nonprofitunityIt’s not everyday I decide to make-up a word, but during the creative selection process that came along with finally naming this young blog of mine, well, this is precisely what I did.

nonprofit + unity

I combined these two words because nonprofitunity (pronounced nän präfi to͞onitē) represents a mash-up of three core beliefs I hold about nonprofit success. Let me explain. Having spent more than 20 (more…)

Money can buy happiness

TedxCambridge speaker Michael Norton disputes the notion that “Money can’t buy happiness.” In this ten minute speech, Norton presents a compelling research project that proves people who donate money are in fact happier:

Editor’s note: Thanks so much for sharing this TedTalk John!

EnCOURAGEment to keep your New Year’s resolutions: 11 inspirational quotes for 2012

hand-drawn by my 7 year-old daughter

original art provided by my seven year-old daughter


/rezəˈlo͞oSHən/      noun

A firm decision to do or not do something. synonym: courage

As 2011 comes to a close and many New Year’s resolutions are made, I thought it would be helpful to share some inspirational quotes to encourage you to keep your 2012 resolutions: (more…)

Waking Up Full of Awesome

She woke up AwesomeWaking Up Full of Awesome written by Melissa Wardy, creator/owner of Pigtail Pals

There was a time when you were five years old, and you woke up full of awesome.

You knew you were awesome.

You loved yourself.

You thought you were beautiful, even with missing teeth and messy hair and mismatched socks inside your grubby sneakers.

You loved your body, and the things it could do.

You thought you were strong.

You knew you were smart.

Do you still have it?

The awesome.

Did someone take it from you?

Did you let them?

Did you hand it over, because someone told you weren’t beautiful enough, thin enough, smart enough, good enough?

Why the hell would you listen to them?

Did you consider they might be full of shit?

Wouldn’t that be nuts, to tell my little girl below that in another five or ten years she might hate herself because she doesn’t look like a starving and Photoshopped fashion model?

Or even more bizarre, that she should be sexy over smart, beautiful over bold?

Are you freaking kidding me?

Look at her. She is full of awesome.

You were, once. Maybe you still are. Maybe you are in the process of getting it back.

All I know is that if you aren’t waking up feeling like this about yourself, you are really missing out.

This post is dedicated to all our female readers, because sometimes we just need reminded. Thank you Melissa Wardy for sharing your awesomeness with all of us.

Workafrolics: Richard St. John’s 8 secrets of success

Video here.


Do you know what motivates you?

This is a thought-provoking illustration by Dan Pink of RSA Animate on the surprising truth about what motivates us. If you have never seen an RSA Animate before, you are in for a real treat.