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NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2020 PUBLISHER Big Media USA, Inc. FOUNDER/CEO Tony DeMaio PRESIDENT LuAn Mitchell VP OF COMMUNICATIONS Mark Miller VP OF PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT Angelika Christie VP OF INTERNATIONAL CONTENT Nina Michalchuk D’Ambrosio DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL STRATEGIES Cheryl Womack CREATIVE DIRECTORS Lanna Monday Emmett Angelika Christie LuAn Mitchell PUBLICATION DESIGN Lanna Monday Emmett PRODUCTION CONTRIBUTOR Tusculum University Department of Art and Design CONTRIBUTING WRITERS LuAn Mitchell Dr. Pauline Long Angeline Benjamin V. Cheryl Womack Reverend Louise M. Smith Angelika Christie Laurie H. Davis Sally Navarrete Ada Gartenmann Tony DeMaio Lanna Monday Emmett ADVERTISING & SALES Mark Miller MARKETING DIRECTOR Mark Miller

Big Media USA salutes Dr. Pauline Long for her tireless endeavors to promote peace, help women and inspire others

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Big Media USA celebrates Nobel Peace Prize winner

Dr Pauline Long .

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She is a multi-award winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, media mogul, public speaker, peace activist, mentor, TV producer and presenter who has been listed on the Black Women In Europe Power List, named the most outstanding woman of the year (2016) and Europe’s most powerful woman for changing many lives through BEFFTA. The graceful humanitarian and peace activist is the most celebrated African woman in Europe with 7 Lifetime Achievement Awards and over 200 awards given to her for endless service to the society. She is a strong advocate for human love committed to bringing communities together.

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She is a global ambassador for Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and Governor at Academy Of Universal Global Peace based in New York. She is the owner and founder of Europe’s biggest award ceremony for black and ethnic personalities in showbiz and leadership - BEFFTA where she has transformed thousands of lives. She is a serial entrepreneur who owns two award winning film studios East End studios, she is the founder of the beauty pageant Mr. and Miss East Africa UK, a pageant that encourages the youth to become entrepreneurs and humanitarians. She founded FEED THE STREET CHILDREN CAMPAIGN where she engaged her team to provide food to thousands of children who live on the streets in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Dr. Pauline Long is a popular TV presenter on Sky Channel 175 who has transformed lives through Pauline Long Show by giving platforms to the voiceless and fight global injustice such as abuse, extreme poverty, bullying. She is the president of Pauline Long Entrepreneurship foundation where she supplies sewing machines, food and agricultural products to women in different parts of Africa. Through the foundation she takes care of over 60 old and widowed women in Kenya and offers scholarships to 120 students in Malawi, Zambia and Congo. She also founded Dr Pauline Long Super Cup Football tournament to empower youth from deprived backgrounds. She is currently building a multi-purpose women and community center in Malawi. She mentors

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several youth through Pauline Long Empowerment and mentorship club both in UK and Africa. Her persistent and long-term support for women has led her to establish these two powerful projects: GAWW (Global Africa Women’s Week) and WAW (Women Appreciating Women). She is also the founder of Diaspora Commonwealth Community Leaders (DCCL), a program that brings community leaders from over 30 commonwealth countries to build stronger communities and offer lasting solutions to problems faced by those in the Diaspora. Dr Pauline Long is an ambassador and patron for over 20 charities and organizations including ambassador of The Nelson Mandela Book Of Tribute. She is the global chairperson of the multicultural global organization LOANI (Ladies Of All Nations International) a women’s organization represented in over 70 countries. Dr Pauline Long sits on the executive board of the Women’s Economic Forum and she is also the Chairperson of the Forum for Asian, African and Caribbean Women in Politics (FAWP).

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SIMA’s mission is to recognize and celebrate inspiring leaders who are making a huge difference in their own communities across the globe through their humanitarian efforts and big hearts from all walks of life, continents, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and professions – singers, actors, entertainers, public figures, philanthropists, visionaries, single mums entrepreneurs, teachers and change-makers...

Big Media USA Vice President of Program Development, station owner, and host Angelika Christie had the opportunity to learn more about SIMA and its founder, Ada Gartenmann. Click the link to the right to view the podcast!

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At the beginning of 2020, amidst the global pandemic crisis, a multi-award-winning serial entrepreneur and inspiring humanitarian, Ada Gartenmann came up with an idea to create a special community for women and men from around the world to inspire, uplift and appreciate one another in these highly challenging and uncertain times. And so She Inspires Me Awards was born. Our Awardees are extraordinary women and our Ambassadors are extraordinary men who make a real difference in their local communities as well as globally. We recognise and celebrate leaders from around the world, from all walks of life, ethnic backgrounds and professions – singers, actors, entertainers, public figures, philanthropists, visionaries, single mums entrepreneurs, teachers and change makers.

Our first official She Inspires Me Awards ceremony was originally scheduled for 18th of September 2020 in Miami, Florida. It is with a heavy heart that we’ve made a difficult decision to cancel the ceremony due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic to help keep our staff and awardees safe. 2021 nominations will be open end of December 10 Informed People Magazine

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2020. Only 40 women will be selected to receive the Award and only 10 men to receive Ambassador Award in 2021. The full list of awardees will be announced on the 31st of March 2021. She Inspires Me Awards 2021 ceremony is currently scheduled for 23rd of September 2021 in London, UK. We are really looking forward to meeting our amazing Awardees, Ambassadors, friends and fans face to face on this occasion to celebrate in style! It will be the final day of London Fashion Week - one of the best times of the year to visit and enjoy London! She Inspires Me global movement (the new greatest movement of life and light, SIMA) is very much focused on collaboration, networking, diversity and inclusion, mutual support and uplifting one another in these highly challenging times and beyond. SIMA movement is growing really fast thanks to Ada and her dedicated creative team who are currently working on several exciting projects under SIMA’s umbrella (SIMA Academy, Books, Conferences, Music, Fashion, Film Production and Entertainment) to ensure its positive message of unity and hope continues to inspire long after this global crisis is over.


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Congratulations Dr. Pauline Long & LuAn Mitchell as recipients of the well-deserved She Inspires Me Award 2020!

You are the most amazing inspirational women who are making a real difference in your local communities as well as globally. The list of your achievements is truly impressive to say the least! We are extremely blessed and grateful to have you as much valued members of She Inspires Me community! Thank you so much for all your support, advice, creative input and positive energy. We can’t wait to welcome you at our first official She Inspires Me Awards ceremony in September 2021 in London, UK! SIMA is currently supporting three charities and their programs: Fundacion Santaines fundacionsantaines.org (Nutrition and Education program) Mothers Helping Mothers Inc. http://Www.mhmteen.org (Education and empowerment of teen moms) Mauricio Amuy’s Foundation https://www.facebook.com/FundacionMauricioAmuyCR/ (Christmas Presents for underprivileged kids) Click logo to learn more about SIMA!

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Entrepreneur, investor, and founder of SIMA My name is Ada Gartenmann. I am an award-winning Founder of She Inspires Me Awards (SIMA), London (UK). I am a serial social entrepreneur, inspiring humanitarian, beauty, fashion and lifestyle expert with over twenty years of experience. I hold BA in teaching, MBA Degree as well as ITEC, CIDESCO, CIBTAC and numerous other prestigious qualifications and memberships in beauty therapy, as well as holistic therapies, such as Reiki and aromatherapy. I am also the CEO of Kensington Skincare London - aesthetic medi spa business that I created over 15 years ago. I’ve been one of industry leaders for over 20 years now. I have been featured in several popular national TV programs and magazines. I am also a seasoned international investor focusing on well-established beauty, fashion and entertainment businesses worldwide. In 2019 I received my latest humanitarian award - Changing Lives for the Better Excellence Award from LOANI. I have also recently received 100 Successful Women 14 Informed People Magazine

in Business Award from Global Trade Chamber, Florida (USA). As a social entrepreneur and healer, I’ve been helping, supporting and empowering women to overcome various crises in their lives, such as emotional trials, relationship issues, mental health issues such as depression and various eating disorders. Over the years I met so many women and I discovered that my true mission in life is to help women in particular and humanity in general. Due to massive inequality issues that women have been facing for centuries, they do require a lot of healing, compassion and love. That was one of the reasons I came up with an idea of She Inspires Me Awards (SIMA) concept. It was at the beginning of 2020, amidst the global pandemic crisis, when I created SIMA movement. SIMA’s mission is to bring women and men together from all over the world to inspire, support and appreciate one another in these highly challenging and uncertain times. This truly unique project has been a guiding light in the lives of hundreds of


women and men across the globe. SIMA movement is growing really fast thanks to my dedicated creative team. We are currently working on several exciting projects under SIMA’s umbrella (SIMA Academy, Books, Conferences, Music, Fashion, Film Production and Entertainment) to ensure its positive message of unity and hope continues to inspire long after this global crisis is over. I believe in power of creating balance in life and therefore we include men in our community and we have a special CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY Ambassador OF QUARENTENA AND BEYOND Award to AVAILABLE ON AMAZON! honour men who empower and support women.

The Super Sally Channel Join Super Sally for a fabulous podcast featuring author, entrepreneur and SIMA founder Ada Gartenmann on the inspiration for many of her projects including her new book, Quarantina and Beyond I.

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competition. This vision has also inspired me to come up with an idea of ‘Quarentena and beyond’ book. I wanted to give an opportunity to She Inspires Me Awards Nominees, Awardees and Ambassadors to share their remarkable stories of personal transformation, growth and achievement during the times of hardship and uncertainty. The book includes 47 stories of inspirational leaders from diverse backgrounds and fields of expertise from all over the world. I truly believe that these stories will help readers to get truly inspired and motivated to use the crisis of 2020 to their advantage, to transform and dramatically overhaul their lives. I want our readers to find strength and motivation to move forward and use lessons of this pandemic, adapt fast to the new environment and create a brand new, successful and abundant life they truly desire.

Only together we can build a healthy, balanced society. Collaboration is the key to success, not Emergence Secrets: Unleash Your Life A much needed fun and playful show which includes Powerful Wisdom and challenges taken from interviews with “Unleashed” and Free Flowing Emergence Secrets; a re-entry and rediscovery into the garden(s) of Eden, (Like you’ve never seen them before!) In this episode, LuAn Mitchell interviews SIMA Award Winner Dr. Cortesha Cowan. She is an entrepreneur, author and philanthropist. CLICK HERE TO WATCH LuAn Mitchell’s interview with Dr. Cortesha Cowan

One of Gartenmann’s current projects is a new collaborative book compiled by Jossine Abrahams titled Mending the Broken Hearted.

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by Laurie H. Davis

“WELCOME HOME CHERYL”

Imagine 14 months behind bars. Separated from family, friends, your business and everything familiar to you. Leaving the environment of a privileged life to one without any privileges. How scary is that? Es-pecially when you have been rail roaded using trumped up accusations to build a case against you. It happens every single day in our criminal justice system. Cheryl is a remarkably successful businesswoman and knows how to make money and be prosperous. But these are often the targets of dis-crimination and injustice. In the past 40 years the number of female incarcerations has increased by 800%. Cheryl Womack came out of prison prepared to do something about it all. A beautiful mature woman has come along to support a muchneeded segment of our society that has been totally ignored. Women in prison are all too familiar with the changes that need to take place. For the next while Cheryl will be dedicating her time and energy to empower and support women who are on their way to jail, in jail already and those getting out. 30 Informed People Magazine

During our interviews I could feel the passion with which Cheryl has embraced her next assignment in life. Many women in prison left babies and children behind. Aging parents, partners families and friends who also have experienced a tremendous loss with having their Mom, daughter, sister

According to Cheryl, at this point in time there is nothing in place to educate women on any of it.

put away are included in that. Prison is a dangerous environment and it’s a fact that some can get killed in there. So, what is in place to prepare us to stay safe and alive so we can get home in one piece?

one day present herself to Congress. In the meantime, she has taken steps to create an organiza-tion to provide hands on support to the women in her area and surrounding states. One tool she created was a

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book written to support Mom’s and their kids to explain that the love is still there even though Mom had to go away for awhile to camp. A series of training materials and workshops are being developed to educate, empower, develop self-worth and to let the women know that there are people who care and that they matter. Cheryl was one of the lucky ones. She was already established in business, had a loving husband and sons who were there for her throughout her time. Not everyone is so fortunate. Families often abandon the member as a result of the separation. It is extremely difficult to hold a family together without communication and a woman is allowed only one phone call per day if she is lucky.

I asked Cheryl how we support Women of Worth wow efforts. What can we do? When we purchase a children’s book the organization donates a second book to a Mom in prison. You can order the book on the website www. womenofworthwow.org Once the structure is in place, we can donate money to help secure housing and basic

needs once ladies are released. Many of these women come out and have lost everything, they have no one to turn to and no where to go. Prison reform is required and man-datory. Yes, this is a hard road ahead. However, in the meantime we can work together with Cheryl and other women who have had similar experiences to make a difference.

Laurie Davis and Cheryl Womak discuss the origin and in inspiration behind the www.womenofworthwow.com site that includes products, programs and services including everything from books, to programs and locations for housing women when they get released who do not have a place to go. Click below to hear the FREE podcast and learn more! CLICK HERE FOR

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WOMEN OF WORTH A M I ST A KE SH O UL D N O T D E FI N E Y O U Incarcerated Women in America are an invisible group of society H e l p i n g Wo m e n b e f o r e , d u r i n g a n d a f t e r t h e i r i n c a r c e r a t i o n Women of Worth works on women’s needs prior to incarceration up through their time after release. The need is great as this population has grown 800% over the past four decades. By putting faces, names, and life stories out in front of these women, we bring these women back into focus. The general public needs to understand why they should want to know more.

W W W. WO M E N O F WO R T H WO W. O R G Women of Worth raises awareness by providing information, resources, and support for previous, current or past incarcerated women and their families. These women are part of an invisible society. We need to raise awareness that women are going to jail in larger numbers then ever and start a conversation about why this is happening and options.

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This organization will partner with others to provide detailed information on the needs for incarcerated women. They need to prepare before they go in, they need help while serving their time, they need help knowing how to navigate the various parts of the prison bureaucracy. In this experience you deal with several different groups within the system. We need to realize women are serving time and what kind of women are.

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V . Ch e r yl W om a c k — FOU N D E R Che r yl w as bo rn the thi r d el des t o f 1 1 chil d ren of a s tr u ggli n g Hi spa ni c i mmi gra n t fa mil y i n Kan s a s Ci ty , K an sa s , U SA. He r l a te f a the r , w ho co nsi s te ntl y w orke d 1 8 -h ou r da ys i n a fi be rgl as s f a cto r y , w as – and con ti n ues to be – he r i nspi ra ti o n . He i n s till ed n o t onl y a s tr ong w ork e thi c , b u t pe r hap s m o re i mpo r ta n tl y, an a tti tu de . Che ryl w as r ai sed to ta ke re spo nsi bility , beli eve i n he r s el f , an d kn ow cha nge i s n o t o nl y po ssi bl e, bu t i n fa ct a choi ce tha t i s a vaila bl e to e ve ry one . At a ge 3 2 , w hen Ch er yl w as ea r ni ng ju s t $ 17 ,0 0 0 a yea r , she too k th a t op ti on a nd m ade the ch oi ce to chan ge b o th he r li fe an d he r li fe s tyl e. Tw o deca des l a te r , she w as ho no re d w i th the " A R e as on to Beli eve " Aw a r d f rom he r chil dh ood sch ool . Am o n g the n ume ro us a ccol ade s she h as re cei ve d , thi s o ne pe rh ap s be s t e mb ra ce s the su cce ss – b o th p ro fes si onal and pe rs onal Che r yl i s n ow one o f Am e ri ca’ s mo s t s u cces s ful en tr ep rene ur s , i nno va to rs a nd bu si nes s l eade r s . As s u ch , she 's a hi g hl y re spe cte d r ol e mod el and , thr ou gh he r m o ti va ti on al tal ks a nd men tori n g p ro g ram s , a n i nspi ra ti on to th ou s an ds o f p eopl e a rou nd the w orl d , pa r ti cul arl y w ome n . As i n e ve ry en dea vo r s he ta ckl es , Cher yl emp ow ers by e xa mpl e. Sh e he rs el f i s " A Rea so n to Beli eve" a ny thi ng i s pos si bl e and one o f he r gre a te s t tal en ts i s i ns til li ng thi s beli ef i n o the rs . By pr o vi di ng opp o r tu ni ti es fo r em pl oyees ’ su cces s a nd w a tchi n g the m sei ze the m omen t a nd ex cel be y on d thei r ex pe cta ti o ns ha s bee n a so ur ce o f g reat pe rs onal ful fil l men t f o r Che r yl . As a Hi spani c w om an b usi nes s ow ner , si gni fi can t sa ti s facti on ha s com e f r om the re spe ct an d re co gni ti on a chi eved w i thi n tw o male -d omi na te d i ndu s tri es : tr u cki ng a nd i ns u ran ce . Che r yl ’s pe rs onal li fe i s as full and m ul ti - fa ce ted a s he r ca ree r . He r pa ssi on s i ncl ude commu ni ty w ork , a r t, i nteri o r d esi gn , w i ne , re adi ng , any thi ng h oli day - a nd , mo s t i mpo r tan tl y , he r f amil y . Che r yl i s ma r ri ed a nd the p ro ud mo the r o f tw o yo un g a dul t s on s . cheryl@womenofworthwow.org

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HOW TO PROSPER IN LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS Copyright Angelika Christie Do you believe that relationships are the most difficult things in life to deal with? Of course, this can only be so for unsatisfying, difficult, challenging, and even abusive relationships, right?

Not really. All relationships require much attentiveness because relationships change; some in minor and others in not so minor ways. Is it not true that the wrongdoing of someone you trusted created the wounding you still carry inside of you? I believe that every one of us needs to bury a ‘sword’ and forgive old hurts and make peace with long-standing “enemies.” Since almost every aspect of life is a relationship, knowing how to let go of the burden you are carrying with you and learn how to prosper more in your relationships would impact your life immensely. Yes? The path to happiness in your relationship is less about learning more; it is the willingness to wake up to yourself and what you want in your relationship. It comes down to awareness and choice. I know that many want to find out more about Karmic relationships. Do you believe that a karmic relationship means finding your flawless life partner, your Soul Mate? There is much to say about Soul Mates; I have a whole workshop dedicated to this interesting and controversial theme that you can request from me. But I believe that many of our relationships are karmic, at least to a point. When we speak about karmic relationships we have to accept that our Soul chooses many different situations and settings for specific reasons on earth. In other words, we need at least allow the possibility of multiple lifetimes. I also believe that everything that happens to any of us is through an agreement of sorts. Yet not everything we experience during our lifetime is for our purpose. Your Soul may have agreed to suffer or enjoy

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situations. In other words, play the role of the perpetrator or victim for the benefit of others because of a karmic relationship. Those are soul- agreements. Doesn’t this suggest that you are never a victim in your relationships? We create and co-create each moment. This is how it manifests: Out of nothing, something is created first with a thought--- and followed by a feeling that propels us to act on our thought and feeling. Each action triggers a reaction as a matching consequence.

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This is an immutable law of the universe. It cannot be bent or disregarded; It favors nobody and punishes nobody either. I know it bothers me too that some seem to get away with murder (so to speak) and others do not. This is only an illusion that fits into our current state of awareness. But I can say with clarity that stems from my 30 + years of professional expertise and personal experience that we come into each lifetime with a purpose that attracts us to and attracts to us the relationships we have agreed to encounter in our lifetime.


Whatever you think, feel, say, and do manifests in a certain pattern. Those patterns are living entities that send out signals. It is those calling signals that attract to us the situations and people who resonate with our powerful frequency patterns without being visible.

Are our thoughts and feelings that powerful? Yes they are and you may know this; many of us know it and yet few of us consciously use that knowledge. Did you ever notice that whatever irritates you in others you may need to look at and examine in yourself? You may be in a relationship right now that you do not understand and wonder why, or why you seem to attract the same type of person that you experienced such grief with in the past? Think about a relationship you have right now…just one, the first that comes to mind. Ask yourself this: “Why am I in this relationship?” Take 3-5 Minutes to write down the reasons why you are in a relationship with the person that came to mind first. ---------------Was this exercise revealing?

want some of that happiness back from our mate. I am not saying that you should go into a relationship without any expectations, yet…If you could let go of most expectations and learn more about yourself; become the observer and choose your actions with great care and in alignment with your Soul’s desire for this lifetime, you would experience happiness for no particular reason. How so? Because it is already in you. You are Happiness. Nothing to add, only to let go of. Strip away everything that covers it up and engages a false sense of lack. Let’s start a conversation about how you can peel away everything that is not of your natural Love Essence. Let’s start a conversation about how to fall in Love with YOU first so that your love frequency can attract the person that resonates most perfectly with who you are. That’s how you prosper in Love. -Angelika Christie Ready to book a discovery call with me? https://www.vcita.com/v/angelikachristie

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Often we want something in particular from a relationship. It could be financial security? Maybe you look for a sisterly or brotherly relationship? Or do you want a buddy for sports, for entertainment, for sex, for travel, to study and share knowledge with? Maybe you’re looking for a partner to create a family with? Or a partner that can build a business empire that up-levels your social standing? And some of us are restless and have many relationships while others hold on to the one they want to grow old with. We are tribe people by ancient nature and need relations to learn, grow, and thrive. So relationships should be easy since they are deeply rooted in our evolutionary history. Yet relationships have become less primal in our modern time and therefore we are more confused about their meaning than our ancestors were. Would you agree that we all have open and hidden agendas in our relationships? Sometimes we feel lucky and at other times we feel like we deserve better, and occasionally we feel punished and do not know how to stay and make it better--- or let go and leave a relationship without feeling sorrow and guilt.

When a relationship ends we often question how this could have happened? We are quick to judge and quick to blame and even quicker to establish our right to be upset, disappointed, feel unjustly penalized, and betrayed! It can be quite an emotional turmoil and rollercoaster of endless internal dialogues. Here is what this means: your expectations have not been fulfilled and you are waiting for something to change. But what are you waiting for? Do you want a better relationship?? Do you think that the responsibility lies with the other person to fulfill you? Nope, …it is a false responsibility that especially we women put onto our men because most of us have been burdened with providing happiness to almost everybody around us. We were told that in doing so we were more lovable, or more deserving of love. So we

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I am a single mother, I have one beautiful daughter, two very special sons, and one dear sweet grandson. I always begin by introducing my creator, The Lord, Jesus Christ, because of Him, I am alive to be heard of and ready to be known all around the world. Now, I want to continue to share that I have worked in Banking and Finance for 15 years, this was my first primary job, in which I always kept as number one. Followed by all jobs in the essential plane and I always carried more than two jobs throughout my life, to keep myself independent and worked as hard as an ox. As I was left struggling with small children alone after a marriage break down.

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By the time I had become an adult of a certain age, I understood the real meaning of a Gift. It was something that the Receiver wanted or needed, given with unconditional love and without the Giver having an expectation of getting anything in return. The year was 1996 and I embarked on a dream of mine, to go on a Safari in Africa. That dream became my reality

after seeing the movie “Out of Africa” and hearing “I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills…” Now, I was on this dream trip alone with my Guide. That day I was visiting a Boma in the Masai Mara, and little did I know then that life as I knew it would change forever. A Boma is a cluster of cow dung huts surrounded by brush stacked together to keep the wildlife out. During my visit, I chatted with some of the Masai children

and their parents. Two boys stood out and I began to talk to their father who told me that he could no longer afford to send the boys to school. I had a bag of Kenyan shillings, so I made an offer he couldn’t refuse. If he would promise to send the boys to school, I would give him the shillings. I can still see their father, a wizened man, younger than he appeared and bent over from

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the exhausting work he faced daily. He was grey long before his years and wore the red plaid traditional Masai outfit. He promised to send them and I handed over the princely sum of $150.00 in shillings. Fast forward to the year 1997 when I received a note asking about plans for the boys continuing education. I failed to think about anything beyond handing over the shillings to pay for that previous school year. There were no bank

accounts held by Masai Tribal people and one couldn’t send cash, so what now? I always say there is a solution to every problem, so I reached out to the owner of the Safari company, and asked for help. He agreed and each year I sent Steve money for the boys’ schooling, uniforms, books, and other expenses and one of his Guides would take it to the school. Over the years I received notes from the boys and was kept abreast of their progress. In 2002 I lost track of the boys when I moved alone to South Africa, however, I continued going on safaris and helping with the schooling of other children. In 2010 I received a message via Messenger from Pilot, one of the young men I initially put through

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school. It began “I Leperes of Masai Mara n Symon Kisurkat wonna hear from You since lost ur conctacts 4 many years.” It connected us in a way I never thought possible. Pilot had become a Guide in the Ambroseli and wanted to thank me for giving him the gift of school. I was speechless. Over the years that followed I have been witness to some amazing things; To the growth of our relationship; To the gift Pilot has given to me, to us; To the number of lives my small donation touched; To the gift that Pilot and his wife give to others every day; To the unselfishness of this young man; To the dedication and love for his family, which now includes two young boys. I have a family in Nairobi; A young man who calls me Mum and my husband Papa, two adorable little boys, and his wife Seleina. These two amazing people are paying it forward, with their small Foundation that educates Masai girls. Donations come from clients he serves on safari and us.


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you have nothing and can still give something, you are truly blessed.

Recently, they used some of the donations to buy three water tanks and mattresses for the school. Once a month I receive a call via Facetime from Pilot, dressed in Masai garb, which is brilliant. He is a gifted Guide who takes incredible photographs he shares regularly with me. Nearly every week we text each other on the smaller treasures and happenings in our lives. Pilot: “More than kisses to you & Papa. Memusi doing good. Your saw cute kiss dear” On Mother’s Day I got this tome: “Happy Mum’s day. Ur my Hero” I replied with tears still running down my cheek: “Thank you honey. You are so sweet. Oxoxoxxo” When I told him I was sending a little money to him: “He replied: “Don’t worry Mum, u might give much with no love is not helpful, but give penny with love is helpful Yours always very very helpful and not small in my heart it’s big. I will b Grateful Mum.” The tears ran like a broken faucet that day. (Posted exactly as written hence some spelling and grammatical 54 Informed People Magazine

errors.) Yesterday after seeing some pictures Pilot had taken I decided to name him the Wildlife Whisperer because that is what he really is. Over the years, through our many texts, there have been the “God Bless You’s” and the “Kiss Honey” followed by the “Thank you Mum” and “Jambo Mum” (I used honey as a term of endearment and of course over the years Pilot picked it up and I don’t have the heart to tell him it is probably not appropriate. I find it innocent and actually lovely. There have also been tears of joy and heartache; Times of gratefulness and sadness; Times to be thankful and those to just pray and hope. Through it all, I have learned the most important lesson and that is the gift I have gotten from these amazing people is so much greater than any gift I have given to them. I have learned so much about giving, loving, and hurting; About sadness, pain and sacrifice; I have learned that abundance comes from the heart and that when

I often think back to that fateful day in the Masai Mara 24 years ago, when I noticed two young boys and a hunched over, wizened man with a large walking stick in his hand. What if I had not gone over to him and started to talk? What if I had never been interested enough to ask questions? What if I had never offered to send the boys to school? What if I had never even noticed him at all? So many people might have walked right by ignoring the gift. So many what if’s and so many years of no what if’s, thankfully. I have been blessed to have this family in my life and all I can say is engage, don’t walk by, don’t ignore the unknown, don’t be afraid to reach out and embrace it with all of your heart and let whatever happens, happen. It will be your Gift! Big Media USA’s Angeline Benjamin had the opportunity to host Survivor’s Gillian Larson on Live the Life You Want With Gusto! Click below to watch the podcast! CLICK HERE TO WATCH

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Self-gratitude is always in season!

by Lanna Monday Emmett As we approach the winter holidays, a season most often associated with the word “gratitude,” it is important to cover all the bases. That means not just family, friends, colleagues and bosses, but all of the folks who play in our lifetime sandbox... and that includes yourself. People may come in and out of your life by choice, necessity or accident, but you are stuck with “you” for your entire lifetime. So, shouldn’t you treat yourself well? I have to admit, growing up I don’t ever remember my parents talking about self-gratitude. I was raised to be a people pleaser like a lot of kids, looking for a pat on the back from family and friends. I wanted to make my parents proud, and yes, I desired to have my peers like and respect me. What kid doesn’t? I was taught to express my gratitude for others who did nice things for me by always saying “thank you” and finding a way to give something back or pay it forward, even though we didn’t use those phrases so much back then. When I first heard the term “self-gratitude” years ago, my initial thought was envisioning an egotistical but well-groomed 56 Informed People Magazine

maniac with an over inflated opinion of themselves. It kind of seemed to have a vain and selfish ring to it. Then, I had momentary mental throwback to Stuart Smalley on Saturday Night Live reciting his affirmations and recounting how the audience would laugh at his naivety. Yeah, that’s not me... As adults, we often go through stages in our life, some when we feel really good about ourselves, others not so good. In my late 30’s, I realized that I was struggling with my own self-confidence, and had no clue where to begin fixing it. It wasn’t that I didn’t respect myself, but as a divorced, single mom at the time, I felt if I could just do over the top, super, Wonder Woman-ish things to illustrate my worth and savvy, that would somehow magically fix me. Then I’d be just perfect and happy, right? It wasn’t until I hit my 40’s that I fully understood the importance of appreciating thy self. Unfortunately, it took a family member being diagnosed with dementia to do it. Anyone who has dealt this awful disease knows how it can completely alter a person’s personality, and that is just what happen to my ex “biggest fan.” I witnessed a mindset shift to a negative state, and gradually I could do no right.

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I did a lot of inner exploration facilitated by discount bookstores where countless professional development and wellness books lined the shelves. I surrounded myself with positive people who were of a different mindset while I distanced friends that were negative or seem like their lives were in a constant tumultuous state. I felt guilty about it at first, but misery loves company, and that’s not the company I wanted to have over weekly for drinks and dinner. It was awkward and a little scary at first. At times I didn’t know if I was on the right track. I introduced new habits that would eventually contribute


to my own positive mindset, happiness and well-being. Changes evolved into new health and lifestyle choices and giving myself permission to appreciate my own mind, body and soul, even if the three amigos weren’t perfect. At least I could make them a work in progress. And, I also realized that if you can’t be in your own corner, you can’t expect others to be in your corner with you. There are numerous studies that tout the benefits of practicing gratitude. Research has linked the practice to lessening depression, better mental health and lasting positive effects on the mind and body. In a study by Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami the psychologists found emotional benefits to writing about gratitude. In the 10-week study, subjects were divided into three groups: The first group wrote daily about events they were grateful for, the second, about things that irritated them and the third about events that were neither positive or negative. At

the end of the study, the group that wrote on the subject of gratitude were generally happier and healthier, with fewer doctor visits. In today’s fast-paced society, we know how easy it can be to place those small words or acts of gratitude on the back burner with good intentions. What’s even worse is when we stop taking the time to express gratitude to ourselves. Practicing selfgratitude can help the mind recenter its focus and foster wellbeing. I have learned that there is nothing selfish about practicing self-gratitude. In fact, it is likely that the majority of people would be more content if they did. If you find yourself not feeling genuinely appreciative of all that you do and how you feel, it is likely time to reset. One of the best methods of restoring selfgratitude is to create habits that reinforce those positive vibes and emotions. It may seem awkward at first if you’ve been out of practice for a long time or have never tried it before, but there is no time like the present. And, with COVID-19 still on the

make, who can’t use a little old happiness. Consider trying a few of these techniques: Start a gratitude journal or diary. Each evening, assess the day’s activities and find at least five things you are grateful for and make at least one of them focused on self-gratitude. Are you grateful to yourself for pushing through on those extra reps at the gym, for sending a card to an old friend, or not allowing yourself to overindulge in wine? Take some time to meditate and focus on your body and breathing. Visualize your ideal self and what life would be like if you were in that position. Celebrate your accomplishments. If you worked hard for something, no one should celebrate more than you. (Yes, a toast is permissible.) When receiving a compliment, receive it with self-confidence. You are worth every compliment that comes your way and more. When you haven’t heard one in a while, compliment yourself. According to science, you only had a one in a trillion+ chance of being on this earth, so that makes you truly special. When the holiday season gets too busy, remember it’s your holiday too, so take some time for yourself. Order that cute top online or run that hot bath. No one deserves it any more than you do.

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