Monday, November 28, 2011

Losing my Mind

Where have I been since I last posted?

I really can't tell you. My life has been busy, but not necessarily the good kind. It's been a more of a mix I suppose. I'd say most of it has just been a blur. Not the best feeling to have when you are a young twenty-something. On the plus side, I am gaining more confidence at work. And while I am still in the adjustment phase, it is becoming easier on my poor college-scheduled brain.

Once I get home though, it's a different story. I am forgetting to fill out paperwork (I missed TWO bills over Thanksgiving, crap crap crap), I've misplaced little things as I'm running out the door... it goes on. If I am feeling like this as a single person with no kids, then how do families do it? The women in my office say it's really hard. It's always a challenge for them to make sure that they are taking care of their marriage, kids, house and somehow find the time to take care of themselves. So I know that it's tough no matter what age you are and whether you are supermom or not. But I think they all are currently doing a much better job than me. >...<

I'm still behind on personal projects, though I have made some significant headway recently. I'll get there. I really need to write some letters, one to someone that I failed pretty miserably. I still feel guilt over how I handled that one. To be fair, it was a situation that I just didn't know how to deal with. Now that I am in a working environment, I am able to use that past experience and communicate much more effectively. I still should write him a letter...

So this is where I am at. I am Generation Y according to the "research."I fit the profile pretty well. Now if you will excuse me, I am going to go finish up some Cyber Monday shopping and then promptly fall into bed.

Much love to y'all,

*Update, it was only one bill I missed, and that will be taken care of tomorrow. I'll probably call and see if I can get any late fees waived. Either way, it's not very big. But the other would be if I really had missed it. Whew. :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Ten Reasons to go to Bed before Ten

This is my current list. I hope to review and revise some more, and then attempt to be all artsy and design something in InDesign. I'm a crap designer, but it will be a fun challenge. And hopefully through doing it I will ingrain these reasons into my head.

1. Discipline begets Discipline

2. To be well-rested for the next day

3. To make it possible to start the day off with Jesus

4. Because temptation is great in the dark of the night

5. It is more fun to take pictures when the sun is rising than when the sun has gone

6. Weight is more manageable and skin practically glows

7. Family time is easier to schedule

8. To Encourage Simplicity

9. More ability to focus

10. Time to Detox from the internet.

What do you think, good enough reasons? Is there anything you would add or switch out?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Volunteering... Activism?

I'm starting to feel like I am an activist. Do I have the right to call myself that if I have never gotten arrested for my activism? I try to keep aware of all the plights of the world... I share a lot on twitter and facebook, I suppose that counts for something.

No, to be honest I think I am somewhere in-between. Let's face it, I am part of the ME-generation. I am living with my parents who were gracious enough to let me live here with free (Though I still contribute to the household!) room and board... I own more crap than I know what to do with... my time is limited, but it is my own. I was born and raised in the 1st world, and it is hard for me to give up my comforts. Yet, I work with my own hands to serve people, what money I can give I do, and more and more my time is given to my church, my family, and my community.

Tonight I went to the local humane society and offered my services as a photographer. The amount of space in that building is to small for all of the cats they have. They have all but completely waived the adoption fee in order to promote saving as many cats as they can. Unfortunately they might have to start euthanizing soon. They do have a staff member who is taking pictures of the adoptive animals but if she needs or wants help than I want to be that person.

On October 29th I ran a race for freedom. You can see the recap video here. It was amazing, and something I want to continue to do for charity. I will hopefully put something about it together for myself and post it here.

About a month ago, I began volunteering for my church's youth group. At least half of the kids who come on Wednesday nights come from broken families. The second week I showed up, a girl pulled me aside after and together the youth paster and I had a talk with her. High schoolers are calling this beautiful girl a B****.  Seriously. She does not know why, but they have continuously called her foul words and ostracized her. This is not my world. For the past four years, love and support was freely given. It has been years since I have been negatively teased and bullied. Being with these kids has put me out of my comfort zone.  It is good, because not only do they help me to see how far I have come, but so I can show them that things change. What seems so horrible and unforgiving will become the past, feelings will be cast aside. What a difference a few years makes.

On September 8th, I gained a child through World Vision. I hope to one day meet her and listen to her story. But for now, I pray that she is well and taken care of.

Then there's SAT-7, started on July 27th. Oh maaaannnnn. I feel like I could talk about SAT-7 forever now. Yes, I know that I work there. But I have learned so much about the Middle East and North Africa. I get so passionate about the people now. I honestly and truly love them, even with so many faults and crazy stories about extremists. I am so glad to be a part of something that inspires people to live a better life. To search for the plug to that hole in their soul. God truly is moving over there through SAT-7. Go Jesus! :)

I still have so many goals and dreams when it comes to helping people. Look up statistics of poverty, drug violence and human trafficking. It makes me sick. It has moved me to get off my butt and work to do at least a little bit of something. Will you let your awareness move you?

Tell me about your story and passion. How you are using it for good? I end with this.  Give. Tell. Go!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Reading IS important!

It feels like every blog I go to now is talking about reading. Books are being listed on facebook, on twitter, in my magazines and more. Seriously, everywhere my eyes goes someone is talking about reading books. Books have shaped my life, they are part of the glue that binds me and my parents from the all times they read to me before I could do it myself--Books-- well, they were my friends when I barely had any.

I clearly remember being given THREE detentions in school because I was continuously caught reading books at my desk. When I got in trouble at home, I was grounded from reading (and also TV, that made for a boring day). I snuck in more reading than kids do texting these days. Well, ok, that's probably not true. Have you seen the little fiends?!?

Back to reading. Our public libraries need help. While I am SUPER excited they are going to be able to lend out digital copies of books soon, I would still HATE to see all those books fall into disarray or worse, disappear all together. Literacy is one of the driving forces that allows communities to pull themselves out of poverty. Literacy opens minds and informs those who seek it. Much is to be said about the importance of literacy, but here, watch the funny video, and read some books!

And I hope to create my own list soon. I am still sick with a cold, so I am going to bed early. I will add a link when it's done!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Farming PSA

Wow, I got chills. Seriously, this PSA views like a short film and stays with you long after it's done. So many of our families simply buy from the grocery store without one thought of where our food comes from. But everything we (should) eat is from a farm. Yet farmers are going bankrupt right and left. There is no support system for the smaller farms anymore. I wish I could say that this is a quick fix. It's not. Farming is a skill that takes a lot of hard work and a whole lotta cash. Many farmers go deep into debt simply to buy equipment needed and maintain it. Less and less people are willing to work that hard and fewer still have the pockets deep enough.

Even though I am just barely touching the surface, there are amazing foundations and organizations that are combating this problem. And remember to support your local farmers as much as possible each season. It's win win, because as your local economy get better, so does your health! :)

Speaking of local farms, my friend Jackie and I went to our local pumpkin patch. We had so much fun!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Day 50? --Catch up!

Wow, where did the days go?! I drove down to visit my alma-mater on Thursday and it's been a whirl-wind ever since. I had the perfect 3 day weekend but I unfortunately came back with a cold. I fought it and fought it, but alas, this cold got the best of me. Since I started feeling bad, I have reviewed a lot of my lifestyle and have come to a few decisions.

-One, I am going to the doctor's soon to discuss formally being diagnosed with ADD. I just feel like this is a step worth seeking especially because finding out different options available could help me better communicate with my boss.

-Two, I am once again, re-sorting my priorities. This month is NaNoWriMo. While this is not my year to write a novel (though that is on my bucket list!), I would like to get back into script-writing. I am going to start putting my new script on a higher level than this blog, at least for the month of November. Which leads to...

-Three, I am not going to count days anymore. Since I continue counting but skip weekends, it gets really confusing. I still hope to write about a lot of awesome non-profits and charity stories, but not as strict as I first started out. I need my time back with less pressure!

-Four, minimalism. This is something I sincerely want to pursue. But it is very difficult! I am so far away from living a minimalistic lifestyle it's scary. Although I know in the long run it'll only be better for me. Besides, I think it would be pretty cool to be able to simply hop on a plane with nothing one day, just because Jesus told me I had to go. ...Financially going minimal will be a game changer! :)

Since my heart has been captured by adoption, I would like to encourage you to head on over to this site and read the story. It's amazing what people can do when there is a support system, and boy, do these people need it!

Thank you,

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Day 48: SAT-7 Update

I am slowly adjusting to working a full-time job. It's harder than you think after 12+ years of schooling. The office world and school world are VERY different, especially right after four years of college where you are (somewhat) in charge of your schedule.

But every week I am growing more and more passionate about SAT-7 and what we do. On Tuesday we had a man from Tunisia visit our office. We spent the entire afternoon learning from him and hearing just how SAT-7 has a role in the Arab world.

There is a strong group of believers in the Middle East and North Africa and they must be supported. Because they very rarely have access to Bibles, listening to the Word of God through Satellite makes encourages their faith. He was very adamant that SAT-7 makes a huge difference in the lives of people and millions tune in regularly to watch our programming. Praise God!

Anyway, I am out visiting at my alma-mater for a long weekend but wanted to share a note about the recent Earthquake that has struck Turkey. It is a heart-breaking disaster and SAT-7 TURK is doing as much as possible to be a Christian voice in the midst of this questioning and traumatic time.

Read more from the SAT-7 USA president, Rex Rogers, here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Day 47: Give Kids The World

Ok, I failed to put my research into this nonprofit, but it looks like there is a Give Kids the World village, that allows sick kids and their families a free place to come and have the best family vacation possible. It is a resort in central Florida that has served over 111,000 people since opening in 1989. Wow.

Give Kids the World is unique in that kids have to wish to go to someplace in Central Florida. Only after the wish is asked her than this organization is contacted and the family is flown out there at no cost to them.

Pretty cool, and definitely appreciated.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Day 47: The Collective Heart

Oh man. I'm exhausted tonight. I don't know where this came from as I was fine all day. But seriously I'm about to drift off...

NOT to say the the Collective Heart is boring. Really, I'm tired, but not because of this organization!

Their mission is: Uniting humanity by inspiring global and collective transformation. They raise funds specifically for schooling in Kenya and Uganda. They seem to be working on five different schools right now, which is pretty tough.

And... I'm going to bed.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Day 46: 826 National

I'm switching nonprofits again! I'll definitely be doing The Collective Heart soon though.

The 826 National is an organization that focuses on students learning creatively. They offer after school tutoring, in-school projects, writing workshops and more. They are very specific about reaching low income students and challenge them to explore what they are capable of.

I haven't heard of them before, but there's a duo that has won my heart and they are supporting this nonprofit by giving a portion of their latest album that dropped today.

If you haven't guessed by now... the duo I'm talking about is She & Him and their Christmas album is out! In case you are living under a rock and don't know, She & Him is Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward.

Go buy some AMAZING music and support 826 National!

She & Him website
826 Website

*I  just realized that I should have done one of the singing videos that Zooey does. They are so simple but so captivating at the same time. Curse my lack of time management.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Day 44: Friday's nonprofit

Somedays it's good to just do good for others. Instead of begging around for a suggest nonprofit, I decided to head over to my cousin's house to help with a major cleanup. I wasn't planning on blogging about it, and I had wanted to do it. It was only an hour, but I had fun. I got to catch up with her, and play with the dog, and dust a lot of fun knick-knacks. I don't know why, but I always take more care when I'm helping someone else out.

How about you?

Weekend Challenge - Go be a nonprofit yourself and just go help someone for no reason! Or play with the animals in the humane society. Give out hugs to the homeless at your local shelter or soup kitchen. Come on. Just one hour, you can manage that, right? Let me know how it goes!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Day 43: World Vision Revisited

Donating through World Vision gets addicting. It's only been two months but I already want to sponsor another child. I have to budget for student loan payments first (that starts in January, ack!) but if I can swing it I'll sponsor a little boy from Peru in 2012.

Anyway, I have been really lazy (more run-down to be honest) and haven't written Anju a letter yet. I just got an envelope from WV encouraging me to do so... so I guess I'll post it on here as well!

Hi Anju!

Here is a little bit about me:

My favorite color is Orange.

My favorite sport is Tennis.

My favorite activity is Dancing/Reading.
Do you know why June is my favorite month? Because my birthday is in June too! I can't wait for the summer. :)
I am praying for you!

That's it. Short and sweet. World Vision now offers an email program which I am very excited about. I plan to utilize both email and hand-written forms of communication so this program will definitely help me to keep on track with talking to Anju. WOOO!!!!

Here's the email link:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Day 42: Roll Back Malaria

Roll Back Malaria works with several (aka hundeds) of partners to combat Malaria. Their goal is to reduce Malaria morbidity and mortality by reaching universal coverage and strengthening health systems. Long-term, RBM wants to see a world where Malaria exists no more.

And according to the most recent news article on their site, that day could hypothetically be right around the corner. A new vaccine against Malaria has been created, with positive results. If this vaccine proves itself, this could be a HUGE game-changer. Life for the people in these Malaria-risk areas would not have to worry nearly as much. And receiving one simple shot versus taking all those pills?! That's a no brainer for any missionary, visitor, or resident.

Roll Back Malaria seems to have a strong handle on things. They are effective, efficient and passionate. Though their website is not attractive at all, and not the easiest to navigate, I like what they do. They don't seem to be huge on social media yet, but their Twitter account seems to be really good. I think that's how I found them actually. Check them out if interested.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Day 41: Three Avocados

I LOVE the story behind Three Avocados! This is one of the many reasons I love missions trips. When God moves, He really moves! And so many lives are changed through just one divinely sparked experience.

We are a society that runs on coffee. Seriously, so much so that Dunkin' Donuts has based their slogan around it! In our busy lives, we love to have that little boost of caffeine to get us going in the mornings. But so  often as we drag ourselves out of bed, we forget that people all over the water are dying just from drinking. No, they are not dying from drinking coffee. They are dying from a life-sustaining source that no one should be afraid of. Unclean water. Three Avocados is looking to change this by giving back all profits from selling fair and organic (not certified, but the founders did their homework; check it here) coffee grown in Uganda.

Having just more recently gotten into coffee, I now think more about who else would enjoy the good stuff. The number one coffee drinker in my heart (and home!) is my dad. I'm thinking Christmas presesnts! :)

I'm going to buy some now though, to see for myself what it tastes like. Go on, you know you want to too!


P.s., I love their thoughts of the day on Twitter. Highly recommend following them there!

Day 40: Forgotten Voices

Sorry I missed yesterday! That's what happens when you and a few friends randomly decide to go to the bowling ally after choir and volleyball practice. Got back at midnight, crashed. Then went to work, gym, church youth leader meeting (oh yeah... I'm helping with the youth group now btw) and just got home. So you get two updates tonight!

Forgotten Voices.

Not sure why, but I actually found out about this organization when they added me on Twitter. I have been wanting to support more charities, so I followed them back. And since then, I've really like what they have had to say. They always have good links and keep their information short and sweet.

That being said, Forgotten Voices has more than just a good social media coordinator. They are very specific in which they address the needs of African communities struck by the AIDs epidemic through giving support to the local churches to empower and care for the orphans in these areas.

To me this speaks out as an INCREDIBLE need that they are fulfilling! Not only are orphans usually overlooked, but are sometimes so overwhelming to deal with that communities have to let them slip through. But Forgotten Voices is reaches out to the people who are mandated by God to care for orphans. This organization steps in and teaches leadership, provides resources and connects helpful ministries in the area together.

Neatness tells a great story in her video, and her soul just speaks deep into my heart. She has known bad, and she has known good. She is very honest about her life. Yet her hope that God will continue to give her good experiences is one that many children who have lose their parent(s) to AIDs cannot typically hope for.

I hope you take some time and find out more about what Forgotten Voices does and how they help children like Neatness.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Day 39: Weekly List

Time is moving fast on this project! It's not going quite the way I imagined it would, but that's real life for ya. I think because I am still cleaning and re-sorting so much in my house I just simply do not have the time to dedicate creating anything of substance for this project. Which is a shame, but unavoidable.

Oh, and another major project I've been working on is hopefully going to be released on Friday!!! I'm praying it works out, but it probably won't be completely done... just functional.

Monday: Forgotten Voices

Tuesday: Three Avocados.

Wednesday: Roll Back Malaria

Thursday: World Vision Revisited

Friday: Suggest one! I skipped this past Friday because no one suggested anything. I guess I should just start asking people.

Have a wonderful week! P.s., look up (and reflect on) Micah 6:8.

---Read the entire chapter, and then bam! You'll know when you get to the one I'm talking about. My eyes have to stop on it every time. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Day 38: Eat-Art Revisited.

Ok, so my internet at home has been going in and out. Even when it was working I couldn't do anything on blogger. Right now I am at Denny's, eating desert just so I don't feel skeevy...

Back to

I have yet to submit any pictures. I really want to, especially since I just got a few of my portfolio printed out and I seriously got chills. I might just be biased though.

Confession----   I was lazy and have not contacted Eat-Art about this post at all. So I really don't have much to say, other than I am buying this piece for a cousin. It is going to be a "house warming/Christmas" present for her. This way, I get to give her a print of her favorite animal and send 1000 meals to feed hungry children. I am unbelievably excited about this!!!!

Here is  their donation page.

P.s., yes, I just bought that print, even though there are cheaper options. Go buy some art. :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Day 37: Stand Up to Cancer

So this might be lame, but I've been running around all day and just got back to my house (Yay for working out and volunteering to be a leader at youth group...). So I am completely wiped and because Travel the Road is one of my favorite organizations, I just can't do a simple write-up on them.

But I came across this one random Homer Simpson video and had to find out more about it. Hence, Stand Up to Cancer! I love the idea and the model they are using. It's all about connecting the right people to form "super teams" of cancer researching. It looks like they are getting close to quite a few breakthroughs. But of course, the best way to Stand Up to Cancer is to detect it early.

Here is a good place to watch the video of Homer Simpson's Colonoscopy. ;)

And here is SU2C's info-


I know cancer can be scary. And evil. Both of my grandmothers have had cancer. One is a survivor, and the other... well it's not a happy story. I've had friends fight cancer, and I know rates are on the rise. This is a big deal, and affects so many. :(

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Day 37: Krochet Kids

-I wish I knew how to crochet. I do know the basics of knitting, and I used to have my friend Miriam teach me when I was middle school. But then she moved away and I had only a couple of lessons. There is this Crocheting School that I'm hoping to one day soon take advantage of. But I digress...

The story of Krotchet Kids is simple and very grass-roots organic. I'm sure you've seen this commercial floating around----

 I first heard about Krochet Kids last fall through a random link that came up on my blog roll. I'm not even sure if I follow the original blogger who linked to this site anymore but I've randomly checked in on the family who introduced me to Krotchet Kids. It takes a lot of guts to move your entire family to a 3rd world country and start a project from the ground up. Mad props.

This organization has a serious stake in taking down poverty. Check them out.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Day 36: Project 7

I found this nonprofit through Sarah on Twitter! Which, here's an interesting statistic for ya; over 80,000 nonprofit are listed on social media. Somebody say, "WHAT?" That is quite a lot. But I like to think that each one is doing some kind of good in the world. As more and more people are giving up control of their stuff, Jesus is using them to take care of the orphans, the widows, the hungry and the sick. I know that many people do not have hope right now, but when I think of what we as individuals are capable of doing... well how can you not be hopeful? :)

Project 7, is a brand. A goods brand. They sell branded coffee, mints, gum, tee-shirts, and water bottles! The cool thing is that all profit from the selling of each item goes to charity. Individual nonprofits can submit their organization if they fit into at least one of seven categories (to combine the 7 deadly sins! Whoa. Mind blown).

1. Feed the Hungry

2. Heal the Sick 

3. Hope for Peace

4. House the Homeless

5. Quench the Thirsty

6. Teach them Well 


7. Save the Earth

They have a two main slogans;
"Products for Good"
"Change the Score"

Check out the website for more information!


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Day 35: Weekly List

Not to sure I'm going to stay with this, but here's my list!

Monday: Project 7

Tuesday: Krotchet Kids

Wednesday: Travel the Road

Thursday: Eat-Art Revisited

Friday: Suggest one for me!


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Day 34: Hello Somebody

Sorry about yesterday. I am still not feeling well, but I did not feel right about missing another day. So without further ado -

Hello Somebody! 

The more I read about this organization the more I fall in love with them. I need to buy a watch from them asap!

Here my lovely friend Sarah is modeling two of her watches from Hello Somebody!

Sarah says, "I love Hello Somebody because at this point in my life, I can't be overseas, helping people myself, but I can buy a watch through Hello Somebody and feed over 130 people! And then every time I look at my watch it's a constant reminder to be praying for the least of these! The organization has an awesome mission, and a big ol' heart... And that is a recipe for success!"

Also, Hello Somebody was at Catalyst '11, which I desperately wished I could have attended. Anyway, they recorded this video "backstage." Check it out and find out more about Hello Somebody!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Day 33: Feeling sick

I'm feeling sick, so I will post tomorrow. It's nothing serious, I just can't concentrate enough to do much. I think getting some sleep will do wonders. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Day 32: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Mentorship is so unbelievably important. Just to know that someone is there, who will care for you no matter what... makes such a huge impact on an individual's life. And while I have yet to work with this organization, I know that they have helped so many people, and changed the lives of thousands +. Every child needs to know that someone sees their potential! Sometimes thats all it takes.


P.s., one of the projects I've been working on? Is a mentoring program at my church. Another twenty-something woman, my Sunday-school teacher and I have hashed out a lot of ideas for what we want in a mentor and hopes for our church. My teacher is speaking with our pastors this week about implementing our convictions. Can you say EXCITED?!?! :D

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Day 31: The Girl Effect

Powerful, POWERFUL video. Genius concept all around.

I don't 100% agree with the entire process they have going though. Yes, by proceeding this way through saving 12 year old girls they will reduce poverty monumentally. However, men run the culture. Men are (supposed to be) the leaders. If you want to spiritually change a community, the men must be on board as well. I would love to see another organization that is specifically based on helping men become MEN work in partnership with The Girl Effect.


Praying that they change the world. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Day: 27-30

"Yes. I have failed already. But my God is a God of grace, and I will get back on track.

I have been very busy since Friday, with work (all day Saturday!), choir and band practice, and a whole lot of church! I've also got some very big projects coming up and I've started a training regime that is taking more hours out of my day. So it's taking some time to adjust to my new schedule with a lot less time.

*Tomorrow I will get back in the swing of posting, with an added extra! :)

Day 29: PeaceJam

"The mission of the PeaceJam Foundation is to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody."

The website is a bit overwhelming, just to warn you. But PeaceJam seems really cool. Maybe later in the year I'll come back and find out more about their organization.


Day 30: The Joyful Heart Foundation

"Everybody knows that rape, sexual assault and child abuse happen. Society is willing to look at this reality from time to time, but is just as willing to forget the horrible truth about how many survivors are walking among us. The Joyful Heart Foundation is working to build a community that is strong enough not to push this reality away, a community that acknowledges the dark side of this issue, but endeavors to turn toward the light of healing, the path to possibility and the clarity of honest dialogue."

We envision a community that says to a survivor "We hear you. We believe you. We feel for you. You are not alone. And your healing is our priority."

Again, awesome nonprofit. Since this is a very important issue in todays society I will plan on revisiting them.


Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Day 26: Hello Somebody

This is just going to be the pre-curser, the real post will come next week when I clear up some communication issues.

Hello Somebody!

This wonderful organization was suggested to me by my friend Sarah. She is a huge fan of theirs and owns several of their apparel. Thanks Sarah!

What is Hello Somebody?
           At it's heart Hello Somebody is the result of a call to action. This specific call was to feed a million meals in one calendar year. The founder, Ben Pirtle, became inspired and plagued by a missions trip to Honduras, where the children didn't want to play with the toys he brought but instead ate the food offered behind him. Now Hello Somebody sponsors 100 street boys in Rwanda to go to school and eat twice a day.  They also are raising support for people who lost so much in the wake of the tornados that touched down in Joplin and Tuscaloosa.

Why Hello Somebody?
           Because Sarah is truly an inspiration to me and one of my dear, dear friends. I am so glad she is in my life and she greatly supports this ministry. I am very glad she suggested Hello Somebody because I have heard about the Hello Rwanda campaign on a traveling blog but not much of the charity helping it. When I read more on their website I couldn't believe what a coincidence it was! I found the story very inspiring and the products unbelievably cool. This is one nonprofit that I can get behind!


*Coolness alert. They have artists write songs and then sell them on itunes. Genius!


Remember, here is the pre-cursor, and familiarity starter. I'm going to revisit Hello Somebody on Thursday and aim to knock your socks off. :)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Day 25: Kiva

I am taking the lazy route on this one. But I don't have anything current to add on to the Y and I was very inspired by this video of how we can all be awesome bankers.

Since John Green explains everything (way better than I can) I am going to let him do the talking. Enjoy learning about both our current system of banking and a genius way to help eliminate poverty. Oh, and this is all under 3 minutes. :)

Awesome Bankers?

---I went to the Kiva website to research it after watching this video and I landed on a page that says all loans available were all ready taken care of! Isn't that amazing?! God is so cool like that. But bookmark this, because they will approve of more entrepreneurs who will need loans soon. And you can help!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Day 24: World Help

I would say I'm pretty familiar with World Help. But I guess it would be more accurate to say I am more familiar with Vernon Brewer, the founder and president of WorldHelp.

We both attended the same University, though the name has changed since he was a student. We both became passionate about world missions after a church trip to Mexico as teenagers. I have listened to Vernon Brewer speak several times, including at my baccalaureate service. His stories always inspire and astound. I have read every book he wrote that I could snatch up, always taking the time to sit down and read them even with my school schedule.

World Help is the real deal, and with Vernon Brewer at its head, I stand behind it. World Help is providing so much, physically and spiritually! Their project, CauseLife, is transforming entire communities in Africa by providing wells with clean water. The choir, Children of the World, is one of my favorites. I always want to take one (or two or three...) of the kids home with me. LOVE THEM!


I meant to take a picture of the books I had from World Help... but the camera is downstairs and it's late. Oops. Next time.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Day 23: EatArt

Switching up the organization again, but I couldn't find my girl scout pictures. And I know I have badges around somewhere...

But today I found I accidentally discovered it through twitter, though I don't remember who tweeted the link. I clicked on the website and was blown away by the art and the giving.

Now what is Eat Art?
          Eat-Art is an organization that is trying to artfully end hunger. What a slogan! Their branding is genius. Seriously, when you purchase any art or apparel, meals are sent to hungry children around the world. You get the art. The kids get to eat. *LOVE their business model!*

 Why Eat Art?
         Go to the website and you will immediately see why. Go on, click the link. I dare you. You can buy prints for $20, that goes on to feed 100 kids. My bank account is low, but even I can afford that! Now let's see you give an excuse.


I wonder if anyone would be interested in buying some of my pictures. I probably wouldn't submit self-portraits, but then again...

Who knows? :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Day 22: Wretches and Jabberers

I know, again I am switching out my nonprofit! WorldHelp will come up again, trust me.

But today I saw an amazing trailer that completely blew me away. Everyone wants to be accepted, wants to be heard. I was teased a lot as a kid, but at least I could communicate and rise above it. So many autistic children simply cannot, until they learn they have a voice.

Two of my close relatives are autistic. One had a mild case, and I have never had a problem (though I've heard stories...). The other, however, is severely autistic and I have a very difficult time interacting with him. My difficulty does not make him any less of a person, just a different one. :)

Watch the trailer and tell me in the comments what you think. Also, if you have someone you care for who is autistic let me know! It is amazing what these people can do... we think that they have a disability but then the sheer stroke of genius you never expect hits you out of nowhere.

Wretches and Jabberers

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Day 21: Weekly List

SO much to do! But I'm grateful that I can do it. I just wish I could cut out the crappy parts though, like all the paperwork I'm behind in and the cleaning (i.e., chores). Blah.

Monday: World Help

Tuesday: Girl Scouts of the USA

Wednesday: Boy Scouts of America

Thursday: Y.M.C.A. Revisited.

Friday: Suggest your favorite nonprofit! :)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Day 19: Run for Their Lives

It feels like a Saturday. Maybe that's why I almost completely forgot about this post.

             (From the About page)

Run For Their Lives is a 10K race, 5k run/walk and Youth Run in Lynchburg, VA that aims to place the spotlight on sexual slavery worldwide but specifically in Southeast Asia.
Poverty in Thailand has forced hundreds of thousands of women into sexual slavery and prostitution. It is estimated that two children are sold into slavery every minute.
Run for them. Run for freedom. Run for their lives.

Why Run For Their Lives? 
          I think it's a genius way to raise money for a cause. Plus, I am running it in October. I really need to get back on track with training. 


Since I've been running and gunning all day, I did not do any art for this npo. But I am in Kansas City for a work conference, and here is a little peek.

P.s., I got to meet Nancy Stafford tonight!!! Look her up if you do not know who she is, but she's been a Hollywood actress for years and has a new movie coming out soon (Christmas with a Capital C). She's very talented and I hope I get to talk with her more about the film industry!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Day 18: Freedom 4/24

I really have no idea why I chose Freedom 4/24 as my nonprofit today. It is one of my top favorite organizations but today is one of the worst days for me to do a decent blogging job. I have a major sinus headache and I have to get up early to fly out to Kansas City tomorrow. I can barely see straight right now.

But... Without further ado;

What is Freedom 4/24?
           Freedom 4/24 is an organization that raises awareness about sexual slavery in Asia, mainly Thailand and seeks to fight for freedom through buying one night for a prostitute to show her a way out. Much more awesome stuff on the website.

What Freedom 4/24?
          I love what Freedom 4/24 is about. They are empowering women and making a difference overseas. Last I heard the organization has "bought" a night of freedom for 300 women and over 200 of them have reached out and taken steps to build a better life. They are effective!
Plus, I am running a 5k for their organization in October. I'm nervous since I've never run a race like this before, but I know I need to do it.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Day 17: Operation Smile

Ok, so I'm changing up what I posted on Sunday. Sue me.

Operation Smile: A smile changes everything.

What is Operation Smile?
             Operation Smile is a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. They are are so much more, but you should go check out their website for more.

Why Operation Smile?
            I saw this video and had to. I wanted to hug this beautiful little girl the entire time. Watch and enjoy.


Isn't she amazing?!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Day 16: CARE

I ended up walking into my town's branch of CASA earlier today, and talked to one of the women there. She told me that their promotions director is out because of a family emergency, but would contact me (hopefully...) once she was able. So I agreed to hold off on doing a blog post, mainly because I do want to start putting more effort into each nonprofit. Especially since this is a local nonprofit, it would be really nice to sit down and have a good conversation about the works of CASA in my area.

Anyway, I had to choose another nonprofit for today, and CARE came to mind. I love CARE! I follow them on youtube and their videos are always thought provoking and challenging.

CARE: Defending Dignity. Fighting Poverty.

What is CARE?
            CARE is a humanitarian organization fighting poverty by placing an emphasis on the rights and wellbeing of women and girls. They provide medical care, schooling, even micro-loans to jumpstart a community's economy.

            Have you seen their videos?! SO good.

I also chose CARE because they honestly do make a difference in poverty-stricken areas. On their website they do a numbers breakdown, which I really appreciate. And I can't help but say this, I also chose CARE because I am a woman, and knowing that I could be in the same position as many of these women had I not been born American really drives me to make a difference in their lives. I hope the world wakes up and stops putting down the beautiful people that women are.


*I really want to read Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a woman" speech. I had almost memorized it in high school. Look it up if you don't know of it. And if you don't know about Sojourner, shame on you! Do a history report, now! :)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day 15: Week 3 List

Sept 19-23

Monday: CASA (I'm doing MD's branch of this organization)

Tuesday: Children's Hunger Fund

Wednesday: Freedom 4/24

Thursday: Run for their Lives

Friday: Would love to get a suggestion. I'm also thinking about asking people to guest post. SO... if you would be interested in writing about your favorite nonprofit, please leave a comment with a suggest or email. Oh, and you can always contact me at


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Day 14: P & J Wedding!

Well Saturdays I take off from the nonprofit project, but I still want to keep up with the days, so if I do anything exciting I'm going to blog about it!

Today, I shot the photography for the wedding of an amazing woman of God woman who has been in my life since childhood. I cannot even describe how close our families have been through the years, but I am super happy for her. She has been through so much, and to see her this happy with her guy, was such an incredible privilege. Here's to Joe and Penny on their new marriage!

The "Dress"

Chris, her son (and pretty much my best friend) taking care of flowers before the ceremony.

One of the simplest ceremonies I've ever been to. But so them, and very very sweet. 

Love this family and I wish them the best in the future. I'm going to miss them, (they are all moving from five minutes away to over an hour to the Western Shore of MD) but it'll be really good for their family. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Day 13: Fail Friday

Well I waited till the last minute, but I didn't get any suggestions for a nonprofit. Which is ok, since I'm just beginning. And I know that not a lot of people read my blog so I probably should have asked on Facebook. Oh well.

I'm calling it a night and going to bed! Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 12: StoryCorps Revisited

I hope people listened to some of the stories on StoryCorps. They are really powerful. Again, I highly recommend you record a conversation with a loved one.

I'm not going to say this is perfect, because it isn't, but I really wanted to highlight my grandmother. She has some amazing stories. Here are a few clips, I hope you enjoy.


1. Talking about her mom.
2. About my grandfather.
3. She did a bike tour through Europe a few years after World War II ended. 
4.Her favorite memory of me. She didn't get very specific haha. That's what I get for asking on the spot. 

Make sure you practice first before recording anything! That would have helped a lot. Also, find a really quiet place to have the conversation. I was limited because we have an aquarium downstairs and my mom mom can't go anywhere else. You hear it in the background. And actually, audio turned out better than I thought! :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Day 11: StoryCorps!

Slogan: Every voice matters
What is StoryCorps?
          Story Corps is an organization that helps to record and preserve people's stories. A few people at a time, usually family members, make an appointment at StoryCorps and then they go in and talk in front of a microphone. They have a few brick and mortar places to go and have a "conversation" or interview of the person whose story you want to keep. Stories can also be about someone who has past, to provide a legacy for their memory.

Why StoryCorps?
            StoryCorps has quickly become one of my favorite nonprofits ever. They are creative, personal, and real. Some of the stories on their site can easily make you cry. I chose to highlight them this week because they have been focused on capturing stories of experiences from 9/11.

They do not animate all of the stories that are told, but the few they do grab you and keep you.

John and Joe

Using this site as inspiration, I sat my grandmother down and interviewed her tonight. It got heavy. I saw her struggle. The audio is a mess and my vid camera shut off halfway through, but I'm glad I did it. It took about half an hour for us to get anywhere! But then just a simple question sparked a flow, and I learned a lot about my mom mom. Read through the site, follow their instructions, and grow. 

I will write more about this tomorrow, and hopefully be able to share a soundbyte of my grandmother's story. Go on and listen to the world around you. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day 10: Tuesday's Children

What is Tuesday's Children?
          I am taking this description from their tagline; Tuesday's Children provides support for the families of 9/11 and others impacted by global terrorism. 

Tuesday's Children provides several healing programs that follow kids all the way through college. This is a really cool system, especially since they have more recently opened it up to victims of all terrorists attacks, so a boy who lost his father in 9/11 could go on a trip with a boy who lost family in the D.C. sniper attacks and become friends/confidants through the experience. It's a great nonprofit that has really made a difference in the lives of children affected. If you go to their website they have some great videos and articles with stories.

Why Tuesday's Children?
          I really wanted to showcase a ngo that helps the children cope with such a great loss, and while searching I found Tuesday's Children and liked their stories so much I couldn't move to another page. And yes, I blogged about them today because it is Tuesday. I like being that shallow.


I did however, have a hard time relating enough to create something meaningful for this post. Maybe it is because I have never lost a parent, I don't know. But I did read this blog written by one of my favorite bloggers, Penelope Trunk, who describes her narrow survival from one of the Twin Towers.

Highly recommend reading her story. It puts a lot into perspective. 

Monday, September 12, 2011

Day 9: Flight 93 National Memorial

A common field one day... A field of honor forever.

What is Flight 93 National Memorial?
             The memorial is to honor and remember the heroes on the plane on flight 93 (A Boeing 747 plane) whose lives were lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. All it took was 35 minutes, from when the hijackers overtook the plane to when the passengers stole it back, for history to forever be changed. Each person on that plane refused to let terrorism rule their fate. I have no idea of what the conversation must have been leading up to their struggle, but I imagine it to be so powerful. The Flight 93 National Memorial was revealed this past weekend, on September 10th, 2011.

Why Flight 93 National Memorial?
These people were not fighters. Yet they believed in something bigger than themselves. Freedom. And they sacrificed their lives for it. No matter what you believe, every person on that plane who sacrificed to save our nations capital is a hero, and they deserve the best. And unfortunately, while the Memorial was unveiled, it is not yet completed. I expect corporations to make the most donations, but if you are feeling patriotic this is a great nonprofit to donate to.

Since I did NOT have any down time today, here is a very powerful trailer of the Flight 93 movie.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day 8 -Week two list

Sept 12-16th

Monday: Flight 93 National Memorial

Tuesday: Tuesday's Children

Wednesday: StoryCorps

Thursday: StoryCorps

Friday: Someone suggest one! Preferably something to do with 9/11 for this week.

Sending out much love and thought to the families of those lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. God bless the USA.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Day 7: Yay 1 week!

Today, I slept in and then played cards and chess with my good friend Chris. We finished the day with a disturbing British movie, which meant that the humor was awesome and the violence very bloody. The cinematography was one of the best I have ever seen. 9/10 I was gasping at how perfect the shot was.

Now, I am calling it a night and will post my 5 nonprofits tomorrow!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Day 6: Y.M.C.A.

This is a non-profit post suggested by Grace Gorin.

Slogan: The Y is a nonprofit like none other. Be a member of something special.
Main Website

What is Y.M.C.A (Aka "The Y")?

 I think these guys described it best. 

Ok now, really. The Y.M.C.A. has been around for over 100 years. Originally the idea came from a young man named George Williams in London, who felt a  Young Men's Christians Association was needed for the farm boys who came to the city to look for a job. But when the need arose here a decade later a missionary decided to recreate it. Society desperately needed something like this and the Y quickly caught on. Soon after that an African-American's Y was created, and Y centers were used as meeting areas for civil right activists. In the 60s all Y.M.C.A.'s became open for everyone, regardless of race or religion.

Today the Y strives to serve the community be creating diverse programs for children, promoting healthy life styles for adults, and empowering the local body of people. While the Y might not be as Christ-focused as it used to be, the authentic love for people is as vibrant as ever.

Why the Y?
              Two reasons.
Number one. My friend Gracie works there and when first told her about this project she said I should do it. I hadn't even thought of the Y as a nonprofit, so I'm already learning a lot!

Number two. I like the Y. I used to be involved with their kids programs, including indoor soccer (where I learned soccer will never be my sport, I'm horrible at it), and over winter breaks I would get a cheap student membership and go workout. Now it's not so cheap... so I haven't been back but I really do need to go exercising. My muscle loss is horrifying. 

*Sad Note: I had the PERFECT idea for a creative piece of art for the Y, but then I ended up staying late at work and missed my opportunity. Oh well. I also worked on a huge project that I can't reveal just yet. Next week I'll have more time.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Day 5: SAT-7 Revisited

Did you know that the vast majority of Muslims have never met a Christian? To many muslims, Christians are evil. I have been learning about the caricature pictures of Christians that Muslims are being taught. For example, I recently read a story where a young man talked about his mother telling him that, "the Christians will come and take you away if you do not behave." Instead of monsters under the bed, kids would fear Christians!

Jesus loves all

Living in the West we can't understand what life is like in the Middle East and North Africa. There are cultural differences that we can't even comprehend. I spent two months in Egypt, which is the most open country in these regions and still did not understand much. People stood super close, they stared, most of the humor escaped me. If I was to just go up to any person in the street and start talking about Jesus they would think I was crazy and go on their way, if not kick me out of the country. But when a person who is from that culture starts to talk about Jesus, it makes begins to make sense.

This is what sets SAT-7 apart. Each program uploaded to the satellite feed explains Jesus' words through ways that represent both the culture and God's Truth. Did you know that in Tunisia lambs are considered dirty? So when we Westerners talk about Jesus being the Lamb, we are inadvertently confusing and even offending the very people we are trying to communicate with! Thankfully more Christians who understand this cultural separation are stepping forward.

SAT-7 has four different channels, SAT-7TURK, SAT-7PARS, SAT-7ARABIC and SAT-7KIDS. Different channels for different languages and cultures. Stories are coming in daily about how far of a reach this is having on the people watching SAT-7 programs. More couples are trying to work on their relationship instead of giving up, more men are turning from drug and alcohol abuse, and children's livelihoods are improving. In the countries where it is possible, more Christians are reaching out to their Muslim neighbors and becoming emboldened as they talk about their faith.

Here is a video about a group of Christians singing about Jesus in a mall. This is Lebanon's take on a flash mob. When I first watched this, I commented about the audio and how it seemed so staged. An international staff member who I was discussing this with said that for Lebanon Christians, this was huge. They were taking the risk of being out there and it had to be perfect. We don't see it as authentic, because it was obviously pre-recorded and very rehearsed. But to them, it was a huge hit! Put in that context, I watched the video again with a completely different view. 

*With 9/11 right around the corner, consider reaching out to someone you know who has a different faith than you. Remember that as different as that person may be, he/she was created by God and put here for a purpose. By loving like Jesus we can slowly turn the tide of hate and lift the veil of ignorance.

God bless.

Day 4: World Vision

What is World Vision? 
                World Vision's tagline says; "Building a better world for children," but I think that doesn't even cover half of it. This organization teaches, provides, encourages, and connects people all over the world. They have processes set in place for natural disasters and can be one of the first people on scene to help where needed. They are a company that sets up relationships for life, not just come in once and be done.
Why World Vision?
               I am highly inspired by World Vision. I do not remember when I first learned about World Vision, but I remember immediately wanting to work for them as a spokesperson. And I absolutely adore their child sponsorship program. It's hard to believe how they started sponsoring children in the 1950s and how big it has become. I think it's a genius model. By sponsoring for the care of a child, you raise the education level in a community, you lower the crime rate because less and less people feel the need to steal to provide for their family, and you provide security for a family financially which allow them to provide a loving environment for a child. Through this, you feel connected to people on the other side of the globe. It's win-win!
            Their disaster relief programs are also unbelievably strong. World Vision has been a consistent help in times of need. The 2004 Tsunami, Haiti, and now the famine in the Horn of Africa, World Vision has been the voice of the people there. I can give money to World Vision and feel completely confident that each dollar is being used in a way that values the humanity of each person being helped. As a Christian, this value is so important to me, but even more to the people in need. People shine when shown that they matter.

Instead of posting a picture of anything today, I want to encourage you to head on over to the World Vision site and consider sponsoring a child or giving to the Horn of Africa cause.


I follow them quite a bit on social media. They have an amazing media team that captures very well what is going on in World Vision work.

P.s., I am now sponsoring a beautiful little girl named Anju. She is from India, a country very close to my heart. It might be very scary to take the plunge and begin sponsoring, but it is so worth it. I put it off for years because I was never financially stable, and I regret those wasted years when I could have been doing so much good in the world. One of my dearest friend told me over the weekend when we talked about World Vision that she has always had just enough to cover her sponsorship. I would say that she was even more financially unstable than I was, and yet every month $35 dollars would leave her bank account and there would still be at least one dollar left. God has always took care of her needs and her story is very powerful through this. So don't wait, sponsor!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day 3: Impact Georgia

What is Impact Georgia? 
             Impact Georgia is an organization that seeks to shine the light of Christ in the city of Atlanta through minor house repairs and intentional community work. Inspired by the ministry of Impact Florida, Impact Georgia helps teams of students encourage one another and the community they are serving by "giving up" a week out of their summer to clean up streets, rebuild porches, and exclaiming their love for God with those who may have never experienced His love for them. This week is filled with fellowship, discipleship and hard labor... with some guitar music thrown in of course!

Why Impact Georgia?
            I couldn't NOT do Impact Georgia. This nonprofit was started by one of my very dear friends, the great Kevin Jones. I met him my freshman year at Liberty University, and he has always been a positive influence in my life. He was greatly affected through his work at Impact Florida and felt called to do the same kind of work in Georgia. He and his crew have the training needed and will ensure that safety is paramount with your kids. ...I tried to get a hold of him for an interview, but we just couldn't connect this weekend. Maybe in an update (hint hint, Kevin, text me back!)?

            Also, I chose to profile Impact because I did a similar missions trip camp for three summers after finishing the 6th grade. I still remember some of the people I met and the experiences I gained during those short weeks. I learned I have no knack for carpentry, but plenty encouragement for those around me.

My work gloves from camp
If you are a parent of a teenager or a youth pastor I highly recommend checking out this type of camp, as I know God will move greatly as they are challenged.

 Go check them out!


Monday, September 5, 2011

Day 2: SAT-7

Forgive me, as I really still do not know how I am going to go about each non-profit. And I had a greater challenge today when I came home and found that the internet had gone out. I'm currently sitting in a McDonald's (very awkwardly, I might add), because Panera Bread closed. But I wasn't going to miss this!

What is SAT-7?
                  SAT-7 is a Christian Satellite Television Station run by and for the people in the regions previously mentioned. I love this because as a Western woman it is nearly impossible for me to understand the cultural differences. I would not be able to broadcast a show and have it as well received as the shows produced by our staff in the studio locations.

Why SAT-7: 
                I chose SAT-7 as the first non-profit because I work for SAT-7 USA, and honestly, working for them was what inspired this project. Since I work behind-the-scenes, I can see how much it influences the people in the Middle East and North Africa, and that the work SAT-7 produces is such a positive encouragement in the lives of our viewers.

How you can help:
                   1. Give. Duh, this is what every non-profit wants. But if you choose to donate to SAT-7, you can pick where your money goes. If you come from a broadcasting background, maybe you want to have your money be spent to purchase new equipment. Or if your passion is to see young men of faith  trained in Biblical truth, you can specify your dollars to go towards the new TEACH project.
                   2. Pray and Promote. You would not believe how much time the staff of SAT-7 spends in prayer. The actors on each SAT-7 program pray on air, producers pray before shows and in the USA office we pray a lot for our ministry and one another, as well as the donors who write in a prayer request. It's a GREAT work environment. You can also sign up to be a volunteer and to talk about SAT-7 to some of your friends and home church.
                   3. Go. Sometimes SAT-7 USA (Canada and England as well, I believe) will send groups out to certain countries to tour our studios and to meet the staff who are working so hard to make sure each program is as top-quality as it can be. I've seen pictures, and it really does look like a great experience, one that could change you forever!

To follow and learn more about SAT-7 (USA)

The blog is going to launch soon!
You can also sign up for the e-newsletter, which I have a big hand in writing! :)