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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!”

– Dr. Suess

I don’t know about you but I have this odd habit of giving gifts to other people that I personally love. A good book often meets that criteria.

So for our little year-end Christmas contest, we are offering up the chance to win a book of your choice. But we’re only giving you two books to choose from – partly because I’m a bit of a bossy Santa 🙂 and partly because both books have truly impacted me this past year.

And the two books are:

Big Magic; Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Productivity Project; Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy by Chris Bailey

I have already written several blogs about these two outstanding books, so if you would like more information on why these books have resonated so much with me, the links are at the bottom of this blog.

Quick Christmas Contest

If you would like to win one either Big Magic or The Productivity Project, just send us an e-mail (with subject heading: “Christmas Contest”) with the following info:

A) State WHICH book you would like to win.

B) Tell us (in a few sentences) WHY you would like to read it.

All names will be entered into the draw. Contest ends on Dec 24th 🙂

Good luck and I hope you have a happy holiday season…may it involve much reading, reflection and relaxation. And here’s to a creative and productive 2017 for all. Ho ho ho!

Related Blogs by Maryanne

Hey Busy Bee – How Productive ARE You in that Little Hive of Yours?

Do You Procrastinate? Here’s a Tip: Think of Your Future Self

Using Creativity to Bring More Joy & Beauty to the World

Beautiful Big Magic – the Book AND the Magic

Books With Bite

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

 

published in Animals, Change, Christmas, Face the Future, Giving, Inspiration, Kindness by Maryanne | December 14, 2016 | No Comment

Giving Gifts that Keep on Giving

 

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

– Mother Teresa

Still in need of a some last minute Christmas gifts? 

Here are a few neat charity-related gift ideas that I love to give this time of year:

Adopt a polar bear; World Wildlife Fund Species at Risk Adoption Program

 

Cost: $40

Description: By symbolically adopting a species at risk, WWF will direct the funds to helping those animals. For the donation, you (or the person you choose) receive a polar bear stuffy, adoption certificate and poster.

Impact: By adopting a polar bear, you’ll help WWF fight climate change and protect a network of special areas critical for their survival.

Link: www.wwf.ca

Adopt a tiger; World Wildlife Fund Species at Risk Adoption Program

 

Cost: $40

Description: By symbolically adopting a species at risk, WWF will direct the funds to helping those animals. For the donation, you receive a tiger stuffy, adoption certificate and poster.

Impact: By adopting a tiger, you’ll help WWF fight the illegal trade of tiger parts.

Link: www.wwf.ca

Adopt an African elephant; World Wildlife Fund Species at Risk Adoption Program

 

Cost: $40

Description: By symbolically adopting a species at risk, WWF will direct the funds to helping those animals. For the donation, you receive an elephant stuffy, adoption certificate and poster.

Impact: Once common throughout Africa, elephant numbers were severely depleted in the 19th century, largely due to the massive ivory trade. While some populations are now stable, poaching and habitat destruction continue to threaten the species. If conservation action is not forthcoming, elephants may become locally eradicated in some parts of Africa within 50 years.

Link: www.wwf.ca

LaVielle plays with orphan babies at the JGI Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center

Become a Chimp Guardian; Jane Goodall Institute of Canada

 

Cost: $75

Description: All Chimp Guardians receive a photograph of La Vieille, her biography, a Chimp Guardian certificate, an 8″ plush toy chimpanzee and fact sheets about chimpanzees and JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center.

Impact: When you become a Chimp Guardian you are supporting the Jane Goodall Institute’s initiatives to conserve habitat, protect chimpanzees in the wild and care for orphaned chimps at the Tchimpounga sanctuary. 

Link: www.janegoodall.ca

 

 

Wolves in Western Canada Need Your Help Now; Wolf Awareness Inc

 

Cost: Whatever you can afford to donate

Description: Wolves in Western Canada are running out of places to hide. Since 2006, more than 1000 wolves have been deliberately killed in Alberta through the use of strangling snares, gunned down from helicopters or poisoned with strychnine. In British Columbia, the provincial government has a strategic plan to kill a total of 700 wolves, hundreds of which have already been killed.

Impact: Wolf Awareness Inc is a non-profit organization committed to wolf conservation through research and public education regarding the ecology of the gray wolf. Your donation helps raise awareness about the needless and unethical slaughter of wolves. Help be a voice on behalf of wolves.

Link: wolfawarenessinc.org

Mother and Baby Tetanus Pack; a Unicef Survival Kit

 

Cost: $25

Description: Tetanus kills a baby every nine minutes. This high-impact gift immunizes mothers, who then pass immunity on to their babies, protecting them against the devastating effects of tetanus. The Kiwanis Eliminate Project will match your gift, doubling its impact on child survival.

Impact: This will provide 355 Tetanus Vaccines

Website: www.unicef.ca

Water Purification Tablets; a Unicef Survivial Kit

 

Cost: $16

Description: Nearly 1,000 children die every day from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation. Help children gain access to clean water and give a gift that saves lives.

Impact: 2531 water purification tablets!

Website: www.unicef.ca

Thanks so much for reading the Face the Future Christmas blog series…and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!!

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

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published in Change, Christmas, Environment, Face the Future, Giving, Greeting Cards by Maryanne | December 7, 2016 | No Comment

Twelve Tiny Tips to Lessen Our Environmental Footprint at Christmas

 

Senior adult man wearing Christmas jumper raising his arm in the air

Don’t know who this old guy is but ya gotta love his festive enthusiasm…yay Christmas!

I did a little diggin’ on the old internet and came up with this list of 12 tiny tips on how we can lessen our footprint on the planet this time of year.

#1) Buy less stuff for people who don’t need it or want it.

#2) Spend time versus money on people who both need and want it.

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#3) Remember to take re-usable shopping bags to the mall and grocery store…really, it’s not that difficult.

#4) Same with jaunts (of which there may be many) to the booze-shop…use a handy-dandy cloth bag that holds multiple bottles versus getting a paper bag for each and every bottle (of which there may be many…just sayin’), each and every time.

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#5) If you can’t ease up on the wrapping paper (I suspect some people are genetically predisposed to being addicted to wrapping presents), then at least try and recycle (or re-use) as much as possible after the fact.

#6) Except for the shiny stuff…most metallic wrapping paper can’t be recycled. So yeah, that’s right – don’t buy it in the first place.

#7) Think about packaging of products. That’s how I spend my evenings – thinking about packaging. Sure, I could be watching Game of Thrones or having hot sex with an Argentinian polo player. But no, I sit on my couch and think about where all the billions of pounds of packaging are going to end up after Christmas. Yes, Juan, you guessed correctly: the landfill.

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#8) When shopping for said products (that are bound to have far too much packaging) and feel the need for a little pick-me-up (because your Christmas shopping list is bigger than you are) and you swing by your favourite coffee shop to buy your low fat-mocha-whatever, for the love of God, remember to take your own re-useable coffee mug instead of getting yet another disposable paper cup that is destined for the landfill. Sigh.

#9) Haven’t sent out Christmas cards yet? Good. Don’t bother (unless you’re buying my recycled Christmas cards). How’s this for a sobering stat: the 2.65 billion Christmas cards sold each year in the U.S. could fill a football field 10 stories high. Aye Karumba.

#10) Back to wrapping presents: take it easy on the ribbon, will ya? But if you can’t bear the thought of giving a gift that has no ribbon, then at least try and keep the ribbon (to re-use) after the unwrapping frenzy on Christmas morn. Here’s why: if every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet.

#11) For more great ideas on how to have a greener Christmas, check out the Eartheasy website.

#12) Find the fun in re-gifting. For a laugh, check out Tact, Timing and Titillation: The Tao of Re-gifting and view the “Label Maker” clip from an old Seinfeld episode. 

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Thanks for reading and I hope you find these tips of use! If you have any other suggestions on how to lessen our environmental footprint this time of year, I’d love to hear them.

P.S. If you happen to have a spare Argentinian polo player lying around and no longer have a use for him, please send him my way 🙂

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is the CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and the Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her weekly blog, please sign up here.

 

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