Spoiler alert: BIG news being shared in this post. I’d love for you to read the whole thing but if you just can’t wait and want to read the news first scroll to the bottom!
I am doing the bravest thing yet in my life and I need your help to make it happen.
Life is full of daily lists, to do’s, obligations. Within every second of my free time, moments between conscious thoughts are filled with my dreams. There are also my regrets. I live a good life. I have my 2 kids and a dog, my dream man as my husband and a family I am so proud to have grown up in.
Yet, I know that as an old woman someday I want to be able to tell my children, “Don’t spend every day in your safe, perfect little world. Help others, get out of your comfort zone, be bigger than you think you can be.” I want to be able to look them in the eye and say with full certainty that I lived a life full of love and also full of a knowing and a connected-ness to others.
I watch clips of marches in the 60’s, Holocaust stories and I like to tell myself that I would have marched, I would have spoke up. I would have made myself vulnerable for the good of all people.
I know that I was put here on this earth to use my artwork to speak messages of hope, light and love. I know I am here to be a light. I know that I am here not as a midwestern, blond haired, blue eyed girl that gets to stay in a safe bubble. I am here to connect people. I am here to help people see the other side, to love themselves, to love each other. I believe we are all connected and when one of us hurts, it hurts all of us. I know this.
So when I found out a group of Braveheart women were going to Jerusalem to work with women and start to plant the seeds of peace and hope to the places that need to hear it in this world I cried with happiness for them. Yes “them”. At first I admit, I said that sounds amazing… for someone. But not me; I have young kids, I could never raise that amount of money, who do I think I am to get to do something so big?
Then a month passed and I started dreaming about it, I started thinking about the what ifs. What if I didn’t let my fear of the unknown stop me? What if I stepped up and fully owned the power to make a difference that I have? What if I faced fear straight on and beat it? Wow. What if… So that’s what I’m doing. I laid out all the “what if’s” and worked out how we would handle them and with my family’s support I signed up. I grew up a little bit that day.
Click here to read more, visit my fundraising site and see all the new free gifts I’m giving away as thank you’s for donations!!
As most of you know I’m also selling beautiful bracelets to support my journey to the Israeli-Palestinian region. I just got 80+ new ones in yesterday and have them all loaded in my store now. You will LOVE them. These have a dragonfly on each side of the flower. These are roses blooming. There are new multicolored ones, and dainty ones. You will love. You can see them all (sorted by colors or styles) here. These make a great gift and all the new styles only have 2 of each bracelet in each color so some will go fast. These make a beautiful gift for the women in your life. For around $100 you can get 3 bracelets, 1 for yourself and 2 for sisters, girlfriends, daughters, etc. Each come in a purple organza bag with a card explaining a bit about the project. Each time you wear the bracelet you know that you are connected to a large group of women from around the world working together, knowing that peace begins with us. I’ve had a few women that have bought bracelets and loved them so much and what they stand for that they wanted to show their friends and families. I have enough bracelets for 11 friends who will each take 11 bracelets to your circle of friends. I will give you paperwork that explains the project and as a thank you when you sell the 10 bracelets I will gift one to you for free. Plus, there is no money due up front. If this interests you please let me know. I will make sure to say thank you publicly on my website also!
BIG NEWS!!!!! –
Braveheart has changed up the way the trip is going to happen. There is a beautiful woman named Tamara who is from Canada, she has felt so moved by this project that she has been living alternating between the Israeli side and the Palestinian side over in that region. She has been coordinating the continued gatherings over there. What she’s finding is that she doesn’t believe she’ll have any problems getting the 333+ women from each side but she is finding that the process of really and truly gaining trust, friendship and women with a shared goal may take a little longer than May of 2014. A certain percentage of women (just like here in the US) may attend the event just out of curiousity, free food, etc). There is a big difference in those who casually attend and the women that feel deeply called to carry out an ongoing sisterhood from an authentic place. That coupled with 300 women from the US, many who have never had to raise money, some are getting a slow start. So what Braveheart has done is reduce the 2014 trip in 1/2 of what it was planned to be. They have then moved the large event to May of 2015. This will give women that are a bit slower at raising money until 2015 to do so. Let me just be clear, I AM NOT going to be one of those women. Here is the good news. As an incentive to those of us who have been fundraising and reaching our goals and are super motivated to go over there and make a difference, when I raise my money by early spring of 2014 Braveheart has decided to honor us by including BOTH the 2014 and the 2015 trip for the original amount that I am raising. That is AMAZING!! So essentually now every donation is having double the impact and getting me a trip there both times. This includes airfare, food and hotel and event both times!! I am going to be very honest, my goal is to raise the majority of my funding by the end of this year. I want this for a few reasons, I want to show people that it can be done, I want to be able to move into a more peaceful stage of planning instead of still fundraising next year and I like the challenge. It scares me a bit so that must mean something good. So now you can go back to the top and read a bit more that I haven’t shared before about why I want to be a part of this journey.