madeline ward

Owner, The Danse
Arlington, TN, United States

About madeline

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I'm passionate about

I'm passionate about encouraging others to live inspired, meaningful lives. I'm passionate about the future of our global society and how we can all make a positive impact on its direction.

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People don't know I'm good at

I make a mean veggie lasagna!

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madeline ward
Posted about 2 years ago
What gives you hope?
This is a wonderful question! Things that give me hope: Children who are concerned about the state of the world. Cities investing in bike lanes and public recreational areas. Seeing neighbors, who have never recycled before, starting to put out recycling bins for weekly pickup. Schools adopting anti-bullying programs, especially those with positive reinforcement tactics (like acts of kindness awards) Also, I recently spoke with one of my former middle school teachers. She told me about a booth she worked at a garden event in her small town where she spent the day educating visitors on monarch butterflies and giving away milkweed.
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madeline ward
Posted about 2 years ago
What were 5 things you wish you knew as a senior in high school?
Hi Robert, Here is what I would have told myself. I hope that it helps you. :) 1. You will have painful experiences in your life. Just know that those experiences, while no fun to go through, will help shape your character. More importantly, you choose how they shape you. 2. In time, you will see your experiences (good, bad, and everything in-between) build on each other and allow new doors to open to you. Being aware of this can sometimes help you along. 3. Let experiences, passionate work, and connections to others be your joy. Material possessions won't bring you the same happiness. Don't waste your time chasing the carrot on a stick. 4. Take time to show appreciation and love to the people that matter to you. You don't know how long they will be in your life. 5. Don't be afraid to fail. Just ignore the butterflies/anxiety you might feel and follow your heart. If/when you do fail, appreciate and learn from the experience. See #1 and #2
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madeline ward
Posted about 2 years ago
Are you comfortable with NSA collecting your personal data?
Hi Ken, Does it always have to go to that extreme for everyone? I believe the small things can make a difference too. Take a look at this video. Such simple acts of kindness, but by the end of it your heart may feel as if it will burst from love overload. :) http://vimeo.com/36789712
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madeline ward
Posted about 2 years ago
How can we talk to kids?
My parents never asked me what I wanted to be when I was growing up, and I am incredibly thankful for it! Instead, they did their best to encourage every interest I had. I went to science and history camps, dug for fossils, and worked with my school's science club to save acres of rainforest from deforestation. I had a microscope, for which my mother graciously pricked her finger (many, many times) to let me look at her blood cells with. I also played as a forward on my high school soccer team, and had an active social life. There was never extracurricular overload for me, or any pressure to choose something to do with myself when I grew up. As an adult, I'm doing work that I absolutely love and have 2 children (3 and 5 years old) of my own. I am definitely trying to follow my parents' example in this area.
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madeline ward
Posted about 2 years ago
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, would you agree or disagree?
"In party politics, does political gridlock constitute a failure of leadership akin to corruption?" I believe that the answer is yes, sometimes. I think there's more to it than that though. I believe it's far easier for us to place people in "boxes" labeled with extremes than it is to objectively assess an individual's or group's character/motives. I think all leaders, no matter how much goodness they might have in their hearts, can find themselves making decisions that could be viewed as corrupt. We're all human, and we all are capable of making mistakes, especially when under extreme pressure to make decisions and take action. Granted, the mistakes made by those in power can have much greater consequences that mistakes made by average citizens. Does that mean that they should be labeled as corrupt? That being said, how often do we see political gridlock because each side BELIEVES they are fighting corruption coming from the other side(s)? In these cases, it seems as if emotion completely takes over and reason flies out the window.