Valentine's Favorites

Lisa Rice wrote this.

“The art of love… is largely the art of persistence.” -Albert Ellis

Looking for a great story to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Below are a few of my favorites. What are some of yours?

A true love story…

Letter in the Wallet

Some flicks…

Wives and Daughters

Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken

The Count of Monte Cristo

Pride and Prejudice

Far and Away

Becoming Jane

John Adams

Jane Eyre

The Notebook

And tunes…

At Last

Fix You

This Kind of Love

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Living Beyond Ourselves

Lisa Rice wrote this.

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
~ John Bunyan

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”
~ Proverbs 3;27

“Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.”
~ Helen Keller

“Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
~ Luke 6:38

Time. Talent. Treasure.
Three valuable aspects of our lives.
What are we doing with them?

What’s stopping us from volunteering a few hours at a local non-profit, offering our services pro bono to a ministry or donating a portion of our paycheck to one of many charities in need of assistance around the world?

It’s up to each of us to assess how we spend our time, talent and treasure. But I’ve found that turning the focus off of myself and onto others makes life richer, satisfying and overwhelmingly wonderful.

Giving, sharing, making a difference. Living beyond ourselves.

Compassion International

Samaritan’s Purse

Ronald McDonald House

TransWorld Radio

Mercy Ministries

Prison Fellowship

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Right to Life

Gideon’s International

Caring Bridge

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” ~ Francis Chan

Surrender vs. Survival

Lisa Rice wrote this.

As the daughter of a business owner/entrepreneur, wife of a business owner/farmer and owner of my own business, the story of West Liberty Foods had a certain appeal to me. As I learned more about their story and had the pleasure of narrating it, I was reminded once again that every business has highs and lows. In fact, this applies to most of us professionally and personally.

My favorite quote comes from West Liberty Foods chairman Paul Hill as he describes those who make up their co-op, “Farmers don’t give themselves enough credit for who they are. They’re businessmen. They’re entreprenuers. They understand risk. And they aren’t afraid to get emotional. And it’s that emotion that carried us.”

Staying passionate and persistent about what we do and why we do it can mean the difference between surrender and survival.

What Was I Thinking?

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Do you ever think back to something you did as a teen and just shake your head? One of those for me was my insatiable desire to be tan. As if lying on my beach towel under intense sun wasn’t enough, I made sure my time wasn’t wasted by slathering on baby oil so the bronze would last until autumn.

What was I thinking?!

Today, I’m headed in the other direction. Thankfully, my voiceover booth provides plenty of relief and more information is available on how to take safety measures. Still, in the past few years I’ve had several pre-cancerous moles removed and have lost two friends to malignant melanoma. Bethany Gambardella-Greenway, a young mom with melanoma, documented her story in a series of photos here. She warns others to be vigilant about not sunbathing or visiting tanning salons. I now visit my dermatologist for full body checkups yearly. There’s also an app that can help between visits called Skinvision.

This time of year, it’s fun to be in the sun. The Ultraviolet – UV app tells you how high the risk of damage from sun exposure in your area is. It offers a simple explanation of what the day’s particular UV level means for you.

So, how do you plan to stay skin-safe this summer?

Learn more about melanoma skin cancer
Source: Mount Sinai Hospital

Chipping Away the Day

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Have you ever looked at your upcoming day and wondered how you’ll get it all done? Our schedules can be so stuffed with commitments and chores that it’s a reasonable question. I’ve found this happens often in freelance work. We begin our day with one job in the wings and before we know it two or three more need to be worked on. One might be from previous auditions sent out, another revisions from already recorded projects and still another for new work never anticipated.

Several years ago, I read a book that mentioned doing worst things first. In other words, instead of doing what we enjoy first we should tackle what we don’t enjoy up front. That way we’ll have something to look forward to the rest of the day. This works fine until the tyranny of the urgent rears its head. When it does, we’re off to battle what has to be done whether we like it or not. Either way, it’s a great way to start chipping away at the giant bolder in front of us.

When I came across the videos below I was disappointed in myself. How dare I complain about all I have to do! Why would I ever allow fear to prevent me from learning something new or move out of my comfort zone?

How do you get through your day? Better yet, what’s standing in your way?

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