Ode Magazine: One of Our Favorite Things

I can’t remember where I picked up my first copy of Ode Magazine. I actually think I was drawn in by the subtitle: “For Intelligent Optimists.” I guess I like to think that this describes me.

We have subscribed to the print publication for a couple of years, and my husband and I have both been impressed with each issue. It’s actually the only magazine that we both read, and it never fails to spark some great and meaningful discussions between the two of us – and with our kids, too.

Ode magazine is unique in that it aims to spotlight the ideas and the people who are changing the world. The magazine brings news about positive social and economic change, covering everything from politics and finances to environmental/energy issues as well as social and consumer issues.

The tone of the magazine is refreshing and simple, even inspiring -  and the writing is exceptional.  Author Paulo Coelho (perhaps best known for his book The Alchemist) is a monthly columnist and never disappoints. And Juriaan Kamp’s Letter from the Editor is always insightful. Here’s a quote from the January/February 2009 issue in which Kamp is explaining why they chose the name Ode for the magazine: “Ode isn’t just a magazine,” Kamp writes. “We stand for the celebration of life. We cherish beauty, joy, friendship and love. We look for possibilities and opportunities. We want to make things cleaner, greener, healthier, more just and sustainable—and more fun.”

I enjoy Ode for the way it expands my perception to be more global in scope – as well as for the way it helps me to focus on the good. It does quite a bit to help me realize, after tuning in to more mainstream media outlets, that maybe the world is going to be okay, after all. That there are lots of good people doing lots of good things all over the world, all the time. And it inspires me to learn about and be a part of that movement myself. I guess you could say that it brings out the intelligent optimist in me.

Ode also has an online component with an active community of readers that communicate and socialize about the issues. Take a few minutes to check out the website: OdeMagazine.com

At the site, you can subscribe for free to Ode’s Weekly Digest – a weekly update on featured articles from the magazines as well as ideas from the online community.

They have also just launched a Daily e-newsletter, which brings you a brief summary of the positive stories that are being reported around the world.

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Fundraising Ideas: Fast and Easy Programs

Whether you need to raise money for school, sports, or church, here’s a website that can make it easy for you.

FastTrackFundraising.com is a leader in the non-profit fundraising industry. The website features lots of tips and articles about fundraising, plus fun and easy fundraiser programs that go way beyond bake sales and car washes. Participation in these programs is safe, simple and efficeint.

When you visit the site, you’ll first select the type of group (whether it’s school, community, religious, etc.), then you’ll select your group size, and – finally – your fundraising goals. The site will then give you recommendations. And you can request a free fundraising info kit with lots more ideas.

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Seeing the Everyday

Every now and then something comes across my desk that is so perfectly aligned with my mission and the way that I seek to live my life that I simply can’t wait to tell you about it.

Seeing the Everyday is one such magazine. It is a quarterly ad-free publication that is nothing short of gorgeous.

The magazine’s website describes it this way: “Seeing the Everyday is dedicated to revealing the power and importance of the seemingly small moments of life.”

The entire package – from the writing to the photography to the design – is beautiful in its simplicity, just as is a home life that is well tended and a life that is well lived.

This magazine has a permanent home on my coffee table. It leaves you with a greater sense of reverence for family and those little moments that make up your life. It is a beautiful reminder of the way in which the smallest everyday moments and everyday choices with our children and with our spouse add up to being the most important things we will ever do.

Visit the site for a PDF sample or to subscribe >

iTrain: Downloadable workouts that motivate and inspire

iTrain logoHere’s another amazing tool to help you lose weight and get in shape.

It’s called iTrain, and it’s like having a virtual personal trainer.

iTrain allows you to download workouts in MP3 format and transfer your workouts to any portable MP3 player, such as an iPod or Musicmatch Jukebox, a computer or a CD.

These audio workouts are highly motivating. They combine high-energy music and the voice of celebrity fitness trainers. The result? A wonderfully motivating workout that you can take with you anywhere. And the workouts are available for all skill levels and fitness levels.

The celebrity trainers update their music and workouts each month. In fact, the iTrain library of workouts now features more than 300 different workouts for various disciplines – from Cardio (cycling, climbing, outdoor running, and treadmill) to Sculpting, Strength, and Stretching (including yoga and Pilates) as well as Teen hip-hop workouts.

You can purchase iTrain workous in 3 different ways:
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iTrain even has customized bundles (called Albums) that are offered at a special rate. There are albums for: 6-week body makeovers, triathlon, post-natal, wedding prep, and more.

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