Let’s recognize the people and organizations that are making a difference in the lives of others by doing extraordinary work.
Our new periodic feature, called #butterflykisses, is dedicated to honoring the extraordinary iron butterflies flying around us. People all over the world are researching, writing, interviewing, podcasting and sharing poignant stories about fascinating people who are surviving and thriving after facing significant challenges. We want to acknowledge their work in Iron Butterflies Project.
We promise to curate the sources we believe will provide you with the most valuable resources to help us all #flyforwardtogether.
By Shelley Friend Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show (TDS), was, literally, born a crime. His existence was illegal in South Africa in 1984 because of apartheid. His mother is South African and his father is German. When you read his book...read more
Today’s #butterflykisses is Emma’s interview with Eric Hogdon. Eric's 15-year old daughter Zoi, committed suicide in 2014. Keeping her memory alive by sharing her story fills him with warmth because he knows she’s always a part of their lives and hearts forever....read more
Emma J. Bell/Joseph Oubelkas Today’s #butterflykisses is Emma’s interview with Joseph O. He says he had a great youth and got his degree and started his own IT company by the age of 20. By 24, he was working successfully for a client in Morocco, which was the land...read more
Emma J. Bell/Kia Scherr Today’s #butterflykisses is Emma’s interview with Kia Scherr. Kia was visiting Florida when she heard on the horrific news that her husband and 13-year old daughter, who were in India, were attacked and gunned down by terrorists in Mumbai. When...read more
Today’s #butterflykisses is Emma’s interview with Lee Davidson. From the age of six, Lee was exposed to drugs in her family. At eight, she skipped school to take care of her brothers because of the drugs, guns and violence in her family. This soft spoken thriver also...read more
Today’s #butterflykisses is Emma J. Bell’s interview with Danielle Justice. In her 7-minute interview, Danielle shares how she worked through the guilt and shame of being molested by her uncle. She distinguishes herself as living two lives: before forgiveness and...read more
FaithWorks of Abilene believes "it's never too late to become what you might have been." FaithWorks formed in the mind and heart of Joyce Dalzell many years before her first class in 2003. She realized while she was volunteering at a local food pantry that people...read more
Emma's interview with Madeleine Black teaches us more about thriving in her series of examining #50Thrivers. Madeleine faces the horrors of being gang raped when she was 13-years old. She shares how she learned to forgive the men who raped her and herself. She...read more
Soulful child by Chloe Gallaway All six children in Chloe Gallaway’s family were raised in the wilderness, literally. She entered the world when she was 12 after her brother died in an accident. The grief turned into a breaking point and she forced her mother to...read more
Joshua Levy, of Austin, TX had a brainstorm. He created Joshua’s Stage, which is the premiere performance center for children ages 3 to 18 and adults with a wide range of special needs; featuring classes, workshops, camps, performances, and exhibits in theatre arts,...read more
FaithWorks formed in the mind and heart of Joyce Dalzell several years before the first class began in 2003. It was while she was volunteering at a local food pantry that she realized that the people being served "just have never learned the skills they need to find a...read more
“The higher the level of education, the higher chance the youth have of creating a future for themselves and collectively, a better South Africa.” - Trevor Noah Trevor Noah is a comedian, writer and television producer from South Africa. He hosts The Daily Show with...read more
Emma's interview with John Andrews will touch your soul. In his video, he tells of how, as a young man, he was living a double life as he explored his sexuality. He shares his story about his relationships and losing three partners. He shares intimately about living...read more
June 8, 2018 This week's #butterflykisses segment features Emma J. Bell. She is a dynamic coach, facilitator and speaker who wears many hats. She is also founder of The Global Resilience Project. Her team has discovered the 9 Secrets to Thriving by interviewing 50...read more
April 2, 2018 Caitie Whelan's Lightning Notes are a great way to start the day. Her purpose is to "help us move the world forward.” Her weekday notes provide fascinating ideas and striking stories to remind us that we matter and that improving the world is our matter....read more