Monthly Archives: April 2014

Community News….Brightwood Community Center

———- Forwarded message ———-From: Ellen SaylesSubject: Fw: Brightwood Community Center eNewsletter April 2014

Please share this with our community. Brightwood Community Center needs applicants for summer camp director, Executive Director, bus driver, and volunteers! Immediate need.  Also, a community meeting on May 7 for sharing ideas for moving the Community Center forward.


Peace, Favor, and Blessings,
Ellen Sayles Lane

Board Member of Brightwood Community Center


—– Forwarded Message —–
From: “Lisa Morris, Metro Ministries”
 Subject: Brightwood Community Center eNewsletter April 2014


Serving Children, Women and Families

 Martindale-Brightwood Community

Brightwood Community Center Seeks Executive Director 

Full Time position available immediately

     Executive Director for Brightwood Community Center, a faith-based non-profit agency serving the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood, offering a food pantry and clothing room, affordable after-school programming, Survival Skills for Women classes and an annual summer camp for area children.

     Successful candidate will have strong personal faith in Jesus Christ, knowledge of the scriptures, and a theological perspective that under-girds ecumenical action.  Strong management and supervisory skills and experience; demonstrated leadership ability in strategizing and coalition building; demonstrated effectiveness and lead experience in fund development. Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree preferred. Send Cover letter, resume and minimum of three references by May 1, 2014 to

Click for job description…


Brightwood Community Center Sharing Space —

Food Pantry and Clothing Room Remain Open

     Jean Ellis, Brightwood Community Center Board Member and volunteer, shared stories at our recent Brightwood Community Center Board meeting. “Yes, there is hunger.”

     ” I met Grandpa whose granddaughter comes to his home each day after school. He stops by Brightwood once a month to get food so that he can provide for her.  He picks up peanut butter, soup and cereal to provide an after school meal.”

     ” Coming by the Sharing Space food pantry at Brightwood allows one young man on chemo to keep his nutrition up by picking up healthy items to supplement his meals.” 

     “Two older ladies one with a cane and one with a walker said how grateful they were for the Brightwood Community Center food pantry because they could not get by the month without the service of the food pantry.”


YOU Can Make a Difference 



Support the Sharing Space Food Pantry


Items needed for the Sharing Space Today!

Tuna, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Beans, Spaghetti and sauce, canned fruit, canned vegetables (green beans, peas, and mixed vegetables), Marconi

 and Cheese, Soups, Rice, and cereal.


When can we drop off food items? Monday, Tuesday & Thursdays 10-2 p.m.

Where do we drop off items? 2410 N Station St (behind St Paul Church off the alley from 25th Street between Gale & Station Streets) Questions? Call Char Gorham, 317-546-8200.


A Time to Share set May 7, 6 p.m. at Brightwood Community Center


    The Brightwood Community Center Board of Directors has been meeting following the resignation of the Executive Director. The Sharing Space is  open and has provided a great support to the community with recent days up to 22 persons (in one day) stopping by for needed food items. The after school program has been suspended until leadership is put into place. A search for an Executive Director and for a summer youth program director has begun.

     The board knows that the center is needed in the community. How can Brightwood Community Center be a partner with the community? What do you see is the greatest need? 

    Parents, volunteers, community partners, donors, and other stakeholders are invited to a meeting May 7, 6 p.m. at Brightwood Community Center, 2410 N. Station Street.  There will be refreshments and a time for questions and answers. Please plan to join us. Please contact Georganna Irish (317-784-6974) or email her  to let her know you will be there.

District Advance Special


Brightwood Community Center is a United Methodist Church  Central District Advance special. The Brightwood Center has celebrated 45 years in the Martindale-Brightwood Community.


   2410 North Station Street – 317-452-4786 –





Central District – The United Methodist Church | 3901 N. Meridian Street, Suite 210 | Indianapolis | IN | 46208


What Inspires YOU!!!

Inspired by: Dotan Negrin

By  | April 20, 2014 1 Comment

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Spring in New York City is a beautiful thing. While the warmer temps are a bit fickle these days, one thing is for certain, when they do decide to show up the entire city comes alive. Saturday afternoon in SoHo was no exception. While walking down Prince Street this weekend I stumbled upon this awesome moment:

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When is the last time you saw a guy playing an upright piano in the middle of the city? The first thing that came to mind is how bold and creative New Yorkers are when it comes to following their dreams. Seeing this man share his gift on the streets was beyond inspiring so in true blogger fashion, I snapped a pic and posted it to Instagram to spread the love. In less than 10 minutes I received a comment from the unidentified pianist himself thanking me for the great shot! I’m still not sure how he got to my page since I didn’t tag him in the photo but after taking a look at his IG bio, I was even more impressed. Dotan Negrin quit his 9-5 job to travel around the world and play his upright piano in extraordinary places. According to his Facebook page:

I’m a full time street piano player who travels across America with my upright piano. In 2011, I took my piano and dog across America, playing on the streets of more than 44 cities and 8 National Parks. I’ve gone on four piano road trips Across North America. From New York to Florida to Mexico to Montana to Costa Rica, we have played piano all over America and traveled over 45,000 miles, 200 cities, and met thousands of incredible people.  What’s next? To keep going with the flow, jumping along the rocks that are before me, and moving ahead. Life is about the journey not the end result. 
“Purpose is the reason you journey. Passion is the fire that lights your way.” – Anonymous 


Follow Dotan’s journey as he travels the globe on Twitter and check out his blog by clicking here!


Community News…..

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Music Mixx…..Maiya Norton

Maiya Norton Presents: The Sweet Spot


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I have a deep appreciation for music and how it affects me. On any given day, I’m generally listening to music from the time I awaken, throughout most of the day and up until it’s time to go to sleep. I listen when I’m happy, when I’m sad, and even when I just need a little background noise to break the silence. Music, sometimes, is a reminder of past events in your life and moments you won’t soon forget. Be it your first artist crush, or the song that played during a special date with that super special someone, it has the power to take you to a happy place. No matter the genre, music triggers my creativity and has been the soundtrack to the birth of some of my greatest ideas. 

That said, I was stoked to come across this Soundcloud mix today created by the lovely Maiya Norton. As a woman who’s been putting together head-nodding compilations since ’07, the Brooklyn-based music aficionado shared these thoughts on her latest and greatest:

I consider musical curation a gift as well as a passion. So, here we are with something fresh! The Sweet Spot is my new series which aims to highlight music that fits within a genre/feeling/moment, and showcase a new artist or photographer for every volume. Play it loud, share it, reminisce and enjoy!

Click here to get your dose of Maiya’s musical genius today. Trust and believe, you won’t be disappointed!

Community News….

—-Forwarded message—-

From: living well
Subject: Press Release for Living Well Seed Exchange April 26, 2014

*For immediate release*

*Contact:  Faizah Mawusi, Community Garden Coordinator *

*Living Well Community Garden*

*2415 North Rural Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46218*

*(317) 721-6317*

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Mark your calendars for the Living Well Community Garden Tea and Seed Exchange

(Indianapolis, Indiana, April 2, 2014)  Each year Living Well hosts this free meet and greet open to garden enthusiasts from around the city to exchange seeds, transplants and ideas.  This is an excellent way to try new seed varieties, save money, preserve heirloom varieties, and locate hard to find seeds.


On Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM, the community
gardeners invite you to bring your seeds and transplants.  Living Well will
provide bags, labels and markers for the treasures you want to take home as
well as herbal teas and snacks for free.  This event is a great ntroduction to seeds and planting for first time gardeners, even if you don’t have seeds to exchange.  Backyard and Community gardeners with years of experience will freely offer suggestions, tips and more.

Living Well Community Garden is located on the eastside of Indianapolis in
the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood at 2415 North Rural, Indianapolis,

Living Well Community Garden was established in 2011 to provide healthy
organic food, neighbor-to-neighbor engagement, create a safe green space
for the families to enjoy and demonstrate urban gardening techniques that
can be used in backyard gardening when the soil quality is less than


Peace and Love, Sis Faizah
“Your silence will not protect you.”~Audre Lorde 1934-1992


Could You Live Off One Paycheck a Month?

Could You Live Off One Paycheck a Month? One of our Readers is!

By Tonya on Apr 23, 2014 10:12 pm

One of the beauties of starting this blog and movement is that I’m continuously inspired by other women. Not too long ago one of my readers, Tyesha, mentioned in my comments section that she was living off of one of her paychecks. I’ve heard of people doing this but never spoke to someone who is doing this that wasn’t a granola eating minimalist. So I had to hear how she was doing it and asked her to share her experience with MFF readers. 


Tyesha and I at the In Her Shoes Anniversary Event

Here is Tyesha’s story:

In January of this year, I took a look back on my 2013 spending and saving, and let’s just say I was very disappointed in myself. About 1/2 of my salary was being used for shopping or paying off credit card bills. I was literally sick to my stomach after looking at the numbers, and I knew something had to change.

About three weeks later, I started a new job and decided I have to see how I can live on one pay check per month.

Before that could happen I had to pay off the credit card bills I accumulated last year. My goal was to pay all cards off by the end of April. As of the end of March 2014, all those bills were been paid off. Woooohooo! I can’t say how great feeling it is.

During this time of paying off my credit cards, I gave myself a tight budget and was able to save significantly!

So why am I living off one paycheck?

I have a goal on the amount of money I want to save by the end of the year. I also have a vacation/wedding trip in South Africa this summer for which I am saving for. (I have opened a separate saving account for this trip.)

So how am I doing this you might ask?


Here are the steps I have implemented:

Step 1: I have a budget, and I am sticking to it!!! I have always had a budget but never stuck to it. Shopping being my weakness, I always see something I want to have, and I get it. NO MORE!!!

Step 2: I set my expenses up as fixed and variable. Fixed expenses are items that are the same every month such as tithes, rent, and cable. Variable expenses change monthly and include my food allowance and entertainment.  I budget everything–even the allowance I gave to my niece and nephew (which they have to work for). Lol… I know; I am a bad Auntie.

If, for some reason, I go over in one area, I try to find a way to cut back in another or not to spend the money I  allotted for a certain line item such as movies or the shirt I wanted to get this month.

Step 3: I reduced my overhead. My rent is currently half of what it was about two years ago, but even if it was not, I could still live on one check per month. As stated above, I have no credit card bills. When I do purchase something on credit I will pay the bill right then. I polish my own nails every Sunday instead of going to the nail salon. I go to the nail salon about once every two months.

Step 4: I said no to shopping – MOST TIMES!! I don’t shop at much as I used to…as I stated earlier, I still have clothes in my closet from about 2 years ago that I have not worn. (Now can they fit?!? Thats another conversation)  I smile when I am able to walk into and out of my favorite store and not buy anything.

Step 5: I stopped eating out as often as this was another large expense in 2013.

Step 6: I significantly reduced what i was spending on others. My birthday gifts allowance has been decreased drastically.

These are some of the things I am doing to live on one check per month! Wish me luck! I am totally looking forward to the challenges and accomplishments ahead.

-Tyesha (Taj)


So. Thoughts? Could you live on one paycheck a month? I’d like to try it myself as I have major purchases and life changes coming up.

Motivational Monday 4/21


No one event, circumstance, job, or relationship has the power to define who you
It doesn’t matter what people say. Keep looking up and moving forward.




7th Day Awards Brunch…



Who will you nominate?


7th Day Awards Brunch7 Women, 7 Stories, 1 Community


As a part of our 7 Days of Wellness, 7 Dimensions of You Week – May 10th-17th, the Center of Wellness for Urban Women presents our first annual 7th Day Awards Brunch, honoring women in our community who have had a great impact on the lives of others!

  We seek to honor women who demonstrate selflessness and a commitment to the betterment of the community.


You have the opportunity to nominate a woman who you’d like to celebrate!  The criteria are simple.  

 Tell us about a woman, age 18 or older, who is a catalyst for change for herself, her family and/or the community in one of the 7 Dimensions of Wellness.  Please tell us how this woman exhibits excellence in this area, and why she is deserving of being honored for her work. 


Please complete the nomination form below by April 18, 2014.  Honorees will be announced after April 25, 2014.


Let us know your favorite
woman today!





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The PR Girl Toolbox….

3 Tips To Create PR Buzz About Your Business

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If you pick up industry publications, newspapers or local magazines and see companies getting featured stories about your business and wondered, “how do I get my business featured in the news?” read on.  We are going to give you 3 tips to create PR buzz about your business and start getting featured in the media.


1.  Be Where The Reporters Are:

Getting your business in the media is like following a recipe with the key ingredients of: connecting with the media and building relationships before you pitch your story, having a pitch that makes their job easy and a little bit of luck and timing.  Here are a few ideas on places to start connecting with reporters:

Twitter is a goldmine for networking and connecting with people.   For example; if your company provides health and fitness coaching, you could type “health and fitness reporter” into the Twitter Search Function….and…voila…hundreds of leads for you to connect with.

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Use Muckrack to find journalists that cover your product or industry and connect with them on twitter.  Muckrack is what journalists are saying about the top news of the moment.  If you are a blogger, you can create a free profile for yourself so journalists can check you out.

Help A Reporter Out is a service that connects sources (you) to journalists seeking your expertise. Free to sign up and you will receive daily email summaries with story requests. I’ve been able to connect with several reporters on stories through HARO.

2.  Prepare Your Pitch

Media professionals are busy people and appreciate and reward you when you make their job easy.  Write your press release in the form of a ready made story.  If you are submitting to a publication with a smaller readership, often they run your story exactly as you provide.  If you need some assistance with your press release, we have a great template available.

Remember to sell the benefits to potential readers or listeners.  People what to know what’s in it for them.

For local publications, pitch your story at least two weeks before the desired run date.  Even if you are hoping for national coverage, its much easier to get local coverage first.  Often, national publications will pick up stories from local wires.

3.  Making Your Pitch Irresistable

The key is to STAND OUT!  Here are a few ideas:

Hold a bizarre contest – for example if you are a professional organizer, you might hold a contest for the Messiest Office and the winner would receive a free session.  You could pitch this to local business publications.

Turn a sale into a fundraiser or donate your product for a cause and let the media know.  Top Pot Donuts in Renton recently donated donuts to emergency service workers handling the landslide in Washington State (see…people are still talking about it!)

If you are doing something unique, that no one else in your community is doing (like a cooking school for preschoolers) – that is newsworthy and people want to know about it.


What successes have you had getting media coverage?  Please share in the comments below.