So I was thinking about all of my talented friends. I think I have a friend who is really good at just about everything. Some are photographers, some videographers, some craft geniuses, some great shoppers, a few rocket scientists, a fitness guru here or there. Leaves me thinking, what is my true talent? I’ve dabbled with crochet, pottery, and cake baking classes, but nothing really sticks as my ONE thing. After little thought, I realized, that’s kind of what I like about myself. Being able to be half decent at several things, instead of being an absolute pro at just one.
Just a few quick shameless plugs to showcase my amazeballs friends:
Read is a Rhode Island born and bred photographer with an amazing eye for rural beauty. Check out his blog and website below:
Courtney is pretty great at pretty much anything she tries. Her latest project has been sewing. She is currently taking a much needed breather, but check back in case she posts some other glorious DIY projects:
And, naturally, I’m obsessed with her blog:
And if you need fitness tips, one of my dearest friends Shannon has a FB site set up for her amazing fitness regime. She also offers classes in CT:
And for special occasions, cakes, cookies or cupcakes, My friend Amy does amazing work – here is her website for all things baked:
Phew, the talent. MAROON.
SOOOO Charities. I’ve been meaning to blog about them, and just got inspired yesterday when I discovered a new organization that targets younger folks. I feel like everyone sort of has a tie to some charity based on their life experiences. My dad, for instance, dedicates a vast majority of his time to the National Arthritis Foundation because his mom had the disease and he watched it debilitate the later portion of her adulthood. Some people show loyalties to breast cancer, ALS, clean water projects, etc etc. I do consider myself a charitable person, but haven’t been able to find just one charity that warrants my devotion. There are SO many amazing organizations out there spreading relief both locally and internationally.
My feature charity today is FLEX! http://flexwatches.com/
I’m sure you’ve seen some of the ads on MTV, but the organization is targeting the 18-24 year old range by selling these colorful watches. Their gig is 10/10/10. 10 colors, 10 charities, 10 percent.
Each color watch represents a certain charity. Below is a brief explanation of each color:
The country’s largest grass roots organization serving the Parkinson’s community. It is a 501 © (3) not-for-profit organization and receives no governmental or public funding. Each year APDA contributes more than $2.5 million for research and another $2 million for direct patient and caregiver support through the generous support of individual and corporate donations.
The Be Perfect Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by the Hargrave family to assist Spinal Cord Injury victims that do not have the financial means to cover the cost of recovery. Within its first 20 months the foundation has been able to keep SCI friends in recovery, purchase wheel chairs.
Nika water brings a voice to the worlds poor who suffer without clean water and simple sanitation. 100% of all profits are donated to support clean water projects in impoverished countries. Nika Water strives to end the cycle of poverty and create awareness and knowledge to get people involved in bringing clean water to poverty-stricken countries. http://www.nikawater.org/
Worldwide, breast cancer comprises 22.9% of all cancers in women. In 2008, breast cancer caused 458,503 deaths worldwide (13.7% of cancer deaths in women). Breast cancer is more than 100 times more common in women than breast cancer in men although males tend to have poorer outcomes due to delays in diagnosis.
It is our hope that we can improve the lives of young adults with cancer by offering whitewater kayaking and other outdoor adventure sports. These experiences significantly increase self confidence. Self-confidence empowers people affected by cancer to regain control of their lives. First Descents is not just giving young adults with cancer their self confidence back, we’re also connecting a largely disconnected population.
Imerman Angels carefully matches and individually pairs a person touched by cancer (a cancer fighter or survivor) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel). Cancer caregivers (spouses, parents, children and other family and friends of fighters) also receive 1-on-1 connections with other caregivers and survivors.
Life Rolls On Foundation is dedicated to assisting and inspiring young people affected by spinal cord injury and uses action sports as a platform to demonstrate infinite possibilities despite paralysis. Its signature program, They Will Surf Again, empowers paraplegics and quadriplegics to surf with the assistance of adaptive equipment and dedicated volunteers. In addition to providing unique quality of life programs.
Imagine being around 20 years old and suddenly waking up one morning and realizing you’ve lost your central vision in one eye. Then in a month or two losing central vision in the other eye. You’re now legally blind, and you’re told there’s no treatment and no cure for the rare genetic disorder that has taken your sight.
Rojo Gomez is a small community in Mexico where Mariners Church as partnered with Lo Mejor Del Trigo church to help serve the physical and spiritual needs of the poor in Mexico. The statistics prove the need: 40% of the population in Mexico lives below the poverty line. The average income per family is $80 a week.
I think it’s very cool that MTV has teamed up with this company to try to get young people to get involved and start to find their cause early on.
I just ordered the white watch. It was tough to pick a color because all the charities are so great, so I just went based off of color, and color alone!
My 10% will be going towards:
Life Rolls On
866-We Will Walk | 400 Corporate Pointe Suite 525, Culver City, CA 90230
Life Rolls On Foundation is dedicated to assisting and inspiring young people affected by spinal cord injury and uses action sports as a platform to demonstrate infinite possibilities despite paralysis. Its signature program, They Will Surf Again, empowers paraplegics and quadriplegics to surf with the assistance of adaptive equipment and dedicated volunteers. In addition to providing unique quality of life programs, Life Rolls On fosters spinal cord injury awareness and offers outreach to individuals and their families at the onset of injury.
What have you done today to help someone else? Boom, that’s deep.
Today’s music comes from my girl Dia Frampton. She will be at The Note in WC on Feb 8th — tickets are $15 on ticketfly — get there!
#NowPlaying Dia Frampton – Don’t Kick The Chair on @Spotify Feat Kid Kudi