As a woman whose career began at 16 when she was chosen to host a national student newsmagazine, Lisa Ling has been a trailblazer in her field for years.
Balancing her successful show, Our America, on OWN with even more plans in the works, Lisa has joined with IKEA on their Life Improvement Project, and she took some time to chat about it all just for SheKnows readers.
Six months ago I was working on a project with IKEA to renovate a LYDIA home for abused and neglected children, and I was so moved by their dedication to the cause and the sense of community within their company that I said "sign me up!"
As people share their tips on the Life Improvement Project, $1 for every tip shared will be donated to the Save the Children's Education fund which helps to improve early childhood education and educate parents in inner cities, providing the materials they need to succeed.
You can log on to the Life Improvement Project and share tips on making things inside or outside your home, more sustainable. Maybe you have found a way to use smart grass to save on water or have a genius idea for reusing old fabric. You can share all of these tips and find more of the same on the site. Random entrants will also be chosen to receive IKEA gift cards of $100 or more.
We created the first LEED house in our area. We have no grass, 60 solar panels and basically designed the home to be as environmentally efficient as possible. Our highest energy bill has been 52 cents.
Our second floor is built with recycled wood and every nail was recycled and reused. We donated a great deal of materials to Habitat for Humanity, who will pick up your used building material for use in the homes they build.
I also try to search for secondhand furniture rather than place orders for things to be newly made.
I'm actually going to be hosting a show called The Job. I never thought I would be involved in a prime-time reality show but this was a great fit for me. Major companies will be offering jobs to people who are competing to win the job of their dreams. The great thing about it is there is a takeaway for the viewers of every episode. There are job tips and advice that can benefit any job-seeker. The show is expected to air early next year.
Over the next few months share your stories of how you have made positive changes in your home with everyone at the Life Improvement Project. Once you share, you can like stories of change posted by others and gain tips for your own home.
Watch for special plans in your local IKEA store as they practice Random Acts of Life Improvement and provide customers with tokens of appreciation to improve their day. By the end of this initiative, IKEA will have made a positive change for local charities in 38 different communities.
To find out more about the Life Improvement Project visit TheLifeImprovementProject.com today.
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