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Sarah & Apollo riding in Ireland

Sarah & Apollo riding in Ireland

Sarah Hahn is passionate about making a difference.   A little over a year ago, she joined a company, Humanity Unites Brilliance (HUB), who’s goal is to move the world from survival to self-empowerment to sustained abundance.  Through this new venture she is a partner in “creating a new paradigm connecting for-profit business and individuals with non-profit service”.  HUB has already supported non-profits with over one million dollars and each month through the HUB network Sarah’s individual contributions feed and educate 9 children, provide part of a well for a village and fund a portion of a micro-loan for women owned business.  And they’re just getting started!

In addition to a passion for helping people around the world, Sarah is passionate about horses.  She was riding horses before she could walk, in fact as a child she spent more time with her horses than her peers.   From the tender age of eight, Sarah was “hauled around” by her ever-supportive mom with horse trailer in tow going to all kinds of horse events and competitions.  Jumping was her favorite and she still holds the dream of competing in an Olympic equestrian event.

But wait, there’s more!  Sarah designs and sells fair trade jewelry with a friend through their business Alexandra Imports.  They work with women artisans in India and sell their beautiful jewelry at very reasonable prices with ten percent (10%) of their sales going to charities benefiting women and children in India.  Oh, and don’t forgt the cookbook!  Sarah is creating and writing  a “Gluten-Free & Good For You” baking book. “I love baking. Even more than baking, I love eating the baked goods” she says.   Her recipes are good for your body AND they taste like heaven!

We were curious just how one woman can juggle so many projects successfully?   “I am an idea person,  I have lists of hundreds of ideas from books to games to new school systems…I think one thing that life is about for me is freedom of expression- being able to step out and express my idea or desire or thought no matter how impossible or crazy it may seem. I am in gratitude for this.”

Here’s what we know for sure…this delightful young woman will be dreaming and making a difference and flourishing for many years to come!

Who is your hero? My horse Sister. I have been with her for 21 years and she has taught me incredible lessons about being authentic, trusting the bigger picture and especially about forgiveness.  She has refined my skills in working with energy & acting on intuition. More than once she has taught me the seemingly harsh lesson of humility- those were tough.  Mainly she is constantly reminding me to see with my heart and to enjoy the journey.

What is your favorite quote? “We are part of the whole which we call the universe, it is an optical delusion of our mind that we think we are separate. This separateness is like a prison for us. Our job is to widen the circle of our compassion so we feel connected with all people & situations” by Albert Einstein. This is life for me. The game of remembering we are all connected while juggling these forms of time, space & mass.

What keeps you flourishing? When I wake up each morning I figure there must be a reason I am alive today, so lets go find out what that reason is!! As an added bonus, I get to play this lifetime with an amazing, fun-loving man who supports me in my dreams- thanks Lester!

If you were a pair of shoes, what kind would you be and why? A pair of Italian, hand-made sandals with cork form-fitting soles & red bamboo fabric ribbon-wrap tops that tie just above the ankle.  A unique piece of hand-made art that is responsible with the use of sustainable materials, yet has enough flare and flexibility to celebrate life and dance the salsa as the sun goes down!  (She surprised us!  We were sure it would be a great pair of  pink cowboy boots.)

I can’t wait to… own our first farm of 80 acres where we will build our first yurt – off the grid of course!

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Here’s a BRILLIANT idea that is so simple it’s crazy!

Hope is in the Cards is a grassroots effort to generate 300 million upbeat messagesthreeladies-300x225
throughout our country. The idea is simple – get everyone in
America to mail one positive card or letter to someone else, right
now. How cool is that? Check out their website to get the full scoop, but
even better, send a positive card or letter to someone today, or
write the word HOPE on the back of anything you  mail. This is
probably one of the most wonderful things we’ve ever heard.

Tweet it out, they’re at http://twitter.com/hopeinthecards – It deserves it!

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The Pink Phoenix Story …

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You may have seen the Pink Phoenix Dragon Boat Team during the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races.  In fact, you probably couldn’t help but notice them – they’re the team wearing pink life jackets.  You see, this team is made up entirely of breast cancer survivors.

Their name, Pink Phoenix, is taken from the pink ribbons worn by breast cancer survivors and from the mythical bird that consumes itself in fire and rises from its own ashes-a triumphant symbol of rebirth and renewal of human spirit, not unlike the renewed commitment to life after surviving cancer or any life threatening disease.

Interestingly, the team was not founded by a breast cancer survivor, but by an avid dragon boat paddler, Dorothy Atwood, who was inspired by a team of blind paddlers.  Founded in November 1996, with help from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the first team had 25 members.

None of the women had ever paddled before. They ranged in age from 29 to mid 60s and they were in different stages of physical fitness.  This didn’t stop Dorothy. Her desire to share the sport she loved so much had her out several times a week from February through the end of summer teaching and training this new team.

The team has grown from those first 25 members to more than 80! Pink Phoenix has raced in Rose Festival every year since. In fact, the team has raced in venues around the world.

Watch this video of the Pinks in action!   Our own Flourish member Deandra Ellerbe is a proud member of the Pinks.  These are all truly flourishing women.  Go girls!  We’ll be down on the Willamette cheering you to victory.

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We’re having so much fun with Wordle.   It’s a fun online site where you can create “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.  It’s word play for adults and frankly, we might be spending just a little  too much time there.  There’s something magical about seeing how the words come together.    Make them for inspiration, for gifts, and for fun.

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We created this word cloud from our Flourish manifesto.  Cool eh?

Go to wordle and make some beautiful words of your own.

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