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5 People Who Are Changing the World & How to Support Them Today

A few pretty incredible individuals, their inspiring stories & how to get involved
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5 People Changing the World & How You Can Support Them Today

I wanted to spend today celebrating a handful of people who are spreading light around the world.  As you know, I’m diligently penning my Five Minute Journal entries every day, and it’s helped me find gratitude and peace in a lot of areas where I’ve been tempted to feel anxiety or fear in the past.  It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with worldly issues, but these individuals proved that single people can bring about change. Working on this post was a great reminder of the many individuals who are helping pave a better future for people, bringing a little more hope into the world. 

The list by all means can go on and on, but today it includes five people whose efforts and missions have particularly spoken to me.  From clean water initiatives to education and innovation, the work has not been for the faint of heart…these people are rockstars!  I hope you’ll join me in recognizing these social entrepreneurs, and tell me who else I should check out.  Cheers, Kat

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Boyan Slat

CEO, The Ocean Cleanup

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Boyan Slat has been an inventor since birth, and he started The Ocean Cleanup at the insanely young age of 17.  As an inventor and entrepreneur, he’s created technology to solve societal problems. The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid world’s oceans of plastic.  He came up with a system that acts like an artificial coastline, which catches plastic in the ocean with 100% natural powered ocean currents.

Slat is the youngest-ever recipient of UN’s highest environment award and has been recognized as one of the 20 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Worldwide (Intel EYE50). Forbes also included him in their 30 under 30 edition in 2016.

You can join the team or donate to The Ocean Cleanup’s efforts HERE

Malala Yousafzai

Founder, Malala Fund

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Malala Yousafzai, a student and education activist, has done amazing things for girls’ rights and education.  She actually started speaking out publicly about girls’ before she reached her teenage years in Pakistan, after she survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban when she was just 15. Malala then co-founded the Malala Fund, which invests in developing country education leaders and organizations in regions where most girls aren’t able to complete secondary education.  She was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. 

Malala Fund strives to help girls complete 12 years of safe, quality education, without the fear of violence.  Their work also supports girls’ decisions to delay early marriage, while building up their academic and life skills through mentoring programs. 

You can donate HERE to help 130 million girls who are out of school complete the quality education they deserve.  And if you have some time, you must read Malala’s entire story HERE; it’s incredible. 

 

Scott Harrison

Founder, charity: water

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“For me, charity is practical. It’s sometimes easy, more often inconvenient, but always necessary. It’s the ability to use one’s position of influence, relative wealth and power to affect lives for the better. charity is singular and achievable.” Scott Harrison, the founder and current CEO of charity: water used to be a club promoter in NYC.  After realizing he was faced with “spiritual bankruptcy”, he rediscovered his faith and sought to spend his life helping others.  He hopped aboard a floating hospital service called Mercy Ships, where he put a face to the worlds’ 1.2 billion people living in poverty.  He was changed; he saw the lack of clean water as the common thread to so many of the devastating issues around him, and vowed to help people access clean water around the world. 

Currently, charity: water funds water programs in 24 countries around the world.  With hand-dug wells, rainwater catchments, piped systems and more solutions, it’s able to focus on providing rural communities with clean water.

Read more about Harrison’s story HERE and donate to the cause HERE (100% of the profits helps bring clean water to people in need). 

Anna Stork

Co-Founder, LuminAID

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Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta co-founded the company,  LuminAID after brainstorming up a solution after the Haiti Earthquake.  You may have seen these LuminAID lights on Amazon; they’re awesome for camping. The girls majorly impressed all of the judges on Shark Tank with them, landing a deal with Mark Cuban after all sharks offered deals. 

But the best part about these lights is that they’re amazing in a time of need, offering long-term lighting solutions for areas without power during an emergency.  LuminAID solar lights pack flat for easy distribution, which makes it exponentially easier on the aid workers during an emergency.

LuminAID lights have been used in more than 70 countries (!) after huge disasters like Hurricane Sandy and the earthquakes in Nepal. 

Check out their Give Life Get Light program HERE.

Peter Diamandis

Founder and Executive Chairman, XPRIZE Foundation

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Peter Diamandis has a passion for space, longevity, and innovation.  He founded the XPRIZE Foundation, which is committed to funding competitions that encourage major technological development that could benefit mankind.  Diamandis is incredible at developing an idea, building leadership teams, developing a vision, and letting them run things.  He’s known for bringing together world class talent around his ideas, and his impact around the world is beyond impressive. Forbes’ article published this week dubbed him ‘the author of technology’s future.’

So what’s this about XPRIZE?  XPRIZE designs and operates large-scale incentive competitions, meaning: million-dollar contests that try to solve a serious problem that plagues the world. An XPRIZE must be a bold and audacious goal, one that seems to be unsolvable. It also must be be “winnable” by a small team, and that could be anyone from industry experts to high school students. Lastly, it must provide vision and hope for a better future. 

Diamandis’ motto is, “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself” and he sure found a way to incentivize playing our part in the bigger picture. 

Check out the active prizes HERE, and donate HERE to help fund more crazy ideas that could lead to world-size solutions. 

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Refresh: How To Properly Care for Delicates & Other Things That Take Time

Those Little Life Skills That Always Pay Off
Filed Under > Everyday

How to care for delicates & more via waitingonmartha.com

One of my resolutions this year has been to tackle the simple “life skills” that I so often overlook and/or forgotten about.  I’m thinking of these “life skills” as little refreshes I can make in my daily routine to make my life a little easier.  Like what, you ask?  Properly caring for my lingerie and delicates; those beauties are pricey and I want to have them for awhile.  Thanks my recent visit to Rigby & Peller, I knew it was due-time to approach my lingerie laundry routine a bit differently.  Protecting and treating my leather because my favorite investment bags need to last.  I’ve used my hard-earned cash to score those handbags, after all.  And caring for the homegrown herbs that just taste better in my cocktails.  They simply taste better with fresh herbs!  

Check out my top five “life skills” that are worth learning below.  What would you add to the list?!  Truly, MKR

Properly Wash Your Lingerie

Souple Lace-Trimmed Stretch Cotton-Blend Jersey Contour Bra

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I recently spent some time at Rigby & Peller and learned a bit about properly washing my lingerie.  It’s so important to hand wash the pieces because it protects the delicate stitching and helps them last longer. Here are a few steps to follow:

Step 1….Soak your pieces in your sink filled with a teaspoon full of lingerie wash.

Step 2…Allow lingerie to soak for 15 minutes.

Step 3…Use the non-hooked part of your underband to scrub any areas that need extra attention.

Step 4…Remove the lingerie from the sink, and let drip dry. 

Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

Clay Stripe Mini Sphere Planter

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As we shared here before, an indoor herb garden will be a much-loved addition to any kitchen…the cooking and cocktail possibilities are endless with fresh homegrown herbs! 

The key to successfully growing herbs at home is having the proper set up for them to flourish.  You’ll want to move the herbs from their store-bought containers to new planters with care.  Read more from our step-by-step tutorial here

Care for Leather & Suede Products

Leather Master Leather Care Kit with Ink Lifter

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Properly protecting (and saving) your favorite leather products is another important life skill that takes a little bit of time.  

With this kit, you’ll get a cleaner, protection cream, ink lifter, sponge and buffing cloth. The cleaner is a water-based product that will penetrate the surface and protect against future stains.  I especially love the ink lifter when applied within a day of an inconvenient stain from ink, lipstick, makeup, etc. Works like a charm! 

Now for your suede and nubuck, you’ll want something even more gentle to protect and clean the material.  I’ve been impressed with this kit as its cleaner doesn’t change the color of the suede like most others do. 

Smith & Cult Non Toxic Nail Polish

Giving Yourself a Good Mani

Smith & Cult Nail Polish

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Nothing beats a fresh manicure, especially if it’s a salon-worthy manicure that you’ve done at home.  Of course, this is easier said than done; getting your nails to look polished and perfected takes time and diligence. I’ve found that taking the time to do every step is crucial (and that includes the cuticle trimming and nail bed buffering!), and I always allow for at least 30-45 minutes to get it done. 

My biggest trick: Allow for your first stroke of polish to start from the edge of the nail bed. Using the natural shape of the brush, make it run as wide as possible down the nail. Then I run another strip down the rest of the nail to cover the entire thing.  After at least a few minutes, I apply a second coat, with a top coat to finish.  Voila! 

Meal Prep for the Week Ahead

OXO Pop Containers

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Chopping, dicing, marinating, pre-cooking and thawing. It takes time, but it’s so worth it if you can get it all knocked out in one sitting. I’ve always considered Sundays and Mondays were practically made for meal prep. Here’s how I like to plan out my meals (with my top tips on getting it all done). 

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Recharge: 5 Ways to Reinvest In Yourself This Year

Put Those New Year's Resolutions to Work!
Filed Under > Everyday

Blog-Calligraphy-Class

As someone who believes that we should always be learning, always be striving to be the best version of ourselves and to live a life well lived, I was excited to share today’s post.  As we settle into the new year, maybe our resolutions are going strong, and maybe some have died off.  Give yourself some grace, take a few breaths and consider a few ways you can continue to invest in yourself.  

Whether it’s for your resume, for an aspiring side-hustle or simply for a little “me time”, these five things can be great ways to add a little more substance to your everyday.  I’d love to know, what do you have on the list for 2017?  Cheers, Kat

Take a Calligraphy Class

Maybelle Calligraphy CLass

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Fine-tuning a hobby-turned-skill (or starting from scratch!) is a great way to invest in yourself this year.  At the top of my list?  Taking a calligraphy class with a local calligraphy artist (spotted via Instagram, of course) or with friends at a local art supply store.  

Read a "Self-Help Book"

Three Simple Steps: A Map to Success in Business & Life

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I embrace “self-help books” with open arms, and I don’t care who knows it.  I’m in constant search of improving myself, my outlook and my habits, so these inspiring books are right up my alley.  Of course, some are a little cheesier than others, but for the most part, they’re universally helpful. I like to think of myself as a better friend, better family member, better girlfriend and better colleague thanks to takeaways from some of my favorites. 

Enroll in an Online Course

Lynda

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Lynda is a relatively new(ish) site from the smarties over at LinkedIn, if you haven’t heard of it already.  It currently offers 5,506 courses in business, technology and creative skills, all taught by industry experts. Think web development, design, photography, online marketing and SO many more.  

You’re able to search for courses (some only a few minutes) for skill sets, specific tools like Outlook and Google Analytics, as well as “Learning Paths” that you can undertake on your own time, which makes it incredibly flexible and doable if you’re interested in learning a craft to add to your growing skill set.  There’s even a “Learning Path” for managing change in a business, becoming a music business entrepreneur and how to sell on Etsy!  

Attend a Wellness or Fitness Retreat

Ananda in the Himalayas

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Wellness and Detox Retreats are the new big thing, friends, and I’m ALL about them.  I have always been intrigued with the thought of a yoga retreat, and now that I’ve heard about wellness retreats…well I’m obsessed with the idea. 

A wellness or fitness retreat could be one of the best things you do for your mind, body and soul this year!  Where will you go?  Here are some luxe goop-approved retreats to check out.  

Practice Photography

Nikon D3000

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You don’t need to take a photography class to practice your picture-taking.  Just start shooting!  And yes, that could even mean on your phone for Instagram or your Go-Pro on the next family vacation.

I’ve found that photography can be an incredibly fulfilling way to commemorate vacations, milestones and events, and I’m always trying to improve this skill myself.  It can be a coveted line on a resume, it can even earn you extra cash on the side, as well as a lead on considerate, homemade gifts and more.  I like to think of it as the skill that keeps on giving. 

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