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Before you totally ‘write off’ the idea, consider the benefits that come along with journaling a little every day. Check out these five ways that getting your thoughts down on paper (or on your laptop) can help cultivate a more philanthropic focus.

Introducing Liz Pryor, who will be speaking on the 4th and final night of our Activism in Adoption Speaker Series.

There is a quote, “You will never speak to anyone more than you speak to yourself - in your thoughts. Be good to yourself.” During times of stress, like during this pandemic, it can be hard to be good to yourself, especially in your thoughts. In turn, these negative thoughts often create even more stress.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, one of the foremost experts on race in America, will be speaking at our Activism in Adoption Series this October. We took a closer look at some of the tenets of her best-selling book, "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race."

While it’s easy to get wrapped up in checking in on others, it’s important for your mental health to practice self-care.

We know how easy it is to feel overwhelmed and out of control, having to shift our focus to helping everyone else, forgetting to take time to take care of ourselves. For that reason, we want to provide as many tools as necessary, to remind, reassure, and encourage everyone that it’s okay to take time to take care of us, especially in times like these.

Registration information for "Activism in Adoption."

When it comes to giving back, there are many ways for you to help out your local nonprofits without having to leave your home.

Motivational quotes inspire us to do more, be more and become more of who we are. Each and every one of us can make an impact or difference in this world and leave it better than when we came.

This back-to-school season, do more than simply prepare for a new school year—help those in need.

How do we get comfortable with grief? There is no one right way. Like ocean waves, grief may look different on different days and can feel different to different people. Maybe time will help us feel comfortable, or learning to face the grief head on and not hiding from it may help. Sometimes we might find that we can slow down, sit and breathe through the feelings; while other times, our grief requires more work, like therapy, exercise or journaling. Once you recognize ways that help you feel comfortable with grief, take note, and use them the next time you feel yourself starting to drown.

In 2020, you might be wondering if being happy is something you could admit to—but even during challenging times, there are ways to boost your mood and try to celebrate the good things in life.

When it comes to living an altruistic life that can help make a difference for others, one of the most valuable things you can give your community is the gift of volunteering.

On average, a new habit takes approximately 30 days to develop, so don’t get discouraged if you struggle at first. Remain positive and focused on the goal.

Vicki is birthmom to Kevin, who is biracial and a transracial adoptee. Vicki shares her experience with adoption and the impact race had on her decision to place.

Step out of your comfort zone, ask questions, get to know someone different than you. You might be surprised by how much this can enrich your life.

When mindful meditation becomes part of your daily routine, you’ll notice its benefits become a regular part of your life.

There’s no doubt about it: the early bird does get the worm, and if you strive to live a more altruistic lifestyle, your morning routine should play an important role.

If you want to live a more altruistic lifestyle, start by reprogramming your brain to think more positively. Try out these six tips to focus your thoughts and train your brain to be more positive.

Shanyce is a birthmom to fraternal twins who she placed with a white family. In today's post, she shares her thoughts, fears, and suggestions for children placed in interracial adoptions.

Whether you’re in the business world or the nonprofit realm, communication is a critical component of moving things forward and accomplishing your goals.

How can we celebrate this day while respecting and supporting different experiences? Today we’re going to talk about how to give Dad the gift of altruism this Father’s Day.

Jennifer Diehl is a white adoptive mom to a beautiful, 9 year old, African American boy with emotional disabilities. She reflects on the challenges of raising a black child in today's world; her fears and concerns, along with what she is doing to be the change she would like to see in her son's world. Jen is the Board Chair of On Your Feet Foundation and a former elementary school teacher.

If you’re looking for a way to get in shape and get involved in the community, we’ve got you covered. Here are five reasons to run for a charity this summer.

Like any other muscle, a brain needs to be exercised, stretched and challenged to stay strong. Check out these cool tricks you can practice to exercise your brain and build mental muscle.

Caring for animals is an important part of living an altruistic lifestyle. Today we explore how you can live more altruistically with the animals in your day-to-day life.

If you try to live altruistically, then combating your own loneliness can play a vital role in how you serve others. Here’s how to fight loneliness while still regarding social distancing.

When things are busy, wellness often takes a backseat to our presumed priorities. Check out a few ways to bring your personal health back to the forefront of your life.

Volunteering and serving doesn’t have to be challenging when you use your talents to support others. Identify your talents, ask for support and find an organization where you can use your strengths to give back.

If you want to get involved this International Pay It Forward Day, check out these quarantine-friendly ways to pay it forward.

These books inspire the altruistic lifestyle and show anyone can make an impact on the world. Let’s explore each of them more in depth.

Poetry is a cultural art form that combines both the beauty of literature and an artistic sense of musicality. Here are a few ways to get involved this National Poetry Month.

COVID-19 restrictions have severely limited local businesses’ ability to generate revenue. On Your Feet,
a non-profit that supports birthmothers, recently canceled its annual fundraiser, which provides much needed operating support. On Your Feet is asking individuals to buy gift cards from local businesses and donate them to On Your Feet for an online auction. Your participation will support our local businesses and On Your Feet during this challenging time.

Meditation is powerful. If you’re still unsure whether or not the practice is worth trying, check out these top benefits of meditation and consider how they can help improve your life.

When bad things happen, how do we act individually, and how can we come together as a society? How can we be kind in times of darkness?

Whether it’s a few hours or a long commitment, volunteering not only supports those around you but positively influences you as well.

During this time of uncertainty, On Your Feet Foundation understands there may be more of a need for connection to community organizations and emergency services. Please reach out to our case management staff for assistance locating resources to help meet your housing, food, financial, and basic needs.

On Your Feet has adopted strategies, based on recommendations from the CDC, WHO and IDPH, that are aimed at minimizing the potential that communicable illness(es) will occur (prevention). These strategies are being shared with each of our retreat participants. As of now, all events are being held as planned. We continue to monitor the situation and will make any necessary adjustments based on the guidance of our local health departments.

Living a full and altruistic life is about more than just doing your best. It’s about sharing your best with others around you and connecting with them through our inherent need to tell stories.

Did you know you can give back by supporting small businesses? Here are some hows, whys and benefits of supporting small businesses for your altruistic lifestyle.

If you want your child to start on the right path, help them get involved in their community and start volunteering today.

Everyone needs to feel that they belong - to have a place where they can share their hardest moments and shed tears - as well as a safe place to celebrate joys and victories. We all need to find our tribe, including birthmoms. Having a group of people in their corner who are empowering, supportive, honest, and understanding can help birthmothers feel accepted, strong, and understood - knowing that they are not alone.

If you’re still not sure what you’re doing over spring break, check out these ideas for how you can have fun and give back.

You can give the most lovely Valentine’s Day gift by giving back to your community. Check out 14 altruistic ways to celebrate this special day.

Save the Date for Gather 2020!

Saturday, May 9th at the Evanston Art Center

Sponsorship deadline is Monday, March 2 to be included in promotional materials. For more information, please contact Rikki Ray at Rikki@onyourfeetmidwest.org

Post-Placement support is key to helping birthparents get back on their feet following placement. Here are 5 tips from birthparents on how you can help.

Don’t let winter get you down. Resist seasonal affective disorder with five tips to stay positive during the coldest season.

Although the stigma surrounding the adoption decision and process has lessened, birthmothers still find themselves keeping secrets about their placement. These types of secrets can take on many different roles within an adoption story, and they often determine how post-placement relationships between the families involved in an adoption will evolve.

Our words are powerful and should be handled with respect. Because they can impact others, choose yours wisely with these helpful tips.

How can we be kind in times of darkness? Today we’re going to talk about just that, and how we can continue to live altruistically when facing heart-wrenching times.

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