Live Inspired

Entries Tagged as community

The Courage to Shine

by Cindy · 10.11.2018

On a sunny afternoon in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, I visited Shine , a local retail resource for those undergoing cancer treatments. I wanted to learn more—as a Compendium editor writing this story for Breast Cancer Awareness month, which is October, but also as a woman and a friend to several women who are breast cancer survivors.

Owned and operated by the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), Shine is unique in that it brings together goods and services not typically found in one place and in a supportive, nonclinical setting. In addition to stylish gifts, essential products and services for cancer patients are available, including wigs, compression garments, prosthetics, and physical therapy goods, as well as complimentary wig trims and head shaves performed by licensed cosmetologists. Also open to anyone looking for a heartfelt gift, this friendly neighborhood retailer is a convenient spot to shop, and all proceeds benefit SCCA patient and family programs.

Comanagers Eileen Hood (left) and Carrie L. Jacobsen, both certified mastectomy and compression
fitters at Shine, which is owned and operated by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

As I chatted with Eileen Hood, one of two hardworking store managers, I found myself feeling truly grateful for these compassionate women who guide patients and loved ones every day through unfamiliar and often frightening times. I left the store that day moved and inspired by both Shine and SCCA—bright beacons guiding many courageous women forward.

Compendium is honored to recognize patients, survivors, and caregivers this Breast Cancer Awareness month by donating 10% of our profits from any live-inspired.com purchase during October to SCCA and Shine. We invite you to join us in giving the gift of hope today!

» Comments   Tags: compassion · caregivers · community · inspirational products · encouragement

Share

One Storyteller Brings Inspiration to Many

by Compendium · 09.24.2018

 

Michael D. McCarty (middle row, yellow T-shirt) inspires others through storytelling workshops.
Michael D. McCarty (middle row, yellow T-shirt) inspires others through storytelling workshops.

How many people does it take to spark the imagination? To have a meaningful impact on the lives of others? One! And in the case of Michael D. McCarty, it’s someone who knows the joy of reading, understands the power of language, and believes in the art of storytelling to positively shape lives.

Inspired by his mother, Michael developed storytelling skills and an abiding love for reading at a young age. A multicultural storyteller, he’s been leading workshops professionally in the US and abroad since the early 1990s. In 2014, a fellow artist and friend working in California prisons through an Arts in Corrections program invited him to participate. Michael accepted and now teaches as part of a broader curriculum designed to give inmates the opportunity to develop self-awareness and express themselves therapeutically through a combination of visual, literary, and performing arts.

Michael’s workshop focuses on helping participants find, create, and tell their stories. One lesson involves giving our ThoughtFulls pop-open cards to inmates and inviting them to share an experience that relates to the quote on the inside of the card. The assignment is intended to give rise to story ideas that could be used to shape personal narratives the inmates are working on.

Once Michael started using ThoughtFulls as story prompts, momentum grew and something wonderful happened that both delighted and surprised him: inmates started swapping the ThoughtFulls cards with each other, copying down quotes they liked, or hanging them in their lockers and cells. Some felt moved to send ThoughtFulls to their children, wives, and other family members. What initially started as a workshop exercise became a heartfelt way for inmates to connect with each other and with loved ones too.

Michael, inspired by his students, now gives each workshop participant two additional cards to do with as they wish! But he doesn’t stop there:

"I also share the cards with the corrections officers, prison staff, hotel staff, and fellow artists. I often keep some in my car and in my pocket and give them to whoever methinks could use one. They are a big hit."

Thank you, Michael, for inspiring us with your story and for sharing your talents with the world!

And we invite you to make a difference in the lives of those around you with our ThoughtFulls today!

» 1 Comment   Tags: community · gratitude · window cards · inspirational products

Share

Dogs Living Inspired

by Compendium · 08.16.2018

Compendium’s Furry Friends

At Compendium, we love our dogs! They find their way under our desks, in our conference rooms, and into our hearts. They brighten our work days and are a big part of how we live inspired. In honor of National Dog Day, we’re sharing the pups of Compendium with you!


Meet Barley

Pet Parent:
Amelia, Senior Editor

How your dog got his name:
Barley was the name my grandmother gave him because he’s so small, like a little grain of barley.

Age:
We think he’s about 7 years old.

Breed:
Snorkie! He’s part miniature Schnauzer and part Yorkshire terrier.

Favorite game to play together:
Barley loves tug-of-war or “lean on feet while making noises and mouthing.”

Favorite place to play:
As long as it’s on a rug, he’s happy. Wood floors are no good.

Most lovable (or quirky) thing your dog does:
He sings! He prefers a soprano voice with lots of vibrato. His go-to songs include “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “The Hills Are Alive” from The Sound of Music.

How has your dog added to your home?
Barley was my grandmother’s dog before she fell ill. My husband and I brought him to our home in July of 2014, just before we moved to our house in Lake Forest Park and were married later that year.


Meet Mason

Pet Parent:
Shannon, Production Coordinator

How your dog got his name:
His name is Mason. We were watching the movie The Rock and the name of one of the main characters is Mason. They kept yelling “Mason!” throughout the movie so we thought, “How about Mason?”

Age:
He is 10 years old.

Breed:
Maltese.

Favorite game to play together:
We love chasing him around the house and playing hide-and-seek.

Favorite place to play:
Home!

Most lovable (or quirky) thing your dog does:
He rolls onto his back and puts his paws together like he’s praying.

How has your dog added to your home?
He brings laughter and joy to our home!


Meet Agnes

Pet Parent:
Toni, Controller

How your dog got her name:
Jenn (Agnes’s first mama and a Compendium team member) named her after the little girl Agnes in Despicable Me. If you ask my husband, he thinks her name is Sweetheart—it took me a while to figure out he wasn’t talking to me.

Age:
Agnes turned 6 on July 1. She had ice cream and loved it!

Breed:
She is a Schnauzer/Pomeranian/Poodle mix—or Sch-pom-poo for short!

Favorite game to play together:
She loves bubbles, fetch (sometimes with us fetching the ball for her), water sports (she’s an excellent swimmer), and hide-and-seek—although we always find her in the bathtub.

Favorite place to play:
She loves Renée’s house. (Renée is Compendium’s Chief Marketing Officer and Agnes’s godmother.)

Most lovable (or quirky) thing your dog does:
My favorite is when she does her “zoomies.” All her energy and excitement is let out all at once and she explodes into The Flash, running everywhere, jumping on furniture, and zooming around corners. Don’t blink or you may miss it!

How has your dog added to your home?
Agnes lived on a sailboat for the first four years of her life. Her previous owner, Jenn, decided to go on an adventure of a lifetime sailing the world. Agnes couldn’t go, so my family asked if we could have her—she needed to stay with her Compendium family! It was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. She is sweet, sassy, stubborn, determined, and acts like she’s 10 feet tall. Agnes is pure joy. She completes our family.


Meet Teddy

Pet Parent:
Chau, Customer Service Lead

How your dog got his name:
Teddy Ashley Roosevelt-Tran was named after the greatest American president. The name Ashley was given by my nephew; it’s a name connected to his favorite YouTube gamer. And Tran is my last name!

Age:
I adopted him from PAWS so they weren’t sure, but they think he’s 14 or 15 years old.

Breed:
Havanese.

Favorite game to play together:
We like to snuggle and then see who can nap the longest.

Favorite place to play:
Teddy loves being in our garden. Every afternoon he goes out to inspect the plants and vegetables that we’ve placed there. It seems as though he’s inspecting them for growth. Once he’s done inspecting, he lays down next to them and naps.

Most lovable (or quirky) thing your dog does:
If Teddy doesn’t feel as if he’s received an adequate amount of love and affection, he’s sure to let us know. For example, if my boyfriend and I are watching TV on the couch or reading together, Teddy will jump up and squeeze himself into the space between us—no matter how small that space may be.

How has your dog added to your home?
Teddy brings so much hair and debris. He’s low to the ground so he drags in pinecones and brings them wherever he goes.


Meet Jack and Lulu

Pet Parent:
Nancy, Managing Editor

How your dogs got their names:
Jack came to us with his name intact. We already knew him and it never occurred to us to change it, partly because it perfectly captures his personality.

Lulu is the only being I’ve ever named myself. She was a rescue pup with the name Scruffy, which described her wiry coat. I instead wanted to focus on her scrumptious velvety soft ears and named her Velvet Sage. Lulu became a nickname of sorts for Velvet even before she came home to live with us.

Age:
Jack is a New Year’s baby, 14 this year. Lulu’s number is a bit more elusive. Like a film star of yore, her birth certificate isn’t definitive. We’ve given her several birthdays over the years but each puts her at about 7 years old right now.

Breeds:
Jack is a Westie/Yorkie/Dachshund mix (or West Yorkschund!) and has the softest fur ever. Lulu is a guess at Norwich terrier/Dachshund boasting a natural strawberry blonde Mohawk down her back.

Favorite game to play together:
Chase and tug-of-war! Lulu plays for fun but Jack plays to win.

Favorite place to play:
Jack loves to play anywhere there is a mole hole to sniff out and dig up. And Lulu’s favorite place is right next to her big brother, Jack.

Most lovable (or quirky) thing your dogs do:
In the morning, Jack pounces on the top of my feet as he walks down the stairs with me heading toward his breakfast. Lulu likes to do several half jumps before getting up on the couch or bed as if she is practicing her jumping skills.

How have your dogs added to your home?
Jack changed me from a person who was afraid of dogs, crossing the street to avoid them, into a Jack lover, and then into a full-fledged animal lover. And there is no going back! When we brought a little sister home for him, we noticed that Jack taught Lulu how to be a dog and Lulu reminded Jack how to be a puppy!


Meet Scout and Boo Radley

Pet Parent:
Chelsea, Designer

How your dogs got their names:
Scout was named after Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird. She is intelligent and (mostly) innocent. Boo Radley was named after Boo Arthur Radley, also from the book. He has a very weird and mysterious personality.

Age:
Scout is 10 years young—66 in dog years, so basically retired from fast movements, most toys, and long hikes. Boo Radley is 6 years old—35 in dog years, so old enough to have a job to pay for stuff he’s ruined in our apartment.

Breeds:
Scout is a Golden Retriever and Border Collie mix. Boo Radley is a Golden Retriever and Flat-Coated Retriever.

Favorite game to play together:
Scout’s favorite game? You cook, I drool. You eat, I stare.

Boo Radley’s favorite?
Hide-and-seek—I hide, he begins to panic.

Favorite place to play:
Scout’s favorite place is lifeless on the couch, bed, or in front of a fan. She can occasionally be caught rolling in anything that smells foul at the beach. Boo’s favorite is our 900-square-foot apartment or in water!

Most lovable (or quirky) thing your dogs do:
Scout hops up and down steps with all her legs, like a rabbit. Boo Radley thinks he only weighs ten pounds (he weighs about 100). He loves sitting in laps, laying across people, and cuddling hard.

How have your dogs added to your home?
Scout has added love, but also free in-home security! Boo Radley brings lots and lots of energy, comedy, and his own personal home décor—we have multiple walls he’s chewed on!


Meet Muji

Pet Parent:
Megan, Managing Art Director

How your dog got her name:
Her full name is Muji Hopalong Blueberry Pancake. Muji is the name of a Japanese home goods store meaning “no name brand.” It’s a bit like calling my dog Ikea. Mu is a goof who skips everywhere, and loves blueberries and pancakes most of all.

Age:
She’s 7 years old.

Breed:
Boxer.

Favorite game to play together:
She likes to play car wash by walking in-between people’s legs to get rubs on both sides at once. She also loves to play with her cat sister, Cyan.

Favorite place to play:
Her greatest love is the beach where she can run free; she’s such an athlete.

Most lovable (or quirky) thing your dog does:
Her all-time favorite toy is her Jolly Ball, which is actually a toy for horses! It’s huge.

How has your dog added to your home?
I’m a cat person. But knowing a dog has been amazing. It’s like I’ve been let in on a secret of life. The relationship is so ridiculous and lovely. Mu shares such a pure, happy heart with me. I’m so lucky.


Meet Beatrice and Petunia

Pet Parent:
Jessica S., Senior Account Manager

How your dogs got their names:
I had a dream about a little Frenchie that I found named Beatrice and the owners didn’t want her. Shortly after that we started looking for our dog and found her—she so perfectly fit her name that we knew she was the one.

Petunia had her name when we got her from the rescue group. She hadn’t had it long since she was found as a stray, so we thought about changing it but no other name fit her. She has a lot of nicknames though—Tunie, Tune-Tune, Tunie Marooney, and Nacho Feet.

Age:
Beatrice will be 9 years old in August. Petunia is around 8.

Breeds:
Beatrice is a Frenchie and Boston terrier mix.

We got a DNA test for Petunia and discovered she’s ¾ American Staffordshire terrier (basically a pit bull) and ¼ mutt with too many possibilities to narrow down. Before we got her we had no idea what having a pit bull would be like. But she is the sweetest and most gentle creature I’ve ever been around and we consider it our responsibility to show people what the other side of the stereotype looks like.

Favorite game to play together:
Beatrice is a big fan of tug-of-war—she gets quite fierce and super proud when she beats you. She is only 15 pounds so we let her win, but don’t tell her that! Petunia is a huge fetch fan. Show her a ball and nothing else in the world exists.

Favorite place to play:
Beatrice loves playing on slippery floors so she can run and slide. Petunia will play literally anywhere. She is the most easygoing dog in the world and can find a way to play anywhere you take her.

Most lovable (or quirky) thing your dogs do:
Beatrice is the sweetest cuddler at night. She likes being under the covers so she will come up and start pulling the covers down until you lift them up and make room for her.

Absolutely everything about Petunia is lovable. She is very in tune with human emotions. If I make a sound out of frustration, sadness, or anger she runs to my side ready to comfort me. I can be in another room in the house and she will be right there with her big brown eyes and a sweet groan of worry. She is quite the empath.

How have your dogs added to your home?
Beatrice’s big personality adds such a vibrancy to our lives as well as some serious belly laughs. She is such a unique and interesting little dog that is always cracking us up.

And there is nothing in this world that can comfort me like a Petunia hug and the gaze of those sweet brown eyes. I believe this girl has added years to my life and she has changed it forever. I will continue to advocate for this misunderstood breed forever because of the pure and unconditional love this girl has shown me, and I hope that I will always have a pit bull in my life.


Follow these lovable dogs on Instagram using the hashtag #compendiumdogs.

» 3 Comment s   Tags: summer · A Thankful Life · relationships · community · friends and family

Share

A Rose for Every Student

by Compendium · 04.24.2018

A few months ago, we had the opportunity to participate in a very special project at Riverton High School in Riverton, Utah.

Tamara Bailie received an email from her daughter’s school letting her know that they would be selling roses as a Valentine’s Day fund-raiser. Parents could purchase roses for their child or students could purchase roses for each other. She made a mental note to buy some roses for her daughter so that she wouldn’t feel left out. But as the day went on, Tamara kept thinking about the other students—what if they didn’t receive any roses? Would they feel excluded?

That night she went to her Facebook page and posted a simple inquiry: could her community help her raise enough money to purchase roses for every student at Riverton High School? Soon word spread about Tamara’s mission. Within 48 hours, donations poured in from friends, family, and even strangers across the country. Together, they contributed enough money to give roses to all 2,164 students!

Inspired by her friend Tamara’s work, Mary Anne Radmacher reached out to us in hopes of including a ThoughtFulls card with each rose. We were delighted to join their mission and offer these students a small message of inspiration. School volunteers personalized the cards by handwriting each student’s name on them.

On February 14, the school halls were bursting with excitement as each student received a red rose with a ThoughtFulls card tied around the stem. Tamara says, “My daughter was sending me text messages about how it was going… Many of the students were saying that they weren’t going to get a rose that day, and then when the deliveries came they were so happy to receive one! She said one boy who never really smiles just kept looking at his rose and smiling.” With the help of Tamara and a network of bighearted friends, the teenagers felt special and cared for on Valentine’s Day.

Later that day, Tamara and the rest of the country received news about the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. “As I read the chilling news of this event, I couldn’t help but think that at the very same time that we were filling a Utah high school with love and good energy and roses, a school in Florida was being filled with terror and gunshots and fear,” she says. “The differences in between those two realities that were happening at the same instant made me even more appreciative of all the people who came together from across the country to let strangers know that they care.”

In the face of such a tragedy, we are inspired by Tamara and countless others who continue to spread joy and kindness in their communities. We hope their compassion and spirit inspires you too.

» Comments   Tags: community

Share

An Inspired Community: Compendium’s Annual Service Day

by Kimberly · 11.07.2017

What does it mean to live inspired? It means to celebrate the magical world we love and live in every day. That celebration is made easy when you look around and see all the people working to leave the world better than they found it. So our staff recently spent the day volunteering with some local organizations filled with people doing just that! During our annual community service day, we teamed up with Treehouse, PAWS, and Marra Farm, three organizations that inspire us while reminding us of some powerful lessons along the way.

Little Wishes Matter
Childhood wishes deserve the chance to grow into big dreams. But for children living in foster care, the shuffle from home to home can sometimes make this challenging. Treehouse works to make sure children living in foster care can pursue their dreams, too. Whether it is experiencing the joy of summer camp or falling in love with a favorite school outfit, through Treehouse, kids in foster care have the extra support they need in building the cherished childhood memories we all value. We spent the day sorting through clothing donations for Treehouse’s Wearhouse, a free boutique store for families to shop for high-quality clothes, books, toys, and supplies. And in between folds, we spent time reminiscing about our own sacred little wishes kept safe by our inner child. 


We All Can Give a Voice to the Voiceless
Animals have a unique way of speaking to our hearts in the most vulnerable of moments. They are our companions, our playmates, our healers, and our family. Yet they have no voice of their own. PAWS is an organization ensuring that our animal friends receive the protection they need. Through animal adoption, rehabilitation, and advocacy, PAWS reminds us of the power we each have to use our voice to make the world better for those we love. At PAWS, we had a chance to get involved in landscaping projects around the facility leading to nearby trails and to consider the courageous ways we can each speak up for others.


Small Seeds Hold Great Possibilities

Food is at the center of our lives. Yet thousands in our community go to bed hungry every day. Marra Farm is growing delicious organic vegetables to provide to families who struggle to afford healthy food. Through their community gardening programs, Marra Farm is doing far more than harvesting plants. They are cultivating relationships, connecting people to the land, and, in the process, making sure families have the food they need to thrive. At Marra, we enjoyed getting our hands dirty, harvesting carrots, beets, green beans, and lettuce. And we enjoyed the satisfaction of knowing these veggies would soon be on their way to the local food bank for families in need.

 

The world is filled with people who remind us of the joys of living inspired—the difference we can make, the community we can build, and the possibilities that surround us. It was an honor for us to spend the day with organizations in our community who, through their work and passion, are giving others the chance to live inspired every day.

Interested in finding a volunteer opportunity in your passion place? Learn more about how you can get involved in your community today.

» Comments   Tags: volunteers · community

Share

Our Nationally Best-Selling Children's Book Inspires a Stirring Dance Performance

by Kristin · 06.30.2015

This past May, the Tanner Dance Program of the University of Utah performed our nationally best-selling children's book What Do You Do With an Idea? as a dance routine with an entirely original score. What Do You Do With an Idea? is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps bring it into the world. Tanner Dance adapted the book for its biggest event of the year, and we are so honored to have been a part of it.

Tanner Dance put on three inspiring performances in just one day. More than 500 dancers used ballet and modern dance to show how ideas come to life. Each dance had different choreography, and what made the performances especially incredible was that every dancer had the freedom to improvise parts of their routine and integrate their own ideas into the performance.

"Throughout this whole process, the children have been delighted with discovering their own ideas, creating their own ideas and dancing their own ideas," said Joni Wilson, program director of Tanner Dance. Built into the program’s foundation is the dedication toward creating imaginative humans—one dancer at a time. By offering classes to people of all ages and abilities, Tanner Dance gives its students the skills to take their dance ideas and grow them into beautiful, impactful works of art.

Kobi Yamada, the book’s author, was thrilled to attend the event and witness the amazing production. Kobi signed books after each performance, and even went backstage for a peek behind the scenes. "It was a lifetime highlight to be invited into the circle of hundreds of dancers backstage," said Kobi. "It was humbling to see these young talents in costume so earnest about their roles."

 

Nothing makes us happier than to see how our products are inspiring other people. Tanner Dance's production of What Do You Do With an Idea? is a wonderful example of how anyone can take an idea and turn it into something incredible. The performance has resonated with us here at Compendium, and we thank Tanner Dance for such an inspiring production!

» Comments   Tags: community

Share

A Community Inspired: Ashley Mengoni

by Rochelle · 04.23.2014

I believe that one of the most important things to learn in life is that you can make a difference in your community, no matter where you live. I have seen so many good deeds – people helped, lives improved – because someone cared. ~Rosalynn Carter

Ashley Mengoni saw a need in her community and decided she wanted to help. Ashley is the manager of The Essential Baking Company in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, nestled five minutes north of downtown and three blocks from our Compendium office. 

Inspired by the caffe sospeso (“suspended coffee” in Italian) concept of a “pending” coffee paid for by one customer as an advance donation toward another needy customer, Ashley wanted to implement something similar at the café. She recruited her fiancé Jimmy, and together they went to the hardware store and bought some wooden rods. Jimmy sawed the rods into small rounds, creating 75 tokens that the couple then glazed and painted with hearts and coffee cups. The concept was simple: a charitable customer could purchase a $2.75 token and it would remain in a glass jar near the cash register for anyone in need to inconspicuously use as payment for a cup of coffee. 

Tokens at the Essential Baking Company

The 75 tokens sold out at the café in three days. The suspended coffee concept was so warmly received by the community that Ashley and her team decided to expand it to include bread. One token bought a cup of coffee and two tokens purchased a suspended loaf of freshly baked bread. 

Ashley and Jimmy have made hundreds more tokens in recent months. Impressed by the success of the tokens, The Essential Baking Company expanded the program to their other three cafés in the Seattle area. Ashley also regularly delivers tokens to Mary’s Place and Homeless in Seattle, neighborhood charities that work directly with the homeless.

It never ceases to amaze us the power that one individual has to affect the lives of others. Even if it’s a simple cup of hot coffee and slice of fresh bread, the kindness in the gesture is priceless.  

Ashley Mengoni

Image copyright Rex Hohlbein, Homeless in Seattle.

 

 


» 4 Comment s   Tags: compassion · community · inspirational products

Share