Real, Green, Change

Michelle Obama today broke ground on the new White House vegetable garden. It’s the first one since World War II.

With obesity and diabetes in this nation becoming epidemic, Mrs. Obama’s new organic garden sends a powerful message about eating healthier and more delicious food grown locally.

Read more here from the New York Times.

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Mistakes

I got a great bit of encouragement from a viewer today (thanks Stacy), and I hope it helps you.  She reminded me that the only people who don’t make mistakes, are the ones who do nothing at all.

I’m not perfect.  I don’t want to be.  But I want to work past being good to being great.  And that means taking risks.  It means working occasionally outside my comfort zone.  Here’s a blog from Pastor Steven Furtick on this very issue.  He reminds us to be sure the mistakes we make are new ones.

Congratulations Carol!

Crisis Assistance Ministry Executive Director Carol Hardison has been named 2008 Charlotte Woman of the Year.

The selection is timely with the economy taking such a tumble, and so many more of our neighbors depending on assistance.

 

As executive director, Carol managed the distribution of over $7.5 million to emergerncy aid to prevent homelessness and loss of utilities for 14,800 families.

 

Carol is a friend to so many in need, and Charlotte is blessed by her leadership, grace, and wisdom.

 

Congratulations my friend!

 

Past winners have included Cathy Bessant of Bank of America, Molly Barker with Girls on the Run International, Emily Fairchild Zimmern, executive director of the Levine Museum of the New South, and Claire Kinnett Tate, director of Partners in Out-of-School Time.

 

Free Food

Kashi is giving away free frozen entrees chock full of natural ingredients:  Whole grains, vegetables, and natural chicken or shrimp.

Healthy.  Free.  Easy.  Click here to get your coupon.

Thanks to Allison Mignery, Nutritionist for the Mecklenburg County Health Department for this great tip!

I should have told you…

I’ve been on vacation.  And it took me all day to get through 10 days worth of email.  I’m cooking up some stories I’m really excited about.  And I’m looking forward to sharing.

For now, I’ve got to go get groceries.  It’s midnight.  And the only food in the house is rice chips, hummus, and raisins.  And that doesn’t go together so swell.

Getting Busy…

My fabulous, handsome, and talented husband was at home with the boys this afternoon, and sent me a text, asking me about my day.

It was a crazy one.  I told him among other things I had changed diapers, folded laundry, made brunch for four children, wrote a story for the 5:30 newscast, and was currently working on ways to change the world.

The past couple weeks, I’ve been in a whirlwind filled with smart people, great ideas, and opportunities to improve the lives of people right here in this city.

We’re launching into 2009 with an initiative unlike anything I’ve ever seen from a local television news department.  I can’t wait to share all the details with you.

For now, here’s our story today from 5:30.

And here’s Marian Wright Edelman’s  editorial in the Huffington Post.  I’m currently reading her book, “The Sea is So Wide and My Boat is So Small, Charting a Course for the Next Generation.”  I highly recommend it for teachers, parents, advocates, faith community leaders, and anyone who cares about the future of our nation.

Expected Surge in Service

I love this thought from Harvard Business School Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter.  On the blog “Intelligent Leader” in the Washington Post, she talks about the top 10 ways President Obama can change American culture.

#1 is After saying, “Hello, how are you?” people will ask, “And how are you improving the world this week?”

How are YOU improving the world this week?

By the way, Elevation Church launches a new series this week on activating your leadership potential.  Read more about it here on Pastor Steven Furtick’s blog.

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