I’m starting a new project to highlight some amazing women in my community.   These women are mothers and are also working women who own their own business or project.  I call them Mamapreneurs!     My friend, Sharice has been kind enough to be the first one to be interviewed  :)

Sharice does two jobs really – Life Coaching, and The Birthday Project for Seattle/Eastside.

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Who is she?

My name is Sharice Belikoff.  I am a wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend! I am also a Social Worker and Life Coach and leader of the Seattle chapter of The Birthday Project.

I am “mom” and ‘friend” … and I think that is why I can relate to others in similar circumstances. My brand is largely community outreach and kindness which I call Angel Wings or Shining Light Coaching. I am involved at our school in spreading an anti-bullying message through Rachel’s Challenge, to our children, and I strongly believe that kindness and compassion is a fundamental lesson to teach our children.

A year ago, I stumbled on The Birthday Project which is fast becoming a global movement to use our birthdays and anniversaries for good by doing acts of kindness for others. I am the leader of the Seattle chapter and love helping others to find their joy through giving on their birthday instead of receiving. You can find the website on www.thebdayproject.com or on Facebook and Twitter:   The Birthday Project Seattle.

Sharice has also worked to spread the word about anti-bullying and has brought an amazing program called Rachel’s Challenge to our school.

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Why are you so interested in Kindness?

I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and grew up my whole life seeing immense sadness and poverty and shame.  As a “white” South African growing up in the 1970’s, I was always deeply disturbed by the terrible conditions around me.  Although we as a family were strongly opposed to the Apartheid regime, in those days you kept silent or went to jail for speaking out! My mother who was a teacher and a volunteer at the local hospital in Johannesburg, taught me these words over and over again…

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Both my parents only wanted their children to show compassion and unconditional love to all we met, no matter their race, religion, color or creed.

When I graduated from high school, I became a social worker to help make the world “a better place”.  That was my absolute promise to myself. It was my passion, my very purpose for being on this Earth.  For several years, I worked with the most wonderful people. I saw some of the saddest, most terrible things on earth.  I also saw people with the hugest spirits, even bigger hearts, and so much inner strength and wisdom. (That was when I found my “heart”, and my purpose and I never looked back!)

The next stage of my life was spent working at an organization called The Foundation for Tolerance Education.  A team of us would go to schools to talk about tolerance. Holocaust survivors, Apartheid survivors and Rwandan genocide survivors would accompany us to teach the kids about love vs hatred, to spread joy instead of despair, and to focus on kindness and laughter, and re-building our beautiful country.  I was very fortunate to meet President Nelson Mandela who was a patron of our cause.

Five years ago, my husband and I decided to leave South Africa for Seattle.  We felt that it would be best for our children grow up in this country free from crime and violence.  We moved to Seattle and love our life here.

About 2 years ago, I became a certified Life Coach. I mainly help women to find their purpose and define what is important to them, but most of the time,

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Why do you love what you do?

Because for me we are all put on this Earth to make a difference through Love. Caring for each other and being kind and generous of spirit is what it’s all about! I love seeing other people get inspired to give to others with no expectation of anything in return.

 What are your favorite things?

My favorite things to do are to snuggle with my family, go for walks along the lake, read and write inspiring messages and blogs, meditate and party with my friends.

How can we contact you for more info on The Birthday Project and Life Coaching?     call 425 289-9255 or sbelikoff@live.com

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 The Birthday Project is a global movement to use your birthday/anniversary/special occasion for good by doing intentional acts of kindness. No matter if you are 6 or 60.

Watch this video of the 2013 kid ambassadors, and how Sharice has inspired these kids to learn that kindness is the way to make a change in the world:

 

From the Birthday Project Facebook Page, here are several great ideas how you can incorporate The Birthday Project into your life!

Hi beautiful Birthday Project friends… Here are more ideas:
Make it a point to smile at everyone you see and pass by today.
Invite a couple of neighborhood kids over for some cookies.
Collect can goods for a food bank.
Leave a note in your mailbox letting the mail delivery person know you appreciate them and all their hard work.
Clean up litter on a street in your neighborhood.
Put together a neighborhood “clean-up” day where everyone gathers to pick-up trash and to do minor clean-up or improvement tasks. At the end of the day, have a friendly pot-luck dinner. Be sure to talk with neighbors and/or put out flyer’s announcing the event.
Drop off a plant or some home-made baked goods to your local police or fire department.
Say something nice to everyone you meet today.
Leave a kind note for a family member or friend.
Organize a sing-a-long at a local senior center or stop by to play the piano for the residents. Just holding someones hand and listening to what they want to talk about or praying with them means so much.
Shovel snow for a neighbor.
Cheer up a friend.
Hug a family member.
Smile and say “Hello” to people you don’t know.
Offer someone behind you in the grocery check-out line to go in front of you.
Pat someone on the back.
Volunteer to read to small kids.
Open the car door for your passenger.
Pull out someone’s chair for them at the dinner table.
Wash a neighbors vehicle.
Take a neighbors newspaper laying out on their driveway to them or leave it at their front door.
Let a neighbor know how much you value their friendship. When preparing dinner make extra and drop it off for them.
Let a manager know you compliment a sales clerk for their pleasant or helpful service.
Give your pocket change to someone who is needing it.
Pick up small florist vases at thrift stores or yard sales for about 10 cents each. Then, buy wrapped flowers for a few more dollars. Now, arrange the flowers in the vases. Get the local phone book out, pick a few names and deliver the vases to their door step anonymously. Do this early in the morning before everyone is awake.
Print up some inspiring signs and post them around town.
Leave your change in the soda or snack vending machine for the next person. It’s a nice surprise.
Purchase or make a sandwich or meal for a homeless person.
Leave change in a public pay phone.
Do as many things as you can by being anonymous. It’s a wonderful feeling.
Run an errand for someone.
Offer to pick up a friend or a neighbors children from school or daycare.
Make an extra serving when preparing dinner and take to a homeless person in your area.
Take a parent out to dinner to their favorite restaurant.
Tell a parent just to say you love them.
Take blankets or warm clothing to a homeless person.
Connect someone who is homebound to the Internet. Purchase them a laptop.
Help an elderly person care for their pet(s).
Purchase a couple extra bags of dog or cat food and take to the animal shelter.
Volunteer to help at an animal shelter.
Take a meal to a family you know.
Check in on someone you know is alone.
Send a bouquet of flowers to a hospital and let the staff know it should go to someone who doesn’t receive any visitors and is alone.

Have a beautiful day!
Sharice

 

 

 

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