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28/04/2011
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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

Featured Blogger: SoapBird – Our Chirp & MockingBird Soap

Featured Blogger: SoapBird – MockingBird Soap Fun pack

Norah aka SoapBird has been a blog buddy since the beginning of the year and stays incredibly busy with her gift soaps and body products business, MockingBird Soap Company, her blog, Our Chirp, and other fundraising and volunteering projects. As if that isn’t enough, she is Mom to two loving children;a son and daughter, and still makes time to stop by and check in with her many blog buddies in the Blogosphere. Norah/SoapBird stays very committed to the families she volunteers time with and because she shares our inspirational blog posts and recipes with her clients, she has requested I omit her picture.

Helping people in need has been a lifetime calling and, whenever possible, SoapBird finds ways to support others through her gifts and fundraisers. When we connected on WordPress, she shared her commitment with me and spoke highly of the love and devotion she has for her clients. Recently, she created Notes for Hope, a collection of messages from readers and customers (who support the idea of helping others) to be stamped on paper that will be used as wrapping paper for the donated items. I admire the work she does and invite you to join me in welcoming this week’s “Get To Know” blogger – our very busy friend/blog buddy; SoapBird. Leave a comment here and then go visit her blog and say hello! Her interview follows… 🙂

What led you to soap-making and How did the business start? Soap-making started as a hobby; a way for me to escape from the stress of work and it became therapeutic for me. I love making things for others and the joy that it brings. There’s something about receiving a handmade gift. It tells the recipient how special they are.
As I learned more about ingredients used in natural soaps and lotions, I learned about its full benefits and how it lifts the mind, body and spirit. I experimented with various ingredients to help my dry skin condition and took a few classes in chemistry, herbals, aromatherapy and skin care to educate myself. I gave my creations to those in need, the aging, children, and homeless, and  found the same positive reactions on others. There’s something about receiving an unexpected handmade gift wrapped in a pretty handmade wrapping with a hand written note inside. I wanted to combine my two passions, social service and handmade soaps/gifts into a business. That’s why I do what I do and I hope that others see it too.

What are some of the challenges of running your business in these economic times? Technology is a useful tool in many ways but it has made it hard to communicate with people face to face and/or by phone which I prefer. Is it just me? Does anyone else feel the same way? Also, keeping costs low and affordable to allow this SoapBird to continue helping others is a challenge.

“And He took the children in his arms, put His hands on them and blessed them”- Mark 10:16.

Featured Blogger: SoapBird – Norah of Our Chirp & MockingBird Soap

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If you could do something else, what would you do? I never thought of doing anything else but, I would expand on what I do now. My vision is to open a home (not a shelter) but a real home for women and children in transition. I come across many women who are struggling; the cost of child care alone is so expensive there’s no money left over for anything else. Volunteer work is very much a big part of my life and close to my heart.

Where did you grow up?
I was raised in a large, hard working, middle class family from NY and I’m the youngest of 13 children. My parents split when I was very young. My mother worked and supported us financially. Being the youngest, I traveled a lot to visit my siblings. After graduating from school and settling down, I moved to sunny Florida and enjoy living there. I’m a proud mother of two great kids, my eldest chose the military life  (so please keep him in your prayers) and my youngest keeps me young and awake.

Why do you blog?
A few reasons: 1) I needed to get over my uneasy feeling with the use of social networking and blogging. I had a very unpleasant online experience. So far I’ve been very blessed with the help of WordPress community and my blog buddies. 2) I enjoy meeting new folks and learning from others and the world around me. 3) I had no idea the profound effect your blogs would have on the families I share them with. Many families cannot subscribe to your blogs so my reading and sharing them has made a huge impact. Please keep blogging. 4) My business and customer purchases help me donate goods/products, services, and food to organizations I volunteer with. Customers who buy my products make it possible to give these families a little something special.

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up” –Robert Frost

Featured Blogger: SoapBird – MockingBird Soap... Shea butter products

What is most important to you?
Helping Families in need/at risk is most important to me. I worked my way through school and earned a degree in social services. I narrowed my field and focused on families at risk; I felt children and seniors were the most vulnerable. I believe God led me to see that even in the midst of darkness and despair there is still a chance for hope and love. What most people don‘t realize is most at-risk families don‘t choose abuse, addiction, or violence in their lives. Sometimes it’s brought on by a traumatic event or learned behavior they witnessed as a child. For some, it‘s the only life they’ve ever known. One of my favorite quotes in college that kept me humbled and focused is the Robert Frost quote above. The Serenity Prayer helps me too. Statistics on abuse and homelessness is staggering across our nation and that is why I find ways to support families that live in my communities.

What is most important about you?
God, family, volunteering and work matter to me. I’m fortunate to have found a way to combine my two passions inorder to help others. My soaps are sold to help students participate in after-school programs without worrying about cost. Every soap purchase helps increase donations for a child in grades K-12 to participate in an after-school program or activity. Additionally, hygiene care packages are assembled by our volunteers and distributed to homeless students and seniors. The personalized fundraiser is a service offered to all students, parents, teachers, and our veterans; for anyone looking for an inexpensive or free way to raise much needed funds.

What motivates you to get out of bed? God, family and my community motivate me. Also, I love to read humor books, watch old movies, board games and leisure bike rides with my daughter, nature, art, and best of all, the warm sun on my face, the rain on my skin, the embrace of my family‘s love, and my love for God who makes it all possible.

How would you like to be remembered? I’d like to be remembered as a loving, caring mother, a funny friend, a fantastic baker & cook, and the best secret keeper ever.

You may connect with Norah/SoapBird through her blogs – Our Chirp and MockingBird Soap Company, and via her Twitter handle – @SoapWhipped. Again, take a moment to leave a comment here for SoapBird, and join me in saying a big hello and welcome to our blog friend/buddy — Norah aka SoapBird.
What are your thoughts? Do share? If you’d like to be featured, leave a note and let me know how to reach you. Thank You! 🙂

Positive Motivation Tip: Find your joyful path and follow it; in business and friendship, stay true to yourself.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Featured Photos are courtesy of Norah aka SoapBird.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

23 Comments leave one →
  1. 29/04/2011 6:51 am

    I was raised in a large, hard working, middle class family from NY and I’m the youngest of 13 children. My parents split when I was very young. My mother worked and supported us financially…
    +
    now I understand your basic emotions and plans better;
    congrats to your decisions, plans, lifestyle!

    • 29/04/2011 1:54 pm

      Hi frizztext,
      Thanks! Elizabeth does a great job in doing that for folks. She’s got such a great gift for writing. 🙂

  2. 29/04/2011 9:28 am

    I so admire your volunteer efforts Norah. You should check out http://dignityhousing.org. It’s an organization here in Philadelphia that would be a welcome addition to any community. They help people in transition, and we know there are too many of them these days.

    Well done Eliz.

    • 29/04/2011 9:36 am

      Oh cool! Thanks Barbara. I’ll def check out the link. 🙂

  3. 29/04/2011 9:34 am

    Thank you Elizabeth for all that you’ve done. What an honor to be your featured as your guest today. Your writing as always puts folks in their best light. Can you see my light? It’s shinning extra bright today! Thanks to you. 🙂
    What a great way to start the weekend. I’m blessed and proud to call you my blog buddy. By the way the picture above is me in an orange grove with a group of volunteers picking oranges for the hungry. We collected over 2,000 10lbs bags of oranges. We had lots of fun. 🙂

  4. 29/04/2011 10:29 am

    Hi Norah,
    I noticed you mentioned a bad online experience…I’m so sorry.
    I’ve been so lucky…I’ve only met awesome special people…especially through Eliz’ featured blogger posts. And now I’ve met another. 🙂
    One person can make a difference…and you are one of those!
    So glad to meet you! I’ll hop over to your blog this evening when I get home from work…have to run now.

    • 29/04/2011 10:59 am

      Hi Vivian,
      Thank you for your kind words. Yes it was an unpleasant experience, but like you said thanks to folks like Elizabeth and wordpress community it’s turning out to be my best online experience this go-around. Thank you all for your support. 🙂

  5. 29/04/2011 10:31 am

    Hi Eliz,
    Thank you so much for continuing this feature…I am meeting the most amazing people! But it is not so surprising…you attract people like yourself. 🙂

  6. 29/04/2011 12:22 pm

    Wonderful interview full of inspiration and motivation! Thanks, Norah and Eliz.

  7. 29/04/2011 1:40 pm

    Great to ‘meet’ you, Norah! Sounds like you stay pretty busy helping people and being wonderful! Keep it up!!

    • 29/04/2011 1:56 pm

      Hi Rosa,
      Thanks. It’s great to meet you too. Yes I like to keep busy. God loves me. I’m truly blessed. 🙂

  8. 29/04/2011 5:43 pm

    Every good gift is from God for us.

  9. 29/04/2011 11:16 pm

    Elizabeth, you do know some of the most wonderful people!

    Norah, you are truly a very hard-working angel! Your products look so luxurious and I can almost smell the beautiful scents through the photos. Read a very cute post about your “fix” on your blog! My prayers will include one for the safety of your son in the military. 🙂

    • 30/04/2011 9:04 am

      Than you for your kind words and prayers I appreciate that. 🙂

  10. 30/04/2011 5:33 am

    Eliz, another truly lovely interview.

    I’m now following Norah on Twitter (I think I share some of Norah’s reluctance with on-line media) and am popping over to her blog now.

  11. Bree permalink
    30/04/2011 11:36 am

    Norah seems like a lovely person. I enjoyed the interview very much.
    Good job!
    B

  12. 17/08/2012 8:49 pm

    Does anyone here know where Soapbird is? None of her sites work, her blog, nothing! I wanted to order more of her amazing lotion!

    • 17/08/2012 10:10 pm

      I haven’t heard from her in a long while… I’m sorry that you are unable to reach her. If feasible, I’ll send her an email. Thanks for stopping by.

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