HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH LITTLE OR NO MONEY

HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

WITH LITTLE OR NO MONEY

 

Many people are in need and many people want to make a difference. Some claim that they can’t make a difference without money. Even with no money or a small amount of money, you can make a difference in a big way.

Every event I do, or money I make from my business, I feature a charity or nonprofit or I will request everyone to bring the requested items to donate. Together we can also make a big difference.

It’s not always money that is needed to make a difference. Here are some ways to make a difference with little or no money. You can do as much as you can afford to. Whether it’s your time, $5 or $5,000, each act will make a big difference.

  1. Smile. You’re smile may be the sunshine that someone needs today to make their day.
  2. Listen. Sometimes a person needs someone to sit and listen to them and try to understand where they are and hold space for them.
  3. Go to the dollar store and pick up socks to give to homeless people as you pass them by one the street or street corner.
  4. Buy some bottled water and give to homeless people. Also, packaged cheese/pb and crackers are inexpensive.
  5. Gather from others from your neighborhood, company, organization, etc and donate blankets to the homeless.
  6. Trial size Personal toiletries that you can purchase at the dollar store or the ones you collect from the hotels.
  7. Gather backpacks from others to give to the homeless or to school children. If you want to go a step further, fill them up with snacks, school supplies, etc
  8. Gather coats from the neighborhood, your company, organization, etc and give to the homeless or children.
  9. Donate toys used or new to women’s shelters that have children.
  10. Donate toys for Toys for Tots.
  11. Adopt a family/child during the holiday.
  12. Donate canned goods. Make sure they aren’t expired. Better yet, give the money to the local Salvation Army, etc as they have partnerships with food suppliers that will double, even triple the meals for every dollar you donate.
  13. Be an advocate, have a bill sponsored that will address the community problems.
  14. Volunteer to read to or tutor children or the blind
  15. Grow a garden and share your food with others.
  16. Take your empty water bottles and aluminum cans, put them in a bag and leave just outside a garbage dumpster in the area where homeless people are usually around. They will find them without having to dig through the garbage and have them recycled and will give them a little money.
  17. Show compassion.
  18. Become a hospice volunteer.
  19. Take scraps of wood, metal, etc and build a mini shelter or house for someone. Or join with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.

Be an inspiration for others.

I have been there too, so I understand

I have struggled with this and am still struggling as I am going through changes. I know what’s it like to have physical pain, to struggle with weight no matter what you do. I have received the insensitive, ignorant remarks about if I just stop eating, eat the right foods and exercise, etc then I wouldn’t have this problem. People don’t understand that sometimes things are beyond your control no matter what you do. People with back, neck knee or other injuries that prevent them many activities, hormones, thyroid, metabolism, etc out of whack and you are going through the process to see what works, etc. Negative body image because of people including yourself judging, criticizing, body shaming, etc. I know how it feels. I have been there. I have chronic neck pain due to an automobile accident that was not my fault. I have a thyroid and adrenal issue. Stress has caused havoc on my body. I have been on the roller coaster of weight gain and loss.I have found ways to help me overcome my own negative body image and how to take care of myself. I wrote about my struggles and how I overcame them in my new book, Awaken to Your Inner Authentic Beauty. Perhaps it will help and inspire you as well. http://awakentoyourinnerauthenticbeauty.com/

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Giving a Helping Hand

InSPIRITations

Giving a Helping Hand
Mitzi Reed

As any city, Las Vegas has its share of homelessness problems. A few years ago, the mayor, Oscar Goodman, decided he didn’t want to help the homeless so he initiated an ordinance that forbids people to feed the homeless. However, many people have found ways to help people who are in need and homeless.

When I was a single parent struggling to make ends meet, I had help from my church and some compassionate people. I was so humbled by the generosity of the people. I vowed that when I got back on my feet, I would help in whatever way I could people who were less fortunate. I host events and at every event I choose a charity that I work with. I have done food drives, blanket drives, personal health care kits, etc. over the years.

Today, I dropped off a few shirts and a case of water to a place where the gentleman collects these for the homeless and everyday goes out with a shopping cart and gives bottled water, shirts, socks, etc to the needy people downtown. He informed me that when he steps over to the area, he is in a whole new status. Some people think he’s homeless, they look away, etc. He showed me the radius of where he goes. Even in the heat, he is diligent. He names his project Clean Shirt on a Hot Day.

Ruzo lives in a modest little apartment building that has a lot of history. It was a very nice place back in the 40’s when it was built. He has a little garden and is making a little area where people can come and sit. He said that people will bring blankets and hang on the concrete wall so that anyone can grab a blanket. He shared with me some stories of the people on the street. A homeless person may be someone who lost their job, a runaway child, or someone with a mental illness. One of the first steps in helping people is to see them as individuals and to find out what they need.
There are as many different stories but all of them have the same thing in common, that they are human beings who fell into some bad times and some of them have lost hope. Ruzo shows them compassion, encouragement and hope.

He shared with me some things that people can do to help. One is carrying some bottled water in your car and when you see someone in need, give them the bottle. Also, socks are appreciated. Packaged Peanut butter crackers are something that will help with hunger and restore the electrolytes as it has salt in them. Hanging blankets on walls so they can grab one. Instead of throwing away water bottles or aluminum cans, put them in a box or a clear plastic bag and put them near a dumpster. Putting them next to the dumpster is good so they don’t have to go digging in the dumpster. They will pick them up and take them to the recycle center. Some of them use that money to buy themselves a motel room for the night. Having a clean shirt and socks are always welcomed. When cleaning out your closet, think about giving it to the homeless people downtown instead of to goodwill. Give the homeless people the same courtesy and respect you would extend to your friends, your family, your employer. Treat them as you would wish to be treated if you needed assistance.

At the end of the day, we are all just trying to survive and live the best we can with whatever circumstances we are in. Everyone can or will need at least once in their life a helping hand.

In Spirit,
Mitzi Reed
Mitzi Reed is the founder of ASPIRE Conferences, llc, ™ and is dedicated to raising the awareness, promoting healthier lifestyles and to empowering people in all aspects of their personal and spiritual development. She is also the founder of SpiritDove, a ministry dedicated to being a messenger of Love, Peace, and Happiness. Mitzi’s passion and purpose is inspiring others to tap into the power and beauty of their soul. Event Coordinator/promoter. Life and Holistic Business Coach, Author and Speaker, Peace and Sacred Activist. Mitzi is a connector, a community organizer, a visionary and passion is empowering others to live their fullest lives. She was voted by the Las Vegas Community as Best Community Resource in the Inspiration Magazine. www.aspiringconferences.com

It’s not too Late to Save

InSPIRITations
Mitzi Reed

It’s not too Late to Save

Do you have a goal that will take money to achieve it? Maybe it’s that vacation that you have been wanting to take for a few years now, or maybe it’s a new car, or to expand your business or go back to school? Perhaps you are just trying to get by and wonder how you will be able to pay for that upcoming expense. Whatever it is you know it will take money and at the moment you may not know how you will ever be able to afford it.

A couple of friends introduced me to the 52 week money challenge that also inspired me to do other things to save money. For those who aren’t familiar with the 52 week money challenge, it is where you start the first week of Jan and each week you add whatever the week number is to the jar. For example the first week of January would be $1.00, then on the 2nd week, you would add $2, then on the 3rd week, you would add $3.00 and so on. By the end of the 52 weeks you would have saved $1, 378.00. Some people will start from the last week and move down. And, it’s never too late to start. Better late than never.

Some people collect change. They never spend change and so at the end of the day, they will put all the change in a jar.

Another way to save some money is to agree to give up something and however much it cost, it would go into the savings. For example, perhaps for every Starbucks coffee you skip, you put that money in the savings. That few dollars adds up and may surprise you how much you spend on an item that has no real value.

Are there things in your home or garage that you no longer need or want? Maybe it’s worth something. Try selling it at a garage sale, on ebay, craigslist or a pawn shop.

There are coupons nowadays for just about everything. Use them for things you really need and the amount that you save put in the savings jar. Perhaps you and your friends can exchange coupons for ones you really can use.

Before you start your savings project, go find a shoebox or another box or if you are collecting change, a very pretty jar to hold the coins. Have a red envelope (or color one if you can’t find one) and put three coins in there, preferably the kind that are used for feng shui by the Asians. Put that in the bottom of the container. Write out your intention/goal and an affirmation that resonates with you. As you put the envelope with the coins in the box, say aloud the intention/goal and affirmation three times. Put it in your prosperity corner of your home. Then every time you put money in the box or glass container, bless the money and express gratitude knowing that whatever you are saving the money for will manifest.

It’s not too late to start saving.

InSpirit,
Mitzi Reed

In Spirit,
Mitzi Reed
Mitzi Reed is the founder of ASPIRE Conferences, llc, ™ and is dedicated to raising the awareness, promoting healthier lifestyles and to empowering people in all aspects of their personal and spiritual development. She is also the founder of SpiritDove, a ministry dedicated to being a messenger of Love, Peace, and Happiness. Mitzi’s passion and purpose is inspiring others to tap into the power and beauty of their soul. Event Coordinator/promoter. Life and Holistic Business Coach, Author and Speaker, Peace and Sacred Activist. Mitzi is a connector, a community organizer, a visionary and passion is empowering others to live their fullest lives. She was voted by the Las Vegas Community as Best Community Resource in the Inspiration Magazine. www.aspiringconferences.com

Does Your Perspective Need Tweaking?

InSPIRITations
Mitzi Reed

Does Your Perspective Need Tweaking?

I was enjoying lunch the other day with a friend at Paymon’s Mediterranean Grill on Maryland Parkway in Las Vegas. This restaurant has been around for years and has some great food and the service has always been excellent. It’s a great locals hangout and many business lunches have been conducted at this place.

We were discussing what had happened in our past as far as business, our successes and failures. I say failures because there is no shame in saying you failed because it’s the exact opposite of success. The definition of fail according to the dictionary is to not succeed. It doesn’t mean you are a failure. On the road to success, you may fail many times and that’s okay. It develops character and strength.

As we were discussing my situation, she suggested I look at it from a different perspective which I would like to share with you. Instead of being upset that something was lost or that it failed, and focusing on the failed part of the business, she suggested that I look at the business I created and find all the blessings that came out of creating and running it. It was something that prepared me for what my next phase in my life, purpose and career was to be. I gained much from having this business and I was blessed as well as I blessed many others who were a part of this business.

As I pondered that little tweak of a different perspective, I realized that can apply to all areas of our lives. We often say that the event that happened that we perceive is negative is actually a blessing. However, how many times do we really bless the thing we just lost or failed at. It was this simple adjustment of how to look at something that made a big difference to me.

Is there something in your life that you lost or failed ? Perhaps you have a relationship that had gone sour or the job you have is not what you really want. Instead of looking at what was lost or what you don’t like about the situation, look at it from a different perspective. Look at the positive qualities or experiences you gained from the experience. Start seeing the benefits and blessings of what the event gave you.

In Spirit,
Mitzi Reed
Mitzi Reed is the founder of ASPIRE Conferences, llc, ™ and is dedicated to raising the awareness, promoting healthier lifestyles and to empowering people in all aspects of their personal and spiritual development. She is also the founder of SpiritDove, a ministry dedicated to being a messenger of Love, Peace, and Happiness. Mitzi’s passion and purpose is inspiring others to tap into the power and beauty of their soul. Event Coordinator/promoter. Life and Holistic Business Coach, Author and Speaker, Peace and Sacred Activist. Mitzi is a connector, a community organizer, a visionary and passion is empowering others to live their fullest lives. She was voted by the Las Vegas Community as Best Community Resource in the Inspiration Magazine. www.aspiringconferences.com

Optimal Health and Wellness

InSPIRITations
Mitzi Reed

Optimal Health and Wellness

I recently embarked on a mission which I called Operation Optimal Health and Wellness. It was about getting my health back in all areas, physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, financial. It wasn’t about weigh loss, however that would be an extra benefit that would be welcomed. It was more of a total transformation and releasing what no longer serves me, including relationships, limiting and self-sabotaging beliefs, the past, and material things.

I went through a bootcamp style regime for 21 days which included detoxing the physical and emotional body and my environment. I wasn’t planning though on just doing 21 days, stop and then go back to my old ways. This mission was about changing my life and my lifestyle.

It wasn’t easy at times and at one point after doing so well, and feeling and seeing results, I had a setback that was difficult for me to accept at first. I didn’t let it stop me though. I pushed through it, knowing my body was adjusting and it was a process. I also went through some very difficult emotional times. I welcomed all of it because I wanted everything to come up to be cleaned and cleared. I refuse to stuff it back again only to manifest again later.

It has been paying off and I feel so much clearer, more focused, more healthy and happier. People were noticing a difference. Some said it looks like I lost weight, some said I had more of a glow, some just could sense that I was in a better place.

A couple of nights ago, I had a very insightful dream which inspired me to take this a step further. I reminisced about my past, the good, the bad and the ugly. I took a piece of paper and wrote everything that I wanted to release including hanging onto old hurts, resentments, guilt, anger, fear, limiting beliefs. I also wrote out all the major events that were perceived as negative, at least at the time. Another paper I wrote everything I was grateful for in my past, my relationships, the events that changed my life, my strengths. Both of these papers represented my past, everything that helped carve me into what I am today. I then read them aloud, folded the papers up and then burned them. As I did, I said a blessing of thanks.

Then the next day, I celebrated my life, and the life I want to have. I listed everything that is presently in my life that I am grateful for. I listed everything I want to do, be and have in my future. I celebrated my accomplishments. I pampered myself, put on some dancing music, drank some wine and made a toast to myself, and read aloud what I wrote. I declared that from that day forward that I would celebrate my life each day. I would commit to my happiness and well being and take the necessary steps to make my future dreams a reality.

I invite you this week to take time to celebrate who you were, who are now and who you are becoming. Make a date night with yourself and create an atmosphere of celebration.

In Spirit,
Mitzi Reed
Mitzi Reed is the founder of ASPIRE Conferences, llc, ™ and is dedicated to raising the awareness, promoting healthier lifestyles and to empowering people in all aspects of their personal and spiritual development. She is also the founder of SpiritDove, a ministry dedicated to being a messenger of Love, Peace, and Happiness. Mitzi’s passion and purpose is inspiring others to tap into the power and beauty of their soul. Event Coordinator/promoter. Life and Holistic Business Coach, Author and Speaker, Peace and Sacred Activist. Mitzi is a connector, a community organizer, a visionary and passion is empowering others to live their fullest lives. She was voted by the Las Vegas Community as Best Community Resource in the Inspiration Magazine. www.aspiringconferences.com

Creating Community

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Creating Community
Mitzi Reed

Saturday I was a guest on a new internet TV show called Connectors of Light. Their mission is basically to create connections for a better you. It is mostly geared for the Las Vegas metaphysical community however they attract and welcome everyone who is interested in evolving and expanding their conscious.

Another show that I was a guest on was the Lillian McMorris show. This airs on Cox Cable in Las Vegas. Lillian has lived in Las Vegas all her life and has always been about community. This show is more mainstream and she has some very interesting guests.

Another show that connects and supports the local entertainment here is the Las Vegas Rocks Variety show with Tony Sacca.

The one thing that these shows have in common is the sense of creating and building community in Las Vegas. We are all connected just by living in this fascinating city. Each of us have something that contributes to the community we have here. We all have a sense of belonging in something that we are passionate about. We seek others who are like minded.

Community is about sharing, caring, belonging and knowing that we are part of a whole. It is knowing that we all have gifts and talents that may be similar to others but that we bring our own uniqueness to our gifts and talents we share. Therefore, there is no need to be jealous or competitive or to exclude others.

Back in the old days of Vegas, people who have been here long enough, can remember a true sense of community here. Everyone looked out for one another. You were considered family.

I invite you this week to reach out, to find ways to connect with the community. Offer your talents, whatever they are and find others who share the same passion. Invite them to share with others. Get involved with a local nonprofit that helps people in your community. Watch these shows and go to the newsstands to obtain copies of local magazines that list events, organizations and other resources about what is happening and how you can get involved. Get to know your neighbors.

In Spirit,
Mitzi Reed

Mitzi Reed is the founder of ASPIRE Conferences, llc, ™ and is dedicated to raising the awareness, promoting healthier lifestyles and to empowering people in all aspects of their personal and spiritual development. She is also the founder of SpiritDove, a ministry dedicated to being a messenger of Love, Peace, and Happiness. Mitzi’s passion and purpose is inspiring others to tap into the power and beauty of their soul. Event Coordinator/promoter. Life and Holistic Business Coach, Author and Speaker, Peace and Sacred Activist. Mitzi is a connector, a community organizer, a visionary and passion is empowering others to live their fullest lives. She was voted by the Las Vegas Community as Best Community Resource in the Inspiration Magazine. www.aspiringconferences.com

If She Can Do It, So Can I!

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If She Can Do It, So Can I!
Mitzi Reed

A few years ago, I was hit with a challenge that would last for four years and has changed my life in so many ways. I also hit the big 50 two years ago. Lots of various emotions, an my business, health, financial, relationship and spiritual areas were affected by this challenge. One day, I was literally about ready to give up. I had spoken to several women who had gone through their own challenges. Some of these women went through it, got to the other side and were doing better than even before the challenge. I went down on my knees and threw my hands in the air and just surrendered. All of a sudden, I was downloaded everything that I was to create, down to the last detail, which was a conference for women. ASPIRE Conferences, llc was born to show women that other women have gone through tough challenges and obstacles and came out the other side better because of it. I looked at the women and said to myself, if she could do it, so can I!

Last year was the first year for the ASPIRE Conference for Women. I sat down with my female friends and shared with them what I was creating. All of them immediately jumped on board. The first conference was March 2013 and it was a success! The speakers all had stories to share on how they overcame their own challenge and the audience could relate. We even had men there. All was inspired in one way or another.
Joe Buda publisher of the Las Vegas Informer was there and a sponsor of the event. The Las Vegas Informer is a sponsor again this year.
We are having it again this year. I always have it in March to honor International Women’s Day.

Benefits of attending the 2014 Aspire Women’s Conference March 15th. DEADLINE TO REGISTER MARCH 8TH!

Conference includes hearing 6 speakers, lunch, live entertainment, specials, a movie showing and our Keynote Speaker, Internationally known, Debbie Allen.

This conference is designed to inspire and empower women from all walks of life who dream of one day becoming their own boss and/or financially independent.

This conference is a chance for any woman to realize that anyone who has become successful had to start somewhere. Our 6 speakers have diverse backgrounds and started their journey to success for many different reasons. Their stories will inspire women to start their journey’s knowing the outcomes they dream of ARE possible!
Women who will benefit include:
Young women in High School
Women going to college
Women are in an unsatisfactory job
Women who are tired of making money for someone else
Women who are Unemployed or Underemployed
Any Woman who dreams of being something more than what they are or have been

Those who attend will leave the Conference with a renewed since of purpose, tools and connections needed to take the next step in their journey to become who they dream to be!

Register today at www.aspiringconferences.com

In Spirit,
Mitzi Reed

Mitzi Reed is the founder of ASPIRE Conferences, llc, ™ and is dedicated to raising the awareness, promoting healthier lifestyles and to empowering people in all aspects of their personal and spiritual development. She is also the founder of SpiritDove, a ministry dedicated to being a messenger of Love, Peace, and Happiness. Mitzi’s passion and purpose is inspiring others to tap into the power and beauty of their soul. Event Coordinator/promoter. Life and Holistic Business Coach, Author and Speaker, Peace and Sacred Activist. Mitzi is a connector, a community organizer, a visionary and passion is empowering others to live their fullest lives. She was voted by the Las Vegas Community as Best Community Resource in the Inspiration Magazine. www.aspiringconferences.com

That Special Someone is You!

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That Special Someone is You!
Mitzi Reed

Yesterday was Valentines Day. I noticed there are two kinds of people you will find on this day. Those who love it and those who hate it. The ones who love it seem to be the ones in a relationship. The ones who hate it are the ones that aren’t. I have been on both sides.

I started wondering what it is about this holiday that is all about love that has some people dreading and cursing the day. Why do people feel its necessary to be in a relationship with another to enjoy the day? Doesn’t the day represent love, which is universal? Why wait until this day to show how much you love someone?

When I was single, I was one of those people who hated the day as everyone would get flowers at work, talk about their plans and I felt left out. I longed for the day when I would have someone shower me with gifts, flowers, romantic dinners, and so on. Then one year, I decided why should I wait for someone to show me how much they love me. Why don’t I show myself how much I appreciate and love myself by giving myself those gifts. Why should I deny myself this day just because I did not have someone in my life at that moment? If I am expecting that someone recognize how much they love me, then I should recognize that in myself.

So, that year, I set out to create a very special, romantic day for that special someone-Me! I planned for this days ahead of time. What I would wear, what I would do, what I would eat and drink. I bought flowers, wine, chocolates, bath salts, candles. I picked up a very special card at the card store and mailed it to myself so it would arrive on the big day. That night I came home, opened the card up and read it, prepared for the special evening, set the table, lit the candles, poured the wine and ate a very fine meal. Afterwards, I would soak in the bath with my rose scented bath salts, light the candles and take myself away in my imagination. Afterwards, I would get out my journal and write all the things I love about myself and my life. I loved and valued myself and was open to receiving the love I desired and deserved. Interesting enough, the next year, I met my husband. I believe that one of the reasons was because I loved myself first and was open to receiving the love and appreciated and valued myself enough, that it created space for someone to love me.

Valentines Day is over as far as the calendar goes, but it can live on in our hearts everyday. Whether you are in a relationship with someone or not, have that relationship you desire with yourself first. Love yourself everyday and show others you love them too.

In Spirit,
Mitzi Reed

Mitzi Reed is the founder of ASPIRE Conferences, llc, ™ and is dedicated to raising the awareness, promoting healthier lifestyles and to empowering people in all aspects of their personal and spiritual development. She is also the founder of SpiritDove, a ministry dedicated to being a messenger of Love, Peace, and Happiness. Mitzi’s passion and purpose is inspiring others to tap into the power and beauty of their soul. Event Coordinator/promoter. Life and Holistic Business Coach, Author and Speaker, Peace and Sacred Activist. Mitzi is a connector, a community organizer, a visionary and passion is empowering others to live their fullest lives. She was voted by the Las Vegas Community as Best Community Resource in the Inspiration Magazine. www.aspiringconferences.com