Happy Valentine’s Day: Give the Gift of Love and Life!

Happy Valentine’s Day to our global community! For more than 1500 years, we’ve been celebrating Valentine’s Day in one way or another. Since the middle ages, it’s commonly been a holiday celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. According to, one legend contends that Saint Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform… Read more.

The Brilliance of Twitter (in 140 characters or less)

Each day on our website,, we ask our Luminaries to share the greatest things they’ve learned in life, in 500 words. Yesterday, I wondered what folks would say if they have to pass on a lifetime of wisdom in just 140 characters. So, I asked this question on Twitter and here are some of the responses. This is also a great list of interactive real people that you might want to follow. We made all of the names live links to make it easy for you. If you like the wisdom, follow them, or just follow them all. Either… Read more.

Inevitable Dreams- the Global Hug Tour

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. ~ Christopher Reeve Almost a year ago we had the vision for the Global Hug Tour….. 2 people in a small prop plane, flying 31,000 miles around the world on a 5-month tour to gather inspiration, deliver 100,000 hugs and share millions with important non-profit causes. We created a preliminary flight plan, an itinerary, identified the non-profits we wanted to help and actively searched for the funding. Knowing the cause was great; we created a team… Read more.

Update on the Global Hug Tour

So, what’s up with the Global Hug Tour? I think the most honest answer to that question is to explain that we’re going through the same things in life that you are. In other words, while enthusiasm and belief are strong, time and money are limited. It’s a big project with a lot of moving pieces. Imagine the planning that would go into a two-week vacation to Europe. Now make that a 5-month trip with 50 events worldwide and you have the picture of the task we’ve been facing. The logistics alone are staggering, let alone adding in things like… Read more.

Sponsor a HUG Today!

It’s not often that we have the chance to really reach out and make a tangible difference in the world for only $10. With our Global Hug Tour, that is the exact opportunity we’re offering to you. My husband and I are departing from the USA, flying 31,000 miles on a small prop plane, stopping in 50 international cities on a 5-month tour, to gather inspiration, deliver 100,000 hugs and sharing love and needed funds with important humanitarian causes throughout the world. (For more info on the Global Hug Tour click here) We’re writing this post to ask you to… Read more.

Global Hug Tour Launch Date Changed to 9/09/09

The past month has been a difficult struggle between priorities and commitments. About a month after we announced the launch of the Global Hug Tour, leaving in May of 2009, my daughter Carly informed us that she and her husband are expecting their first child. Woohoo! I’m going to be a grandmother! That’s so cool! We’re elated, as this is also our first grandchild. However, the timing created a quandary for us, as the baby is due in late August, a month before we were to return from the Global Hug Tour, previously scheduled from May-September. This is my only… Read more.

Be The Change

Yesterday our 44th president was sworn into office. Regardless of who you may have voted for, I think we would all agree that something’s going on in America. The air is abuzz with possibility and hope. For me, this is the first time I’ve witnessed people come together regardless of age, background, ethnicity, political party, gender or economic diversity. It’s a beautiful time of hope for the future. For so long many of us have complained about the way things are, but did little to improve the situation. But things are changing. There’s a new energy building. Everyday people are… Read more.

Gary Vaynerchuk Labels Global Hug Tour “Freakin Awesome!”

Yesterday I had the honor of speaking to Gary Vaynerchuk in reference to the Global Hug Tour. I’m at the Affiliate Summit in Las Vegas and Gary was the keynote speaker (check out 44:25 on the video link). In a room of thousands, during the Q&A section after his presentation, I briefly explained the Global Hug Tour and asked him for his recommendation on how to best share our story with the world. Gary’s thought the idea was “freakin awesome!” and said he’d personally hug everyone in the room. He went on to say that in order to get the… Read more.

Flying Without an Airplane!

The past few days I’ve felt like I’m flying- and we haven’t even started our flight around the world on our Global Hug Tour yet! The synchronicity of life is kicking into full gear. Things are lining up so fast and the world is spinning, but all in a very good way. I’m blown away each day by the serendipity of life. Each day I continue to position myself to be lucky and it just keeps showing up! Today I was reminded how all of this started. Just one short month ago, my husband and I had a visioning session… Read more.