Nancy Carlisle and Linda Hernandez-Munguia took a seat at our table and shared their story. Their soul-deep commitment to invest in the lives of others as others have invested in them is a key piece to stepping up and making a difference.
Once again, it's clear that individuals who inspire us to rise above the circumstances change the trajectory of our story, making us want to be and do our best.
While their lives would not intersect until years later, both Nancy and Linda faced challenges of adversity at a young age.
Of course, rising above the hard of life requires grit and determination, a valuable asset to living our best.
The thing is . . . along the way . . . Nancy and Linda each formed the belief that no one needs to manage adversity alone. This belief led them to a career path in the public school system. Nancy is a registered nurse serving the North Clackamas School District and Linda serves as the Community Resource Specialist at Hoover Elementary School in the Salem-Keizer School District. They finally met when Nancy set out to bring Backpack Buddies to Salem through her church, St. Mark Lutheran Church to impact children struggling with food insecurity.
Backpack Buddies helps meet the needs of hungry children when other resources are unavailable.
They emphasized their goal is to give dignity to kids and their families through quietly putting bags filled with food in their backpacks. The bags, referred to as bags of hope, are filled by a volunteer team and transported to the school. We sat at the table in awe of how this relative simple service goes beyond giving food.
Essentially, each bag of hope gives the powerful message, "You are not alone."
Nancy and Linda have inspired us by their story and service. There's no doubt that there will be kids and families who rise from adversity and set out to serve because of these two courageous women who choose to make a difference.
If you would like to serve, donate, or find out how to start BackPack Buddies for your community go to Saint Mark Lutheran's website @http://stmarksalem.org/ministries/backpack-buddies/.
Joshua and Kerrie meet at the table to discuss the "why" of TableThink. Listen to this podcast and you will hear how they enjoy working together, despite the differences in their age, gender, and life experience.
They talked about what it means to be inspired, innovative, and invested in our personal life as well as in our organization.
They agreed these three elements are essential to living our best and it's our hope this encourages others to develop this in their own life.
To be inspired means we are in the Spirit. It's part of the with-God life. When we are inspired, we see all the possibilities. So, Joshua and Kerrie are excited to give more tools to people to live inspired and then to inspire others.
Inspiration leads to innovation. There's always something more that can be implemented to live our best. Innovation is Joshua's favorite word. Kerrie discussed walking into the office and finding Joshua surrounded by gadgets and objects to try to figure out how we can increase in our ability to reach people with new and exciting ways.
They discuss their belief in being invested in our life with God, self, and others. This investment is what serves individuals to do what we are to do.
We can't wait until you listen and discover more about these three essentials . . . inspire, innovate, and invest . . . a catalyst to live the fullest as you find your best.
We are so glad to introduce you to TableThink's newest author and partner, Anne Miller. Anne is writing monthly articles, under the column, Your Tribe.
This month’s article is about hospitality and tacos at the table.
We are excited for you to listen to our interview with Anne on this TableThink podcast. Anne is known for inviting everyone and anyone to the table wherever she is at. You will be inspired this month and every month to learn how Anne changes the world by loving people wherever she is with uncommon hospitality.
The TableThink Podcast show introduces you to amazing people serving others with their gifts and abilities.
TableThink believes in the power of reading. We think that despite all the binge-worthy shows on Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix nothing can compare with a good book to read.
We invited one of our favorites, Roy Carlisle, to be featured in our TableThink podcast.
Roy Carlisle has been the editor for top authors, changing the way the world thinks by fine-tuning words and crafting the story. In this episode of TableThink’s podcast, Roy gives insight to the creative work of writing, explaining key elements of the relationship between author and writer.
We asked, “If, you would put some of your authors together at a table—who may not agree with one another—who would they be and why would you invite them?”
His list is thought-provoking, giving us reason to pause and think about what would happen at a table filled with these kind of unique and powerful individuals.
We loved the question he would ask the authors seated at the table: “What was the book that changed your life?”
As Roy says, “Nothing we have invented replaces the book.”
Thank you, Roy, for working hard to make sure we have plenty of books to read. There’s no substitute for what the book brings to our world.
Roy Carlisle’s bio:
Roy is Executive Editor for Books for the Independent Institute, working with Independent’s Research Director, Center Directors, Fellows and Scholars to identify academic authors for potential book publishing projects. He is also liaisons with its print and eBook distributor, Independent Publishers Group in Chicago, and with publishing industry associations, including the Independent Book Publishers Association (where he has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors) and the American Association of Publishers.
Roy has been Senior Editor at HarperOne (formerly HarperSanFrancisco), West Coast Senior Editor at The Crossroad Publishing Company, Co-Owner and Editorial Director at Circulus Publishing Group (Wildcat Canyon Press and PageMill Press), and General Manager of the Fuller Theological Seminary Bookstore.
Roy has also been a Founding Board Member and former Chairman of the Board at New College Berkeley, and Founder and former Executive Director of the Academy of Christian Editors. He maintains an active membership in S.H.A.R.P., the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing. He also belongs to the Roxburghe Club and the Book Club of California, both in San Francisco, and the Colophon Club in Berkeley. Currently he also works as a freelance editorial consultant for individual writers and independent publishing houses.
Roy holds a B.A. in philosophy from Whitman College, and M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, has studied counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, and studied Library Science at Diablo Valley College, and taught publishing courses at the UC Berkeley and at the IBPA University.