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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.
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.
Self-defeating thoughts can come when we least expect them and tear down our self-esteem and break our spirits. Stand up to them and choose joy instead with five ways to overcome self-defeating thoughts.
It’s out with the old and in with the new, and we’re ready to say hello to bright beginnings in 2020.
A mentorship program has more in store than just for the mentee. If you’re not sure whether mentoring is right for you, take a look at these eight ways becoming a mentor can benefit you.
While the gifts in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” may be a little strange by today’s standards, you can still celebrate by giving gifts in your community. Check out this unique spin on 12 ways you can show you care this holiday season.
Making a new, healthy habit that sticks can be pretty difficult. If you want to begin a habit that you can actually stick with, check out these useful tips.
Singing with others has numerous health benefits for your body and mind. Here are a few ways to be healthier and happier with music in your life.
Mixed-breed dogs offer genuine companionship as well as several other benefits that could make them a perfect fit for your family.
With a little out-of-the-box thinking, you can give back in ways that meet the unique needs of your community and are fulfilling to everyone you encounter.
On November 30, support your local businesses and discover hidden gems in your town.
Cooking up a homemade meal can be nourishing for the mind, body and soul. Read on to discover how cooking makes people happier and more connected.