What an honor it is to hear people’s stories. Their experiences, their journeys. The way they dream, the beauty of their adventures. I find myself rejoicing with them in their triumphs, crying with them in their pain. I laugh in the moments filled with humor and hold my breath as the intensity rises. And as I listen to people’s life stories, I try to take a moment to understand what it’s like to be in their shoes. (more…)
Eighteen years old. While legal in many respects, I would argue that an 18 year old is still a child. (more…)
Today we want to share a story about the beauty of inspiration, determination, drive and will.
We are so inspired by stories like this, by beautiful people like the one you see below.
Until I was almost 37 years old, I had only lived in America, in the state of Georgia.
And up until the age of 17, I had never even traveled outside of the southeastern United States. (more…)
Growing up with dyslexia was not easy for 25-year-old Christer Egon Eckermann. As a young boy he experienced reading to be a bit of a chore, and he could not manage to find any joy in the task.
Christer had numerous individuals who worked alongside him to help him improve his reading skills. But for all the individuals that were there to support him, there was still a lack of programs, activities or incentives that motivated him to read. For a number of years he found it to be a challenging, uphill climb. (more…)
Ready to be inspired? Feeling inspired? Not sure what you should do with all that inspiration floating around that creative head of yours?
Our guest this week is Jack Fussell. (more…)
It’s 6:00 on a Thursday evening. Nine ladies from various countries and backgrounds sit around a table in a shop in the center of town. Most entered this art workshop as strangers. But it’s amazing what can happen in just two short hours.
Artists in the Making
The table is strewn with scissors, paint brushes, glue, and several large boxes filled with patterned paper napkin scraps. Each of us is given several small pieces of cardboard, and with only the slightest bit of instruction, we’re encouraged to simply get to work.
To say I’m not crafty is putting it mildly. In forty years of adventure and learning, this is the first time I’ve taken any sort of art course. And to be honest, I find myself a bit nervous.
As we chat and begin to create our own little works of art, we are directed by a lady whose style and personality are much like her art: bold, colorful, creative and unique.
Most have heard the old adage:
Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
To meet someone like Camilla Bilstad Johannessen is to not only see the truth behind this statement, but also the heart and compassion it can entail.
Johannessen is the founder and project manager of an exciting new business in Sandefjord, Norway, Cafe Vintage and Vintage Baby. (more…)