'Tis the Giving Season: 8 Simple Tips for Donating Thoughtfully

'Tis the giving season where many of us freak out that we: 1) haven't donated enough; 2) aren't sure where to donate so we don't; or 3) just donated too much at that random fundraiser and are trying to figure out how to gracefully back out of the gift.  ...more

Charity Tuesday: Under the Same Sun

Charity Tuesday.On a Wednesday.Because yesterday was a teacher workshop day.And I didn’t plan ahead and schedule a post.So, we’re doing it today.But usually it will be on Tuesday.Just so we’re clear…Charity Tuesday.What day? TUESDAY. But instead we’re doing it today because of aforementioned reasons.Moving on....more

Faith and Love and Purpose...in a box?

It’s the official start of our newest feature here at Back Row Faith – Products with Purpose.I shared a while back about getting a goat for a gift and how much I loved it and I promised to share about more goats, I mean gifts/products with purpose....more

Give and you shall not receive

I met with a mentor of mine recently to talk about work: my goals, challenges, aspirations, etc. Even though I love my job, it’s still the area of my life where I feel the most insecurity. However, my mentor threw me for a loop when he offered his advice:“It’s not really your job where you need help. That’s where you think you need help because it’s the most obvious to you. But what about your husband? Your family? Your friendships?”...more

The Good Elves

Anticipation is high, waiting for the arrival of Christmas. You can feel it in our house, it is tangible and somewhat overwhelming.My daughters are so excited for Santa, it’s all they talk about. Ava works hard at being good every day. I can really see her efforts. Mia struggles to stay on the nice list. She is impatient by nature, so seeing wrapped gifts under the tree is driving her crazy. She wants to open JUST ONE.Time to change focus. So today, my daughters learned lessons in social responsibility.  ...more

Thanksgiving

As usual, I was behind the chair for 8 hours today doing hair.  I had great clients from start to finish and lots of laughs along the way.  I have had many people actually say to me..."You really don't work do you?"  Well, I actually do...or at least my aching feet say I do at the end of a long day.  But I understand what they mean when they say this.  I am not really confined by a definitive set of rules outlined by an overbearing boss or corporation.  I set my own hours, I listen to my clients needs and wants, try to meet them and generally have...more

Learning to Ask and Dare

Antonio Machado said, "Traveler, there is no path, the path must be forged as you walk." I've been making my own word strewn path lately. It is flowered with stories. The sky has rained my tears and shined with the brilliance of freshly aired understanding. I have been writing. I have been reading....more

Celebrating Others On Her Birthday

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Practicing the Art of Giving

Giving can take practice. Most of us want to be able to give freely but when the time arrives to actually reach into our pockets and to give of our own money, set aside time on our calendar to give of our time, or reach inside and give of ourselves, giving can be hard.   ...more

A Giving Challenge for Soccer Moms and Fans

I've never been much of a soccer fan until my son started playing the sport and I became an official soccer mom.  Soccer is growing in popularity in the U.S. professionally, but the world loves the sport, and fans are getting ready to cheer at the World Cup in Brazil. ...more
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