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Changing the world...

...one laugh, hug and dance at a time.

Giver of Free Hugs and World Dancer
9 September 1972

The ONE Campaign!

I have spent the last two years getting to know myself and I finally know who I am! I am still a Giver of Free Hugs. But I have grown. I've finally found the woman I was meant to be. No longer am I the spiteful, gossipy, uneducated little girl that I was. No longer am I putty in the hands of others. I am my own person, I am free. I took a spirit journey that led me on an amazing adventure and changed my life, my soul and my spirit forever. I found the beginning of my Native American ancestry, the beginning of my spiritual path and my Butterfly totem. I healed the abused little girl that I was, I soothed the angry teenager and haunted young woman inside of me. I work in a field that I love, where I belong and am needed and wanted. I'm helping people which is something I've dreamed of doing my entire life. I am strong, I am confident and I am wiser for the experience. I have surrounded myself with true and loving friends and family. My life is not always perfect but I find myself strong enough to roll with the punches and come out on top. I am not the woman everyone wanted me to be, I am the woman I wanted me to be. I have four of the most wonderful children in the world who are growing into amazing adults. For the first time in my life, I am whole.

I'm finding inspiration all around me, hope in humanity. I've always carried joy buried inside me, joy that I was afraid to show. But I'm finding that I'm not alone. There are others who hope and dream of a better future. A future without prejudice, anger or pain. A future without war, famine or abuse. A future of hope, unity, tranquility...peace.

Some of us are building schools in Pakistan

Some of us are spreading love through the simple act of a hug:

And some of us...well some of us just dance....

...and the world dances with us.

Me? I'm working from the inside out. I'm starting small, it's only been a year and a few months, but it's growing every day.

Want to know more?

I'd love to have you along for the ride. Come dance with me.

Don't give up, don't despair. Dare to hope.

Join the movement:
Free Hugs Campaign

:opens her arms and offers you all a big, free hug:

I don't mind where you come from
As long as you come to me

"All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them."
- Arapaho
"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."
- Aristotle
"Nature does nothing uselessly."
- Aristotle
"If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is Nature's way."
- Aristotle

I believe that as soon as people want
peace in the world they can have it.
The only trouble is they are not aware
they can get it.~John Lennon

The single clenched fist lifted and ready,
Or the open hand held out and waiting.
For we meet by one or the other~Carl Sandburg

I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.~Helen Keller

I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody~Benjamin Franklin

You can't shake hands with a clenched fist.~Indira Gandhi

If you judge people, you have no time to love them~Mother Teresa

We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path~Paulo Coelho

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.~Jimi Hendrix

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one.~John Lennon

One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.~Martin Luther King Jr

Blessings and Peace.

I'm starting to blog my art. Please check out my amateur photography at http://www.flickr.com/photos/28443499@N03/ My drawing/painting site will be coming soon.

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