Author Archives: Pamela Hawley

About Pamela Hawley

Pamela is the founder and CEO of UniversalGiving™ (www.UniversalGiving.org). UniversalGiving™ (UG) is an award winning marketplace which allows people to give and volunteer with the top-performing projects all over the world. UniversalGiving™ offers a variety of ways for donors to become involved through individual Projects or Gift Packages. Visitors simply choose a region (such as Africa) and an issue (such as education or the environment) and receive a list of quality ways to give and volunteer. When giving, 100% of your donation goes directly to the project. UniversalGiving™ performs due diligence on all its projects through its unique, trademarked Quality Model™. To date, almost $1.5 million and 8,000 volunteers have been matched through www.UniversalGiving.org. UniversalGiving™ has most recently been featured in the Christian Science Monitor, Self Magazine, Chicago Sun Times, New York Times, L.A. Times, and CNNMoney. In addition, UniversalGiving™ was the 2006 Webby Award honoree and won W3's 2007 Silver Award for Creative Excellence on the Web. UniversalGiving™ is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, whose vision is to "create a world where giving and volunteering are a natural part of everyday life."™ Before UniversalGiving™, Pamela co-founded VolunteerMatch, which has matched more than 4 million volunteers with nonprofits. During her time with there, Pamela also launched VolunteerMatch Corporate, a customized version for employee volunteer programs. More than 20 Fortune 500 companies became clients, providing 43% of Volunteer Match’s sustainability. Pamela's global experience includes work and volunteering abroad in microfinance in remote villages of India; crisis relief work in the 2000 El Salvador earthquake; sustainable farming in Guatemala; digital divide training in Cambodia; and indigenous community preservation in Ecuador. Pamela has a political science degree cum laudé at Duke University and a Masters on scholarship at the Annenberg School of Communications, USC, in International Communications.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Come to the Edge”

 

 

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Come to the edge, Life said.
They said, we are afraid.
Come to the edge, Life said.
They came; Life pushed them.
And they flew!

 

Poem by Christopher Logue

 

We all have time where we feel pushed to the edge. Yet sometimes, this is part of our greatest growth! We can be thrilled to grow; thrilled to go beyond our capabilities. Something good is waiting on the other side of trying something new.So when you feel pushed beyond your familiar, take the leap, and expect to fly. With good intent and good motives, you will.

 

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I’m Flying With You,

Pamela

The Classic Pamela Positive: “The Soul Is the Core of Your Being” – Deepak Chopra

“The soul is the core of your being. Your body is in your soul. Your mind is in your soul. The whole universe is in your soul, and your soul is part of the universal consciousness.”

 

— Deepak Chopra, in an interview with Oprah

We get caught up in Silicon Valley. Caught up in the highrises of Hong Kong, our most expensive real estate in the world. Caught up in fashion, fancy dinners and high living.

 

 

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But Deepak Chopra tells us we need to be caught up in the soul. In fact, everything relates to it. Our goodness, ethics, love, ability to help, care and do is essential to our soul. It’s essential that this expression of soul also helps others in the most meaningful and permanent way possible.

We can’t escape matters of the heart, and we can’t escape matters of the soul.  It’s what populates our true being, and the true being of the world. 

 

 

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Be Invested in Soul Living,

Pamela

*****

 

Deepak Chopra is an India-born, American author and lecturer, focusing on spirituality and mind-body health.  He began his career as a doctor, before moving into alternative medicine.  He focuses on meditation and spiritual practices, and the effect of one’s thoughts and emotions on one’s physical health.  He is a prominent figure in the New Age movement, and the author of more than 65 books, including 19 New York Times bestsellers.  He has sold more than 20 million copies.  His books include “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success”, “Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment”, and “Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment”.  Deepak and his wife, Rita, have been married for over 30 years, and they have two children.

 

Read Deepak’s full interview with Oprah here.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “You do not have to accept a drab and dreary day, a ho-hum outcome or a less than stellar experience.” – Evan Melhenbacher

“You do not have to accept a drab and dreary day, a ho-hum outcome or a less than stellar experience” 

– Evan Melhenbacher
What a great quote from a strong thinker. He continues:

“You have all…. goodness to lean on and express to the fullest.  The so-called material world is not in control of how successfully you live this day.”  

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That really takes on new meaning. Do you feel like you are having a bad day?  Does your life seem 1/2 full, 1/4 full, or just that something missing?
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Well, you don’t have to accept it… a physical world is not dictating your day. Your heart, your devotion to good, your positive outlook, is gearing your next step. Believe the best and see the best, and you will soon experience the best.
Thinking Of You,
Pamela

The Classic Pamela Positive: Today Matters — by John Maxwell

Team, today matters. Inspirational Leader John Maxwell outlines our pathway to success:

Today Matters. 12 Daily Disciplines to Guarantee Success

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  1. Choose and display the right attitude
  2. Determine and act on important priorities
  3. Know and follow healthy guidelines
  4. Communicate with and care for your family
  5. Practice and develop good thinking
  6. Make and keep proper commitments
  7. Make and properly manage your money
  8. Deepen and live out your spiritual faith
  9. Initiate and invest in solid personal relationships
  10. Plan for and model being generosity
  11. Seek out and embrace personal improvements
Today matters, team.  We don’t take a day for granted. Live it with meaning, purpose and joy.
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John C. Maxwell is an American author and leadership expert. His books–especially the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, have sold millions of copies and have even landed him on the New York Time’s Bestseller List. Born in 1947 to an evangelical family in Garden City, Michigan, Maxwell was exposed to a religious lifestyle from a young age. He served as a senior pastor at Skyline Church for 14 years, but in 1995, he decided to devote his efforts full-time to writing and speaking. It was then that Maxwell began to think deeply about leadership.

He founded INJOY, Maximum Impact, the John Maxwell Team, ISS, and EQUIP. EQUIP is an international leadership development organization that works to develop leaders; in fact, it is involved with leaders from over 80 nations. Its mission is to “see effective leaders fulfill the Great Commission in every nation,” the Great Commission being a tenet of Christianity about the instructions of Jesus Christ. Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international organizations, and even the United States Military Academy about effective leadership strategies. Notably, he was one of the 25 authors named to Amazon’s 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was Inc. Magazine’s #1 leadership and management expert in the world.

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Love Is, Hate Is Made”

 

Let’s really think about this quote by Rebecca Beardsly…

 

“Love IS… hate is made.”

 

 

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It tells us that love is a power which is already existing.

Hate of itself does not exist on its own. We manufacture it.

How are we living the power of Love today?

Let’s focus on this, rather than being a part of creating negative actions and reactions.

The Classic Pamela Positive: A Home Should Be

 

A home should be inspiring. 

 

All the objects in your home should reinforce your values and character.  Home should be a respite of calm and peace, and a reflection of who you are.

 

A home should demonstrate moderation. 

 

 

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Homes should reflect what is needed.  Meet your needs, and then embrace moderation and simplicity.

 

A home should have balance. 

 

The best homes reflect a sense of balance within the spaces, allowing for different types of activities.  Some may be more energetic, others which are more peaceful.

 

 

The Classic Pamela Positive: “Courage Is Not the Absence of Fear, But Rather the Judgment That Something Else Is More Important Than Fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon

 

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

– Ambrose Redmoon

 

What’s more important than fear?

 

 

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Giving.

And that is what my grandmother Oma taught me, about the gift of Giving of Yourself, while on stage.  Let’s not be fearful about what the audience thinks; instead, we should focus on giving to our audience.

Oma was an amazing flute performer and teacher, one of the first women flutists at Julliard School.  She always told me,

 

“It’s ok to have the butterflies. Just make them fly in formation.”  

 

(More about Oma in my past entry “Go on now and get out there immediately.”)

Courage is beautiful: It overcomes our focus on us. Instead, we are thinking about giving of ourselves, rather than what people think of ourselves. Let’s ensure courage takes over and rules in our thoughts today.

Make Your Butterflies Fly Together!

 

 

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Ambrose Redmoon (born James Neil Hollingworth, 1933–1996) was a beatnik, hippie, writer, and former manager of the psychedelic folk rock bands Quicksilver Messenger Service and Ace of Cups.  Not much is known about Redmoon but what is known is he was among the authors for the 1991 issue of the now-defunct magazine Gnosis: A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions.  Redmoon contributed his article “No Peaceful Warriors!” (featuring his famous quote on courage) to that magazine and corresponded to the magazine publishers Jay Kinney and his wife Dixie Tracy-Kinney only by mail.  Redmoon also wrote poetry, plays, and was occult editor of the original staff of Rolling Stone magazine.  He has a daughter, Alexandra Carnacchi.

Bio sources: Wikipedia: Ambrose Redmoon and The mysterious Ambrose Redmoon’s healing words

Quote source: Quotes on Fear and Other Profound Sayings