Wow, the last day of January. That was a quick month! And to think we have an even quicker month coming up in February! Yikes! (Yes, all those exclamation points were necessary!)
Ah, February. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. It’s everywhere we turn. We must find a distraction! Other than whining about it.
I know! How about we focus on hearts that aren’t made of cardboard and stuffed with chocolate-y goodness? Who’s in? Here are a few options for your consideration:
You can show the blogging world your heart by observing Brené Brown’s Free Range Social Media pledge to make your blog “cage, cruelty, and copying free”. You can also get a badge so that readers know they’re in a safe zone. I did!
You can give your heartstrings a workout by checking out one of my favorite new-to-me sites, ItStartsWith.Us. I’m not particularly “plugged-in”, social media-wise, so I just heard about this site during the Blissdom closing session, when founder Nate St. Pierre shared the purpose and progress of this effort to change the world, 15 minutes at a time. LOVE it!
Each week participants receive an email assignment that should require no more than 15 minutes to complete. It might be mailing a card or letter; or leaving a comment on the blog of someone who’s struggling. The email is a reminder; there’s no pressure or obligation to comply.
Nate and team have also created another awesome way to join forces and change lives through LoveDrop, which focuses on helping one person or family each month. We can help through monetary contributions (as little as $1/month), blog mentions, product contributions. or providing a service. During the Blissdom presentation, we saw a video of the first project family, a woman named Jill, whose family needs a helping hand after suffering the devastating effects of a fire that left them homeless. (I cried, just a little.)
The February project kicks off tomorrow, so please take a moment to check it out!
A spin-off project of ItStartsWith.Us is Love Bomb. Each Thursday, organizers send out the name of a blogger who needs a little bit of love, and participants heed the call by dropping an encouraging note into the comment section of that blog. It’s free, it’s easy, and it can seriously change someone’s life. Count me in!
Finally, this Friday, February 4th, is National Wear Red Day in the U.S. Help raise awareness about heart disease among women by outfitting yourself in your finest red-wear.
There are thousands of ways to show our compassion and demonstrate generosity (whether in spirit or in actions), and I’m choosing to make February all about caring, and not about chocolate in a cardboard box*. I hope you’ll join me, either in one of these projects or something equally wonderful!
*Not that I have anything against chocolate.