Workouts for the Heart(strings)

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. :)

20 thoughts on “Workouts for the Heart(strings)

  1. I don’t know if you have ever heard about See’s Candy. Seems like a weird thing to recommend because they are a HUGE chocolate place, but they have some chocolate lollipops that are to die for – really, my family even loves them. They are about 90 calories, but they take you about 20 minutes to eat, and they are soooo satisfying. You can buy them online, which I generally do because the only time we get them in the malls at home is around Christmas. It’s worth checking out. They also have a butterscotch flavor that tastes like a heavenly caramel. Warning though, don’t try to bite/chew/gobble them down. I’ve known people who have damaged dental work. Super good and worth paying shipping charges.

  2. I am going to check out all those sites; thanks for sharing. I can use all the social media tips and advice I can get!

  3. once again you’ve packed one post with so much goodness!!
    My husband is going to be totally into these sites too.

  4. those are some awesome links, thanks for rounding them up. i think the first one im headed to is lovebomb to see what i can do to help someone who might need a boost. that just might compete with that whole chocolate thing. maybe…

  5. Cammy, you always have the greatest ideas or find them. Thanks for sharing. They are totally up my alley.

  6. I am an eensy-teensy bit jealous that you heard Nate St. Pierre speak.

    He is so right…it does start with us.

  7. Thank you for the wonderful lead on how to help others. Something I need/want to be doing more. I’ve already signed up and been exploring his links.

  8. Wow thanks for all the positive information and links to check out. I am all about sharing some love, positive strokes and kind words!

    Love it! Sounds like you had a good time on your weekend away.

  9. Hi Cammy, I’ll definitely be checking out these sites. I love the ideas you post on your blog!!!! Happy February!

  10. Cammy – LOVE this post & I am with MIZ! I will check out all these links after some sleep. I don’t think I can add the little widgets things to my blog due to I have the cheapest plan possible but will ask my hubby!

    Great idea for February love!

  11. Hi, Cammy
    thank you for these links. Now that my HL Challenge is over I’ve been wanting to get back into the idea of helping others (and myself) and this is just what I need. Much appreciated :)

  12. I’ve actually never been much of a chocolate person. I really like the concept of what you’re doing in the month of February, though. Showing support for others is really what it’s all about. I spent so much of my life thinking it’s all about money, but true significance in life is all about what you did to help others, and make the world a better place than it was when you arrived.

  13. Whew! For a minute there, I thought you were dissing my beloved chocolate and I was worried we couldn’t be friends anymore.

    And I’m so glad you mentioned heart disease awareness – I am once again proud to be a part of the “Blog Your Heart Out” movement helping women know their risks of heart disease and how to prevent it. Link below in the Comment Luv…


  14. What an amazing idea to use social media to organize philanthropy and little kindnesses towards others. I never really thought about it. Those are some cool resources! Sounds like the conference was definitely worthwhile :)

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