Posts Tagged Spirit

Spread the Red

The American Heart Association and Macy’s have teamed up to support the the fight against heart disease.  This February marks the 10th year of the “Go Red for Women“movement.  Despite a lot of progress, there’s still a long way to go because heart disease continues to be the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all kinds of cancer combined.  I’m living with a survivor of three major heart attacks who decided to get educated by living healthier, learning the risks and sharing her story to help her children…thanks Mom.

This year we celebrated the movement with a day of shopping at Macy’s in red, which helped to raise awareness of heart disease.  The strength of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends, fighting side by side is more powerful than any killer. It’s time to shout louder, stand stronger and demand change.  We will continue to spread the red.

Embracing the Spirit of Giving,

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26 Acts of Kindness

Leaving a lottery ticket on someones windshield, paying for someone’s groceries, deliver pizza to the fire station, were just a few of thousands of small acts, people are sharing all over the world.  There has been an unexpected movement of good will from a social media post of one simple idea that said, “Imagine if we all committed one act of kindness for each precious life lost in Newtown Connecticut.  This effort, “26 Acts of Kindness” on Facebook and Twitter has gone viral.  We anxiously joined and completed all 26 acts within three days.  The note card above was included with each gift.

My favorite was #21, when we paid for the groceries of a person in front of us… As I was passing the woman the note card, the toddler in the cart said, “thank you”, and gave me a wave.  There was not a dry eyeball in that line, that moment was priceless.

As more and more people join the Kindness Revolution, the downward spiral of society fueled by selfishness, materialism and greed will be slowed, and even reversed. As this happens it will promote an enhanced feeling of ‘belonging’ in the community, and give a greater sense of meaning and purpose.  Acts of kindness should be a way of life.

Embracing the Spirit of Giving,

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Attitude of Gratitude

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them”. John F. Kennedy

I really believe that learning to put the powerful emotion of being grateful into practice, can make life so much better.

One of my customers gave me a book called “Attitudes of Gratitude” by M.J. Ryan.  The video above has excerpts from the book

that I wanted to share with you.

It covers the “Top 12 Ways to Bring More Gratefulness in Your Life”:

  1. Practice Daily with a journal or email
  2. Create visual or auditory reminders
  3. Focus on what’s right in your life instead of whats wrong
  4. Say “thank you” to others as often as possible
  5. Make sure to include what you are thankful to yourself for
  6. Remember why you love those close to you, especially when they are annoying
  7. Compare well, when you do find yourself envying someone
  8. Give thanks for your body
  9. Have a gratitude rock
  10. In time of difficulty, look for whats right in the situation
  11. Look for the hidden blessing in challenges
  12. Imagine that this is the first day and the last of your life

I am quite thankful for those who trust me to photograph them, their children, and families, while

creating a visual narrative of their history, as people who are quite lucky to have each other.

Take some time to think about what you are thankful for.

Embracing the Spirit of Giving,

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