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Simple Giving Is The Best Gift Book This Season

Simple Giving Is The Best Gift Book This Season

FullSizeRender-6I believe that is is human nature to want to help others when we can. Two of the biggest hurdles in giving to others are knowing who or what needs help, and then what we, within each of our personal constraints as individuals can do. We also each have our own personal causes and issues we care about. That is one of the reasons that I love sharing stories on my blog of people who make a difference in some way large or small, and hopefully inspire others to do the same. There are so many ways to give, and the book Simple Giving is a perfect guide to how we each can contribute in a positive way to this world.

The book was born from Jennifer’s blog www.anotherjennifer.com and her Philanthropy Friday series. She began to see certain patterns in the types of philanthropy that she featured, and for the book  she breaks them down into six different giving models.

  1. Everyday acts of kindness that can be done everyday for little or no money. An example of this could be as simple as paying someone a compliment.
  2. A new approach to philanthropy which is setting a mindset of giving, even if that amount is small, as a way to make the world a better place.
  3. Shopping with a conscience which has become almost mainstream, consumers want to buy products that give back, are made in an environmentally friendly way, help others to earn a sustainable income, or all three.
  4.  Finding your passion and doing something about it. Start your own non-profit, advocate, be the change you want to see!
  5. Giving as business model, or social enterprise.
  6. Giving it forward means modeling good giving behavior and showing others the way forward.

In Simple Giving Jennifer details case studies for each giving model,  and then lays out a “how to” at the end of each chapter.

I found this book incredibly inspiring, and came away feeling like Simple Giving had given me tools to channel my own philanthropy in new ways. I also now have the desire to give this book to everyone I know as holiday gifts! I think a book like this makes a wonderful present, and just think that when the recipient is in turn inspired by the book it turns into a gift that keeps giving forward. It has been scientifically proven that when we give or help others we feel happier, and  Simple Giving offers each of us a place to start or place to grow our philanthropy in practical ways.

We are in luck that Simple Giving is out in time for holiday giving, and giving back! Get your copy here.

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Author Jennifer Iacovelli

Jennifer Iacovelli is a writer, speaker and consultant. As Chief engagement officer of the Another Jennifer Writing Lab, Jennifer helps entrepreneurs , bloggers, and nonprofits tell their story. She is also the author of  the Another Jennifer blog, and creator of the Simple Giving Lab. She writes for Mom Bloggers For Social Good as part of the Global Team of 200 and is a regular contributor to World Moms Blog and HuffPost Divorce. Jennifer is also contributing author of the book The Mother Of All Meltdowns. Her work has been featured on GOOD, BlogHer, USAID Impact, Feed The Future and the PSI Impact Blog. She is based in Brunswick, Maine.



Your Next Big Thing; Book Review

Your Next Big Thing; Book Review

 Having a birthday in February on the heels of  the start of a new year, gives me an annual sense of renewal.  The month in between I tend to reflect on my hopes and goals for the year to come.  This year around that time my friend Laura Rossi asked me to join up with a team of bloggers to write about the new book YOUR NEXT BIG THING By Dr. Ben Michaelis,  and what each of us might be doing to make and sustain real change in 2013.  I jumped at the opportunity to get the blueprint for success in this book that could give me the tools to help me to achieve what I want this year to bring.

Your Next Big Thing provides a series of quizzes and exercises to guide you through plotting the changes you would like to make in your life, and then gives you tools to see them through.  This book is best suited for anyone who has ever woken up in the morning feeling unsure of where their day—or life—is going. If they’d ever wondered what else might be out there, and thought: What’s next?  The tools in the book can also come in handy  to help set ,and focus on clear goals for even minor life enhancements, like a commitment to good health, or honing in on career decisions.

Dr. Michaelis is a clinical psychologist who is a graduate of Columbia and New York Universities. He has been in private practice in Manhattan since 2004, and  has been published in both academic and popular press as a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and PsychologyToday.com.

In his new book Dr. Michaelis outlines the three essential elements that form the core of his philosophy, which are PLAY, PURPOSE, and WORK.

He tells us that Imaginative PLAY allows us to dream up possibilities, connecting with your higher PURPOSE gives us meaning, and WORK gets us where we want to go. The “Ten Small Steps” he gives us in YOUR NEXT BIG THING are tangible, and sensible ways to connect to all three of these essential elements, but he emphasizes that commitment is key for making and sustaining real change in your life. His premise is that a true commitment to personal change requires the following three things:

Vision: It’s wonderful if you know exactly what you’d like the changes you wish for to look like, but Your Next Big Thing says it’s not necessary. All that that you need is to be open to imagining yourself and your life as different than they are now. You can explore the particulars along the way.

 Promise: When you commit to change you implicitly make a promise. The promise is not to your husband, your sister, or even your kids. The promise you make is to yourself.

Energy: Energy and work mean purpose. When you truly believe in something, when you are moving with purpose, you are throwing your energy at something you believe in to make a change and to make it the way you want it to be.

In the book he will further guide you towards finding your true purpose, improving your life and reaching your goals. If you would like  to take part in Your Next Big Thing Blog Hop, please link up to my post and the other bloggers here.






*I received a free copy of Your Next Big Thing for the purpose of this book review, as always my opinions are honest and my own, and are never swayed by outside influences.


Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster NYC: Ethiopia-Sweden-America

Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster NYC: Ethiopia-Sweden-America

Marcus Samuelsson’s story is amazing.

He was born in Ethiopia, and when he was only three his mother walked for days with her two children to get medical care to treat their tuberculosis. Sadly, his mother did not make it, but Marcus and his sister received the care they needed to recover. A year later they were adopted into a loving family and brought up in Sweden. It was the love of cooking that his Swedish grandmother instilled in him which he credits for guiding him to where he is today. He has risen to become a world-renowned chef and author of Yes, Chef; A Memoir in which he details his fascinating life.

Me with Chef Marcus Samuelsson at Red Rooster

While in New York City for the Blogher conference I had the pleasure to meet Chef Marcus Samuelsson and check out his acclaimed Red Rooster Restaurant in Harlem. He has created a vibrant atmosphere in which to serve what he describes as American comfort food with hints of his Swedish and African roots. While there, he greeted us with the same easy smile and warm welcoming manner with which he seemed to grace all those he encountered. He graciously took us on a tour downstairs to Ginny’s Supper Club , which is fashioned as a modern speakeasy and opened in 2012 as a tribute to the Harlem Renaissance. The food was amazing and the ambiance electric, so if you are looking for a cool night out, Red Rooster is where you want to go.

A drink called Yes, Chef