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Monday, October 28, 2013

Allume Lost and Found Part 1

What I Lost at Allume

Every large place or event has one – a lost and found.  There resides an assortment of odds and ends ranging from stray socks to expensive electronics.  Somewhere, I imagine, is the right hand of my favorite hot pink stretch velvet Kenneth Cole gloves.  I lost it last year on a quick trip to the mall for my niece’s gift.  Between the car, Dick’s and Game Stop and back again it disappeared.  Let’s take a moment, shall we?



I was at Allume this past weekend.  There were several announcements about missing glasses and phones.  Thankfully no one misplaced a binder – most of all me!

There were several things I took with me that I did lose.  I’ll give you my list here.  No need to return them to me.

1)    Track of Time – Moving through the day with purpose, goals and serendipity made the time flow in a swiftness that I’ve rarely experienced.  Team meetings melted into breakfast, which streamed right into dinner and the late night.  The providence of conversation and chance meeting was interspersed through each day.  Let me tell you, at points this was the grace break that my soul needed to keep moving.

2)    Sleep – Granted, I knew going in there would be late nights.  It was a conference for over 400 women!  That’s a lot of talking that needs to get accomplished.  There was also the work that started early and ended late.  Beyond that, there were times I know I was completely awakened by the Holy Spirit – before the alarm clock!!  Y’all!  I don’t do that!  I had nudges to check twitter to see that one of the speakers was thanking Allume and on their way home.  I was ready with a reply that made it seem I had intentionally waited for that.  Shhh… don’t tell Logan or Nasreen that wasn’t the case.

3)    A great pen – I received the pen as a gift in a bag on a trip that was all grace.  This was not one of those throw in your pen cup pens – it was a keeper!  It, in turn, was used to write words “Full of Grace”  into books and hearts of women who showed grace to each other!  A high honor indeed for a humble pen.

4)    A little Vanity – I broke the handle off my hairbrush the first night in the hotel.  The hairdryer cord caught it in my hand and dashed it to the unforgiving tile floor.  So long favored hairbrush!  I also found myself smiling in front of cameras with dear friends long after the foundation, and concealer, and color-correcting primer that was hiding this rosacea I’ve been fighting a shame war with for months had worn off.  Did I mention one of these times was on stage when I had no idea that was happening?  Oy & Vey!

5)    Preconceived Notions – Face it, we probably all packed a little of this when we left.  I read this by Kim Hall which was a bit of a confirmation.  I didn’t tuck this neatly into a corner of the suitcase.  These were living beings in my mind that looked strangely similar to a whole lot of people I had never actually met.  Generally I find they are rarely like their real-life counterpart.  I’m not sure why we do that but I hope we all lost most of it there. 


I didn’t only lose things there.  There was much that I gained and we can look into that box next time.  I hope you’ll stay tuned to see what I pull out.

I'm linking this up at Allume with others who are telling what they may have lost or found this year.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Five Minute Friday - Ordinary

Today I'm joining other writers abandoned to their timers and free-flowing fingers.  There are no rules but letting it ride on the page as is and spreading around the love to others who bravely throw down thoughts on a screen.  Join us over at Lisa-Jo's - and be sure to visit the one who linked up before you and leave a little comment love.  It's the civilized thing to do. :)

Five Minute Friday

Ordinary

Apparently my ordinary is anything but routine.  It's not regular or expected.  It may even be a little extreme by many standards.  I have hopes and expectations for myself and my circumstances, yet they never seem to exactly line up the way I think they should.

When I long for fun or restful weekends fill with fall activities or warm cups of apple cider I end up with 13 hours of driving.  We have so few traditions, because who has time for that type of ordinary when you can't full decide where 'home' is going to be from one week to the next.

Who can have a single career when even the locations of home changes every two years - unless you happen to have the career demanding all the moves.

What about this blogging life?  Fulfilling a challenge that covers a passion.  Not so easy when the technology won't cooperate.

At the end of the day I have to decide that this is my ordinary.  Sometimes it seems less than, but it really is extra-ordinary.  I'm surrounded by love and blessings and truly, what more could you want out of your every day?

Time!

**My 31 Days is on hold until my computer is returned to me in a healthy state from my local Geek Squad.  Go do something good to change the world and tell me about it when you return.**

Monday, October 7, 2013

31 Days to Change the World: Your Turn

Using a pretty color to let you know that apparently a computer is sometimes needed to tell someone how to change the world for less than $50.

However, it isn't needed to get out and actually do something.  So... while my little friend is visiting with my local geeks, I'd love to hear your ideas or what you've done lately.

Let's share them here in the comments.  Hope to be back up and running soon!

Friday, October 4, 2013

31 Days to Change the World: Shot at Life

Today is day 15 for me being sick.  I am more than a little bit over it.  It’s annoying, but not life-threatening.  What if it was life-threatening?  What if I lived in a part of the world where the first cough or sniffle could be a sign of impending tragedy?

Today you can help change that!




Walgreen’s is partnering with Shot at Life.  Through October 14, when you get a flu shot or any other vaccination at Walgreen’s, one vaccination will be donated for a child in a developing country.  I first heard about Shot at Life, not from the Walgreen’s commercial, but from my friend Jill

You can also go directly to Shot at Life and make adonation.  For $20 you can provide a child with a lifetime of immunity from pneumonia, diarrhea, polio and measles!  Polio?  Seriously, is that even a worry we face here?

Protect yourself from the flu (or shingles) and help protect a child from life-threatening illness.


It’s an easy way you can help change the world for less than $50


Thursday, October 3, 2013

31 Days to Change the World: Operation Christmas Child

Yesterday I shared Samaritan’s Purse and their global work.  Today I want to share one of my very favorite projects:  OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD!  Christmas in a shoebox that reaches out to children all over the world.


What began in 1993 has now totaled over 100 MILLION shoeboxes!  Y’all that’s

100,000,000

My mind can’t even comprehend that many toothbrushes, toys, and crayons!  What a joy to be part of this project.  My family has made shoeboxes for nearly 10 years now.  This year I’ve decided to do 4 – 2 boy, 2 girl.  See my loot I started collecting at the back-to-school frenzy!



I find small toys, candy, hair accessories, harmonicas, kazoos, balls, hats.  If it fits in the box without taking up too much room I get it.  I also tend to buy a plastic shoe box that will be a little more permanent for the child to keep.

Have no idea what to put in a shoebox?  They’ve got you covered.  For $30 you can build a box on their website from the choices they provide.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!




It’s simply another way you can help change the world (or the life of a boy or girl) for less than $50!

Read more about my experience last year here.

**Keep your eyes open for collections in your area, or check their website for a location**


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

31 Days to Change the World: Samaritan's Purse

For Day 2, I want to introduce you to Samaritan’s Purse.  Samaritan’s Purse was founded by Bob Pierce in 1970.  Pierce penned these now famous but seldom accredited words:

“Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God.”

The words came from witnessing the suffering of children on the Korean island of Kojedo.  He was driven to start an organization that would provide emergency relief to crisis area around the world.

Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, took over leadership of SP after Pierce’s death in 1978.  He continues to lead their work more than 30 years later.



Ministries range from agriculture, to construction, to medical, to water and women’s programs.  You can donate to any or all of these through their website.

Right now there is a Volunteer Alert for an urgent need in the areas affected by flooding in Colorado.  Money isn’t the only way you can impact people.  You can use your time.  

It’s just another way you can change the world for less than $50.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

31 Days to Change the World: Pure Charity

Pure Charity is the easiest way you can help change the world.  Donation to worthy causes has never been this simple.  Better yet, you can put your other dollars to work for you by installing a plug-in that will allow you to raise money for your giving fund when you shop online with partner retailers.




You can help change the world for less than $50!