APPRECIATION – avoid the crossfire

thank you

Have you ever said or written one of the following statements? “This is the best event ever.” “You’re the kindest person I know.” “I value your opinion more than anyone’s.” These proclamations are often innocent sentiments bestowed on someone or something you appreciate. By all accounts, they seem to be an authentic compliment given to…

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WE – will your legacy live on?

Leave your legacy, Suzanne F. Stevens

  As I stood in a circle with ten Swazi women and my husband, the level of emotions I was feeling overtook me. Was it in this remote area in Swaziland, surrounded by the mountains that moved me? Or was it the hope that each woman shared for her children’s future? Or was it the…

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ME – as a citizen what is our responsibility?

Consider if you could afford to provide financial support in the following areas, would you: Contribute to climate change? Assist with reducing human trafficking? Promote equality amongst transgender, cultures, and races? Reduce violence against anyone? Help ensure little Suzy has a healthy start to her school day with breakfast? How many, if any, would you…

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YOU – are you conscious of your contribution’s impact?

Virunga Mountains National Park

My husband and I had just returned from a hike in the Virunga Mountains in Eastern Rwanda, where we spent time with a family of Gorillas. Soon as we descended the mountain, a young boy approached us with a picture he drew. It was the very scene we had saw – A mama gorilla with…

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CONNECTION – there’s no app for that!

  You have a job interview today that you have been anticipating for weeks. Today could be the first day of the rest of your life. Your dream job, the one you feel will provide personal as well as career satisfaction and purpose. You’re anxious. You’re eager. But mostly, you are excited to connect with…

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Random Acts of Kindness, not so kind

smile, be kind posit notes

By Suzanne F Stevens | April 5, 2017 Our Association leadership team was in a mall, racing against a clock. Our goal, to accomplish as many random acts of kindness within an hour. As we poured through the list of kindness activities provided through an interactive app, we assessed the most efficient way to be…

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Enough with the Empathy!


By Suzanne F Stevens | March 29, 2017 Have you ever been in a situation where had a cough, your relationship broke-up or lost a love one? You shared with someone that things have been a challenge, and they instantly try to empathize with you. “I remember when I was sick, I…” “I remember when…

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How big is your backyard? Where do you Give?

refugees are human beings

By Suzanne F Stevens | March 22, 2017 With the recent events happening around the world: the refugee crisis, the Paris terrorist attacks, the hostage taking in Mali … I can’t help but wonder how each of us feels we are affected by these events? Prior to the latter two tragedies, I had posted on…

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Is your giving about the Messenger or the Mission?

christmas tree

By Suzanne F Stevens | March 15, 2017 As the holiday season comes to an end I can’t help but reflect on what that time of year means. In a word…giving. Giving of gifts, time, love and donations to people and initiatives we care about. But sometimes, we are just giving for the sake of…

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Out with Volunteers and in with Professional Contributors!


By Suzanne F Stevens | March 8, 2017 Do you volunteer for your professional association or do you professionally contribute? Volunteers at professional associations often vet me to speak at their conferences, I proudly have served on several association boards and presently serve on National Board of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS). I…

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