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This week is Homeless Awareness Week. And for those who have been here awhile, you know the homeless community holds a special place in my heart.
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Not too long ago, when I was laid off after work for a company that didn't pay me for six months, I wrote my last check to cover my housing. It was all I had left. If I didn't find a job or pick up temp work, I was going to be in BIG trouble.
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And that changed me. It helped me understand how easy it is to become homeless. It's that job that lays you off. Or that critical illness sneaking in, incapacitating you. .
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I was lucky to have a safety net. But most don't. You don't end up homeless because you're lazy, or because you don't want to work. You end up there because life happens. And sometimes the rug gets pulled out from under you.
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There are many great agencies working to resolve the homeless crisis our nation is facing - over half a million people are homeless in the US, with children making up 25% of that community.
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But homelessness is a complex issue that takes a lot of time and energy to address. I've tagged a few great organizations and people working to address this issue. Would love to learn about some of your favorite organizations you work with as well. Tag them below and share their great work.
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#HomelessnessAwarenessWeek
This week is Homeless Awareness Week. And for those who have been here awhile, you know the homeless community holds a special place in my heart. . . . Not too long ago, when I was laid off after work for a company that didn't pay me for six months, I wrote my last check to cover my housing. It was all I had left. If I didn't find a job or pick up temp work, I was going to be in BIG trouble. . . . And that changed me. It helped me understand how easy it is to become homeless. It's that job that lays you off. Or that critical illness sneaking in, incapacitating you. . . . I was lucky to have a safety net. But most don't. You don't end up homeless because you're lazy, or because you don't want to work. You end up there because life happens. And sometimes the rug gets pulled out from under you. . . . There are many great agencies working to resolve the homeless crisis our nation is facing - over half a million people are homeless in the US, with children making up 25% of that community. . . . But homelessness is a complex issue that takes a lot of time and energy to address. I've tagged a few great organizations and people working to address this issue. Would love to learn about some of your favorite organizations you work with as well. Tag them below and share their great work. . . . #HomelessnessAwarenessWeek 
Im sad to be sharing yet another post of ways to help victims and survivors of a horrible act of hatred. .
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On of the best things you can do to help, not just Sutherland Springs, but any future emergencies is to give blood.
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Hospitals can only keep blood for 42 days, so make it a monthly habit. Not only is it something easy and (realtively) painless, you can help save lives.
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I've shared other ways to give - check them out by clicking the link in my profile.
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And please share your favorite ways to give when situations like this occur in the comments below.
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#PrayForSutherlandSprings
Im sad to be sharing yet another post of ways to help victims and survivors of a horrible act of hatred. . . . On of the best things you can do to help, not just Sutherland Springs, but any future emergencies is to give blood. . . . Hospitals can only keep blood for 42 days, so make it a monthly habit. Not only is it something easy and (realtively) painless, you can help save lives. . . . I've shared other ways to give - check them out by clicking the link in my profile. . . . And please share your favorite ways to give when situations like this occur in the comments below. . . . #PrayForSutherlandSprings 
Every year, over 3.2 million students are bullied and every day approximately 160,000 teens skip school to avoid their bullies.
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We have the power to change these facts. But only if we choose to shine a light and Stick It To Bullying.
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So join me and @paulmitchellus in spreading love and words of positive encouragement to those 3.2 million students.
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We promise it gets better and that Y O U matter. There are thousands of us waiting with excitement to see your gifts unfold to the world.
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#StickItToBullying
Every year, over 3.2 million students are bullied and every day approximately 160,000 teens skip school to avoid their bullies. . . . We have the power to change these facts. But only if we choose to shine a light and Stick It To Bullying. . . . So join me and @paulmitchellus in spreading love and words of positive encouragement to those 3.2 million students. . . . We promise it gets better and that Y O U matter. There are thousands of us waiting with excitement to see your gifts unfold to the world. . . . #StickItToBullying 
Today I joined millions of others in wearing purple for  @glaad Spirit Day to take a stand against bullying.
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October is Bullying Awareness Month, so I'm joining @paulmitchellus and @neonhair to Sitck It To Bullying - all forms of bullying.
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Remember, you are enough. You matter. You bring something unique to the world that all of us are the better for.
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#StickItToBullying
Today I joined millions of others in wearing purple for @glaad Spirit Day to take a stand against bullying. . . . October is Bullying Awareness Month, so I'm joining @paulmitchellus and @neonhair to Sitck It To Bullying - all forms of bullying. . . . Remember, you are enough. You matter. You bring something unique to the world that all of us are the better for. . . . #StickItToBullying 
Today I celebrated my birthday walking and raising awareness for the millions who live their lives unseen. It's a tradition started three years ago with my loves, @linenlaceandlove.
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I walked in solidarity with thousands of people around the globe, organized by @a21. Personally, I was lucky to have dear friends who chose to spend their morning being uncomfortable for a few hours to help those who spend their lives uncomfortable and forgotten.
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It's my favorite birthday tradition and I hope to one day live to see this tradition come to an end. Because all deserve to live freely in a free world.
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But until that day, I'll keep walking and I'll keep writing. Because none of us are free unless all of us are free.
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#WalkForFreedom
Today I celebrated my birthday walking and raising awareness for the millions who live their lives unseen. It's a tradition started three years ago with my loves, @linenlaceandlove. . . . I walked in solidarity with thousands of people around the globe, organized by @a21. Personally, I was lucky to have dear friends who chose to spend their morning being uncomfortable for a few hours to help those who spend their lives uncomfortable and forgotten. . . . It's my favorite birthday tradition and I hope to one day live to see this tradition come to an end. Because all deserve to live freely in a free world. . . . But until that day, I'll keep walking and I'll keep writing. Because none of us are free unless all of us are free. . . . #WalkForFreedom 
"Do not go gentle into that good night, but rage, rage against the dying of the light" - Dylan Thomas
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There are no words I can offer that could comfort the grieving families and loved ones of those we lost today.
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My heart is heavy tonight. Heavy from the events of last night. Heavy from the many, many other mass shootings that have come before this.
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In addition to sending love and prayers to those grieving, we can do something to honor the legacy of those we've lost. I've shared ways you can take action ("rage" against the dying light) and contribute - just click the link in my profile if you need some inspiration.
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#PrayForVegas
"Do not go gentle into that good night, but rage, rage against the dying of the light" - Dylan Thomas . . . There are no words I can offer that could comfort the grieving families and loved ones of those we lost today. . . . My heart is heavy tonight. Heavy from the events of last night. Heavy from the many, many other mass shootings that have come before this. . . . In addition to sending love and prayers to those grieving, we can do something to honor the legacy of those we've lost. I've shared ways you can take action ("rage" against the dying light) and contribute - just click the link in my profile if you need some inspiration. . . . #PrayForVegas 
Women who support women are my favorite types of people. .
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An early WCW spotlight on the lovely @saren.dipity tonight. Not only does she dedicate her time to empowering women by creating leadership opportunities in Uganda through mentorship programs with @thegloweffect, she hosts EmpowHer conferences here to train the next generation of female leaders. .
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Super excited to learn from Saren and the many other women who will be at the EmpowHer conference this Thursday. If you want to join me in attending, click that link my profile. .
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Can't wait to see you there! .
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#EmpowHer
Women who support women are my favorite types of people. . . . An early WCW spotlight on the lovely @saren.dipity tonight. Not only does she dedicate her time to empowering women by creating leadership opportunities in Uganda through mentorship programs with @thegloweffect, she hosts EmpowHer conferences here to train the next generation of female leaders. . . . Super excited to learn from Saren and the many other women who will be at the EmpowHer conference this Thursday. If you want to join me in attending, click that link my profile. . . . Can't wait to see you there! . . . #EmpowHer 
There's a lot happening in the world right now. Things that make us angry. Things that scare us. Things that make us weep.
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While talk in the US today has focused on Colin Kaepernick and #TakeTheKnee (which is an important conversation to be having), we also need to remember that two great countries were devastated by natural disaster - Mexico and Puerto Rico.
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There are many organizations already hard at work helping the people of these countries get back on their feet. I've tagged many in this post (at least those with Instagram).
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Tomorrow on Facebook I'll be posting a link with the full list, if you'd like to learn more.
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πŸ“· by @carolynsteensland
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#FuerzaMexico #PrayForPuertoRico
There's a lot happening in the world right now. Things that make us angry. Things that scare us. Things that make us weep. . . . While talk in the US today has focused on Colin Kaepernick and #TakeTheKnee  (which is an important conversation to be having), we also need to remember that two great countries were devastated by natural disaster - Mexico and Puerto Rico. . . . There are many organizations already hard at work helping the people of these countries get back on their feet. I've tagged many in this post (at least those with Instagram). . . . Tomorrow on Facebook I'll be posting a link with the full list, if you'd like to learn more. . . . πŸ“· by @carolynsteensland . . . #FuerzaMexico  #PrayForPuertoRico 
These past few weeks have been a bit of a personal roadblock in my life. I've been struggling with my purpose in life and how I can best make a difference with what I have to offer the world. .
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When I reach these moments, I find gathering with like minded women is the best source of inspiration.
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Which is why I'm super excited to attend the EmpowHer conference next week, where the inspirational Joanna of the @yellowco.co is speaking.
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Joanna founded Yellow Conference as a place to empower women to create their own place in the world while also giving back. .
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I'm really looking forward to connecting with Joanna and the other guest speakers at the EmpowHer Conference to be inspired in new ways to encourage people to find their own give back style.
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The entire conference is a night devoted to working with women to develop their own strengths as a way to empower other women to be their best selves while also taking into account how people can use their talents to also give back. .
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I look forward to hopefully seeing many of your lovely faces there. (Check out the link in my bio for more info!)
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#EmpowHer
These past few weeks have been a bit of a personal roadblock in my life. I've been struggling with my purpose in life and how I can best make a difference with what I have to offer the world. . . . When I reach these moments, I find gathering with like minded women is the best source of inspiration. . . . Which is why I'm super excited to attend the EmpowHer conference next week, where the inspirational Joanna of the @yellowco.co is speaking. . . . Joanna founded Yellow Conference as a place to empower women to create their own place in the world while also giving back. . . . I'm really looking forward to connecting with Joanna and the other guest speakers at the EmpowHer Conference to be inspired in new ways to encourage people to find their own give back style. . . . The entire conference is a night devoted to working with women to develop their own strengths as a way to empower other women to be their best selves while also taking into account how people can use their talents to also give back. . . . I look forward to hopefully seeing many of your lovely faces there. (Check out the link in my bio for more info!) . . . #EmpowHer 
Cheers to the weekend! πŸŽ‰πŸ₯‚πŸŽŠ
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PS - this may or may not be coffee. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œ
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#HungerActionMonth
Cheers to the weekend! πŸŽ‰πŸ₯‚πŸŽŠ . . . PS - this may or may not be coffee. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œ . . . #HungerActionMonth 
"This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world."
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To those who lost their lives on this day sixteen years ago, we promise to honor your memory today and for the years to come. .
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#NeverForget
"This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world." . . . To those who lost their lives on this day sixteen years ago, we promise to honor your memory today and for the years to come. . . . #NeverForget 
"Our parents taught us - when someone needs help, you do your best to lend a hand. Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc in Texas, destroying properties, displacing pets, and forcing thousands of families (including our own friends and family) to leave their homes behind. The full extent of the degustation is still unknown, but it's clear that local organisations need our help to recover from this storm. Thank you for contributing to our efforts."
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If you follow my InstaStories, you saw the delicious dinner at @ayarathai last night with @cassiebohe.
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While everything we ate (and drank!) was amazing, it tasted even better knowing it was helping rebuild lives in Texas.
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If you live in Los Angeles, treat yourself to delicious Thai food tonight or tomorrow, 5% of your bill will go to making a big difference in the life of someone rebuilding life after Harvey.
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PS - I totally recommend the Dungeness crab sturdy (and yes, they deliver if you can't make it out if you don't feel like leaving your couch tonight!) .
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#HurricaneHarvey
"Our parents taught us - when someone needs help, you do your best to lend a hand. Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc in Texas, destroying properties, displacing pets, and forcing thousands of families (including our own friends and family) to leave their homes behind. The full extent of the degustation is still unknown, but it's clear that local organisations need our help to recover from this storm. Thank you for contributing to our efforts." . . . If you follow my InstaStories, you saw the delicious dinner at @ayarathai last night with @cassiebohe. . . . While everything we ate (and drank!) was amazing, it tasted even better knowing it was helping rebuild lives in Texas. . . . If you live in Los Angeles, treat yourself to delicious Thai food tonight or tomorrow, 5% of your bill will go to making a big difference in the life of someone rebuilding life after Harvey. . . . PS - I totally recommend the Dungeness crab sturdy (and yes, they deliver if you can't make it out if you don't feel like leaving your couch tonight!) . . . #HurricaneHarvey 
Happy Labor Day and Happy Hunger Action month! .
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I love September. I love browsing all the back to school reading list suggestions. The weather cooling and getting crisper. Leaves starting to change. Well maybe not here in California, but I can live vicariously through the rest of you who have seasons. .
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I also love September because it's Hunger Action Month. It's an entire month dedicated to raising awareness to all the hunger issues we face here in the US (and around the world). .
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Hunger and food insecurity is one of the biggest issues we face. Yet it's a place where small actions can have a major impact. .
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So share a meal, feed a stranger, or support a brand that does to celebrate this month. Every meal shared moves us one step closer to bringing an end to hunger. .
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#HungerActionMonth
Happy Labor Day and Happy Hunger Action month! . . . I love September. I love browsing all the back to school reading list suggestions. The weather cooling and getting crisper. Leaves starting to change. Well maybe not here in California, but I can live vicariously through the rest of you who have seasons. . . . I also love September because it's Hunger Action Month. It's an entire month dedicated to raising awareness to all the hunger issues we face here in the US (and around the world). . . . Hunger and food insecurity is one of the biggest issues we face. Yet it's a place where small actions can have a major impact. . . . So share a meal, feed a stranger, or support a brand that does to celebrate this month. Every meal shared moves us one step closer to bringing an end to hunger. . . . #HungerActionMonth 
Hearing everything happening in Houston is breaking my heart. Seeing the images just further shatters the broken pieces.
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The outpouring of humanity during tremendous crisis restores my faith.
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To the Search + Rescue teams (both official and unofficial) thank you for your bravery.
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For those who aren't in Texas and want to contribute to the aid efforts, I've tagged several great organizations who are working to get aid to survivors as quickly as possible.
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If you prefer to send items vs donating to an organization, make sure to connect with an organization to learn what resources are ACTUALLY needed. Sending unnecessary donations that cannot be used at this point in the aid process can actually slow efforts down.
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#HoustonStrong
πŸ“· via @jayrellis
Hearing everything happening in Houston is breaking my heart. Seeing the images just further shatters the broken pieces. . . . The outpouring of humanity during tremendous crisis restores my faith. . . . To the Search + Rescue teams (both official and unofficial) thank you for your bravery. . . . For those who aren't in Texas and want to contribute to the aid efforts, I've tagged several great organizations who are working to get aid to survivors as quickly as possible. . . . If you prefer to send items vs donating to an organization, make sure to connect with an organization to learn what resources are ACTUALLY needed. Sending unnecessary donations that cannot be used at this point in the aid process can actually slow efforts down. . . . #HoustonStrong  πŸ“· via @jayrellis
I see you Monday - and I'm ready for new adventures.
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With every new day comes a new opportunity to do something different. Make new choices. Learn something new about life and about ourselves.
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This week I'm focusing on going to bed and getting up early. I love waking up early because it gives me more time to focus on doing things I love to do - like writing and finding more effective ways to share my time and skills with others.
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I've learned I'm happiest and my "best self" when I wake up early.
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What are you focusing on this week to grow as a person?
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#HGCApproved
I see you Monday - and I'm ready for new adventures. . . . With every new day comes a new opportunity to do something different. Make new choices. Learn something new about life and about ourselves. . . . This week I'm focusing on going to bed and getting up early. I love waking up early because it gives me more time to focus on doing things I love to do - like writing and finding more effective ways to share my time and skills with others. . . . I've learned I'm happiest and my "best self" when I wake up early. . . . What are you focusing on this week to grow as a person? . . . #HGCApproved 
Hunger is a big issues here in the US and around the world. It's something most of us are keenly aware of and almost everyone I know has their own unique way contributing to a solution. Whether it be giving left overs to a stranger, buying meals or making care kits for the homeless, or keeping extra gift cards on hand to give out, every act of kindness matters.
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But when most of us think hunger, we think of the homeless and people who have little access to food. But there are millions of men, women, and children who fall into a group called "food insecure." They may have a car, a home, a bed to sleep on a night, but at the end of the day, after all the major bills are paid, there is little to no money left over for food.
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The good news is that there is a legion of people working to address this specific issue - especially when it comes to children.
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This week on @houseofgandc, I'm sharing some of my favorite hunger warriors who are taking up the cause to find solutions to the battle of food insecurity.
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Click that link in my profile to learn more!
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#HGCApproved
Hunger is a big issues here in the US and around the world. It's something most of us are keenly aware of and almost everyone I know has their own unique way contributing to a solution. Whether it be giving left overs to a stranger, buying meals or making care kits for the homeless, or keeping extra gift cards on hand to give out, every act of kindness matters. . . . But when most of us think hunger, we think of the homeless and people who have little access to food. But there are millions of men, women, and children who fall into a group called "food insecure." They may have a car, a home, a bed to sleep on a night, but at the end of the day, after all the major bills are paid, there is little to no money left over for food. . . . The good news is that there is a legion of people working to address this specific issue - especially when it comes to children. . . . This week on @houseofgandc, I'm sharing some of my favorite hunger warriors who are taking up the cause to find solutions to the battle of food insecurity. . . . Click that link in my profile to learn more! . . . #HGCApproved 
"A girl should be two things - who and what she wants." - Coco Chanel
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I'm a big Disney lover, but also a big believer that that girls can accomplish anything they want in life.
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Be a boss. Be a stay-at-home mom. Be a scientist. Be a fashion designer. Be anything you set your mind to.
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We stand on the shoulder of the women who came before us, fought for us to have a place at the table and the freedom to build the life we dream - not one someone decides for us.
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Starting today, @Disney has teamed up with @girlupcampaign to encourage this next generation of girls to dream big. For every photo shared using #DreamBigPrincess Disney is donating $1 to GirlUp.
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So share your big dreams and inspire those who come after us. Because girls (and women) really can do anything, all they have to do is believe.
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#DreamBigPrincess
"A girl should be two things - who and what she wants." - Coco Chanel . . . I'm a big Disney lover, but also a big believer that that girls can accomplish anything they want in life. . . . Be a boss. Be a stay-at-home mom. Be a scientist. Be a fashion designer. Be anything you set your mind to. . . . We stand on the shoulder of the women who came before us, fought for us to have a place at the table and the freedom to build the life we dream - not one someone decides for us. . . . Starting today, @Disney has teamed up with @girlupcampaign to encourage this next generation of girls to dream big. For every photo shared using #DreamBigPrincess  Disney is donating $1 to GirlUp. . . . So share your big dreams and inspire those who come after us. Because girls (and women) really can do anything, all they have to do is believe. . . . #DreamBigPrincess 
Great things can be done when we choose to act in love.
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We build people up. We empower others to also act in love and kindness. We remind people of their value.
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Acts done in love not only impact the direct recipient, it has a ripple effect. It's impact radius grows bigger the more it spreads.
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The best part is that the more we do for others out of love, the more we gain. Our value doesn't diminish. We don't become less because someone becomes more.
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We're living in a pivotal time. We all have two choices right now - act in love or remain silent.
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#LoveDoes
Great things can be done when we choose to act in love. . . . We build people up. We empower others to also act in love and kindness. We remind people of their value. . . . Acts done in love not only impact the direct recipient, it has a ripple effect. It's impact radius grows bigger the more it spreads. . . . The best part is that the more we do for others out of love, the more we gain. Our value doesn't diminish. We don't become less because someone becomes more. . . . We're living in a pivotal time. We all have two choices right now - act in love or remain silent. . . . #LoveDoes