Thursday, May 22, 2014

Charitybuzz: 6 Days Left to Bid!

Have you heard of Charitybuzz?

Charitybuzz is the place to find extraordinary experiences and luxuries to benefit remarkable charities making an impact.

Our online auctions bring together hundreds of the world's most acclaimed celebrities, inspiring luminaries and beloved brands to give you unforgettable access to your passions. Plus, you can feel good knowing that every winning bid supports an incredible cause.

Check out all the awesome items up for auction for CCA! 
They are expiring in less than ONE WEEK!

Here's a FEW of the awesome items for auction:




good luck and happy bidding!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Grateful Sunday: George Saunders Commencement Speech on Kindness

Today's Grateful Sunday is a commencement speech by George Saunders at Syracuse University. We think you'll enjoy it very much, especially since the topic is on kindness. CCA also sends a big congratulations to everyone graduating in the Class of 2014!

Here is an article written about the speech and the full transcript here.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Celeb "Oops" Moments

No, the CCABlog hasn't been taken over by TMZ! But, it has been a wild week in pop culture... especially for two of my favorite leading ladies.

Two of my most esteemed "celeb friends" had major embarrassing moments this week and you know what? It made my day. Not in the derisive "Haha, I like to see you suffer way!" but in solidarity, the "Wow, next time I'm feeling embarrassed, I'm going to envision my girls!" way. Thinking back to these internet moments helps me realize that we all get caught in anxiety-inducing situations and the paparazzi haters are just waiting to catch us so they can get a big laugh out of it. So how do you counteract the negative attention when you're caught in a situation that makes you uncomfortable? By rising above negative emotions with aplomb and poise. Killer couture helps too, but I assure you, it's not necessary.

First incident: Jay-Z, Beyonce and Solange in the elevator. No one knows what the argument was about or who is to blame, but you know what Queen Bey did? She pulled it together and went on smiling; she even waved congenially at fans. She knows that this incident is likely to embarrass her publicly for weeks to come - I mean #WhatJayZSaidToSolange was the top trending hashtag on Twitter - but she held her head high and kept going. The elevator fight is applicable to me because the next time someone says something stupid or untrue about me, I will channel Beyonce and walk out with a smile, unruffled in the slightest. We have the power to control our reactions: so Bey, I'm not laughing at your family scuffle, I'm channeling your poise.

Second incident: Angelina Jolie, who I think is the epitome of cool, arrived at a premiere with a major makeup malfunction. Will she look at this photo and cringe? Will she fire her makeup artist? I hope not. I hope (and selfishly believe) that she will look at these photos and chuckle, "If I worried about every bad or stupid photo of me, I'd never have made it in acting." And truthfully, you have to have that attitude to persist at anything: failure is part of success. Not every chance at bat is going to be a home run. Mistakes are great lessons and Angie helped me learn that translucent powder applied in the limo looks funny in flash bulbs.

Y'all, we all get teased and the internet is as cruel as the playground. Even America's most exalted people are attacked the moment they show an imperfection by the media, their coworkers, their industry, and the public at large. I'm saving these photos to my inspiration folder on my computer and the next time I'm worried and anxious about what others think about me, I'm going to pull up these photos and realize that we all have off days. The important part is to smile and keep moving forward.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday: The Julian Chapter

Did you know that Wonder author, RJ Palacio, has written a new story called The Julian Chapter?

Yes! Debuting just this week, you can now peek into Julian's side of the story.

From the description of the book:
Over 1 million people have read Wonder and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. Now readers will have a chance to hear from the book's most controversial character—Julian. From the very first day Auggie and Julian met in the pages of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder, it was clear they were never going to be friends, with Julian treating Auggie like he had the plague. And while Wonder told Auggie's story through six different viewpoints, Julian's perspective was never shared. Readers could only guess what he was thinking.Until now. The Julian Chapter will finally reveal the bully's side of the story. Why is Julian so unkind to Auggie? And does he have a chance for redemption?
There's also a great interview with RJ on Slate. Check it out and have a Wonder-ful Wednesday!