Sunday, February 28, 2010

Plant A Tree By Posting Your Thoughts About Carbon Neutral Blogs

I just wrote the following post on my home decorating blog. As far as I can tell, this is a legitimate cause. I wanted to participate because I love trees. I am so blessed to be moving into an apartment that is surrounded by many big beautiful trees. I'm moving this week and look forward to posting pictures of my new place. Meanwhile, enjoy reading about this cool initiative and post about it yourself!

Do blogs grow on trees? My educated guess would be no, as I've never heard of a blog tree. But it now seems that blogs can help plant trees. So let's talk about outdoor decorating, mother nature style. Help us decorate a forest with more trees!

I recently received an email from a German organization called kaufDA, asking me to participate in an initiative that helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions by planting a tree for every blog that posts about it. I do get a lot of scam emails so I did a little research before starting this post. Thanks to the tireless efforts of blog owners like, who wrote many emails requesting verification of this organization's claims before joining the bandwagon, I feel safe in joining the cause. Anything that can positively affect the environment is worthwhile to me.

KaufDA's plan is to plant these blog-supported trees in the Plumas National Forest in Northern California with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation. You can read more about why this Californian forest needs help and joining the cause by visiting

The German organization's site claims that planting one tree for your blog will neutralise its carbon footprint for the next 50 years. Whether this is a scientific fact or not, I am certain that every tree that gets planted is more than worth the effort of writing about it.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Recommended Reading: "Think And Grow Rich"

I have heard about Napoleon Hill's book "Think And Grow Rich" as it is mentioned by Jerry Hicks in the forward he wrote for "Money and The Law of Attraction." I was recently browsing on the web when I came across a free copy of "Think And Grow Rich" as a downloadable ebook. So I downloaded my free copy and have started to read it. What struck me first is the similarity of the state of the world when this book was first published, 1937, to how it is now. Napoleon makes many references to the economic collapse of the Great Depression and how times were about to change, how a new race was about to be run in the new changed world and how the world would demand new ideas, new inventions, new leaders, new books, new features and ideas in radio and moving pictures. He knew out of the incredible suffering and hardship that society had just experienced, the opportunity for new desires, ideas and success was about to explode and he couldn't have been more right!

So here we are again, in an economic crisis that has not been experienced at such a level since the Great Depression. Along with the economy, our world also faces a rapidly changing environment. Not from the natural cycles of environmental changes the world has experienced through the ages, but from the explosion of population and technology. Our climate is changing at such a staggering rate, we have already entered into uncharted territory. Once again, we need new ideas, new ways of thinking, new types of leaders, new types of technologies. I feel like the world as we know it is about to change. A shift is coming, it needs to happen because to continue along the same path would eventually lead to stagnation, to destruction, to death. Life is always about changing, about growing, about evolving. Since there is no true death, there can only be change.

Napoleon Hill was asked by Andrew Carnegie to interview 500 of the wealthiest and most successful men of the era, a task which took Hill over 20 years to complete. Mr. Carnegie knew Napoleon would uncover the secret that these people were using to acheive their fortunes and success. Once again, it has to do with the incredible power source within all of us, our conscious thoughts. The more knowledge we acquire from education, experience and a connection to Source energy, combined with desire and belief, provides us with unlimited potential for creating
everything imaginable.

I am grateful for the LOA, which enabled me to attract this book into my experience. It wouldn't have been something I would be looking for on my next visit to the bookstore and I would have missed out on some fascinating reading. I haven't read it all yet, so I'm off to read more!