We Need Front Porches Today

CEO and Chief Motivator

Paula walked away from the executive world of "some day" and the societal trap of "should've, could've, would've" for a whole new world of freedom and happiness. She believes happiness is an inside job and that as Christians we are called to help others experience happiness. Her philosophy is that happiness is not what you own but how you feel. A mission of service and encouragement to others has propelled Paula to write three soon to be published books. Paula's professional background is diverse, ranging from starting an advertising and marketing firm to owning a re-sale clothing store, a manufacturing plant and a design company. Prior to finding her true life path Paula was a nationally acclaimed recruiter for a Fortune 500 company. She is funny, engaging and authentic.

Grandmother Hunt's PorchI have so many awesome memories of my two grandmother’s porches, one lived in town and one lived in the country. Neighbors and family sat together every night that the weather permitted. Adults chatted, snapped each other’s green beans for canning and drank sweet tea or lemonade. The children listened in and when bored ran off to catch fireflies, steal a kiss or find the croaking frog. The passing car slowed down or honked to say “hello” and it meant something. There were no fears. Some politics were discussed, always a talk about religion and it was okay, no one was offended. It was “networking” at the finest and highest level. Hearts poured out, problems were solved and relationships were cemented. (more…)

Back To School

CEO and Chief Motivator

Paula walked away from the executive world of "some day" and the societal trap of "should've, could've, would've" for a whole new world of freedom and happiness. She believes happiness is an inside job and that as Christians we are called to help others experience happiness. Her philosophy is that happiness is not what you own but how you feel. A mission of service and encouragement to others has propelled Paula to write three soon to be published books. Paula's professional background is diverse, ranging from starting an advertising and marketing firm to owning a re-sale clothing store, a manufacturing plant and a design company. Prior to finding her true life path Paula was a nationally acclaimed recruiter for a Fortune 500 company. She is funny, engaging and authentic.

crayonsToday is International Youth Day and the First Day of School for many young people. This date was set aside to celebrate the world’s youth by the United Nations via a resolution passed in 1999. The theme for this years celebration is “Youth Civic Engagement.”

Ironically when I checked into social media accounts this morning my news feed was filled with wonderful photos and family moments of “first day of school” or “first day of kindergarten, first grade or high school.” Smiling precious faces in new clothes, fancy backpacks, stylish lunch boxes and the latest in school supplies. As a childless person I am delighted by the news feed and found myself commenting on each and every picture because I truly love and care for these kids.

I am reminded that there are large segments of our world’s youth who won’t be featured today on any social media. They may not have shoes to wear for their walk to school, will struggle to get a drink of the clean, cool water they so desperately need, and their stomachs may ache from hunger. Not just in “other countries” but also right here in our USA. While the young people I know  are heading back to school well fed and rested, with stable home life waiting when school is over for the day, others are stressed, hungry and longing for love. An organization in the city of Columbus, Ohio gives local children new and stylish attire, backpacks and all the back to school necessities. Charity Newsies members work tirelessly in the rain, cold, snow and ice to serve in the community raising money so this can happen. You can help wherever you are and at any level by starting today. Civic engagement can mean teaching your child to make a difference by sharing an extra sandwich, a cookie or taking in a pair of sparkling new sneakers to the teacher for him/her to hand out as needed.

I have always loved art and loved color. Something happened in third grade, a long, long time ago but it comes back to me now in emotionally charged detail.  Even though things were very tight financially at home I asked to take a box of “Crayola- 64 Crayons” in to a classmate. I can’t remember who the classmate was, I don’t remember anything other than the feeling that it was the right thing to do and that I had made a difference in a child’s life, a child just like me.