Lori Sperber Receives Rose and Scroll Award from NJAWBO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             May 31, 2012

 

Lori Sperber Receives Rose and Scroll Award from NJAWBO

Lori Sperber, founder of the non-profit organization, Running on Love, in Randolph New Jersey, has received the 2012 Rose and Scroll Award from the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) on behalf of the Essex Chapter. NJAWBO is the largest statewide women business owners’ organization in theUnited States.

The Rose and Scroll Award is given to a non-NJAWBO woman for being a role model for women in business.  It acknowledges their service to business and the community.

“In 2009, Lori founded a non-profit organization, Running on Love”, states Judy Bennett, President of NJAWBO Essex and President of Grove Baskets and Gifts in West Caldwell. “She wanted to add meaning and inspiration to her running by running for a cause.  She recruited and mentored others to run for a cause that is important to them as well. Lori motivates others to run on love, in addition to will and determination.”

Sperber is not only an accomplished business woman, but also a philanthropist. The mission and vision she has for Running on Love is providing a unifying opportunity to bring people together under the banner of love in a physically active and empowering way while devoting themselves to bringing attention and charitable donations to a worthy cause or a person of their choosing. In so doing they find a special connection to other Running on Love teammates who make a positive difference in our world on behalf of someone they love. Running on Love empowers everyone involved to express their love for someone special, brings help and hope to charitable causes and people in need and fills the void of wanting and hoping to do more.

The New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, Inc. (NJAWBO) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide tools for women business owners to compete in any marketplace, enabling them to operate a financially successful business. NJAWBO is the largest statewide women business owners’ organization in theUnited States. Its primary objective is to support and encourage business ownership by women. Networking, partnering, leadership, education, and political advocacy are the hallmarks of the NJAWBO experience.

Judy Bennett (left), President of NJAWBO Essex and President of Grove Baskets and Gifts in West Caldwell, congratulates Lori Sperber, a resident of Randolph, on her selection as the recipient of the 2012 Rose and Scroll Award from the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners (NJAWBO) on behalf of the Essex Chapter.

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Saying I Love You…When is it O.K.?

Saying I Love You…When is it O.K.?

As often As Possible!!!

By now if you know me at all you already know my answer. So what do you think? It is certainly debatable. There probably is no right or wrong answer and it is a matter of opinion. It is a choice.

We have a choice to make. Do we keep our thoughts, emotions and expressions of love private or do we share it with others. In my case I have made a conscious decision to share mine with the world. Is this O.K.? I don’t know. But it sure feels good! 

When I was growing up my family said “I love you” to each other all the time. In my family it was appropriate to say I Love You when we woke up, when we went to sleep, when we said goodbye, and before we hung up the phone from every conversation. My college roommates noticed that every time I ended a phone conversation with my parents I said “I love you”. They thought it was unusual and said their families never did that.

As I grew up and met other people and families I realized that most other families didn’t express this as often. It wasn’t because they didn’t love each other. Not at all! It was just that it was considered a silent given. It was known. They knew without a doubt how much they were loved and how much they loved their parents and siblings. I am not 100% sure about this but I do hope that was the case.

Some people feel that saying I love you too much or too often takes away something from the deep special meaning. If you say it too often or to too many people it makes it mean less. They believe you reserve this personal message for only special moments and for only immediate family or the closest people in your life.

Still others feel that saying I Love You is just idle talk. They believe that it isn’t words that have power, but the actions of a person that prove that they love you. They believe you don’t have to say these three words nor should you unless you back it up with action. I can’t say I disagree with this notion that you need to follow these words with action, do you?

These days, as I get older and not younger, I realize I don’t know how long my journey here will be. I am just one year shy of the age my father was when we lost him to cancer. There are no guarantees, are there? Yes it is a choice and I am making my conscious decision to Love out Loud. When the emotion bubbles up inside me where I can’t keep it in any longer, I just have to let it out! Look out, I have been bubbling quite a bit these days. Now one of my favorite web acronyms has a new double meaning…LOL!!!

Here is my choice. I choose to agree with Cat Stevens when he says “ Why can’t you say, If you know, then why can’t you say. You’ve got too much deceit, deceit kills the light, light has to shine, I said shine light, shine light. Love, That’s no way to live your life, you allow too much to go by, and that won’t do.

Soooooo, What do you choose? I would love to hear from you!! 

Lyrics to “I Can’t Keep it In” by Cat Stevens. These are words I choose to love and live by:

Oh I can’t keep it in, I can’t keep it in, I’ve gotta let it out.
I’ve got to show the world, world’s got to see, see all the love
love that’s in me.

I said, why walk alone, why worry when it’s
warm over here. You’ve got so much to say, say what you mean,
mean what you’re thinking, and think anything.

Oh why, why must you waste your life away,
you’ve got to live for today, then let it go
Oh, lover, I want to spend this time with you,
there’s nothing I wouldn’t do, If you let me know.

And I can’t keep it in, I can’t hide it and I can’t lock it away.
I’m up for your love, love heats my blood,
blood spins my head, and my head falls in love, oh.
No, I can’t keep it in, I can’t keep it in, I’ve gotta let it out.
I’ve gotta show the world, world’s got to know,
know of the love, love that lies low, so

Why can’t you say, If you know, then why can’t you say.
You’ve got too much deceit, deceit kills the light,
light has to shine, I said shine light, shine light.
Love, That’s no way to live your life,
you allow too much to go by, and that won’t do.
No, lover. I want to have you here by my side
Now don’t you run, don’t you hide, while I’m with you.
‘N I can’t keep it in, I can’t keep it in, I’ve gotta let it out.
I’ve got to show the world, world’s got to see, see all the love
love that’s in me.

 

I said, why walk alone, why worry when it’s
warm over here. You’ve got so much to say, say what you mean,
mean what you’re thinking, and think anything. Why not?
Now why why why not?

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Running on Love in the Asbury Park Relay Marathon

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What if your could run your business the way you run your love?

Do what you love, love what you do!

 

I woke up with this great question floating around in my head the other morning. “What if you could run your business the way you run your love?” The more I gave it thought, the more serious I realized were the consequences. It is actually a very serious question. It started me on the path of playing a game I love to play, the “What if” game. Will you play with me?

I began to think what if I could run my business the way I run my Love? What does that actually mean? What do I love I thought? I love vacations in the Caribbean. When it is the morning that we’re supposed to catch a plane for vacation it doesn’t matter if it is 3am, I barely need the alarm clock and fly out of bed with a great big smile on my face and find myself with tons of energy, don’t you? 

I love my husband and my children with all my heart. I would without a doubt run into a burning building for them! There is nothing I wouldn’t do for my family. What if there was nothing I wouldn’t do for my business too? What would happen?

 

A great example of approaching work with deep love is being a parent. I have always loved my children but there was work I didn’t relish. Like changing diapers when they were babies or waking up in the middle of the night to feed them. The difference was I loved them with all my heart and never once complained about either of these tasks. I did what I had to do and did this with joy and love in my heart.

 

What if we could bring this kind of true love and devotion into our daily life? Our Studying if we are students? Our business if we are working? Our homes if we are homemakers?

 

What if we knew the stakes were very high? What if we knew that how we approached our day affected not only the very people we love but even people we don’t even know?

 

For Students, these questions are for you:

  1. What if you found out that if you worked very hard in school you would without a doubt become the chairman of the Federal Reserve one day managing the financial well being of our country? Would you care more about studying or slack off on your math homework?
  2. What if you had a crystal ball which revealed that if you approached your schoolwork with confidence and passion you were destined to become the President of the United States? How hard would you study now?
  3. What if that crystal ball told you that if you invested your time properly in school you were destined to discover the cure for cancer? Would you go on Facebook for 2 hours or study harder for that bio test tomorrow?

For Everyone else, here are “What if” questions for you: 

  1. If you could approach your day like you were boarding a plane to Bermuda, what would that feel like? How much could you accomplish that day?
  2. Would your life soar if you went about your day with a spring in your step and a smile on your face? Do you think that perhaps the people who do are the ones who receive the promotions, raises and awards?
  3. What if you are the parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle of a future president of the United States? Would you feel compelled now to do everything you could to support them?
  4. How would you manage your affairs if your success meant that you were helping support the future noble prize winner who finds the cure for cancer? 

I believe like many people that we are all connected. Families are not only connected but we are all connected. Whether or not we all take our mission here seriously and devote our entire being into doing our very best or not, I believe that we ultimately affect each other and our future. When we don’t give our best effort potentially we all pay the price. How would we feel if we found out one day that because we didn’t give 100 percent effort a child who was destined to find a cure for cancer didn’t? Wouldn’t that be a crying shame?

Now I will take this question personally. What if there were mornings I just flat out tired where I didn’t have any energy. On those mornings I chose not to go on a run with my team, answer a few less emails, chose not to work on any newsletters or communications? What if because of digressions like these there was one charity that didn’t receive funds we could have raised for them? What if this charity was dedicated to saving lives? What if the funds they received from Team Running on Love saved one more life? How much is that extra effort worth? Obviously, it is worth the world!

What if I choose to devote all my heart and all my soul to grow Running on Love and gave it everything I had? How many lives could we touch? How many people could we inspire? How many great and noble causes could we help that might otherwise not receive any? If I choose to run my business the way I run my love whose life will be changed for the better? There is at least life that will. Mine! 

Will you join me? :)


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Racing to Save Lives

In Loving Memory and Honor of Sue and Marty Sperber

Running on Love to save livesWell good things can become an addiction too! After the incredible journey I had experienced as a member of Team in Training and completing the NJ Marathon in April, I just couldn’t help myself. As many of my dear friends and family predicted, I am doing it all again!

I am now training to run in the Marine Corps Marathon on October 28th in Washington DC as a proud member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. I will be doing this event in loving memory and honor of Sue and Marty Sperber, my dear in-laws who have now both passed on. It is with great honor, love and joy that I dedicate myself to complete this fundraising effort as a tribute to two of the kindest and most loving people I have ever known.

They Were the Definition of Love
In my life, I have been extremely blessed. One of the sweetest blessings I have enjoyed is receiving unconditional love from the two most wonderful people, Martin and Sue Sperber. These two loving and devoted parents and grandparents, showered us all with love and affection whenever they could. They never missed an opportunity to send us cards on every occasion, to be there in our time of need, or to rejoice in our happiness. They embraced me immediately and always treated me like their daughter. There was always a card for me on Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, and Anniversaries and they always read “Dear Daughter”, never “Daughter-in-law”. They gave their love and devotion fully and unconditionally, without any expectation of receiving or needing anything in return, not even a thank you. Our needs and happiness were always paramount and placed ahead of their own. I will always cherish their beautiful memory and will be forever grateful for having had them in my life.

As I passed the 20 mile mark during my NJ Marathon run, it was incredibly tough to keep going. I found that it was difficult to even drink water let alone take in nutrition that I needed for fuel. What kept me going when I was running on empty? In a word, Love. When I am running the Marine Corps Marathon my inspiration will be my love for Mama Sue and Papa Marty. I have no doubt that my love and admiration for them will carry me all the way to the finish line .

Cancer, regardless of what type it may be, does not discriminate on who it shall strike next. All of us have been touched by this in our lives and can relate to the pain it causes families all over the world. Let’s work together to do what we can to help those in their time of need. All of us on Team in Training are raising funds to help stop leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma from taking more lives. Please make a donation to support my participation in Team in Training and help advance the Society’s mission.

I hope you’ll visit my web site often. Be sure to check back frequently to see my progress.

Thanks for your support!

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