10% of profits to TWLOHA

To Write Love on Her Arms

To Write Love on Her Arms (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hey there,

You may recall in my post Aware of the Hurting I talked about To Write Love On Her Arms.  Well I want to talk about it some more.  The following is taken directly from their website:

“MISSION STATEMENT:

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

VISION:

The vision is that we actually believe these things…

You were created to love and be loved.  You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known. You need to know that your story is important and that you’re part of a bigger story.  You need to know that your life matters.

We live in a difficult world, a broken world.  My friend Byron is very smart – he says that life is hard for most people most of the time.  We believe that everyone can relate to pain, that all of us live with questions, and all of us get stuck in moments.  You need to know that you’re not alone in the places you feel stuck.

We all wake to the human condition.  We wake to mystery and beauty but also to tragedy and loss.  Millions of people live with problems of pain.  Millions of homes are filled with questions – moments and seasons and cycles that come as thieves and aim to stay.  We know that pain is very real.  It is our privilege to suggest that hope is real, and that help is real.

You need to know that rescue is possible, that freedom is possible, that God is still in the business of redemption.”

TWLOHA has a campaign to high-school students and chapters on university campuses where students can raise awareness about depression and suicide and suggest help. A TWLOHA information tent can also be found at fairs and concerts.  It’s very much a grassroots type of non-profit.

I believe that their Mission and Vision complement Blue’s purpose. Especially important to me is their work with young people. I have decided that for the next year, 10% of profits from Blue is Blue will go to TWLOHA. And this is after the 10% to my church.

So when you purchase art or a book (early next year) you’ll be blessing two movements.  I’m excited to see all that we can accomplish together, you me and TWLOHA!

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“Wouldn’t give nothing for the journey.”

Happy birthday to me!! Today I turn 45 years old. I’m very happy about that. Actually I’ve never been one to lie about or hide my age, but today I’m practically shouting it from the rooftop.

I’m very happy with my life right now, perhaps the happiest I’ve ever been. (The meds work!) This is particularly significant since 7 months ago I did not believe I’d ever feel happy again. The fear, anger and feeling of being trapped were too strong. I was wrong.

Today I’m thinking of some of the most powerful moments in my life:

when I stood, alphabetized by last name, in cap and gown at the Baccalaureate service the night before my graduation from college

when giving birth to my 1st child, who was breach, heading into surgery for a C-section and realizing it was a life and death situation and I was more concerned about his than mine

when I came up out of the baptismal water knowing I was a new creature

when I was 3 months pregnant with my daughter and decided that I had to go back to my verbally/emotionally abusive husband because I couldn’t even buy toothpaste. But I resolved that I’d get a job, keep it and save my money.

really understanding poverty when Kenyan children in Nairobi begged me for coins and called me a rich American

when I found out my mom lost our second home and most of my stuff had been left behind in their haste

when it occurred to me that perhaps my second husband could not be faithful

when I decided that no matter what happens (and some more jacked up stuff WILL happen) God has got me. I’ll be fine.

Paul wrote in Philippians 4:11 – 13 “Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” -NLT

I never really understood this scripture. But now I think I do. And it’s a great place to be. It requires focus and faith. (BTW it wouldn’t hurt to read that whole chapter. It is perhaps my favorite.)

My mother used to say from time to time, “Wouldn’t give nothing for the journey.” Today I can say the same. I’ve learned so much about myself, God’s love and humanity. And hey, I’ve got another 45 to go!

In the groove!

I was re-reading my posts here. I see in my first post I said that writing had become difficult for me. I knew that was related to “losing my voice.”  I happily realized yesterday that  I feel like I’ve gotten my groove back.

I’m close to churning out 500 words per day on my book. I’m working on a newsletter for my friends and supporters with updates on Blue progress. I’m planning a newsletter for my church small group. I’m still writing here. Working on my business plan. And I’ve started a couple Squidoo lenses. Yippee.  Good for me!

So now that I am comfortable facing the blank page, I want to get back to the writing  form I once had. But no pressure, not gonna stress myself over it.  It will all come back. And you keep coming back.

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Now that’s a bathing suit!

English: Bathing dress from 1858

English: Bathing dress from 1858 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It isn’t possible that I have nothing to write about.  Rather, I believe the issue is I have too much to write about. My thoughts are wandering all over.

I could write about today’s thrill of dropping off one of my pieces to be auctioned at a family physician fundraiser in Houston on Friday. But I’ll wait to see how much it goes for and then write about it.  Well, perhaps it doesn’t really matter what it goes for, although I’d really like to help their cause.  “It’s just an honor to be nominated!” hehehe

I could ask you the question I posed to myself earlier this evening (it’s 2 minutes before midnight on Tuesday. Wha? I do my best stuff with one eye open.) The question was, if you do two drawings and don’t like either, does it count that you drew today? Um, yes it does. Cause you learned something in the process and showed the discipline to do the work.

I could tell you about a fabulous 14-year-old, who looks like she’s 18 and continually asks to wear a 2 piece bathing suit. No Way! But I wish she could really understand why her pleas are falling on deaf ears.

I should tell you about the awesome podcast from last Sunday’s service that hubby and I listened to while I was drawing.  It reminded us that:

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Proverbs 18:21 KJV

If we are to speak to the mountain and have it removed, we first have to control our words about our immediate situations. There are so many scriptures that talk about the tongue, it’s unruliness and the benefit of controlling it.  Hubby and I again made a pledge to be so very careful about what we say.  We are one another’s accountability partner.

Yep, it’s not that I have nothing to write about…