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Apr 12th

The Power of Words

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by Tera Gibbs, Dance Instructor and Director of Compassion

We all know that the words we read, hear, and speak can either hurt or help those around us, and most of us would prefer more of the latter. From jewelry to books, here are some positive ways to foster those helpful words in our own lives:

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The Giving Keys is a jewelry line of engraved vintage keys started by musician Caitlin Crosby. She employs individuals who are transitioning out of homelessness to imprint positive words on keys that they then make into stylish accessories. The Giving Keys website allows people to share the stories of how they forwarded their keys and the accompanying messages to others in need. There is so much goodness on this site, that with just one glance it can make your day.

See Caitlin Crosby’s TED Talk on The Giving Keys here.

 

Must-Read Books:

 I am a huge fan of non-fiction books. Recently I’ve come across some that have left me feeling inspired and empowered.  Not only are these books entertaining, they have become full-fledged social movements! Check them out here:

 

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Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, winners of the Pulitzer Prize

 

Start Something That Matters Book Cover

Start Something That Matters, by Blake Mykoskie, Founder of TOMS Shoes

 

Lean In Book Cover

Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

I got most of these books at my local library, which happens to be Upper Moreland Public Library. No matter where you live, please support your local library buy becoming a member! Or…

 

Trade books with PaperBackSwap.com!

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PaperBack Swap offers an easy way to trade your books online allowing you to give your books new life while opening up your shelf for new reads. I love trading my books here! Not only does PaperBackSwap have an excellent selection, but the recipients of my book trades are always so grateful. Good books, good words, and good energy…What more can one ask for?

 

I hope these links lead you to lots of positive words, information, and insights. Let us know how you use words to foster kindness and empower others in the comments below!

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Mar 14th

An Introduction to Community Conscious & Tips on Spring Cleaning

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Tera_200x288by Tera Gibbs, Dance Instructor and Director of Compassion

Hi there, I am Tera Gibbs, you may have seen me dancing around the studio with fellow yoginis in YogaDance and little yoginis too in Rain Clouds. I am writing today to tell you all about my new role as Director of Compassion for Nourishing Storm. My new role came as a result of my passion to give back to the local community and to the national and global outreach communities around the world. Along with Nourishing Storm, I am so happy to be here sharing with you simple, fun ways to advance your own citizenship and connection to the community. I hope you enjoy the posts as much as I love exploring new ways and sharing them with all of you. Here is connection, community and sustainability.

In our very first post we’ll focus on eco-friendly, fun spring cleaning ideas:

Goodbye Germs

Here are some simple ways to rid your home of germs in eco-friendly ways.

Vinegar:

Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle, for spot cleaning around the house. Spray a given area, let sit for 10 minutes, and wipe away the germs. For additional scouring power sprinkle some baking soda over the vinegar and scrub in a circular motion. For a fresh scent add orange peel to the vinegar and let sit for two weeks just like Health-Homemakers did for their citrus vinegar cleaner!

Vodka:

Vodka makes an excellent cleaning agent in homes, especially if you need an alternative use for alcohol during your own spring cleanse. Just pour 1 part vodka and 2 parts water into a spray bottle and use as you would any other household cleaner. Click here for some other tips and tricks for using vodka to clean.

So Long Stuff!

Here are some environmentally conscious ways to clear away clutter.

Donate:

Please donate what you don’t use anymore rather than tossing it away into the Earth’s overflowing landfills! There are lots of local and global ways to give your old stuff new life by donating.

Here in Hatboro, one of my favorite places to donate is Impact Thrift Store. The employees are kind and pleasant, and the store itself is organized well. With several locations in the surrounding communities, they’re easy to find. Just drop your donations at the marked location (in Hatboro, drop-off is near the back parking lot), and you’re all set! **They also appreciate any donations of sturdy bags that they can use for purchased items at the register. They’re always so grateful when I take mine there!

Support your local Lion’s Club by donating old glasses at one of the drop-off boxes. In Hatboro, you can find one at the corner of Moreland and Old York Rds. and at the intersection of Jacksonville and Street Rds.

H&M stores are currently collecting used clothes in their Garment Collecting efforts. Our local H&M donation site is at the Willow Grove Mall. Read more about H&M’s global sustainability endeavors here.

Re-purpose:

Finally, there are many ways to turn your more “mature” belongings into new treasures by quickly and simply re-purposing them!

The Mr. Kate website provides amazingly creative, fun, and easy instructions for using what you have to create some extraordinarily useful goods. Some of my favorite tutorials include the “DIY Jeweled Storage Container” and the “DIY Fabric Wrapped Vase.” But don’t stop at those two! Keep exploring the page for healthy recipes, more DIY tutorials, and home décor inspiration to keep you going as you finish up you spring cleaning! If you need a reward for when you’re done, the Mr. Kate spring jewelry collection is now available, too!

We would love to hear how you support your local, national, and global communities as spring approaches. Let us know on Facebook and Twitter, or comment here. We will continue to feature more ways to participate in your communities at all levels and look forward to hearing your ideas!

All of us here at Nourishing Storm wish you a happy and healthy start to your Spring!

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