I was born in 1967 and throughout my entire childhood my mother always made sure that I was exposed to many different worlds that may not have currently been apart of my own. She participated strongly in the Civil Rights movement and she shared many of those stories with me. My mother never told a pitiful, bitter or angry story. Her stories always focused on the change and the victory, not just for one group of people, but she felt like her work was for all of humanity’s sake. How can any of us really experience freedom when our nieghbor is in bondage?

Music and pop culture has always played a role in the story telling of humanity’s challenges. Having been on the planet during womens’ rights struggles, and sleeping through most of it, my mother made sure I knew how fortunate I was to be able to fully participate in this life. My mother told a lot of her stories through songs. One of those songs was Helen Reddy’s “I am Woman”. Most women my age know a little something about Helen Reddy, even if it is just the fact that she sang that amazing women’s anthem.

Needless to say, there are a multitude of strong women that have played a role in the freedoms we now have. We can speak about Harriet Tubman who was brave enough to help runaway slaves while putting her own life in serious danger and we can then talk about Miss Helen Keller, who showed those of us who were born with the use of all our five senses, that all you really need is what’s inside your heart. We can talk about all the everyday women who burned their bras in protest, fought side by side with union men for the rights of labor workers. The list is enormous and is ever-growing, full of women who are not afraid to take stands for all of us and women who are not afraid to change their own lives for the sake of their own freedom. In 1976 Louise Hay, one of the most successful authors and publishers of our time, founder of Hay House, which publishes many of today’s most accomplished authors of spiritual books and materials, wrote her first pamphlet turned book, “You Can Heal Your Life”. She was 50 years old.

Your daughters should know about Helen Reddy as they comfort themselves with ipods and youtube. Helen Reddy is just a symbol of what we should be sharing with our daughters. The real information is they they are strong and invincible and that it is not just ok, but expected of them that they live their purpose. Our daughters should know that many women placed their lives on the front lines of society, so that they don’t have to be what they don’t want to be or do what they don’t want to do.

Music has functioned as a huge reminder in my life, letting me know that anything is possible. Messages don’t have to hit you over the head. They can lull you into beautiful dreams through lyrics and melody. I don’t know if anyone has ever done a remake of “I am Woman”, but if not, it’s time someone should, maybe Lady GaGa?

For more about Helen Reddy, visit her website at http://www.HelenReddy.com

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Charity Through Creativity

November 7, 2009

Meetyoursoulmate

Many people on the planet at this present time are beginning to feel a shift in consciousness, a positive spiritual energy that is becoming more prevalent as the days go by. I am sure there are also people who feel disconnected and find themselves in dire straits. The other reality is that there are families without income losing their homes and parents who are finding it difficult to put food on the table. In many areas on our planet, it has always historically been challenging to survive. Children are the most precious victims who are affected by what seems to be a lack of necessary resources.

Alex Sebastian has done what a lot of business owners are doing now. He has combined his drive for creating successful businesses with his main passion in life, helping to feed, nurture and educate children around the world. Alex has a sincere belief that if children have the most basic needs provided and are able to be exposed to the rest of the world’s culture and opportunities, we will see many of them rise up to be successful and creative human beings with hope and purpose. He understands that if you are not aware of what is possible, you cannot dream.

That is where his internet business ecupids comes into play. Ecupids is an online dating and friendship website that invites its members to join for free to connect to find love, romance or just the pleasure of meeting people from all over the globe. Ecupids has a whole host of free services that it offers to its members, like free chat, video uploading, free blogs, the ability to upload music and more. So what does an online dating service have to do with feeding and educating children all over the world? Ecupids has a major goal and that is to become successful enough to open doors and provide the financial means to help his other business and foundation, Heis Kids, grow.

Heis Kids sells children’s t-shirts with adorable positive sayings on them to keep kids inspired and smiling. When you purchase a t-shirt from the Heis Kids website, a portion of the proceeds go to the Kids Foundation and the Out of the Streets Foundation. You don’t have to purchase a t-shirt to help support these wonderful children’s foundations, you can visit the website and donate what you can.

As for ecupids, the look of the website makes you feel like it’s Valentine’s Day everyday. By joining ecupids you are helping in a major way to build the foundation of Heis Kids. Even if you are not searching for love, it’s a great online venue to hang out, share music, chat, and make some new friends. We can all use a little fun in our lives, and it makes it all the better when it’s for a great cause.

You can visit ecupids at http:www.ecupids.net to take full advantage of the 100% free membership and enjoy all the membership perks. And while you’re there having fun, you can think about all the children that will benefit simply from your participation. Ecupids is a great example of charity through creativity, showing that we can all make a difference through our own creative efforts.

Resources
http://www.ecupids.net
http://www.HeisKids.com