I heard this new song that Alicia Keys released today and it just struck a chord in me. She sings “We are here, we are here for all of us.”  It tapped into that part of me that connects to the rest of the world, to the human race as a whole, and that is the best feeling that I know. It is easy to get caught up in the everyday to-do lists or to start sweating the small stuff, but then I remember that feeling—the feeling of clarity or self transcendence where I feel and know with every fiber of my being that there is something greater than us.  Its what connects us.

Restore Humanity reached our mark of 8 years this past weekend and I have been reminiscing and reflecting about how much has changed in my life and within our organization. What struck me most of all is remembering all of the incredible people I have met along the way that have had roles, both big and small, in making this all happen. There have been so many amazing people from all over the globe and from all walks of life that have made Restore Humanity what it is today. I am so thankful for the last eight years and I am so excited for the future to come!  It has been: liberating, joyful, uplifting, inspiring, both heavy and light, and full of more love than I know what to do with. This work has expanded my heart and has taught me so much. I am exceedingly grateful to an ever-increasing number of people for making this happen!

As I prepare for our upcoming fundraiser Winetopia (October 3rd) I am so moved by how supportive everyone is. We hope to have close to 400 guests at our event inside the gorgeous Pratt Place Barn. There will be 10 tables of wine donated from Glazers, Nature’s Water will keep us hydrated, and there will be 7 tables of food from some amazing local eateries (Bordinos, Café Rue Orleans, Arsaga’s, Fayetteville Pastry Shop, Mia Tarts, Berry Natural, and Old World Imports). Buzz Events makes it all look gorgeous and a variety of local businesses and artists donate their goods for silent auction. We also have the really fun “Making Memories” Photo-booth and DJ Shortfuze is playing groovy tunes. What is incredible is that almost every piece of it is donated (check out our poster to see all of our wonderful sponsors) and it is run by an awesome volunteer Event Crew! The joy that people have in participating and giving what they can is amazing! I am so proud to be from this community! We are so thankful for our guests, sponsors, and volunteers!  It really touches my heart to see the support that we continue to have from NWA. Our community comes together to support some awesome kiddos across the globe and to do what they can for their fellow human beings. It is spectacular! (For more information on Winetopia or to buy tickets click here! )

We are here for all of us.

Here’s to the continuation of Restore Humanity—8 years is just the beginning! Here’s to connecting with more people, growing and learning and of course giving a lot of love!

This is what I love, this is what I live for, this is what makes my life beautiful!

Immense love & gratitude to our Restore Humanity global family!