June 2017 Newsletter

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Madison’s Goal of the Month: Quit comparison.


“Comparison is the thief of joy.” I’m sure many of you have heard that before. It’s amazing how such a small statement can carry so much truth. For me, one of my worst habits is comparison, even though most of the time it is something I do subconsciously. On a normal day, I might look at job description and compare my apparent “lack” of skills to the skills that the job asks of its applicants. I feel “less than” or “not enough” to apply to those jobs. Then, I might sign on to Facebook and see all of the amazing things that are happening in their lives of my peers. Without trying to, I compare where they are to where I am. I feel like I’m not doing enough.

This month, in an effort to stop comparing myself, I’ve decided to take a break from things like personal social media to focus more on the positive in my own life. I’m hoping that the more time I spend with myself I will build the habit of positive thinking.

If you are like me and struggle with comparison, join me! Here is a guide to stop comparing yourself to others.

Chef Michelle’s Fresh Fruit Salad


It’s finally summer!!!  The kids are out of school and things are slowing down for the wonderfully relaxing days of summer.  Well, it’s also beach time so here’s a refreshing indulgence that still keeps us on point and looking great in our swimwear.  This does have a slight kick from the grated ginger so you can omit it if you don’t like it a little spicy or increase it to taste if you are like me and enjoy the punch up that ginger adds.


2/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
3 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
3 bananas, sliced (you can skip this if you don’t like bananas)
2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
1 cup seedless grapes
2 cups blueberries


Bring orange juice, lemon juice, brown sugar, orange zest, and lemon zest to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla extract. Set aside to cool.

Layer the fruit in a large, clear glass bowl in this order: pineapple, strawberries, kiwi fruit, bananas, oranges, grapes, and blueberries. Pour the cooled sauce over the fruit. Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours before serving.  You can also serve the fruit in a watermelon half and add the watermelon in as well. Garnish with a sprig of mint!

Kalen’s Team Service Reflection

On June 5th, our AmeriCorps team participated in team service with The Arc of the Triangle. The Arc had a wonderful talent show that was held at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Cary. Our team helped with set/clean up, passed out programs and served refreshments. The show featured two talented choirs which were the M’n’M singers of Raleigh and Grace Notes of Cary. We also enjoyed the individual/small group singing acts. Dance acts featured songs such as the “Electric Slide” and Taylor Swift’s hit song “Shake it Off.” The entire night was extremely fun and high energy!

The I. Q. Corner

(Inspirational Quotes that energize you to “get things done” this year) by Tracey

“A person without a vision for his future always returns to his past.”

“Everyone who wanders is not lost.”

“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.”

Until next time…….be inspired!!!


Special Mentions

“At the Swinburne office, we have had the pleasure to work with Kathleen from Wake Tech. Kathleen has been a partner at our center for two years. She does wonderful work at the Raleigh Men’s Shelter on Wilmington Street and teaches Human Resource Development classes. She will be greatly missed here at our office.” – Kalen


One of our members, Michelle, has been offered a position with The Daily Grind at Swinburne locations. With all of her experience as a restaurant owner and as an AmeriCorps member, we know Michelle will thrive in her new position. We are so proud and wish you the best in this new endeavor! Thank you for your service and congratulations!




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