributor Valentina Zelyaeva at the premiere of Bachelorette in New York City earlier that month:

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Raw Chocolate Fondue

It is always time to celebrate, for instance with a delicious raw chocolate fondue!

[threecol_one]CELEBRATE:
*Love
*Life
*Connections
*Acceptance
*Beauty
*Antioxidants (LOL - seriously)
[/threecol_one] [threecol_one]REFRESH:
*Time out - recreation
*Hydrotherapy
*Massage - touch
*Nature
*Film, music or art
*Lovemaking (if applicable)
[/threecol_one] [threecol_one_last]RENEW:
*Commitments/vows
*Faith in yourself and others
*Your body, mind, soul[/threecol_one_last]

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Abigail in her 'Garden of Eden'

Below is a fondue idea from my book Model Chocolate which I love to enjoy during a big essential oil bath with my husband, sharing a pot of green tea if it's cold or a spicy exotic herbal/fruity drink such as 'Celtica' mmm!

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Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Fondue
Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Fondue

Suitable for all kinds of love; take the opportunity to share a healthy raw chocolate experience with your single friends or couple besties, love of your life or soulmate.

RAW CHOCOLATE FONDUE idea

Fruit suggestions ~
Mango, cut into chunks
Strawberries, halved
Starfruit, sliced into stars
Fresh nectarines, pitted, quartered
Cherries, grapes or lychees, whole
Banana, sliced

OR any seasonal organic fruits of your choice - express yourself!

Fondue Dipping Chocolate

I love a plain raw chocolate recipe such as my Classic Dark (in the book) for dipping, or simply use any of your favourite raw chocolate recipes!

Prepare raw chocolate of your choice. While cacao or coconut butters are melting you can start chopping your favourite fresh fruits and making up a beautifully arranged platter. Place a couple of small forks on the side. Finish mixing up chocolate and serve in a small bowl at the centre of the fruit plate. No need to keep warm. Enjoy! The raw chocolate should thicken naturally as it stands depending on the weather. <3

Enjoy!

xxx Abigail


RAW CHOCOLATE LOVE

Hi loves! Hope you're having a wonderful day :)

I'm so very busy right now working on my first cookbook ~ MODEL CHOCOLATE ~ which is getting closer by the moment! My chocolate brings you more energy, love & beauty with every supergorgeous bite! There are over 50 (more like 60) recipes in it ranging from breakfasts to desserts & even a couple of beauty treatments using raw cacao. In just over a month we'll be shooting the cover & I'll share sneak peaks here via Organic Your Life! Stay tuned...

For now though, I want to share with you a few raw chocolate tips you can do oh-so-easily which will enhance your:

Life  - this oldest living lady a chocoholic? woo!

Beauty - antioxidants second to none on the face of the earth

Love - watch this awesome inspiring  informative video by lord Cacao Wolfe

Health - extra raw cacao nutrition info

Happiness - anything that tastes this good & this good (bravo Val) & is every bit as good for you as it tastes makes you happy inside!! With those two recipes alone you can throw a little chocolate party! MMMMM.

Stock up on goodies:

Raw cacao powder, raw cacao nibs, raw cacao beans, creamed coconut, coconut oil, organic essential oils like peppermint, orange, lavender. Spices like cayenne & cinnamon, dried fruits such as blueberries, mango, incaberries. Organic fresh & frozen fruits & superfruits! Sweeteners such as raw honey, raw agave, maple syrup, coconut sugar. Organic nuts & seeds. Superpowders such as mesquite, lucuma, maqui berry, hemp protien, acai berry, maca. SOO GOOD.

Now you can do anything...!

Try:

Adding raw cacao, coconut oil, shavings of creamed coconut, cacao nibs, spices to nuts & seeds or organic fruits in your day. You can make simple fresh fruits exciting by adding yogurt & raw cacao nibs on top. You could add a sprinkling of raw cacao powder over a bowl of oatmeal before drizzling on honey & cinnamon. Rolling medjool dates in superpowders, mentioned above, & fill with raw cacao nibs or powder mixed with hazelnut butter. Snacking on cacao beans & goji berries is a favourite of many healthy people worldwide & for good reasons :)

Replace hot chocolate drinks with raw cacao hot chocolate. Don't scald it, place almond milk over raw cacao powder first, froth it with spices if you like & sweetener - then pour over the boiling water.

You can add cacao nibs or raw cacao powder into smoothies. I have a supersmoothie recipe in my book which is pretty much just young green coconut water with blueberries, cacao & any choice of superpowders/foods you like! It can taste scrumptious or earthy & medicinal depending on your combinations or needs on the day. A smoothie a day to keep the doctor away!

There's many great recipes available on the internet using raw cacao so have a play. Its worth the effort in all its blessedness... BUT if you are superbusy & want to buy chocolate instead PLEASE PLEASE choose only to buy fairtrade (refuse to support child slavery) for the rest of your life. I'd rather never taste chocolate again than buy chocolate that ruins a childs life. Remember too, buy chocolate that is what I call 'fairtrade by birth'. This means the company has always been fairtrade, rather than just slapping on a logo to keep up with the changing trends.

LOVE & CHOCOLATE

Abigail

 

 


Proud to be Gay

Joey Holthaus has been a singer in a boy band called "All of Us" for many years. Today he works as an illustrator and fashion consultant in the Netherlands. He is sharing his experiences as an openly gay man with Organice Your Life®.

 

... "Hey, dirty F*GG#T!"... Damn! I just did my best to look like a cool dude today. I'm wearing my baggy trousers, old school sneakers, big hoodie, Diesel cap and it's all in traditional masculine colors. Thought I looked like a straight guy, but guess I was wrong. When I look up I see some kids laughing at me, some are giving me the finger. Grrrrrr. Just another bunch of kids who think they have the right to call me dirty.

Strange. Strange because I'm never ever been a dirty boy (well, not in that way). I take a shower every morning, wash my hair, put on my Aussiebum's (for the straight guys & girls: it's the Bjørn Borg for gay people) & some new fresh socks, and as a final touch my everyday (Malin + Goetz) fragrance. Why? Because I can't stand dirty stuff. I gag when I smell sweat, mold and unpleasant odors. I can't quite place have to disappear as soon as possible. I've heard too many dirty stories, told by my best friends, even though they know I can't stand them (so I run to the bathroom to throw up). I visualize every little thing. So funny, but not for me...

Well, I know that the kids are referring to that other 'dirty' something. You know, how gay people have sex. How they do it. Probably some of those kids also do it with their girlfriends, lovers, or maybe each other? But when gay people do it, they think it's more disgusting. That's why they call us dirty. And say f*gg#t. Right in your face.

I know that it's in fashion for straight people to have a*** intercourse. It's not a gay thing anymore, doing it "the Greek way". When I'm listening to all the many sex stories of my female friends (about their relationships) I know it's true, and they do like it (and quite surprising, some straight men too, if you know what I mean..)

Okay, back to the kids. I'm so surprised they outed me. When you look at all the straight men these days, I can't see a difference in style with the fashionable gay men of a few years ago. Famous metro men (like über metro David Beckham) set the trend, and half of the straight young men followed. It was hot to look good and fashionable for a straight guy. Before David, gay people created the most wanted styles in fashion. Now I can't spot the difference anymore. For me, a normal gay guy, it became very difficult to trust my "gaydar". I thought I had one, but these days I think everybody looks gay. Think my gaydar is really out of order...

Don’t get me wrong, I like to “dress up” for the nights, but my "Yoohooo... look at me, I'm gay" look lies far behind me right now.

I remember my first year in 1996 as a fashion student, when I transformed from a little young boy to a self-assured boy with waaay too much make up on my face. One of my classmates (and still my BFF) looked like the inspiration for Lady Gaga's looks nowadays (but in a so much better and creative way). He was the one who supported me to polish my nails. First I let them grow and then I polished them all black (how gothic). Then I used all kinds of colours and finally I was drawing all kind of little creations on my nails. How creative! My signature eyebrows before my first year Fashion Design looked like I was Bert's cousin (Sesame Street). An ugly unibrow.

During this first year I discovered the magic of a tweezer! First I pulled out a few hairs, then a little bit more, and then... Oi. I looked like I drew two stripes above my eyes. Yikes.

I also put too much make up on my face to cover up the rings underneath my eyes and pimples, and I've made my eyebrows more colourful with a black eyeliner. On top of that you must know that it was very hot to be a fan of the SPICE GIRLS (well that is, if you were a four-to-twelve year old girl, or a screaming young gay like me and my BFF), so imagine what we looked like. Dressed in shirts that were too small, low bootcut jeans,  high (20cm) plateau shoes and blond spikey hair (aaaargh!!!) I was clubbing in Arnhem's gay club Entre Nous every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Like every night we waited (after whining for a long time) till the DJ played our favorite song: "SPICE UP YOUR LIFE"! Shake it, shake it, shake it... ENCORE!

Okay, maybe I looked like a drag queen, but at that time (1996!) I had never been bullied openly on the streets. No one had ever called me "dirty F*GG#T", no matter how flamboyant my outfit was. It’s so sad that the times have changed.

May 2012: On the cover of Dutch magazine "L'Homo" you can see two straight famous Dutch male actors kissing each other, with their tongue. The magazine is telling us that you don't have to be ashamed when you kiss another guy.

                 * Cover Dutch gay magazine "L'Homo" 2012 *

This cover made headlines in Holland. In 2012! Why? Just because of that kiss. Even though Holland seems very accepting of homosexuality to the outside world, in fact gays get bullied here everyday when they walk hand in hand. Some gays get beat up on the streets when they come out of a club. When you kiss your boyfriend, EVERYBODY is watching you. Like you're an attraction at a carnaval.

That’s why "L'Homo" magazine had to make that cover. Those covers HAVE to make headlines. We HAVE to talk about it. We have to get used to it, because most of the people are sadly not.

I’m so proud of president Obama. Last week he told the whole world that same-sex couples should be able to get married. BAM! Thank u Mr. Obama. We (the gay people) just need that kind of support. So stand up with the president & sign here!

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So, how can I support myself and others gays? How can I tell the world that I’m an openly gay man for more than 18 years, and that I'm proud of it? That I love the way I'm living my life, and that I'm not ashamed for being gay? I think this self-made picture of me and my husband says enough:

 

I tweeted this picture to the magazine L'Homo, and they started a contest: Share your kiss & win! You can see Mark and I right here.

I am glad you all can see I'm gay. Looks like I haven't change a bit since 1996. Minus my nail polish, but plus spicing up (& organicing!) my happy life with my beautiful and gorgeous husband Mark.

Be proud. Be yourself.

 

X Joey

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LOVE the parts you _ _ _ _

I feel so sad about this... YET it's something I've done too! It serves us no purpose other than to keep us back from all that we can be emotionally, physically, mentally.

JUST NOT WORTH THE FUSS

So lets start this moment, this next breath, this next day with some positive thoughts, for our thighs. Seriously!! Now what about your skin, my skin? Perhaps your feet need some love.

Take your hands and place them upon the part of your body you 'hate' most. Breathe loving thoughts into that part of YOU. It won't be easy at first, but it will LIBERATE you, I promise! Models can be the hardest on themselves of anyone I've ever met. Don't compare yourself with anyone else, you are beautiful. Accept the parts you may not be 'as proud of'. Love them. AND maybe, just maybe, from that loving focus, those parts may even become even more lovely. I've seen it happen!

Lets make a start, lets LOVE the parts... well no need to say, because we don't _ _ _ _ !

Love  &  CHOCOLATE ~ Abigail


Inspiration Mid-Week

I came across this quote today on my best friends blog: ...like a Rolling Stone ( which you have to check out as she is one of the most inspirational people I know! who also happens to have the greatest.cards.ever called DaniPress which you can purchase anytime.anywhere.)

She posted this today &  this was something I needed to hear right now and wanted to share with all of you:

" One of the best pieces of advice I ever got, back when I was 23 and newly out of school, is this: look around and figure out who you want to be on your team. Figure out the people around you that you want to work with for the rest of your life. Figure out the people who are smart & awesome, who share your values, who get things done — and maybe most important, who you like to be with and who you want to help win. And treat them right, always. Look for ways to help, to work together, to learn.

Because in 20 years you’ll all be in amazing places doing amazing things.”  John Lilly.

I think this is important to me as I've lived away from my family for so long, and at the end of the day the friends I make and the people I meet become my family. I would do anything for them, and love them like my own. We should take a look around, and make sure we are always surrounded be positivity, light and love.

I encourage you to truly take value in your loved ones and the people around you. You might live thousands of miles away from your parents, siblings, friends and you will always have them a phone call away. BUT the people that are beside you right here and now. Treasure them, take care of each other and spread the love, always.

ps- DaniPress also gives 10% to a organization called These Numbers Have Faces :

"These Numbers Have Faces invests in the future leaders of South Africa by empowering young people to reduce poverty in their own communities.

Through college scholarships and a dynamic Community Impact Model based on service, mentoring, and financial literacy, young people are developing the skills to transform South Africa. In our efforts for higher education and youth empowerment, These Numbers Have Faces aims to put real people in the place of numbers."


Volunteering: God's Love We Deliver

Volunteering.

Feeds our hearts, nourishes our soul, but most importantly makes a difference in another persons life.

Yesterday I went to an Organization called: God's Love We Deliver.

It was such a joyous and wonderful experience, and I will be returning very , very soon.

GLWD is the tri-state area's leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. It was initially started to provide hot meals to HIV/Aids patient, but it now delivers over 4000 hot meals a day in the tri-state area to individuals who are dealing with life altering illness or disease. It was AMAZING. It is literally run by volunteers, and few very devoted and passionate employees who literally took my breath away.

 

The thing that amazes me, is that they don't just cook up any sort of meals, because they are on a strict budget. They truly believe in 'food is medicine'

" To that end, we employ a team of registered dietitians who individually tailor meals to each client's specific medical requirements.  God's Love provides all services by employing a small but dedicated professional staff and with the critical assistance of over 7,600 volunteers annually "

I was in my element yesterday as I chopped endless, and endless amounts of veggies (carrots, peppers, onions.... more veggies than I have seen in a very long time) that we were going to make into delicious and nourishing meals. Very special care is gone into nutrition, hygiene and overall well-being of the individual in need.

It is the ONLY organization left like this in the city area, as the Mayor took away the ability for 'Meals on Wheels' to deliver hot food, any other organization now simply delivers frozen meals. GLWD is a whole other story, and is the only organization to do so. These individuals are able to receive meals just like you and I can have, which makes my heart happy! Everyone should have access to nutritious, hot and warming foods. They already need to pay very special attention to their health and what they are eating is of vital importance because: FOOD TRULY IS MEDICINE.

I just wanted to share my incredible day yesterday, and encourage you to Volunteer on a regular basis. I know that I will be doing so at least once a week, as I am a member of New York Cares. If you are in the NYC area, I highly encourage you to sign-up and get started on your first project. I know fellow Contributor Mallory is a member ( :) ), and we are planning a project together soon.

If you can't make it to Volunteer, you can always donate, as they are run fully by donations.

http://www.glwd.org/

In anything in life, every. little. bit. helps.

Have a wonderful start to your week!