All posts tagged: inspired

JK Rowling and Her Hogwarts Cash

Her rags-to-riches story is well-known and her achievements in writing one of the most popular series in the world are astonishing. Although tears almost accompanied my goosebumps when we visited “Hogwarts” in Orlando, I wouldn’t call myself a die-hard fan. I just always thought JK Rowling was notably impressive and of course, a great story-teller. Well, I also now believe that she’s an amazing person. Recently, I learned that she didn’t make it to the “Billionaires’ Club”  this time around because she made substantial donations to charity organizations focusing on children’s welfare, ms, poverty and illiteracy. This truly inspires me. While I donate what/when I can to charities and causes I believe in, I’d like to think that when I amass millions of dollars in the future (or in a parallel universe which is more plausible), I would follow suit and give as much as I receive. “You have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently.”  – JK Rowling Source: Mother …

An Inspiring Disney Trip Giveaway

If you received an all-expense-paid trip to Disneyland, would you give it away? This includes airfare, mind you! Well, this wonderful boy did. In fact, inspired by the  red paper clip experiment, Brendan used Facebook and his toy soldier to trade up for credits and gift certificates, where he eventually accumulated enough for a Disney Trip  giveaway. The fun part: On Memorial Day, he randomly selected the name of a fallen soldier’s daughter and surprised her family with this lovely present in their Massachusetts home! So many factors blow me away here: There are 800 Million active users on Facebook, how many are giving away prizes out of the kindness of their hearts? He did not just donate his own money, he found a creative way to put a prize package together with the help of a community and social media. He honored not only one soldier, but he also reminded the world of the sacrifice that our soldiers and their families go through when they are on duty He is 9 years old. Watch …

Websites I Like: Kiva.Org

I’ve been in the internet industry for over a decade and there are many, many websites I like. However, only a handful make a difference,  and a select few make a positive global impact. For this reason, I’m choosing to feature Kiva.org. Kiva’s mission is to help alleviate poverty worldwide through micro-financing. It’s not about writing checks and dropping it in the mailbox. It is about helping someone through a loan, which they will then pay back.  You can read about the person’s background and life story on the site, you will see their payment plan, and you can fund another person/group after the other loan has been repaid. It’s so simple, it’s awesome. For the first loan I’m lending to, I chose a 54 year old man’s recycling business in Philippines. His annual income is $1200 and he also has adopted children that he supports. I’ve met some people like him in Philippines. They barely have enough for themselves but they find it in their hearts to help others in any way they can. …

Cup of Good - Even if you are in the right track

The Right Track

I’ve seen many people become complacent. To be honest it’s one of my personal fears, as I understand how easy it is to just go through the motions and fall into a familiar routine.  However, on those times where I’ve sought and taken on daunting opportunities, I truly believe that the experience helped me grow and learn as an individual. It’s annoying, it’s challenging, and it tested my resolve — but there is a sense of pride and accomplishment that no one can else take away from me.

Dedication

I really enjoy watching Ellen. In addition to an easygoing attitude, her humor, everything she stands for, AND providing the voice of one of my favorite Pixar characters Dory, she also finds such compelling stories that are captivating and inspirational at the same time. Take this recent interview with Sara Ferguson, for instance. With the Chester Upland School district’s budget cuts, Sara and many other teachers resolved to continue working without pay as long as they are “individually able” so that they can continue to educate the children from the low-income families in their community. How is that for dedication to your profession? Teaching is already a thankless job to begin with, and in public schools, many are underpaid even when they play a critical role in a child’s growth, learning, and future. Our future. Sara Ferguson and her fellow teachers deserve the highest praise.