Daily Inspiration: Ethical Rings Provide Clean Water to Developing Nations

You can now spread love in more ways that one. Do Amore is offering ethical engagement rings and bands to couples who are ready to take the next step. Couples can solidify their love with recycled metals and conflict free diamonds all while aiding in donating clean water wells to nations in need.

The founder Krish Himmatramka’s heart for giving has since benefited thousands of people in India, Ethiopia, Nepal, Bangladesh and Haiti. Proceeds from each purchase of a Do Amore ring will continue to bring hope and vitality to those who need it most.

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Daily Inspiration: Praise to the Power Cancer Could Not Take

October is Breast Cancer awareness month. People often wear pink ribbons and shirts and ramp up their support to charitable organizations during this time.

In support of women who have lost their breasts due to the disease, designer Stella Mccartney created a double mastectomy bra. It is available for free to those in need.

Cancer is devastating to all those involved. Don’t wait for a special reminder to get checked. Keep up on your annual screenings and visit your doctor for checkups. Many cancers are treatable if detected early.

Daily Inspiration: Protect Our Girls From Sexual Assault

Sexual assault has been flooding the news outlets with murmurs about high profile figures such as Judge Kavanaugh and Bill Cosby. Sexual assault is often hard to prove and difficult to prosecute unless it is reported immediately and evidence is readily available. Often times women opt not to report due to shame, fear or the mounting possible fall out.

In this video a teenager girl delivers a powerful spoken word poem about that transition from girl to woman and the unwanted situations one can find herself in. Sexualization of girls and women has always left them vulnerable to the vices of predators. As a society, we need to do more to protect our girls.

Daily Inspiration: Feel Your Feelings

Jenifer Lewis is an actress who started her career off in broadway. In recent years we have seen her movies and on television. She always brings her comedic wit and bright personality where ever she goes.

In today’s video she talks about feelings and how much our lives are governed by them. We all connect emotionally first and foremost. It is important to be in touch with your own feelings and the feel the feelings of others.

Daily Inspiration: Speak Up

Terry Crews is an actor who has made us laugh in many movies and tv shows. He was recently in the news after coming out against a sexual assault that he experienced. He uses his platform to talk about very important issues.

In today’s video, he discusses the earliest memories he has of the trauma he endured throughout his life. As a domestic violence survivor, he talks about the importance of speaking up and not looking the other way. The quality of your life and the lives of the people around you, depend on it.

Daily Inspiration: Kids Feeding the Hungry

The issue of hunger across America and even the world is a monumental. One girl is doing her part to end it in her corner of South Carolina.

Katie’s Krops was inspired by a homework assignment. She was given seeds and asked to grow cabbage. To Katie’s surprise, it grew to be as large as 40 pounds. With that bounty she went on to feed over 200 people.

Since then she has used gardening as a tool to feed America’s hungry. Currently Katie’s Krops has over 100 gardens and has fed thousands of people.

Daily Inspiration: Get Outside and Enjoy Nature

How many hours of your life do you spend indoors? For many people it is almost all of it.

Today’s video was created by The Velux Group, a company that manufactures skylights. In this video (which reads almost like a commercial) the narrator explains the transitions we have made from nature to an indoor environment.

The downsides of living a life within walls include sickness and depression. Centuries of technological advancement afford us the luxury of remaining indoors, but we should also remember that a world exists out there. Get outside.

Daily Inspiration: Cancer Survivor Becomes Stoma Designer

Heather Maston is a stage three colon survivor who discovered how to make her new disability work for her. After having her large intestines and rectum removed, she now has a permanent ostomy bag on her body.

To help her cope with this new accessory she designed covers for the bag that she wears daily. She can switch them up depending on her mood, and help her bring a sense of confidence to her adjusted daily routine.

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Daily Inspiration: Reforestation of the Amazon

The Amazon is the worlds largest rainforest. It spans over 2 million miles and provides a home for millions of people and various species of wildlife. Since the 1970’s the deforestation of the Amazon has spiraled out of control.

Humans have cleared significant areas of the forest to make room for crops and livestock, which in turn has serious consequences on the balance of our ecosystem.

A new initiative in Brazil is going to bring back 73 million trees to the Amazon. Reforestation is important to the survival of humans and the planet itself.

Daily Inspiration: Father Hears Daughter’s Donated Heart

Bill Conner was reunited with his daughter in a very special away. She passed away suddenly on a family vacation and her parents decided to donate her organs.

During a 2000 mile journey to bring awareness to organ donation, he met the recipient of his daughter’s heart.

Losing a loved one is very difficult. Donating organs can be a way to commemorate a life, by saving another.

If you are interested in organ donation. Please visit U.S. Government Information On Organ Donation and Transplantation.

You can sign up through the Organ Donation Registry or through your state’s DMV.

Silencing Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is among the most heinous and under-reported acts committed against another person. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) the statistics surrounding these assaults are horrifying.

Every 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault. Sexual Violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. While we’re making progress- the number of assaults has fallen by more than half since 1993 — even today, only 6 out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison.

The media seemed to have a recent uptick in covering these stories after the sensationalized case concerning Bill Cosby. Since then, other public persons such as Harvey Weinstein and Larry Nasser have been accused of misconduct. While the desired legal outcome for many of the victims expired with the statue of limitations; a new sense of urgency arose for those who could still get legal or social justice.

During the height of this media coverage, the #MeToo campaign that encourages victims of sexual assault to share their stories in solidarity and support for one another, spread like wildfire on twitter. It was reported that over 1.7 million men and women shared the hashtag on the social media platform. Aside from the media frenzy that surrounded these incidents, the severity of this issue reaches closer to home.

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The victims of sexual assault are our sisters, brothers, neighbors and children. The statistics are just reflections of reported cases. Cases that can be identified by a person that has not been silenced by fear- the fear of being shamed, ostracized or not believed.  People often wait so long to report an incident, their right to justice is forfeited by time.

The silence is deafening. Whether the resistance is to protect family members, careers or powerful organizations- the message still remains. Victims are made to suffer while the perpetrator is free to inflict the same pain on others. Evidence is synonymous with credibility and time is of the essence.

Breaking the silence among victims is complex and multifaceted. The circumstances regarding each assault is different, along with its victim. The truth of the matter is, the outcomes will not always be what one will hope for. The devastation that is left behind in any sexual assault case will follow all parties because that is what it is designed to do. Resolution goes beyond a hashtag or a social media fad.

Creating safe places in homes is a place to start. Referring a friend in need to the appropriate resources can save lives. Silence doesn’t have to be permanent.

If you need help or know someone who does: visit RAINN or call the confidential  National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE.

Daily Inspiration: To Complain or Not To Complain

This poem was performed by Rudy Francisco at the semi finals of the 2014 National Poetry Slam. He describes situations where people persevered through life and death situations and essentially said, “It could have been worse”. Life is journey where one can experience a lot of pain and heartache. However, many beautiful things also come out of this journey and he explains that sometimes it is best to focus on what keeps life worth living.

**Disclaimer: This poem has been criticized for being insensitive to those suffering from depression and anxiety. Its purpose is to provide motivation to help others keep things in perspective during tough times.

If you are suffering from Mental Illness and need help, you are not alone. Please seek the advisement of a medical professional or call the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Helpline today, 800-950-NAMI to see what resources are available to you.

Convenience To Contraceptives On Campus

It is not a secret that young adults attending college are sexually active. Even though the media has evolved to be extremely sex ‘forward’, the topic of sex is still taboo.

Women and men may still face scrutiny and some colleges are looking to ease that burden; with contraceptive vending machines. Since 2012, Shippensburg University, University of California, Santa Barbara and University of California, Davis have installed ‘wellness’ machines on campus.

Health education programs in high schools vary widely across America. They employ conservative or progressive curricula to inform students about sex. By the time these students get to college, their experiences are different.

Wellness machines provide condoms, Plan B, and pregnancy tests for the convenience of all students. Ultimately, making it a great resource for reserved and liberal students who are engaging in sexual activity to stay safe without judgement.

Earlier this month, Stanford University became the latest school to install these vending machines.  According to an article by the New York Times, more schools are looking to provide these services.

Parteek Singh, a recent graduate who urged U.C. Davis to install the machine, said he had heard from people at more than 30 schools who are interested in learning how to do the same thing on their campuses.

“This will be big,” Mr. Singh said. “It’s just the beginning.”

This appears to be a new trend for schools that are looking to turn this taboo topic into new and improved health services for their students.