Rhino Revolution- Jade’s Story

This is Unite and Inspire!


‘I started veterinary nursing as soon as I left college at 17, when I qualified I knew I wanted to go abroad and help other species, but didn’t know where or what.

Whilst working at Battersea dogs and Cats home I met my inspiration and best friend Natalie who had been in South Africa for 5 years in wildlife rehabilitation, after listening to her experiences I Knew this was what I wanted to do. It took me about 18 months to build up the courage to follow her footsteps alone.

I volunteered at the same center Natalie had been at, gaining experience with a variety of species including rhino. After working with rhino and being on the frontline of the poaching crisis I knew I wanted to dedicate myself to them and help make a difference.

rhino-revolutionThrough contacts, I found that rhino revolution were building a rhino specific rehabilitation facility that was to…

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Why we created Lions in Four

Lions In Four is a great company with an even better mission.

Almost 15 years ago, a nun on a train derailed my life – and that’s where this whole thing started.

My name is Julie Martin, and I am the founder of contemporary accessories brand Lions in Four based in Kansas City. We’ve been making purses, scarves and jewelry since 2014, but our journey started long before that when I was a fashion student studying abroad in Paris.

On a short train ride between Paris and Amsterdam, I accidentally stole Sister Jessy’s first class cabin. She was from India, and I was from the United States. She was working as a humanitarian in poverty stricken, rural villages. I was studying high-end fashion in the back rooms of Hermès – home of the Birkin Bag. Her dreams were all about women’s empowerment and children’s advancement. I was dreaming about Burberry and boys.


I know it sounds strange, but something about her resonated…

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Spreading the Love!

Tiffany at Insane Roots is donating a portion of her book sales to charity!!

Insane Roots

The publishing of my memoir, although amazing, is not enough for me. The reason for telling my story was in the hopes that it would have the power to inspire others. I know I am not the only person to experience struggle and I hope that by sharing my journey to over come that I would help others to do the same. This is why I would like to pay this good fortune forward in any way I can. Would you like to help me?

For the month of May, I will be donating 20% of the proceeds from Amazon sales of Insane Roots: The Adventures of a Con Artist and Her Daughter to a charity of the purchaser’s choice! And for those who complete an Amazon review of the book, I will donate an additional 10% 🙂

Once you make your purchase shoot me an email (TheTiffanyRochelle@gmail.com) letting…

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Blog Tips, Advice and Blog Strategy: 6 Helpful Tips to Inspire You Through Writer’s Block

I am nearly finished with my first book which will be a combination of cataloging the most popular Dream Big Originals and chapters on my thoughts on success and learning to be an achiever.

Writing can be hard at times, much harder than I ever imagined.  When I first set out I thought I would be able to write every single day.  After all, what is good for Stephen King is good for me, right?!  So, here are 6 helpful tips to help inspire you through writer’s block:

This got me to thinking about those of you that might be struggling to produce original content on a regular basis and tips that I found worked for me:

  1. Get out in nature.  This was so important for me as I found being outside alone with my thoughts conjured up a natural inspirational moment.  I could then jot down ideas in my Mead.
  2. Spend time alone with your thoughts.  Some might call this meditation, but I don’t.  I like to have my quiet alone time as it allows my mind to clear itself.
  3. Read.  There are times when something someone else says inspires me.
  4. Help someone else.  This one worked wonders.  I found that when I helped someone in need I found brand new and enlightening perspectives.
  5. Go for a long car ride in the country.  I did this a lot and it helps to clear the mind and open the creativity.
  6. Talk with an insightful friend.  This one I stumbled upon while sitting and having a few glasses of wine with our friends Stephen and Wendy.  Stephen has been inspiring me now for more than 17 years now.  He always helps me see things from a new perspective and talking to him about anything and everything helps my spirit.


These are the ways I found inspiration for writing and I hope they help someone that is struggling a bit.  Short, simple and to the point!


One Year Ago Last Night…

Yesterday evening at 7:20 pm I received a notice from WordPress that I had registered my blog 1 year ago.  I cannot believe a year has passed.  When I first started writing this blog I had no particular mission except to empty my brain on occasion.

One year later Dream Big has over 6,500 followers, 150,000 views and 30,000 unique visitors!!

It was so exciting then to hit publish and then get 10 views in a day!  I remember seeing the different country signs pop up on my stats page and the excitement at the thought of people from another country reading my page.

And you know what…I still get excited today.  I am (to a fault sometimes) a stat watcher.  I love hearing my notifications bell ringing throughout the day and I love seeing the international flags flying proudly on my stats recorder!

I get excited to know that someone out in the blogosphere is reading and maybe implementing small changes to make life easier or more manageable.  If you have followed my page for any length of time you know it is important to me to help someone who is down improve their place in life; even if only a bit.  It is important to me to help others experience how to live a more fulfilled life.

I appreciate every single one of you guys and gals that visit my page each day and I promise to continue to work hard for you.  I am already in the works to book 10 more speaking engagements for 2016 and will begin editing my finished book in January!!

So, here’s to all you kind friends that visit, read and comment each and every week!  Let’s work together to finish 2015 with a bang and to make 2016 even more amazing!!

Humbled and thankful,


Volunteer Spotlight: Lauren Loffredo

Volunteering is such a wonderful way to give back!

The danceability Difference

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We can’t do what we do without our volunteers. They are the true heart of our organization and they do amazing things with our dancers. We will be featuring one volunteer each month on our blog so you can get an inside look at what inspired them to join the danceability team and why they keep coming back!

Check out our first volunteer spotlight of the year: Lauren Loffredo
She has been a volunteer for a few years now and loves working with Nicole & Erica!

Why did you decide to volunteer at danceability?
A friend of mine was a volunteer at danceability and invited me to the recital.  She knew that I had grown up dancing myself and thought that I would really enjoy getting to see all of the dancers.  Every second of the show was filled with an overwhelming feeling of…

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The Dream Big Volunteer Project



I am working on a brand new addition to the Dream Big community called The Dream Big Volunteer Project. I am compiling an easy resource guide for people in all cities to get connected with lesser known charities.  My recent work with the Hoskins Park Ministry has opened my eyes to a need that is going unfilled: connecting volunteers with charities that don’t have million dollar budgets.

My goal is to have multiple charities listed for every major city in the U.S.  So, if you know of a small charity in your city please email me and give me their contact information.  I would like to develop a vast network of charities from city to city!

As we have progressed technologically I believe humanity has taken a giant leap backward as it relates to volunteering and being philanthropic.  My hopes are to help connect charities with people that want to help, but aren’t sure where to start.

It is time for all of us to jump in and help.  Stop waiting on someone else to do the work that you should be doing yourself.  We have an obligation as human beings to help others and god knows there are plenty of people in need.  It is time to get out of your world and stare people in the eyes and tell them through your actions that you care.

Do not delay any longer.

7 Ways of Increasing Your Influence in Society

Having influence is a simple thing…help another human being, over and over and over and over……

Anne-Maria Yritys

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The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority (Kenneth Blanchard)

The best leaders of the 21st century are those who are active, constantly evolving, focusing increasingly much upon influence and empowerment rather than upon authority, leading through example, learning from their mistakes (and, making mistakes in the first place), accepting mistakes and the learning process followed by the allowance of making mistakes, emotionally intelligent, humane, close to nature, and ready to throw themselves into creativity, seeing endless possibilities through action-oriented learning and development, be it in themselves, or in other individuals.

Never underestimate the influence you have upon others, and thus, on society around you, regardless of your background or current professional title. 

How can you influence people, and change society, then?

Influence begins with your daily activities, the choices you make in your daily life, and about your future. Influential people do not always even recognize…

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Community Compassion

Random acts of kindness and the Community Compassion page!

From Food Stamps To A Future

Follow the Golden Rule

Over the past 34 years, I have been witness to 2 acts of kindness. The first was a few years back. I was picking up some cleaning supplies at the Dollar General store and was in line behind a woman in her late 20’s, early 30’s. There was an elderly lady in line in front of her. Her items had been rung up, and she was digging through her change purse trying to find her remaining balance. She informed the cashier that she was going to have to put some of her items back, as she didn’t have enough to cover the bill. The younger lady (in front of me) told the cashier not to worry about it, and to ring her items onto the ticket, as she was going to pay for the elderly lady’s things. The little old lady was flabbergasted. She just could not do that. The…

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