it’s a simple thing

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Growing up in small town Wisconsin, you know everyone and everyone knows you. It’s nice. There’s always a sense of community and your neighbor is always there for you. It didn’t matter where you were or what time of year it was, if you were outside walking you, would extend a greeting to anyone you passed by. For me, it’s been an adjustment living in DC because there isn’t that sense of neighborhood community.

After reading an article on the DCist yesterday, I think I found a sense of community. Maria Fyodorova, resident of LeDroit Park, is behind the “hello” movement of LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale. wordle hello

I believe that most people want to feel like they are part of a community and would be willing to say “hello” if they knew that it was okay and expected. Saying a simple phrase like “hello” is about maintaining a good neighborhood culture.

I agree with Fyodorvoa, friendliness is lacking and so is the neighborly connection. I’m excited about the “hello” campaign that is being pushed in my neighborhood. Here’s the except from Fyodorova’s post on Bloomingdale’s blog:

Spring has sprung – isn’t this a good time to say “hi” to your neighbor? Unfortunately, it seems, many of our neighbors have recently moved from places where saying “hello” on the street was not the custom. They look at you strangely, when you say “hi.” Or they avert their eyes. That makes me sad! One of the things we loved most about LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale when we moved here was that everyone said “hello”!But all is not lost.

I am looking for a few volunteers who want to bring back the “neighbor” to our neighborhood. I am thinking of a small behavior change communications campaign. We’ll make flyers! We’ll walk the streets, smiling! We’ll have fun!


So, folks, get out there and say hello!

this is your life

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This is your life

I have this beautiful card sitting on my desk. This card is a reminder to do great things. It’s a reminder that life is short and a beautiful thing.


“This is your life. Do what you want and do it often.
If you don’t like something, change it.
If you don’t like your job, quit.
If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.
If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.
Stop over-analysing, life is simple.
All emotions are beautiful.
When you eat, appreciate every last bite.
Life is simple.
Open your heart, mind and arms to new things and people, we are united in our differences.
Ask the next person you see what their passion is and share your inspiring dream with them.
Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.
Some opportunities only come once, seize them.
Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating.
Life is short, live your dream and wear your passion.”

Holstee Manifesto, The Wedding Day

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it’s all you can ask for

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This morning I woke up to an email from the one and only, Ann Marie (that’s my mom!). She wrote email that was simple, sweet and to the point. She sent it to Joel, Lauren and me (that’s my fam). The e-mail read: This really makes your heart happy! Enjoy your day everyone and know you are loved!

After reading this email I was very intrigued by what was in the link. Watch this video and you will understand. Life is filled with simple joys. They are joys that we cannot explain and that’s okay. You will encounter these simplicities and all you can do is smile, so smile. Stop what you are doing and just take it all in. We need a slow-down in our daily lives. We get so caught up in life, that we don’t see that the little things are what is most important. Like Ann Marie said, know you are loved and enjoy your day.