Brighten Your Light

In this inspiring essay, one of our favorite authors, Elizabeth Gilbert, reminds us that anyone can be the light at any moment. You don’t have to be a spiritual leader, power player or an influencer to make your corner of the world a little bit brighter. 

Here are a few other things we’ve been chatting about this week:

  • There’s nothing better than curling up on the beach and immersing yourself in a good book. If you’re on the hunt for a great beach book for the hot weekends in July, click here for a complete guide to picking your perfect summer-read.
  • Whether it’s through yoga practices or conventional therapy, body-mind maintenance is essential. Singer and songwriter Katy Perry recently shared her therapeutic habits in this live-streamed session.
  • This week’s 4th of July holiday reminds of the strength and courage of the soldiers who have fought for our country. To provide support to the families of these brave men and women, learn more about The American Fallen Soldiers Project here.

The Colors of Pride

Citizens of the world celebrated individuality, love and pride this month in honor of the LGBTQ community.  We were thrilled to see these landmarks from around the world take part in the celebrations. 

Here are a few other things we’ve been chatting about this week: 

  • Artist Benjamin Von Wong took on the challenge of activism through art. His mission? To address ocean pollution in a way that forced people to listen – and he did so beautifully.
  • Working Mom, Sarah Treem, opens up about the consistent struggle of maintaining two full-time jobs – acting and motherhood. Get an inside look on how she’s juggling her relationships (new and old), raising her children, and being nominated for a Golden Globe.
  • We’re truly moved by the Women On Wings initiative to jump-start the careers of women in rural India, providing them with the skills to become autonomous, productive and successful. Find out more about their mission here.

Leaders of the Arts

Some of our Together team had the privilege of attending last week’s Inaugural Performing Arts Hall of Fame Ceremony that honored the artists and leaders who have shaped performing arts across the globe. Among the many innovators recognized at the event was the remarkable singer and actress Audra McDonald. Described as an unforgettable performer with a gift for dramatic truth telling, Audra received a 2016 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.

Here are a few other thingswe’ve been chatting about this week:

  • As part of Billboard’s 30 Days of Pride initiative, they’ve asked LGBTQ stars to create playlists showcasing what pride means to them. We can’t get enough of Miss Lawrence’s playlist.
  • Many of us don’t get enough sleep. But is your weekend social schedule causing you to suffer from ‘social jet lag’?
  • We want to help children around the country enjoy their summer days safely so we’re donating our time to Hands In 4 Youth. Join in on the fun here.