Mundane Monday Morning Music: Adele – "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)"

Hey Readers! It’s finally Victoria Day here in the nation’s capital. The family and I have had an amazing long weekend so far. we spent a lot of time in our backyard, and my other half build a table in about 45 minutes for us to dine on Saturday night in our backyard oasis (there …

Mundane Monday Morning Music: Des’ree – “You Gotta Be”

  Mornin’ Readers! A bit (which means a lot) of inspiration is the order  of the day today. It was an interesting weekend that made me process a lot of things, making me push all of the things on my “to-do list” to today. I am so happy I have this week’s MMMM pick to …

Mundane Monday Morning Music: Des'ree – "You Gotta Be"

  Mornin’ Readers! A bit (which means a lot) of inspiration is the order  of the day today. It was an interesting weekend that made me process a lot of things, making me push all of the things on my “to-do list” to today. I am so happy I have this week’s MMMM pick to …

Mundane Monday Morning Music: Janelle Monae – "Tightrobe"

Hey Readers! Spring is here! The sun is out, the snow is almost gone, and life is back to normal since March Break is over. I then took a look at my To-Do List, and saw the mountain of tasks I have to accomplish this week.  ***insert cringing face here*** Inspiration, motivation and funk were …

Mundane Monday Morning Music: Janelle Monae – “Tightrobe”

Hey Readers! Spring is here! The sun is out, the snow is almost gone, and life is back to normal since March Break is over. I then took a look at my To-Do List, and saw the mountain of tasks I have to accomplish this week.  ***insert cringing face here*** Inspiration, motivation and funk were …

Universal Children’s Day, 2013: A Day to Cherish Children

Hey Readers!

Many countries around the world today are celebrating Children’s Day, a day to honor children globally.  On November 20, 1959, it was proclaimed by the The United Nations General Assembly that a day be set aside to encourage countries around the world to have children engage in celebrating the lives of children globally, as well as to bring awareness to and to promote the well being of children around the world.

This is why I love a day like today.  It is suppose to take the focus off of troubles adults are causing, and focusing on trying to make the world a little bit better for the children we are bringing into it.  I am in awe of Canadians like Romeo Dallaire, and  organizations like Plan Canada’s Because I Am A Girl, who are looking out for the welfare of children around the world.

I also must tip my hat to organizations within my own community that are trying to make the lives of children better, as well.  I was lucky enough to have attended a function last night put on by the The Fund for a New Generation (FNG), an not-for-profit organization that supports underprivileged youth within the city of Ottawa.   FNG hosts the Ottawa Gala, an annual event which helps to raise money to be put towards charities that support youth within Ottawa.

The function last night was to thank the sponsors of the Gala last year, as well as to present the charities chosen to be funded by FNG for 2013 with their donations.  I was so happy to have volunteered for this year’s event, and I am excited to be a part of the planning committee for the 2014 Gala!  My eldest goes to school with some of the children who are supported by children who are funded by FNG, so I felt I should give my time to an organization that helps them.

I wanted to add Janet Jackson’s  Livin’ in a World (They Didn’t Make) to my list of favourite Janet Jackson songs, but then I decided against it.  I felt I should keep it for a day like today when the lives and well-being of children are the focus.  I know, it’s a sad song, but it also focuses on what some adults are doing to harm children instead of nurture them.  It’s not the video, but her song with a gallery of pictures put together by ZELLDARAYS on Youtube (thanks!).

I’m giving my little ones eve more hugs today because of how lucky I feel to have them, as well as to guide them to want to give back to those kids who are not as lucky to be as fortunate as they are.

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Related Article/Links:

Umer Farooq (The Express Tribune with the International New York Times) – Universal Children’s Day: Activists to hold Awareness programs, gathering today – http://tribune.com.pk/story/634102/universal-childrens-day-activists-to-hold-awareness-programmes-gatherings-today/

UN General Assembly – Declaration of the Rights of the Child http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/1386%20%28XIV%29

United Nations  Universal Children’s Day – November 20- http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday/

Profile: Kendall Rumsey – The Pen Behind Notes From A Southern Kitchen

Hey, Readers! I have finally returned back to one of my favourite features on Reese Speaks – Profiles!  I love getting to know the people who influence and amaze me in different parts of my life, and pick their brains about what who they are and they’re like.  I also like sharing these people with …

This Inspires Me – An Interpretive Dance For My Boss Set To Kanye West’s Gone

Hey Readers!

I HAD to share this video because of what this young lady did. Marina Shifrin quit her job because she put her life into a job that just didn’t give back. So she let her boss know how she felt by creating this video and quitting!

I admire this woman for her guts, to let her feelings about her job be known in this way, and for leaving a job into the unknown. After this video went viral in just a few days, Queen Latifah brought Marina onto her show and asked Marina if she wanted to work for her show! S

See, Readers, Marina is a example of people who took a chance and believed that there was something better out there. It may not happen so quickly for everyone, but you have to believe you are better than others perceive you to be, and to know when it is time to leave something or someone that was keeping you back.  In my opinion, taking a chance, knowing when to leave a situation that’s not making you happy, is what’s needed to make your life better.

Thanks, Marina and Queen Latifah for bringing this to my attention, and for giving me, and many others the inspiration to take chances!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.