The #PeaceDayProject2016 …

Helloooo, and welcome back! The 2016 Peace Day festivities are underway, and we hope that you enjoying this project as much as we enjoyed creating it.

This project is about making a little change in the world and asking you all reading this to make a little change, as well. Peace is all about individual action so take some time and think about what your contribution can be. And, yes we have ideas for you in each post leading up to Peace Day.

2014 showed some impressive statistics with the Peace One Day Report which recorded over 1 billion people exposed to Peace Day messages and 10 million people behaving more peacefully on the day as a result of the movement.

Our throwback collage from 2014 was about how peace comes in all languages. It is with sincere appreciation to all the villagers that took the time to help us with expressing peace in their native tongue.

Now onto the questions …

Who will you make peace with?

What will you do for peace on Peace Day?

Here’s an idea for you!!! One Day One Goal uses the power of sport in observation of Peace Day, 21st September. Organize a soccer match or even a tournament dedicated to peace.

Not a soccer player??? Pick whatever sport you like.

Not the sporty type???

It’s okay, we have more ideas coming your way.,

Peace out, ya’ll!

Peace One Day

Photography: Terrie Thomas

Words: Karen Vest

binvested in your community … binvested in your world … binvested in peace …



It was time to take this villager out of the village. I’ve just returned from my third trip to Colorado, and let me say, it was one of the best vacations I’ve ever had.

In the past my trip was focused on a foot race up Pike’s Peak…call me crazy, but I had to try. This year however, I decided to focus on experiencing an actual vacation with the intention of resting…restoring…rejuvinating my soul. I get so immersered in work, duties and distractions that I don’t know–or forgot along the way–how to relax and take in all the awesome gifts I have right in front of me.

I like to call them…my rays of sunshine.

AND, so not to keep you hanging, here are some of my hightlights in high altitude.

First, would be my high-spirited friends…they are all precious gems in my book and they provided fun and laughter. All I can say, is that I am blessed beyond words to have them in my life. Animals were also a highlight…the family dog that I pet as I drank my morning coffee…looking out to the mountaintops in 50 degree temp…Aaahhh. The thrill of reaching the summit of a mountain and looking at the absolute beauty of Mother Earth…NOW THAT SOME RAYS…DON’T YA THINK???

Also, I met new peeps from villages very different from mine. AND…ran into fellow villagers, Todd and Kiaralinda, on the streets of Boulder.


Things like that happen when I stay open to receving life’s little suprises.

Now, I’m back in Safety Harbor, refreshed with a sense of wonderment again, and ready to soak up more rays…moments…gifts.

AND…what about the pic???

I’ve read that horses can see into your soul. Well, I’m happy he liked what he saw. I guess I wasn’t that off track…maybe just needed some altitude adjustments.

I would like to challenge YOU out there…go out and find your rays of sunshine.

This is Safety Harbor, FL and this is my village…

Let’s Cultivate!!!

What do you want to cultivate in your life?

In the Dictionary the word cultivate is defined by preparing soil by labor and care to grow crops. Refine and improve are other words listed…sounds like this could be a metaphor for life. Cultivating means taking care of the things that matter to you most. By giving a solid foundation, like soil packed with nutrients…allows for the growth of a healthy root system. It also can involve refining and improving, like tiling the soil and proper fertilization and hydration…that will fortify vitality and resilience.

This Christmas Cactus was given to me a year ago on this day by my angel of a sister, Lisa. It was small and weak looking, but she assured me that if I took care of it, one day it would bloom like it is today.

Let’s cultivate…it’s the gift we give ourselves…our family…our community…our world.

Happy Holidays!

This is Safety Harbor, FL and this is my village…

The Good Life -Or- Life Is Good…

I had just finished a long run and needed a much deserved cool down,  and taking a long walk down by this marina would be the perfect recovery. When I reached the end, I sat on one of the park benches just to admire the reflection of the clouds on the water. A young couple, holding hands and leaning on the railing were discussing the sailboats. I overheard one of them say in a slighty depressing tone…”Aaahh, the good life.”  That’s what gave me the idea for the creation of this post.

When I think of “the good life,” I get the feeling of pushing forward with force until, one day, I will have earned enough…for fun, let’s call it brownie points…to have goodness in my life. Then, there is “life is good,”…which gives me another view; one that makes me feel that goodness in my life is present–if I choose for it to be. It is to know that whatever may be in my path…the good, the bad, the ugly…I will maintain my happiness and joy, which will give me strength to endure when life decides to challenge me.

So I ask…what do you choose?

Enjoy your life…for it is good.

A lovely look at the marina in Safety Harbor, FL and this is my village…

The Tree Canopy…

Every Thursday morning I meet running peeps in the park. We gather at one of the picnic shelters to warm up, stretch out and complain of our ailments.

And Then…

Aaahhh, the sunrise…I am always amazed at how all the complaining stops, almost instantly, and turns to quiet serenity, as the horizon is washed with color bringing forth a new day of beauty, splendor and hope.

But, really this post is about the tree canopy…the tree tunnel. It is quite a delighful site running towards it or inside of it…the branches tower above, sheltering us and beckoning us…the runners, the walkers, the peeps walking their dogs to make it a great day and to look for what’s good in our lives.

To me the tree canopy is absolute beauty…and the feeling I get…well, what is written below is the best way to describe it.

It’s not the number of breaths we take, it is the number of moments that take our breath away.
-James W. Moore

Taking my breath away…everytime…the tree canopy in Philipee Park.

This is Safety Harbor, FL and this is my village…