Your Soul Food for Friday 3, 3, 2023: Play, Lead, Stay Safe, Partner

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:


Here is a podcast I was interviewed on recently about the power of play

Featuring CEOs, executive coaches, and other business leaders, the “Lead with a dash of Play” podcast explores what “play” can look like in professional spaces, its impact on us and our organizations, and how to integrate a little play ourselves to build more compassionate and creative workplaces. The most recent segment “Play as Disruption” includes Mission Fed’s SVP of Marketing and Membership, Neville Billimoria, and shares how play helps us collectively build an innovative economy, and the ways play supports creativity and well-being. Listen to the episode at:


Are you committed to creating a high engagement culture whatever your role at work?

As companies search for new ways to manage their teams in a post-Covid world, creating a positive workplace culture is crucial for their success. In partnership with the California School of Management & Leadership (CSML) at Alliant International University, please join us on March 8 at 12 pm as Neville Billimoria, Mission Fed SVP of Membership/Marketing, presents “How to Foster a High Engagement Workplace Culture.” This virtual event will share insights on team culture, leadership fundamentals, conscious enterprise principles, and more.

Register here: Webinar Registration – Zoom

Stay Safe-

Green Willow Karate Presents:

Women’s Self-Defense

An 8 Week Sexual Assault Prevention Course for Beginners

Dates: Each Saturday Starting March 18th through May 6th

Time: 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

Where: North County Dance Located at: North Coast Business Park

535 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 103

Encinitas, CA 92024 Cost: $175

Class Limited to 10 people.

Topics Covered:

San Diego Statistics – Sexual Assault

National Statistics – Sexual Assault

Myths of Sexual Assault

Awareness Training

Assertiveness Training

Physical and Psychological Boundaries

Self-Defense Strikes

Self-Defense Blocks

Self-Defense Releases

Ground Fighting

Online Safety

Safety in the Car

Safety in the Home

About the Instructor: Barbara Sedgwick-Billimoria M.Ed. is a 5th degree Black Belt and Karate Sensei with Green Willow Karate. With more than 40 years of experience in the martial arts and self-defense, Barbara has taken the underlying tenants of karate and condensed them into an 8-week self-defense program. Barbara has taught this course to hundreds of students at UCSD. In addition, Barbara holds a Master’s degree in counseling and is sensitive to the needs and emotional response of her students. She is dedicated to mitigating sexual assault through education and awareness.

To Register or for Questions:
Please call 760-815-6363. Payment is due at time of registration. Venmo or credit card accepted. Class limited to individuals 16 and older. Mature content will be discussed.


Dolphin Saves a Terrified Little Dog from Drowning in a Florida Canal:

Animals are incredibly loving and kind.

Let’s be more like them!

Thanks this week go to Mary H and Barb S-B

Please pay it forward with purpose!



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The future is not the result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created – created first in the mind and will and created next in activity.

The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating.

The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.” –John Scharr

Your Soul Food for Friday Dec 16, 2022: Transmuting Smoldering Discontent Both Individually and Environmentally into Sustainable Purpose

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Your Relationship to Work-

Transmuting Smoldering Discontent into Finding Your Purpose and Leaving a Legacy:

Enjoy this podcast with my friend and colleague Jeff Blanton as I turn the tables and interview him on his Conscious Curiosity show. Jeff shares some compelling ideas about our relationship to the world of work, and what we can do to find more meaning and fulfillment in this time of great resignations, great migrations, quiet quitting, and soul-searching. These are some great nuggets, as we all reflect on our various roles at the end of this year…

Anniversary Special – Flipping the Script with Jeff Blanton & Neville Billimoria – Jailbreak Leadership

Your Relationship to Play-

If you are local, join us for an evening of righteous live music with Strange Crew– this Saturday evening from 7 to 10pm at the conveniently located Duck Foot Brewing Company.

This venue is cool, dog and kid Friendly, and Strange Crew has put together a set list to die for.

From Cream, to the Yardbirds, to Derek and the Dominos, to Blind Faith to rock and blues legends Eric Clapton has collaborated with over the years, this is a tour de force evening covering one of the most successful and influential guitarists and bands in rock music!

Get off the couch and be sure to eat your Wheaties, because this promises to be a super fun high energy experience for you music lovers, and might be the last live show I get the privilege of playing for and with you in 2022.

Strange Crew – Clapton Tribute Night! – Duck Foot Brewing Co (

Here is a teaser to give you a flavor with a few special guests expected too:

For Your Love – End jam – YouTube

Hope to see you there!

For Your Love,


Your Relationship to Nature-

Restoring Gorongosa National Park After Decades of War:

Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park was the envy of Africa. Wildlife drew tourists from around the world. But, beginning in the 1960’s, a manmade catastrophe slaughtered the animals until, it was said, there was nothing left but mosquitos and landmines. In 2008, we followed an American entrepreneur who dreamed of returning a wasteland to greatness. Now, 14 years later, Greg Carr has something to show the world. And we couldn’t resist a return to Gorongosa when Carr sends invitations like this!

Greg has done the impossible: brought it back to life with the full complement of African megafauna. And, he’s ingrained the eight surrounding villages with the common purpose of maintaining Gorongosa. It’s astonishing work at epic scale. 

Restoring Gorongosa National Park after decades of war – 60 Minutes – CBS News

Is Patagonia the End Game for Profits in a World of Climate Change?
Patagonia’s decision to donate profits to climate change is an evidentiary example of why private and family businesses often do more for the planet than the stock market.

Is Patagonia the end game for profits in a world of climate change? (

Make Ecocide an International Crime and Other Legal Ideas to Help Save the Planet
Here is a list of the five most promising legal steps we can take to help fight climate change

Make ecocide an international crime and other legal ideas to help save the planet | Steven Donziger | The Guardian

See Rare Photos of Chimpanzees Treating their Wounds with Insects
A photographer captured images of the great apes in Gabon applying an unknown species of insect to both themselves and their family members.

See rare photos of chimpanzees treating their wounds with insects (

Over 50 Species Previously thought to be Mute Make Sounds
If you listen closely, your pet turtle might just have something to say to you…

Over 50 species previously thought to be mute make sounds, new study finds | CNN

The 2022 Bird Life Australia Photography awards
A shy albatross, a skydiving kestrel and a curious galah are among the shortlisted and winning photos in this year’s bird photography prize

The 2022 BirdLife Australia photography awards – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam:

Enjoy the visuals that go with this iconic song

Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens – YouTube

Thanks this week go to Strange Crew, Charles S, Larry H and all who have contributed to our wellbeing diet this year.

Stay joyous and pay it forward with purpose.



“The Greatest Threat to Our Planet is the Belief that Someone Else Will Save It”

Your Soul Food for June 17th 2022: The Longest Day & Does Your Work Matter?

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:

Does Your Work Matter?

Make A Difference Of Consequence-

The Longest Day is the day of the year with the most light — the summer solstice. And it’s the day Mission Fed has committed to fight Alzheimer’s disease! We’re participating in The Longest Day, a fundraising event to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Mission Fed is also very proud to be the title sponsor for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month all throughout June in San Diego. Many of our employees, board members and members’ families have been touched by this disease and we want to help.

Did you know that Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America, and one of the most feared? Left unchecked, it can destroy finances, families and futures.

Today, an estimated 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, including more than 6 million Americans. In the United States alone, more than 11 million friends and family members are providing their care. We must take action now, or these numbers will continue to rise.

Stand up to the darkness of Alzheimer’s and join us in making a donation today to help the Alzheimer’s Association support all those facing the disease. Thank you!

Donation Link:

Humble Bragging In Service Of Our Community-

Mission Fed Just Earned Juntos Avanzamos Designation:

The Only Credit Union in San Diego County and Why It Matters

We recently celebrated this milestone with a Juntos Avanzamos Proclamation Ceremony to support the spirit of what Juntos stands for, a commitment to serving and empowering Hispanic consumers. If you have a few minutos to spare, I encourage you all to watch the video with ceremony highlights, and focuses on how credit union members and our community will benefit from these financial inclusive efforts.

The Awe and Wonder of Nature-

What’s the oldest tree on Earth—and will it survive climate change?
Bristlecone pines in the western U.S. have been alive for nearly 5,000 years, but an upstart Patagonian cypress challenges that record.

What’s the oldest tree on Earth—and will it survive climate change? (

Mind Bending Wisdom Traditions-

This woman navigated a 3,000-mile Pacific voyage without maps or technology
Polynesian wayfinding has long been a patriarchal tradition. Lehua Kamalu is breaking the mold—and helping to lead a revival of the ancient skill.

This woman navigated a 3,000-mile Pacific voyage without maps or technology (

To Fall Seven Times, To Rise Eight Times, Live Starts from Now-

High school hurdler bounces back from a fall to seal an incredible victory
Race favorite, Abby Dennis of Old Tappan High School, NJ, gets up after falling at the Bergen County Championships to win the 100-meter hurdles.

High school hurdler beats the odds to earn a sensational comeback win (

Thanks this week to all of you that do important and meaningful work, that love and preserve nature, that help humanity way find our journey ahead and model perseverance in the face of overwhelming odds…

Pay it forward with love!


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“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” 

– George S. Patton

Your Soul Food for April 1st 2022: YOUR Purpose Is No Joke

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week:


Before we speak let your words pass through these 5 gates

Is it True?

Is it Helpful?

Is it Inspiring?

Is it Necessary?
Is it KIND?

Jail Break Leadership:

Here is a recent podcast of me with my friend and colleague Jeff Blanton a pioneer and thought leader in the Conscious Capitalism space. Unlike the rest of us, when Jeff’s deep self-reflection recognized a “smoldering discontent” he decided to do something about it, changing his life and changing the world! If you are doing purpose work or need to operational it in your world of work, talk to Jeff!

The Soul of Business – Neville Billimoria – Jailbreak Leadership

Navigating Tradeoffs: How Purpose Becomes a Company’s ‘Lighthouse in the Storm’

Navigating Tradeoffs: How Purpose Becomes a Company’s ‘Lighthouse in the Storm’ – HBS Working Knowledge

Larry Fink’s Annual 2022 Letter to CEOs:

In today’s globally interconnected world, a company must create value for and be valued by its full range of stakeholders in order to deliver long-term value for its shareholders.

Larry Fink’s Annual 2022 Letter to CEOs | BlackRock

4 Principles of Purpose-Driven Board Leadership:

The Four Principles of Purpose-Driven Board Leadership (

On a lighter note-

Watch as the crowd reacts when a blind basketball player makes a free throw
High school junior Jules Hoogland wowed the crowd at a home game this week.

Watch as the crowd reacts when a blind basketball player makes a free throw | GMA (

WATCH: Paraplegic Golfer Sinks Hole-In-One For the Ages at Torrey Pines
Most golf fans would say Tiger Woods’ playoff-clinching putt on the 72nd hole of the 2008 U.S. Open is the greatest shot of all time at Torrey Pines Golf Course. That’s because they haven’t seen this one-armed ace from Abdul Nevarez.

Paraplegic Golfer Sinks Hole-In-One For the Ages at Torrey Pines – NBC 7 San Diego (

Limbo Roller-Skating??

Check out the unbelievable strength of these limbo roller skaters. I’m quite surprised this is humanly possible…

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Thanks this week go to Chris B for the limbo skaters vid, to all you Kind and Conscious Leaders Everywhere!

Please pay it forward



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“Talent hits a target no one else can hit.

Genius hits a target no one else can see.”

–Arthur Schopenhauer

Soul Food for Friday Oct 21st 2011: Philosophy, Creativity, Thanks and some Words of Wisdom from the Dalai Lama

Happy Soul Food Friday!

This week’s submissions include a Thought Piece on Life, a European commercial that rewards Bravery and models Creativity, an opportunity to extend your thanks and invites others to do the same and some insights from the Dalai Lama to round out the week. Click the links below to view the content.

Philosophy for Old Age: A Thought Piece on Life

European Marketing: Rewarding Bravery

The 4th Annual Thank a Teacher campaign has launched, and this year we’ve gone green—thank you notes can now be submitted online. Click the link below to view the email that Mission Fed members received as a reminder to show appreciation to the teachers that do so much in their mission to educate.

I’m Thankful for My Teacher Because…

To your Well-being…



“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”– Albert Einstein