Pumping Up the Cash for Animals

Los Angeles is a tremendous city, but in terms of animal welfare, it is still not a no-kill city.  Animal euthenization did hit a three year low in 2015, according to city statistics, but LA still kills 14,000 animals a year in its shelters, which even city officials admit is too high.  As the mother of two feral cats that I tamed off the mean streets of the City of Angels, I am very concerned about the welfare of our city’s animals, which is why I went to Lisa Vanderpump’s Pump Restaurant last night to pump up some cash for the amazing St. Martin’s Animal Rescue.  

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Kristin West on the red carpet to support St. Martin’s Animal Rescue.  Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo.

St. Martin’s is unique in its mission and focus.  Check out their inspiring Mission Statement:

Our focus this year is to create an innovative, self-sustainable, solar powered haven in Southern California. This exciting new eco sanctuary and learning center will welcome families to enjoy free and enriching activities. This will expand the minds of our youth in a positive way and give them a sense of community and the importance of their involvement in our precious world.

I really like that. Animal welfare and our planetary, ecological welfare are deeply intertwined and it’s exciting to see St. Martin’s come up with innovative solutions to address both.  I also like their emphasis on education.  Our children are our future and Founder Sky Valencia’s commitment to education is evident when you meet with her and discuss the issues she is so impassioned about.

Check out this short interview with Sky at the opening of What Women Want Talk Radio Show last week.  I can’t wait to have Sky back on the show!

If you are interested in learning more about St. Martin’s click here and you can also donate here.

Transforming Our Pain Into Action

This week’s What Women Want Talk Radio with Judy Goss had one stand-out theme to me:   transforming our pain into action.

We all deal with pain–emotional, physical.  People often put pain on a spectrum, at least in clinical environment.  I see pain as sort of a canvas of colors and shades personally.  What’s important is not the existence of pain.  Pain is a great equalizer and common denominator.  It’s what we do with our pain that’s important, which is why I was so illuminated by our guest this week, Lisa Jacobson of The Daily Migraine, who had suffered through 9,000 migraines and Samantha Elandary, who took her childhood issues with speech and language and founded The Parkinson’s Voice Project.

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On the Air & On Cloud 9 !

The New Year has brought new opportunities for me. I am so excited to share my first foray into co-hosting talk radio! I will be a regular on What Women Want Talk Radio LIVE with Judy Goss on Wednesdays at 6 PM PST.

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Judy is a spectacular host, famed journalist and lifestyle expert who really cares about creating substantial dialogues about the issues women care about. It’s an honor to be on her show.  This past Wednesday, we had a fun conversation with two awesome ladies, Patty Sharkey, founder of National Big Wig Day and JoAnn Thomas, honoree of this year’s Big Wig Award. These two game-changing ladies are raising funds for the American Cancer Society in a fun and frolicking way. Learn more by listening to the show!

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48 Million Americans Go Hungry. September is the Time to Do Something About It

48 Million Americans are going hungry today.  16 million are children.  Five million are senior citizens.  This is not a failure of agriculture, but of policy.  Coupled with a lack of awareness, this is having long-term consequences for citizens old and young. September is Hunger Action Month.  Let’s take action!

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