Medecins du Monde Greece, Don’t Let Me Down and Making A Difference

Last month, I had the privilege to meet the team at Medecins du Monde in Greece. Currently, they are the largest provider of healthcare in Greece and are dealing with a humanitarian crisis. As the world knows, Greece is on the frontlines of a refugee crisis not seen in Europe since World War II. I … Read more

The Art of Doing Nothing With Our Endless Numbered Days

“There are things that drift away, like our endless numbered days…” – “Passing Afternoon” by Iron & Wine That’s a wonderful line from a song. We’re close to the end of another year. Time does seem to go quicker the older you get. Although time is an illusion, the fact that we expertly place bookends … Read more

Celebrating “The Other Me” of Your Life

Earlier this month I had a fabulous dinner conversation. Our always wonderful and thoughtful discussions turned into something even more interesting. As we talked, we learned that each one would have been something else in terms of career…if only life had not gotten in the way. Here was a writer, a singer and an actor. … Read more

Can We Please Stop With the Excuses?

Not too long ago I read a post by the wise Mark Manson entitled, Screw Finding Your Passion. If you’re out there thinking that you’re still looking to find your passion, I invite you to read his piece and understand how you already know what it is, but are making excuses. You’re not prioritizing what … Read more

The Pay and Respect Gap for Women in the Social Sector

Recently, I spoke to a friend who decided to leave the nonprofit sector for a new career. She couldn’t take the uncompetitive pay, as an executive. The demands on her time had her routinely working 60-hour weeks, easy. She essentially told me she has, “no life for barely any money.” In the meantime, another female … Read more

How All Nonprofits Can Master Visual Story-Telling

According to Wyzowl studies, people remember 10 percent of what they hear, 20 percent of what they read and an astounding 80 percent of what they see. If that’s not reason enough for social sector organizations to amp up their visual story telling, I don’t know what is. In today’s world, with the incredible volume … Read more

Your One Wild and Precious Life

Over a year ago, I moved to Europe. This past week, I spoke to one of my dear American friends to learn that she was moving to Europe as well. She won’t be living in the same country as me, but at least we’ll be on the same continent. Over the summer, I sent her … Read more

Only A Fundraiser Should Hire Another Fundraiser

Not too long ago, I came across this headline: “Fundraisers: you need to be one to hire one.” I did not have time to read the article, but saved it and came back to it. As a professional nonprofit fundraiser, I was immediately intrigued about the piece written by Reinier Spruit. He’s spot on. If … Read more

One Year Abroad: My Iron Spine Has Been Upgraded to Titanium

This week is my birthday, which means that I’m introspective. I’ve also been away from home and out of my country for almost a year. So much in my life has changed and I probably learned more in this year alone that I did in the last 10. Abroad You Are Your Nation I think … Read more

It’s Time to Eradicate the “Busy Virus”

I was guilty of it. I’m someone who believed that if I was not focused and working intensely, I just wasn’t being effective. It was a mistake. Life is about balance. I’ve learned through the years that being so “busy” was nothing more than being selfish. I was inconsiderate to my family and friends who … Read more